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Wildcard targets: Set-pieces add to Ronaldo appeal

The Scout 1 Sep 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo

The Scout on why over 700,000 managers have swooped for the forward after his Man Utd return

The Scout looks at the best players, per position and price, for managers in Fantasy Premier League who are playing their Wildcards in the first international break of 2021/22.

Premium forwards
Cristiano Ronaldo (MUN) £12.5m

The Manchester United forward has amassed over 700,000 owners just two days after being added to the game.

Ronaldo enjoyed a prolific three-year spell with Juventus, scoring 81 goals and supplying 16 assists in Serie A. 

If he takes over penalty duties from Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m), his appeal will be boosted further.

Ronaldo is home

Man Utd have been awarded a minimum of 11 penalties in each of the last three seasons, with their total of 37 being more than any other side.

Many of Ronaldo’s backers will immediately captain him at home to Newcastle United in Gameweek 4.

And with fixtures to come against West Ham United and Aston Villa also in the next three rounds of matches, he will be a key armband contender in Fantasy.  

Harry Kane (TOT) £12.3m

The Tottenham Hotspur forward has been overlooked by managers due to early-season concerns over his future with the club.

Kane can be found in just 8.0 per cent of squads compared with the 26.9 per cent of team-mate Son Heung-min (£10.1m).

However, after confirming his intentions to stay, Kane could now return to the form that helped him score 23 goals and win the Golden Boot last season.

The England captain was involved in 57 per cent of Spurs’ goals when selected last term, compared with the 46 per cent of Son.

Three of his next five matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), giving Kane the chance to re-establish himself as a crucial part of forward lines in Fantasy.

Romelu Lukaku (CHE) £11.5m

The Belgian enjoyed the most productive season of his career for Inter Milan last term, scoring 23 goals and providing 11 assists for the Serie A champions.

Lukaku made an immediate impact on his second debut for Chelsea, scoring and earning eight points against Arsenal in Gameweek 2.

Lukaku's GW2 goal v Arsenal

His 10 shots and nine shots inside the box both put him among the top two players in Fantasy over the last two Gameweeks.

Many managers are targeting Lukaku for Gameweek 7, when Chelsea embark on a very favourable schedule.

But getting him in earlier could pay off, starting with his home match against Aston Villa in Gameweek 4. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE) £8.2m

Along with Michail Antonio (£7.9m), he is one of just two forwards to score in all three of the opening Gameweeks.

Calvert-Lewin has been boosted by his new role as Everton’s penalty-taker under new manager Rafa Benitez.

Indeed, two of his three goals have been converted spot-kicks.

His 11 shots in the box, seven shots on target and four big chances all put him among the top two players in Fantasy this term.

If he recovers from the muscle injury that forced him out of international duty, Calvert-Lewin has the schedule to thrive.

Just one of the Toffees’ next eight matches scores more than three in the FDR.

Also in this series

Part 1: Fixture swing boosts Meslier
Part 2: Livramento a budget gem
Part 3: Alexander-Arnold worth extra outlay
Part 4: Traore provides short-term value
Part 5: Salah the standout midfielder
Part 6: Time for another Pukki party?

Remember, the Gameweek 4 deadline is at 11:00 BST on Saturday 11 September.

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