Domestic football returned with a bang this past weekend. With the latest international break now in the books, there were goals galore in the English Premier League – let’s take a look at which strikers impressed the most!
In joint third place were a host of players, earning four points for themselves and their respective fantasy managers. Mame Biram Diouf enjoyed a surprisingly respectable outing for Stoke. That isn’t knocking the player, but his side were thrashed 7-2 at Man City – however, with Diouf being a striker he isn’t affected by goals conceded. Considering the fact he scored one of the Potters’ two strikes, he was their best player on the pitch.
Wayne Rooney may not have inspired Everton to a wonderful start to the campaign since his return to the club from Man Utd in the summer, but he did bag the Toffee’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Burnley. While the result won’t have wowed many Evertonians, Rooney’s obvious pleasure at turning out in his beloved blue shirt once more is clear for all to see. This weekend’s four point tally, however, almost doubled that of his season to date – it took him to nine points in total. Surely there is still plenty more to come from England’s all-time record goalscorer?
Ayoze Pérez was another striker who enjoyed a decent afternoon when it comes to fantasy points despite his side failing to pick up the win. He scored one of Newcastle’s two goals in their 2-2 draw with Southampton at St. Mary’s. That result finds the Magpies in ninth place, so not a bad start to their return campaign in the top flight at all. The striker therefore earned four points this weekend.
Troy Deeney also earned four points for any fantasy managers with him in their squad. The Watford forward was impressive after coming off the subs bench, and equalised for the Hornets after Per Mertesacker’s first half opener. Deeney’s team-mate Tom Cleverley would go on to score the winner in injury time, but Deeney’s goal means he takes his tally for the season to six. Watford fans will be wanting to see more of the same from the 29-year-old as the season progresses.
Southampton forward Manolo Gabbiadini may have struggled a touch more this season than he did following his arrival on the south coast from Napoli in January, but he added a cool seven points to his tally this weekend in the aforementioned 2-2 draw with Newcastle. He scored both of Saints’ goals, but was also booked. Had that booking not have come, he would be been the joint-best striker in the Premier League this past weekend.
That award, perhaps unsurprisingly for anyone who has read the match report, goes to Man City striker Gabriel Jesus. The 8.00m-rated striker turned heads and switched on the wow factor in their 7-2 demolition of Stoke, and he scored two goals in the process. That return takes Jesus to 25 points for the season so far – a great total, but only enough to place him in fourth place in the overall striker charts on Euro Fantasy League.
So, why not take a look at revamping your strikeforce and getting your team going on Euro Fantasy League? The game features players from the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Eredivisie and Ligue 1. Assemble your dream team and manage your fantasy squad to glory this season!
If you perhaps aren’t quite as familiar with the more continental leagues, then you are also able to play a Premier League-only version of the game. Fantasy Premier is a version of the EuroFantasyLeague game where you will put together your Premier League dream team and compete against others. Check it out now!