So, a new season is almost upon us. Autumn days and freshly mown pitches await, crisp (expensive) new shirts adorn brand spanking new signings and renewed optimism fills stadiums up and down the land.
All of which lasts around a month before the pricey new boy is branded a flop, the manager is sacked and the team is lamented as useless. Everyone loves the start of a Premier League season, right?
Luckily while your team fails to live up to the unbelievably high expectations placed upon them during the summer, you can show them all how it’s done by registering your team to take part in GiveMeFootball’s shiny new official Premier League fantasy league! Catchy isn’t it?
The aim is simple; prove you are the best football manager of all the GMF fans out there! You have £100 million to spend on 15 players (full rules can be found here) and once you’ve set up your team - you’ll have to register here first - and given it the obligatory comedy name, you're ready to join the GMF official league – all you have to do is click here, go to 'Join a League' in the 'Leagues' tab and enter the following code:
Now you're ready to compete against your fellow GMF fans!
Why are Manchester United wasting so much time trying to sign Robin van Persie when you can have him in your side today for just £13 million? Fancy a punt on Chelsea new boy Oscar? £8.5 million and he’s yours!
Be quick, the first game week starts this weekend so in order to give yourself the best chance of winning you need to register by Friday at the latest. There are plenty of tools on offer to help you make the best choices for your team – so get involved now and join the fun!
There’s no prizes on offer but we’ll be giving a shout out the top manager each month as well as to the overall winner – so if you want millions of people to know how good you are, then step right this way….
In order to give you a little bit of a helping hand, we’ve gone through and selected a few potential bargains to get your team up and running below.
Check them out, get them in your team and start racking up the points…
Oscar, Chelsea, £8.5 million
The newly signed Brazilian demonstrated his superb ability with Brazil at the Olympics and looks ready to take the Premier League by storm. A rangy attacking midfielder with an uncanny ability to unlock defences, he’ll get plenty of points for assists, if Fernando Torres can put them away….
Pavel Pogrebnyak, Reading, £5.5 million
The Russian looked lethal while on loan with Fulham last season, and scored five goals from his first five shots with the Cottagers. Now with Reading, Pogrebnyak should be the Royals main source of goals.
Rickie Lambert, Southampton, £6 million
Another striker at a newly promoted club, Rickie Lambert has scored goals in every division he has played in so far, and looks capable of following in Grant Holt’s footsteps and making the leap from Championship to Premier League comfortably. Brilliant in the air, Lambert looks like being mighty fine bargain indeed.
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tottenham, £9 million
Sigurdsson can score goals and supply them in equal measure, can deliver poin-point crosses and is dangerous from dead-ball situations. Put all that together and £9 million sounds like an absolute bargain. If you’re still not convinced, check out his performance for Swansea last season and thank us later.
Santi Cazorla, £9 million, Arsenal
Another jack of all trades, Santi Cazorla can play a through ball as well as anyone and is a wonderful free-kick taker. Stick him in your midfield and watch the points roll in.
Michu, £6 million, Swansea
Linked with a few of the big boys before settling on a move to Swansea, Michu scored 15 times in La Liga last season for Rayo Vallecano and should be given plenty of game time under new boss Michael Laudrup.
Tim Krul, £5.5 million, Newcastle
One of the surprise packages of last season, Krul looks like excellent value compared to his big name rivals, allowing you to save a few million for those expensive big names up front.
Joe Allen, £5.5 million, Liverpool
Likely to be deployed at the heart of Liverpool’s midfield, Joe Allen was bough in by new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to do one thing; keep Liverpool’s passing ticking over. Allen is an excellent tackler and also gets involved with goals, so should accumulate plenty of points.
Tom Cleverley, £6 million, Manchester United
Now back and better than ever after a long spell on the sidelines through injury, Cleverley is ready to take his place in Manchester United’s midfield and receive the baton from Paul Scholes. He’ll go into the season with a few games under his belt unlike most others and Sir Alex Ferguson admitted United missed him badly last season – so no doubt he has a big role to play this time.
Yaya Toure, £8.5 million, Manchester City
Manchester City’s roving Ivorian is excellent value for money. Toure is amongst the most important players in Roberto Mancini’s side but costs less than some of his most high-profile colleagues. Be warned though, you’ll need to remember to transfer him out before the start of the African Cup of Nations.