Fantasy Premier League: Newcomers to the fore
Gameweek 8 saw fresh blood bubble to the top of the points, as FPL managers were handsomely rewarded for their brave picks.
Heading into the international break, FPL managers who went for unlikely picks have a lot to be happy about. With the likes of young guns Adam Traore and Aaron Connolly impressing tremendously, experience took a back seat for the most part.
Here then, is our rundown of the top four points-scorers from Gameweek 8.
Adama Traore (16 points)
Unquestionably on top of the points this week is Wolves’ Adama Traore. The spanish winger single-handedly administerd a shock defeat to defending title holders Manchester City with a brace, at their opponents’ home game, no less.
With the match headed toward a goalless draw, Traore outran Ederson to put the visitors in the lead and then compounded The Sky Blues’ misery with another goal during overtime. The 0.9 percent who picked him surely partied as much as Ederson himself!
David Luiz (15 points)
After David Luiz opened the score early on for Arsenal, everyone was certain about Bournemouth’s equaliser that never came.
With his first strike for Arsenal, Luiz’s converted Nicolas Pepe’s corner with a powerful header in the ninth minute. Despite the increasingly ominous cloud hanging over The Gunners’ form, the win, along with a first home clean sheet this season, were encouraging signs.
Wesley Moraes (14 points)
Coming into the season under a fair bit of scrutiny after coming over from Club Brugge for a £22 million transfer fee.
So far, he’s had mixed results, but Saturday was a high point. Taking on Norwich City at home, he opened the scoring and then doubled the lead with a brace. After that king-size performance and spurred on by the presence of the Duke of Cambridge, Norwich went on to record a 5-0 triumph, their first away win since 2015!
Aaron Connolly (13 points)
Aaron Connolly became the first Irish teenager to score twice in a Premier League game since Robbie Keane did it for Coventry in 1999. He showed an impressive knack for scurrying between defenders and poked all sorts of holes in Tottenham’s defence.
Winning 3-2 on the night, Brighton has to be awfully pleased at their new wonderkid, as well as the 0.8 percent FPL managers who were privy to his potential this past week.