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GW37 FPL stats: Salah and Kane both frustrate

19 May 2021
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Liverpool and Spurs stars fail to produce attacking points and are unable to match top pick Fernandes

It proved to be a frustrating night for those Fantasy Premier League managers who captained either Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) or Harry Kane (£11.8m) as both players failed to produce attacking returns on Wednesday.

The Liverpool star's run of registering a goal or an assist in each of his last six starts came to an end in the 3-0 victory at Burnley.

While over 1.5million FPL managers backed the Egyptian with the armband, the 1.3m who entrusted Kane were left equally disappointed.

A third blank in four matches resulted in the third-most popular captain returning only two points as Tottenham Hotspur suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Aston Villa.

That meant both players fell short of the four points top pick Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) produced on Tuesday.

The Portuguese extended his lead at the top of the overall player standings with his 14th FPL assist of the campaign.

Fernandes was given the armband by just under 1.6m managers for Manchester United's home match against Fulham.

It was the 11th time this season that he has been the No 1 captain pick, and it proved to be the most prudent choice among the leading picks.

GW37 most-captained players
Player Captained by (000's) Points
Fernandes 1,598 4
Salah 1,524 3
Kane 1,310 2

The leading 100 FPL managers captained the same three players but in a different order, with Salah the most popular choice.

Most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by
Salah 69
Kane 19
Fernandes 11

Mason Greenwood (£7.3m) was the top transfer target for Gameweek 37, having scored six goals in seven matches. 

But he was unable to add to his tally, leaving his 218,000+ new owners disappointed.

The second and third most-bought players suffered a similar fate.

GW37 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Points
Greenwood 218 2
Harrison 175 3
Torres 173 1

Jack Harrison (£5.5m) blanked in Leeds United's 2-0 win over Southampton, and Ferran Torres (£7.0m) returned a single point in Manchester City's 3-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

A tactical reshuffle led to the Spaniard being withdrawn after just 14 minutes when Joao Cancelo (£5.8m) was sent off.

GW37 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Points
Jota 644 0
Watkins 142 9
Son 115 2

A foot injury prompted more than 644,000 Fantasy managers to part company with Diogo Jota (£6.9m), the most-sold player ahead of the deadline.

And Aston Villa's tricky final fixtures against Spurs and Chelsea meant Ollie Watkins (£6.4m) was also shipped out in large numbers. 

But they were made to immediately regret that decision as Watkins scored his 14th goal of the season and claimed maximum bonus to register nine points.

The second most-selected player in FPL, Son Heung-min (£9.7m), suffered a dent to his ownership with over 115,000 parting company with the South Korean following his blank in Gameweek 36.

Those sales were justified after Son claimed only two points as Spurs faltered against Villa.

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

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Part 2: GW37 Bonus points: West Ham duo score extra
Part 3: Who to target for the final day? What the experts say

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