Fantasy Premier League Tips: Captain Man United's Jesse Lingard, get Sergio Aguero

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The Premier League is back after a break in the action owing to the domestic cup fixtures and it’s time to mull over your Fantasy Premier League team again.

The Double Gameweek didn’t deliver the way many hoped, especially with Harry Kane drawing a blank over his two fixtures for Tottenham.

Manchester United face a comfortable tie against managerless Stoke City while Arsenal travel to Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Manchester City and Liverpool go head-to-head at Anfield as Chelsea host Leicester. Tottenham entertain a stubborn Everton defence.

Here are a few pointers to guide you ahead of Gameweek 23.

CAPTAIN – JESSE LINGARD | MANCHESTER UNITED |6.3M

Jesse Lingard was one of our picks to bring in a couple of Gameweeks ago and now it’s time to go one step further and hand the United man the captain’s armband.

The attacking midfielder has stepped up in the last month or so and Jose Mourinho’s faith in him continues to grow as a result. He’s provided returns in four of the last five GWs, managing two double-figure hauls over that period as well.

With Henrikh Mkhitaryan still struggling for form, Lingard has stepped up assumed responsibility in that attacking midfield role.

United face Stoke City at home who have sacked manager Mark Hughes and haven’t kept a clean sheet for 12 games in the league.

Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard

ALTERNATIVES

ROMELU LUKAKU (11.3m) hasn’t lived up to expectations and has blanked in the last four GWs but at home, against a weak Stoke defence and after being afforded a bit of a rest at long last, he must be considered.

ALVARO MORATA (10.5m) is in the same boat as the Belgian, wasting glorious opportunities of late. Despite his poor finishing, the Chelsea striker remains an intriguing option given the number of chances he gets on the end of. Facing Leicester at home, the Spaniard could finally deliver if he gets his finishing right.

BOLD CHOICE

MARKO ARNAUTOVIC (7.0m) is a slight doubt this weekend and that makes captaining him even more risky. He didn’t feature in West Ham’s last fixture away to Spurs but prior to that, he delivered returns in five of the previous six GWs.

TWO INS

LUKE SHAW | MANCHESTER UNITED | 4.9M

After being left out in the cold for so long, Mourinho has finally warmed to Luke Shaw, albeit out of necessity with Ashley Young still injured. He’s played the full ninety minutes in each of United’s last three league games, picking up two clean sheets. Not only is he a bargain at 4.9m but he also offers a differential, owned by just 0.8%.

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

SERGIO AGUERO | MANCHESTER CITY | 11.7M

A popular FPL mantra goes something like this – ‘If Aguero plays, Aguero scores’. It’s therefore crucial that you try to include the Argentine in your team if he’s certain to start. That hasn’t been the case for the last 18 months under Pep Guardiola but with Gabriel Jesus sidelined through injury for a while, Aguero is very much the undisputed focal point in City’s attack. Even with Liverpool away up next, you fancy him to get on the score sheet while there’s home fixtures to come against Newcastle and West Brom in the following two weeks.

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

TWO OUTS

DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN| EVERTON | 5.5M

The Everton forward has been a popular budget signing this season but has now failed to deliver in six of his last seven outings. With the club recruiting Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for £27m, Dominic Calvert-Lewin could well see his playing time diminished.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

XHERDAN SHAQIRI | STOKE CITY | 6.0M

Owned by 5.9% of FPL teams, Xherdan Shaqiri may be a victim of his environment but the fact remains that he hasn’t delivered in the last seven GWs. Stoke are in big trouble at the moment and it may be time to drop the Swiss.

Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri

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Jurgen Klopp had no choice but to let Philippe Coutinho join Barcelona.

Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool “don’t have to replace” Philippe Coutinho and insists the club can still thrive this season without the Brazilian.

The German was resigned to losing the playmaker following his desire to join Blaugrana but feels the Merseysiders don’t exactly need to splurge in the market in order to find an immediate replacement.

Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Manchester City on Sunday, Klopp said: “If we do it, it has to be the right decision. We don’t have to replace him as such, we will still have 11 players.

“I don’t want to sound disrespectful, he was here for five years, we will miss him. But we want to play good football without Phil.

“We had fantastic games with him and not so good games with him, and the same when he didn’t play.”

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Everton manager Sam Allardyce hopeful of clinching transfer for Arsenal's Theo Walcott

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Walcott could be on his way to Goodison.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce believes Arsenal winger Theo Walcott can be a key figure in the plan to improve his side’s attacking options.

Talks have opened with the Gunners over a potential £20m deal for the 28-year-old, who has only 18 months remaining on his contract.

The England international has made just 15 appearances this season but has not made a Premier League start since April.

Allardyce sees a move to Goodison as a chance for Walcott to reignite his faltering career.

“I think you are all aware of our interest in Theo. If that is possible to get over the line I’d be delighted,” said Allardyce, who has already strengthened his forward line with the purchase of £28m Beskitas striker Cenk Tosun.

“Obviously there are negotiations that are happening at the moment and if that can all be sorted out – one of the most difficult things to do today – then that would be a great addition in my opinion to come and join us from an attacking point of view.

“Two or three reasons really: goalscoring threat, pace, experience and he’s good on assists from wide areas in terms of his crossing ability.

“Theo’s not as risky (as Tosun) because he’s proven. He’s scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions as well as many assists.

“His pace is one of his key strengths, which we lack in this squad. His assists are pretty good as well as his goals.

“We are short of goals so to add power in our goalscoring ability would be very important for me if we can negotiate that transfer – and he’s only 28.

“I wouldn’t have thought a player today would have any qualms about where he moves now if he is moving for his career.

“I wouldn’t think he had that mentality that it was not the right place to go to get first-team football. It’s ‘Have boots, will travel’ now isn’t it?

“I don’t think there’s any chance of a loan so I think it is a permanent deal we’re hoping to negotiate. It is not imminent at the moment but some negotiations are going on.”

Walcott is now Everton’s primary target but that is likely to mean a number of fringe players are moved on.

Allardyce has frequently remarked on how bloated the squad is and he is willing to listen to offers for a number of players.

“There is a big squad and moving players out is essential to bringing more players in,” said the Toffees boss.

“It is essential we trim down the squad if we are to bring in players and adjust the balance of the squad and adjust the numbers.

“There are a number of players who are not satisfied at the position they are in at the moment – it’s only natural to say that when they are not getting a regular game or even getting on the bench.

“We’d be open to some negotiations for some of our players – we’ve had a number of enquiries from other clubs but none have hit what our valuation might be.”

Tosun is set for his debut against Tottenham at Wembley tomorrow having signed a week ago but Allardyce admits he has taken a gamble bringing in the Turkey international in January.

“It is not easy at all, it might not work. It is a massive problem in terms of you are hoping rather than being guaranteed he hits the ground running,” said the Toffees boss.

“When you look at the number of players who have been brought into this country from abroad – even in the summer – and not worked, particularly up front, it is a risk.”

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