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Time to change Haaland as your FPL captain?

18 Jan 2023

The Scout's panel debate whether it's time to consider alternate options for the armband

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Having failed to find the back of the net in any of his last three fixtures, questions are beginning to be raised as to whether it is time to change Erling Haaland (£12.2m) as the captain in Fantasy Premier League.

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Haaland could yet banish that run in Gameweek 20, with Manchester City looking to get back to winning ways when they welcome Tottenham Hotspur.

But given the form of other assets in Fantasy, such as Marcus Rashford (£7.1m), Bukayo Saka (£8.1m) and Martin Odegaard (£6.8m), it might now be time to consider other options for the armband. 

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

I haven't captained Haaland in Gameweek 20, deciding instead to give the armband to Rashford. While I still think Haaland should be considered for the captaincy on a weekly basis, I don't think it is as cut and dried as it once was. Plus there are other assets who maybe have a better fixture.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

Haaland remains the highest-scoring player in the game as well as being the player who has scored the most goals.

However, Man City aren't playing at quite the same level they were at the start of the season, whereas teams like Arsenal and Man Utd have found their rhythm.

In some Gameweeks Haaland will be the best captaincy option, but don't be afraid to move the armband elsewhere to a player like Saka, Odegaard or Rashford if they have better form and/or fixtures. 

Pranil Sheth (@lateriser12)

I still think Haaland is the best captaincy option especially in Gameweek 21 where Liverpool play Chelsea and Arsenal play Manchester United. Man City need the points and they can't afford to rest their main players at the moment.

Utkarsh Dalmia (@zophar666)

Haaland remains the go-to captain option in my opinion. He's the focal point of one of the league's best attacks and has hat-trick potential in any match.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)

Haaland will be my captain, but I also like Kevin De Bruyne (£12.5m) for some Man City matches. When the fixtures are right, I'd also have no issue captaining Rashford, Saka or even Kieran Trippier (£6.0m).

Holly Shand (@HollyShand)

I can't see myself deviating from Haaland any time soon. Despite a dip in his underlying numbers and Man City's form, he still looks the best option. Hopefully, this is just a blip and things improve soon.

Nick Harris (@WGTA_Nick)

It has only been a couple of matches that Haaland has blanked. He still has a ridiculous haul of goals at the halfway point of the season and will likely be my captain pick.

Harry Kane (£11.6m) or Rashford on current form would be potential backup options if the fixtures are particularly kind.

Gianni Buttice (@GianniButtice)

Man City are pretty reliable at home, where Haaland has the potential to produce big hauls, so I still think most will look to captain him against Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend.

While Spurs have been inconsistent of late, Kane has looked sharp. He's been good away from home this season and Fulham will concede chances. Don't rule out captaining other players though, as they could bring fruitful rewards. 

Pras (@Pras_fpl)

In a single Gameweek when Haaland is likely to start, he is still the captain choice regardless of Man City's form, in my opinion. However, with doubles coming, various other options will emerge. That could be Saka, RashfordMohamed Salah (£12.8m), Kane or even Trippier.

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