EPL Attacker Review – Wonderful Welbeck, Kane the Corker and Blundering Benteke


If you are a striker who is on the books at Man United, with some first team experience, and a club like Arsenal come along, there is certainly a decision to be made. In the case of Danny Welbeck, it seemed an easy one.

The England striker made the move to north London late on deadline day in 2014, and many seemed a bit surprised. Welbeck hasn’t looked back though – his football has consistently improved under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger, and his magnificent pre-season ahead of the current campaign has carried over into the competitive action.

Now, Arsenal haven’t had a great start to their season by any stretch – but Welbeck is looking sharp, and that has been emphasised with his return of a cracking 10 points to his fantasy football tally this weekend alone.

That return has placed him as the third most successful player in the entire EuroFantasyLeague game for this week. He scored two goals and provided an assist in the Gunners’ 3-0 win at home to Bournemouth, and his 6.50m price tag suddenly seems remarkably good value if he can keep that kind of form up.

Another striker really hitting his stride – as if he had ever stopped hitting it – is Tottenham forward Harry Kane. Based just across north London from Welbeck, Kane is an international team-mate of the Arsenal forward but he is truly contributing to his club’s cause to attempt to retain control as the top team in the north of the English capital.

He was the joint-fourth best player in the game this weekend, scoring eight points alongside continental based stars such as Steven Berghuis and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Those eight points were accrued thanks to the 24-year-old bagging a brace of his own in Spurs’ impressive 3-0 win at Everton.

Fellow Premier League stars Gabriel Jesus (Man City) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke) also tied alongside Kane with eight scored at the weekend, with Jesus’ team-mate Sergio Aguero coming in just behind on six.

It was also a fine weekend for Brighton striker Tomer Hemed, who came in alongside Aguero on six. Those points came thanks to one goal and an assist in the Gulls’ 3-1 home win against West Brom.

It wasn’t such a great weekend for Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke though. He bagged -1 point for the third game in a row, putting him at the bottom of the Premier League strikers’ charts on -3 in total. It was the third match on the bounce that Benteke went into the referee’s book and received a yellow card. Wayne Rooney (Everton), Dwight Gayle (Newcastle) and Glenn Murray (Brighton) also ended the weekend with -1 point on their weekly total, but none have reached such depths as -3 just yet.

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