Buy, Sell, or Hold – FPL Gameweek 25

Player to Buy – Adama Traore (£5.8m)

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool FC - Premier League : News Photo

It’s no secret that Adama Traore is quickly establishing himself as a major FPL player. His play as of late is catching the eye of many European clubs that will look to sign him over the Summer. If his form continues to improve and if can develop his game even further, I would expect him to become a superstar in the next couple seasons.

Adama’s statistics this year are looking hot from an FPL perspective. Especially since many people didn’t expect to see such a drastic improvement in his game so quickly. To put it into perspective, Traore only had 44 points in all of last season!

Stats speak for themselves –

  • Tied for 3rd in assists (7)
  • 1st in successful dribbles per game
  • 2nd in player rating

Those statistics alone prove that Traore is a must own. At £5.8, his value and return rate is fantastic. Currently his ownership is around 19% so the word is out there and FPL managers are well aware of his capabilities.

Wolves next run of fixtures look appealing as Man Utd, Leicester City, and Tottenham are all having trouble defensively. After that, things get mouth watering. See below.

Wolves are playing very well right now and the combination of Traore and Jimenez are improving on a monthly basis. My advice is to buy now in case his price rises even further.

Honorable mentions – Chris Wood (£6.2), Troy Deeney (£6.3)

Player to Sell – James Maddison – (£7.6m)

Aston Villa v Leicester City - Carabao Cup: Semi Final : News Photo

James Maddison is definitely a player with great ability. He’s proved his worth over the past couple seasons since joining from Norwich, but his form as of late is troubling from an FPL perspective.

The immediate signs aren’t horrible, but in the last 3 games he has a total of 6 FPL points, with no assists or goals to his name. What’s worse is that those blanks came against Southampton, Burnley, and West Ham; 2 of which were home fixtures.

Leicester City as a team look a little out of sync. The schedule over the next few weeks is making me think that Maddison is someone you could sacrifice for either a cheaper option with better fixtures (Traore), or a more expensive midfielder in better form (Salah).

The eye test is big for FPL and I consider it when I decide who to transfer in and out. At the moment, Maddison is in a bad run of form and with the match ups coming up, this could make or break Leicester’s season. My advice is to sell now.

Dishonorable mentions – Sadio Mane (£12.3), Raheem Sterling (£11.7)

Player to Hold – Jamie Vardy (£9.9m)

Burnley FC v Leicester City - Premier League : News Photo

Jamie Vardy is the leading goal scorer in the EPL with 17 goals and 6 assists giving him a total of 150 FPL points, good enough for 2nd amongst all FPL leaders.

The problem with Vardy is that since the festive fixtures things have gone a little quiet. Since GW18 the Englishman has only managed 1 assist, although he did miss 2 games in that time so “technically” he’s blanked in his last 4 matches. Doesn’t sound as bad, right?

Well, the reason Vardy is a hold is because we know his track record this season. He was bound to slow down at some point, but I can’t imagine the cold streak to continue, especially if you consider how important results are for Leicester if they plan on making Champions League.

I explained above the difficult fixtures coming up, BUT Vardy is in a different bracket considering his success against top clubs in England. He’s already scored 1 against Manchester City, so I don’t discount his chances of scoring more for the Foxes.

My advice is to hold Vardy, unless news comes out that his injury keeps him out for longer than initially expected.

Honorable mentions – Riyad Mahrez (£8.5)

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