Fantasy Premier League 2013 Week 14: Defenders, Midfielders and Strikers to Sign

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City celebrates his team's fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Point-scoring opportunities will be plentiful as we head toward a frenetic period of football. So it may be the ideal time to give your team a bit of a revamp and freshen things up across the board.

So with that in mind, let’s take a look at a defender, a midfielder and a striker who could give your team the edge in this crucial period of the season.


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Cesar Azpilicueta, £6.8 million

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea is chased down by Ravel Morrison of West Ham during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at Boleyn Ground on November 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Bry
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After developing into a key player under Rafael Benitez’s brief reign as Chelsea boss, big things were expected of the Spanish international in his second season in English football.

He struggled to nail down a regular first-team spot in the early part of the campaign, but with Ashley Cole apparently out of favor under Jose Mourinho, Azpilicueta has been given a run in the team at left-back. Up to now, he’s been excellent there.

The Spaniard was tipped to push his way into the Spanish team for the World Cup next summer, and his obvious versatility will stand him in great stead. As for Chelsea, they are slowly clicking into gear under Mourinho, and with a host of games on the horizon, it will be a superb opportunity to establish a rhythm and pick up points.

Azpilicueta could be a key man from both attacking and defensive perspective and will be picking up fantasy points just as easily as his team will be picking up Premier League points.


Jack Wilshere, £6.2 million

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30:  Jack Wilshere of Arsenal celebrates victory after the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Arsenal at Cardiff City Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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The England midfielder looks to be on the cusp of a great run of form. 

He netted two goals for Arsenal against Marseille in the Champions League and has been hugely unlucky not to score in either of his last two Premier League outings. He has hit the woodwork against Southampton and Cardiff City and could very easily have four goals from his last three games.


Deployed in a wide position for long spells early in the campaign, Wilshere has found himself in a much more familiar central role in the last few games. And it shows, as those trademark bursts forward have been much more common and manifesting into great goalscoring opportunities.

There is no doubting Wilshere’s talent, but if there is one area his game can really improve, it is his goalscoring. Looking at the way he is currently playing and the positions he is finding himself in, you suspect Wilshere might be about to embark on a good run.


Alvaro Negredo, £8.6 million

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City shoots to score his team's fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Manchester, Englan
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There were plenty of eyebrows raised when Manchester City shelled out in excess of £20 million for Alvaro Negredo. But if early indications are anything to go by, then Manuel Pellegrini may have plucked a striker tailor-made for the English game.

Sergio Aguero seems to be bagging all the goals at the moment, but the former Sevilla man looks set to catch fire soon, too. It’s not as if the Spaniard has been wasteful in front of goal anyway, having scored five goals in eight league starts.

But City look as though they have another gear to up at home despite their ruthless performances. Not to mention, they can only get better when it comes to performing on the road.

The man dubbed "the beast" will capitalize on that, and he’ll help himself to a host of goals over the Christmas and New Year period.