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FPL GW3 review : Winners & Losers of GW3

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What an week of Premier League football we have just witnessed. This week was full of surprises as we saw some major upsets, lot of goals and the unlikeliest of teams keeping clean sheets. In this article, “FPL GW3 review : Winners & Losers of GW3”, we’ll be reviewing the winners and losers of GW3 as well as some honorable mentions. So, let’s get started.

Top 5 Winners of GW3

5. Patrick van Aanholt
Price – £5.5m      Points scored = 10

You can’t expect to be ignored when you’ve just scored a winner for your team against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Patrick van Aanholt was right up there in the 93rd minute in the penalty box as Zaha lost the ball. The former Chelsea full-back was there to receive the ball and shoot it past David de Gea as Man United were shell-shocked to concede in extra time. Patrick Van Aanholt provided Crystal Palace their first win in Old Trafford since 1989 and their first win against Man United since 1991. With a defender providing the stoppage time winner, you can imagine the returns he provided.

4. Sebastian Haller
Price – £7.4m      Points scored = 13

Sebastian Haller was welcomed to the Premier League in the worst way possible as he saw his team get thrashed 5-0 in the opening day of the Premier League. Haller was injured in the following week, but finally Sebastian Haller has announced his arrival in style by scoring a brace against Watford to get off the mark. Haller provides excellent value for his price and we all know how dangerous he can be. With the likes of Lanzini, Fornals, Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and Yarmalenko all there to provide service to him, expect the French striker to explode in the PL.

3. Sergio Aguero
Price – £12.0m      Points scored = 13

There were some concerns in the Man City camp ahead of the game about Sergio Aguero’s involvement as the Argentine striker had an ‘fallout’, as it seemed, with manager Pep Guardiola last week after he was substituted in the second half. However, with the injury to Gabriel Jesus in training, Pep had no other options but to start Aguero and he showed the world once again why he’s one of the best strikers in the Premier League since the last 10 years. Aguero has the natural ability to be at the right place at the right time and that’s how he scored both the goals against Bournemouth.

2. Mo Salah
Price – £12.5m      Points scored = 15

Sold by about 339k people after he blanked in GW2 against Southampton. Mo Salah has once again proved his doubters wrong by scoring a brace against Arsenal as he tops the scoring in GW3. There were a lot of people who sold Salah to bring in his teammate Sadio Mane after he scored and assisted against his former club Southampton, but you never doubt the two time Premier League top-scorer. 

1. Tammy Abraham
Price – £7.1m      Points scored = 13

What a rollercoaster ride it has been for Tammy Abraham in the past couple of weeks. Tammy Abraham was one of the many Chelsea academy products who have finally seen their dream come true, to wear the blue jersey and start for Chelsea football club. His first game didn’t end pretty well as Chelsea were beaten 4-0 by Man United as he hit the post in the first half. The following midweek, Tammy missed his penalty in the UEFA Super Cup penalty shoot out and was subject to online racial abuse. 
If it was another other striker they would’ve given up by now but Tammy kept his head held high and was handed another start by Frank Lampard against Norwich. Tammy made an instant impact when we scored from a beautiful half-volley past Tim Krul to repay the faith that the gaffer showed in him. Just before he was about to be substituted Tammy struck again, this time from outside the box which was a very well-taken shot and Tim Krul had no chance whatsoever. From hitting the post to fighting against all the odds, Tammy Abraham has given Chelsea what they have been missing for a long time, a proper striker.

Losers of GW3

5. David Luiz
Price – £5.9m      Points scored = 0

You can’t get away with letting Mo Salah dribble past you, not once but twice. David Luiz played a major role in Liverpool winning against the Gunners comfortably by 3-1. The former Chelsea defender is known for his impressive passing range but with age his speed has declined and players find it easy to dribble past the Brazilian. Luiz was very careless in the penalty box and tried to pull Mo Salah after getting dribbled by him, which resulted in a penalty and also a yellow card. For the third goal, Salah got past Luiz as if he wasn’t there. David Luiz was brought to upgrade the defense for the Gunners, but at the moment Luiz doesn’t look any better than Shkodran Mustafi.

4. Florin Andone
Price – £5.0m      Points scored = -2

After a promising first game and having given his second start in three games, Andone decided to blow the chance away by getting sent off after just 30 minutes. The Romanian International attempted a very careless and horrible tackle on Yan Valery which was so high that it could have ended Valery’s career. With Andone suspect till 21 September, that gives Neil Maupay enough time to cement his place in the starting XI.

3. Everton
Marco Silva and Everton might be gutted to lose to a side that were beaten by Bournemouth at home last week. The Toffees were very poor during the first goal where Wesley Moraes had a free run to get in a 1vs1 situation against Jordan Pickford to score. Aston Villa, as expected dropped back after the first goal and that’s when Marco Silva could have shown some urgency by bringing Alex Iwobi earlier in the game. 
Despite Gylfi Sigurdsson being out-of-form and Andre Gomes having a poor game, the Toffees created some decent chances but they weren’t clinical. Alex Iwobi hit the post in the 2nd half and Theo Walcott ballooned a sitter in the closing moments of the game which gave Villa one last chance to break on the counter and they were clinical enough to seal the game.

2. Tottenham
Tottenham got it wrong from the moment the starting lineup was announced. If you’re playing a team like Newcastle United you should know that they’re going to park the bus and look to attack on the counter. Even after that, Mauricio Pochettino decided to play four forwards and two defensive minded midfielders. Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son are two great wide players and though they tried to make things happen, it will always be hard when you’re looking to make runs with 5-6 players behind the ball waiting for you. Erik Lamela, a centre-forward during his days at Roma, now plays behind Harry Kane, whom you certainly can’t rely on for creative passes. Lastly, Harry Kane being Harry Kane, taken out of the game as he had very less impact with service. Also, it’s no goal August for the England captain. It turned out to be a horrible decision for Pochettino to drop Christian Eriksen, but you can feel now that Spurs are preparing for life without Eriksen as the Dane enters the final year of his contract and rejected the opportunity to sign a new deal. 
I think, some blame has to be put on Daniel Levy too, he waited till the final day of the transfer window to sign players like Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon. When you sign players late, they need more time to settle in their new place and adapt to the league. I might be going hard on Tottenham but losing to a bottom-half side at home is unacceptable so early in the season, specially when you’re competing for the league with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool. You might have come across the stat on Twitter that Spurs have won only 4 out of their last 15 games and haven’t won a single away game since January. That makes you think are Spurs players worth keeping for now when Mauricio Pochettino has himself stated that the Spurs squad is unsettled. Are you keeping Spurs players for GW4? Let us know in the comments below.

1. Marcus Rashford
Price – £8.7m      Points scored = 0

Someone, who has disappointed more than Tottenham this week? Manchester United. First of all, where do you start from. United didn’t play poor except the mistake from Victor Lindelof which resulted in the first goal. The Red Devils were basically beaten by their own tactics as Crystal Palace parked the bus and waited to attack on the counter. The Eagles heavily marked Paul Pogba which took him out of the game and there wasn’t anyone else who created any chances in that game. 
Marcus Rashford tops our list because he missed that all important penalty which could’ve changed the game. Man United have been awarded three penalties in their first three games and they’ve scored only one, which is unbelievably poor.

Honorable mentions
• Angus Gunn
Price – £4.5m      Points scored = 7
• Bjorn Engels
Price – £4.5m      Points scored = 9
• Jannik Vestergaard
Price – £5.0m      Points scored = 9
• Nathan Redmond
Price – £6.4m      Points scored = 10
• David Silva
Price – £7.4m      Points scored = 10
• Mark Noble
Price – £5.0m      Points scored = 9
• Teemu Pukki
Price – £6.9m      Points scored = 11

This concludes our article for Winners and Losers for GW3. How did you perform in GW3? Let us know in the comments below.

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