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GW8 Lessons: Is it time to sell Ronaldo?

The Scout 18 Oct 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo, Man Utd

Man Utd forward is most-sold player ahead of Gameweek 9 as managers turn to in-form Vardy

A third straight blank for Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) has made a big impact on the plans of managers ahead of Gameweek 9 in Fantasy Premier League.

The Manchester United forward is the third most-owned player in Fantasy, found in 40.6 per cent of squads. 

But he is now the most-sold player in the Gameweek ahead of Friday’s 18:30 BST deadline, being moved on by over 275,000 owners.

His lack of form, combined with a tough run of fixtures, seems set to spark further sales.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea over the next five Gameweeks.

Vardy proving popular

Those selling Ronaldo have made Jamie Vardy (£10.6m) their top replacement, with over 133,000 swapping him out for the Leicester City striker.

Vardy is the top-scoring forward in Fantasy and has blanked just twice in eight appearances this season. 

Vardy's goal v Man Utd

In contrast to Ronaldo, Vardy has a very favourable upcoming schedule.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), just one of Leicester’s next nine matches scores more than three.

Consider Kane or go big in midfield?

The upturn in form for Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (£12.1m) could also attract attention after he produced a goal and an assist against Newcastle United.

Alternatively, Ronaldo owners might opt for a mid-price replacement and move more funds into midfield instead.

While Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) is a must-have, pairing the Egyptian with Son Heung-min (£10.1m) or Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) could pay off spectacularly.

Spurs' Son has averaged 7.3 points per match this season, while De Bruyne has scored in both of his last two starts for Man City.

Remember, the Gameweek 9 deadline is at 18:30 BST on Friday 22 October.

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