A first look at the midfielders
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One of the biggest signings in quite some time arrives at Göteborg, and Marek Hamsik (12.5m) is the most expensive player in the game. Currently injured but aiming to be back soon, the question fantasy managers need to answer is not if the former Napoli midfielder is a great player but if he is a great fantasy player. Goals and assists have dried up considerably in the last couple of seasons and he now sits at just 4 goals and 4 assists in 55 appearances over the last three years. Overall, he still has 121 goals and 100 assists in 520 games for Napoli throughout his career and he should provide Göteborg with quality going forward, but managers might still want to observe how he fits into the team before diving.
Sead Haksabanovic (12.0m) does not have the international merits of Hamsik but is just 21 years old and already a proven Fantasy Allsvenskan asset. The top scoring player in the game last season, despite a rather long slump in form, Haksabanovic could easily see double digits in both goals and assists if he remains at Norrköping. On the other flank Jonathan Levi (9.0m) frequently started when not injured, notching 9 goals and 5 assists in 25 appearances. With increased competition this year from players like Samuel Adegbenro (7.5m), Levi will have to demonstrate that he deserves a regular starting spot. Isak Bergmann Johannesson (8.0m) mainly thrives in a creative role, where he got 9 assists and 14 offensive bonus points last season, and is still very young and the fixtures for Norrköping early on look promising, facing 4 potential relegation candidates in the first 7 games.
Anders Christiansen (12.0m) had a mixed season and, with the introduction of Ola Toivonen (10.0m) often had his position slightly changed. Even so, he ended the season as the second highest scoring midfielder in the game. It will be interesting to see if he can find a way to up his attacking contribution even more, while trying to avoiding suspension.
Slightly higher up the pitch, Jo Inge Berget (9.0m) had patches of form reminiscent of the seasons 2015-2017 for Malmö, where he scored 35 goals and 19 assists in 97 appearances for the club. If he manages to stay a regular in the starting line up, he could provide a cheaper route into the Malmö attack.
Sebastian Larsson (10.0m) is demonstrating how important bonus is in Allsvenskan Fantasy. While 5 goals and 7 assists fine, his 22 offensive and 21 defensive bonus points is nothing short of exceptional. On most set pieces including penalties, Larsson looks a solid pick this season as well, even though AIK’s early fixtures look difficult.
Hammarby striker Gustav Ludwigson (9.5m) is now classified as a midfielder, so there will be some clean sheet points added to his total this season. With 9 goals and 12 assists last year he could provide some value. Teammate Darijan Bojanic (9.0m) followed his impressive 2019 season with an unspectacular 2020, netting 4 assists but providing 15 offensive and 8 defensive bonus points. Early adopters will be hoping for a return to form but the argument for shelling out the extra 0.5m for Ludwigson looks strong so far.
David Accam (8.5m) has had a few tough years lately for MLS club Chicago Fire, but he has impressive numbers before that. Between 2015-2017 he scored 38 goals and 15 assists in 84 appearances for Chicago Fire, while at Helsingborg between 2012-2014 he managed 38 goals and 12 assists in 81 games. Arriving on loan to Hammarby to get back into form, game time and composure in front of goal will be crucial to ensure he provides value at his price.
Paulinho Guerreiro has gone from a 12.0m forward to a 8.0m midfielder in the span of just two seasons, largely due to injuries and not quite finding his feet at Hammarby. Accam and Paulinho are a potentially explosive duo, but a cautious approach might still be the best approach from the start. Akinkunmi Amoo (7.0m) is proving a very popular pick but there is competition for his spot and at a very young age (18) it seems unlikely he will feature for 90 minutes regularly in the side.
Tobias Sana (8.5m) had a great season in a struggling Göteborg side, ending up as the joint fourth highest scoring midfielder with 134 points, alongside Rasmus Alm (8.0m). Sana hogged many set pieces last season (including penalties), which could prove important this year assuming he keeps them with Marek Hamsik in the squad. Regardless, he has been operating as an auxiliary striker at times during pre-season and given the seemingly consistent injury woes of Robin Söder (8.5m) he could find himself regularly deployed in that role until Marcus Berg arrives in the summer.
Leo Bengtsson (8.5m) thrived after the move to BK Häcken, scoring 8 goals and 4 assists in 25 appearances. After struggling for years at Hammarby to establish himself as first choice it seems the move to the other side of the country was just what he needed, alongside more faith from his coach. With Alexander Jeremejeff (9.5m), Tobias Heintz (7.0m), and Bénie Traore (6.0m) all looking good in pre-season, Häcken attack will be interesting to follow.
Djurgården’s Magnus Eriksson (8.5m) did not make the immediate impact that many were hoping for when he arrived during the summer transfer window last season. 3 goals and 1 assist in 13 appearances meant his price has been taken down a full 1.0m and now Fantasy managers will be watching to see what kind of form he has. Seemingly sharing set piece duty with Aslak Fonn Witry (8.0m) he needs to up his attacking contribution this season. Teammate Albion Ademi (8.0m) arrives from IFK Mariehamn where he scored 14 goals and 3 assists in 22 games and could provide a cheaper alternative, assuming he gets a regular starting spot.
Djurgården also have a four 7.0m midfield options, with Edward Chilufya attracting attention due to incredible pre-season form. The key to him unlocking his potential is fitness, something he has struggled with since signing for Djurgården in 2018. Chilufya and Ademi put questions marks regarding regular game time for both Nicklas Bärkroth (7.0m) and Haris Radetinac (7.0m), where form and opponent could dictate who starts and where they start. Elias Andersson (7.0m) could get regular playing time in central midfield and with 6 goals, 3 assists, but perhaps even more crucially 16 offensive and 15 defensive bonus points.
Some time has passed since Nabil Bahoui (8.5m) terrorised Allsvenskan defences for AIK, netting 32 goals and 17 assists in 72 appearances between 2013-2015. After some spells abroad, Bahoui came back in 2019 and has been struggling with fitness ever since. When he is fit and firing on all cylinders he is a strong option, but he might need to learn a thing or two from Sebastian Larsson and start to collect more bonus points
While Malmö pair Sören Rieks and Veljko Birmancevic both come in at 8.0m, the latter has been attracting the most fantasy interest. Rieks has impressive career number but struggled last year for form. He rarely gets bonus points, meaning goals and assists are necessary. Birmancevic just turned 23 and looks an interesting prospect but, as with all Malmö assets, minutes will be key. Adi Nalic (7.0m) could be one to punt on if you can stomach the rotation but his true value might really be unlocked if he manages to secure a loan move to another Allsvenskan club.
Rasmus Alm (8.0m) received a price rise of 1.5m after netting 9 goals, 5 assists, 7 offensive and 8 defensive bonus points last season. Ideally at this new price we would like to see a little bit more consistency than he demonstrated last season, or managers might be more tempted by his teammate on the other flank, Jeppe Okkels (7.0m).
Johan Bertilsson (6.5m) had a fantastic season for Degerfors in Superettan last year, scoring 19 goals and 8 assists in 29 appearances. This is not Bertilsson’s first time in Allsvenskan, where he has previously represented Örebro, Dalkurd, Östersund, and Gefle with overall good attacking stats. A very versatile player, he can slot in at multiple positions in attack but this versatility can sometimes be his biggest enemy, as he becomes a very useful option of the bench as well when Degerfors needs to switch things up. He should nevertheless be a regular but he is going somewhat under the radar in comparison to teammates Sargon Abraham (6.0m) and Victor Edvardsen (6.5m). Another Degerfors midfielder, Abdelrahman Saidi (5.0m), has been getting minutes and a few goals as well in pre-season. Saidi comes from Superettan club Norrby, where he got 7 goals and 8 assists in 26 appearances last season.
Mohammed Saeid (6.5m) spent much of last season in the shadow of Yukiya Sugita (8.0m) and Stefano Vecchia, but he did have a decent season in the end with 7 goals and 5 assists, relying heavily on penalties. With just 3 offensive bonus points all season, retaining penalties and potentially finding a new role in the reshaped Sirius attack will be key to him being able to justify the price.
Alexander Fransson (6.5m) might not be the most prolific Norrköping midfielder but 2 goals, 5 assists, 7 offensive and 9 defensive bonus points in 25 appearances, in a season where he really struggled to get going, indicates there might be more to come from Fransson if he can stay healthy throughout.
David Löfquist (6.5m) takes most set-pieces for Mjällby, including penalties. With 5 goals and 6 assists last season along with 10 offensive and 4 defensive bonus points, he will be relying on Mjällby being able to replicate last season’s attacking form, spurred on by big performances from Jacob Bergström (6.5m) and Moses Ogbu, of which the latter has since left.
Romain Gall (6.0m) has not found life at Malmö particularly easy in recent seasons, with loan spells at Örebro and Stabaek failing to get the once so industrious midfielder back to his scoring ways. In 2018 he had a breakout season, scoring 9 goals and 5 assists in 16 games for Sundsvall before moving to Malmö mid-season, netting 6 goals and 2 assists in 12 appearances. Back at Örebro for another loan, time is starting to run out for him at Malmö unless he impresses this season.
Alhassan Yusuf (5.5m) is living proof that you do not have to contribute goals and assists to still have relevance in Allsvenskan Fantasy, as his 2 assists last season pales in comparison to the impressive tally of 8 offensive and 27 defensive bonus points.
Varberg’s Albin Mörfelt (5.5m) scored 10 goals and 3 assists in 28 appearances for division 1 club IK Frej and could prove to be an important piece if Varberg are to have a second successful season in Allsvenskan, without the aid of Astrit Selmani (10.5m) and Gustaf Norlin (6.5m) who have since moved on to other clubs
Dennis Collander (5.0m) is attracting a lot of attention with his pre-season form, scoring 1 goal and 5 assists in 8 appearances. Just 18 years old, a successful season for him with a few goals and assists (and a subsequent sale) could prove crucial to Örebro’s chances of eventually starting to push on from a mid-table position.
Sebastian Nanasi (4.5m) has impressed in pre-season for Malmö and could be a surprise package for any manager hunting for bargains. He will get minutes, but a regular starting spot seems a lot to ask of the 18-year old. The biggest drawback to initial investment though would be taking up a potentially precious Malmö spot in our squads.
Adam Hellborg (4.5m), Jesper Gustavsson (4.5m), and Adam Carlén (4.5m) offer very little beyond regular starts but at 4.5 million, that might be about all you can ask for.