We’re back! Double game week 24 seemed to go on for an eternity so lets cast are minds back across an action packed round of Premier League fixtures and assess who delivered a sweet treat for their managers and who flopped like a pancake.
Ola Aina (4.5m)Embed from Getty Images
Aina may not have been a name many were looking out for in GW24 but it turns out we should have been. Fulham’s resurgence continued with a 2-0 win against Everton and a 1-1 draw against Burnley in their double game week fixtures.
Aina amassed a whopping 20 points across both games with a clean sheet against Everton and a goal against Burnley, he managed to pick up a total of 3 bonus points as well making Ola this weeks joint highest point scorer! With out of form Crystal Palace and Sheffield United coming up maybe wild carders should keep a close eye on the budget friendly Fulham defence.
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Lord Lowton put himself in the FPL hall of fame with a performance beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. The Burnley full back who Managers only really selected as he was a cheap route into the sturdy Dyche defence almost a tear to my eye when he decided to turn into prime Dani Alves against Crystal Palace scoring a goal of genuine quality in Burnley”s 3-0 victory over the Eagles.
If the clean sheet and goal wasn’t enough Lowton also pinched 3 bonus to take his haul to a juicy 15 points. What made the Lowton haul particularly special was the fact it was his first goal for Burnley and his first in EIGHT YEARS! For context in that time Leicester City have lost a Championship playoff semi final, got promoted, pulled off the greatest relegation escape of all time, Won the premier league, got to a Champions League Quarter final and Jamie Vardy has gone from Non-League to the 100 club (I had to get Leicester into this article somehow).
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (11.3m)Embed from Getty Images
Zombie teams rejoice! Preseason essential Auba finally delivered a monster haul that many expected to be a biweekly occurrence this season. The Gabonese striker finally got played as *checks notes* a striker and much to the surprise of Arteta scored lots of goals! Aubameyang netted a Hattrick in Arsenal’s 4-2 demolition of Leeds claiming all 3 bonus points and matching Ola Aina’s 20 point haul to go top of the GW24 scoring chart (Not bad for a single game week player owned by less than 7% of managers).
Ilkay Gundogan (19), Josh Maja (15), Jay Rodriguez (16) and Issa Diop (13) all had decent weeks but we all had Gundo so he’s not getting back to back selections and the rest didn’t quite make the cut, maybe next time lads.
Stuart Dallas 5m & Ezjgan Alioski (4.4m)Embed from Getty Images
Oh Stuart how did we get here, from good week glory last week to the bad week walk of shame today? Conceding 4 goals to Arsenal and doing very little else that’s how! Fortunately Dallas is not alone and has team mate Alioski for company at the bottom of GW24 scoreboard who also brought home a pitiful -1.
The Leeds pair share the wooden spoon for this week but Dallas gets an extra special mention for bringing his minus points off the bench for many managers in the absence of DCL and Antonio, I’m sure they were delighted.
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Life in the Premier League isn’t easy and making your debut against Jamie Vardy was never going to be a walk in the park for Ozan. Klopp’s latest recruit didn’t play too bad overall but the signs that he was not enjoying the duel with Vardy were apparent in the first half when he let the Foxes Talisman slip through on a couple of occasions.
Things got considerably worse in the last 15 minutes when Liverpool decided to self destruct, 3 goals in in a short space of time saw Kabak drop from a nice clean sheet to a big at 0 points. He can’t be blamed for the first goal and the mix up that led to Vardy’s tap in is probably more the fault of Alison who decided to drop kick the young Turkish defender instead of simply clearing the ball but on reflection he was all at sea for Leicester’s third and final goal where he decides to stand 5 yards behind the rest of the back line and allow Vardy and Barnes a clear run at goal, which tends not to be a great idea.
Raheem Sterling (11.6m)Embed from Getty Images
There where a lot of blankers who could have made the list in Sterling’s place but the fact so many pinned their hopes on Raheem with captaincy and even triple captaincy means his measly 7 points in a double game week secure his place in this weeks worst of the worst.
An assist against Spurs was Sterling’s only contribution across both matches where in total City scored 6 times, less than ideal when it seemed like every other City Midfielder was getting in on the goals, especially when Gundo tripled that in one game for 5.5m less.
Raheem inexplicably decided the hug the touchline and chalk his boots like a snooker cue for the majority of both games leading to a painful 180 minutes of viewing for his owners who can rightfully feel aggrieved by the City Winger’s actions when he also added a late yellow card to his name.
Literally anyone from Palace or Sheffield United, seriously, take your pick they were all awful and should be ashamed of themselves.
I sincerely hope both teams can muster up some sort of bounce back in the coming weeks or this series may just turn into a weekly grilling of Hodgson and Wilder which nobody really wants to see.