Erling Haaland’s (£14.1m) displays in the early stages of 2023/24 Fantasy Premier League indicate he is posing an even greater goal threat than last season.
Manchester City’s frontman produced 36 goals and nine assists to finish as the top-scoring player in Fantasy last season on 272 points.
In terms of Expected Goal Involvement (xGI), though, the two best performances of Haaland’s Fantasy career have both come in the last three Gameweeks.
In Gameweek 3 against Sheffield United, his eight shots, eight shots in the box and 2.08 xGI score were his highest-ever for each statistic.
Yet he surpassed all three of them against West Ham United last weekend, with nine shots, nine shots in the box and an xGI score of 2.56.
Haaland's 2023/24 season by Gameweek
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Haaland’s host of big chances, in particular, has been simply extraordinary in recent fixtures.
He only managed more than three big chances on one occasion in 2022/23, recording four on his debut against the Hammers in Gameweek 1.
Yet he has now achieved this feat in two of his last three matches.
Haaland's GW5 goal v West Ham
Indeed, Haaland has been supplied with 12 of Man City’s 16 such opportunities in the last three Gameweeks.
Big chances, last three Gameweeks
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Haaland's underlying threat is so impressive that his home match with Nottingham Forest this weekend could be the best single Gameweek to consider playing your Triple Captain chip on him.
The 22-year-old claimed a hat-trick in a 6-0 win in the corresponding fixture last season to collect 17 points.
Nonetheless, it’s best to remain patient and hold onto the Triple Captain chip until the Norwegian has a Double Gameweek in order to profit from both his matches.
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