Fantasy Premier League throws us a curveball once in a while simply to retains us on our toes, which is what occurred this week with the information that Bukayo Saka has suffered an damage.
The precise winger was subbed off within the second half of final Sunday’s North London Derby in opposition to Tottenham after taking a knock on his foot.
On Tuesday Mikel Arteta revealed that Saka was “limping quite badly” after the sport and had not participated in coaching. When requested if he might miss the Bournemouth match in gameweek 7, the Gunners boss mentioned “it’s a possibility, yes”.
Arteta goes to present Saka each probability of being obtainable for this weekend, but it surely’s not wanting nice for the 22-year-old. His absence could be an enormous blow for FPL managers who personal him, as he has been so constant this season; solely Erling Haaland (58) has accrued greater than his 44 factors after six video games.
With the PFA Younger Participant of the Yr prefer to be out of motion for this week at the very least, we’ve put collectively a couple of doable replacements for you. As ever, in the event you plan on transferring out Saka, wait till as late as doable earlier than the FPL deadline to take action. You don’t need to promote him solely to search out out he’s really raring to go in opposition to the Cherries.
All statistics used on this article are from Opta.
FPL Deadline: Saturday, September 30, 11am BST.
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Fantasy Premier League: Four replacements for Bukayo Saka
Son Heung-min – £9.2m
The one midfielder in FPL to match Saka’s factors complete is Son Heung-min, who has regarded very harmful in his new position as Spurs’ central striker. That makes him a really engaging out-of-position participant certainly.
The Korean has extra targets (5) than every other midfielder, and though he’s far outperforming his anticipated targets (2.44xG), we all know he’s an distinctive finisher who will put away his possibilities most of the time.
The membership’s reinvention beneath Ange Postecoglou makes their attackers an alluring prospect as properly; they’ve had extra makes an attempt on objective (114) than every other aspect within the Premier League to date, whereas solely three groups have scored greater than their 15 targets.
Sonny’s one hundred and fiftieth objective for Spurs in entrance of the travelling devoted pic.twitter.com/ChrEs7QePO
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 25, 2023
The one disadvantage is James Maddison’s potential damage. The playmaker has gone for a scan after he was pressured off with a slight damage in opposition to Arsenal. If he’s dominated out of this weekend’s tie in opposition to Liverpool, then Tottenham’s ceiling is significantly decrease.
Jarrod Bowen – £7.1m
There may be such an abundance of high quality, inexpensive midfielders in Fantasy Premier League this yr that Jarrod Bowen has gone beneath the radar. However the West Ham attacker has already offered 4 targets and an help in six video games this season.
Bowen’s underlying stats are additionally encouraging: 12 of his 16 pictures have come from contained in the field, he has been concerned in six massive possibilities, created 4 possibilities, and has 2.92xG. He has develop into the Hammers’ important attacking menace and this weekend they’re up in opposition to Sheffield United, who’re contemporary off the again of an 8-0 humiliation in opposition to Newcastle.
In case you’re in search of a less expensive choice, then James Ward-Prowse (£6.3m) might be your man. His underlyings don’t pop off the web page, however he does have two targets and three assists. He’s additionally taking each set piece on a staff that may be very efficient on set items. One to think about.
Phil Foden – £7.6m
Six gameweeks into the season it appears mad to not double or triple up on the Manchester Metropolis assault. Solely Brighton have scored extra targets, they’ve the best xG and non-penalty xG, and solely Liverpool have had extra massive possibilities.
Though I wouldn’t classify Phil Foden as an absolute must-have asset, he presents nice worth at his value. The England worldwide lastly received his first objective of the marketing campaign on the weekend so as to add to his three assists, whereas he has additionally created 15 possibilities.
The boat could have handed for Man Metropolis’s attacking belongings as they’ve a combined slate of upcoming fixtures, however they do have Wolves away subsequent up; solely three groups have conceded extra massive possibilities than the Midlands outfit.
— Manchester Metropolis (@ManCity) September 24, 2023
Moussa Diaby – £6.6m
Aston Villa‘s star signing from the summer time, Moussa Diaby, has made an instantaneous affect at his new membership, scoring two targets and helping one other two in six begins.
The Parisian winger is thrilling to observe, though we’d prefer to see higher underlying stats from him. He’s solely had two massive possibilities in entrance of objective and is placing up simply 0.27xG per recreation, however he has created 4 massive possibilities for his teammates.
The foremost factor going for Diaby is Villa’s upcoming fixtures, which on paper look very good all the best way up till December.
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