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GW37 — How To Replace Jota?

We are officially into the last week and the last 2 gameweeks of the season. Madness. While many are left looking forward to what is to come with the delayed Euro 2020, plenty of engaged FPL managers are  left with an end of season dilemma. How do we replace the injured Diogo Jota? Jurgen Klopp was kind enough to confirm that the Portuguese attacker won't be available for the remaining league games of the season, and that leaves plenty of managers in FPL needing a replacement. I'm going to list some of the options that look like they could be the most successful over the course of Gameweek 37 and 38. The decision that you make may be influenced by factors such as ownership, your current rank and whether you already own some of these options. Make the decision that is right for you, but hopefully, this article will give you a few fruitful options. 

 

Mason Greenwood

Manchester United, £7.2m, 9.9% owned, Fixture - Ful H, Wol A

There is absolutely no doubting the goalscoring threat of Mason Greenwood, and he's demonstrated that in recent weeks. We also have the information from the recent 'rotated' team against Leicester where he was used from the start in that game. That leads into the thinking that if United do rotate ahead of the Europa League final in Gameweek 38, he may be the attacking player at United that is the most likely to start both games against Fulham and Wolves. The fixture against Fulham also looks enticing with how easily Southampton took Fulham apart during the game at St Mary's in Gameweek 36. 

However, it's still a significant risk that he may only start one of the two games. Your decision may be influenced by the other United players you own. If you already own two, for example, then the fear of rotation in Gameweek 38 could mean that adding a third is an unnecessary risk. If you have zero United and a bench, then it might be less of a problem. We know Greenwood is a stat buster, but for those that follow the stats, Greenwood has a non penalty xG+xA per 90 of 0.44 over the season.

Read more: GW 37 Data Cheat Sheet

Raphinha/Jack Harrison

Leeds Utd, £5.5m, Raphinha 7.1% owned, Harrison 4.5% owned, Fixture - Sou A, WBA H

It's very difficult to ignore the two Leeds wingers for a multitude of reasons. They appear to be absolutely nailed to play both games and the fixtures definitely appeal from an attacking perspective for a team like Leeds. While Raphinha has been talked about a lot over the course of the season, Jack Harrison has gone massively under the radar and has scored over 150 FPL points which is fantastic for the man on loan from Manchester City. His ownership is also lower than Raphinha - and there's a chance that Raphinha sees his minutes managed with his return from injury. 

It's a very close call between the two and comes down to personal preference. Raphinha seems like a player who should have scored more FPL points than he has and this is reflected in the statistics and data – of the options available, Raphinha has the highest season non-penalty xG+xA at 0.52/90. 

 

Ferran Torres

Man City, £7.0m, 2.0% owned, Fixture - BHA A, Eve H

if we are honest, we have probably missed the boat here after Torres' fantastic hat-trick at St James Park in Gameweek 36. There's so many reasons not to invest in Manchester City assets with Pep in full roulette mode. There's every chance that Torres doesn't start either of the remaining games, and that's the massive gamble that you take. You would absolutely need to be in a position where you are relatively happy with your bench coverage. 

But what if he does? If he does play, there is no doubt that Torres has a massive upside. I'd say he's very likely to play in Gameweek 38, but there's a good chance that the team expected to start in the Champions League final see more minutes in Gameweek 37, which could see the likes of Mahrez and Foden come in. They are also potential gambles to make, but my personal advice is probably to stay away and steer clear. 

Joe Willock/Allen St Maximin

Newcastle, Willock £4.7m & 1.0% owned. St Maximin 5.1% owned & 3.1% owned, Fixture - SHU H, Ful A

I never expected to be writing an article where I was recommending the buying of Newcastle assets. There's no doubting that Newcastle's attacking output has increased significantly since the recruitment of coach Graeme Jones from Bournemouth. Newcastle have shown real signs of attacking life in recent weeks, and that was shown again when they scored three goals against an admittedly much-changed Manchester City. 

Willock is the man in form in terms of FPL returns, while Saint-Maximin is always the one that looks like the man to own. Dangerous, flamboyant and pacey which doesn't always translate into FPL returns. Both are viable options, particularly if it opens up a more aggressive move with extra budget in Gameweek 38. The fixtures are enticing as you probably couldn't ask for two better games than Sheffield United and Fulham. 

Read more: FanTeam 1Million Euro 2020 Game: Rules, Tips and Strategy

Dele Alli

Tottenham, £7.4m, 0.6% owned, Fixture - Ast H, Lei A

Here's the ultimate punt. Tottenham seem set to play the attacking front four with Dele, Bale, Son and Kane for the remaining two fixtures. On paper, Aston Villa and Leicester don't look like the most enticing, but Aston Villa look vulnerable with Matty Cash and Tyrone Mings doubts through injury. Crystal Palace had a huge volume of shots against them in GW36 and that's not a common occurrence. There's also the prospect that Leicester will either be secure in a Top 4 spot or will need to attack and win, which may leave them vulnerable to counter attacks. 

If you don't have the funds to stretch to Son or Bale, a gamble on Dele seems to be tempting some. It might be one if you are really struggling and in a template team and wanting to go rogue. Probably not for me though. 

Rob Pick
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The latest addition to the DraftGym crew, FPL veteran and the Debate grandmaster.

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