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Who could replace De Bruyne in Fantasy?

17 Aug 2018
Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne, Man City

The Scout suggests five players who could slot into FPL managers' teams after Man City midfielder's injury

Fantasy Premier League managers who own Kevin De Bruyne (£9.9m) will be assessing their options.

The Manchester City playmaker is expected to be sidelined for around three months with a knee injury sustained in training on Wednesday, City said in a statement on their official website

Big sales of De Bruyne will now follow for the second-most popular midfielder whose ownership of 25 per cent is rapidly decreasing.

But who should those owners seek as a replacement? The Scout takes a look.

Sadio Mane (LIV) £9.6m

He overshadowed Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) in Gameweek 1 with two goals and 16 points. Even if you own Salah, Mane can be worth doubling up with in the Liverpool attack.

Bernardo Silva (MCI) £7.6m

Man City’s form player over the summer, with two goals and two assists. He scored their second goal in the Gameweek 1 win at Arsenal.

Riyad Mahrez (MCI) £9.0m

Mahrez produced 12 goals and 13 assists for Leicester City last season. He is owned by just five per cent and could be a big differential for Man City.  

De Bruyne’s potential absence could also limit the threat of rotation for both Silva and Mahrez.

If the versatile Silva moves to a central role, there will be less competition for Mahrez in the attacking midfield.

Eden Hazard (CHE) £10.5m

The Chelsea winger has scored 170+ points in five of the last six seasons and can maintain that form under new head coach Maurizio Sarri

Richarlison (EVE) £6.6m

He scored two goals in a sensational Gameweek 1 debut for Everton and can appeal to those looking to free up cash for big-hitting forwards.

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