We analyse the very best and worst of the Premier League’s fantasy performers for the fifth round of FA Cup action.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Fulham looked outmatched, outfought and outclassed at Craven Cottage on Sunday and that was primarily down to the talents of one man. Harry Kane looked like a man out for a leisurely weekend jog in this FA Cup fifth round tie and still managed to put three past the Championship side ill-equipped to deal with his talents.
The England international has been in patchy scoring form of late, having scored one in five prior to the weekend. Yet when he scores they’ve tended to come in barrages. Across his last ten games in all competitions, the 23 year old has in fact sunk ten goals and six of them were delivered as hat-tricks. Facing Stoke and Everton at home across the next two Premier League fixtures, Kane will find tougher defensive prospects.
While the likes of Costa, Hazard and N’Golo Kante taking the bulk of the headlines at Chelsea this season the consistently impressive performances of Pedro have gone somewhat under the radar. The ex-Barca man has five goals and six assists in the Premier League this season and has scored two in his last two in all across domestic competitions. Although by no means premium opposition, Pedro was key in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Wolves and opened the scoring in the process. The Blues face a resurgent Swansea in Gameweek 26, but Pedro’s reasonable price – £10.8 in PlayON terms – and Diego Costa’s league drought could see fantasy managers stumping up for the in-form Spaniard.
John Stones (Manchester City)
He may have had a generally torrid time – from a defensive standpoint – in City’s 5-3 Champions League victory over Monaco midweek, but Stones was one of the better Premier League defenders in the fifth round of the FA Cup. City were held to 0-0 draw against high-flying Huddersfield and Stones was one of the Sky-Blues’ top performers on the day. However good his cup performance may have been, Stones, and his defensive partner Otamendi, do not inspire confidence in the majority of fantasy managers.
Tom Heaton (Burnley)
So often the hero for Burnley, Tom Heaton conceded a late late goal against non-league Lincoln City to send his side crashing out the FA Cup. The Clarets’ talismanic stopper was rarely called into action throughout the tie and in fact made no saves in the entire ninety minutes – as much as statement on the quality of opposition as Burnley’s defence. Still, the one time Heaton needed to make a save, he didn’t and for Burnley the cup dream is over.
Ben Chilwell (Leicester City)
Generally a bit-part player or understudy for Christian Fuchs, Ben Chilwell is regarded as being a player of serious potential. So much so that he has been a reported target of Liverpool since last summer. Still, Chilwell earns a place in the Chumps section for his part in a Foxes’ defence that slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Millwall over the weekend. To make matters worse, the left-back was reportedly put off by the opposition fans to the extent that he could perform his throw in duties.
Andre Gray (Burnley)
Facing non-league opposition Lincoln City, you would expect your main man, star-striker and all-round goal menace Andre Gray to punish the part-timers. This certainly didn’t happen on Saturday, as Andre Gray fluffed his chances and failed to convert any of his four attempts on goal. The Clarets forward now has no goals in his last four matches and travels to Hull in Gameweek 26. Can he makes amends at the KC Stadium?