We analyse the very best and worst of the Premier League’s fantasy performers for a combined Gameweek 15 and Gameweek 16.
Salomon Rondon (West Bromwhich Albion)
PlayON Price: £10.6m
PlayON Points: 4425
West Brom have been displaying not only their finest brand of football under the reign of Tony Pulis, but perhaps their most impressive string of performances in the Premier League era. In Gameweek 16, their leading man joined the rest of his cohorts by putting in a performance of exceptional quality.
In the space of 13 minute spell in the second half, the Venezuelan had bagged himself a hat-trick – all converted through his considerable heading ability. Two of those goals in particular followed a remarkably similar passage of play in which Matt Phillips teed up Christ Brunt to effectively plant the ball on Rondon’s head. The creativity of Phillips in particular could coax an extended run of goals from Rondon, who has coverted seven goals in 15 games in 2016/17.
Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
PlayON Price: £10.6m
PlayON Points: 3535
The rise and rise of Adam Lallana continues.
The England international returned from injury absence with a bang over the past two fixtures, stringing together commanding and crucial displays against both West Ham and Middlesbrough. Where Lallana was once a neat and tidy playmaker, never quite a main man at Liverpool, he’s since evolved into an extremely dyamic and technically superb footballer capable of shouldering responsibility and inspiring wins. Against Middlebrough this was particularly evident, as Lallana led his side to 3-0 victory with a fine brace – his second and third goals in his past three matches. Up there with Christian Eriksen as the most in-form midfielder in the division.
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
PlayON Price: £7.7m
PlayON Points: 2170
Spurs effectively steamrolled Hull to claim a 3-0 victory and did so without ever needing to hit top gear. That said you wouldn’t know it by watching Kyle Walker.
He and left-sided compatriot – Danny Rose – relentlessly bombed up and down the touchline and both claimed assists on top of a Spurs clean-sheet in Gameweek 16. With Toby Alderweireld reclaiming his spot in a three man defence, Spurs looked all the more comfortable with their new system which could benefit the likes of Walker, enabling him to take up a more attacking role at wing-back and boosting his fantasy potential to boot.
Jordi Amat (Swansea)
PlayON Price: £5.6m
PlayON Points: -125
It looked as if Swansea had turned a corner in Gameweek 15 with an impressive win over Sunderland at home but on Wednesday night, Bob Bradley’s side were placed firmly back to square one.
Their away form has been abysmal of late and defensively they didn’t cover themselves in glory as they surrendered three goals to West Brom. Jordi Amat has been reinstated to centre-half in recent weeks, but as part of a defence that’s shipped eight goals in their last two away matches, he has been more culpable than most. Can they turn it around away to Middlesbrough in Gameweek 17?
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
PlayON Price: £13.9m
PlayON Points: 650
There was a big game atmosphere at Goodison Park on Tuesday night and unfortunately for Arsenal, Mesut Ozil flattered to deceive. ‘Not doing it’ in the big matches has been an all to familiar stick to beat the German international, but he was painfully ineffective on this occasion, struggling to create anything of note for his teammates. To make matters worse, when Ashley Williams powered home the match winner in the dying stages, it was Ozil caught neglecting his marking duties. Not a game to remember for the ex-Madrid man.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke)
PlayON Price: £10.7m
PlayON Points: -285
The Austrian international has been known for hot-headedness throughout his professional career but the challenge that sent him off against Southampton was simply idiotic.
After 26 minutes of play, the wideman received his marching orders for a clumy high-footed lunge on the knee of Sofiane Boufal. Surprisingly, with or without him, Stoke City managed to nick a point from the game.