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FPL Thursday review: Managers move on Cancelo

The Scout 6 Jan 2023
Manchester City v Fulham

Man City defender is most-sold player in Fantasy over last 24 hours following half-time withdrawal against Chelsea

The half-time withdrawal of Joao Cancelo (£7.3m) against Chelsea on Thursday evening has made a big impact on the Fantasy Premier League transfer market.

The Manchester City defender is the most-sold player over the last 24 hours, moved on by +55,000 managers on the back of his one-point return at Stamford Bridge.

Having been named on the bench in his side's first two matches since the Premier League resumed, Cancelo had already tested the patience of his 47 per cent ownership in Fantasy.

Rotation risk

After starting but lasting only 45 minutes in the 1-0 win over Chelsea, he now looks a huge rotation risk ahead of a potential Double Gameweek 20 for Man City.

Pep Guardiola’s side host Manchester United in Gameweek 20. They will also face Tottenham Hotspur, depending on this weekend's FA Cup third-round results.

See: FA Cup results can steer GW20 moves

At the back, goalkeeper Ederson (£5.4m) now appears their safest pick, although centre-back John Stones (£5.4m) has started each of their last six matches.

In attack, meanwhile, Riyad Mahrez (£7.5m) and Jack Grealish (£6.8m) continued their recent form by combining for the visitors' decisive goal. 

Mahrez's strike took his tally to one goal and two assists in the last three matches, while Grealish's assist was his third in that period. 

Their displays also place question marks over Phil Foden’s (£8.2m) pitch time.

The midfielder also made his first league start since the season resumption last night, but was replaced by Grealish midway through the second half. 

He has produced a single Fantasy point in six of his last seven appearances.

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