Our Fantasy writer looks at one of the Premier League new boys and highlights a forward, midfielder, and defender who may be worth owning this season
A new season is on the way and with it are three new teams from the Championship. Newcastle, who were only down for one season, won the title last year with both the best attack and defence in the league.
That level of performance certainly shows there is Fantasy potential in their squad, so who should you target? Below are three players from the Magpies who you should consider adding to your Goal teams for the 2017-18 season.
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Having spent a couple of years as back-up at Crystal Palace, Gayle moved to Newcastle at the start of last season.
That move clearly paid off as he ended up both leading the line and scoring the second highest goal total in the Championship (23). The only concern here is that Newcastle are reportedly still in the market for another forward which could severely limit his upside.
If he does manage to hold onto his position, he could do quite well as promoted strikers have done quite well their first year up (Austin, Ings, Ighalo, Deeney, Negredo, etc).
Many in the Fantasy community thought Ritchie would be a terrific asset when he first came up with Bournemouth which, unfortunately, did not happen.
His consistent playing time and development answered a lot of the questions that were raised when he left the Cherries for a Championship side last summer. Primarily a right-sided midfielder, Ritchie finished second in both goals scored (12) and assists (7) ain the previous campaign.
Whether or not he will live up to the previous Fantasy hype remains to be seen but, at just £5.8m, he will definitely be worth owning at times throughout the season.
The American was a big disappointment at Tottenham, but the north seems to agree with him as he showed continued growth at his stops in both Sunderland and Newcastle.
His pace was never an issue but his crossing and defending have both taken big strides forward under manager Rafael Benitez. If Yedlin can go close to last season’s five assists and 13 clean sheets he would compare to Kyle Walker and Hector Bellerin – each boasting five assists – which would put him solidly in the top 20 of Fantasy defenders.
Here’s a fun fact: Yedlin is a full million cheaper than Walker and Bellerin.