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5 Key Takeaways from FPL GW21

After the conclusion of a FPL gameweek that seemed to last forever, now is a good time to take stock on some discussion points, as we head into a mammoth DGW22. Although, there are some points surrounding players who had a standout single gameweek.

GW21 had a chapter of its own. This included a penalty miss, a fixture cancellation and many DGW players not living up to their potential.

Bowen Captainers are the real winners

Any double gameweek allows the more opportunity in managers making up ground, by nailing the captaincy on a player who has two matches. This proved no different for the many managers who backed the in-form Jarod Bowen from West Ham.

Bowen established himself as the headline maker, finishing the gameweek with a whopping 21 points. This included a brace, two assists, a cleansheet points and three bonus points from his two games. That was after only having an assist to his name prior to the fixture against Norwich.

This proved a big win for managers, as opposed to those who captained Michail Antonio, ending on just the 9 points. Although he got a goal and a bonus point at Selhurst Park, his game against Norwich was underwhelming, coming away with a blank.

Bowen had five shots against Norwich, including three on target. Albeit coming away with a brace, he did have a goal ruled for offside in the first half.

Don’t overlook Single Gameweek players

The below-par performances from many DGW21 players, showed us the need in always considering players with just the one match.

A prime example is shown through the Spurs assets, especially in defence. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris finished with a heroic eight pointer, which included a cleansheet, a bonus point and a save point against Watford.

In addition, centre-half Davinson Sanchez pulled through with the defenders’ dream, a 15-point haul! This consisted of a goal, three bonus points and a cleansheet from Vicarage Road.

Another who continues his purple patch as a differential, is Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse. The Saints captain notched an assist in the Saints’ stirring 4-1 win at home to Brentford on Tuesday night. This now makes it three goals and two assists from him in his last four league appearances. He is only selected by 3% of managers in the game.

Wolves defence – proving their bang for buck!

Bruno Lage’s men continue to fly under the radar with yet another shutout. GW21 saw them beat Man Utd 1-0 at Old Trafford. This also marked the Wolves’ first win at Old Trafford in 40 years.

Their cleansheet last Monday made it six shutouts in their last eight matches. One of the players who has benefitted in their hot run, is their centre-half, Conor Coady.

Coady is ranked fourth overall and second amongst all defenders when it comes to fantasy players and points per million. He is has a PPM of 16.74, which is only bettered by Man City’s Joao Cancelo.

Another worthy of a mention is the man between the sticks, in Jose Sa. Thanks to his eighth shutout, he is now tied with the most total points with 88 (tied with Ederson), amongst all goalkeepers.

Salah’s Parting Gift

For many managers, it was a priority to transfer out the Egyptian, with an uneasy fixture away at the Bridge, plus AFCON commitments. But for those who held, fortune favoured the brave.

Salah finished with a bang, scoring a goal in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea. With the stats too, he could’ve had more. He had four shots, with three being on target, plus an expected goal (xG) of 0.66, only bettered by Christian Pulisic.

He is expected to return from African Cup of Nations duties with Egypt, on the 10th of February, a day before their GW24 fixture against Leicester City.

Delay Transfers

Inspite of GW21 lasting well over a week, there were also plenty of injuries, another postponement and cup matches that occurred.

This consisted of FA Cup games for all PL teams, plus two-leg cup semi finals for four sides (Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham).

In addition, some unexpected news occurred. Heung Min-Son suffered a muscle injury in Tottenham’s first leg semi final against Chelsea. This means he will miss the all-important DGW22 for Spurs, with a return date after the winter international break (in time for GW24).

Furthermore, a side who did have a double later only had a single game, with Everton vs Leicester being postponed. This was due to the Foxes, being unable to field a team. The Foxes had just 8 listed PL players available, with the rest on international duty, injured or ill.

For all DGW information, check out our guide with the Double Gameweek schedule.