After the end of FPL 2021/22 GW 8, there has been a lot of share of points with the premium assets delivering huge points. Apart from the popular picks, there are quite a number of players, who have impressed over the weekend with points and underlying stats. The onset of good fixtures along with their form can really turn them into good replacements for the underperforming assets of the fantasy team. All the managers are trying to stabilize their teams with suitable options before the price hikes. In this FPL GW8 Watchlist 2021/22, we will be looking at 5 Fantasy players, who could become future transfer targets, carrying their good run.
FPL GW8 Watchlist 2021/22
Man City’s smooth fixture has just begun, Brentford‘s boosted run will start from gameweek 9 meanwhile Spurs is getting back its rhythm, therefore, our watchlist is based on these facts, keeping eye on the upcoming fixtures.
1. João Cancelo (Defender) – 6.2 million
While Alexender Arnold is out for injury, João Cancelo is arguably the best wing-back to consider from the FPL players roster. With a total of 44 FPL points in the last 7 gameweeks (6.29 points/game), he has 0.10 expected goals figure (xG) and an assist figure of 0.11 (xA) providing 2.29 touches in the opposition box. Cancelo has started all 7 matches for Man City creating one assist and being a defender he has taken a total of 10 shots. One thing managers need to note when Zinchenko will be fit he might miss few matches.
Though Man City is a fixture-proof team still their rough spell is over and comparatively, a smooth road is waiting ahead which could be highly beneficial for the defenders so as for FPL managers. 7 of their next 13 opponents have a difficulty rating of just 2 and will face only one team from the top five teams of the current league table that is manchester United.
2. Heung-Min Son (Midfielder) – 10.1 million
Spurs bounced back from three consecutive defeats with a much-needed win over Aston Villa where Min Son maintained his bright start to the season with assists for both goals. In addition to his creativity, he took an impressive total of five shots recording a match-leading expected goals figure of 0.66. In fact, only James Ward-Prowse could improve on that amongst all midfielders in game 7 with the help of his penalty against Chelsea. In six appearances this season Son has played a direct hand in five goals averaging 7 FPL points per game.
We’re seeing and expecting an even more goal-hungry version of the South Korean this season with his average of 3.29 shots per 90 minutes far ahead of his 1.96 average per 90 in the 2020-21 campaign. The Spurs have favorable fixtures to come facing Newcastle, Leeds, Brentford and, Norwich in the next eight gameweeks and they face just two top four sides between now and gameweek 22.
3. Phil Foden (Midfielder) – 7.9 million
Following his recent return from injury, Phil Foden made a second consecutive premier league start in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool where he rivaled Mo Salah for man-of-the-match. James Milner deputizing for Alexander Arnold had a tough afternoon up against the young Englishman and was fortunate to stay on the field. No player recorded as many as Foden’s eight touches in the opposition’s box during the match or landed as many as his two shots on target. While his 0.39 expected goals figure (xG) ranked top amongst teammates over the last two game weeks. No Man City player has offered as many as his five attempted assists and his 0.67 expected assist figure (xA) trails only salah and Fernandez amongst all midfielders.
Rotation is always the key concern when investing in Man City attackers but Foden has a huge upside when on the pitch his average of 7.8 points per 90 minutes last season was the best amongst teammates and the second-best amongst all players with a minimum of 500 minutes played only trailing Gareth Bale then on loan at Spurs. Man City will Play against Burnely, Brighton and, Crystal Palace in the next three gameweeks.
4. Adam Armstrong (Forward) – 6.0 million
Apart from the Premium forwards like Ronaldo, Vardy, etc. Adam Armstrong is one of the best forward to consider looking at the fixture and underlying stats. In his last 7 games, he has bagged 1 goal and 1 assist with a 0.26 non-penalty goals figure (xnpG) and a 0.10 expected assist figure (xA). During the abovementioned time, the Englishman has fired 21 shots (7 on target) and 12 of them were from inside of the box which is 4th best among the forwards in the league.
Armstrong has delivered 6 key passes creating 2 big chances so far for Southampton so far and he has kept an average of 4.40 touches per game in the opposition’s box. The upcoming favorable fixture for Southampton includes Leeds, Burnley, Watford and, Norwich out of their 5 matches. All these teams have conceded more goals and big chances than other teams of the league this season. Therefore, FPL managers can expect a good out-put from him in the upcoming spell.
5. Ivan Toney (Forward) – 6.4 million
Brentford maintained their impressive start to life in the premier league this season snatching a dramatic injury-time winner to beat west ham 2-1. There were no FPL returns for Ivan Toney in this one but his movement and pace in partnership with Ryan and Mbeumo up front caused the hammers real problems throughout. He forced a save from Fabianski with a close-range effort before heavily contributing to the opening goal with the defense-splitting pass, whose effort was saved before Mbeumo swept in the rebound.
Over the last four gameweeks Toney has amassed a league-leading 2.39 expected assist figure (xA) while only Bruno Fernandes can equal his 4 big chances created. In the same period his tally of 6 shots in the box trails only in Mbeumo amongst teammates, his 7. With a promising spell of fixtures to come after Chelsea’s visit to gamergate including Burnley, Norwich and, Newcastle.
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