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.
PlayON Price: £8.5 m
GW28 Points: 2,475 pts
The imminent power vacuum of Steven Gerrard’s American departure is in sight and Brendan Rodgers will weigh his options carefully before choosing a successor to Liverpool’s legendary captain. On performances like the one at home to Burnley on Wednesday night, Jordan Henderson showed once more, why he is firmly in the running.
Already famed for his tireless endeavour, the midfielder demonstrated his technical attributes at Anfield in Gameweek 28. Henderson netted a piledriving, Gerrard-esque, strike from the edge of the area to open the scoring, before turning provider for Daniel Sturridge with an expertly weighted cross.
Already a well picked midfield all-rounder in fantasy football, Henderson’s popularity among the PlayON faithful could be set to soar in the last stretch of 2014/15. Clocking two goals and an assist in his past two games, the England international is developing a taste for goal which was previously missing.
PlayON Price: £7.9 m
GW28 Points: 1,900 pts
Hull’s decidedly better form in recent weeks has been due, in no small part, to the immediate impact of January signing Dame N’Doye. The Senegal international has already forged an understanding with Nikika Jelavic, and is seemingly taking on a one man mission to deliver his new club from the threat of relegation.
N’Doye has now racked up three goals and an assist in just three starts for the club and with a clash with Leicester approaching in Gameweek 29, the big centre-forward will surely find a home in many PlayON line-ups. With 12 attempts on goal in total, half of those headers, the ex-Lokomotiv Moscow man’s aerial threat seems a tailormade fit for Hull’s cross-dependent approach.
PlayON Price: £7.9 m
GW28 Points: 1,720 pts
Much of the praise for Chelsea’s success this season has been heaped upon Jose Mourinho, and his outfield performers, Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard. While hardly a forgotten man, Thibaut Courtois’ steady form and consistency has perhaps been less vocally celebrated at Stamford Bridge.
The young Belgian was in inspired form at Upton Park on Wednesday night as he continually denied the likes of Diafra Sakho and his West Ham cohorts, chance after chance. Making five crucial saves and claiming five aerial deliveries in Chelsea’s eventual 1-0 victory, the Belgian proved an impassable object.
PlayON Price: £10.8 m
GW28 Points: 375 pts
If it seems a long time since Pelle was performing like one of the Premier League’s top strikers, that’s because has been. The Italian started the season in almost unstoppable form, netting six times in his first eight league games for the Saints.
The surprising start to the year prompted many fantasy manager’s to parachute him into their line ups for fear of missing out on the next top striker to reach these shores via the Dutch league. However, Pelle has since proved unequivocally that he is no van Nistelrooy, or Suarez.
Despite being an ever present in Southampton’s starting XI he has added just two more goals to his tally. While he provides a valuable target man for Southampton, excelling both at winning aerial duels and holding up possession, he is a disastrous fantasy option. Something he proved once again against Crystal Palace.
PlayON Price: £10.4 m
GW28 Points: 280 pts
Chelsea midfielder’s have been fantasy gold this season, with Fabregas, Hazard and to a lesser extent Oscar all producing more often than not for their owners. The only exception to that has been Willian who has managed just two goals and two assists all season.
The Brazilian failed his manaers once gain against West Ham on Wednesday night. To make matters worse he missed a gilt edged opportunity in the 93rd minuted, somehow failing to take advantage of an empty net. If you had him in your team the only consolation should be that you aren’t the only person he cost money. This poor guy missed out on £11,000 because of the miss.
PlayON Price: £6.4 m
GW28 Points: 1025 pts
Krul actually had a decent performance for his managers, breaking the 1,000 point barrier against Man Utd due to several excellent saves, including an unbelievable double stop from Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young.
Alas, it could have been so much better. With time running out Krul made a catastrophic error, scuffing a last minute clearance straight to Young who slotted home to seal victory for United.
The error cost his side a hard earned point and cost those who picked him 700 PlayON points. After ninety minutes of brilliance it will no doubt be a hard one for Krul to forget.