After an action-packed week of dramatic and unexpected results, it appears we have a whole bunch of unavailable players to deal with. With the likes of Cash (£5.2m), Burn (£4.7m), Udogie (£4.8m) and even Haaland (£14.0m) now also in positions of jeopardy, let’s take a look at some of the solutions to our problems.
I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise that Jérémy Doku (£6.6m)gets the first mention of this week’s review. The new arrival has exceeded expectations and then some, as he stole the show in smashing Bournemouth 6 goals to 1 thanks to his 5 direct goal contributions throughout the full ninety. The Belgian star should look to get more consistent minutes thanks to his impressive displays as of late, which would further encourage the purchase.
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Seen as most of the unavailability worries are at the backline, it’s only right we start from there. Arsenal were unlucky to suffer their first loss of the season in a slim affair with Newcastle, in which William Saliba (£5.2m) again showed why he’s starter every week for the Gunners, despite the 1-0 deficit. For me he’s a great value for money option, who will be guaranteed to feature in favourable fixtures against Burnley, Wolves and Luton which are yet to come.
Looking over to the victors of the closely run affair, it’s been fair to say that Magpies skipper Jamaal Lascelles (£4.0m) has had a key part to play in the keeping of 3 clean sheets in the last 5. The centre-half offers as much cheaper alternative to Saliba, and is criminally cheap as a guaranteed start for the time being. I’d definitely recommend owning both if you can,however Lascelles is a much better way of freeing up cash to spend elsewhere in your side.
In terms of West Ham’s options, although they fell to a 3-2 defeat to Brentford in a competitive and entertaining spectacle, there are still certainly some promising talking points to be made. Take for example Mohammed Kudus (£6.5m), who has looked to be a great addition to the Hammers’ side, as he found the net in spectacular fashion, looking dangerous throughout. It would be unfair not to also mention Jarrod Bowen (£7.4m) who found the net after Kudus struck the post, continuing his impressive goal-scoring form. I’d definitely recommend keeping an eye on the two, especially after taking a look at their promising fixtures on the horizon.
Now that so many FPL bosses have used up their Wildcards, key decisions have to be made, and it’s important you make the right ones. Remember to prioritise on replacing those out for the long-term, and please don’t even thinking about switching for Haaland: we both know there’s no way of that ending well.