We finally reached the turning point of the season and for the fantallenatori is getting closer and closer the fateful clausura auction, in which everyone will try to change their squad, selling those who have disappointed in this beginning of the championship, to try to grab, instead, some “revelation”. It is also the time to choose whether to gamble and bet on players who have not done their best so far, but who could redeem themselves in the second part of the season. As for the fantamanagers who wanted to challenge their knowledge at Euroleagues, will have to evaluate the players of five different leagues and then tirare le somme. A league that has always brought many goals, and therefore several bonuses, is the Premier League, which is why the attackers who play there are often observed closely. Let’s go, then, to see together what are the best hits in the attack department, coming from this championship, to buy in the winter auction.
Let’s start with young Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli. The 2001 class, after a start to the season a bit ‘quietly, has booked more and more space in the team, thanks to a series of convincing performances. In the last seven games in the Premier League, in fact, he started six times from the first minute and scored 4 goals and 2 assists, making an important contribution to the good time of the team of Arteta, who, after a complicated start has climbed back into the standings to momentarily occupy the fourth place, which would represent access to the Champions League. The Brazilian, moreover, can count on an excellent fantamedia, equal to 9.25.
The best scorer in the history of West Ham in the Premier League can not miss this list. If in the last two seasons Michail Antonio had already managed to go double-digit in the league, signing 10 goals in both cases, this year it seems he can do much better, since he already has 7 goals to mention, as well as 5 assists. The Jamaican is definitely a striker to bet on because in this season seems to have found the right shape, also due to the great results of the Hammers, that are in fifth place in the standings and that are confirming the good things showed last year.
Always staying at West Ham, another player who is making a significant contribution to the good year of Hammers is Jarrod Bowen. The attacker, in his second season in London, is confirming what was good last year and, although he may have scored a few goals less (in total there are 3), he is definitely doing well with assists, which are already 9 in the Premier League, 3 of which were scored in the game against Watford. In addition to this, Bowen is used consistently by coach Moyes as he played from the first minute as many as 18 of the 19 league games played in this first part of the season.
At Leicester the competition for the role of center forward is certainly high, just think that in squad there are both Vardy and Iheanacho, but not for this reason the young Patson Daka is not managing to book his space. The class 98′ is definitely a man the club is aiming at, given the 30 million euros spent on its cartellino in the summer, and, as the weeks go by, it is slowly demonstrating all its value. The former Salzburg, in fact, was noted mainly in the Europa League, where he even scored a poker against Spartak Moscow.
Focusing instead on the championship, before an injury stopped him in the last two days, he started from the first minute for two consecutive games, scoring 1 goal and 2 assists and managing, therefore, to convince Rodgers. Certainly, you can not have certainty about its minutaggio, but he is a striker who can give some surprises in this second part of the season and that has shown that, when he is called in, for him it is not hard to find the way to the goal or assist.
Who, however, this year has confirmed a regular of his team is Ollie Watkins, center forward of Aston Villa in his second season in the Premier League. The second most expensive purchase in the history of the Birmingham club last year paid off expectations, scoring 14 goals and 5 assists. In this first part of the championship, moreover, he proved not to be a “flash in the pan”, but to be able to ensure constancy in performance and from the point of view of numbers, since he has already scored 5 goals.
Christian Pulisic seemed out of Chelsea’s plans until a month ago and seemed ready to pack up in the January transfer market; now, however, the situation may have changed. In the last four matches in the league, in fact, it was always used from the first minute, also thanks to its great adaptability, which allows him to play in different positions in the midfield and attack departments. In any case, the American could have convinced Tuchel to continue to give him the space he managed to book in the team and, perhaps, could also improve from the point of view of achievement. I mean, betting on him is definitely a bet at the moment, which, however, could prove to be winning. In any case, we must not forget to follow closely what the transfermarket will reserve for it, because a sale is not yet completely excluded.
Gabriel Jesus and Harry Kane
Let’s now open a parenthesis about the players who in this first part of the season have disappointed expectations but at which it might make sense to aim for the second half of the season. One of these ones is definitely Gabriel Jesus, who in the Premier League has found the “way of the goal” only 2 times, although the score from the point of view of assists is definitely better, since he has already scored 8 assists. In any case, Manchester City’s forward can make it in this second half of the season, also considering that in the Champions League he has found the way of the goal 3 times in only four games played. In addition to this, although the competition in the advanced “department” of Guardiola’s team is always high, with the transfer of Ferran Torres to Barcelona, it has partially decreased.
Harry Kane, however, is the one who most disappointed in the first half of the season. The striker of Tottenham, in fact, who on three occasions, including last year, brought home the title of top scorer of the English championship, at the moment has only 4 goals in the league. It is possible, therefore, that one of his fantasy coaches may want to insert him in an exchange, since he is not guaranteeing the numbers for which he is generally bought, but, since Conte arrived on the bench of Spurs,he seems definitely recovering, so much so that 3 of the 4 goals scored by him in the Premier have arrived in the last three days and he could, therefore, slowly return to the levels to which we are accustomed.
By Giovanni Maggio