This upcoming season the mid-priced striker could be making a return with a vast range of players to choose from in this price bracket. Being able to pick up two mid-priced forwards for the price of one premium could prove to be a massive difference in the early weeks of the game as some of the premiums find their footing in the league. With plenty to choose from, who are the best mid-priced forwards for FPL?
BEST MID-PRICED FORWARDS TO BUY IN FPL 2022/23
Darwin Nunez (Liverpool, £9m)
Signed from Benfica for £64 million, Nunez hopes to replicate the form of former Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez who impressed fans and pundits throughout his spell at Anfield. After scoring 26 goals in 28 games in the Primeira League for Benfica last season, expectations will be high.
Despite competition for places up front from Jota (£9m) and Firmino (£8m), Nunez will become a favourite among FPL managers if he can hit the ground running. And with Liverpool’s excellent early-season fixtures, he will have every opportunity to make a mark.
Kai Havertz (Chelsea, £8m)
Havertz provides an exciting prospect since his move from midfielder to a forward this year. With the departure of Romelu Lukaku, the main forward slot for Chelsea has become available for a player like Havertz to make his own. At times last season, he proved he could be that player, scoring goals and creating chances for the attack-minded midfielders around him.
However, while some managers will have happy memories of owning Havertz during his good spells, others will remember his 2 point haul against Norwich in GW9 while every single other Chelsea outfit who started the game came away with a big point haul including Mason Mount with an impressive 24 points. Therefore, FPL managers would not be blamed for being cautious around Havertz this year, due to those bad memories.
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Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal, £8m)
Possibly one of the most exciting prospects this season, Gabriel Jesus’ move to Arsenal from Manchester City could see him become an excellent FPL asset. However, despite his impressive form at Man City, scoring 8 goals and assisting a further 8, he was never given a full run in the team. At Arsenal, he has the opportunity to make himself the main focus of the attack and prove why Arsenal forked out an estimated £46m to bring him into their attacking lineup.
With a price tag of only £8m, which puts him as Arsenal’s joint-highest-priced player alongside midfielder Bakary Saka, Jesus has been considered underpriced by most FPL managers. If his minutes are more consistent than during his time at Manchester City, Jesus has every chance to prove he can be the mid-priced forward you need to own.
Patrick Bamford (Leeds United, £7.5m)
Despite only making 9 appearances all season last year, Bamford was still able to muster 2 goals and 2 assists, but it is his form from the 20/21 season that will have more managers interested in him. With 17 goals and 7 assists, Bamford made quite the impression helping Leeds keep their Premier League status in their first season back since 2004.
Jesse Marsch, the head coach of Leeds will be hoping that he can help bring Bamford back to that type of form again. With Leeds’ opening fixtures looking favourable, it could be worth taking an early risk on Bamford in hopes that he finds that goal-scoring form again. With Raphinha off to Spain, Patrick Bamford will need to perform if Leeds wants a chance of remaining in the Premier League.
Ivan Toney (Brentford, £7m)
Brentford’s talismanic striker will be looking to continue his excellent form from last season, which saw him score an impressive 12 goals. Having scored an impressive 139 points last season, Toney could be a sure-fire way to gain points over your FPL opponents who choose to have just one premium forward. He is a guaranteed starter up front for Brentford and on penalty duty.
At £7m, Toney offers a compelling prospect for managers desperate for a striker they can set and forget. Considering the troubles we suffered with last season, switching between forwards frequently, and chasing down points, Toney offers a way for us to collect goals at a steady rate. The only worry to consider is that with Christian Eriksen looking unlikely to stay, Brentford has lost one of its main creative forces. However, if a worthy replacement is found, Toney could be a great pick, thanks to Brentford’s favourable early fixtures.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham, £6.5m)
Returning with Fulham to the Premier League once again, Mitrovic will be looking to improve on his previous goal-scoring in this league. In his last season in England’s top league, he only managed three goals after falling out with then-manager Scott Parker. Since then, however, he has had quite the turnaround in form, scoring a record-breaking 43 goals last season in the Championship.
With goal-scoring form like this, he is sure to have caught the attention of plenty of FPL managers as they look to pick up a cheaper forward option to lead the line. With Mitrovic’s previous Premier League experience and talismanic performances for Fulham last season, we can only hope he can bring some of that form to the Premier League this year. If he does, at just £6.5m, Mitrovic could be the ultimate mid-priced forward for our teams this season.
Shaun Alexander, better known as Nightmare on FPL Street, is an FPL Manager with a love for differentials to help keep the game exciting. When he isn’t tinkering with his squad or trying to get ahead of the next transfer curve, he loves writing and talking about movies. His latest venture is a podcast about the highest-grossing film of all time, Avatar.
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