FPL 22/23: Haaland INSTANTLY becomes the most POPULAR player pick

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The FPL 2022/23 season is here!

Although there is around a month to wait until we see the first live football action, you can still start creating your fantasy team, with player prices revealed and the fixtures announced.

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We're also surprised to see a name that isn't Mohamed Salah as the most selected player so far!

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Mr Popular

Going into the 2022/23 season, we were sure there was one man who would make everyone's squads - Mohamed Salah.

After an excellent campaign last year where he came out on top as the highest scorer with 265 points, it seemed like a no-brainer.

However, FPL managers have been swept up in the furore surrounding Manchester City's new boy Erling Haaland, with 64.4% of players selecting him for their side.

Maybe the £13.0m price tag on Salah is just too steep for some to justify, but there are also some very good reasons to back Haaland over him.

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To Sign, Or Not To Sign?

We'll lay our cards on the table and start by saying - yes, sign Haaland!

He has been a goal machine whatever side he is playing in, averaging more than one goal involvement per game in his last three seasons and at international level for Norway.

If he can continue that run it would be silly not to get him in your FPL side, and it is easy to see why he has the backing of so many managers.

At £11.5m he is one of the most expensive players in the game, but we're sure he will be worth every penny.

However, there are a couple of things that could put FPL managers off of signing him.

FIFA 22 Haaland Man City
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HIGH-FLYER - We back Erling Haaland to battle for the Golden Boot this season

First off, he is not proven in the Premier League and could require time to settle in at City.

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If he isn't firing from the start his price could drop quickly and those that didn't select him will be very vocal about their superior decision.

Yet, settling in doesn't seem to be a problem for him, as - despite making the move mid-season - he started his Borussia Dortmund career with seven goals and an assist in his first three matches!

Another issue that could crop up this season is an ongoing injury problem he has, which saw him miss 10 Bundesliga games last season and vital European clashes.

Still, 20 goals and five assists in 23 league games is pretty good going.

FPL 2022/23 is LIVE

The official FPL Twitter account revealed that access to the new FPL season would start in July, and the game went live on Tuesday, 5 July at approximately 4:30pm BST.

Last year Liverpool's Mohamed Salah topped the chart with 265 points, closely followed by Heung Min Son with 242 points.

A couple of defenders, Trent Alexander-Arnold (208 points) and Joao Cancelo (201 points) also made up the top five, with West Ham's Jarrod Bowen a cost-effective choice after his 206 points haul last campaign.