Who are the best Fantasy Premier League midfielders for 2022-23?
Midfielders are historically the best assets on FPL, with players who fall into that category quite often providing more goals and assists potential than forwards in the modern game.
Explosive wingers who cut inside are always popular, while central midfielders who dart into the box at every opportunity are also essential, and there is great value to be found from the top of your budget right down to the bottom.
With the game now open for another season, GOAL has a list of the top midfielders to help you pick the strongest possible squad.
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Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | £13m
Liverpool's Egyptian king Mohamed Salah was the highest scoring player on FPL once again last season as he won a share of the Golden Boot by scoring 23 Premier League goals.
Salah also recorded 13 assists, and his potential for both scoring and setting up goals will be as high as ever in 2022-23, especially now that he has £64 million ($76m) new boy Darwin Nunez to link up with in the final third.
Son Heung-min | Tottenham | £12m
The man who shared the Golden Boot with Salah last term is available for a whole million less than the Liverpool star on FPL in 2022-23.
Son Heung-min will be one of the most popular picks on the game again on the back of his best season yet for Tottenham, who appear to be heading in the right direction under Antonio Conte.
With Harry Kane and £50m ($60m) summer signing Richarlison to work alongside, Son will surely have plenty of opportunities to reach the same heights in the upcoming campaign.
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Kevin De Bruyne | Manchester City | £12m
Kevin De Bruyne recorded 15 goals and eight assists in 30 Premier League appearances last season to help Manchester City clinch their sixth title.
That haul earned the Belgian 195 FPL points, the fourth-best tally on the game for a midfielder, and that number could increase drastically in 2022-23.
De Bruyne will now have prolific Norwegian forward Erling Haaland to provide for, which boosts his chances of breaking the assists record he holds alongside Thierry Henry.
Raheem Sterling | Manchester City | £10m
Raheem Sterling will be a great option for FPL managers once again in the upcoming campaign, though he may not necessarily be turning out for Manchester City.
The England winger's output in the final third has been impressive throughout his seven-year stay at the Etihad Stadium, but he has the potential to improve even more, wherever he plays.
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Bruno Fernandes | Manchester United | £10m
Bruno Fernandes has scored 36 Premier League goals while laying on another 25 for his team-mates since joining Manchester United from Sporting CP in January 2020.
The Portuguese boasted 16 goal contributions last term despite the Red Devils' slide to sixth in the table, and is set to be central to the plans of new head coach Erik ten Hag, who has a history of bringing the best out of talented midfielders.
The fact that he is a renowned penalty-taker also bodes well for his points tally.
Jarrod Bowen | West Ham | £8.5m
Jarrod Bowen was one of the surprise stars of the 2021-22 season as he spearheaded West Ham's push for a top-four Premier League finish.
The Hammers ultimately fell short of their goal, but Bowen contributed 12 goals and 10 assists to their cause, earning a place in the England squad in the process.
David Moyes' side will be expected to come back even stronger and the 25-year-old will be a great option for managers as he continues to enjoy a key role in the Scottish manager's plans.
Bukayo Saka | Arsenal | £8.0m
Arsenal's Bukayo Saka appears to be getting better and better with each passing season, and supporters will hope that Mikel Arteta can unlock his full potential in 2022-23.
The 20-year-old managed 11 goals and seven assists in the Premier League last term, which were team-leading totals, and the addition of Gabriel Jesus could help him to improve on those tallies with the pair seemingly a match made in heaven given their pace and instincts in and around the box.
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Luis Diaz | Liverpool | £8.0m
Luis Diaz instantly endeared himself to Liverpool supporters with his explosive displays following a January move from Porto, helping Jurgen Klopp's side land Carabao Cup and FA Cup honours.
He could now nail down a role on the left of the Reds' front three following Sadio Mane's move to Bayern Munich, and will be a good alternative to Salah or can even double up alongside the Egyptian for any managers seeking to exploit the club's attacking riches.
Dejan Kulusevski | Tottenham | £8.0m
Juventus loanee Dejan Kulusevski also made a big impact in English football after arriving in the winter transfer window, scoring five goals in 18 Premier League games for Tottenham.
The Swede laid on another eight goals and could be a shrewd addition to FPL squads for 2022-23 given his penchant for driving towards the box and creating and finishing off chances.
James Maddison | Leicester City | (8.0m)
James Maddison had an incredible 2021-22 season for Leicester with 12 goals and 11 assists.
This puts him in the same bracket as that of Saka and Bowen. With no Champions League football next season, he will play maximum minutes for the Foxes which makes him a good pick.
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Philippe Coutinho | Aston Villa | £7.0m
Philippe Coutinho hit the ground running after returning to the Premier League on loan at Aston Villa in January, and his move from Barcelona has now been made permanent.
The Brazilian scored five goals and provided three assists to rake up 83 points last season. He comes at a bargain price of £7.0m and can be a robust addition if he stays fit throughout the season.
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James Ward-Prowse | Southampton | £6.5m
James Ward-Prowse is a perfect fit for a budget midfielder. He scored 10 goals and made five assists last season.
The Southampton star also happens to be a set-piece genius, which further enhances his profile.
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Harry Wilson | Fulham | £6.0m
Former Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson shone in the Championship for Fulham last season, providing 10 goals and 18 assists to help them secure passage back to the Premier League.
The Welshman's continued presence will be crucial to the Cottagers' chances of avoiding relegation, and if he can continue to pick out prolific frontman Aleksandar Mitrovic on a regular basis, he could prove to be an excellent budget pick on FPL.
Bruno Guimaraes | Newcastle | £6.0m
Bruno Guimaraes has already established himself as a cult hero among Newcastle supporters, having taken to English football like a duck to water following his switch from Lyon in January.
The Brazilian was primarily a defensive midfielder at the Groupama Stadium, but Eddie Howe saw his potential to play further up the pitch - a decision which reaped immediate rewards.
Guimares has hit five goals in 11 Premier League games for Newcastle to date, while also providing an assist, and looks set to kick on and reach far greater heights in 2021-22.