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Son's star turn key for Gameweek winner

The Scout 11 Apr 2017
Son Heung-min, Spurs

A brave transfer policy and a late move for Spurs midfielder earns Aaron Sloan an unbeatable 144-point total

The 19-point haul from Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Son Heung-min (£7.1m) was always destined to decide the latest Manager of the Week race, but it was a gutsy transfer policy and a spectacular Triple-Captain chip that paved the way for winner Aaron Sloan.

When his Fantasy Premier League season began to slide away from him, Aaron turned to his transfer instincts to reverse the trend. 

A graphic of the FPL Gameweek 32 Manager of the Week's team: Jakupovic; Alonso, Jagielka, Bertrand; Alli, Coutinho, Son, Hazard, Zaha; Costa, Lukaku

Ranked a lofty 9,604 in Gameweek 15, a series of setbacks dropped him to 65,141. At that point, Aaron decided on a change in strategy.

From Gameweek 26 onwards, he has taken risks in the transfer market, spending 32 points on extra trades in the seven rounds since.

That policy stopped the rot and, in Gameweek 32, it proved the catalyst for a dramatic turnaround.

Everton's Phil Jagielka
Phil Jagileka, centre, was one of three signings made by Aaron on the eve of Gameweek 32

On the eve of Saturday's deadline, Aaron made his three latest market moves.

Liverpool's Divock Origi (£6.2m) came in up front on the back of his Gameweek 31 goal against AFC Bournemouth, while Aaron also looked to Merseyside for Everton's Phil Jagielka (£4.7m) - another scorer from the midweek fixtures.

Jagielka was to prove a valuable addition, scoring in successive Gameweeks to return 12 points in Everton's win over Leicester City, but it was the contribution from a third signing that proved most pivotal. 

Spurs' Son was brought in as West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) made way. The South Korean was also handed the armband ahead of the White Hart Lane meeting with Watford, with Aaron having the confidence to back him further by using his Triple-Captain chip.

Those three decisions were key to Aaron's bid for the Manager of the Week accolade as Son's two goals, assist and three bonus points supplied a tally of 57.

Wilfried Zaha's (£4.8m) brace of assists and 11 points in Crystal Palace's win over Arsenal on Monday night rounded off Aaron's unbeaten 144-point Gameweek 32 haul. 

Climbing to 10,786 in the world, he is now firmly in sight of a best-ever finish in his 11th season, surpassing his previous best ranking of 149,519 in the 2013/14 campaign.

As Manager of the Week, Aaron claims a copy of FIFA 17, a Nike Ordem 4 match ball and an FPL mug, packaged up in a Fantasy Premier League rucksack.

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