Buy, Sell, or Hold – FPL Gameweek 23

Player to Buy – Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.9m)

Newcastle United v Everton FC - Premier League : News Photo

Everton are slowly becoming the team to watch and Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the player we should consider this weekend.

Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment as manager has started off on the right track by winning 3 games against Brighton, Newcastle, and Burnley, drawing against Arsenal at home, and being defeated against Man City at the Etihad Stadium – not a bad start overall considering the change in manager happened during the festive games.

With more time, Ancelotti should be able to incorporate his philosophy to get more out of the squad.

Calvert-Lewin should benefit from the new system as the season goes on. Historcially, Ancelotti’s teams are possession heavy that use the wing backs on both sides to deliver crosses into the box for the strikers up front. In the last 4 games Everton are +16 in corners over the opposition.

This was evident over the past 3 weeks, as Digne and Sidibe were playing further up the pitch and crossing balls when given the chance. I can see Calvert-Lewin benefiting from these chances in January and the couple of games beginning in February. 

If you are in need of a differential (6.9% ownership) and new striker to change things up, DCL is the way to go!

Player to Sell – Tammy Abraham (£7.8m)

Chelsea FC v Southampton FC - Premier League : News Photo

What can we say about Tammy Abraham and Chelsea as a whole. Frank Lampard’s men have become very unreliable since the beginning of December for reasons unknown. Could it be the congestion and tired legs from the festive games? Or maybe the inexperience nature of the manager and some younger players..

The midfield has disappeared at times with Mount and Pulisic being almost anonymous throughout the month, which has resulted in poor results for the Blues.

With that being said, Abraham’s production is becoming a problem as he’s only scored 3 goals and added 2 assists since the 1st week of December. The eye test for me is almost more indicative of his performances.

Thankfully for FPL managers Abraham did score his 13th goal of the season to ease any potential stress, but I think over the next couple GW’s the production could dip.

Tammy’s form is in question as Chelsea’s upcoming fixtures become more difficult

Moreover, the schedule indicates the difficult number of games that are upcoming for Chelsea. I predict difficulty for Abraham and the squad as a whole for the next few GW’s. Don’t forget Champions League matches start back up mid-February so these games are crucial.

My suggestion is to let go of Tammy after the Newcastle match.

Player to Hold – John Lundstram (£5.1m)

Sheffield United v Burnley FC - Premier League : News Photo

John Lundstram has been the golden boy of FPL all season. The “defender” went from being priced at £4.0m at the beginning of the season to quickly jumping up the market and is now over £5.0m.

Many are considering selling the Sheffield player thinking his potential has come to an end and I think that’s a mistake. His value lies in his positioning in FPL.

Classed as a defender, managers must remember that his actual position is further up the pitch and at times in the box more than other midfielders.

Here are a few stats on Lunsdtram in relation to his team –

  • 4th in goals & tied for 3rd in assists
  • 2nd in shots/game
  • 4th in key passes/game
  • 3rd in successful pass percentage
  • 3rd in average passes/game & 3rd in long ball passes/game

Lundstram is still a valuable asset in FPL and with Sheffield at the top half of the table and, arguably, the best defensive team in the EPL right now there is absolutely no reason to sell him.



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