As we ready our FPL squads for the Gameweek 6 of the Premier League season, some players are naturally drawing our attention, be that due to an attractive cheap pricetag or indeed perceived opportunity. Here @FPLJesus brings us some players he believes are under-owned when both those factors are weighed, and also a few players who he feels are over-owned. Who should you buy, and who should you bin?
Underowned – Buy
Alex Iwobi £5.8m, 0.7% ownership
If I asked 10 football fans at random “who had the most assists for Arsenal in 2016?” I’m pretty sure all 10 answers would be Mesut Ozil. That answer would be incorrect however as Ozil has hit just 3 assists this calender year, but after GW5, the right answer is now Alex Iwobi with 5.
The Nigerian Iwobi is only 20 years old, a possible reason for still being yet to complete 90 minutes in the league this season, but after 2 assists in GW5, one of which could have easily been a goal, the Arsenal player can be considered as a potentially great addition to fantasy football squads.
Iwobi’s three assists are the current joint highest in the league and at 0.7% owned offers an incredible differential entry into Arsenals midfield. Priced at £5.8m, he is the cheapest with an attacking threat but it is the attitude and self-confidence that is most exciting Gunners supporters, who have seen players like Oxlade-Chamberlain struggling to keep themselves in the team in recent seasons.
After Chelsea at the Emirates this weekend, Arsenal have a four week run of percieved easy fixtures; Burnley (a) Swansea (h) Middlesbrough (h) and then Sunderland (a). And with the Gunners fighting a battle on two fronts with the Champions league, it can be expected that Iwobi’s minutes will improve going forward as higher earners are rested for the midweek games. Either way, Iwobi has the form, low ownership and bargain price which could make him a superb option in the FPL this season.
Leroy Sane £7.8m, 0.2% Owned
Signed from Shalke in the summer, Leroy Sane is yet to start a game for Man City making his selection in the FPL unadvisable for the weeks gone by. However, recent substitutions for Raheem Sterling have given the youngster a taste of Premier League football.
The 3 game suspension to the preferred left winger Nolito has opened the door for Leroy Sane, who can fit in as a like for like replacement.
With Man City on fire right now, it can be assumed that manager Guardiola has drilled Sane for an immediate impact. 9 goals and 5 assists in the Bundesliga last season proves that Sane can do it on a big stage, while his young age of just 20 suggest an intelligent, quick player with huge potential.
While Man City fixtures include tough games against Spurs and Everton in the next three, differential hunters who were looking at Nolito (5% owned and £9m) will be encouraged by Sane’s 0.2% ownership. At £0.4m cheaper than his team mate Raheem Sterling as well, there could be value in backing the new boy.
Nacer Chadli £6.4m, 1.7% Owned
West Brom’s club record signing has certainly hit the ground running by having one of the best home debuts in recent memory during GW5’s 4-2 win over West Ham. Chadli scored 2 and assisted 2 racking up an impressive 21 points in the FPL.
Priced at £6.4m, Chadli is not an expensive option to bring into fantasy sides, and the 1.7% who have already picked him enjoyed an incredible points return in GW5 with immediate fixtures looking good too.
Chadli faces the current bottom two sides, Sunderland and Stoke in gameweeks 6 and 7 which makes for good timing for those managers hunting for an explosive low owned midfielder.
Overowned – Sell
Harry Kane £10.9m, 10% Owned
Despite scoring goals in his last two weeks, Harry Kane’s progress has come to an abrupt halt. Injured in the GW5 fixture vs Sunderland, it was confirmed in midweek that Kane would not be fit for at least a month as his ankle recovers.
£10.9m is too much for an unusable substitute in the FPL and owners should get rid immediately. With dearer players such as Aguero returning to action this weekend and Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing two consecutive home games this round and next, even taking a hit to bring in one of these alternative options would be advisable.
Kane’s ownership will fall sharply from its current 10.9%. Managers who hold on for even just one gameweek could see a significant price fall which could damage future transfers.
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Eric Bailly £5.5m, 14% Owned
Despite 3 man of the match performances in his first 5 Man United games, Eric Bailly has not been the force in the FPL his initial success suggested. A towering force at centre back, his strength and quality have impressed United fans, but it is his constant selection for league games by Jose Mourinho that has seen his fantasy stock rise.
United were tipped preseason for defensive success hence the high ownership in their back line, but clean sheet numbers are lower than initially hoped. Upcoming fixtures include the Champions Leicester City, Liverpool and Chelsea among the next 4, making future clean sheet points a distinct uncertainty. Considering the fact United lost their last 2 games and conceded 5 goals, trust in their defence has to be questioned.
Luke Shaw owners have been hit by injury to the left back this week but Eric Bailly owners might be wise to ditch their man too. With Chris Smalling fully fit and ready to return to the starting eleven, Bailly could find his minutes reduced. If Daily Blind is used out left to replace Shaw, Eric Bailly is likely to continue at centre back, however, defensive reshuffling is unlikely to benefit United with tough fixtures ahead and considering they don’t come cheap, I’d want to use that investment on other options.
Nathan Redmond £6m, 8.7% Owned
Pre-season lineups hinted that when the season started Nathan Redmond would be used by Southampton as an attacker. In Gameweek one Redmond was played high up the field and scored for his new side suggesting a serious option for FPL managers to think about.
Still at 8.7% owned, Redmond hasn’t contributed to any of Southampton’s goals since GW1.
The fact there are only three of them is damaging on behalf of all Southampton attackers who don’t look good in a Fantasy football context after five fixtures.
There is always interest when a midfield player is used upfront but unfortunately the potential has failed to live up to the promise. Since Charlie Austin has shown great form and Shane Long is capable of scoring runs himself, I think Redmond can only be considered a half decent midfield option at best.
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