It was Brighton who came out on top over Newcastle this weekend, with a great 3-1 win over the Magpies as they head into the international break. And it looks like they’ve found the answer to their frontline questions, with an 18 year-old prospect making a bold statement this game-week...
Most will be familiar with Irish international Evan Ferguson (£6.0m), as he already had 7 league goals to his name prior to the recent hat-trick. The young forward looks to have become even more prolific with a little more experience, as he’s netted4 in 4 so far, which are incredible numbers to be putting up for such a cheap and not to mention young future star: a musthave if the need for a striker is there. Surely the rotation threats have to be diminishing as he continues to show glimpses of his world-class potential.
From one Brighton man to another, Kaouru Mitoma (£6.5m) has shown us his same and largely consistent run of form, which he’s been able to extend from the back end of last season, in turn earning him a spot in this week’s essentials list.Mitoma seems to have gone under the radar recently, with a drop in price back down to his original tag, despite only blanking in one game and even more impressively equaling the points tally of Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) in his first few fixtures.
It’s also been brilliant start for Brentford bagsman Bryan Mbeumo (£6.8m), who’s helped his side stay unbeaten in all competitions, whilst also pocketing 33 points- the most of any midfielder in the game as of now. I think we can all see that his price will continue to soar, so let’s do us both a favour and get him in our teams as soon as possible.
Watchlist: Ones to Watch
If there’s one thing this matchweek’s been synonymous for, it’s hat-tricks, with Spurs hero Son Heung-min (£9.1m) the first to do so. It’s been a quiet start for the forward up until now, and with so many cheaper and better value options, I’m yet to be convinced, although it’s definitely worth tracking hisprogress as he could easily become an essential sooner or later.
Another to keep a lookout for is former United starlet Anthony Elanga (£5.0m). Looking dangerous since his debut against Arsenal, he could be one to get your hands on if he can pursue a consistent run of form. Nottingham Forest will certainly be pleased with his 2 direct goal involvements in 4 games, but I’ll need to see more to include him, as despite hiscurrently cheap price, we continue to be spoilt for options in the midfield category this season.
Concluding this week’s Watchlist is injury returnee GabrielJesus (£7.9m). Even though he was the second most selected striker before the first gameweek, an injury has turned the tables for the Gunners star’s selection figures. However, a late substitution goal in a huge 3-1 victory over Manchester United will hopefully give the Copa América winner the boost he needs to continue his scoring form from last season. And the best time to get him in your teams is likely to be now, as I suspect this is as low as his price will ever be, especially if he hits the ground running post injury-return.
As we now enter the first international break of the season, it’s important to note that injuries need to be looked out for, which means I’d recommend avoiding transfers for called-up players, unless a price rise is imminent. Otherwise, kick back, relax, and enjoy the most depressing period of the footballing calendar.