Buy, Sell, or Hold – FPL Gameweek 5

In a new weekly feature, we analyse which FPL player you should be buying, which you should sell and which you should be holding before each new Gameweek

Player to Buy – Sebastian Haller (£7.5m)

West Ham United v Norwich City - Premier League : News Photo

Sebastian Haller is a buy for me this week. Haller is exactly what West Ham needed up front. He’s a big, strong, and clever forward that is guaranteed to start every week barring injury.

He has 3 goals in his last 3 games played and looks to be the kind of striker that positions himself excellently, with the majority of his goals and goal attempts coming from inside the penalty area.

With only 6.5% ownership and costing only £7.5m, Haller could be a great differential heading into Villa Park this weekend.

The extra kicker are the players surrounding Haller….

Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Fornals, and Anderson are all creative players, which makes Haller an even more attractive asset, as the majority of play will be directed towards him and all of these players are quite technical and can either work space for a cross, or can pick a threaded through ball.

Player to Sell – Anthony Martial (£7.7m)

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League : News Photo

Anthony Martial started off hot and he does have potential in FPL, but the problem lies with Man Utd at this current time. 

United can look dangerous, but it comes in transition, when they are on the counter attack, like against Chelsea. They seem to lack creativity when it comes to breaking organised defences down, and that’s because they lack a creative, technical CAM.

Currently they have Lingard operating in this position, and he has barely had any effect at all in this role and hasn’t the technical ability to unlock the doors in organised defences.

Until Mata or Pogba is put into CAM, I would be steering clear of Martial and the United attack. 

Next 5 fixtures for Manchester United.

The next 5 fixtures are also difficult, so my recommendation is to get out while you can, as there are plenty of alternatives at this price range. 

Player to Hold – Mohamed Salah (£12.5m)

Manchester City v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg : News Photo

Mohamed Salah is a must hold for me this GW. 

After blanking in GW2, over 350,000 managers panicked and either transferred out the Egyptian or used there wildcard chip to remove him to get Sadio Mané in – big mistake, as it turned out that Salah scored 2 against Arsenal the next game to punish the sellers,  whilst Mané blanked to add insult to injury. 

Liverpool are at home against Newcastle, which won’t be an easy game, as they will come and sit deep and look to limit the space in behind, so I don’t expect Liverpool to blow them away, but with the quality they have up front, they should still win this comfortably. 

In his previous 4 games against the Magpies, Salah has scored 3 and assisted 1, so he has a decent record against them, and given his early season form, there’s nothing to suggest he can’t net this weekend.


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  1. Nice article. It’s my second season as an FPL manager and I’ve grown to love the game much more than I had ever anticipated. Your analysis was spot on, especially with the Salah factor. For Haller, I’m not keen on experimenting with my attack line though and that’s because I chose to invest more in my midfield and I hope it pays off. Every single game week, I always have the same problem and that’s the problem of who to captain from my midfield. It’s usually a nightmare for me as I have the finest midfielders the EPL has to offer and the risk of making a wrong choice always burns me, especially when any of the guys I didn’t pick as captain gets to perform well. Well, I stumbled on your piece on Google news and I just want to let you know you’re doing a wonderful job. Keep up the good work and stay safe


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