Fantasy Premier League Transfers 2013: Valuable Youngsters to Include This Year

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2013

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17:  Luke Shaw of Southampton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on August 17, 2013 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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One week into the Barclays fantasy football season, it's already time to start considering which players will frequent your team across the entire campaign.

The opening weekend saw a number of youngsters perform admirably with displays that not only saw their teams to victory, it produced a slew of early points for those who showed faith from the off.

Which starlets can do a season-long job in your squad? Read on to find out.


Christian Benteke, Aston Villa, £9 million

Let's start with the most explosive and obvious youngster for inclusion. Christian Benteke has proved himself as a Premier League start with 19 goals in his debut 2012-13 season. He has already netted three goals in two games with encouraging performances against Arsenal and Chelsea this campaign.

As reported by Brendan McLoughlin of the Mirror, the Belgian has scored more Premier League goals this calendar year than any other player. He leads the Villains' line with confidence beyond his years, suggesting the 22-year-old has plenty of room to improve across the coming season.

With speedsters such as Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann bouncing off his sturdy hold-up play, Benteke is more than likely to add a decent amount of assists to his goals. While he's a sucker for racking up yellow cards, Benteke will receive plenty of chances to increase his points and value across the season.


Luke Shaw, Southampton, £4.7 million

Southampton fans may fear for Shaw's future in the coming days. The energetic full-back racked up the key assist in his team's 1-0 opening-day win over West Brom and has aroused the interest of clubs such as Manchester United, as reported by Paul Joyce of the Express.

Faith in the 18-year-old has already captured the imagination of many fantasy football players. Shaw's value has increased 0.2 across the first week of play, indicating a run of form could significantly add to his value.

The fast-paced, confident left-back loves to get forward and support Mauricio Pochettino's attack with accurate crosses and passes into Rickie Lambert, who is prone to sticking the ball away.


Ross Barkley, Everton, £4.7 million

It looks as if Barkley has convinced Roberto Martinez to give him a starting berth at Everton. The 19-year-old has flirted with a first-team place in previous years and repaid his new manager with a stunning goal during the 2-2 draw against Norwich.

Barkley is a powerful presence who looks to get the ball down and play it. Now that Marouane Fellaini appears to be sitting deeper in midfield, Barkley is likely to be given a starring role behind Nikica Jelavic or Arouna Kone.

Should Fellaini head to Manchester United, as reported by Dominic King and Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail, he will receive greater responsibility as the transfer window comes to a close.


Antonio Luna, Aston Villa, £4.5 million

Luna's two competitive Aston Villa appearances have amounted to an excellent goal at the Emirates and unfortunate own goal at Stamford Bridge.

The 22-year-old is an exciting player who fits in perfectly under Paul Lambert's tutelage, adhering to the manager's policy of developing young talent.

The Lunatic, as he shall be known from here forward, is an excellent interceptor of the ball and quickly pushes possession onto his front foot in order to bomb up the wing. While he isn't the most disciplined defender, Luna's willingness to offer an attacking outlet should see his value rise in the coming weeks.