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GW28 FPL stats: Salah joins cast of misfiring captains

15 Mar 2021
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder blanks after being third most-popular armband pick and third most-sold player

In a Gameweek where a host of big-hitters and popular players blanked, all eyes were on Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, but the Liverpool midfielder could only follow the crowd, blanking for a fifth successive match.

Many Fantasy managers had already lost patience with the Egyptian, with over half a million shipping him out before the Gameweek 28 deadline.

And, although Salah had a goal ruled out for offside late on, those who had moved him on proved to be justified in their decision.

GW28 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Points
Salah 520 3
Ings 313 0
Barnes 272 0

Salah's owners included 810,000+ managers who entrusted him with the armband, while an additional 150,000+ also got double points from the Liverpool man after naming him as their vice-captain.

But he followed Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) and Harry Kane (£11.4m) by disappointing his backers.

GW28 most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s) Points
Fernandes 1,474 3
Kane 1,068 2
Salah 810 3

As with Salah, the warning signs were there for those who gave the armband to Fernandes.

Going into the weekend, the Portuguese had only once delivered a double-digit haul in the eight Gameweeks when he was the No 1 choice.

And history repeated itself as, on the ninth occasion as the top pick, Fernandes claimed only three points as Manchester United beat West Ham United 1-0.

The leading managers in FPL were not immune from the captaincy calamity, with 74 per cent selecting Fernandes, Kane or Salah.

Most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by Points
Fernandes 29 3
Kane 24 2
Salah 21 3

Replacing Salah in many Fantasy squads ahead of Gameweek 28 was Gareth Bale (£9.6m).

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder gained more than 540,000 new owners but returned only one point after being substituted in the 56th minute against Arsenal.

Similarly, Mason Mount (£7.0m) was snapped up by more than 330,000 managers but also blanked as Chelsea drew 0-0 at Leeds United.

GW28 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Points
Bale 540 1
Kane 493 2
Mount 330 3

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

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Part 2: GW28 Bonus points: Alexander-Arnold hits form
Part 3: FPL Saturday review: Meslier stars as goalkeepers impress

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