Varane’s FPL price revealed
After his move to Manchester United was confirmed over the weekend, Raphael Varane has now been added to Fantasy Premier League (FPL).
With users beginning to tweak their squads following the opening round of Premier League fixtures, Varane’s addition comes at a good time, after he officially became a Red just prior to our 5-1 victory over Leeds United on Saturday.
Off the back of that result, United assets are in high demand for FPL managers ahead of our trip to Southampton this weekend and the Frenchman now provides another choice for fantasy teams looking to acquire a member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
That puts him among the same cost bracket as new team-mates Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw as the game’s joint-most expensive United defensive asset.
Varane arrives with a proven pedigree of winning trophies, having lifted three La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and a World Cup among other pieces of silverware in recent years, and his presence could convert into FPL points to help managers win their own leagues this season.
The 28-year-old amassed a total of 360 appearances across a decade at previous club Real Madrid, in which he contributed towards a shut-out in over a century of those matches, meaning there is real potential for clean-sheet returns with minutes on the pitch.
Although attacking output will not be the priority when looking at selecting our new man, he did net on 17 occasions for the Spanish side and, therefore, combines his defensive prowess with some attacking potential, particularly from set-pieces, with over half of those goals for Real coming via headers directly from corners and free-kicks.
A case for joining the 0.3% of users that already own Varane could also be bolstered by his notable low-caution record, with the Frenchman only picking up 24 yellow cards across his Real Madrid career. It is an incredible stat that could also be rather handy to him as an FPL asset, with players losing a point for receiving a yellow card in the game, while it also decreases the risk of him missing matches through suspension.
The defender could be an option to be one of a maximum three United players in FPL teams right away, having trained for the first time as a Red on Monday, meaning he is in contention to make his debut for the club at Southampton on Sunday.
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Shaw and Bruno Fernandes (£12.1m) were among the top three most selected players in the game going into the opening weekend and remain in that trio but having swapped positions following Saturday’s win over Leeds.
Fernandes is now the most selected player in the game, occupying 56.1 per cent of squads at the time of writing, and it is no surprise after his opening-day hat-trick against Leeds United!
The Portuguese’s efforts on Saturday amassed a huge personal best FPL return of 20 points in the lunchtime kick-off, making him the highest scoring player in the game in Gameweek 1 and rewarding the majority of users with him in their teams, especially the 990,000+ that gave him the captain’s armband to double their return from him.
Our no.18 is not the only Red who registered a double-figure tally in our win over the Whites either, with Paul Pogba (£7.6m) also doing just that, after his four assists rewarded his owners with 16 points, a tally bettered by only Fernandes and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the opening round of matches.
And with managers clamouring to get our dynamic duo in, the pair have both since risen £0.1m from their original prices going into our Gameweek 2 trip to the south coast!
Mason Greenwood (£7.5m) and Fred (£5.0m) also scored well, with eight and seven points respectively, following their opening-day strikes while Victor Lindelof’s (£5.0m) assist for Fernandes’s hat-trick strike saw him rack up five points.
It has, therefore, been a satisfying start to the season for our players both on the pitch, and from a fantasy point of view, and if managers are looking to get our Reds in the hope of that continuing at Southampton on Sunday, they will have until Saturday’s (21 August) 11:00 BST Gameweek 2 deadline to do so.