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GW21 FPL stats: Mitrovic decision justified for thousands

23 Jan 2023
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Fulham forward has only seven points in four Gameweeks following latest blank against Spurs

Nearly half a million Fantasy Premier League managers were vindicated on Monday as their decision to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic (£7.1m) was justified. 

In the space of two Gameweeks, Mitrovic went from the most-bought player in FPL to the most-sold ahead of Gameweek 21. 

The 406,000+ managers who sold him breathed a sigh of relief as he blanked in Fulham's 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, taking his overall tally for the last four Gameweeks to only seven points.

GW21 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Pts
Mitrovic 406 2
Trossard 372 1
Cancelo 327 0

Leandro Trossard (£6.7m) was among the most-transferred-out players for the fourth successive Gameweek. The Belgian has not registered an attacking return since Gameweek 15 but will hope to rediscover his form having joined Arsenal last week and made a cameo appearance off the bench in Gameweek 21.

Faith in Joao Cancelo (£7.2m) is beginning to wane following only two starts since the FIFA World Cup 2022. Only once in that period has he played more than 45 minutes.

The Man City defender was sold by more than 327,000 managers, and their decision proved to be correct, as he was an unused substitute in Man City's 3-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Haaland rewards unwavering managers

More than 7.1million FPL managers captained Erling Haaland (£12.2m) in Gameweek 21, and were richly rewarded following his hat-trick against Wolves.

The Man City striker produced a 17-point haul against Wolves, moving his tally to 166 points in 20 matches.

The forward remains on course to become only the second player to register more than 300 points in a season, achieved by Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) in 2017/18 Fantasy, when he totalled 303 points.

Salah took second spot in the captaincy stakes but was unable to reward his 662,000+ backers.

The Egyptian blanked for a fourth successive match as Liverpool drew 0-0 with Chelsea, making it his worst run of form in 79 Gameweeks.

GW21 most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s) Pts
Haaland 7,173 17
Salah 662 3
Kane 521 6

Harry Kane (£11.7m) completed the top three captains, and his 521,000 armband backers were rewarded with a goal and six points. 

GW21 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Pts
Toney 988 1
Odegaard 570 5
March 533 2

The No 1 transfer target ahead of Gameweek 21, Ivan Toney (£7.6m), had scored five goals and supplied one assist in his last four appearances.

However, he was unable to add to that tally and did not deliver a strong return for his new managers, accumulating only one point in Brentford's visit to Leeds United.

Martin Odegaard (£6.8m) was recruited by more than 570,000 managers ahead of Arsenal's home meeting with Manchester United on Sunday.

He produced a five-point return, with the help of an assist, to reward those managers. Odegaard now stands at 117 points for the season, the most by any midfielder in Fantasy.

The in-form Solly March (£5.1m) was the third most transferred-in player, bought by over 533,000+ managers after returning more points than any other player since the season resumed in Gameweek 17.

However, the Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder, who racked up 44 points over that period, blanked in Brighton's 2-2 draw with Leicester City.

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

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