Have you used your wildcard yet in Fantasy Football? Oh come on, it’s only gameweek 5 and the panic of a poor season start has already taken over most people and forced them into a drastic team change. You had better make it count, that’s all.
If you did use your wildcard before gameweek 5 it’s fairly logical to have brought in the firepower up front of Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo, both of whom backed their double up on second hone debut with Champions League goals in midweek. But it’s not Ronaldo and co that we’re interested in here. It’s derby day at the weekend for Chelsea as a tough two weeks (with Manchester City visiting Stamford Bridge next week) lay ahead. If the Blues can get themselves through these two fixture relatively unhurt then you’re in the clear to use Lukaku, Kai Havertz and the dogged defenders to your freedom.
Here’s our tips and tricks guide to getting the most out of the Blues’ star men (or surprise candidates) for gameweek 5.
There’s just no surprise that Lukaku, who bagged a brace last week to help secure the joint top amount of points for an individual last gameweek with his 13. Startlingly though, his two goals came from just 25 touches and only two shots against Aston Villa.
The Belgian beast is enjoying life back at Stamford Bridge and will be revelling in the task that Nuno Espirito Santo’s Spurs side have to offer. After they lost 3-0 last weekend to Crystal Palace the side that hadn’t conceded or lost now look shaky. Not something you want to be with Lukaku prowling.
11.6m isn’t cheap but it’s the price of an elite striker. He is already living up to expectations with the joint third amount of points for forwards so far this season. His performance against Villa also highlights that even if isolated at times against Tottenham or Manchester City in the coming weeks, Lukaku is well capable of bringing in the points currency that every manager needs.
When you consider that Harry Kane, who will be lining up against Chelsea on Sunday, costs 12.2 million, Lukaku’s pricetag looks a lot more reasonable. He’s a must have this season.
The Kovacic conundrum
And so to the Mateo Kovacic question. The midfielder isn’t a player normally seen in Fantasy Football squads, and for good reason too, he has a total of just 209 total points across his three (and a bit) seasons in the Premier League. His total of 23 so far this season is well on course to break his record, but for that total to be standing at a dismal 68 (especially for a player with undoubted quality of Kovacic) is a warning sign.
His goal involvement for a midfielder is remarkably small, bringing in a tiny six assists and one goal in his time before this season. But are things changing? Already this term Kovacic has two assists and a goal, more than his total for last season. With the uncertainty around N’Golo Kante’s fitness and gametime, Kovacic seems to be relishing the task of becoming a true senior player.
Although Kovacic doesn’t get points for silky dribbles, pressures evaded or nice-looking take-ons, he does get clean sheet bonuses. And at Chelsea he certainly gets plenty of them. With Spurs at the weekend and the likelihood that Kovacic remains in the Chelsea midfield, he is a shoe in for a spot in your team, even if he doesn’t last as long as other players.
Gameweek 5: Pick of the week
It’s Spurs away. There’s only one man inevitable enough to succeed. Marcos Alonso.
The Spaniard has started the season well, with impressive performances in the Super Cup and against Liverpool securing his starting spot. With Ben Chilwell only racking up a handful of minutes in midweek against Zenit St Petersburg it is unlikely that he will be chucked in to face Spurs. Alonso is set to play against one of his favourite opponents once more.
Not only are Spurs a team that brings back good memories for Alonso, his performances have made him the second highest scoring defender in the game so far this season with 28. That includes his opening day free kick and three clean sheets along the way. With Emerson Royal likely to be the right back he would be pitted up against, Alonso has a chance to use his experience and keep his strong season start going.
Written and edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
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