We all love a bargain; in this game more than ever. Despite baulking at the initial prices there are some defensive ‘gems’ to be had. I’m sure with transfers continuing and injuries plaguing teams more of these will emerge but here are my six defensive gems that I believe would give you good value for money; if the season started tomorrow and the reasons behind me picking them all.
Evans (£4.5m) Defender
The Albion man is his teams best defender and as a result he is the most assured of playing time, be it at left back or centre back. With the joint fourth most clean sheets last season (11) and a favourable opening seven fixtures, it would be downright outrageous not owning the former United man who is value for money.
Fernandez (£4.5m) Defender
The Swans have a solid back line and last season they had 9 clean sheets to their name. I’d expect more of the same from them and with an opening two games against newly promoted Burnley and Hull, they could chalk up early clean sheet points especially with Taylor/Williams still riding high from the Wales performances at the Euros.
Friend (£4.5m) Defender
Newly promoted Boro are a team who have the most favourbale opening fixtures of all the promoted teams. They face Stoke, Sunderland and West Brom in the opening three games of the season. While the price of Friend and their fixtures are enough for most to pick him; I’ll also throw in that he’s a very attacking left back (and even got an assist in his last outing).
Kone (£4.5m) Defender
Big Sam turned this team around and they became a solid unit at the back last season. Despite him leaving and Moyes taking charge I think much of what Sam instilled will remain (especially early on). They face Boro and the Saints in the opening three and are good value for returns yet again.
Pieters (£4.5m) Defender
Last season Butland was a revelation before his injury and Stoke showed they are good value for defensive returns regardless of the opposition. Pieters is a cheap route in to Mark Hughes’s side and with an opening game against Boro, I’m predicting good things yet again.
Mee (£4.5m) Defender
Finally we have Ben Mee who has premiership experience from the season before last. Burnley play the Swans and Hull at home which could mean early doors returns yet again. Helping Mee will be Heaton who was fantastic last time Burnley played in the league.