The first international break is thankfully now over meaning it is now time to consider the latest FPL budget enablers for your starting eleven ahead of Gameweek 5.
Defender – Arthur Masuaku (4.5m) vs Aston Villa (A)
The attacking exploits of the Congolese left-back in the season so far merits his inclusion in my list this week. His season average of one key pass per 90 minutes indicates that his first assist of the season in GW4 will be by no means the last as his side continue with their comfortable run of fixtures. The Hammers face just one ‘top 6’ side in their next eight games.
West Ham’s weekend opponents have the third lowest xG (3.45) so far and both of Villa’s right-backs are very attacking (either Elmohamady or Guilbert), which should allow Masuaku to again show off his dribbling prowess on counter-attacks. Going forwards, consider rotating him with another similarly priced player until we see West Ham keep more clean sheets.
Midfielders (below 6.5m)
Alex Iwobi (5.9m) vs Bournemouth (A)
With just one start for the Nigerian since his summer move to Everton, I’ve based his inclusion on passing the eye test as opposed to eye-catching statistics. He hit the post shortly after coming on in his debut appearance away to Aston Villa before claiming his first goal in the following fixture against Wolves.
After a 0.1m price drop, the prospect of him becoming a great value pick has grown and the Toffees still have reasonable fixtures to come with Man City (H) in GW7 the only tricky one until November. Bournemouth are renowned for not having the tightest of defences and unsurprisingly have not kept a clean sheet yet.
Daniel James (6.1m) vs Leicester City (H)
The Welsh winger has made a flying start to his time at Old Trafford with three goals and is also just coming off the back of a successful international break. He played on the left in Anthony Martial’s injury absence against Southampton in GW4 with Marcus Rasford moving to the middle.
This suited his preference to cut in and shoot with his right foot and might mean that he won’t repeat his high tally of shots (five) in that game should Solskajer position him back on the right wing.
Manchester United’s newest star is joint third out of all players for shots in the box (ten) however, which suggests that he is also capable of putting himself in good positions to receive key passes. He also has some involvement in corners and indirect free-kicks.
Andriy Yarmolenko (5.9m) vs Aston Villa (A)
The talented Ukrainian is looking to put last season’s injury woes quickly behind him judging by his three appearances so far. The winger got off to a flying start a year ago before injury cruelly struck so we know about his potential.
The Hammers’ fan favourite is averaging 2.48 key passes per 90 minutes, which indicates that he has assists as well as more goals in his locker. His next opponents, Aston Villa, are fourth in the standings for xGA (6.87) and West Ham now have so much creativity up front with Yarmolenko more than capable of playing a heavy role in that.