With FPL GW12 having concluded, there is always a few lessons to take out of each GW. Gameweek 12 proved to be no different.
Here are five talking points/discussions to ponder about, as we move into the middle third of the season.
Defenders Proving They’re Worth Premium Price Tag
There is no better place to start, than from the back. It was yet another stellar weekend for the full-backs from the top three sides in the league.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold continued his amazing form, with a pair of assists. This contributed to the Reds’ commanding 4-0 victory against Arsenal.
Priced at £7.8m million, the right-back has produced an astonishing four assists. This is in addition to three clean sheets, a goal, and 7 bonus points in his last 5 game weeks.
Similarly, the attacking returns continue for the duo from West London. Both Ben Chilwell and Reece James recorded an assist each, alongside a clean sheet in their 3-0 win away to Leicester City.
The full-backs have proved they are worth every penny. The duo have been major contributors to Chelsea’s attacking returns in recent times.
Surprisingly, a whopping 42% of Chelsea’s attacking returns have come from defenders.
From the blue corner of Manchester, Joao Cancelo keeps up his credentials in being one of the attacking defenders in the league.
He registered his sixth assist for the season, supplying a through-ball for Raheem Sterling’s opener, in the Citizens’ 3-0 win over Everton.
Cancelo is now ranked second amongst all defenders in the FPL ICT index (Influence, Creativity, Threat). With a TSB of 32%, that number is only going to grow, with four of the City’s upcoming eight fixtures ranked 2 in the FDR.
Caught Up In Fixtures Over Form?
In what looked like a tantalizing opportunity for Kane (£12.2m) and Son (£10.4m) to kickstart their FPL importance under new manager Antonio Conte, the afternoon ended being a frustrating one.
Spurs did hold on for a 2-1 win against Leeds. However, it took the first minute of the second half for Tottenham to register a shot on target. This marked an end of 272 minutes in the league for Spurs, without firing a shot on goal.
Respectively, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min were the 5th and 6th most transferred in players heading into GW12.
Surprisingly, the only two players who have kept returns in Conte’s first two league games as Spurs boss is Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon. The two mentioned proved a telling part, both combining for Tottenham’s second goal.
In Conte’s two games in charge, Reguilon’s total of four shots in the box is the joint-most, level with Harry Kane.
Priced at £5.1m, the latter could prove a good differential in the short-term. Spurs have fantastic fixtures coming up with all three being ranked two in the FDR.
Burnley Attacking Flair Is Still Alive
The past perception, in Burnley not being a very FPL-appealing team, seems to have changed in recent times. The Clarets were Clarets involved in another goal-fest at Turf Moor against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Their 3-3 draw against the South London side, also included the emphasis of Maxwell Cornet’s impact in Burnley’s front three.
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The Ivorian, owned by just a mere 2%, has recorded his fifth goal in a matter of six gameweeks.
Outside the big six clubs, Cornet also has one of the highest PPM (points per match) since debuting for the Clarets, with 9.25.
Just When You Feel They Are Nailed, They’re Not
Despite City cruising away to a home victory yesterday, nothing is safe when it comes to Pep Roulette. Especially, trying to figure who is the most prone from rotation in Manchester City’s PL lineup.
Some would have said Ruben Dias is immune. Sunday’s affair marked the second time he didn’t start in the Premier League this season.
However, with huge games to come for City, including PSG in the Champions League and fourth-place West Ham this time next week, maybe the reason why Pep wanted to be protective of his 24-year old captain.
Another favorite of Pep who was also subbed off early was Phil Foden after 56 minutes.
His 1-pointer marks his third successive blank in FPL, with his last returns coming from his 18-point haul away at Brighton in GW9.
The New Manager Vibe Is Real
A staggering three clubs all had new managers in the dugout since the conclusion of GW11. Overall, it was a Saturday of instant impacts.
Both Ollie Watkins and Tyrone Mings hit the scoresheet in the last 10 minutes. This helped Steven Gerrard get to winning ways as Villa boss, in their 2-0 home win to Brighton.
Although Eddie Howe’s wait for his day out on Tyneside goes on, FPL managers can feel optimistic with Newcastle’s attacking pedigree being lively. The Toons scored three past Brentford in what was an insane six-goal thriller.
Callum Wilson owners can count themselves unlucky coming away with a blank. But it was Saint-Maximin owners receiving the rub of the green, with the Frenchmen delivering 10-points for his 1.4m+ FPL owners.
Last but not least, it only took a change of football club for Dean Smith to get the better of Ralph Hassenhuttl and his Saints, as the Canaries achieved back-to-back 2-1 victories.
These victories have also coincided with a goal in both games from Finnish striker Teemu Pukki.