Newly promoted Premier League teams: FPL assets to consider for the 22/23 season

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Best 2022/23 FPL players to pick from this year's newly promoted sides, including tips and advice on who to get into your fantasy football teams

A new FPL season is approaching and three new teams will be joining the party, meaning there are some judgements to make from managers.

Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest have all been promoted to the Premier League, so that means we will have many new players in the game, as well as some familiar faces being back.

Just because a team has been promoted doesn’t mean they’re not worthy of getting on FPL. Players such as Teemu Pukki (142 points last season), Ivan Toney (140) and Pontus Jansson (122) are proof that promoted players can have a big impact, especially at such a cheap price.

In this piece, we’re going to look at the new teams, how they could set up to play in the Premier League, and suggest their assets worth going after based on the evidence we’ve provided. Let’s take a look.

Fulham

After blitzing through the Championship with some rock and roll football, the jury’s out on whether Fulham will be able to handle the step up to the top division.

The West London club scored a whopping 106 goals on their way to the title. Bournemouth were the team that scored the next highest number of goals with 74 – an outrageous 32-goal difference.

Marco Silva is the man in charge, and whether he continues with his attacking style of football is the question which seems to be unanswered. No transfers have been made yet.

Tactics

Last season, Marco Silva played a different style compared to when he was in the Premier League.

With more attacking talent, Silva opted for a positional play style of play, which essentially is a more possession-based tactic. Triangular passing connections are crucial to this system, which means it’s no surprise that he opted for a 4-2-3-1 tactic in 65% of his games last year. Elsewhere, Silva utilised a 4-1-4-1 (18%) and a 4-3-3 (6%).

Fulham finished second in the possession charts in the Championship, only bettered by Swansea, whose manager Russell Martin is known for his sides maintaining the ball for long spells.

Fulham have a very wide system, which allows for gaps to be created as the defensive team press vertically and horizontally. With defenders such as Tosin Adarabioyo, they have great passing range from deep, so can also bypass the press when needed.

Overloads are then created in wide areas. From there, the message is very clear: get the ball on Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s head.

In attack, their structure resembles a 3-2-5/2-3-5, which bears resemblance to the way Pep Guardiola likes to set up. With the talent they had at Championship level this was very much possible, but whether Silva opts to go for such an aggressive tactic in the Premier League is yet to be seen. Some more pragmatism is likely, so don’t expect a repeat of their numbers going forward.

Out of all the teams promoted, they should be the team expected to score the most goals. 16.1 shots per game last season was nearly 2 more than Coventry who were closest with 14.3.

Two most exciting FPL assets

1) Aleksandar Mitrović (FWD)

It’s not the first time Mitrović has been promoted with high expectations. This is his third promotion from Fulham within five seasons; he scored 11 goals in the 18/19 Premier League campaign and only three in the 20/21 campaign. As a result, many have tarnished him with the ‘too good for the Championsip, not good enough for the Premier League’ brush.

However, with 43 goals in 44 Championship games last season – the most ever second-tier goals in a 46 game season – FPL managers should recognise that he’s coming into the league on a whole different level of form.

Having supplied seven assists on top of finding the net 43 times, the Serbian contributed to 47% of the team’s goals. He’s the obvious choice in this line up, and if Fulham have a good season, you can bet that he’ll have played a key part.

Ivan Toney was the Championship’s top scorer in 20/21, and his 12 Premier League goals prove that making the step up is possible. Much just depends on whether the team can find their feet.

2) Harry Wilson (MID)

With Fabio Carvalho now at Liverpool, even more responsibility has fallen on the shoulders of the Welsh wideman.

Nevertheless, he recorded an enormous 19 assists last season (as well as 10 goals) which means he averages a goal or assist every three in four games, which will rightly excite some FPL managers.

On both free-kick and corner duties, Harry Wilson and Mitrović are blessed to have each other. The left-footer has a superb delivery, while Mitrović’s strength and heading ability make him a nightmare for defenders.

In addition to 2.3 shots per game last season, he had 2.5 key passes per game (second-best in the league). Definitely, one to keep an eye on, especially if at a cheap price.

Set-pieces

Penalties: Aleksandar Mitrović

Penalties (2): Ivan Cavaleiro

Free kicks: Harry Wilson

Free kicks (2): Tom Cairney

Corners: Harry Wilson

Corners (2) Tom Cairney

Bournemouth

Scott Parker returns to the Premier League this season after finishing second in the Championship with the Cherries.

The team from Dorset had the best defence in the Championship last year and will have their work cut out to stay in the top tier. They are the bookmakers’ favourites to go down this season (8/11, Sky Bet).

Tactics

Also setting up with a 4-2-3-1 with a double pivot (mainly Lewis Cook and Jefferson Lerma), Scott Parker’s side are not as attacking as Fulham but there are a few similarities.

Most notably, they don’t keep as much of the ball as Fulham do. They are still a possession-based side at Championship level – their 57.1% average possession is the third-highest in the league – but they operate in a different manner. Especially when not in possession.

Similarly to Fulham, they also like creating wide-overloads when in possession of the ball. However, they tend to look on the inside more often than crossing, with decoy runs from the wing used to create space inside of the pitch.

Philip Billing and Dominic Solanke have formed a formidable partnership at ‘9 and 10’ – the two have very similar average positions and rarely stray too far from each other. With their quick combinations and understanding of each other, it’s perhaps no surprise that Solanke has more touches inside the box than any other striker last year in the league.

One thing Parker has brought is organisation. Out of possession, they’re a very difficult team to break down. Unlike Fulham, they are not a big pressing team, and when they do they like to do it in their own half when they have a numerical advantage. They use a ‘mid-block’ and defend with a 4-4-2 system, allowing for organisation with two banks of four.

In transition, they are quick, but do not take too many risks with their passing, ensuring possession of the ball.

On the whole, they play exciting football which has been used to dominate the division they are in with better quality players. Some changes are expected to deal with the better quality opposition, but it’s likely the foundations will stay the same – especially regarding their defensive setup. In attack, they may need to take more risks on the counter if they are to find a way of scoring freely.

Two most exciting FPL assets

1) Dominic Solanke (FWD)

Scoring 29 goals and seven assists last season, it feels as if Solanke is getting underrated by some. Whether this is due to Mitrovic’s outrageous return last season is unclear, but it feels like Solanke is ready for this step up.

Aged 24, Solanke has racked up 63 Premier League appearances already, but with just four goals to his name.

Since then he’s bagged 44 times in the Championship and returns to the Premier League as a different proposition. He’ll have something to prove to those who just see him as another big team reject; those who still think he’s another Jordan Ibe.

Solanke is an intelligent footballer, who is not only great with the ball at his feet, but makes very intelligent runs and is selfless.

Bournemouth have a really tricky first four games, so he’s not one to go after straight away. However, they then have nine or so matches in a row which seem winnable, so if he manages to get a good start he could be set up nicely for that run.

2) Jordan Zemura (DEF)

One of Bournemouth’s most impressive defenders last year was left-back Jordan Zemura.

Aged 22, the Zimbabwe international broke into the side during last season, scoring three goals and providing one assist.

Given his ability to get up and down the left flank, Zemura both provides a threat in defence and attack for the Cherries.

Furthermore, his value is likely to be very cheap, so he could well be a solid alternative player on the bench for a team in FPL. If the club can continue with their strong defensive record, he could tot up a few clean sheets, and he’s got some points in him going forward as well.

Set-pieces

Penalties: Dominic Solanke

Penalties (2): Junior Stanislas

Free kicks: David Brooks

Free kicks (2): Junior Stanislas

Corners: Junior Stanislas

Corners (2): David Brooks

Nottingham Forest

Forest are back in the Premier League for the first time since 1999.

When Steve Cooper joined the club on 21 September 2021, Forest were rooted to the bottom of the table. With just four points from eight games, they remarkably managed to go up via the play-offs. He recorded 76 points from his 38 games (average of two points per game), which would’ve been enough to win the title had he started the season at the club.

They are second-favourites to go down.

Tactics

Setting up in a 3-4-1-2, Steve Cooper’s side are not a possession-based team like the other two teams that got promoted, but do their damage with fast transitions and dangerous counter-attacks.

Cooper is not bound by that formation, and used four other tactics across the season. The 4-2-3-1 was used seven times, so he’s not afraid to switch to a four if deemed necessary.

A number of doubts remain over their setup due to some of the personnel that might not be there next season. For example, Philip Zinckernagel and James Garner flourished in the creative positions in the team last campaign but were both loanees from Watford and Manchester United respectively. Elsewhere, Keinan Davis – whose technical ability, dynamism and decision-making were crucial to Forest’s attacks last year – was on loan from Aston Villa. Don’t forget Djed Spence, on loan from Middlesbrough, has left the club too, as has Max Lowe on the opposite flank (returned to Sheffield United).

As such, Cooper will look to replace these players with similar types or even the same players.

Forest look to attack quickly as soon as they win possession, making vertical passes that can get players like Brennan Johnson down the flanks or in behind.

With a high number of technical players, Cooper allows his players to flourish on the ball. They average 9.2 dribbles per game – the highest in the division.

This style of play arguably looks the one most appropriate to plug and play in the Premier League out of the sides that have been promoted.

They picked up scalps of Arsenal and Leicester City in the FA Cup last year, before getting narrowly defeated by Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Only Bournemouth conceded fewer goals than them last season, and their strong organisation and discipline will give them a decent chance this campaign despite their lack of stars.

Two most exciting FPL assets

1) Brennan Johnson (FWD, maybe MID)

Just 21-years-old, the versatile Johnson will be imperative to Forest’s chances of staying in the Premier League last season.

He scored 18 goals and has 10 assists to his name, playing predominantly as one of the strikers in the system. As a result, 2022/23 FPL will most likely call him a forward, which gives him slightly less appeal.

He consistently ranks amongst Forest players for points scoring statistics. His 94 shots were bettered by no one else in the team, nor were his 68 shots in the box – and only one player better his 60 chances created.

The Welshman also recorded 1.3 key passes per game (fourth-best in squad), 1.1 dribbles per game and was fouled 1.2 times per game. All-in-all, he’s one to definitely keep tabs on, as he’s the main attacking outlet for Steve Cooper.

2) Scott McKenna (DEF)

With plenty of uncertanties surrounding Forest’s squad next season, you can be confident that Scotsman Scott McKenna will be there.

No player recorded more minutes or starts for the club last year, starting 48 out of 49 games for the club.

Crucially, Forest rarely conceded many goals – and if they can recruit well in their backline then they’ll be a solid shout for some clean sheets in tight games next season. This will make McKenna a solid choice, especially considering he won’t be pricey.

There’s nothing more FPL managers love than defenders that can grab you a goal or an assist – and that’s very much in McKenna’s repertoire. He got five-goal contributions in total, so if he can replicate anything like that it will be happy days.

Set-pieces

Penalties: Brennan Johnson

Penalties (2): Lewis Grabban

Free kicks: Philip Zinckernagel

Free kicks (2): Joe Garner

Corners: Jack Colback

Corners (2): Djed Spence

Tommy Joyce

Content Executive at PickGuru

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