Strikers in the Premier League may not have had a particularly lethal weekend, but there were plenty with enough clinical awareness to find themselves on the scoresheet. With a few scintillating team performances, though, there was some wonderful football on display.
So with that said, let’s take a look at just which strikers performed best for their clubs and, more importantly, for their fantasy managers this past weekend!
This week we have a plethora of forwards who managed to grab a single goal for their clubs – seven of them to be exact. All of them will therefore be listed here, but rather than the usual format of lowest to most points, it will now go from most expensive to cheapest based on their tie at the top of the points charts.
The most expensive striker to have scored for his team this weekend was Man City forward – and record goalscorer – Sergio Aguero (14m). The Argentinian broke Eric Brook’s record recently, and was on form during the Citizens’ 3-1 win at home against Arsenal.
Despite opposition manager Arsene Wenger airing his views that City weren’t good value for their win, it has been difficult to look beyond them for more or less any match for a while now – and Aguero’s presence is only ever going to help that aura. His four points came from that goal scored, as City now lead the Premier League by eight points – a record at this stage of the season.
The next most expensive strikers are Aguero’s team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son (both 8m). Much like Aguero, Jesus put his name on the scoresheet as well, scoring City’s third goal in that 3-1 victory after coming on as a substitute. It may have been a close range goal, but it gives the 20-year-old four points all the same.
Jesus recently spoke out declaring that he was happy to play second fiddle to Aguero at the moment, and his professionalism is backed up by his strike rate, which is reportedly the best in Premier League history at this stage.
Son’s contribution to Tottenham’s cause was paramount – he scored the only goal of the game as Mauricio Pochettino’s men overcame the visiting Crystal Palace 1-0. The four points he earned from that goal doubled his season tally so far to eight, after he scored on of the goals in the recent 4-1 win over Liverpool as well.
The 25-year-old South Korea international has struggled to command a solid presence in Spurs’ first team this season, but if he can continue to take his chances such as he did against Palace he could be a decent addition to your fantasy league side, though his seasonal tally is some way behind that of Jesus (who is now on 28).
Next up is Chelsea forward Álvaro Morata. The former Real Madrid forward only recently returned from injury, and much like the aforementioned Son he scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea tasted victory against Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd. That was his first goal for the Blues since September, and the Spaniard has been absent for a chunk of that time through injury.
Despite his lack of football recently, Morata has managed to rack up a cracking total of 34 for the season, including the four for the goal against United. At just 7.50m he represents great value – and with a trip to struggling West Brom coming up next he will see it as an opportunity to continue his return to goalscoring form.
The second cheapest strikers from this weekend’s biggest hitters were Brighton forward Glenn Murray – who earned a special mention on the latest episode of the Euro Fantasy League Podcast – and Stoke target man Peter Crouch, at 7m each.
Murray also happened to score the only goal of the game as Brighton earned a hard-fought victory at Swansea. That result moves them into eighth in the Premier League table, with Murray’s contribution proving solid and consistent. He moves on to 14 points for the season too.
Crouch, meanwhile, raised a few eyebrows amid renewed calls for one last run out in an England shirt. His vintage headed goal in Stoke’s 2-2 draw with Leicester granted the Potters a good point, and while 7m may seem a lot for a player who no longer often starts that was his second goal in three Premier League games. Shows he’s still got it!
Finally, Burnley striker Sam Vokes takes the claim for best value striker in the Premier League this past weekend. Much like many of the others on this list, his goal was the game’s one and only (and therefore the decisive strike), their 1-0 win at Southampton lifting Sean Dyche’s men to seventh in the table.
At just 5.5m Vokes took his seasonal total to 12 with that one. More worryingly, perhaps, is that these were the first points he has earned since his first appearance of the season. That was Burnley’s 3-2 win at Chelsea on the opening day, when Vokes scored a brace. Perhaps keep an eye on if he can keep on the goalscoring track before adding him to your fantasy team. If he can do that, though, he could be absolutely instrumental in Burnley’s so-far-impressive season.
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!