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Plan to sell Salah in Gameweek 20 to get Haaland back in FPL

By The Scout 22 Dec 2023
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Millions of managers in Fantasy Premier League will be focussing their upcoming transfers on Mohamed Salah (£13.2m), Son Heung-min (£9.8m) and Erling Haaland (£13.9m).

Liverpool star Salah and Tottenham Hotspur’s Son could both be absent from Gameweeks 21-24 due to their involvement in international tournaments.

Manchester City’s Haaland, meanwhile, missed Gameweek 17 due to injury and had a Blank Gameweek 18. 

Assessing each player’s schedule can help managers determine the best tactics to navigate the upcoming period. 

Both Salah and Son have more favourable fixtures than Haaland in Gameweek 19.

Liverpool visit a Burnley side with a single clean sheet all season, while Spurs’ hosts Brighton & Hove Albion have conceded in each of their 18 matches.

Man City, on the other hand, travel to an Everton side who headed into Gameweek 18 on the back of four straight shutouts.

That suggests managers should hold onto both Salah and Son for Gameweek 19 and bank their free transfer, allowing them to use two free transfers in Gameweek 20 to far greater effect.

Salah, Son & Haaland's next two Gameweeks
GW Salah Son Haaland
19 BUR (A) BHA (A) EVE (A)
20 NEW (H) BOU (H) SHU (H)

In Gameweek 20, Son entertains AFC Bournemouth and Haaland is at home to Sheffield United.

Salah, on the other hand, has a tougher fixture against Newcastle United at Anfield.

By swapping out Salah for a budget pick such as Cole Palmer (£5.6m) or Anthony Gordon (£6.2m), managers can free up the cash to bring Haaland back into their forward lines alongside Ollie Watkins (£8.7m). That is, of course, providing the Man City forward has recovered from injury.

They can then use their Gameweek 21 transfer to replace Son, potentially bringing in his team-mate Richarlison (£6.7m) as a cheaper route into the Spurs’ attack.

The Brazilian has scored three goals and collected 24 points in his last two matches since being moved up front by Ange Postecoglou. 

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