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GW14 Lessons: All change up front

The Scout 31 Oct 2022
Callum Wilson, Newcastle

Toney's ban and uncertainty surrounding Haaland's fitness prompts a flurry of FPL transfer activity

Managers in Fantasy Premier League have plenty to consider across their forward lines with only two Gameweeks remaining before the season breaks for the FIFA World Cup.

With Ivan Toney (£7.4m) now serving a one-match ban in Gameweek 15, interest in Callum Wilson (£7.4m) is on the rise.

The Newcastle United forward claimed his career-high haul of 19 points at the weekend, producing two goals and two assists in a 4-0 win over Aston Villa.

More than 560,000 managers have already brought in Wilson for the Magpies' visit to Southampton this weekend.

Certainly, Toney's remaining 23.3 per cent owners should be looking to sell the Brentford star, who misses their trip to Nottingham Forest.

He faces Manchester City in Gameweek 16, after which managers have unlimited free transfers to reshape their squads.

Fixtures for leading replacements
Player GW15 GW16
Wilson (NEW) SOU (A) CHE (H)
Mitrovic (FUL) MCI (A) MUN (H)
Jesus (ARS) CHE (A) WOL (A)
Kane (TOT) LIV (H) LEE (H)

Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.9m), Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) and Harry Kane (£11.6m) also figure among the top four replacements for Toney.

Managers should be aware that all three are only one booking from a one-match suspension. They have each earned four yellow cards this season and would miss Gameweek 16 if they are booked this weekend.

See: Who is suspended or close to a ban?

Notably, this has not deterred managers, with a combined 125,000 Toney owners moving for one of either Mitrovic, Jesus or Kane.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m), Dominic Solanke (£5.7m) and Gianluca Scamacca (£6.7m) all look well-placed as differential Toney replacements, boasting favourable schedules for the next two Gameweeks.

Fixtures for differential options
Player GW15 GW16
Scamacca (WHU) CRY (H) LEI (H)
Calvert-Lewin (EVE) LEI (H) BOU (A)
Solanke (BOU) LEE (A) EVE (H)

Finally, Erling Haaland's (£12.2m) huge 80.3 per cent owners have been patient as they await news on his fitness after he missed out against Leicester City last weekend due to a foot injury.

If fit, the Norwegian will be the overwhelming armband favourite for the next two Gameweeks as he faces Fulham and Brentford at home.

Only 67,000 have decided to sell Haaland in the Gameweek, compared with the massive 585,000+ transfers out prompted by Toney's ban.

Also in this series

Part 2: Best FPL replacements for suspended Toney
Part 3: FPL experts: Wilson the go-to Toney replacement

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