Now that Alexis Sanchez has been moved to a striker for Telegraph Fantasy Football 17/18, the door is wide open as to who will be the standout midfielder this year.
No position scored more points than midfielders last season, with four of the top five players coming from this category. The six different formation choices allow you to have either three, four or five midfielders in your team, so have a read of this guide to help you decide who will make yours.
How they score points
- Starting XI appearance (2 pts)
- Substitute appearance (1 pt)
- Goal scored (5 pts)
- Key Contribution (3 pts)
- Red card (-3 pts)
- Yellow card (-1 pt)
- Missed penalty (-2 pts)
- Own Goal (-3 pts)
Midfielders score three TFF points for a key contribution and five for a goal, so finding a master of the dead ball is essential.
Christian Eriksen (£5.5m) fits the bill perfectly. He takes all of Tottenham's free-kicks and corners and is one of the league's most creative players from open-play too. He racked up an incredible tally of 36 key contributions during the 2016/17 campaign, seven more than Kevin de Bruyne who was second overall. What's more, he chipped in with nine goals too as he finished the season with 230 TFF points.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is another worth adding to your shortlist. His price has inflated slightly to £4.8m for the upcoming season but it remains to be seen if he'll be plying his trade for Swansea or Everton.
Looking towards the newly-promoted sides, Anthony Knockaert stands out for Brighton. At just £3.8m he represents decent value for the Seagulls and again, assumes all set-piece responsibility. He scored 15 goals in the Championship last season, more than any other midfielder, and added eight assists too. He will more than likely play a huge part in Brighton's bid for survival.
Gone are the days of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in Telegraph Fantasy Football, but there are still a whole host of goal-scoring midfielders to choose from.
Right at the top of the list are the unmissable talents of both Eden Hazard (£6.0m) and Dele Alli (£5.8m), who scored 17 and 21 goals last season, respectively. The latter is one of the hottest prospects in England right now and has been tipped for another big season at Spurs.
Liverpool parted with £34m to secure the services of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from Roma. Despite an underwhelming display in his two years at Chelsea, Salah scored 29 goals in 65 appearances for Roma, 15 of which came in last season's Serie A. Exactly where he'll fit into Jurgen Klopp's system remains to be seen but it's likely he'll operate in a front three with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
New faces to look out for
Tom Ince moved from Derby to Huddersfield when the Terriers secured promotion and at just £3.1m he's a budget option in midfield. David Wagner will be hoping he can produce the performances that made him one of the Championship's best players last season and 14 goals/6 assists gives us every reason to be optimistic.
Bernardo Silva was one of Monaco's standout players last season as the Ligue One champions reached the Champions League semi finals. He's been snapped up by Manchester City and has come straight in at £4.6m, a price that is slightly cheaper than both David Silva and Leroy Sane. It'll be interesting to see how Pep Guardiola fits all of his attacking midfielders into his starting XI so the Portuguese international is one to keep an eye on.
Another interesting candidate is Everton's Davy Klaassen (£4.3m). The former Ajax captain is as attacking as they come and has made the choice to link up with his countryman Ronald Koeman. Klaassen scored 44 times during his six year stint in the Eridivisie and if he can bring that form over to England he's sure to be an instant hit.
Christian Eriksen (£5.5m)
Last season was arguably Eriksen's best so far for Spurs and if Pochettino's side continue to improve then another big return can be expected from the Dane.
36 key contributions and nine goals from midfield can only be bettered by Alexis Sanchez, who has been re-categorised as a striker for the upcoming season to leave Christian Eriksen as our number one pick in his position.