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GW7 final call: Zaha can fill Rodriguez absence

The Scout 30 Oct 2020
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace

The Scout says Crystal Palace star or Christian Pulisic can replace the injured Everton playmaker

Managers looking for a replacement for James Rodriguez (£8.0m) in Fantasy Premier League should turn their attention to Wilfried Zaha (£7.3m).

Everton's playmaker is set to miss their match at Newcastle United but is expected back to face Manchester United in Gameweek 8.

"James has played all the games and has a little problem," Carlo Ancelotti told the club's official website. "He needs to rest and I think he will be available for the next game."

The Colombian is already the most-sold midfielder or forward ahead of Friday’s 18:30 GMT deadline, moved on by more than 220,000 managers.

Turn to Zaha?

Crystal Palace attacker Zaha provides Rodriguez’s remaining 36.9 per cent ownership with an in-form alternative.

Listed as a midfielder in Fantasy, he has profited from a role up front for Palace this season.

Zaha has also taken over as Palace's first-choice penalty taker and has scored five goals, more than his total of four from last term.

Zaha goal v Fulham

Palace have a favourable schedule that gives their talisman the chance to bring in more returns.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), four of their next five matches score only two.

Short-term Pulisic swap?

Rodriguez owners looking for a short-term replacement could also turn to Christian Pulisic (£8.3m).

The Chelsea midfielder faces Burnley and Sheffield United in the next two Gameweeks.

That would allow them to wait until the following week before bringing the Everton star back into their squads for a run of matches against Fulham, Leeds United and Burnley.

Don't forget the GW7 deadline is 18:30 GMT today.

See: The Scout's essential FPL tips for Gameweek 7

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