An interesting gameweek proved seeking top-team differentials isn’t always the best plan, simply as an alternative to the game’s most popular picks.
Bernardo Silva and Roberto Firmino disappointed with the armband but, in the case of the Liverpool player, a surprisingly low-scoring affair meant none of his teammates offered impressive returns either.
David Luiz and Son Heung-min were much stronger differential choices – and the key here was that their ownerships have always appeared surprisingly low.
Luiz put the disappointment of Bournemouth behind him and his 18 points represented the highest total for a defender this gameweek.
Son’s late goal earned him a MOTM – perhaps as fortunate as his goal which the Newcastle keeper might feel he should have saved.
With a single Gameweek to go before the overhaul, it’s not the best time for transfers – so I’m going to limit my differential picks to three to watch ahead of the overhaul.
Look out for a more detailed special overhaul piece next week.
How the XI performed
Key: G = goal, A = assist, CS = clean sheet, MOTM = man of the match, T1T/T2T = tier-one/two tackles, T2P = tier-one/two passing, TI/2S = tier-one/two shots, TI/2SA = tier-one/two saves (c) = captain YC = yellow card, RC = red card, OG = own goal
Tom Heaton – 2
Jonny Otto – 2
David Luiz – 18 – G, CS, T1P, T1T
Toby Alderweireld – 10 – CS, T2P
Nathan Ake – 1
Gylfi Sigurdsson –
Bernardo Silva (C) –
Joao Moutinho – 7 – A, T1T
Josh King (C) – 4
Son Heung-min – 12 – G, MOTM
Roberto Firmino (C) – 4
Surprising Southampton star?
Earlier in the season, a five-match Saints unbeaten run would have been unthinkable – but that’s where we are with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
The German has singled out James Ward-Prowse (£8.3m/0.4%) for praise in light of his recent performances and it’s easy to see why.
Ward-Prowse has just 48 points in 13 appearances to his name this season. But 37 of those have come in the last 6 matches. Three goals, a MOTM and two tackle bonuses have added up to an impressive haul and way outstrips the performance of similarly priced and heavily backed Richarlison in the same period.
He’s certainly one to watch after the overhaul, while a favourable home tie against Cardiff in GW27 might justify a late transfer if you’ve got way more than average and fancy a punt.
Ricing in value?
Declan Rice (£6.6m/1.7%) looked pretty impressive against Liverpool and picked up four points, earning a tier-one tackle bonus.
Listed as a defender, the youngster is playing in defensive midfield. By my count, he’s managed five tackle bonuses thus far, on top of a goal and two MOTMs.
Interestingly, his biggest single-week score of 19 came against Arsenal, suggesting he doesn’t shirk the challenge of a big game.
With Fulham, Newcastle, Cardiff and Huddersfield up in the weeks following the overhaul, Rice could be a great budget defensive option.
The Son is shining
Son (£10.6m/4%) in scintillating form, together with budget striker options like Raul Jimenez is going to make choosing post-overhaul forwards a really tricky decision.
The Korean has bagged ten goals and seven assists, as well as a hat-trick of MOTM awards. With 126 points in total, his overall tally compares really favourably to Harry Kane. Son has reached his total in 14 starts and five cameos from the bench. Currently injured Kane has 137 in 21 starts and a single appearance from the bench.
Priced £2.4m higher than Son, is the only thing keeping the masses supporting Kane the fear factor?
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