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FPL Show: Is Ronaldo or Lukaku the better GW5 signing?

16 Sep 2021
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Fantasy experts Holly Shand and Az Phillips are split on which of the forwards managers should buy

The decision on whether to choose Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m) or Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.6m) is dividing the Fantasy Premier League community, and the experts on the latest episode of the FPL Show are also split.

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Asked which of the two big-hitting forwards they would bring in for Gameweek 5, Holly Shand opts for Ronaldo while Az Phillips chooses Lukaku.

For Holly, spot-kick duties are a factor.

“I think the big question for me, which we don’t know the answer to right now, is are either of these two on penalties?” she says in the video above.

“My gut feeling, my personal opinion, is that Ronaldo will be but I’m not too sure about Lukaku because Jorginho’s such a fantastic penalty-taker.”

Lukaku's fixture swing

Az is looking ahead to Chelsea’s enticing schedule from Gameweek 7, when the Blues have five successive matches that score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings. For him, Lukaku will soon be essential.

“I hate using that word but I don’t see how you can get away with not having Lukaku for that run,” he says. “He’s going to be captain in every one of those games for me, I imagine, and for a lot of people.

“If I was picking one now, I’d pick Lukaku, just because you’ve got him in place for Gameweek 7.”

Why not pick both?

For some FPL managers, the solution might be to pick both Ronaldo and Lukaku, but Holly has a word of warning for anyone who is considering selling Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) or Mohamed Salah (£12.5m).

“I feel like Trent and Salah are on another level,” she says. “Trent’s fantastic value. Salah’s great going forward, as are [Ronaldo and Lukaku], but he’s on penalties and he’s a midfielder.

“So then I get to the point where I think, ‘which one do I want [out of Ronaldo and Lukaku]?’”

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