Gameweek Five – Players to Watch in FPL

Gameweek Four of FPL was possibly the strangest round of fixtures that the league has ever seen. 

With Manchester United and then Liverpool losing by five-goal margins, the unpredictability of the Premier League was proven yet again.

However, the unpredictable nature of the league makes FPL selection far more difficult. In a game where we’re all looking for consistency, the up-and-down results of the first four weeks add layers of difficulty to selection.

Many managers will be looking to play their wildcards this weekend. Here is a list of players to keep an eye on, or even include, in any potential wildcard squad.

Emiliano Martinez – Aston Villa – Goalkeeper – 4.7m.

Arguably, the most impressive team in the opening few weeks of the season has been Aston Villa. With two clean sheets and nine saves in Villa’s first three games, Emiliano Martinez has really impressed between the sticks.

It was surprising that Arsenal allowed the 28-year-old to leave after he impressed towards the back end of last season. With Villa impressing, and with favourable fixtures on the horizon, Martinez could be the keeper to own.

Patrick van Aanholt – Crystal Palace – Defender – 5.4m.

Quite simply, Crystal Palace’s upcoming fixtures look incredibly favourable. With no fixtures against any of the “big six” until December, now could be the time to own Crystal Palace players.

With Wilfried Zaha having featured in Gameweek Two’s five to watch, the next Palace player on my watchlist is Patrick van Aanholt.

While he is yet to feature this season, van Aanholt has been a reliable FPL points accumulator for a number of years. In the past two seasons, van Aanholt has ten goal contributions and 20 clean sheets, an impressive return for a mid-table player. With only 0.1% ownership, the Dutchman could be a difference-maker for managers who gamble on his selection.

Ross Barkley – Aston Villa – Midfielder – 6.9m.

Another Aston Villa player in the list could be surprising but their performances thus far cannot be overlooked. While Jack Grealish is the obvious Aston Villa midfielder, Ross Barkley is 1.2m cheaper than his teammate and could provide excellent value.

Although he’s only featured once for Villa, there was a lot to like about Barkley as a potential FPL asset. Essentially playing as a second striker, the former Chelsea man was afforded positional freedom in attacking areas, using his exceptional physical attributes to influence play. Six shots in the match against Liverpool included a goal, while Villa as an attacking unit looked highly functioning.

Barkley has a point to prove following his loan departure from Chelsea. The early signs of his move appear positive, both for Barkley and any potential FPL owner.

Kai Havertz – Chelsea – Midfielder – 8.4m.

Chelsea have an array of attacking options. Kai Havertz could well be the best of the lot. The £72m arrival from Bayer Leverkusen started slowly but registered an assist in his previous two fixtures.

He has played in his preferred number 10 position in the last two league games. With this, he registered five key passes and three shots and generally appeared to begin to thrive. Having registered 18 goals for Bayer Leverkusen in 2019/20, goals are clearly a key part of Havertz’ game.

While Christian Pulisic is also a desirable Chelsea asset in FPL, Havertz’ tendency to find the net could sway the argument in his favour. The German could be ready to ignite and set the league alight. FPL managers will want him in their team before he shoots up in value.

Harry Kane – Tottenham – Forward – 10.6m.

There is not much that hasn’t been said about the quality of Harry Kane. The Spurs marksman is a world-class striker and a player who would improve every team in world football, with no exception.

Kane has already registered nine-goal contributions in four games to begin this PL season. His partnership with Heung Min Son is as good as anything in the league. Jose Mourinho looks to be maximising the threat of two of the league’s most threatening attackers.

At 10.6m, Kane is the most expensive striker in the game. However, that is because he is a sure thing in terms of consistent contributions. It is time to have the Son-Kane double in squads before you regret it.

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