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Gameweek 5 FPL stats: Haaland outscores Spurs duo as captain

16 Sep 2023
Haaland, Man City

The decision to go against Man City's Norwegian backfired as he scored in 3-1 win at West Ham

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A combined 671,000 Fantasy Premier League managers were left disappointed after their decision to go against Erling Haaland (£14.1m) with the captaincy backfired.

Son Heung-min (£9.1m) and James Maddison (£7.8m) were popular armband alternatives to the Norwegian for Tottenham Hotspur's enthralling home encounter with Sheffield United

Spurs delivered on their attacking promise, mustering 28 shots in the match, with Son and Maddison having three attempts apiece. But the pair were unable to convert their chances, finishing on two points and one point respectively.

Son continued the trend this season of the most-bought player blanking, adding to the woes of those who backed Raheem Sterling (£7.2m), Bryan Mbeumo (£6.8m) and Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) before him.

And many managers were left to rue their luck as the most-sold Spurs player, Richarlison (£6.8m), emerged from the bench to produce a match-winning cameo and an eight-point return thanks to a goal and assist.

See: Richarlison inspires Spurs to latest ever turnaround

Meanwhile, Haaland rewarded the 7.1million managers who kept faith with him by scoring in Manchester City's 3-1 win away to West Ham United for a six-point return.

He could easily have had a much bigger haul.

Haaland racked up an Expected Goals (xG) total of 2.20, the most he’s recorded in any Premier League match since joining Man City. He had nine shots in the box and was presented with six big chances but could only convert one of them.

GW5 most-captained players
Player Captained by (000's) Pts
Haaland 7,158 6
Salah 386 10
Son 380 2
Maddison 291 1

The best choice as captain on Saturday proved to be Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), who extended his run of returns to 11 consecutive matches.

He supplied two assists in Liverpool's 3-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers for a 10-point score, his first double-figure haul of the campaign.

See: Gameweek 5 FPL bonus points: Joy for Salah owners

Captained by over 386,000 Fantasy bosses, the Egyptian has now outscored Haaland in three out of the five Gameweeks this season.

His consistent run of returns extends back to Double Gameweek 34 of last season, so managers may now give him more consideration for the captaincy.

Salah's consistent run of returns
Gameweek Opponent Pts
GW34 Spurs 7
GW34 Fulham 11
GW35 Brentford 10
GW36 Leicester 12
GW37 Aston Villa 5
GW38 Southampton 5
GW1 Chelsea 5
GW2 Bournemouth 5
GW3 Newcastle 5
GW4 Aston Villa 8
GW5 Wolves 10
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Part 1: GW5 FPL bonus points
Part 3: Why Salah's improving creativity can make him a Fantasy must-have

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