Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23: Three Players to Avoid and Probable Replacements

Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23: Three Players to Avoid and Probable Replacements

Following a wildly exciting Gameweek 22 – which was headlined by Manchester United’s nail-biting 1-0 win at Tottenham – Fantasy Premier League is back again with more thrills and unpredictable spills. 


The Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23 starts with Leicester City’s trip to Wolverhampton at 6:00 PM (12:30 GMT) on Saturday, with the final match of the week, which sees Tottenham take on Fulham, set to be played on Sunday at 9:30 PM.

Injuries to a couple of big players are bound to make things difficult for the managers, this week. And here, we hope to make things a tad easier by outlining the players to avoid and their probable replacements.

Players to Avoid

Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – £12.6m

The Tottenham Hotspur ace is one of the sought after forwards in the world and, quite naturally, is one of the most picked players in the Fantasy Premier League. Sadly, the England skipper picked up a nasty ankle injury in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, leaving 30% of managers in despair.

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According to Spurs’ medical report, the forward won’t return to training until the first week of March, forcing him to miss at least 6 Premier League Gameweeks. He had been in scorching form, scoring 6 goals and providing 2 assists in his last 5 appearances. So, his replacement also needs to be right up there.

Replacement: Roberto Firmino – Liverpool – £9.3m

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Losing Harry Kane is indeed a big blow, but this in-form Liverpool forward could provide more than a solid cover. Roberto Firmino has scored 4 goals in the last 4 Premier League matches and will fancy himself against 14th-placed Crystal Palace.

Also Read: 5 young Brazilians who can take PL to next level

Son Heung-Min – Tottenham Hotspur – £8.7m

The Tottenham midfielder has been in blistering form in the Premier League lately, but will not be available for selection, this week. The wide midfielder has flown out to the United Arab Emirates to help his country, South Korea, in the AFC Asian Cup, and has already provided an assist in his tournament debut.

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Before flying off to the UAE, Son had scored 8 goals and provided 5 assists in 17 Premier League appearances, giving a commendable return of 106 points.

Replacement: Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur – £8.9m

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Truth be told, the England international has not done much to justify his hefty Fantasy Premier League price tag, since the start of the season. However, in Harry Kane and Son’s absence, the youngster is bound to get a more prominent role. So far, he has scored 4 goals and provided an assist in 16 Premier League appearances, but we expect for him to boost his goal tally against Fulham, this week.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – £5.2m

On Tuesday, Liverpool confirmed their prized right-back’s unfortunate knee injury. The untimely injury will rule the Englishman out, at least, for the next four weeks. This injury will force Jurgen Klopp to dig deep into his reserve bench as he looks for a suitable alternative.

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Liverpool have the best defensive record in the English top-flight, and the youngster has been an irreplaceable part of the Reds’ gritty back-line. Before injuring his knee, the 20-year-old had scored 1 goal and kept 10 clean sheets in 17 Premier League appearances.

Replacement: Matt Doherty – Wolves – £5.2m

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Wolverhampton Wanderers were hammered 3-0 by Manchester City, last Gameweek, but they are expected to fare a lot better against an inconsistent Leicester City, this Saturday. Doherty has been one of the standout performers for Nuno Santo’s men, this season, and has a fair chance of picking up crucial defensive and attacking points against the Foxes.

Top 10 exciting young footballers in 2018

Top 10 exciting young footballers in 2018

“What is my age? You do not talk to me about age,” said Kylian Mbappe recently in an interview. 


Like the French star, in 2018, a host of other players proved that youth and less experience cannot create hindrance in success and responsibilities. Here are our top 10 young footballers who overwhelmed us the most.

 

David Neres (21 years old, Ajax Amsterdam)

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Arrived from Sao Paulo in 2016, David Neres conquered Ajax Amsterdam. He is involved in eight goals in his last seven league games. To be sure not to lose him right away, Ajax extended the contract last September. Is he waiting for a first convocation with the Selecao now? The answer is an on a positive note.

Also Read: 5 best moments of 2018

 

Luka Jovic (21 years old, Eintracht Frankfurt)

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The Football Manager of the German club knew him even before he exploded with Eintracht Frankfurt. OM’s runner-up in the Europa League, loaned for two seasons by Benfica, scored 7 goals in the second part of last season before becoming Bundesliga top scorer (12 goals) of the running 2018-19 season. He also became Serbian international last June, participating in the World Cup in Russia.

 

Patrick Cutrone (20 years old, AC Milan)

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He too was named for the Kopa trophy. A pure product of AC Milan, Patrick Cutrone had a great year in 2018, despite the difficulties of his club. He has scored four goals in five Europa League matches this season. In all, the Italian international has 25 goals and 7 assists in 67 games.

 

Houssem Aouar (20 years old, Lyon)

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Named among the contenders for the Kopa trophy, Houssem Aouar is the heyday of the OL. In the midfield, where his partnership with Ndombele shines brightly, he has emerged as one of the best players in the French League. He also won the praise of Pep Guardiola, who faced him as the Manchester City boss in the Champions League. “He’s a very good player, an incredible player. He is always very calm and has a good vision, “said the Spanish coach.

 

Matthijs De Ligt (19 years old, Ajax Amsterdam)

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Even if Ajax Amsterdam still runs behind PSG Eindhoven in the Dutch League, Ajax this season is simply irresistible. And the capital club owes it in part to its young talents, of which Matthijs De Ligt is a part. The defender, the winner of the Golden Boy 2018, is irremovable in central defense. The fourth most used player in the squad in Eredivisie, De Ligt is one of those modern defenders whose qualities of recovery are outstanding.

 

Tanguy Ndombele (21 years old, Lyon)

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His progress was dazzling. This season, Tanguy Ndombele has emerged as one of the key players in Bruno Genesio’s Olympique Lyon side. Powerful physically, optimistic about his support, always in search of good-passes, the midfielder of the Les Gones is also honored with the first selection for the team of France. If he needs more regularity, Tanguy already has it in full scale.

 

Frenkie De Jong (21 years old, Ajax Amsterdam)

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The young midfielder of Ajax has revealed himself to the world this year. On one side, it is not only for his qualities and elegance but also for his particular style of play. In a highly exposed position, De Jong does not hesitate to take risks and constantly seeks verticality. His profile is a rare commodity, and PSG has clearly understood who want him next season. The Dutch press reported advanced discussions between the French club and the player’s representatives. It is an opportunity for him to confirm at the highest level.

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold (20 years old, Liverpool)

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Liverpool fans voted him best young footballer in the previous Premier League season. At only 20 years of age, the Englishman is irremovable in the right corridor for the Reds. And we understand why he is the one who catches the most balls in the League and among those who recovers the most. He is very active when he loses the ball, with a good quality of tackle and an excellent vision of the game to find the pass lines in the intervals. Alexander-Arnold is already a reference to his position.

 

Jadon Sancho (18 years old, Borussia Dortmund)

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The young Englishman made a bold bet at the age of 17 by joining Dortmund of Germany. But it is clear that he made the right choice. Already brilliant in Borussia’s final matches last season, Sancho has made an outstanding first half of the 2018-19 season, which earned him the cap of the Three Lions. He is also in the typical team of revelations of the year 2018 in the Champions League where he showed his quality and class.

 

Kylian Mbappe (20 years old, PSG)

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It was not very hard to see how the world champion, winner of the Kopa trophy and the French player of the year, conquered the first place in the rankings. The prodigy has become indispensable to PSG and France team, who gleaned four titles including the World Cup, and has always displayed his immeasurable ambition. The one who turned 20 in mid-December already has the world at his feet.

5 Players who beat Mbappe to a Golden Boy Award Nomination

5 Players who beat Mbappe to the Golden Boy Award Nomination

The Golden Boy Nominations have been announced and the biggest Shock for Many people was the Fact that Kylian Mbappe was left out of the final 5 Shortlist.


Kylian Mbappe won the Golden Boy Award in 2017 but is still eligible for the coveted trophy as he is under the age of 21. While some fans think he is omitted because he won the award last Season while other optimistic fans think it’s because Kylian Mbappe will make it to the Ballon d’Or shortlist.

That is a realistic possibility given that the awards are organized by France’s Football Federation. The 5 Final Nominees are still a great group of Players so let’s have a look at them.

1. Trent Alexander-Arnold- Liverpool (20 Years-old)

The Liverpool Youngster has been phenomenal at the Merseyside Club and has made the Right-Back position his own keeping Compatriot Nathaniel Clyne out of the team.

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Alexander-Arnold broke Into England’s World Cup Squad this year, was easily in the top 3 Right Backs in the Premier League and According to Statistics site, Squawka made just one defensive error in the whole 2017/18 Premier League Season. He is a definite favorite for the Golden Boy.

 

 

2. Patrick Cutrone- AC Milan (20 Years-Old)

Cutrone was a pleasant Surprise for AC Milan last Season. After investing so much Money in bringing top players to the Club and spending 38 Million on a Striker like Andre Silva and then watching him fail must’ve hurt fans of the Club.

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Surprise Surprise, a new star breaks onto the Scene and Cutrone scored an impressive 18 Goals in his first Full Season for his boyhood Club. Furthermore, He broke into the Italy Squad as well to earn his first Cap.

 

 

3. Matthijs de Ligt- Ajax (19 Years-Old)

de Ligt is probably the most sought after Centre-Back in the World right now and the Dutch Teenager is living up to the hype.

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He has seemed to become Ajax’s most important defender and is evidently growing with every game for the Netherlands especially when he’s paired alongside Virgil Van Dijk. No wonder Barcelona are reportedly ready to pay 80 Million Euros for him.

 

 

4. Justin Kluivert- Ajax/Roma (19 Years-Old)

It isn’t often that a famous Footballer’s Son goes on to play as well as his Father. We aren’t saying that Justin Kluivert is going to achieve what the Great Patrick Kluivert did but he certainly has potential.

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Kluivert Jr. Reportedly had offers from the Likes of Barcelona and Manchester United after shining at Ajax but according to his Father, they picked Roma in order to have more game time and chances to grow. Roma Legend, Francesco Totti personally called Patrick Kluivert to advocate the move.

 

 

5. Vinicius Jr.- Real Madrid (18 Years-Old)

The Brazilian youth sensation Cost Real Madrid a reported 46 Million Euros when he signed a Pre-Contract 2 years back that would see him move to the Los Blancos after he turned 18.

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Though Vinicius isn’t a regular in the senior Real Madrid team yet, He has turned some heads for the Youth Madrid and Brazil Teams. Vinicius is an exciting prospect for the future and Madrid will hope to get the best out of him. 

 

Liverpool FC – Predicted starting lineup

Liverpool FC - Predicted starting lineup

As the new season is fast approaching and the teams are busy with their pre-season preparation, Liverpool FC looks like they have already assembled the squad they would like going into the fresh season. Let’s take a look at how the Red’s could line-up come the new season.

GK: Alisson Becker

The world’s most expensive goalkeeper in the World would look to set the Premier League alight with his amazing goalkeeping. His performances for Roma last season especially in the Champions League is what made him one of the hottest properties in Europe and Liverpool fans will expect him to perform at the same level if not better come the new season.

CB: Virgil Van Dijk

The Netherland’s captain is surely one of the best centre-backs in the world today and he showed that last season when he came in and made Liverpool’s shaky defence look a little better than just good. He has a had a huge impact on the team and his leadership skills will also play a massive role in the clubs fortunes.

CB: Dejan Lovren

The Croatian has had an absolutely fantastic World cup and played a massive role in Croatia’s road to the final. He was inconsistent at times last year but it certainly looked like the arrival of Virgil Van Dijk has done him a world of good. He looked like a completely different player towards the end of last season and it looks like he has taken his game to the next level at the FIFA World Cup. He will look to continue his form into the next season and will know that with a strong defence, Liverpool can be title contenders after many years.

LB: Andy Robertson

Andy has been undoubtedly the find of the season for Liverpool and has proven to be a vital clog for Jurgen Klopp’s defence and will continue to be in the upcoming season. He has proven to be good defensively and attacking and has impressed everyone with his tremendous work rate.

RB: Trent Arnold

The young English fullback has had his breakthrough season last year as he became a starter for Liverpool and also earned his England call-up for the World cup. He has made a huge impact in the Liverpool squad last season and with a fully fit Clyne he will have to continue to improve to keep his place in the team.

CDM: Fabinho

In the form of Fabinho, Klopp has got the much needed defensive cover ahead of his defence. This is an area that Liverpool lacked personnel for a long time and with Fabinho’s arrival, the defensive shape of the team looks settled.

RM: Naby Keita

Naby Keita wears the number 8 shirt at Liverpool. That simple gesture portrays how important he is to the way this Liverpool team will set up. He will play the role of a box to box midfielder and will most likely play the free role. his ability to win the ball back and quickly make an attack will compliment the attacking trio of Salah, Mane, and Firmino beautifully and the Red’s will hope they can take them all the way.

LM: Jordan Henderson/Adam Lallana/Daniel Sturridge

The other midfield role will be a three-way battle between Lallana, Hendo, and Sturridge. A fully fit Lallana at his best will undoubtedly be the first choice but he is yet to find his mojo. Klopp has introduced Sturridge in a new number 10 role and he has done fantastically well during the preseason. If he continues to perform the way he is, his Liverpool career will yet again be rejuvenated. Henderson on the other hand played a more defensive role last season but will play a more attacking role this year with arrival of Fabinho.

LW: Sadio Mane

Mane has just been handed the number 10 shirt at Liverpool and is set to sign a new long-term contract at the club. He is a vital player for Liverpool and will continue to be so for a number of years.

RW: Mohammed Salah

The Egyptian King will look to emulate his performances yet again and will look to seal his spot among the European elite. He is Liverpool’s most important player and with him in full flow, the red’s seem near unstoppable.

ST: Roberto Firmino

Bobby as the Liverpool faithful call him has established himself as one of the best strikers in the Premier League. His ability to track back and help defensively along with mustering the goals sets him apart from the other strikers in the league. Firmino will yet again look to set the league alight with his Brazilian flair.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Liverpool Players At The World Cup

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In total, Liverpool has eight players who—barring an untimely injury—will be involved with their respective nations’ final squad of 23. Let’s take a look at who they are:

Belgium: 

Simon Mignolet: 

The shot-stopper has been a regular in the Belgium squad playing second fiddle to Chelsea man, Courtois. His experience will be extremely helpful for the Belgium squad and his penalty saving abilities are second to none in the Belgium squad.

Brazil:

Roberto Firmino:

Bobby, as he is lovingly known in Liverpool, has made the Brazilian National Team but looks like he will play a supporting role to Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus. However, the two have very different playing styles and the manager can use them according to his tactics and formations. nonetheless, he is an integral part of the Brazilian squad in Russia.

Croatia:

Dejan Lovren:

The centre-back has really come into his own towards the back end of the season and will hope to carry on his exceptional form to Russia. He will play a key role behind the highly rated midfield led by Luca Modric. 

Jordan Henderson:

The Liverpool skipper was a sure selection in the 23 man squad but isn’t sure of a start. With the likes of Eric Dyer and Delle Alli, his presence in the midfield depends on the defensive setup that Southgate will choose to deploy. 

Trent Alexander Arnold:
The 18-Year-old starlet has been the find of the season for Liverpool at the right back spot. He’s been a revelation with his darting runs and pinpoints crosses down the right wing. He too isn’t assured of a place in the starting line up and will be competing with Trippier for the spot.

Serbia:

Marko Grujic:

He was a surprise call-up but has immense potential. he could be Serbia’s wild cards at the world cup as he has proven to be an impact player on loan at Cardiff City. 

Senegal:

Sadio Mane:

One of Liverpool’s most important player’s will now wear his National colors and will perform a much more important role. He will have the Nations burden on his shoulders as they are placed in an even looking group. The pacey winger has time and again proven what he is capable of in a Red shirt and now must do the same in his National colors at the World Cup.

Egypt:

Mohammed Salah:

The Egyptian King needs no introduction. After single-handedly taking his country to Russia, he will now take it upon himself to take them as far as possible in the competition. He has proven in the past that he is capable of pulling off miraculous goals and now he’s Egypt’s sporting idol. The Egyptians will hope he has the same impact and that their Egyptian god will take them all the way.

Predicted Liverpool Starting 11- 2018/19 Season

Liverpool Starting XI

It seems like Jurgen Klopp will be a busy man this transfer window, as he looks to strengthen few aspects of his squad for the new season. if they take the right steps to gain the signatures of a select few who Klopp has targeted, the Liverpool looks like a force to reckon with.

DEFENCE:

GK: Alisson Becker

The Brazilian “numero-uno” has been heavily linked to the club since the last season. Various sources claim that Liverpool is pulling all stops to land the shot-stopper who Roma are reluctant to sell and demand a hefty fee of €90 million. And by the looks of things, he will be dawning the Liverpool shirt between the post, come next season.


RB: Trent Alexander Arnold

His rise as Liverpool’s first choice right-back has been truly remarkable and if he keeps up his form until next season, Nathaniel Clyne will find it extremely hard to take back what was almost a sure starting spot for him.

CB: Dejan Lovren

The man who was under extreme criticism from the fans and football fans all round the world for his shambolic performances has finally come of age in a red shirt. With terrific performances towards the second half of the season, it looks like Liverpool have finally found the man to partner Van Djik.

CB: Virgil Van Dijk

The most expensive defender in the world seems to have silenced his critics and looks like he’s worth every penny that was spent on him. He made an instant impact on the shambolic Liverpool defence with his excellent leadership abilities and towering presence. He might also take over the captaincy from skipper Jordan Henderson as it seems as though neither he or James Milner will make the cut for the strongest first 11.

LB: Andy Robertson

After an exceptional first season at Liverpool, he seems to be an absolute bargain. His attacking runs forward and stable defensive displays mean he’s second to none in the Liverpool squad.

 

MIDFIELD

DM: Fabinho

the arrival of Fabinho means he will fill the slot that has always been a weak link to Liverpool’s midfield and looks to be a sure starter.

Free Midfield role: Naby Kieta

 it seems as though Klopp is starting to shape his squad, Naby Keita will be given a free role in the centre of the park to express himself as freely as possible.

CAM: Nabil Fekir

 Liverpool has reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Nabil Fekir as they look to fill the void that was created when Phillipe Coutinho left the club and Fekir seems to be just the right piece in Klopp’s attacking puzzle.

 

ATTACK

LW: Sadio Mane

 it doesn’t seem like Klopp will tweak his front three who was arguably Europe’s best this season, even though he might want to add some backups which are also not that necessary since both Adam Lallana and Oxlade Chamberlin can play those positions. Mane will be expected to continue his form come the new season.

RW: Mohammed Salah

Liverpool’s Egyptian king was undoubtedly the best player for the club and certainly among the best in the world. He would play a vital role in Liverpool’s fortunes for years to come if he remains loyal to the club.

CF: Roberto Firmino

the Red’s main man upfront silenced all the critics who said that the club lacked a 20 goal striker. Though his achievements this year was overshadowed by Salah’s huge success, he will be vital if Liverpool hopes to challenge for trophies next season as he has developed himself into one of the most complete strikers in world football.

Trent Alexander Arnold : Liverpool’s own.

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Of all the brilliant stories behind Liverpool’s thrilling run to the champions league final, Trent’s story is right up there. This 19-year-old kid from West Derby has made waves ever since he’s taken over the right-back spot at Liverpool since the injury of Nathanial Clyne. He first came into the limelight when he scored a brilliant free kick against Hoffenheim that kick-started Liverpool’s journey to Kiev, and his game against Real Madrid meant that he became the youngest player in the club’s history to play in the European club final and his rise has been nothing short of remarkable.


Just two years ago, the Liverpudlian youngster made his debut for Liverpool’s under-21’s and his journey to the main squad was not easy for the academy graduate. It’s only his hard work and determination that has earned him a place in the main squad and he’s just getting started. They say one man’s loss is another man’s gain and that’s what has happened to Alexander Arnold when senior England right back Nathanial Clyne got injured and he’s welcomed it with both hands making use of the opportunity he’s got.


Trent’s ability and willingness to learn from his mistakes have played a key role in his development because most young players today are reluctant to learn as they think they have already arrived which makes them complacent and therefore affects their game. He came under scrutiny when he was exposed by Manchester United winger Marcus Rashford and Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha and although he has bounced back, he admits that he’s aware of the fact that it won’t be a smooth ride to the top, but he would always put in the hard work to cope with it.

But his greatest achievement in his young career as yet has to be his call-up for the English national squad that’s traveling to Russia for the world cup. It’s not often that your childhood dream of representing your country in a world cup comes true at the age of 19. Whether he gets game time or not, only time will tell but the experience that he will gain at such a young age is truly remarkable.