Fantasy Football; Ones to watch

by Chris Balding

Big talking points came from this weekend round of football, as north London is red after Arsenal hammered a poor Spurs side 3-1, City proved they are still the team to beat in their 1-0 win over Chelsea, Man Utd drop points in a 1-0 lost to Villa where Bruno Fernandes had the chance to equalise from the spot in the last kick of the game but only to blast over the post and Brentford and Liverpool played out a 6 goal thriller scoring 3 a piece. 

The heart warming moment of the weekend came from Raúl Jiménez who scored his first goal since his nasty head injury last year. 

Now let’s talk about the players that are catching our attention and see who should make our fantasy football teams. 

João Cancelo (£6.1m)

This season Cancelo must be one of the first names on Pep’s team sheet. He has played every minute so far for City and has only conceded one goal this season. Technically sound, Cancelo can play either at left back or left winger and so far this campaign he’s been able to supply two assists so far. With the depth City have in the squad it is unlikely Cancelo will be played higher up the pitch but when does get the ball in the final third he can deliver.

Bukayo Saka (£6.2m)

It’s no secret that Arsenal have struggled this season, but it now seems the tide has turned for the gunners who convincely beat Spurs at the weekend. One of the outstanding performers from this weekend is Bukayo Saka. The young man is showing real maturity after his penalty miss in the Euros final as he made a real impact against Tottenham. Comfortable with the ball, the pacey winger is now looking to beat defenders, pushing the agenda. His assist and goal made him the youngest Arsenal player to score and provide an assist in a north London derby. Now Mikel Arteta has weathered the storm, it might be time to start putting Arsenal players into your team and Saka should be your first choice. 

Neal Maupay (£6.5m)

One player being slept on is Neal Maupay – and maybe that’s because he plays for Brighton, but let’s remember they are currently in 6th place in the table with 4 wins out of 6. Maupay’s goal scoring record should have you taking notice. The Frenchman has scored in 4 out of 6 games so far including a last minute equaliser against Palace which he scored in cool fashion providing he has ice in his veins. He also takes penalties for Brighton making him an interesting prospect for your team.

Michail Antonio (£7.9m)

After his disappointing sending off, Michail Antonio returns to matchday 6 returning back to his form he was in before the red card. He’s big, fast and an absolute handful for the opposing defenses. He’s not the best technically but he makes a real impact and can draw in extra defenders, freeing up teammates allowing him to get assists too. With 5 goals in 6 and 4 assists he is one of the standout players this season so far making him a must have for any team.

Diogo Jota (£7.7m)

Diogo Jota had a good couple of games at the beginning of the season scoring in both games but since then his performances have been rather shaky, lacking composure in front of goal. Things are looking to turn around for the Portuguese as he headed in a superb goal against Brentford. Now the pressure is off a little for Jota we should see him start replicating his form from previous seasons and being part of Liverpool’s front 3 there is always an opportunity to either supply an assist to the two world beaters or get into the box and let them provide assists for him. 

Raúl Jiménez (£7.5m)

It’s been clear to anyone that since coming back from that nasty head injury last year Raúl Jiménez has been frustrated, which was evident in the Wolves game against Brentford when the big man threw off his headband in anger after missing a chance with his head. Even though he didn’t score he looked physically dominant and wanted to get forward, good signs for struggling Wolves. When Wolves played Southampton Jiménez scored the only goal of the game and what a goal it was. He showed real determination to win the ball then dribbled past a player, faked to shoot and cut back in past another defender and then coolly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper. It’s been a long 336 days since Jiménez last scored, but now he can crack on and be the main man that Wolves desperately need and earn himself a transfer to one of the big boys which he was close to doing before his injury.

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