As the dust settles on the latest international break and GW9 fast approaches, it’s about time the classic Twitter template comes to the fore.
At this stage of the season we have a pool of data, multiple eye tests and of course common sense. Bandwagons are a plenty and its about time the next one is due.
Let’s take a look at the past bandwagons, begrudge the ones we’ve missed and highlight the ones that have since derailed.
Normal service has been restored as once again, a Liverpool asset in Sadio Mané leads the way in this weeks bandwagon numbers with a massive 325,833 transfers in as of Wednesday night.
Mané’s 12 points in GW8 has FPL managers jumping on the electric winger at the expense of his teammate Mo Salah, who has an almost identical number of transfers out in comparison, with 321,588 managers ditching the Liverpool midfielder.
Mané must have missed the memo, as the following 4 bandwagoners have shown up in blue with Abraham, Mount, Pereira and Maddison completing the top 5 list for transfers in so far this week.
The two Chelsea boys have seen their stock rise this week with 226,785 and 214,015 transfers in respectively ahead of a home fixture against a Newcastle side on cloud nine following their victory at home to Manchester United before the international break.
Abraham (42.2%) and Mount (34.9%) are both extremely highly owned and proving unavoidable value to FPL managers this season. If you’re not already onboard I suggest you get on at the next stop because these two boys aren’t slowing down any time soon, with both getting on the scoresheet last time out vs Southampton.
It’s not just Chelsea with a favorable fixture in GW9. The return of Premier League football sees Leicester take on Burnley at home and the Pereira and Maddison bandwagon looks set to continue with both players seeing over 100,000 transfers in each.
Another Leicester asset, in Jamie Vardy, deserves a mention too, with 3 double digit hauls so far this season, upcoming fixtures against Burnley, Southampton and Palace will only see this particular bandwagon gain traction.
Potential Bandwagons – GW9 Onwards
Callum Wilson – £7.9m – 13.3%
With reservations surrounding Pukki and Norwich altogether currently, I expect Callum Wilson to start picking up traction again.
Before last GW, he was one of the 3 players to have returned in every single GW to that point, along with big hitters Aguero and Aubameyang.
With the above fixtures on the horizon and more trust in a team and asset that is proven in the Premier League, I expect Wilson’s stock to rise significantly this and next week, with sales of Teemu Pukki.
Whilst his underlying stats don’t set the world alight in the last 4 gameweeks, with 10 goal attempts, 8 inside the box and only 19 penalty area touches, he tops the the lot for receiving big chances (7) in that time, along with Aguero, which has earned him the joint most goals in this time as any other player.
Aaron Connolly – £4.5m – 1.1%Embed from Getty Images
Aaron Connolly earned his first start for Brighton in GW8 against a disheveled Spurs side and seized the opportunity by putting two goals past the North Londoners earning himself the 3 bonus points in the process.
Connolly went on to impress me during the International break for a very weak Irish side, he was the shining light in both fixtures albeit for a very limited amount of minutes.
I expect Connolly to kick on from here and gain Potters trust to lead to line for Brighton alongside Maupay. Despite Connolly’s two goals against Spurs, there isn’t much else to analyse with his lack of minutes but this is one player I can confidently say passes the eye test with flying colours.
Raul Jimenez – £7.1m – 8.8%Embed from Getty Images
The wolves striker has had a slow start to the season trying to balance a Europa league run with the demands of the Premier League.
As expected, Wolves have struggled to perform to last seasons standards in both competitions, but the week before the International break proved they haven’t lost it all yet.
A win mid-week against a tough Besiktas side in Europe and then a valiant victory versus the Champions Man City prove Wolves aren’t to be dismissed just yet.
Jimenez bagged a brace of assists against City setting up Adama Traore twice in the final 20 minutes of the match – his efforts earned the Mexican 2 bonus points in the process.
Wolves have a great run coming up with Arsenal being the only top 6 side they face in their next 8 matches in the Premier League. Jimenezs’ ownership is currently just under 10% and only 25k net transfers in this week shows that FPL managers are still approaching him with caution.
If there was ever a time to hop on Raul Jimenez it’s now, so why not put faith in last years surprise package again?
This article was written by Fionn – you can find him on Twitter here >> @fionnr_