How to get Lukaku in your FPL team
Lukaku (CHE | 11.5) put up a masterclass performance on his second league debut with Chelsea on GW02, scoring a goal to cap a wonderful afternoon for the Belgian.
From an attacking perspective, Lukaku was statistically brilliant.
He managed to take 7 shots from open play, 2 of which were on target. His expect goal (xG) was 1.30. He also made 12 successful passes in the final third and attempted 3 assists.
He certainly passed any eye tests with flying colours. His play with his back to goal was awesome and with his physique, he looks to be able to boss most Premier League defences.
In FPL words, he is a almost a ‘must-have’ at some stage of the season. He is currently owned by 19.5% of FPL, so for nearly 80% of the managers, the question is when to get him AND how to afford a 11.5 player.
Chelsea have the below fixture list for the next 10 GWs:
How to get Lukaku in your FPL team – Wildcard
The simplest method is to hit that Wildcard button.
Use it and simply build your new team around Lukaku and your other premium assets.
GW03 seems awfully early to use a wildcard but you know what they mean when they say “if you have to do it, you have to do it”.
Wildcard naturally eliminates the need to take a hit or two during the week to accommodate the Lukaku transfer but of course, there would be ramifications on using the Wildcard even before the transfer deadline is over.
If you are among the 7.2% of managers with Kane (TOT | 12.3) in your team, maybe it is time to replace him with Lukaku.
Kane played 18 minutes on GW02 and managed 1 shot on target against Wolves.
For various reasons, it is timely to drop Kane.
- His price has already fallen by 0.2.
- His future at Spurs is seemingly secure, but there is no telling of his motivation and drive for this current Spurs set-up.
- If by some extreme circumstance he does move to City before the deadline, chances are he would not start a Premier League match until GW04 at the earliest, after the international break.
Swapping Kane directly for Lukaku also means that no extra hits are required.
Replace Salah –> Jota
If you, like most other FPL managers, do not own Kane, the option to transfer in Lukaku necessitate at least two transfers AND getting rid of one of your premium midfielders.
Salah is owned by more than half of FPL (54.8%) and has already scored 20 FPL points so he presents much risk of non-ownership.
However, there is a possibility of cover, if you swap him for Jota (7.6), freeing up 4.9 ITB and then transferring out another forward.
The case for this is a fewfold.
- Jota has already scored twice in two games, making him hard to replace in the XI
- Firmino faces a round the world trip over the break and Jota is again firm favourite to start on GW04 at the minimum
- There is always a chance Liverpool accommodates Salah / Mane / Firmino / Jota in the same XI
Replace Fernandes –> Greenwood / Pogba
Another option is of course to get rid of Fernandes, who is currently owned by nearly 58% of the FPL universe.
Fernandes struck a hattrick on GW01 but had a disastrous GW02 (in FPL), blanking and getting himself booked (1pt).
Obvious cover for Fernandes is Pogba (7.7) or Greenwood (7.6), freeing up 4.4-4.5 ITB.
Pogba is enjoying a good spell in the assist front (5) and is nailed on to start every United game.
Greenwood, like Jota, is on 2 goals in 2 games but his place is less certain with Sancho (9.3) waiting in the wings. Surely United would not keep their stellar summer signing on the bench much longer?
Wait for GW04
Patience is a virtue – especially in FPL.
If you are struggling to get the cash for Lukaku and / or require a hit or two, why not wait?
On GW03, Chelsea visits Anfield, a venue where the home side’s last league defeat in front of a crowd was in Jan 2017.
From a career perspective, Lukaku has met Liverpool 17 times for 4 different Premier League teams. He scored 5 times against the Reds, providing 1 assist.
However, more importantly, Lukaku has failed to score against Liverpool in the 4 times he played in a United shirt over the 17/18 and the 18/19 season.
Over those 4 meetings, three center-backs played for Liverpool – Lovren (3), Matip (3) and Van Dijk (2). The likely center-back pairing for the Reds in the upcoming meeting is likely to be Matip-Van Dijk.
GW04 is also the first GW after the end of the transfer window and the first international break.
Deciding on a longer strategy with Lukaku with or without a wildcard just seems more prudent after GW04.
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