We analyse the very best and worst of the Premier League’s fantasy performers for Gameweek 5.
Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion)
PlayON Price: £8.8m
PlayON Points: 4125
Just two games into his West Brom career, it appears as if a change of position and the change of club has had a revitalising effect on this Belgian international.
Nacer Chadli was the undisputed player of the weekend, and had a crucial contribution in each of the four goals that West Brom put past West Ham – claiming two for himself and teeing up James McClean and Salomon Rondon for the remainder.
The Belgian is in many ways an archetypal Pulis winger – strong, tall, fast and capable of delivering a mean cross. However, Chadli was devastatingly effective while playing through the middle in Gameweek 4, and likewise drew the best from the often underwhelming Rondon. With Chadli, West Brom suddenly have the potential to combine a legitimate attacking threat with their already existing solidity, throwing up a few interesting fantasy options as a result.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
PlayON Price: £14.1m
PlayON Points: 3500
Arsenal’s starman has looked more like his old self in recent weeks and this upturn in fortunes, has unsurprisingly coincided with a decent run of results for the Gunners – who are unbeaten in four and have now claimed three Premier League victories on the bounce. He may have lost out on a hat-trick, but even with a missed penalty, Sanchez was the outstanding Premier League forward of Gameweek 4 clocking an impressive 3,500 PlayON points.
In Arsenal’s 4-1 rout of the newly promoted Hull, Sanchez popped up to maintain a remarkable personal record, claiming his fifth and sixth goals across five competitive games against the Tigers. The 27 year old now has three goals and an assist in four starts in 2015/16 and looks almost certain to pip Olivier Giroud as the Gunners’ lone striker against Chelsea in Gameweek 5.
Christian Fuchs (Leicester City)
PlayON Price: £7.5m
PlayON Points: 2095
The Foxes were injected with a newfound confidence and a return to their usual standards during the week, following a maiden Champions League victory, and Ranieri’s men continued in much the same vein in Gameweek 4. Christian Fuchs was one of the starring parties and put in a man of the match display to lead Leicester to a comprehensive 3-0 victory at home to Burnley.
New signing Islam Slimani is highly regarded for his aerial ability and Fuchs provided him with the delivery to score not only his first Premier League goal, but also the first of his two headed goals in this fixture. The Austrian international was back to his best with this assist and clean sheet performance and his set-piece dynamic with the aforementioned Slimani could be a potent feature of Leicester’s attack over the coming season.
Adrian (West Ham)
PlayON Price: £7.3m
PlayON Points: -125
West Ham’s diabolical form continued at the weekend as West Brom crushed them to the tune of 4-2. This counted as the Hammers’ third successive defeat and they’ve conceded eleven goals in that short timeframe. Their blatant lack of defensive organisation has been part of this shocking run of form, but the performances of first-choice goalkeeper Adrian has likewise played a heavy handed role.
The Spaniard only managed to get his hand to ball on two occasions across the 90 minutes and his position in this West Ham XI is now looking increasingly under threat from understudy and Irish international goalkeeper, Darren Randolph. Bilic has to change something to stop this rot and Adrian could be the first to suffer.
Jake Livermore (Hull City)
PlayON Price: £6.9m
PlayON Points: -200
Statistically speaking – according to whoscored.com – Jake Livermore was ranking as one of the most in-form centre-halves in Europe, prior to Gameweek 4. On the evidence of his latest performance – a -200 point showing at the Emirates – he won’t have convinced too many managers to take the plunge. Suspension or no.
Hull had been quietly impressive upon their return to the Premier League action, losing just one game and conceding three goals in the preceding fixtures. The floodgates opened on Saturday however, and it was unsurprising that three of Arsenal’s four goals came after the defender’s dismissal in the 40th minute.
Nolito (Manchester City)
PlayON Price: £12.4m
PlayON Points: 280
One of a list of many impressive Manchester City performers this season, Nolito is also the latest to engage in a bizarre trend of mindless conduct. Just as Guardiola prepares to welcome Sergio Aguero back into the fray following his three game suspension, the City coach is about to lose Nolito for the very same stretch of games. Coinciding with a tough trip away to Tottenham Hotspur.
The ex-Benfica and Celta Vigo man took it upon himself to headbutt Bournemouth’s Adam Smith with just four minutes remaining in Gameweek 4 and City coasting to 4-0 victory. Fantasy managers with Nolito in their XI could do worse than looking toward in-form teammates, Sterling and Iheanacho, while the Spaniard serves his suspension.