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GW19 final call: Son owners turning to De Bruyne

The Scout 24 Dec 2019
Kevin De Bruyne, Man City

Man City playmaker is most popular replacement for suspended Spurs star as The Scout assesses alternatives

Owners of Son Heung-min (£10.0m) in Fantasy Premier League have been quick to find replacements.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is suspended for three matches and is next available for Spurs' 11 January match against Liverpool in Gameweek 22.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.4m) has been the most popular signing ahead of Thursday's 11:30 GMT deadline, earning over 190,000 new owners.

The Manchester City playmaker has provided two goals and two assists in the last two Gameweeks, since being moved into an advanced No 10 role.

Top five midfielders for transfers in, GW19
Player Cost Transfers in
Kevin De Bruyne £10.4m 190,000
Mohamed Salah £12.2m 155,000
Jack Grealish £6.3m 151,000
Dele Alli £8.8m 134,000
Todd Cantwell £4.8m 116,000

De Bruyne's team-mate Raheem Sterling (£11.8m) could also be a force over the next three Gameweeks. Pep Guardiola's side travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers before playing back-to-back home matches against Sheffield United and Everton.

Lucas Moura (£7.1m) offers an alternative to Dele Alli (£8.8m) in the Spurs midfield. Their next three matches against Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich City and Southampton all score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Overlooked but dangerous

For managers seeking out a differential, there are a number of in-form options who have two home matches in the next three Gameweeks.

Ismaila Sarr (£6.2m) delivered 13 points in Watford's first home match under new head coach Nigel Pearson, a 2-0 win over Manchester United last weekend. After a trip to Sheffield United, he plays at home against Aston Villa and Wolves.

Michail Antonio (£6.9m) has extra potential now thanks to a role up front for West Ham United, while Norwich's Emiliano Buendia (£6.0m) has made a league-leading 19 key passes in the last three Gameweeks.

All three of those players can be found in less than 1.0 per cent of FPL squads.

Finally, Carlo Ancelotti's arrival as Everton's new manager coincides with a favourable schedule.

Five of the Toffees' next seven matches score just two in the FDR, which could help Richarlison (£7.9m) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) return to top form.

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