Salah will be the most captained player again this weekend, but Ronaldo and Kane have what it takes to compete with him for the armband
Given that Salah is the most popular player in the game and over 70 percent of managers choose him in their squads, he is likely to be the player with the most captains for the foreseeable future. Unless another player emerges from the pack and surpasses their conspicuous numbers.
Mo Salah’s spectacular form has watered down the Fantasy Premier League captaincy debate in recent weeks as the prolific Liverpool midfielder barely gives managers any reason to pass the armband on to others.
It is a risky move against Salah as it will be owned, but it can pay off as long as your chosen player manages to outdo them. While Salah has made a return in all but one of his 11 Premier League games in this campaign, his performance has slowed recently with consecutive five-point returns after hitting 24 points at Old Trafford.
Interestingly, the captain poll is on IFantasy Football’s Facebook page is closer than it has been for the past few weeks, suggesting some managers are tempted to stray from Salah’s safety and choose a differential option in Gameweek 12 instead.
Here is the case for the Salah captain and the alternate candidates to be considered this weekend.
Salah has an excellent record against most Premier League clubs and Arsenal are no exception. Salah has scored seven goals in nine league games against the Gunners, including his very first in the competition as Chelsea in the 1,000. While Salah remains the obvious choice of captain, Arsenal have conceded five goals and conceded just four in their last eight league games.
Price: £ 13.0m Points: 117 Game week 12: Arsenal (h)
Watford will be wary of a wounded Cristiano Ronaldo when they greet Manchester United on Vicarage Road on Saturday. Ronaldo looked dejected after Portugal tore the loss out of his mouth in the World Cup race to Serbia, but a goal or two against the Hornets would cheer him up. Only Newcastle (at 13) have conceded more home goals this season than Watford (11), which increases Ronaldo’s prospects this weekend.
Price: £ 12.4 million Points: 38 Game week 12: Watford (a)
Harry Kane has scored 17 goals in 22 games for club and country this season: the problem is that only one came in the Premier League. Kane filled his boots during the international break, scoring a total of seven goals against Albania and San Marino, one every 18 minutes. The 28-year-old has proven productive against international soccer players but can he make it against Leeds on a mild Sunday afternoon? Spurs fans who have patiently waited for his return to form will certainly hope so.
Price: £ 12.2 million Points: 27 Game week 12: Leeds (h)
Leading a defender is usually a move reserved for true FPL loners, but in a season when three of the four players with the best goals in the game are defenders, we might want to consider some of them for the armband. Joao Cancelo has collected the second highest points so far – admittedly, there is a gap of 50 points between him and Salah – and in the 2-0 win of Manchester City against Manchester United in game week 11, the best 14 points of the season Season more than Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Price: £ 6.5m Points: 67 Game week 12: Everton (h)
Will Eddie Howe enjoy Newcastle United’s new manager, Bounce ™? His new employers will certainly hope so as the Magpies are now the only Premier League club without a win this season and five points down on safety. On the positive side, Saturday’s opponent, Brentford, is in difficult form with a 2-1 deficit against Norwich before the international break, the fourth defeat after the spin. Howe hopes Callum Wilson can improve his four league goals this season when the Bees come to town.
Price: £ 7.3m Points: 32 Game week 12: Brentford (h)