As the scramble for key, points scoring, FPL players continues, we take a look at those players who were celebrated pre season as being major FPL players – but have flopped to the point of being non existent amongst teams now :
KELECHI IHEANACHO (Leicester City)
Its been a huge disappointment for both FPL managers and Leicester City fans to see the effect that Iheanacho hasn’t had for the Foxes – registering just 17 points on the season and not scoring a Premier League goal for Leicester after their pursuit of him from Manchester City in the summer of 2017, where they eventually landed the promising youngster for £25 million. Now owned by less than 1% of FPL managers, Iheanacho is an absolute bust after being tipped as a potential sleeper – which was right from one perspective, but not the one desired!
DAVY KLAASSEN (Everton)
Another player who arrived for a big fee and with a big reputation but has so far bombed. Klaassen joined Everton from Ajax, where he had scored 44 goals from midfield in 126 league games and had been even compared to Toni Kroos and Xavi by Dutch legend Johan Cruyff – leading the Toffees to pay just under £24m for him in what was see as Ronald Koeman’s revolution. However, Klaassen was brutal in the early games for Everton and for the season to date has accrued just 4 FPL points having disappeared from the Everton squad, especially after Koeman’s sacking. He had the chance to leave Everton in the winter transfer window but rejected a move to Napoli on loan, which baffled manager Sam Allardyce. It seems that Klaassen is a write off this season both for Everton and FPL managers, although 0.3% of FPL teams are keeping him in their squad…..just in case.
FERNANDO LLORENTE (Tottenham Hotspur)
Although the season was slow to get underway for Llorente because of injury, he has barely picked up the pace since, following his £12m move from Swansea to Spurs last summer. In a team known for their fluid, attacking style of play, that usually create chances aplenty, Llorente has scored just one Premier League goal for Tottenham, offering little support or threat to Harry Kane, the highest scoring FPL forward of them all. Llorente, who recently admitted how much he misses former club Juventus, has just 20 FPL points on the season and is owned by just 0.2% of teams – probably ones who have abandoned their team for the season…..
MICHAEL KEANE (Everton)
Its tough to single out an Everton defender as being a bust on the FPL season, considering the shocking season the Toffees have endured, but we still feel let down by the production of Keane, who we were very ‘keen’ on pre season following his £25 million move from Burnley, where he had scored 113 FPL points the season before and had registered seven goals for the Clarets across two seasons for them. This season he has tallied no goals and just 43 points – being outshone by far less valuable players in clubs in similar situations to Everton. Even teammate Jonjoe Kenny is out producing Keane. There is still time for Keane to shine, and he remains owned by 4% of FPL teams, but it could be too much too little too late to matter.
MICHAIL ANTONIO (West Ham United)
Ok…so where has he gone? You know, Michail Antonio, who on the back of some great seasons for West Ham United got himself into the England squad? This is the guy who registered 126 (2015/16) and then 132 FPL points last season, scoring 17 goals and registering 15 assists in that time. This season? 1 goal and 2 assists and just 47 FPL points to date. Still (staggeringly) valued at £7.4m (the most expensive West Ham FPL player!) he has been deserted by all but 0.2% of FPL teams. A bigger bust than Dolly Parton.
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