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GW15 FPL stats: Millions frustrated by captain Salah

The Scout 28 Dec 2020
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Liverpool star blanks at home to West Brom after being given armband by record 2.4million managers

A season record of 2,408,346 Fantasy Premier League managers handed Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) the captain's armband in Gameweek 15 but saw the Egyptian frustrated against West Bromwich Albion .

The Liverpool star entered the Gameweek as the top-scoring Fantasy player, having blanked in only two appearances all season. But that became three as West Brom frustrated the champions in a 1-1 draw. 

Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.7m) completed the top three of most-selected captain picks and their combined 1.3million managers also suffered similar frustration as both failed to deliver at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It was the sixth time this season that Salah, Kane and Son had been the top three captain picks.

GW15 most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s)
Salah 2,408
Kane 771
Son 572

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) replaced the Spurs pair in the estimation of the leading 100 FPL managers. 

But the elite FPL bosses also were left to rue their selections as both blanked on Saturday. 

De Bruyne missed a big chance to score in Manchester City's 2-0 victory over Newcastle United, while Calvert-Lewin failed to score or assist for only the third time this season despite Everton winning 1-0 at Sheffield United

Most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by
Salah 85
Calvert-Lewin 6
De Bruyne 6

Salah was also the most-popular acquisition ahead of Gameweek 15, with Patrick Bamford (£6.4m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.3m) the two next-most popular buys. 

Bamford delivered the only goal in Leeds United's win over Burnley on Sunday, while Robertson's managers saw the player deliver only two points.

GW15 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s)
Salah 520
Bamford 302
Robertson 283

Full-backs Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) and Reece James (£5.2m) were the two most-sold players, having been injury doubts for Chelsea's trip to Arsenal.

A combined 1.3million managers would have been scared to see both make Chelsea's starting line-up on Saturday.

But luckily for those sellers Chilwell and James both blanked as Chelsea suffered a 3-1 defeat at Emirates Stadium.

Callum Wilson (£6.6m) was sold by more than 220,000 as Newcastle began a run of difficult fixtures.

Indeed, that decision immediately looked to be a good one as Wilson was an unused substitute against Man City. Newcastle face Liverpool and Leicester City in GW16-17.

GW15 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s)
Chilwell 901
James 432
Wilson 220

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

Also in this series 

Part 2: GW15 Bonus points: Mane adds to his return
Part 3: FPL Saturday review: El Ghazi outperforming Grealish

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