FPL GW23 Picks
Nick Pope (£5.5m / 11.4%)
It is not often I recommend the purchase of a goalkeeper, however, with the announcement of the rescheduled games, Burnley’s next fixtures look incredibly favourable (BHA, cry/FUL, WBA, tot). This could be a fantastic opportunity for managers to ditch either Johnstone or McCarthy, who have been performing very badly of late.
Pope is the 2nd highest scoring goalkeeper of the season, just 7 points behind Martinez, and has the highest number of Saves (27) in the last 4 game weeks. If there was ever a time to make a goalkeeper transfer, it is now.
Michael Antonio (£6.7m / 21.0%)
With 33 points in the last 5 game weeks (almost 7 points per game) Antonio has made a big impact on his return from injury. He is 2nd for shots over the last 4 game weeks and joint top for Big Chances Created.
West Ham’s next fixtures are mixed (ful, SHU, TOT, mci), however with the stunning debut of Jesse Lingard, we could see more attacking opportunities opening up for Antonio. The only real negative is that West Ham currently do not feature as a double in either GW24 of GW25, however, I believe Antonio’s prospects outweigh this.
Ben Chilwell (£6.0m / 20.1%)
It is difficult to see where Chilwell fits in to Tuchel’s plans and therefore he may start getting games but, for me, having a premium defender who is not injured, but hasn’t started the last two games, is a waste of a defensive spot which could be filled by one of a number of excellent options (Wan-Bissaka, Cancelo, Dias, Cresswell, Justin).
James Rodriguez (£7.7m / 8.8%)
With only one return in his last four appearances, it would seem that Rodriguez is struggling to get back to the form he was in at the very beginning of the season. His goal against Leicester will have raised some eyebrows, however, Everton have been up-and-down of late and their next fixtures (mun, FUL, MCI, liv, SOU) are equally a mixed bag.
With Maddison, Zaha and Grealish looking much better options for the money, I would recommend getting shut of Rodriguez soon.
Ilkay Gundogan (£5.9m / 19.4%)
I’ve seen many managers discussing transferring out Gundogan due to the difficulty of Man City’s next two fixtures, however, a sub-£6m midfielder averaging almost 9 points-per-game, who is about to feature in a double game week, needs to be kept hold of.
Gundogan also passes the eye test; he has been playing extremely well and seems to be making all the right decisions on and off the ball.
There is, of course, the constant risk of rotation but I think Gundogan has been a key player for City and has plugged the creative gap left by Kevin De Bruyne. Pep, I believe, will be less inclined to drop him.
Heung-Min Son (£9.7m / 56.1%)
As a non-owner, I have felt a great deal of relief that Son has not been returning his last 3 matches. I can therefore understand why owners are losing patience with the South Korean. If the shoe were on the other foot, however, I would probably be inclined to keep him.
Apparently, Kane is making excellent progress with his injuries and should be back soon. Kane’s presence and impact on the team should not be underestimated and this will have a positive impact on Son.
I do not believe Son is incapable of scoring without Kane and he has a very easy fixture against West Brom to prove himself. While I would personally fall short of giving Son the armband, I also wouldn’t be getting rid of him either.
Spurs next fixtures are (WBA, mci, whu, BUR).
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