Every week we review three studs and three duds from the previous round of Premier League action. Which players shone for your fantasy football team in Gameweek 22 of FPL? Who let the side down?
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)
PlayON Price: £xm
GW 22 Points: 3,700
Throughout Spurs’ surge to the top of the table, Mauricio Pochettino has had his fair share of leading performers playing starring roles. Harry Kane and Dele Alli have lead the way on the front-end, while the Belgian duo of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Verthongen have proved resolute at the back. Amid it all, one man was starting slip through the cracks.
Christian Eriksen had taken a largely support-role this season, still active on the pitch of course but not quite the same conduit of creativity and goal scoring that he had been in seasons past. In Gameweek 22 however, he jogged all of our memories as to what he can do, helping to bury the Black Cats with a superbly taken brace and creating a further six unconverted chances. The Dane runs out as the highest scoring PlayON player of the weekend.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
PlayON Price: £m
GW 22 Points: 3,625
He’d been steadily threatening to make a grand return over the past number of games, tentatively working his way back to his terrifying optimum abilities. Firing two goals against a hapless Sunderland, you get the feeling that there’s much more yet to come this season.
The Argentine registered his ninth and tenth goals of the season with a fine brace, and added an assist for David Silva late on. If those two players can maintain fitness for the rest of the season, the title could be City’s to lose. Unfortunately neither man has shown the capability of remaining healthy for long stretches. For now however, Aguero looks back to his best.
Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth)
PlayON Price: £xm
GW 22 Points: 2,995
Bournemouth defender Charlie Daniels rarely gets a mention in these parts, slipping unassumingly under the radar in Eddie Howe’s charmingly modest squad. Saturday was different, as the 29 year old pro enjoyed a well deserved moment in the Sun – the type of performance he won’t experience too often in his career.
Daniels, who started his career at Spurs a decade ago before enjoying stints at Chesterfield, Gillingham and Leyton Orient, scored and added an assist in the 3-0 victory over Norwich. Having scored just once in Bournemouth’s previous two campaigns, he has doubled his total midway through his first Premier League season. With his side now up to 15th in the table, Daniels and team mates will no doubt have enjoyed a great weekend
Phil Jagielka (Everton)
PlayON Price: £x
GW 22 Points: 450
Jagielka’s return was given credit by many for last week’s clean sheet but against Chelsea he couldn’t stem the tide as Everton twice blew the lead to end with just a point. Sure, John Terry’s 98 minute goal may have been offside, but Everton should have had the game wrapped by then.
Between Jagielka, John Stones, Leighton Baines and the injured Seamus Coleman, Everton should have one of the best back fours in the Premier League. Somehow, the statistics never end up matching the potential.
Wayne Hennessy (Crystal Palace)
PlayON Price: £x
GW 22 Points: -220
After over a year of smooth sailing under Alan Pardew, it’s been a tough three weeks for Crystal Palace and Hennessy in particular. The goalkeeper has conceded eight goals in a three game losing skid, including bad errors against Chelsea and for Fabian Delph’s opener yesterday.
At the other end, the side haven’t been finding the net at all, which appears to have piled the pressure on the ‘keeper. Both ends of the pitch need to step it up in order to get Palace back on track. Not shipping four in the next game would be a start.
Wes Brown (Sunderland)
PlayON Price: £7.6
GW 21 Points: 325
Sunderland took an early lead against Spurs, but their subsequent capitulation was spectacular in its ineptitude. They conceded four goals, as the likes of Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane ran riot. Even more embarrassing was the fact that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made seven more saves during the course of the game.
Sam Allardyce will no doubt improve this side’s ability to defend over time, but this was not an encouraging effort from them.