Can Man City's Gabriel Jesus compete with both Lukaku and Kane this season in FPL?
Posted by FFPundits
10:45pm Aug 8 2017
Fantasy Premier League Tips and Players to Watch for Gameweek 1 – in Jesus we trust?
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Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City [£10.5m]
With a price tag of £10.5m, the Manchester City forward comes in as a cheaper alternative to the popular forward choices, Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane.
Although Pep Guardiola has a wealth of attacking options, he’s always shown a liking for Jesus and tried to fit him into the starting lineup whenever the Brazilian was fit last season.
In just 10 appearances, 8 of which were from the start, the 20-year-old produced an impressive tally of 7 goals and 4 assists, giving him more points per match than any other Man City asset last season (6.7).
In fact, only Harry Kane (7.5) produced more points per match, amongst forwards.
Man City begin the new season with a trip to newly promoted Brighton, where Jesus and co. are predicted to score plenty, but with Kane and Lukau proving the most popular picks on FPL this season, can you justify owning Jesus?
Dele Alli – Spurs [£9.5m]
Despite being the most selected midfielder in the game, Dele Alli hasn’t made it into the FPLtips team for Gameweek 1, with us instead opting for Harry Kane to represent the Spurs attack.
With doubts over how well Spurs will adapt to playing their home games at Wembley, as well as the wealth of alternative attacking options in FPL, we believe it’s somewhat risky to begin the season with a double up on Spurs attack, selecting two from: Kane, Alli or Eriksen.
With Kane providing a go-to captain option in almost any given Gameweek, last season’s Golden Boot winner was the man who made the cut.
We expect a lot of FPL managers will have faced the same dilemma, but are we right to overlook a player who produced 18 goals and 11 assists last season and comes in at £3.0m cheaper than his Spurs teammate?
Dele Alli certainly makes starting without the Spurs forward an option worth considering, depending on where you spend the extra budget that is saved.
Manolo Gabbiadini – Southampton [£7.0m]
With 2 goals and 1 assist during Southampton’s final 3 pre-season games, Manolo Gabbiadini comes into our thinking for a 3rd forward option to begin the season.
The Italian made an impressive start to his Saints career but found himself struggling to return to form after suffering an injury.
In the end, he managed a tally of 4 goals and 1 assist during 11 appearances and his penalty miss against Man Utd will still haunt a huge portion of FPL managers.
But with a kind price tag of £7.0m and opening fixtures against Swansea and West Ham at home, before a trip to newly promoted Huddersfield, Gabbiadini could provide value as a budget option upfront, alongside two other premium forwards.
Marcos Alonso – Chelsea [£7.0m]
The left-wing-back was at the core of our FPL teams last season, with the Spaniard producing an incredible tally of 6 goals, 5 assists and 15 clean sheets during Chelsea’s title-winning campaign.
Despite joining Chelsea late last summer and only being present for 31 league games, Marcos Alonso ended the season as the 2nd highest scoring defender in FPL, just 1 point behind teammate Gary Cahill.
His heavy price tag of £7.0m is seeing the defender get overlooked somewhat, with Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld and Cedric Soares all having gathered higher ownership so far.
However, with a home fixture against Burnley to begin the season, a side that displayed poor away form last season and finished 16th overall, Alonso could offer returns at both ends of the field in Gameweek 1.
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