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FPL GW2 review : Is Sadio Mane the way forward?

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GW2 was another great week of football as we saw some late drama, VAR controversy, some great goals and Marcus Rashford’s ambitious free-kick from 35 yards out. Although, there were a lot of goals but there were some unlikely heroes due to which game week 2 was pretty low-scoring one as compared to GW1. In this article, we’ll be discussing the Winners & Losers of GW2 with some honorable mentions. So, let’s get started.

Top 5 Winners of GW2

John Lundstram
Price – £4.1m     Points scored – 14
Out of over 220+ players in FPL, £4.0m rated John Lundstram proved to be the biggest differential this week. Lundstram’s goal was a result of some good off-the-ball movement and being at the right place at the right time to hit the rebound. Most of the work was done by Luke Freeman who made the space to shoot but his shot was saved by Vicente Guaita and Lundstram was there to finish it off. Lundstram provide the best possible return from a £4.0m defender and we might see his stock increase in the coming game weeks.

Erik Lamela
Price – £6.0m     Points scored – 12

If Man City had Kevin de Bruyne, Spurs had their answer with Erik Lamela. Lamela is not someone who’s scared to perform in big games as he proved by scoring Tottenham’s opener and providing the assist to Spurs’ equaliser, which Lucas Moura out of all people, headed it past Ederson to make the scores equal. The Argentine has always been performing under the radar but this season he could score big.

Kevin de Bruyne
Price – £9.6m     Points scored – 11

First of all, we’re glad to see Kevin de Bruyne back on the pitch and it’s just beautiful to see him play again after he spent most of last season on the sidelines due to knee injuries. The Belgian playmaker has hit the ground running with three assists in two games already, attempting the third most crosses in the league (20). Kevin was the most influential player on the pitch against Spurs as he provided both the assists in the first half. With his attacking returns so far, it might be harder to get him into your team as his price will increase faster, so the best time to buy him is now.

Sadio Mane 
Price – £11.5m     Points scored – 13

This might be just another Mane masterclass for some but for the man himself, Sadio Mane must be relieved to get off the mark against his former club Southampton. The Senegalese winger has a disappointing record, scoring only one goal and an assist in six appearances against the Saints. Mane played 90 minutes in the Super Cup in midweek but despite that, he had the energy to secure another win for Liverpool.

Teemu Pukki
Price – £6.8m     Points scored – 17

Simply the saviour, Teemu Pukki was the top-scorer of GW2, scoring a hattrick against Newcastle United. The Finnish International who spent his best years at Celtic and Denmark has found his best goal-scoring form in the Championship and the Premier League. By now, you must have known that Pukki’s not afraid to score against big teams as he did against Liverpool. His price increase by 0.3m in just four days says it all. Pukki’s best goal was his first goal against the Magpies which was an absolute stunner. You’ll not find too many strikers who can hit the volley more sweeter than him.

Losers of GW2

Trent Alexander-Arnold
Price – £7.0m     Points scored – 1

One of those rare days when you see Trent Alexander-Arnold in the loser’s list. Alexander-Arnold was average against Southampton but obviously the Adrian blunder and his yellow-card doesn’t do good to him. The yellow card was one he had to take for the team as Southampton were on the counter. Obviously, there’s not much to blame him but from a £7.0m defender you expect better.

Harry Kane
Price – £11.0m     Points scored – 2

Tottenham had only three shots attempted from which Harry Kane attempted one from the halfway line and later in the post-match conference Pep stated that he didn’t consider it as a shot, which says it all about Harry Kane’s performance. Harry Kane was almost invisible as Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura shined. You don’t expect that from a £11m striker even if it’s an away game to the Premier League champions.

Price – £4.5m     Points scored – 3

Despite making three saves and scoring three points in the GW, Adrian left us all frustrated as Liverpool managed to get away with the three points at the St Mary’s stadium. What makes us frustrated is Adrian’s blunder first of all. Playing from the back is always risky but you don’t have to take the risk in the closing minutes and what could have been an easy clearance gave us throwbacks of Loris Karius. Not only did he cost the three points to himself but the other defenders of Liverpool also missed out on the clean sheet which is very frustrating. 

Paul Pogba
Price – £8.6m     Points scored – 0

Some might find it harsh but it is what it is. Paul Pogba was having a decent game until he decided to take the penalty he won after being fouled in the 18 yard box. Wolves keeper Rui Patricio just had to predict the direction as it was a very poorly executed penalty by Pogba. The shot wasn’t wide enough and the height was comfortable for any keeper to make the save. There sparked some debates on why didn’t Rashford take the penalty as he scored one last week against Chelsea. At the end of the day, Pogba’s performance was ruined by the penalty which potentially cost Man United the two points.

Honorable mentions
Dean Henderson
Price – £4.5m     Points scored – 9
Rui Patricio
Price – £5.0m     Points scored – 9
Lucas Digne
Price – £6.0m     Points scored – 11
Dani Ceballos
Price – £5.6m     Points scored – 11
Price – £6.5m     Points scored – 11
Price – £6.0m     Points scored – 8

With this, we conclude our FPL GW2 review for Winner & Losers. Do you think Sadio Mane is the way forward for you too? Reply in the comments below.

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