Fantasy Football Gameweek 5 advice – which players to buy, sell and keep this week
And so the first international break of the season has come and gone. The UEFA Nations League has been a complete success, if based only on the objective that no one has a clue what’s going on.
Thankfully for FPL lovers it’s behind us now, and we can now look ahead to Gameweek 5 with some considerations for the matches ahead.
This international break in particular is used by many players to take stock of the opening matches, and then use one of those oh-so-precious wildcards. But do you really need to? Think first...
Buy! David Silva, Manchester City (MF, £8.5m)
Owned by: 7.2%
There’s a case to be made that Benjamin Mendy has been the best midfielder at Manchester City so far this season, given that he’s barely been inside his own half. Nevertheless, David Silva is a shrewd pick ahead of Gameweek 5.
The notion of Pep Roulette sends shivers down the spines of fantasy managers across the world, and there’s always the danger of changes with the squad that Guardiola has at his disposal.
Silva, however, has started the last three games for City and was unlucky not to score at Newcastle in GW4. In the continued absence of Kevin De Bruyne, there’s an even greater onus on Silva to step up.
The Spanish maestro has the most key passes across the Premier League, averaging 4.3 per game this season. With Fulham up next it’s hard to see City not scoring, and Silva looks likely to be involved.
Hold! Mohamed Salah (MF, £13.0M)
Owned by: 50.7%
Normally Salah wouldn’t make this column. Not because he’s undeserving, simply that it’s almost a given that he should be in your fantasy team. Already owned by more than 50% of all FPL teams, the Egyptian has divided many experienced managers over the last two weeks more than most.
More than 223,937 players have ditched Salah ahead of Gameweek 5, and the likes of his team-mate Sadio Mané and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard look to have been the beneficiaries of his sale.
Liverpool have a tough upcoming fixture list, with Spurs up next. But the north Londoners have Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli missing, while Eriksen and Harry Kane have yet to really get started this year, so Mo should still be held onto tightly.
If you sell him now, you’ll need a qualification in advanced mathematics to work out how the heck you’re supposed to get him back. Regardless, Twitter will be enjoyable to watch whether he blanks or bags.
Sell! Dele Alli (MF, £9.1m)
Owned by: 6.1%
Unfortunately for Spurs, the man who can do daft things with his fingers pulled up injured during the international break. Early reports that it was a migraine suffered while trying to understand the Nations League are unfounded – turns out it was actually a hamstring injury.
Alli will now miss the Liverpool game in GW5 and possibly beyond depending on his recovery. At £9.1m, he’s simply too expensive to have sitting on your fantasy bench, and at the time of writing more than 74,000 managers have already dumped the midfielder in preference of an alternative midfield man.
BUY! Adama Traore, Wolves (MF, £5.5m)
Owned by: 0.7%
There are many reasons to look forward to the upcoming release of FIFA 19. One of those is Traore, who is set to be the fastest player in the Premier League and possibly the entire game (excluding Icons). The 22-year-old is blessed with pace to burn and, judging by his winner against West Ham in GW4, has improved his finishing too since that ill-fated spell at Aston Villa.
Wolves manager Nuno broke the club’s transfer record to bring the former Middlesbrough man for £18m this summer, and while he has given him time to adapt by introducing him as an impact sub, surely now is the time to unleash him from the start.
At £5.5m he won’t break the bank, and should he start on the bench again, a 30-minute cameo may be all he needs to impress against Burnley this weekend. Easily a player who could see his ownership rocket with a points return in the next match – so this is one for the differential gains.
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