Another gameweek has passed and managers had to wait an extra week this time around with the arrival of yet another dreadful international break- a nightmare for every FPL manager out there – although this weekend proved to be worth waiting; packed with lots of goals and action. Having said that, my four start performers for this week are Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Jamie Vardy and Philippe Coutinho who continued their scintillating form for another week. Having said that, thousands of managers have already rushed to add them into their teams before the inevitable rise in value, although this could prove to be a risky move with Champions League and Europa League games coming up and the risk of potential injuries looming in the background. Consequently, the best advice I could give managers right now would be to hold on to their free transfer and see how things play out during the European games before making any transfers for Gameweek 14.
Jamie Vardy was at it again, netting his 13th goal of the season and scoring for the 10th consecutive game, equalizing Ruud van Nisterlooy’s remarkable record of scoring in ten consecutive Premier League games. Vardy was doubtful for the away game against Newcastle with an injury that kept him out for England’s International games and with Ranieri being hesitant to risk his star man, his scoring record appeared to be in danger. However, it seems like nothing can stop “Vardinho” from playing as Leicester’s top goal scorer overcame the pain barrier and was included in the starting line up. The rest is history! Ironically, Leicester’s forward will be looking to break Ruud van Nisterlooy’s record against United over the weekend; the club where the Dutchman established his 10 consecutive game scoring record a few years back.
Harry Kane is starting to look like last season’s Harry Kane, breaking the deadlock against West Ham and managing to get a brace against the Hammers, netting his 7th goal in his last 4 Premier League appearances. At the friendly price of 9.5m a lot of managers will have him on their radar for the upcoming fixtures. With some mixed upcoming fixtures against Chelsea (H), West Brom (A), Newcastle (H), Southampton (A) and Norwich (H) Harry Kane looks set to continue his goal scoring form. Although Spurs have a couple of tough fixtures against Chelsea at home and Southampton away in their next five, Kane has proved in the past that it doesn’t matter who the opponent is as long as he is on top of his game. However, managers should be looking to free up cash for the 13.1m priced Kun Aguero, so for those spenders out there, spend with caution and spend wisely.
Romelu Lukaku’s return to form has seen him rack up 34 points in his last three games with goals against Sunderland, West Ham and a brace against Villa over the weekend, establishing himself as a serious contender for a spot in our teams’ frontlines with a favorable run of fixtures against Bournemouth (A), Crystal Palace (H), Norwich (A) Leicester (H) and Newcastle (A) in Everton’s next five outings. Everton’s big man looked really comfortable going forward in Goodison Park against Villa on Saturday and sitting at 8.8m at the moment, he looks nailed on and will be a “must have” for the Christmas period.
Philippe Coutinho continued his fine goal scoring record against City netting his 4th goal in his last 5 appearances against the Citizens, registering double figures in fantasy points for the third week in a row. Under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp the Brazilian has been a completely different player after an unimpressive start of the season. The 23 year old who is considered by many as the most technical player in the Premier League has rediscovered his form under the German coach, and with the emergence of Firminho in Liverpool’s starting line up as a false 9, the two of them have formed a deadly attacking duo over the past few game weeks. The game against City was a perfect example of the chemistry between the two Brazilians and their ability to terrorize any defense in the Premier League, with City undoubtedly feeling lucky getting away with only conceding 4 goals at the end of the day. Setting managers back just 8.4m, the little magician has some promising fixtures coming up by the time we’ll have reached New Years Eve, with games against Swansea (H), Newcastle (A), West Brom (H), Watford (A), Leicester (H) and Sunderland (A).
The king of assists was back at it again, racking up his 12th assist for the season after breaking the record for the most consecutive assists in a Premier League season last gameweek against Spurs. Who are we talking about? Who else other than Mesut Assist Ozil, the man who has assisted a goal for the seventh game in a row and is looking unstoppable at the moment. Ozil priced at 9.1m makes a strong case for the replacement of Alexis Sanchez (11.5m), as a lot of managers will want to save up funds for Kun Aguero and still have solid Arsenal coverage in their FPL teams. Another viable option would be doubling up on the Arsenal midfield for those who can afford it. With Aguero coming back from injury with a bang against Liverpool even though he was on the pitch for only 65 minutes, Kevin De Bryne (10.7m) is looking set to lose his “main man” duties and along with that his point returns. As such, a lot of managers will be looking for a cheaper option for that 4th midfield spot, with the likes of Ozil on his current form rising to prominence and with David Silva (9.9) returning to action after an ankle injury that has kept him out for City’s last 5 games, managers will be looking to invest their money on cheaper midfield options.