We take a look at the cream of the crop following weekend’s FA Cup third round action. Who can add value to your fantasy side ahead of Premier League Gameweek 21?
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Granted, Chelsea to stormed to a 4-1 victory over a Peterborough, a club a full two tiers beneath them in English football, but however predictable their victory might seem, Pedro’s performance will have certainly piqued the interest of many fantasy investors. The Spain international rose to the occasion with a man of the match display and bagged a brace and assist for himself in the process.
While Eden Hazard and Diego Costa have undoubtedly been the main men from an attacking perspective this season, Pedro has been subtly making his own impression. With four goals and five assists in 12 league starts the ex-Barca man has been a key performer and could prove decisive in Chelsea’s forthcoming clash against current Premier League champions, Leicester City this weekend.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
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Saturday’s cup tie with Reading turned out to be fairly manageable affair for the home side, as Manchester United triumphed in a 4-0 victory. If the result wasn’t all that surprising, the energetic and threatening performance of one Wayne Rooney may well have been.
In many respects it appeared that Rooney had knocked five years off the clock. The United captain certainly looked fit and a few pounds lighter as he guided his side to the comprehensive win. Facing Liverpool on Sunday, in what will certainly be a crucial fixture in what remains of their title aspirations, Manchester United need Wayne Rooney to replicate this kind of performance on a more frequent basis. Continuing in this vein in Gameweek 21 would be a start.
Ahmed Musa (Leicester City)
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The summer import Ahmed Musa has had an indifferent beginning to his Premier League career, with Leicester City struggling to recapture the spirit and incision of their 2015/16 selves. However, Musa roared to life with his most impressive display to date in the Foxes 2-1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup third round.
The Nigerian international came on as a substitute and scored a brace to clinch the game for Leicester. Now that the African Cup of Nations will deplete the Champions of both Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, Claudio Ranieri at least has Musa on hand – who is not participating in this year’s tournament – to take up the goalscoring reins. On this evidence of this game at least, he certainly has the talent.