Johnson can deliver as budget forward

The Scout assesses player prices in 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League and their implications.

Nottingham Forest

Brennan Johnson (£6.0m) has the early schedule to announce himself as a major source of value for managers this season.

The Nottingham Forest star was a huge success under head coach Steve Cooper in last season’s Championship.

Johnson scored 18 goals and also provided 10 assists, both team-leading totals.

Having earned the vast majority of his minutes playing in a front two in 2021/22, the 21-year-old is listed as a striker in Fantasy.

He is the same price as his new strike partner Taiwo Awoniyiwho arrives with 15 goals for Union Berlin in the Bundesliga last season.

Forest’s opening three games, against Newcastle United, West Ham United and Everton, give Johnson and Awoniyi the chance to emerge as successful value options.

Everton

Meanwhile, managers will have to pay £8.0m to own the Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The Toffees striker missed most of last season through injury but returned to peak form towards the end of the campaign with two goals and one assist in his last three games.

Calvert-Lewin could also face penalties for Everton following Richarlison’s departure to Tottenham Hotspur.

Nevertheless, his relatively high price tag could persuade some managers to switch to the midfielder Anthony Gordon (£5.5m) on a run of favorable opening matches for Frank Lampard’s side.

Everton will face Aston Villa, Forest, Brentford and Leeds United in the first five Gameweeks.

See: All 2022/23 player prices revealed

Also in this series

Part 1: Saka rises after career best campaign
Part 2: Haaland cheaper than De Bruyne
Part 3: Brentford offers early value
Part 4: Salah rises in price, Jota now a striker
Part 5: Big drops for Ronaldo and Fernandes
Part 6: Wolves wingers may be budget favorites
Part 7: Havertz now an attacker, Bowen climbs in cost
Part 8: Guimaraes can be a budget gem
Part 9: Son costs more than Kane, Perisic a defender
Part 10: Vardy drops in price, Maddison increases

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