We have seen managerial casualties, injuries and controversial suspensions in the Premier League over the past few days. Man City maintained their eight point lead at the top of the table ahead of rivals Man United, while Chelsea dropped a touch further back thanks to their draw at Liverpool.
With that said, it’s time to take a look at which strikers performed the best in England’s top flight this past weekend.
In fourth place we have a rare bright spot for Everton fans. Summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson may have set the Toffees back around £45m but he can be yours for only 5.5m. Hang fire though – while that may sound like a good deal for such an expensive real world acquisition, he has only managed to score six points this season so far – and four of them came in this past weekend’s fixture.
That was a heavy 4-1 loss for Everton at Southampton, but Sigurdsson scored Everton’s goal. OK, that maybe isn’t quite the bright spot it had appeared to be, but he does make it into this weekend’s list of top Premier League strikers at number four.
In third place we have someone else who is playing for a managerless club. West Brom dispensed of the services of Tony Pulis early last week (as covered in the latest episode of the EuroFantasyLeague Podcast) and have placed former manager Gary Megson in caretaker charge, 13 years after he departed the Hawthorns hotseat. He saw forward Salomón Rondón scoring a vital goal to grant the Baggies the points at Wembley, where they held hosts Spurs to a 1-1 draw.
That contribution also helped make amends to any fantasy managers who have Rondón in their team – he was booked in his previous outing at home against Chelsea, and so this goal (and the four points that came with is) also pushed him up to six points for the season so far. That isn’t a great return considering his 7m valuation, but given West Brom’s poor season so far it comes as little surprise, and there is hope that he could turn things around and rack some points up if his new manager gives him plenty of game time.
Next up we have Watford’s former Burnley striker Andre Gray. He’s another one that will set you back 7m to bring into your fantasy squad, but he is having a marginally better season than the aforementioned Rondón. He has managed 11 points so far this season, and added four of those this past weekend as the Hornets took the three points back with them from Newcastle. He scored one of the goals in their 3-0 win – which was just his second league goal of the campaign, though he has also provided two assists.
Finally, Southampton striker Charlie Austin is the best of the bunch. Not only is he the cheapest on this list at 4.5m, but he is also having the best season with 12 points so far. This was embodied in his performance at the weekend during Saints’ 4-1 home win against Everton.
The former QPR striker bagged a brace to earn himself eight of those 12 points in one fell swoop. Another reason he is having such a good season isn’t that he’s regularly returning points – there have been noticeable spells of 0 point results – but he doesn’t often lose any through poor discipline. At 4.5m you could do far worse than get him in if you need to free up some budget to strengthen elsewhere in your team.
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!