“This is a rule of racing: No race has ever been won in the first corner; many have been lost there.”
Only two game weeks in but plenty has happened to shape the rest of the season. We have had the luxury of seeing most players play 180mins of football and we pick five whom have particular caught our eye.
Raheem Sterling (MCI | MID | 12.1) – The English forward already has 4 goals to his name and so far, he seems to have tremendously improved, even from his mercurial form last season. Last season, he played in 34 Premier League games and were only rested against lowly oppositions. With Pep, you never know but things suggest that he will be the core of the City team over the course of the season, especially since Leroy Sane is out.
His previous two seasons returned FPL points of 234 and 229 respectively, that is a ridiculous average of around 6 over 38 game weeks.
Teemu Pukki (NOR | FWD | 6.7) – The Finnish striker has already since his price rise by 0.2 and is the current Premier League top scorer with 4 goals. He has done very well in the two games he has played and look to be pivotal in the Canaries attack. He looks confident. his finishing looks crisp and we project that a 12-15 goals season for the striker, barring injuries.
Overall, Norwich looks solid going forward. They attack in numbers and create a lot of chances. At this juncture they look like a side who will stay in the Premier league.
Between GW06-GW09, Norwich enjoy a run of four winnable games and it seems astute at this point to get the Finnish into the team to capture his price rise.
Kevin de Bruyne (MCI | MID | 9.5) – For the whole of last season, the Belgian recorded two assists. In 180mins so far, he has registered three. He looks to back at his very best, getting into good positions and spraying chance-creating crosses. His fitness level had also been amazing, he has been delivering runs late in the games.
More importantly for FPL managers, KDB appears to be one of the first names in Pep’s team sheet. Over the three games (including the community shield), Pep has done some rotation (eg leaving out Bernardo Silva totally in GW01) but nothing suggests that he would rest KDB at least until the Champions League season begins in mid-Sept (after GW05).
In the 2016/17 season, KDB scored 199 FPL points and 209 the season after that. It was injuries that blighted his 2018/19 season but he looks like a solid bet to form the core of your team this season.
John Lundstram (SHU | DEF | 4.0) – Lundstram is perhaps one player the game makers at FPL got wrong, entirely. He is listed as a defender and at 4.0 – he plays center midfield and his points return to date suggests that his price is bound to be on an upward trajectory.
The Blades are an energetic bunch – what they lack in big names they make up in endeavour and tireless running. They were not overawed in their first two outings which has yielded them four points already.
Things will get tougher for sure but there is a huge incentive to pick up Lundstram very soon at this current price – he is a superb player to field especially if Sheffield United plays at home.
Tanguy Ndombele (TOT | MID | 6.1) – Ndombele has looked totally at home in the Premier League, settling very well into a Spurs team. He has already scored a superb goal in GW01 and provided an assist in GW02. He looks very apt going forward and ever likely to provide more contributions to goals over the course of the season.
Spurs will welcome Son Heung Min back on GW03 and things suggest that they are getting stronger as the season progresses. Furthermore, Spurs do not have a deep squad like City so weekly tinkering is not something they can afford to do.
Between GW05-GW09, Spurs enjoy a run of good games but Champions League also begins over that time. However, grab Ndombele at this price – he is a cheaper version of Son / Alli / Eriksen.
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