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Who are the best replacements for Saka in Fantasy?

By The Scout 29 Sep 2023
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Spurs star Son and Villa's Diaby are among The Scout's top targets to replace the Arsenal winger

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With Bukayo Saka (£8.7m) a doubt for Arsenal's trip to AFC Bournemouth, having failed to train so far this week, The Scout looks at potential replacements in Fantasy Premier League for the winger.

Son and Salah standout options

Son Heung-min (£9.2m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) are the standout replacements for Saka ahead of the Double Gameweek 7 deadline at 11:00 BST on Saturday 30 September.

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The Arsenal star is the most-selected midfielder in Fantasy, found in over 63 per cent of squads.

Those managers have a big decision to make after Mikel Arteta provided an update on Saka on Friday ahead of the visit to Bournemouth.

"The assessment is ‘okay, is he fit enough and good enough to be able to be selected tomorrow?’ That’s the question mark and so far he hasn’t trained with the team," Arteta told the club's official website.

While there's no doubt Saka could bring in a big score against the Cherries if he is available, Arsenal’s short-term schedule suggests he could struggle for more returns. 

Over the subsequent four Gameweeks, they host Manchester City and visit both Chelsea and Newcastle United.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son and Liverpool star Salah, by contrast, have far more appealing runs of opponents in the same period.

See: FPL long view: How Salah and Son compare ahead of kind fixtures

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), three of both sides’ four matches score just two.

GW8-11 schedules
  Saka Son/Maddison Salah Diaby
FDR 5 2 3 2
FDR 3 2 2 2
GW10 SHU (H) CRY (A) NFO (H) LUT (H)
FDR 2 2 2 2
GW11 NEW (A) CHE (H) LUT (A) NFO (A)
FDR 4 3 2 2

See: FPL experts: Is Son or Salah the bigger priority?

Son’s move up front has transformed his fortunes in Fantasy, showing his potential for huge hauls ahead of favourable meetings with Luton Town, Fulham and Crystal Palace.

The South Korean has scored all five of his goals this season in his three outings as a striker, claiming 20 and 14-point returns.

Spurs' fixtures also promote the appeal of doubling up with James Maddison (£7.9m) in midfield from Gameweek 8. 

The playmaker has two goals and four assists in his first six outings and is averaging 6.5 points per match (ppm) under Ange Postecoglou.

Saka owners should also be planning a route to bring in Salah for Liverpool’s favourable schedule.

The Egyptian’s three goals and four assists have earned him 43 points, just one point behind Saka and Son at the top of the midfield standings. 

Salah faces Everton, Nottingham Forest and Luton over Gameweeks 8-11, with all three of those matches scoring a mere two in the FDR.

Cheaper alternative

Further down the price range, Aston Villa's Moussa Diaby (£6.7m) offers managers an extended run of kind opponents. 

The Frenchman has two goals and two assists so far this season, averaging 5.3ppm. 

According to the FDR, six of Villa's seven matches from Gameweek 8 onwards score just two.

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