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GW32 FPL stats: Double disappointment for Salah backers

22 Apr 2021
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The third most-selected captain blanks after being benched for Liverpool's trip to Leeds

The 703,000+ managers who captained Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 32 were disappointed not once but twice in Liverpool's 1-1 draw at Leeds United

Salah was dropped to the bench at Elland Road and was unable to add to his 19 goals for the season after coming on in the 71st minute. 

It was a big blow for his backers, who would have been hoping for a repeat of Salah's hat-trick and 20-point haul in Liverpool's 4-3 win in the reverse fixture. 

To make matters worse, Salah's blank came after a 12-point haul for the Gameweek's most-selected captain, Harry Kane (£11.8m).

GW32 most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s) Points
Kane 2,376 12
Fernandes 975 2
Salah 703 1

Kane scored twice at Everton on Friday in the first of Tottenham Hotspur's two Double Gameweek fixtures. 

The most-popular captain for the seventh time this season, Kane was backed by more than 2.3million managers, a total that has been bettered only twice in 2020/21. He was also Triple-Captained by 359,000+ others.

But Kane missed the 2-1 victory over Southampton with the ankle injury that forced him off during the closing stages at Goodison Park.

Salah backers will also have been relieved to see Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m), the second most-selected captain for Gameweek 32, blank in Manchester United's win against Burnley on Sunday.

The Portuguese had produced at least a goal or assist in seven of his previous nine appearances at Old Trafford.

Most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by Points
Kane 95 12
Son 4 9
Salah/Sterling 1 1/-

The leading 100 FPL managers agreed with the masses, overwhelmingly backing Kane with the armband.

Son Heung-min (£9.5m) came in second place, ahead of Salah and Raheem Sterling (£11.2m).

Son blanked at Everton but scored a 90th-minute penalty against Southampton and received maximum bonus points that brought him level with Kane on 12 points for the Gameweek.

GW32 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Points
Iheanacho 726 6
Lingard 638 7
Son 597 9

Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.1m) and Jesse Lingard (£6.6m) topped managers' shopping lists as they took their red-hot form into Gameweek 32.

A combined 1.3m transfers in were made for the pair, with Lingard scoring from the penalty spot before hobbling off late on in West Ham United's defeat at Newcastle United.

Iheanacho netted Leicester's third first-half goal against West Bromwich Albion on Thursday, taking his tally to eight goals in his last six matches. 

GW32 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Points
Calvert-Lewin 619 0
Gundogan 395 1
Cresswell 311 0

Injury and rotation were the driving forces behind the sales of the three most-transferred out players.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m) missed Everton's draw with a groin injury, while Aaron Cresswell (£5.8m) was not in West Ham's squad at St James' Park.

Despite being Man City's leading goalscorer this season, Ilkay Gundogan (£5.8m) had failed to start any of his side's previous three Premier League matches.

Such uncertainty prompted more than 395,000 to part company with the midfielder and, although the German did make City's starting line-up on Wednesday, he returned only one point against Villa. 

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

Also in this series

Part 1: FDR Analysis: Brighton can provide short-term value
Part 2: Part 2: FPL team news: Calvert-Lewin back for Everton
Part 3: GW32 Bonus points: Evans shines for Leicester
Part 5: FPL Saturday review: Lingard rush continues
Part 6: What to do with Kane and Son for Blank Gameweek 33?
Part 7: FPL experts: What to do with Son and Kane
Part 8: GW32 Monday review: Alexander-Arnold on form

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