Simon Adingra emerges as tempting Dream Team option with Kaoru Mitoma sidelined | The Sun

Kaoru Mitoma (£3.9m) is the ninth-most popular midfielder in Dream Team at the time of writing.

But the Japanese winger is likely to be among the most transferred-out players ahead of Gameweek 13 because of availability concerns.

Roberto De Zerbi should provide an update later in the week but at this stage it's thought Mitoma will not travel with the Brighton squad to face Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Gaffers seeking a replacement might be wise to include Simon Adingra (£2.8m) on their shortlist.


The 21-year-old was the Seagulls' best performer just prior to the international break.

He banked 15 points in Gameweek 11 thanks mostly to his decisive display in Amsterdam in the form of a goal and an assist against Ajax in the Europa League.

Adingra then followed up with an 11-point haul in Gameweek 12 despite Brighton's underwhelming draw with Sheffield United at the Amex.

The Ivory Coast international scored the hosts' only goal and earned three bonus points in the process to continue his impressive individual form.

Statistically, Adingra is one of Dream Team most in-form midfielders as he's averaged 8.7 points-per-game across his last three outings.

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Only Cole Palmer (£3m), Phil Foden (£4.7m), Bukayo Saka (£6.5m) and Raheem Sterling (£3.8m) have registered more points in their last three fixtures.

Mitoma remains Brighton's top performer in Dream Team with 83 points to his name but Adingra has closed the gap in recent weeks – he's now just 11 shy of his team-mate on 72.

However, the ex-Nordsjaelland winger is currently £1.1m cheaper than his team-mate and he's also scored more goals than Mitoma this season.

Individual performance is what really matters but some Dream Team bosses may be concerned about Brighton's collective form.

De Zerbi's side are well placed to progress to the Europa League knockouts but they're without a win in their last seven domestic fixtures.

Still, Gameweek 13 should be considered a favourable one for Adingra and company with an away trip to AEK Athens hot on the heels of their meeting with Forest.

Looking further ahead, Gameweek 15 appears ripe for returns too with the Seagulls set to face Burnley and Marseille in consecutive home games.

In conclusion, Adingra is a cheap, in-form option with relatively favourable fixtures ahead who should be guaranteed plenty of minutes.

Right now he features in just 0.6% of teams, making him something of a hidden gem.

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