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GW36 FPL stats: Salah pips Kane to captaincy points

16 May 2021
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool

Liverpool star delivers for managers who made him the top pick for the armband in Gameweek 36

More than 1.5million Fantasy Premier League managers who entrusted Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) with the captain's armband in Gameweek 36 were rewarded with a goal and maximum bonus points in Liverpool's win at West Bromwich Albion.

Salah was the No 1 pick for the 11th time this season, the most of any player, and his 22nd goal takes him level with Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane (£11.8m) in the race for the Golden Boot.

Kane was just behind him in the captaincy stakes, selected by 1.4m FPL managers.

He was first in action as he scored in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, claiming eight points.

But Salah responded with the opening goal at relegated West Brom, as he recorded 10 points.

GW36 most-captained players
Player Captained by (000's) Points
Salah 1,530 10
Kane 1,418 8
Fernandes 1,104 -

The leading 100 FPL managers have backed the same two players, with Riyad Mahrez (£8.1m) in third place instead of Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m), who did not have a match in Gameweek 36.

The Algerian did not feature in Manchester City's 4-3 victory at Newcastle United, leaving his backers to rely on their vice-captains.

Most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by Points
Salah 80 10
Kane 12 8
Mahrez 4 -

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) topped FPL managers' shopping lists ahead of the deadline, with 367,000+ making a move for the Everton frontman.

Those managers were left disappointed, however, as he blanked in the defeat by Sheffield United.

GW36 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Points
Calvert-Lewin 367 2
Son 353 3
Bamford 341 1

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) and Patrick Bamford (£6.5m) completed the top three transfer targets.

More than 353,000 snapped up the South Korean, but they were frustrated as he blanked in the win over Wolves. 

And over 341,000 plumped for Bamford, who was unable to provide an immediate reward for his new investors as the Leeds United forward was substituted before the hour mark in the 4-0 win at Burnley, returning a single point.

GW36 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s)
Iheanacho 665
Fernandes 575
Vardy 346

The three most-sold players all blanked in Gameweek 36.

Both Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.2m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) missed out because of Leicester City's participation in the FA Cup final.

The Foxes had been due to face Manchester United but that fixture was moved to Gameweek 35, leaving Fernandes without a match.

Shipped out by more than 575,000 people, the Portuguese has been benched by a further one million, who decided he was not worth keeping despite favourable encounters with Fulham and Wolves.

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

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Part 1: GW36 Bonus points: Mitchell delivers a maximum
Part 3: FDR Analysis: West Ham can enjoy strong finish
Part 4: FPL Saturday review: Harrison the best midfielder for value

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