Sunday, 1 January 2017

Gameweek 19 Review: Striking Technique is Permanent

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Harry Kane and Olivier Giroud were the stars of the show for the New Year's offerings. And so was Andre Gray.

All of the above strikers have been in and out of form for various reasons this season: Zlatan due to fatigue, Harry Kane through fatigue and injury and Olivier Giroud has previously been usurped from the Arsenal line-up by Alexis Sanchez, but they are now the form strikers in FPL.

Zlatan has 5 goals and 4 assists in 6 games. Tens of thousands transferred him in for the Sunderland game while Diego Costa served his one-match ban, and now those managers have a tough decision to make regarding whether to get this season's top scorer back in their team. Current form would suggest not to. Costa was perhaps fortunate to have scored v a Stoke team leaking goals after capitalising on a defensive error, while Ibra was unfortunate to have a goal disallowed for a high foot on the goalkeeper, but still managed to assist United's equaliser to turn the game around late on and still get 5 points for his owners. It would be a wise move to keep hold for now.

Hurricane Harry might be back in white-hot form of 2016

Kane's 52 goals since 1st January 2015 is more than anyone, as Kane has taken the Premier League by storm. Spurs' main striker came up trumps at Vicarage road, with two goals and one assist. That totalled 16 points. Tottenham ran out 4-1 winners against their London opponents. Only Giroud's high foot on the defender being allowed in the late kick-off took the shimmer off a fine day for the Lilywhites. Yes, I own Zlatan. Yes, I am angry.

Okay, it was an incredible scorpion kick from Olivier Giroud. It is surprising that that strike alone was not enough to bring home 3 bonus points. Giroud has bagged in each of his first two starts of the season and has a better minutes per goal ratio of any striker in the Premier League. And not only that, he is 'La Gorgeous Un'. Ooh la la.

Gray gives us a taste of what may come in 2017

Andre Gray looks to have finally nailed down his starting place at Burnley this season. It seemed he had the Midas touch against Sunderland. 17 FPL points. His first hattrick in the Premier League. Hopefully the first of many. He has come a long way since his Homophobic tweets in 2012, but the FA failed to take that into account. His 4-match ban when Burnley needed him most was perhaps harsh, but he is still here in the Premier League and here to stay. We can hope the journey continues with the extra incentive of FPL points this year. The New Jamie Vardy? We'll have to wait and see.

written by Kyle Norbury

Stoke fan, football fan, fantasy football fan