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GW19 FPL stats: Vardy frustration as captaincy streak ends

The Scout 26 Dec 2019
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Leicester City striker fails to score or assist for the first time this season when made the most popular armband pick

For the first time this season Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) failed to reward the Fantasy Premier League managers who made him the most popular captain pick.

The Leicester City forward was the most-selected captain for the seventh successive Gameweek but produced only two points in a 4-0 home loss to Liverpool.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.4m) is the second most-backed armband pick. Over 810,000 FPL managers have entrusted the Belgian with the armband for his trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He has thrived in an advanced role for Manchester City, providing two goals and two assists in the last two Gameweeks.

Harry Kane (£11.0m) completes the top three most-popular captains and rewarded his backers with a goal against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Gameweek's opening fixture. 

The Tottenham Hotspur player has now struck eight goals in five Boxing Day appearances.

GW19's most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s)
Jamie Vardy 845
Kevin De Bruyne 810
Harry Kane 752

The faith in De Bruyne and Kane has been shared by the top 100 FPL managers. However, Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) replaces Vardy among the top three.

The Chelsea forward's backers were left frustrated, though, as he blanked for the fourth Gameweek in a row as Southampton won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Leading GW19 captains by FPL's top 100
Player Captained by
 Kevin De Bruyne 21
Harry Kane  19
Tammy Abraham 16

For the second week in a row, De Bruyne is the most-signed player in FPL. The Belgium international has provided four goals and 44 points in his last six matches.

An enticing home fixture against Norwich City persuaded 269,000+ managers to add Jack Grealish (£6.3m) to their squads.

And the Aston Villa midfielder obliged, producing an assist and a clean sheet against the Canaries.

Dele Alli (£8.9m) has gained 258,000+ new owners, making him the third most-acquired player ahead of Gameweek 19.

And, like Kane, he justified that trust by scoring against Brighton, hitting the winner in the 2-1 home victory.

GW19's most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s)
Kevin De Bruyne   315
Jack Grealish   269
Dele Alli  258

It is no surprise that Son Heung-min (£9.9m) was the most-sold player following his sending-off against Chelsea.

The South Korea international is now suspended until Gameweek 22, when Tottenham Hotspur host Liverpool.

After fracturing his ankle against Southampton, John McGinn (£5.6m) faces an extended period on the sidelines and has been transferred out by 184,000+ FPL managers.

FPL managers have also lost patience with Christian Pulisic (£7.2m).

The midfielder is without a goal or assist since Gameweek 12 and has been benched in both of Chelsea's last two matches, playing only 23 minutes in Gameweek 19.

GW19's most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s)
Son Heung-min 1,029
John McGinn 184
 Christian Pulisic 126

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

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