Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) enjoyed a fruitful return from injury, scoring and assisting emphatically in just over 20 minutes to earn his side a last gasp 3-2 victory at St. James’ Park.
The midfield dynamo is the ideal replacement for the injured Mohamed Salah (£13.1m), given that you keep the spare change for if or when you want to make the swap. For me it’s a no-brainer, as we’ve all how much of a game changer the Belgian can be for Pep’s side, and it seems that very little has changed since.
And with Haaland (£13.9m) returning soon, it’s bound to be assists galore for the foreseeable future. Especially as The Sky Blues face Burnley, Brentford and Everton in their next 3.
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From one returnee to another, Ivan Toney (£8.0m) marked his first game back with a controversial free kick, however a well taken one at that.
Brentford’s talisman looks to pick up where he left off, as The Bees look towards some tough upcoming fixtures. Although it’s worth noting that only Haaland and Salah can match the forward’s goal tally against top 8 sides from last season.
The England international also displayed glimpses of creative potential in his side’s 5-goal thriller, setting up some decent chances for his teammates, indicating we may see a whole wave of productivity from the Brentford star.
Luton’s Alfie Doughty (£4.5m) is certainly another to keep a keen eye on, as the former Potter has returned 6 direct contributions in his last 6, including a 9-point game against Newcastle in which the 24-year-old neither scored nor assisted.
The versatile defender’s creative output can only be matched by the game’s most expensive defender, as the Englishman holds his team’s corner duties, which along with his 14 crosses attempted, practically guarantees assists.
Diogo Jota (£7.9m) showed out spectacularly alongside Darwin Núñez (£7.4m), as the duo netted braces in a 4-0 demolition job over Bournemouth. My personal preference however leans towards Jota, as the Portugal regular provides himself as a cheap replacement for Salah.
The forward’s registration as a midfielder also makes for great value, thanks to his serious attacking threat, netting 3 goals and 3 assists in just 122 minutes over his last 3. In my eyes it’s also Jota’s creative potential that gives him the edge over his Uruguayan teammate.
Topping off this week’s review is Sheffield United’s new loan arrival Ben Brereton Díaz (£5.0m). The Chile starlet hammered his way through West Ham’s defence (pun intended) to net on his debut for The Blades.
Similarly to Jota, the registration as a midfielder is what makes his purchase a very much tempting one. And with ties to Crystal Palace, Luton and Wolves soon to come over the next 5, it could be a chance for Brereton to shine.
I’d personally be inclined to wait and see if consistency follows, but if you’re in the market for a midfielder and slightly desperate, by all means take a gamble. Let’s just say I won’t be surprised if it pays off...