Fantasy managers will be sweating over the groin injury Wilfried Zaha picked up before missing Crystal Palace‘s trip to Southampton last weekend. It’s funny how the Eagles were unable to win a single game last season without Zaha in the starting fold.
According to the Sun, Zaha’s groin injury is set to keep him out for at least a month, which means the Ivorian will miss the international games as well as the Premier League clashes against Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Bournemouth.
The Ivorian is one of the most reliable options in FPL and managers will be scratching their heads as to who they can bring in to offer similar returns. Here we take a look at three replacements who are capable of replicating and maybe trump Zaha’s efforts.
The Serbian has already scored 4 goals in 4 games which keeps him at the top of the goalscoring charts along with Sadio Mane. He is £0.3m cheaper than Wilfried Zaha and is priced at a very reasonable £6.7m after starting the season at £6.5m.
Mitrovic is one of the Cottagers’ main source of goals going forward and poses a massive threat from set-pieces. Though Slavisa Jokanovic takes his side to Manchester City next, Mitrovic is capable of punishing their shaky backline. It’s advisable to bring in the Serb before his value shoots up again.
West Ham United have so far lost all 4 of their games under Manuel Pellegrini as the pressure starts to mount on the Chilean. A newly assembled side has taken time to gel together but Marko Arnatutovic has remained the same old player.
Devastating in the attack and clinical in front of goal, the Austrian has already picked up 2 goals in 4 games this season, including a superb one against Arsenal. Though the Hammers have a testing run of fixtures coming their way, the former Stoke City man has proven that he is a fixture proof asset. He too is priced at £7m and will be a simple straight swap for Wilfried Zaha.
One of the best budget strikers to emerge this season, the Liverpool loanee has seamlessly transitioned himself to Southampton’s style. He has already picked up 2 goals in the last 3 games and will be aiming to do more damage when Brighton visit the St. Mary’s next.
However, the Saints travel to Liverpool after the game against the Seagulls and Ings will not be eligible to play his parent club. But priced at just £5.6m, Ings is also a good option to shift to the bench for games like these.
The former Burnley striker has shown he is one of the best poachers in the league and not having him in your side would take away the chance for some major differential points.
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