fantasy premier league  – Each clubs disappointments and can they rebound? – part 4


Here’s the fourth in a series of fantasy premier league articles where we look at each clubs most disappointing FPL player so far this season and see whether they can rebound this or next season. Hopefully it will identify some value players for this or next season.  In this article we’ve looked at Crystal Palace and Everton.

fantasy premier league  – Each clubs disappointments and can they rebound? – part 4

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Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha £6.7m

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When a player plays 90 minutes in every game bar 1 and only has a PPM of 3.3 (with only 1 goal and 3 assists and only 4 bonus points total) alarm bells should be ringing.  When his shots per 90 and his key passes per 90 are both less than 2 the alarm bells should be screaming.  Such is the position now with Wilf Zaha.

Was it just a dream that the previous season he had 10 goals and 11 assists.  One of the few players to do the “double double”.  His 17/18 season was even better with his xG90 and xA90 being excellent.  Everything has gone downhill since then.

Is it him or is it Palace becoming more and more defensive therefore blunting Zaha’s threat.  The stats are quite damning against Palace.

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Each year they have become a better defensive side at the extreme cost of their attack.  It’s hard to imagine how he could swim against such a strong tide moving to a more defensive outfit.

If Zaha stays at Palace it’s hard to see him as an FPL threat.  If he moves and there has been reported interest from Chelsea, Everton, Arsenal and Spurs might we see something of the 17/18 or 18/19 Wilf Zaha?  If he moves he’s someone to maybe gamble on in a good fixture run.




Everton  – Gylfi Sigurdsson £7.3m

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Another player who after a stellar 18/19 with a 4.8 PPM looked like the ideal midfielder.  He had set piece responsibility, penalties and played as a CAM.  What could go wrong.

Unfortunately everything.  Despite an okish set of underlying stats up to that point he, up to GW13, only had 1 goal and 1 assist.  He had also suffered the ignominy of being a sub in GW9  and GW11 playing a total of 9 minutes in the 2 games.

The Norwich home defeat when he was brought back into the team and the 0-2 defeat was the end of his role as a CAM.  He was put back into central midfield by Ancelotti and that was effectively the final nail in his FPL coffin.

I really can’t see a way back given the position change and his poor returns as a CAM.

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Other posts

Disappointments – part 3

Disappointments – part 2

Disappointments – part 1

10 top FPL managers catch up

FFGeek team catch up

Andrew Whitfield gradual wildcard

Best fixtures until the end of the season attackers

Best fixtures to the end of the season defenders

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