In this weekly piece, I have been tasked with finding the players you should be including in your FPL squad – regardless of tribalistic bias. Despite the Reds being on top form, sitting top of the league with a 100% record following Gameweek 3, there are 12 other spaces to fill away from those playing at Anfield, isn’t there?
In my opinion, Sebastian Haller is a must-have player for the upcoming weeks. The Frenchman, bought in from Europa League semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt, bagged his first two goals for the Irons against struggling Watford – with a favourable run of fixtures on the horizon.
Haller could really take the reigns as the main man at the London Stadium over a sustained period of chances to shine. Norwich, who have conceded eight goals in three games with an average of 4.7 total goals per game this season, visit East London this weekend.
The Hammers then face Villa (a), Manchester United (h), Bournemouth (a), Palace (h), Everton (a), Sheffield (h), Newcastle (h) and Burnley (a) between now and the November international break. From a West Ham perspective, this could be a period where they pick up serious points in the league, as could Haller on FPL.Embed from Getty Images
He could be the perfect alternative to Raul Jiminez (£7.4m) or Callum Wilson (£7.9m). With service coming from Anderson, Lanzini and Fornals. A potential major coup for players as he’s only selected by 3.9% of FPL managers, compared to Jiminez (16.3%) and Wilson (11.1%). This could give you the upper hand over opponents should he outperform his competitors.
It may be worth considering switching from a more expensive striker, such as Rashford or Vardy. Being more than £1m cheaper, Haller could allow investment in a high scoring midfielder such as Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Kevin De Bruyne or Nicolas Pepe.
However, most of the competitors in his position are proven in the league, whereas Haller could pose a risk if he doesn’t hit form in his first few months in England, despite a relatively kind run of games. However, with West Ham getting their first win of the season last weekend, it could be the push for them to kick on and start seeing a return in their summer investment.
The striker was bought in to replace Arnautovic, and Hammers fans will be hoping he makes the number 9 spot his own, beating competition from Chicharito. 52 goal involvements in 77 games for Frankfurt would suggest the £36m man has the quality required to do so.
Must have rating: 4. He isn’t going to break your bank balance but could provide the upper hand if he flourishes in the league and continues to hit the mark he set against Watford. Despite this, it is very much a high risk, high reward option.
Good luck to everyone in the Anfield Edition League ahead of gameweek 4. Send us your teams on Twitter @AnfieldEdition. Will you be picking Haller, or have you opted for other players?
Let me know your thoughts– whether you find my tips helpful or completely disagree! It’s a game of opinions after all, isn’t it?