Premier League Gameweek 24: Champs and Chumps

Harry Kane of Spurs scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on November 2, 2014 in Birmingham, England.

Every week the PlayON Analyst takes a look at the best and worst of the previous round of Premier League action. Here are the latest batch of stars and suspects.

Champs:

Harry Kane

PlayON Price: £8.4m

GW24 Points: 2,850 pts

If Harry Kane’s arrival on the scene this season was in anyway considered to be a flash in the pan, or beginners luck, even his worst critics would have to concede that there is simply nobody else in English football doing what he is doing at this moment in time.

In his first North London Derby, the local boy came up trumps yet again to dispatch the neighbours for his sixth and seventh goals of the past six weeks. His goal average stands at a goal every 111 minutes, bettering both Costa and Aguero for the season, and he’s laid on two more for his teammates.

As outlined in the Gameweek 24 Recap, Kane has solidified himself as fantasy royalty this season and his rising PlayON price – now £8.4m – will attest to his ever increasing selection. In Gameweek 25 the Premier League’s form teams – Liverpool and Spurs – expect the league’s form player to have a say in the matter.

Chris Brunt

PlayON Price: £7.6m

GW24 Points: 2,525 pts

Chris Brunt took to the field at Turf Moor on Sunday relieved of his West Brom captaincy, as new arrival Darren Fletcher stepped up to take over the armband. Far from cowed, Brunt, in fact, appeared unleashed. A talented midfield player with an excellent left foot delivery, Brunt has often been tasked with the more unseemly midfield duties of late.

At Burnley he took on a more attacking role and it was effective, producing both a goal and an assist to win West Brom a valuable point. Laying on five in total in 20 Premier League starts this season, Brunt has been a solid contributor to the cause. However, with Fletcher and Yacob likely to sit at the base of Pulis’ midfield, the Ulsterman could soon see a further licence to roam.

Facing Swansea, Sunderland, Villa and Stoke over the next month, West Brom, Pulis and Brunt may fancy their chances.

Cheik Kouyate

PlayON Price: £7.2m GW24

Points: 2,325 pts

With a minor defensive crisis on their hands, Kouyate was moved back to the centre of the West Ham defence to partner James Tompkins. The Senegalese international, generally deployed in defensive midfield, was a revelation in Gameweek 24.

He was the rock in the West Ham defence as Manchester United struggled to make any sort of breakthrough. Not content with merely marshalling the defence, Kouyate also scored his first goal of the season, expertly controlling under tight constraints before steering the ball past De Gea.If not for Daley Blind’s stoppage time leveller, Kouyate would have rounded off a perfect game.

Chumps:

Chris Baird

PlayON Price: £5.5m

GW24 Points: -325 pts As the lowest scoring player in Gameweek 24, Chris Baird takes his place at the top of this list.

Unlike club and international teammate Chris Brunt, Baird turned in a hapless performance at left back against Burnley, struggling to deal with the dynamic and effective play of Boyd and Trippier on that flank.What’s more, he got himself a booking and was promptly subbed. Not a day to look back on.

Luke Shaw

PlayON Price: £7.9m

GW24 Points: 20 pts

Luke Shaw looked decidedly off the pace in Gameweek 24, as United drew 1-1 with West Ham at Upton Park. With the entire Manchester United side looking disjointed and static, the 19 year old was unable to show his best qualities going forward or in link up play.

In general, the youngster has had an admirable debut season amid the inconsistency of the Old Trafford command, here however he looked stretched when facing up against the likes of Diafra Sakho. Ultimately a quickfire yellow card double in the 82nd and 92nd minute would see him dismissed.

His standout statistic over the past four fixtures has been his tackles won, which stand at 71.4% out of 21 tackles made. Suspended or not, there are better PlayON defensive options currently available.

Remy Cabella

PlayON Price: £9.7m

GW24 Points: 795 pts

Cabella didn’t have an awful game, just a disappointing one. The 24 year old wide man was featured last week for The Analyst’s Player Profile and as such had seen much improved performances over the month of January.

Against Stoke in Gameweek 24, the Frenchman flattered to deceive. From the right flank, Cabella managed just one shot, one of five attempted dribbles, and 28 completed passes. Not world beating statistics, given the performances he put in a Chelsea and Hull in recent weeks. To pick your line ups for Gameweek 25 get on to PlayON.co

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