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GW8 Lessons: Ziyech good news for managers and Werner

By The Scout 10 Nov 2020
Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea

The Scout says winger can replace Spurs' Son and boost FPL potential of Chelsea team-mate

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The impact of Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) on Chelsea’s attack has given Fantasy Premier League managers yet another big-hitting option in midfield.

Ziyech made his first Premier League start in Gameweek 7 but has already scored once and produced three assists in two appearances.

That has earned him hauls of 14 and 11 points against Burnley and Sheffield United respectively.

Ziyech's two assists v Sheff Utd

Ziyech’s rise to prominence comes at a point when owners of Son Heung-min (£9.6m) are considering a replacement due to Tottenham Hotspur’s tough schedule.

Indeed, Son has been transferred out by 128,000+ managers. That makes him the most-sold midfielder ahead of the Gameweek 9 deadline of 11:00 GMT on Saturday 21 November.

Conversely, Ziyech is the most-bought player for Gameweek 9, collecting 275,000+ new owners.

The underlying statistics back up his popularity.   

He created four big chances over the last two Gameweeks, more than any other player in Fantasy.

GW9 transfer market*
Most bought Transfers in Most sold Transfers out
Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) 275,155 Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) 173,788
Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) 189,267 Danny Ings (£8.4m) 158,903
Jack Grealish (£7.5m) 169,702 Romain Saiss (£5.2m) 135,279
Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) 166,994 Tyrick Mitchell (£4.1m) 129,852
Jannik Vestergaard (£4.7m) 138,864 Son Heung-min (£9.6m) 128,898

 *As of 09:00 GMT 10 November

Interestingly, the Moroccan’s impact also looks promising for the prospects of Timo Werner (£9.4m).

Ziyech set up the German’s goal at Burnley and also created a big chance for him against Sheff Utd.

Indeed, Werner has been provided with three big chances in the last two Gameweeks. He had only two in his first six matches.

Upcoming opponents

Chelsea are the top-scoring side in the Premier League, scoring 20 goals in the opening eight Gameweeks.

Frank Lampard’s men have found the net at least three times in six of those matches.

They now face Newcastle United, Spurs, Leeds United and Everton over the next four Gameweeks.

Ziyech has emerged as an enticing option for those fixtures and has improved the prospects of Werner, too.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW8 Lessons: Fixtures could force Kane and Son rethink
Part 2: Time to ditch Kane and Son? The FPL experts' verdict

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