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FPL Gameweek 8 Tips: Best Players To Transfer In

FPL GW8 begins after the international break, with both Chelsea and Manchester City having favourable fixtures.

Despite the slow start to the last gameweek, many players stood out and are viable options for GW8. Here are some players you should look to bring in.

Best Players For FPL GW8

The best players to transfer in for GW8 are Trent Alexander-Arnold, Romelu Lukaku and Joao Cancelo.

Player Team Position Price Pick % GW7 Score Total Points
Romelu Lukaku Chelsea Forward £11.7m 36% 2 29
Heung-Min Son Spurs Midfielder £10.1m 14% 10 42
Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool Defender £7.5m 22% 0 35
Joao Cancelo Man City Defender £6.2m 20% 0 44
Andros Townsend Everton Midfielder £5.6m 8% 10 43
Emile Smith Rowe Arsenal Midfielder £5.4m 6% 3 25
Kieran Tierney Arsenal Defender £4.9m 7% 6 23

Romelu Lukaku

  • Price: £11.7m
  • Picked by: 36%
  • Fixtures: Brentford (a), Norwich (H), Newcastle (a)

Lukaku has a good chance of getting on the scoresheet in each of his next three games. Norwich and Newcastle are sitting in 20th and 19th place respectively and are leaking goals, conceding 16 each, the most in the league.

The Belgian has three goals and a non-penalty xG of 3.1, nearly scoring against Southampton too but hitting the woodwork instead. He brings his teammates into play as well, having an xA per 90 of 0.32, the 10th best in the league.

As the forward ranked third in FPL’s threat index and with these next fixtures in mind he should be a priority signing.

Heung-Min Son

  • Price: £10.1m
  • Picked by: 14%
  • Fixtures: Newcastle (a), West Ham (a), Southampton (H)

Update: Son has been ruled out of at least GW8.

Spurs assets aren’t popular right now, but Son has the most appeal after the weekend. He assisted twice in Spurs’ 2-1 win over Villa.

Next up for Spurs are Newcastle, who are conceding 16.4 shots per game and are without a clean sheet. The Korean has taken 19 shots, the 10th most, and had 8 on target, the 6th highest.

If you can somehow fit him into your team, Son would make a great differential premium.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

  • Price: £7.5m
  • Picked by: 22%
  • Fixtures: Watford (a), Man Utd (a), Brighton (H)

Alexander-Arnold has been at his spectacular best this season, registering two assists, more than any other defender. That number doesn’t begin to highlight how creative he is whilst being, in the loosest sense, a defender.

He has the fourth highest xA (2.4) and is producing 6.6 shot-creating actions per 90 (second most) and 0.8 goal-creating actions per 90. Also, he’s Liverpool’s set piece taker and has 17 passes into the box (fourth most) and 43 progressive passes (6th most).

If you took him out because of his injury last week, it’s a no brainer to bring him back in.

Joao Cancelo

  • Price: £6.2m
  • Picked by: 20%
  • Fixtures: Burnley (H), Brighton (a), Crystal Palace (H)

One player close to rivalling TAA’s creativity is Joao Cancelo. The Portuguese defender is very attacking, making 54 passes into the final third (third most) and 20 passes into the penalty area (second most).

He’s made 53 progressive passes and had the most touches in the league, always being involved in the attacking play. Additionally, he’s part of the joint best defence in the league, conceding three goals this season and only allowing 6 shots per game (the least).

In GW8, City face Burnley, who have only scored 5 and in the last four meetings between the sides at the Etihad have ended 5-0 to the home team. He’s another player that could be essential over the coming fixtures.

Andros Townsend

  • Price: £5.6m
  • Picked by: 8%
  • Fixtures: West Ham (H), Watford (H), Wolves (a)

Townsend has gone under the radar this season, with more managers opting for Demarai Gray over him. However, Townsend has three goals and two assists, which is more than Gray (3G, 1A), and is averaging 0.87 returns per 90 (10th best).

Also, he’s made four goal-creating actions and has the 5th most points per million (7.68), making him a great budget pick. Furthermore, he may be on penalties, depending on whether Dominic Calvert-Lewin resumes responsibility when he returns.

Everton take on West Ham next, who’ve conceded 10 goals, whilst the Toffees are 5th, scoring 13.

Emile Smith Rowe

  • Price: £5.3m
  • Picked by: 6%
  • Fixtures: Crystal Palace (H), Aston Villa (H), Leicester (a)

Arsenal have turned their form around lately and ESR has been a key part of that. He has one goal and assist, with the third highest npxG (1.2) and xA (0.6) in the team.

In addition, the midfielder has made 7 key passes, 21 carries into the final third and 67% of his 9 shots have hit the target, the 5th highest. Over the next three fixtures, the Arsenal man is a great option at £5.3m.

Kieran Tierney

  • Price: £4.9m
  • Picked by: 7%
  • Fixtures: Crystal Palace (H), Aston Villa (H), Leicester (a)

Tierney has also been important in Arsenal’s upturn in form, being part of a defence that’s kept three clean sheets in their last four. In GW8 their opponents are Palace, who are only averaging 11 shots per game, the 6th least.

As well as his clean sheet potential, he’s been getting very far forward too. The former Celtic full-back has made 27 crosses, the third most, and 8 into the penalty area, the most by a defender.

Whilst Arsenal haven’t been the most prolific of teams, they have a chance of both clean sheets and wins in their upcoming matches.