After a powerful display against Barcelona on Tuesday, Manchester City players are the most popular choices on FPL market this week. And I don’t mean Kevin De Bruyne. On the other hand, Tottenham’s declining form has spurred almost 100,000 managers into getting rid of Son. Should we follow suit? As usual, VanDan and Wallace share their opinions on the players everyone’s talking about.
The Men of the Hour
Ilkay Gundogan (MID), Manchester City, £5.6m
As discussed on this week’s podcast, Gun-doe-wan/Gun-due-gan, whichever way you choose to pronounce it, has found a finely knit purple patch of form in the past few weeks. Under Guardiola, the German import has blossomed, having grabbed braces in each of his last two appearances. It is interesting to note that Gundogan’s highest goal-scoring tally came in during the 2010-2011 campaign while the midfielder was still plying his trade in the German Bundesliga with FC Nurnberg. That tally was a meager five goals in total across all competitions, a stat that does not bode well with future managerial investment.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 1, 2016
Although his goal-scoring exploits were assumed to be premature, the German followed up on his domestic league performance by responding with yet another solid showing midweek against the preeminent leviathan-like giants known as Barcelona. Both goals scored in the Champions league were examples of Gundogan finding clever pockets of space, but they were still matters of “being in the right place at the right time”. Despite a cheaper price tag than the majority of alternative City attackers, Gundogan offers nowhere near the amount of threat as, so say, Kevin De Bruyne, but based off of current form, and until we are explicitly proven otherwise, appears to be a viable second choice option. For those willing to take a risk, choosing Gundogan over teammates such as Sterling may be the route to go. City faces the leaky Middlesbrough defense this weekend, so it will be interesting to see if the German can keep returning and deliver another prosperous showing.
Sergio Aguero (FOR), Manchester City, £13.1m
Apologies in advance to any who may become extremely distraught once again, but the selling of Sergio Aguero was a common sight last week after multitudes of managers opted to veer away from the Argentine and search for points elsewhere. All who sold and hit the market were duly disappointed as Aguero grabbed a brace and seemed to be his lively and brilliant usual self once again, putting together an impressive statline along the way. Now it may be ludicrous to some to simply say “Buy Aguero Now”, but it should surely cross the minds of those who have sold in the past few weeks. Once again midweek, Guardiola’s men looked rejuvenated and have seemingly escaped the clutches of a recent poor run of form, meaning the side seems more likely to return to free-scoring form.
City dominate the ️⚽️, @aguerosergiokun on ???? and Academy Director gives a ????
— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 30, 2016
Against Barcelona on Tuesday, despite not finding the back of the net, the striker was constantly a threat, attempting five shots, and contributing some key passes along the way. Of course we still must keep in mind City’s tendency to be a bit inconsistent, but with a mouth-watering upcoming trio of fixtures it is daring to not enter the coming weeks without the Argentine. City play host to Middlesbrough as noted above, and then are scheduled for visits to Crystal Palace and Burnley. Apart from implying that repurchasing (or holding) Aguero is not a bad idea, there is little else to be stated. Though, in Guardiola’s first season with Barcelona, after suffering any type of multiple game run of draws or losses, the Spaniard responded each time by guiding his side to a minimum of seven consecutive ensuing victories. Be wise.
Heung-Min Son (MID), Tottenham, £7.5m
It seems only a short while ago I was writing up the Korean, praising him for his timely vein of form in Kane’s absence and for embodying the “pass the ball nonchalantly until you lose it then scurry like a bunch of ferrets to get it back and score” footballing philosophy of Pochettino. Nowadays he’s turned into a hot potato, a warm cup of soju, a fizzing old jar of kimchi! Basically, an unwanted commodity. In fairness, it is the entire team who has lost form drawing their last 3 matches after winning the previous 4. In those winning fixtures Son has failed to score meaningful points only once suggesting that once Spurs get back to winning ways his star will rise again.
— Premstats (@premstats) October 22, 2016
Other similarly priced midfielders like Antonio and Lallana have also dropped in form over the last 4 gameweeks paving the way for the likes of Allen and Coutinho while early season boy-wonder Capoue is still owned by almost 40% of managers despite not delivering in the last 5 gameweeks. According to “whoscored.com” Son’s characteristics include the propensity to cut inside, being a counter attack threat and not diving into tackles, all good things. But Squawka’s graph shows a clear drop in form awarding him a minus performance score in his last 2 matches.