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My best replacements for injured De Bruyne ahead of FPL Gameweek 20

Fantasy Premier League managers are now frantically searching for a viable replacement for Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) ahead of Gameweek 20.

I recently signed the Manchester City midfielder for Double Gameweek 19 and, considering he is our for four to six weeks according to Pep Guardiola’s last estimate, he is going straight back out again.

But who to replace him with? That is the key question, which I will look to answer in my latest article about how my team is faring in 2020/21.

BEST DE BRUYNE REPLACEMENTS

I excluded Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) from my shortlist of five possible candidates since I already have them in my team but I think both of them are clearly the best choices if you are a non-owner. Despite modest performances in the Double Gameweek, we all know what they are capable of and both of them are set-and-forget picks for me right now.

RAHEEM STERLING (£11.4m): Manchester City plays against West Brom and Sheffield United in the next two Gameweeks so it is tempting to make a direct switch from De Bruyne to one of his teammates. Having started seven of the last eight Premier League matches, Sterling is probably the most nailed and explosive option among City’s midfielders, in my opinion. Looking at his numbers, if we split his season in half, it becomes clear his expected goals and assists per 90 minutes increased a lot in the past few months.

Sterling’s expected Goal Involvement xGI) per 90 minutes (Gameweeks 1 to 9 on the left and Gameweeks 10 to 19 on the right)

Regardless of this improvement, I think he is clearly overpriced this season, especially if we compare him with the likes of Fernandes, Son or even Grealish. Coupled with the ever-present possibility of a random benching in an easy fixture, I doubt Sterling is the best available option to replace De Bruyne.

SON HEUNG-MIN (£9.7m): After selling Son last week, I was fairly settled on Salah, De Bruyne and Fernandes as my heavy-hitters of choice going forward. But unfortunately, injuries cannot be predicted and so, Son is back on my plans once again.

At first glance Spurs’ fixtures seem really tough which may scare potential investors in the South Korean superstar. They do play against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in three of the next five Gameweeks, which is far from ideal. On the bright side, however, three of the next four matches are at home and it seems to be the perfect moment to play against Liverpool and Chelsea, given their recent poor form.

All in all, I think Son is definitely one of the best (if not the absolute best) options to replace De Bruyne. His attacking numbers are great, his finishing is second to none in the Premier League and his pricing seems fair considering what he offers.

JACK GREALISH (£7.7m): With just one attacking return in the last four Gameweeks, Grealish has been underwhelming as an FPL asset lately, which will possibly deter further investment from non-owners like me. It’s important to note, however, that he played against Chelsea, United and City and yet, he still managed to create the second most chances among all midfielders, only behind Mason Mount (£6.8m).

I think Grealish is still a great option going forward. He is at the heart of an impressive Aston Villa team and he is nailed to play 90 minutes in every single match, which is a very important factor these days. Even without spot-kick duties, I think he offers an impressive mixture of safety, attacking threat and price.

PHIL FODEN (£6.3m): With five shots inside the box and six chances created against Aston Villa, Foden immediately positioned himself as an appealing option for those on the market for a midfielder.

However, even after De Bruyne’s injury, Guardiola has a lot of attacking options at his disposal and I think it’s highly unlikely Foden will suddenly become a nailed starter, regardless of how many goals he scores or how many chances he creates.

I’m sure he will be worth £6.3m, even with the odd benching but, with so much money available right now, I don’t feel like sweating City’s lineup every Gameweek when there are several more reliable and safe options to pick from.

ILKAY GUNDOGAN (£5.5m):Having scored five goals in the last seven matches while playing at least 70 minutes in every single one of them, Gundogan looks like an absolute bargain, especially now that there is an extra-spot available in City’s midfield.

If we add spot-kick duties and two amazing fixtures to the equation, Gundogan becomes really hard to ignore. The only downside I can think of is the possibility of a rest very soon, given how much he has been playing lately and his history of long-term injuries.

CONCLUSION

At the moment, I managed to discard Sterling and Foden and it seems like my decision will most likely be between Son and Gundogan (although Grealish is still in the mix).

If you are looking to upgrade someone for a hit or even for free next week, I think the decision is fairly easy. Gundogan offers insane value right now with great attacking numbers, decent expected minutes and penalty-duties for just £5.5m.

For the rest of us, who are looking to buy the best possible option regardless of price , I think it’s really close between Son and Gundogan. It’s actually quite possible I get Son for De Bruyne this week and Gundogan for Soucek next week but, with three days still to go until the deadline, I am waiting a bit more before making my final decision. 

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1,673 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fernando Torres
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Bench Antonio or Dallas?

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Bamford

    2. Fortune
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I'd rather play FWD than DEF

  2. Party time
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    When do we get to see our next fpl cup opponent?

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Tomorrow

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Dammit.

        Thanks

    2. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Lost by 1 point to a FH team 114 -115. Faced two FH teams consecutively. Managed to beat one but this was tight. Good luck to you!

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Wow... That’s tough.

        I did well this gw unlike in gw 17, only 1 point difference, it was a narrow escape.

        The dream continues...Thanks buddy

  3. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    The article says it all. This is currently my plan too, although I’m a bit more swayed to do Kdb to Gundo first and Soucek to Son the next based on fixtures.

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      considering the same

  4. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Would you be tempted to play any of these over Robertson?

    1) Soucek
    2) Rodrigo
    3) Holding

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I'm starting Raphinha & Cresswell over him.

    2. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      No

    3. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Soucek maybe if you’re feeling risky

    4. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Yes, playing Soucek. It is a hedge, if Robbo gets clean sheet I don't mind as Tottenham blank.

  5. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    How many people are holding Salah and keeping the faith in Liverpool?

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      If I had Salah I would be keeping

    2. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Holding currently. Too many fires. Also I’m a big pussycat.

    3. Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      A lot will including me

    4. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I'll probably get him in GW26

    5. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      got rid of both Robbo and Salah in recent GWs...proving and excellent decision thus far

    6. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      sold before the blank, will get back at some stage before the doubles but fixtures are coming thick and fast so may look at getting a better bench with the funds until playing my WC near GW26

    7. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      With KDB, El Ghazi and Wilson in my side I have bigger problems than losing Salah right now!

  6. Mikei
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    WC team
    Martinez Areola
    Dallas Tierney Coufal Stones Mitchell
    Grealish Maddisin Salah Son Bruno
    Kane Bamford Davis

    What do you think?
    Thank you.

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Balanced and good. Not great! And you’ll struggle to bench every now and then. The timing is also a question mark.

    2. Fortune
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      with davis and mitchel perma benched, dont think your gonna have bench headache.

    3. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Sanchez over Areola

      Tierney has his worst fixtures ahead (his fixture swing is in GW31). Dallas is a Leeds defender

      Maddison over Antonio doesn't sit well with me, nor does the lack of Man City attack while holding Salah

      Maybe I'm biased towards my players, but I'd restart here

    4. Whiskerz
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I'd want Antonio over Bamford.

  7. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Liverpool is proving that if you spend too much around Christmas, you'll be broke after

    1. Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Lol 😆

  8. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    One FA Cup result has gone against the FPL players who want max BGWs and DGWs (Arsenal losing to Southampton). Today is a much tougher day of fixtures. Need Fulham, Man Utd, Everton, Chelsea, and Leicester to win.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Because you've held on to chips too?

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        I've got all my chips, but generally max BGWs/DGWs is good for FPL managers looking to gain OR.

  9. DantheManinaPan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Plan for me as things stand:

    KDB --> Gundo this week

    Adams --> Kane next week

    Trying to decide whether to move either of Strujik or Coufal out for Stones for a hit in addition...

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Struijk or no hit. Coufal can go in GW25 instead, to prepare for the DGW with more info after getting the best fixtures out of him

  10. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    What would you do with this lot? 1FT, 2.2 itb

    Martinez
    Stones Justin Coufal
    Grealish Bruno Salah Son
    Kane Antonio Bamford

    subs: Steer Bissouma Dallas Mitchell

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      save FT

    2. VincentVega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Get gundog for bissouma!!!

  11. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Martinez
    Cresswell Cancelo Dias
    Salah KDB Bruno Grealish Raphinha
    Antonio Bamford

    (Steer Robbo Mitchell Brewster)
    1 FT & 0.3m

    A) KDB ➡️ Gündo
    (Raphinha to Son OR Raphinha & Brewster to Kane & 4.5 mid for -4 in GW21)

    B) KDB ➡️ Son
    (Raphinha to Barnes/7.7m in GW21)

    Thoughts?

    1. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      B, since you don't have Kane

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        If B I will not be able to get Kane. With A if have the option of getting him in next week.

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      A

  12. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Which option:

    A) Wilson (LEE)
    B) Soucek (cpa)
    C) Kane (LIV) -4
    D) H.Barnes (eve) -4

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Wilson, because of Leeds

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        But it’s Callum Wilson... my FPL nemesis who I somehow now own

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          One more match then he becomes Kane for free, right? I'd hold... And endure

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Grrrrr.... very sensible

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I think C if you want him for the next few games.

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      A

  13. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Martinez
    Dias - Zouma - Dallas
    Salah - Son - Bruno - Raphinha
    Vardy - Bamford - Antonio

    Coufal - Soucek - Kilman

    A) Zouma ➡ Cancelo
    B) Vardy ➡ Kane
    C) both for -4
    ..?

    thx!

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      C

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      A but to Stones

  14. And nothing else Mata'…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Bench Willson or Dallas?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      D

  15. Babit1967
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Guys on wc - Pogba (0 itb) or Foden (1.4 itb)?

    Martinez
    Cancelo Dias Coufal Holding Mitchell
    Mane Son Bruno Grealish ———
    Kane Antonio Davis

  16. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    There is still the possibility of GW29 only consisting of two fixtures.

    This would happen if Chelsea, Man City, Southampton, Leicester, Man Utd, Fulham, Sheff Utd, and Everton all make it through to Round 6 of the FA Cup (the QFs).

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Which would leave West Ham vs Arsenal and Brighton vs Newcastle as the only 2 PL fixtures in GW29.

  17. circusmonkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Was Kane's price rise out of the blue to you? Didn't see that coming last night but Gundo and KDB stay as was.

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      It was predicted by the algorithms. Over 90%

      What was out of the blue about it was the speed with which people bought him when KDB and Vardy injuries were announced. He was around 27% minutes before those announcements

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        It was very easy swap, especially after KdB injury which helped those without funds.

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Yup. One of the fastest rises from unrelated injuries that I've seen

  18. Easy Cheesy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Options:
    A) kdb to sterling (captain for gw21)
    B) kdb/ son and robbo/ dias (son captain for gw21) for a -4

    My three city atm are kdb, foden and cancelo

  19. ChippyT
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    McCarthy
    Stones - Coufal - Justin
    Salah - Burno - Soucek - KDB*
    Vardy* - Bamford - Antonio

    Steer - Raphina - Dallas - Bednarek

    Team is a mess.

    Can't see past KDB + Vardy --> Gundo + Kane for -4

    Yes or no?

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Why today if not yesterday?

  20. vova
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Hey guys, haven't paid too much attention this year and ended up over 80 points behind in my mini league. I have more free time and going to try to catch up. Any immediate changes I should make/direction I should look in?

    Martinez Johnstone
    Zouma Stones Dier Mee CTaylor
    Salah Fernandes Son Neto Anguissa
    Kane Antonio Watkins

    1 FT
    0.2 ITB

    WC still available

    1. Carefree Crew
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Zouma may have lost his place, didn't play either game in the DGW. Rudiger came in for him.
      Not sure if that's permanent, but one to look at.

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Neto to Gundogan or zouma to Dias/cancelo

  21. jimbo90
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    KDB and Brewster > Gundo and Kane is a no brainer, right?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Yes

    2. Stoic
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Is it for free ?
      I'm contemplating this for -4 or would just play Soucek

    3. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Do it

  22. Earn your Spurs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    How does Fabio get that view of his team at the top of the article, where it shows points for each player against recent teams? I only have the current game showing

    Thanks for your help 🙂

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      On desktop "better fpl" google extension or something like it.

    2. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Fpl tools chrome extension

    3. Earn your Spurs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Thanks guys

  23. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Really struggling with my bench this week, thoughts on this?

    Martinez
    Robbo Stones Coufal Targett
    Salah Son Bruno Raphinha
    Antonio Bamford
    (Johnstone Vardy Alioski Soucek)

    1) G2G
    2) Vardy to Ings (-4), bench Raphinha
    3) Start Alioski, bench Raphinha

  24. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    DDG Johnstone
    Chilwell, Cancelo, Stones, AWB, Coufal
    Salah, Bruno, (son/Gundo), Soucek, ESR
    Bamford, Antonio, Wilson

    Which players should I bench this GW?

    Coufal, soucek and ESR??

  25. dimas np
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Which 3 to play out of this 5

    A. Robbo
    B. Justin
    C. Stones
    D. Coufal
    E. Mee (obviously not this right?)

    F. Robbo > Cancelo for free?

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      F

    2. Fortune
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      DC and A/F

  26. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    How can you tell if progressed in cup? In cup game score was 106-106 with same number of goals scored each.

    1. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Clean sheets then I think is the next one they use

    2. Aster
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Whose team (entire team, first XI) conceded less goals.

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Thanks. Do you know if that includes bench for player who bench boosted? Or just first 11 of both teams

    3. Earn your Spurs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      El Ghazi to :-
      a> Rashford
      b> Pogba

      Are either worth a hit this week?

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        A

      2. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Not worth a hit.

    4. Ando
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Do KDB ➡ Gundogan (wba) for -4

      or

      Play Adams (ARS) next GW and do KDB & Adams ➡ Gundogan & Kane for -4 the GW after?

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        If the hit is unavoidable then do it now. The West brom game can be good

    5. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      How am I looking lads? GTG?

      0FTs, 2.2mITB

      Martinez
      Stones Cancelo Cresswell
      Salah Bruno(c) Son Gundogan Raphinha
      Bamford Antonio
      (Forster Dallas Kilman Vardy)

      Could play Dallas (NEW a) over Creswell (CRY a)? But that'll be triple Leeds...

    6. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      What do you guys think about Watkins...?

      Part of a well playing team but not deliverying much points...

      1. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        I've owned him for a few months now and, though he can be frustrating, all in all I enjoy owning him. Villa are a fun team to watch & he always gets chances, so it's far preferable to me than owning a Wilson and just praying for a penalty.