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FPL in demand: Jesus debut double turns heads

The Scout 11 Jul 2022
Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal action

Brazilian forward is owned in more than half of opening squads after scoring twice for Arsenal

The Scout assesses the transfer trends of Fantasy Premier League managers since the game launched last week.


An impressive debut by Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) for Arsenal has lifted his popularity in early squads.


The Brazilian is owned by over 53 per cent of managers after scoring twice in the 5-3 win over Nurnberg last Friday.

Jesus is the second most-selected forward in the game and fourth among all players.

Most-owned forwards in Fantasy
Player Price Ownership
Haaland £11.5m 64.6%
Jesus £8.0m 53.6%
S Greenwood £4.5m 27.9%
Kane £11.5m 15.8%
Darwin £9.0m 14.7%
Taylor £4.5m 11.5%
Mitrovic £6.5m 10.4%
Toney £7.0m 6.1%
Jota £9.0m 5.9%
Undav £5.5m 5.1%

*Information accurate as of 11 July

Arsenal’s kind early schedule boosts the Brazilian’s prospects of making an immediate impact in 2022/23.

They face just one of last season’s top six sides in their first eight matches, visiting Manchester United in Gameweek 6.

Jesus' first Arsenal goal

Manchester City’s new forward Erling Haaland (£11.5m), meanwhile, is the most-selected player in 2022/23 Fantasy. 

Over 64 per cent of managers have flocked to the Norwegian, who produced 49 goals and 13 assists in 52 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund over the last two seasons.

Man City also have a kind run of early opponents. Indeed, they are the only side who avoid all of last season’s top six in the first six Gameweeks.

Kane overlooked

The rush to bring in Haaland and Jesus has made Harry Kane (£11.5m) a major differential.

Fewer than 16 per cent of managers own the Tottenham Hotspur forward, who looks a strong armband option at home to Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the first three Gameweeks.

Kane was a huge success after the arrival of Antonio Conte as head coach in Gameweek 11 last season.

His total of 167 points from that moment until the end of the season was bettered by only two other players in Fantasy.

Line up Liverpool differentials?

Elsewhere, Liverpool pair Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota (both £9.0m) have been largely overlooked due to the popularity of their team-mates.

Reds trio Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) and Luis Diaz (£8.0m) are all owned in over 32 per cent of squads. 

Certainly, the arrival of Darwin from Benfica increases the chances of rotation in the lone-striker role at the start of 2022/23, with the Uruguayan initially expected to share minutes with Jota.

Cheap options

Finally, managers have turned to Leeds United’s Sam Greenwood and Nottingham Forest’s Lyle Taylor (both £4.5m) as a means of freeing up budget. 

Neither player has been a first-team regular, which suggests they have simply been purchased to sit on managers’ benches, allowing them to spend funds elsewhere.

Also in this series

Part 1: Most popular players
Part 2: Raya and Sanchez the budget favourites
Part 3: Premium defenders dominate
Part 4: Managers flock to Diaz

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