- Leverkusen's Kai Havertz will set you back just 1.6M.
- Aaron Seydel has an outside chance of featuring against Bayern.
- Borja Mayoral pushing for a start against Hertha.
Christmas is a time of giving, so that’s why on Monday morning I came to work with a couple of pairs of binoculars: one for James ‘the Coach’ Thorogood and one for Matt ‘the Expert’ Howarth. I’m so far ahead in our mini league, they’ll need them, but if I continue to pull clear as I have over the last couple of weeks, telescopes will be in order!
That being said, I only picked up 109 points on Matchday 12 and I’m still outside the top 25 in the overall standings, so I’m not going to start blowing my own trumpet. Instead, I want to shift the focus to three Fantasy players everyone should be keeping a close eye on.
Kai Havertz (Midfielder, 1.6M, Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
Even before Kai Havertz was handed his Bundesliga debut, he had already left a lasting impression on me. I was having a look at SV Werder Bremen’s Serge Gnabry on Jogi Löw’s behalf when I saw who I thought was Leverkusen defender Aleksandar Dragovic, readying himself to come on. He was a great physical specimen, so you can imagine how surprised I was when it turned out to be 17-year-old Havertz!
Since that day in Bremen, when he became the youngest Leverkusen player of all time to play in the Bundesliga, Havertz has gone on to showcase his brute strength in a further four matches – including two starts. He also boasts an understanding of the game expected of players almost twice his age – something which was plain to see against FC Bayern München last weekend. Winning an average of 13 duels per game, he is an absolute must-have. No ifs and buts this time: I’m definitely signing him up this week!
Aaron Seydel (Forward, 3M, 1. FSV Mainz 05)
Compared to Havertz, 20-year-old Aaron Seydel is already something an old-timer. A tank of a striker, standing at 1.99m tall, he offered a glimpse of what he brings to the table in the UEFA Europa League in St. Etienne. A late introduction, he impressed right off the bat as a classic target man, cleverly redistributing the ball with his back to goal.
He was rewarded with his first Bundesliga start against Hertha Berlin, and repaid head coach Martin Schmidt with a goal and by winning 14 duels – the latter stat being of particular interest to Fantasy managers. Mainz host Bayern on Friday, and I’m very curious to see if Seydel once again keeps the out-of-form Jhon Cordoba out of the side. Whatever happens, remember the name!
Borja Mayoral (Forward, 5.3M, VfL Wolfsburg)
Real Madrid CF loanee Borja Mayoral is yet to play more than 15 minutes of a game this season, but that will probably change this weekend. Introduced at half-time in the 1-1 draw with FC Ingolstadt 04, the gifted 19-year-old was one of few plus points for the Wolves and is now pushing for a place in the starting line-up against Hertha Berlin. At just 5.3M, he is a very attractive alternative in attack.
Now let me sum things up quickly: You have to buy Kai Havertz! Seydel and Mayoral, meanwhile, are of more interest to the risk-takers among you. Now I must dash – I need to grab another coffee. The one James gave me tastes funny...