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GW22 FPL stats: Popular Salah disappoints again

4 Feb 2021
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Most-captained player of Gameweek blanks as Liverpool suffer second successive home defeat

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More than 2.2million Fantasy Premier League managers were left cursing their misfortune after their Gameweek 22 captain Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) failed to deliver attacking returns on Wednesday.

For the ninth time this season Salah was chosen as the most-popular captain in the game.

Salah impressed with a 15-point haul in his last outing, a 3-1 victory over West Ham United. Yet a seemingly inviting home fixture for Liverpool against Brighton & Hove Albion proved anything but as the Reds lost 1-0 at Anfield.

For the Egyptian it was a seventh blank in eight Gameweeks.

Those who instead entrusted Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) with the armband will be feeling particularly pleased with themselves.

The second-most selected captain, Fernandes delighted his 1.1million backers with a 17-point return as Manchester United beat Southampton 9-0 on Tuesday.

The Portuguese scored, supplied two assists and claimed the maximum three bonus points for his ninth double-figure haul this term, a league-leading tally.

Son concern

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) completed the top three captains.

But without the injured Harry Kane (£11.0m) to feed off those 535,000+ who made the South Korean captain were left to rue their decision.

Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-0 at home against Chelsea in the final match of Gameweek 22 and Son, who has scored only three goals that Kane has not assisted this season, blanked again.

GW22 most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s) Points
Salah 2,283 2
Fernandes 1,166 17
Son 535 2

Salah was also the top captain choice among the leading 100 FPL managers this Gameweek, with 77 making him skipper. 

Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) was the second-most popular choice, with Fernandes in third.

Those managers who captained Sterling were rewarded with a goal in Manchester City's 2-0 victory over Burnley, even if the midfielder didn't come close to Fernandes' haul.

Sterling returned eight points for the 12 managers in the top 100 who put their faith in him. 

Most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by
Salah 77
Sterling 12
Fernandes 9

Salah was also the No 1 transfer target ahead of Gameweek 22 as 620,000+ managers added him to their squads.

There was better news for the 257,000+ who recruited Michail Antonio (£6.6m) ahead of West Ham United's trip to Aston Villa.

The striker produced two assists for eight points in the 3-1 away victory for the Hammers.

The third-most transferred-in player was Callum Wilson (£6.8m), who rewarded his 536,000 new owners with an assist in Newcastle United's 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

GW22 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Points
Salah 620 2
Wilson 536 5
Antonio 257 8

Kane continues to be shipped out in large numbers. The most-sold player for the past two Gameweeks was ditched by a further 800,000 for GW22.

The concerns over Spurs' attacking potential without their injured striker also meant that more than 305,000 parted company with Son. 

Finally, the 188,000 who waved goodbye to Bukayo Saka (£5.4m) breathed a sigh of relief as the 19-year-old blanked in Arsenal's 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers

GW22 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s)
Kane 800
Son 305
Saka 188

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

Also in this series

Part 1: GW22 Bonus points: Lingard maxes out on debut
Part 3: FPL Tuesday review: Fernandes reclaims top spot
Part 4: Bednarek joins players to endure nightmare FPL outing

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