Crystal Palace to be without injured Wilfried Zaha for four weeks - so who replaces him?
Posted by @FFPundits_Dale
10:43pm Aug 15 2017
Top 4 Fantasy Premier League replacements for Wilfried Zaha based on Gameweek 1 performances
Much to the despair of the 19%+ of FPL bosses who own him, Wilfred Zaha looks to have picked up a knee injury that could keep him sidelined for around four weeks.
The Crystal Palace winger is owned by 19.7% of overall managers and costs a respectable £7m, with both these figures are likely to fall throughout the week.
The questions facing many FPL managers now are – do I transfer him out before tonight’s price-drop, or, keep him and hope that he returns in the next few weeks?
Well, if you’re anything like us, you’ll be shipping him out of your teams tonight, or, before Thursday nights price-fall to £6.9m.
With such a salty dilemma on our plates, who better than @FPLChef to help us serve up THREE tasty replacement options to give you food for thought, and ONE secret ingredient.
Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal [£7.0m]
The Arsenal midfielder came on for the last 23 minutes of their opening Premier League match against Leicester on Friday and scored a crucial goal.
Whilst on the field of play, the Welshman created 1 key chance and had 4 shots at goal – he also managed 3 shots inside the area whilst scoring 1 goal.
Not bad for a player who played only 23 minutes, hey…
If Ramsey can stay fit, then he looks like he may hit his 2014/15 form, when he was a main stay in all managers teams.
Ramsey represents a straight swap for Zaha as both are valued at 7m.
An easy change to make but with games against Stoke (a), Liverpool (a), Bournemouth (h) and Chelsea(a) in the next four gameweeks, managers should make this change with a degree of caution.
Henrik Mkhitaryan – Man United [£8.0m]
Some managers may well have funds left over from their first draft, or might be wanting/willing to take a transfer hit.
If this is the case managers need look no further than Manchester United’s midfielder, Henrik Mkhitaryan.
In United’s Gameweek 1 4-0 demolition of West Ham, Mkhitaryan was pivotal.
The Armenian international created 2 assists at Old Trafford last Sunday and was a persistent threat until he was subbed off in the 87th minute.
Mkhitaryan also created 6 chances and made 4 key passes during his time on the pitch.
With an ownership of 9.9% at the time of writing, upcoming fixtures against Swansea (a), Leicester (h) and Stoke (a) offer an attractive option for FPL bosses looking to replace Zaha.
Aaron Mooy – Huddersfield [£5.5m]
Huddersfield provided one of the shocks of the opening weekend beating Zaha’s Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park, in which Mooy played an instrumental role for The Terriers.
Mooy made one assist in the victory – he also made 2 key passes and created 3 chances.
Mooy plays more of a deep midfield role and despite Huddersfield’s dominance against Palace, the Australian did not manage to get in the box and trouble the keeper.
The advantage of Mooy is that he releases funds to be spent elsewhere within your Fantasy Premier League squad.
Huddersfield have winnable upcoming games against Newcastle (h), Southampton (h) and West Ham (a) – could Mooy be about to hit a purple patch?
Chef’s Secret Ingredient…
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Crystal Palace [£4.5m]
Palace may well have taken a hammering against Huddersfield in Gameweek 1, but they still played relatively well in my opinion.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was at the heart of most things The Eagles did well and with Zaha out for up to 4 weeks, the Chelsea loanee will be looking at an even bigger role in the side.
Loftus-Cheek managed 1 key pass and created 1 key chance – he also managed to get in the area and get a shot off.
With Zaha out, Loftus-Cheek will be playing closer to goal and at just £4.5m, he would release £2.5m to strengthen elsewhere.
With games against Liverpool (a), Swansea (h) and Burnley (a) the youngster could well be worth a punt for those looking to ditch the injured Wilfried Zaha.