Southampton got off to a boring start in the Premier League after drawing 0-0 with Burnley at St. Mary’s.
Mark Hughes’ men struggled for goals last season and look to have carried that theme into the new season.
However, the Saints have made signings this summer who could change that while despite being caught up in a relegation battle, the club already had some quality options among their ranks.
So here are three Southampton players who could be promising for Fantasy Premier League managers…
Ryan Bertrand – £5.0m
As well as up front last season, Southampton also had trouble at the back with Bournemouth and Stoke City the only two teams in the league to have kept less clean sheets (6) than the Saints (8). But, under Hughes, Southampton have improved defensively and already have their first shutout on the board.
Therefore, if FPL managers are in need of a low-cost defender, then Ryan Bertrand is worth looking at.
Bertrand managed to record 103 points the previous term and with the England international playing as a left wing-back, there is potential for assists to be picked up.
Everton away could prove to be a tricky fixture for Southampton, but Hughes’ men will fancy their chances in the following gameweeks where they take on Leicester City (H), Crystal Palace (A) and Brighton (H) before the difficult task of going to Liverpool.
At only £5.0m, though, Bertrand could be one of the cheapest defenders to rack up decent points in the upcoming GWs.
Stuart Armstrong – £5.5m
Stuart Armstrong was Southampton’s first signing of the summer, and he put in a bright display against Burnley before being taken off injured in the second half.
Hughes, however, has reassured supporters that it is nothing serious and that the 26-year-old should be fit for Saturday’s trip to Goodison Park.
In Scotland, Armstrong was renowned for his knack of arriving at the edge of the box at the right time before putting the ball in the back of the net.
The Scotland international scored 15 SPL goals in Celtic’s treble-winning season and, while it may be difficult to replicate those figures in the Premier League, his threat from in and around the box and the fact that Hughes is playing him in a more advanced position makes a £5.5m punt on Armstrong a punt that could reap many rewards.
Mohamed Elyounoussi – £6.5m
Like Armstrong, Mohamed Elyounoussi made his competitive debut for Southampton against Burnley and impressed in his second-half cameo.
Charlie Austin (£6.0m) and Danny Ings (£5.5m), though, are likely to be most FPL managers pick if they are looking at Southampton players.
However, for those unwilling to take a gamble on the injury prone pair but are still keen on bringing in someone from Southampton’s roster because of their upcoming fixtures, then Elyounoussi could be the man to turn to.
At £6.5m, Elyounoussi would be a more expensive purchase than Austin and Ings. But the Norwegian has reached double figures in both of Basel’s last two seasons and could provide Hughes’ side with the sort of goal threat that they have been severely lacking.