The international break is officially over!
FPL managers can look forward to a plethora of games from now until after the new year, which could make or break our FPL seasons. The festive period is right around the corner so let’s discuss players to consider for the upcoming game week.
Player to Buy – Youri Tielemans (£6.7m)
It’s no joke that Leicester City are having an incredible year so far.
Brendan Rodgers has rejuvenated the entire squad into believing they can battle with the big boys. With a victories over Arsenal and Tottenham, the Foxes are establishing themselves as a prime candidate to finish in the top 4 this season.
Youri Tielemans is quietly becoming a prominent piece in Rodgers’ arsenal. His permanent move has paid dividends already as he continues to adapt to the English game.
The Belgian is ranked 2nd in through balls, 9th in passes completed, and has the same amount of shots (28) as Sadio Mané. This season he has 3 goals and 3 assists, but one stat that sticks out to me is his minutes played.
Since the start of the season, Tielemans has played in all but 7 minutes of the campaign. From an FPL standpoint, that is extremely positive to see.
Here are the fixtures over the next 5 game weeks –
There are plenty of players on Leicester to transfer in, but at £6.7m and being owned by 10.3% of managers, Tielemans could be a great alternative if you are struggling to find the funds for other options.
Honorable mentions – Christian Pulisic (£7.4m), Sadio Mané (£12.0m)
Player to Sell – Callum Wilson (£7.8)
Early on in the season Bournemouth had issues defensively as they struggled to keep a clean sheet, although they always found a way to score a goal or two. Callum Wilson returned in the first 7 games of the season where he amassed a total of 46 FPL points making him an absolute delight to own.
Fast forward and the opposite is happening. Eddie Howe’s men are struggling to find the back of the net, yet they’ve become solid defensively, whilst Callum Wilson’s current form is becoming an issue for FPL managers.
The past 5 game weeks Wilson has managed a total of 5 shots leading to no goals or assists. His xG has plummeted and when Wilson doesn’t score, neither does the rest of the team.
My suggestion is to drop Wilson until he finds his form. At his price, you can find more confident alternatives like Tammy Abraham (£8.0m) or Raul Jimenez (£7.3m) .
Honorable mentions – Daniel James (£6.2m), Bernardo Silva (£7.9m)
Player to Hold – Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m)
Manchester City are struggling to find that spark we are all so used to nowadays. A few difficult losses have really proved that they are a beatable side.
Injuries have definitely played a part in their struggles, but with the amount of talent Pep has at his disposal, I find it hard to feel bad for the most expensive team in the EPL.
Despite their struggles, Pep always finds a way to gather his team together at the most challenging times. Kevin De Bruyne is the heartbeat of City’s attack however, the last few games he has slid down to a more defensive role as Rodri was out due to injury, but with the Spaniard back, I expect KDB to return as an FPL threat.
KDB is the assist leader (10) and ranks in the top 10 in through balls (6), crosses (108), and corners taken (72). The key to the Belgian’s success is how much freedom he is given by Pep.
With the added pressure of losing to Liverpool last GW, I really believe De Bruyne will be given that same freedom he enjoyed over the first 7 games and produce FPL returns.
The next 7 games will certainly test City, but this is exactly what the team could use as motivation to prove they are still the best team in the league
Holding KDB for at least another GW will see how Pep and the squad do against a hungry Chelsea side. I predict a high scoring affair with points coming from both juggernauts.
Honorable mentions – Mason Mount (£6.8m)