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FPL Rant: The Good, The Bad and The Mane Attraction

Sadio Mane: From Southampton to Liverpool

Let’s take a moment to laugh at those who took a point hit to transfer in Sadio Mane. And let's not even get started about the 4.5%, who thought they can jump the line by making him the captain.

 

 

 

To be fair, it wasn’t a bad decision to go with, but FPL has this undesirable proclivity to defy logic, and I just love it when it happens to someone else.

 

The Good Eggs

 

Harry Kane was the golden egg of the week, putting in his most emphatic FPL display of the season by playing a part in all four of Spurs’ goals in a home demolition of Stoke. Whoever captained him (both intentionally and unintentionally) have earned the right to gloat a bit. I did, and thus,

 

 

 

Kane has now notched seven goals in his last three home appearances and has the easiest set of fixtures ahead amongst the top six. If you were thinking to swap him for Aguero — to take advantage of a possible City double Gameweek 27 – you may now think twice.

 

His teammate Christian Eriksen, who was shipped by more than 45,000 FPL managers last week, had an impressive Europa League game midweek and has maintained that momentum with an 11-point return against Stoke. Not suggesting to buy him back but if you have him in the squad, keep him.

 

Manolo Gabbiadini is a predator inside the box and has added to his three goals tally in the Premier League with a brace against United in the EFL Cup. Costing just £6.6, Gabbiadini has already caught the FPL managers and is the top ‘transfer in’ of the week.

 

Cesc Fabregas, who was recalled for the first time since Gameweek 19, had an impactful night at the pitch scoring one and assisting another, but it isn’t guaranteed he will walk into the Chelsea starting XI. While Pedro continued his good form and seems to have sealed his place in the starting XI.

 

Patrick van Aanholt once again lived up to his reputation of returning the investment in big numbers. The opening goal paired with a clean sheet and maximum possible bonus points has seen him delivering his second 15-point haul and his fourth double-digit return of the season.

 

The Bad Ones

 

Burnley’s Ashley Barnes was touted as a budget solution in the coming weeks but the Austrian saw red in the KCOM Stadium stalemate which will rule him out for the next week.

 

Matt Philips, who has a laudable 19.5% ownership, didn't start and it later confirmed by the manager that the winger is set to undergo scans over his hamstring strain. Maybe, it’s time to drop him from your squad.

 

The potential of a double gameweek is exciting for Peter Crouch owners but Stoke’s current form isn’t that promising and the former England striker was withdrawn before the hour-mark for the second time in three Gameweeks. Not good signs, if you ask me.

 

Meanwhile, many weren’t pleased to see Eriksen denied assist for the Kane goal. But it’s perfectly within the official FPL rule on awarding assists, which states,

 

Assists are awarded to the player from the goal scoring team, who makes the final pass before a goal is scored. An assist is awarded whether the pass was intentional (that it actually creates the chance) or unintentional (that the player had to dribble the ball or an inadvertent touch or shot created the chance).

If an opposing player touches the ball after the final pass before a goal is scored, significantly altering the intended destination of the ball, then no assist is awarded.

 

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