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GW33 Lessons learned: Pogba the No 1 target

The Scout 9 Apr 2018
Paul Pogba, Man Utd

Midfielder's display in the Manchester derby makes him the most-signed FPL player over the past 24 hours

Paul Pogba (£7.8m) is the hottest thing in Fantasy Premier League after his performance in Saturday's Manchester derby. 

His 14 points in the 3-2 win at Manchester City have made him the most-signed player in the last 24 hours.

And he is the second-most signed overall ahead of Gameweek 34, with more than 45,000 managers bringing him in. 

The numbers

His brace for Manchester United gave Pogba his first double-figure score since Gameweek 23 and his first Premier League goals since Gameweek 12.

He had been relying on assists to keep his FPL tally ticking over, supplying eight over his last 16 appearances.

Part of 914,000+ squads by Gameweek 14, Pogba suffered heavy sales and was owned by a season-low 510,000 by Gameweek 18.

Confidence has since continued to falter, limiting his ownership to 11.3 per cent.

But Saturday's haul appears to have addressed the issue in time for Man Utd's two fixtures in Gameweek 34.

Double Gameweek

The Red Devils will first host West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Six points adrift at the bottom of the table, the Baggies are without a clean sheet in seven away trips, with 15 goals conceded over those matches.

United and Pogba then visit AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday.

No side have kept fewer clean sheets at home than the Cherries' two, while their 28 goals conceded on home turf are exceeded only by  Watford.

Pitch potential

It is important to try to maximise the potential of those two fixtures by bringing in players who are assured of playing.

Manager Jose Mourinho will have an eye on their FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham Hotspur, which follows the AFC Bournemouth match, on Saturday 21 March.

But having missed out on the starting line-up in two of the previous seven Gameweeks, Pogba could still be handed back-to-back Double Gameweek starts. 

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