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FPL Gameweek 9 Tips: Best Players To Transfer In

There’s uncertainty heading into FPL GW9, with Ronaldo and Lukaku both blanking yet again.

A lot of managers will have run out of patience and will look to move one of them on soon. This means FPL managers will be able to choose whoever they want as a replacement.

These are some of the players worth using those extra budget on.

Best Players for FPL GW9

The best assets to bring in for GW9 are Harry Kane, Raphinha and Heung-Min Son.

Player Team Position Price Pick % GW8 Score Total Points
Harry Kane Spurs Forward £12.1m 6% 12 21
Romelu Lukaku Chelsea Forward £11.6m 27% 2 31
Heung-Min Son Spurs Midfielder £10.2m 16% 9 51
Raphinha Leeds Midfielder £6.7m 21% 0 31
Bukayo Saka Arsenal Midfielder £6.4m 12% 0 29
Andros Townsend Everton Midfielder £5.7m 12% 2 45
Conor Gallagher Crystal Palace Midfielder £5.7m 8% 2 36

Harry Kane

  • Price: £12.1m
  • Picked by: 6%
  • Fixtures: West Ham (a), Man United (H), Everton (a)

After grabbing his first league goal of the season against Newcastle on Sunday, Kane may start to find the net regularly again. He’s had 9 shots on target this term, averaging 1.45 per 90 (7th most).

His record playing West Ham is encouraging, scoring 11 times against them in 16 matches. Man United are playing poorly and Everton just lost their first home game of the season, so he could make up for lost points in the next few weeks.

Romelu Lukaku

  • Price: £11.6m
  • Picked by: 27%
  • Fixtures: Norwich (H), Newcastle (a), Burnley (H)

Update: Romelu Lukaku picked up an injury in MD3 of the Champions League. Early indications are he could miss several games as a result.

With Aston Villa (H), Leicester (a) and Watford (H) next, Pierre Aubameyang could be a good replacement. He is currently only picked by 3% of FPL managers.

After blanking in his last four matches, Lukaku has managers divided right now. However, his next three fixtures are too good to ignore.

Norwich and Newcastle are the two worst defences in the league, conceding 35 and allowing 15.5 shots per game between them. To add to that, the Belgian has a high non-penalty xG, 3.1, which is the 7th highest in the league.

He also has an xA of 1.9, the 9th highest, and is central to Chelsea’s attack. Against Brentford he had a goal disallowed, so goals are definitely coming and most likely sooner rather than later.

Heung-Min Son

  • Price: £10.2m
  • Picked by: 16%
  • Fixtures: West Ham (a), Man United (H), Everton (a)

Son has been Spurs’ bright spark this season, being their top scorer with four goals, averaging 0.59 non-penalty goals per 90.

He’s had 9 shots on target (7th most) and, like Kane, has an impressive record against his next opponent, scoring 7 in 12 against the Hammers.

It may surprise many that he is the third highest scoring player this season (51 points). This makes his 15% ownership very interesting and therefore could be a good differential premium asset.

Raphinha

  • Price: £6.7m
  • Picked by: 21%
  • Fixtures: Wolves (H), Norwich (a), Leicester (H)

After many got rid of the Brazilian during the international break, Raphinha is available again. He’s taken 24 shots (6th most), averaging 3.7 per 90 (7th).

With three goals he is Leeds’ top scorer and has also made the most key passes in the team (13), as well as the most shot-creating actions (26) and touches in the attacking third (182).

In GW9 he faces Wolves, who’ve conceded in their last two matches, and Raphinha could return to the starting 11 with immediate impact.

Bukayo Saka

  • Price: £6.4m
  • Picked by: 12%
  • Fixtures: Aston Villa (H), Leicester (a), Watford (H)

With one goal and one assist, Saka has been a steady performer this season. He may not have lots of returns to show for it, but he has been one of Arsenal’s best players in attack.

Providing creativity, he’s produced the most shot-creating actions in the team (27), plus two goal-creating actions. He’s also attempted the third most shots in the side (12) and the third most key passes (9).

Villa have lost their last two games, so now might be the right time for Arsenal to play them, which could prove good for Saka.

It should be noted that Saka is nursing a knock and as such we have given him a 60% chance of starting.

Andros Townsend

  • Price: £5.7m
  • Picked by: 12%
  • Fixtures: Watford (H), Wolves (a), Spurs (H)

Scoring three and assisting two, Townsend has been talismanic for Everton this season. He’s made 17 key passes (8th most) and could see his assists increase when Dominic Calvert-Lewin eventually returns.

Also, he’s made 7 crosses into the penalty area (third most) and could gain more assists with DCL in the side who thrives on crosses, but for now he’s doing well with Rondon acting as a target man.

In GW9 he faces Watford, who are coming off the back of conceding 5 at home to Liverpool and have conceded 15 overall. Everton have a good home record, winning three of their four matches at Goodison, and will be confident of another three points.

Conor Gallagher

  • Price: £5.7m
  • Picked by: 8%
  • Fixtures: Newcastle (H), Man City (a), Wolves (H)

Under Patrick Vieira, Palace have performed well this season and Gallagher has been one of their main attacking threats. He has two goals and three assists, providing 5 goal-creating actions too, the 7th most.

His GW9 opponents, Newcastle, have the joint worst defence, conceding 19 goals and also have the highest xGA (15.47). In the Palace team, he has the highest npxG (1.7) and the second highest xA (0.8), so if goals are scored in their next game, there’s a high chance he’ll be involved.