Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
With Mark Schwarzer sold to Chelsea, expect the Netherlands stopper to be a safe choice if you’re looking to save the pennies with your goalkeeper. A recent signing from Roma, has kept 22 clean sheets in 51 international starts.
Joe Hart (Manchester City)
OK, not the cheapest option between the sticks admittedly, but the Manchester City custodian has started every Premier League match since April 2010 – and he only missed that match because he was on loan at Birmingham City and couldn’t play against his parent club – and kept a league-high 18 clean sheets last season.
Javier Garrido (Norwich City)
Created an attempt every four crosses he made last season, and with the Canaries record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel plus Gary Hooper on the end of them, should be a decent shout to fill that much desired ‘affordable full-back with attacking intent’ option in your team.
Glen Johnson (Liverpool)
The England right-back rarely misses a game, starting 36 out of the 38 Premier League matches for Liverpool last season. Was part of a mean defence that turned Anfield into a fortress last season, keeping 11 clean sheets in their 19 home league matches.
Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur)
Versatile French international can play in both midfield and defence, and has started at least 30 league games in each of the last five seasons for Toulouse, so is used to being an integral part of the team. Also chipped in with seven goals in Ligue 1 last season. He did, however, get booked nine times.
Leighton Baines (Everton)
Mr Consistency. The only outfield player to appear in every single minute of Premier League football last season, and made more crosses (145) than most wingers. No points will be awarded to you for originality, but, of course, points will be awarded for assists and goals scored by Everton’s first-choice penalty and free-kick taker.
Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
Scored five penalties in the Premier League last season, the equal most alongside Chelsea’s Frank Lampard. With the Gunners yet to add to their midfield, their vice-captain’s starting place is assured for the upcoming campaign. The Spaniard may have recorded 77 fouls in the league last season, but don’t let that put you off – he was only booked six times.
Pablo Hernandez (Swansea City)
Michu may have deservedly grabbed all the headlines for Swansea last season, but fellow Spaniard Pablo Hernandez quietly went about his business, contributing seven assists and scoring three goals.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton)
The powerful midfielder scored nine goals from midfield last season for Celtic and will be looking to make a similar impact in the English top flight.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich City)
Expect the tricky England Under-21 winger to flourish in the Premier League at Norwich City, after putting in some fine performances for Birmingham City. He played 42 times for the Blues last season, scoring twice with five assists.
Jon Walters (Stoke City)
Played in the last 91 Premier League matches – currently the longest active run for an outfield player in the division, and he’s the usual spot-kick taker for the Potters too. Don’t let the fact that he scored two own goals and missed a penalty on a horrendous day as Stoke lost 4-0 to Chelsea last season put you off, that can’t be repeated again, can it?
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
The creative Brazilian will aim to continue the impressive start he has made to his Liverpool career, with the 21-year-old contributing five assists and scoring three goals in the Premier League since joining the Reds in January.
Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace)
Signed from Peterborough over the summer for a club-record £5m, the striker will get plenty of chances to shine in the Palace team with last season’s top scorer Glenn Murray set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury. A bargain addition to compliment your marquee transfer up front. Took like a duck to water to the Championship last season after jumping up from the lower leagues.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
Your expensive, marquee signing. But not without good reason, top of the scoring charts for the last two seasons and it would be hard to bet against the prolific Dutchman becoming the leading scorer in the Premier League for the third consecutive season – a feat achieved by only two other players – Alan Shearer (1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96) and Thierry Henry (2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06).
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)
A cheaper alternative to Van Persie if your budget has taken too much of a hit before it’s time to pick the attackers. The towering Bosnian will get on the scoresheet whether he starts or comes on as a substitute. Scored six goals as a substitute in the league last season, only Reading’s Adam Le Fondre (8) netted more.