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Gameweek 2 FPL stats: Frustration for Haaland owners

19 Aug 2023
Haaland, Man City

Over 5.7m managers captained the Norwegian but he failed to reward his backers against Newcastle

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Erling Haaland (£14.0m) failed to reward the millions of managers who captained him as the Manchester City striker could not produce any attacking returns in their 1-0 win over Newcastle United.

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More than 5.7million Fantasy Premier League bosses gave Haaland the armband against the Magpies, but he was restricted to few goalscoring opportunities.   

Owners of Haaland will hope he gets back to his best next week when City travel to Sheffield United.

Those who captained Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) will be slightly more relieved. The Egyptian was in second spot behind Haaland for the captaincy in Gameweek 2 of Fantasy. Indeed, fewer than half of the Liverpool star’s owners handed him the armband

The Egyptian was in the line-up of more than 1.2million Fantasy managers for Liverpool's victory over AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.

But only 45 per cent of those entrusted Salah with their captain's armband. 

Both his backers and those who decided against him may have mixed feelings.

Salah scored at Anfield, but the goal came as he followed up his own missed penalty, meaning he finished the match with just five points, or 10 with the armband.

GW2 most-captained players
Player Captained by (000's) Pts
Haaland 5,718 2
Salah 1,229 5
Saka 393 3

Bukayo Saka (£8.6m) frustrated the 393,000+ who captained him for Arsenal's visit to Crystal Palace on Monday, only claiming three points in the 1-0 victory.

Those who gave Saka the armband will have been infuriated when the winger, who took the Gunners' penalties last season, allowed Martin Odegaard (£8.5m) to take and convert the decisive second-half spot-kick. 

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