Tuesday, 13 September 2016

3 Aguero Replacements Hit Big Points: GW4 Review

Big Rom is back

It seemed from the early kick-off on Saturday that the best replacement for the suspended Aguero might be his direct replacement Kelechi Iheanacho. The Nigerian livewire was on hand to score and assist for Pep's team against Mourinho's United. Man City have certainly been in good goalscoring form this season, so Iheanacho could be in the goals next week too.

On Sunday Diego Costa bettered Iheanacho's 12 points with a 2 goal haul despite once again causing controversy. It is debatable whether he should've been on the pitch, but there is no denying Costa is in good form. That's now 4 goals in 4 games for the Chelsea striker. His underlying stats are also comparable to Aguero. Only Ibrahimovic and Aguero have more shots on target per game so far and only Antonio has had more shots inside the 6 yard area.

Lukaku had the last say on Monday night. Lukaku ended a 10-match goal drought with aplomb. A hat-trick was one way end his barren run. Little more needs to be added on who leads the race as the best replacement for Aguero.

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A Firm option

Dimitri Payet, Firmino, Dele Alli and Michael Antonio have all finally got going after slow starts. They were key players last season in FPL as some of the highest scoring midfielders. Payet has struggled with muscle tightness after a busy schedule in the Euros, but marked his first start of the new season with two assists against Watford for his teammate Antonio to score two headed goals in a fine first half performance. Antonio has started two of the first 3 games at right back, however West Ham co-owner David Gold has confirmed that Antonio will be deployed as a winger from now on after the signing of Alvaro Arbeloa on deadline day. When Antonio has started on the right wing this season he now has 3 goals in 2 games.

Dele Alli's 10 goals and 12 assists last season at a start price of just 5.5 made him a vital asset. This season his price has risen to 8.5, which is considerably less value. Nearly 200,000 managers have deemed this too expensive and sold Alli since gameweek one. The Spurs attacker's price has dropped as a result to 8.3. Now he looks like a better option after scoring at Stoke, if he can keep his place. His goal threat is certainly a strength, with 2.8 shots on goal per 90 mins so far, and 1.3 in the box.

Firmino was Liverpool's top scorer with 10 goals in 2015/16 and a must-have out-of-position mid. Firmino disappointed his owners with just 2 points in each of his first two games. A brace against Leicester this time round has increased his appeal at a slightly nicer price tag of 8.4, so he will be one to bare in mind this season as a midfielder with an eye for goal. At times in the game at Anfield he was playing in a more advanced role than striker Daniel Sturridge.

Kyle Norbury,
Stoke fan and fantasy football nerd,
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