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Five players you need in your Fantasy Premier League team this year

:Headline: Five players you need in your Fantasy Premier League team this year:
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at the three players you need to build your Fantasy Premier League team around for the upcoming 2020-21 season
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With the Premier League season looming, many Fantasy managers have already started preparations for this year's game, looking to get the edge in mini-leagues and the global leaderboard.

If you are yet to begin planning, there is no reason to be concerned as we have compiled three must-have players for your side from gameweek one, providing the core as you head into the season.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the three key signings to fast-track your research, allowing you more time to look into Ladbrokes payment methods.

Seemingly a no-brainer, first up in any FPL squad should be Harry Kane at a cost of £12.5m in attack, given his almost unrivalled goalscoring ability.

If any doubts remained over Kane at the beginning of last season, they were quickly quashed as he went on to top the league for both goals and assists in a struggling Tottenham Hotspur side, hitting the net 23 times and assisting 14 times to earn 242 points for the managers that stuck with the English striker throughout the campaign.

Whether he will start the season in North London or in the blue of Manchester City, Kane will be the focal point of an attacking side, dropping deep to get involved in build-up play while also occupying key spaces in the box in his expert manner in order to find the back of the net.

His points haul last season, 48 more than any other attacker on the game, simply makes the 28-year-old a must-have, and any players willing to take a risk and go against the crowd by leaving out Kane will likely pay the price as the vast majority of users see their points soar thanks to the star forward.

The only player across FPL to top Kane's remarkable tally last season was Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes, who hit 244 points from midfield in his first full season in the English top flight after a blistering introduction to the side in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign.

The Portuguese midfielder netted 18 goals and 14 assists, making him the Red Devils' most crucial component, and thus not an option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to rest and rotate, with Fernandes fully expected to play in every game other than any injuries or suspensions that he may pick up.

As Manchester United's main creator in the middle, Fernandes is bound to rank among the league's top assisters again this time around, while their addition of winger Jadon Sancho, creating chances for the midfield star to arrive in the box and finish chances created out wide, will combine with his role as penalty taker to set him up for at least 10 Premier League goals once again.

If any more persuasion is needed, the African Cup of Nations at the beginning of 2021 should see clubs lose their important African players for a spell, meaning other big-hitting midfield options such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez will all miss crucial games, allowing Manchester United's star to race away at the top of the points charts.

Fernandes also led the league for bonus points last season, and with midfielders being better rewarded for goals than attackers, the Red Devils talisman more than justifies his £12.0m price tag in this year's game.

Rounding off the first three must-haves, and completing our cover of each outfield position, is star attraction defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is set for a strong season with Liverpool after a mixed campaign last year.

Now known for his immense crossing ability, the right-back has shown himself to be one of the league's most capable assisters, shown by the fact that he set up eight Premier League goals last season despite being far from his best for large portions of the campaign.

Given Liverpool's injury crisis last season, their players are bound to enjoy better and more focussed campaigns this year, as the Reds gear up for another title push with a rejuvenated squad.

Furthermore, the return of Virgil van Dijk from a long spell out through injury should hugely boost their defensive solidity, potentially seeing Alexander-Arnold collect a large tally of points from clean sheets.

With defenders especially rewarded in the Bonus Points System for attacking contributions, a premium option at the back is more than worth considering, and we would certainly not look past Alexander-Arnold to bounce back in style this year after missing out on Euro 2020 through injury.

While some players may instead opt for his opposite full-back Andy Robertson at £7.0m for a £0.5m saving, we certainly see the young English star leading the way for points among defenders this year, justifying the large price tag.

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