With Salah and Haaland costing a combined (£26.8m) this season, it’s no wonder as to why we’ve seen so many without Salah in their teams, especially with the main emphasis being on Haaland, who is currently owned by over 86% of FPL gaffers. However things seemed to have changed, as now it’s the Egyptian superstar who sits on 75 points, the most of any player as of yet, which begs the question- is he really a must-have?
For me the answer is an undoubted yes. The three-time Premier League top-scorer has netted over 30 points in his last 2, and faces Nottingham Forest, Luton and Brentford in the next 3, meaning points are very unlikely to be problem. His red-hot form will more than make up for the heavy expense, especially with the arrival of cheaper options such as Pedro Neto (£5.8m). The Wolves man still tops the league tally for assists, and has now returned points for 7 games on the bounce.
Watchlist: Ones to Watch
Now that Brighton’s Solly March (£6.3m) is out with a long-term knee injury, Simon Adingra (£5.0m) may be set to have a more permanent role in the starting line-up. The Ivorianinternational’s creative threat has made him one to look out for, as he’s created the most big chances out of any Brighton player in the last 5. The Seagulls face Fulham, Everton, Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest in their next 4, meaning it’ll likely be points galore for the likes of Adingra and Mitoma (£6.5m)- another safe bet for points whilst Brighton face promising fixtures.
Despite blanking for 4 gameweeks on the trot, Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo (£6.7m) has finally delivered the goods, as his side went on to cruise past Burnley. The Cameroonian assisted and finished in fantastic style to grab a mouth-watering 14 points, and although The Bees approach tricky fixtures to say the least, it’s worth keeping an eye out for their current main man.
Completing this week’s Watchlist is none other than Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka (£8.5m). After a short-lived absence from the side, the England regular assisted Arsenal’s equaliser at the weekend, again reminding us of his essential status. His points per game tally can only be bettered by Salah (£12.8m) and Son (£9.5m) in terms of the midfield department, however his much smaller price tag makes his purchase all the more worthwhile, especially considering that The Gunner’s next fixture is at home to Sheffield United
Final Thoughts: Captaincy Dilemma
Whilst some may go for Saka (SHU H) or Watkins (LUT H) as differential options, I’d personally advise giving Salah (NFO H) the nod this time around. You just can’t go wrong with the Liverpool legend, and it’s fair to say Haaland isn’t quite up there with a Manchester Derby coming up, which also sadly happens to be away from home, deterring me even further from the Norwegian goal machine.