There are six Gameweeks left in the 2021/22 Premier League and it has seen managers across the planet, real and fake, scrambling to get their squads right and seize those crucial points. But with only six weeks of play left, the choices for players are huge, but picking the right captain changes the world.
Go with the tried, tested and reliable Mohamed Salah
After two straight blanks for the great Mohamed Salah, questions began to arise. Is he really worth the risk, especially with Liverpool competing in three different competitions? Combine that with the fact that the Egyptian superstar has only contributed five goals since Gameweek 22, a gap that includes his AFCON break, and there’s genuine concern. He has already seen the dominoes fall with the striker already the fourth best-selling player at the time of writing.
Only Philippe CoutinhoKieran Tierney and Armando Broja were sold more, which makes sense considering the fact that James Maddison, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane have all been recruited. But it’s Mohamed Salah and while knowingly taking risks might change your tone in the mini-leagues, it’s Mohamed Salah. The same man who scored 20 goals, 11 assists, 26 bonus points and averaged just over 8 points per game.
But while that number of points per game has dropped to 6 since returning from AFCON, the Egyptian’s expected non-penalty goals per game have actually increased. It went from 0.73 to 0.97, indicating that Salah not only has the same chances, but a few better ones. Luck just doesn’t seem to be with the striker, but an early change during the midweek game indicates he’s starting again. That’s why I would say don’t sell the striker, choose him as captain and make your decision in a few match weeks.
Jump in the Tottenham gravy boat
However, if you’re one of those considering dropping Salah, go for Tottenham’s super duo of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son. Both have been utterly fabulous since Antonio Conte came on with six goal contributions in as many games for Son while Kane had ten. That’s right, that’s not a typo as Harry Kane has assisted in ten goals in his last six games. Step back further and he has 12 in eight games and things have finally clicked for the striker.
He has scored just four goals in his last six games but has assisted six, including a sensational hat-trick against West Ham where he played a part in every goal Spurs scored. It’s a mark of sensational form and worth capitalizing on, but the reason I mentioned both Son and Kane is that some already own one of the two. However, Spurs have a tough streak in the last six with games against Leicester city, ArsenalLiverpool and even Brentford.
It’s not exactly a huge challenge in the battle for the final top-four spot, but they, alongside Arsenal, have the added advantage of not playing any European matches, which makes things a bit easier. .
Go on Manchester City way
If it’s not Tottenham or Mohamed Salah, then Manchester City are still available. But one of City’s many successes is the fact that Pep Guardiola likes to rotate, is the fact that they are also in all three competitions like Liverpool and the fact that Pep Guardiola likes to rotate. Still, if we’re okay with all of this, then go for it because Kevin De Bruyne is in fantastic form. The Belgian had a difficult start to the season but clicked in the last games.
Out of his ten goals, three of them have come in his last three games, although the Belgian has contributed as many assists as expected. But combine that with his 8% ownership, at the time of writing, and the fact the figure is growing rapidly, it definitely makes the midfielder an option. There are others too with Phil Foden showing his class in the midweek game alongside De Bruyne, but City suffered a late blow.
Because Rahim Sterling hasn’t scored in three of the last three games he’s played, Riyadh Mahrez scored just three times in their last five games without any assists in their last twelve. Jack Grealish, on the other hand, had an incredible drought while Bernardo Silva passed away after that fantastic mid-season run of form. It’s a concern especially as City are always present in all the competitions they play for, but anything can happen.
Lose your mind and choose a differential option
Because if Mohamed Salah, Tottenham’s super duo and a squad full of superstars at Manchester City doesn’t make you happy, then nothing but chaos will. That’s what choosing a differential star as captain does, especially considering the options on offer. You have Jarrod Bowen, who came off an injury layoff and produced a 13-point run against Everton, then added another Europa League goal. The definition of being fit.
Then there are Raphinha and Cuho Hernandez, two others who have been on form in recent weeks with both teams in relegation and face to face this weekend. Add to that the fact that they have been defensively responsible this season, even though Watford have tightened the ship under Roy Hodgson, and it could make for an interesting experiment. Then there’s James Maddison and the midfielder might just be the second-best option in this particular category.
He has achieved fine form and has been Leicester City’s most consistent player with five double-digit runs this season and 71 points. However, he has just two goals and one assist in his last five games, which is concerning, but the fact that 166,852 managers have signed him, at the time of writing, bodes well for everything. the world.
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