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GW36 Ones to watch: Raheem Sterling

The Scout 26 Apr 2018
Raheem Sterling, Man City

Improved threat and consistency make the Man City winger a must in Fantasy, according to The Scout

The Scout is selecting five Fantasy Premier League players set to make an impact in Gameweek 36.

Raheem Sterling (MCI) £9.0m

In any other season, the Manchester City winger would be the top-ranked midfielder in Fantasy.

Mohamed Salah's (£10.6m) extraordinary debut campaign at Liverpool has distracted from Sterling's progress and his worth to FPL managers.

But the statistics show just how excellent Sterling has been. 

Consistent points scorer

He has played 45 minutes or more in 27 Gameweeks and, over those appearances, has failed to produce a goal or an assist on only six occasions.

This consistency has been evident in recent appearances.

He has supplied three goals and four assists to score points in each of his last five Gameweeks.

City's leading man

With Sergio Aguero (£11.5m) injured, Sterling has stepped up as Man City's chief goal threat.

Since Gameweek 30, Sterling's 16 shots and 12 penalty-area shots are both more than any team-mate.

He has also had seven big chances.

This is more than any player in the game and suggests more goals are to come. In comparison, Gabriel Jesus (£10.3m) has had five.

Managers making moves 

That form has not gone unnoticed in Fantasy.

Sterling was second only to Jesus for transfers in ahead of the Gameweek 35 victory over Swansea City, with 327,966 new owners.

And he is currently the third-most signed prior to Sunday's trip to West Ham United, picking up over 40,000 more.

Gameweek 36 potential

The Hammers have kept a single clean sheet in their last seven matches.

Over that period they have conceded 17 goals, no side allowing more.

Man City won last season's corresponding fixture 4-0, with Sterling supplying two assists.

Double Gameweek boost

Back-to-back home matches against Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion then follow in Double Gameweek 37, ensuring that Man City remain at the forefront of FPL managers plans.

Sterling justifies being their top target. His average of seven points per match betters any team-mate.

With form and fixtures aligning for the run-in, overlooking one of the season's most consistent performers seems to be a risk too far.

Man City's remaining fixtures
GW Opponent FDR
36 WHU (A) 3
37  HUD (H) 2
BHA (H) 2
38 SOU (A) 2
Also in this series

Part 1: GW36 Ones to watch: Martin Dubravka
Part 2: GW36 Ones to watch: Ben Davies
Part 3: GW36 Ones to watch: Johann Berg Gudmundsson
Part 4: GW36 Ones to watch: Wilfried Zaha

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