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GW34 Lessons: Double regret for Pogba sellers

The Scout 15 Apr 2019
Paul Pogba scores against West Ham United

The Scout says Man Utd midfielder's security of starts makes him a standout pick for his two fixtures in Gameweek 35

A recent goal drought for Paul Pogba (£8.7m) had a major effect on the plans of Fantasy Premier League managers for Gameweek 34.

The Frenchman had produced only one assist in six Gameweek appearances ahead of Saturday's match against West Ham United.

That form meant the Manchester United midfielder was among the three most-sold players, being moved out of 169,000+ squads.

But Pogba's pair of converted penalties and 15-point haul against the Hammers has forced a rethink by FPL managers.

Ever-present

Man Utd are one of eight teams who have a Double Gameweek 35, facing Everton and Manchester City.

And Pogba has been their standout FPL performer under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, averaging an impressive 7.4 points per match (ppm).

Crucially, Pogba has been named in the starting XI in all 16 of United's Premier League matches with Solskjaer in charge.

And that security of starts can be vital when planning for the final Gameweeks.

Regrettable swap

This was highlighted last week by the rush to buy Son Heung-min (£8.8m) for Tottenham Hotspur's home match with Huddersfield Town.

Son was the most transferred-in player for Gameweek 34, earning over 499,000 new owners after an injury to his team-mate Harry Kane (£12.6m).

A hefty 56,764 of them made the direct swap from Pogba.

However, with a UEFA Champions League clash against Man City to come this week, Son was limited to only three minutes off the bench on Saturday.

Dependable picks

The South Korean could still profit from his Gameweek 35 matches against Man City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

But the weekend teamsheets were a timely reminder that managers should pinpoint reliable starters to limit the risk of rotation and take full advantage of the remaining schedule. 

Double Gameweek 35 clubs
ClubGW35 opponents 
ArsenalCRY (H)WOL (A)
BrightonWOL (A)TOT (A)
Man CityTOT (H)MUN (A)
Man UtdEVE (A)MCI (H)
SouthamptonNEW (A)WAT (A)
SpursMCI (A)BHA (H)
WatfordHUD (A)SOU (H)
WolvesBHA (H)ARS (H)
Also in this series

Part 2: GW34 Lessons: Cherries stars back on the radar
Part 3: FPL Experts: Get Deeney for the Double

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