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Who are the best midfielders for Blank Gameweek 29 in FPL?

13 Mar 2024
Kudus, Bailey, Iwobi composite

The Scout delves into the data to discover the best options in midfield for the reduced Gameweek

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The Scout compares players who each have a match scheduled in Blank Gameweek 29 (BGW29) of Fantasy Premier League, to help managers make the right transfers.


FPL managers have made Son Heung-min (£9.9m) the top priority pick ahead of Saturday’s 13:30 GMT deadline, with more than 300,000 rushing to bring in the Tottenham Hotspur star.

Son’s 17-point haul against Aston Villa last weekend was a timely reminder of his captaincy credentials ahead of Spurs’ London derby with Fulham in the reduced round of matches.

He approaches the encounter at Craven Cottage on the back of two goals, three assists and 30 points in his last four matches – a total that places him top among his BGW29 midfield rivals.

Jarrod Bowen (£8.0m) places just one point behind Son on 29 points over this spell. The West Ham United attacker scored all three of his goals in that period against Brentford in Blank Gameweek 26 to earn his career-high haul of 20 points. 

Fulham’s Alex Iwobi (£5.3m), meanwhile, has scored in two of the last three Gameweeks since returning from international duties. The Nigerian has delivered double-figure returns against both Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers in that spell.

Villa pair Douglas Luiz and Leon Bailey (both £5.7m) both have three goal involvements (GI) in the same period, with the Brazilian scoring twice to better his team-mate by 23 points to 20.

Top-scoring BGW29 midfielders, GW25-28
Player Pts GI G A Bonus
Son 30 5 2 3 3
Bowen 29 4 3 1 3
Iwobi 24 2 2 0 6
Douglas Luiz 23 3 2 1 3
Bailey 20 3 1 2 2

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Who has had the greatest goal threat?

The underlying numbers over their last four matches show West Ham’s Mohammed Kudus (£6.8m) has boasted the greatest goal threat.

Kudus leads the way on 15 shots, while his seven shots in the box are mirrored by his team-mate Bowen, Villa’s Jacob Ramsey (£5.9m) and Nottingham Forest’s Anthony Elanga (£5.1m).

Iwobi and Bailey are identical for both shots and shots in the box, while the former’s Fulham team-mate Harry Wilson (£5.3m) and West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta (£6.0m) also feature highly.

Son’s numbers are somewhat less impressive, with his seven shots and five shots in the box identical to his Spurs team-mate Dejan Kulusevski (£6.8m) and Nott’m Forest’s Callum Hudson-Odoi (£4.7m).

Top BGW29 midfielders for goal threat, GW25-28
Player Shots Shots in box Big chances Goal conversion
Kudus 15 7 2 0.0%
Ramsey 11 7 0 0.0%
Wilson 9 5 1 11.1%
Paqueta 8 6 1 12.5%
Iwobi 8 5 2 25.0%
Bailey 8 5 1 12.5%
Bowen 7 7 2 42.9%
Elanga 7 7 5 0.0%
Chong 7 6 1 14.3%
Son 7 5 2 28.6%
Kulusevski 7 5 2 14.3%
Hudson-Odoi 17 5 1 14.3%

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Who has been the most creative?

When it comes to creativity, Iwobi is the standout contender with 14 key passes in his last four matches.

Indeed, the winger and his team-mate Andreas Pereira (£5.3m) have created a combined 24 chances without collecting any assists.

Son’s ability to supply gilt-edged scoring chances is peerless in the assessment, with his five big chances at least three more than any other player.

His Spurs team-mate James Maddison (£8.0m), along with Villa’s Bailey and Nott’m Forest pair Morgan Gibbs-White (£5.7m) and Hudson-Odoi have all created two big chances.

Top BGW29 midfielders for creativity, GW25-28
Player Key passes Big chances created
Iwobi 14 1
Pereira 10 0
Son 8 5
Gibbs-White 8 2
Barkley 8 0
Maddison 7 2
Hudson-Odoi 7 2
Bailey 7 2
McGinn 7 1
Douglas Luiz 7 1
Kudus 6 1
So, who are the best midfielders for BGW29?

Son’s huge potential for goals and assists means he is the standout midfielder to own for BGW29.

Having also produced 14 points against Fulham earlier this season, the Spurs attacker is likely to be the most-selected captain pick. 

Although Maddison’s recent numbers aren’t overly convincing, his away record alone can make him worth the double-up alongside Son. The England star has produced attacking returns in all eight of his away starts for Spurs. 

Elsewhere, Kudus’s numbers indicate he could prove just as productive a pick as Bowen against Villa, while Bailey and Iwobi’s goal threat and creativity make them the most appealing picks in the budget bracket.

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