We analyse the very best and worst of the Premier League’s fantasy performers for Gameweek 26.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
The undisputed outstanding performer of the Gameweek was a a predictable one. Harry Kane powered his way to the summit of the Premier League goalscoring charts in Gameweek 26 with an outstanding display in the 4-0 demolition of Stoke City. In a first half blitz, Kane bagged three goals in 37 minutes. After the interval he turned provider to tee up Dele Alli for the final blow. Tottenham have a real challenge on their hands this Sunday against Everton, but with Kane in such dominant form it would be difficult to overlook the home side. Kane’s battle with his contemporary Romelu Lukaku, should be particularly fascinating from fantasy perspective.
The Spain international has noticeably stepped up his rate of production in recent games, as the influence of both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa started to lag. In his past three appearances in all competitions, the ex-Barca man has bagged himself three goals and one assist. His latest performance was the most impressive of the lot, putting together a man of the match display with a goal and assist to defeat Swansea 3-1. Pedro’s fantasy popularity has taken a noticeable boost in recent times and with West Ham this coming weekend, he should maintain a high selection rate.
Gareth McAuley (West Brom)
At 37 years of age, the Indian summer of Gareth McAuley continues unopposed. While his defensive record with the Baggies this season has been mediocre – just five clean sheets – the West Brom and Northern Ireland captain cannot stop scoring. McAuley led West Brom to a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth last weekend and furthered his impressive goalscoring tally to six league goals this season. Among centre-halves in the top five European leagues, no player has outscored this veteran.
Lee Grant (Stoke)
Stoke turned in perhaps their most inept performance of the season as Spurs powered to a comprehensive 4-0 victory. If Harry Kane was the chief protagonist in that fixture, then Lee Grant and the Stoke defence were the self-sabotaging antagonists. The veteran goalkeeper has been an able and often impressive stand-in for Jack Butland, but was very much at the mercy of Kane and company in Gameweek 26. Despite Spurs’ dominance, Grant still managed to make five crucial saves over the course of the game.
Lucas Leiva (Liverpool)
With the injury absence of Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho’s loan move to Crystal Palace, Liverpool are very much short of options in the centre of the defence. As such, Lucas Leiva took up the mantle yet again – his seventh start at centre-half in the league – and was left painfully exposed as a result. On a day where everything went right for Leicester City, everything appeared to go wrong for the Liverpool backline and Lucas was particularly culpable in all three of the Foxes goals. A defensive rethink may be required for Jurgen Klopp before Liverpool host Arsenal in Gameweek 27.
Michail Antonio (West Ham United)
West Ham’s ultimate utility man has a strong claim to be named the club’s player of the season in 2016/17, but Gameweek 26 was largely a match to forget for Michail Antonio. The Engishman was deployed as a lone striker, threatening the Watford defence on numerous occasions and cracking an effort off the woodwork for good measure. The final result was a disappointing 1-1 draw, as West Ham failed to capitalise on their dominance and Antonio himself received his marching orders for a double yellow card