The week in Fantasy Premier League: Pogba V Mkhitaryan, Kane’s curse and rethinking budget midfielders
It was an FPL week to forget for pretty much anyone who didn’t own the likes of Bailly, Pogba... and the irrepressible Marcus Alonso.
Those who stumped up for the game’s most expensive defender were richly rewarded, while the rest of us were left to quietly seethe and mumble something about how Alex Sandro arriving from Juventus.
It’s still early days of course, and seasoned FPL veterans will know that ranks count for absolutely nothing at this stage of the season.
That said, some of the underperforming big-money players are facing the chop - with Harry Kane (TOT, 12.5) and Kevin De Bruyne (MCI, 10.0) now firmly in their owners’ crosshairs.
Is it time to dump Kane and KDB?
It’s hard to fathom how a reliable 20+ goals-a-season striker and current golden boot holder could have such a problem scoring early in the season, but it’s an affliction Harry Kane just can't seem to shake off.
We can dismiss notions of curses and whatnot, but footballers can be a notoriously superstitious bunch, and the added pressure brought about by these statistical quirks start to become self-fulfilling in nature.