Salah to miss Olympics but other FPL players involved ahead of Gameweek 1

There was welcome news for Mohamed Salah‘s (£12.5m) prospective owners in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) when it was revealed that Liverpool have refused permission for the Egyptian to represent his country at this summer’s Olympic Games.

Egypt wanted to name Salah as one of three ‘overage’ players for this under-24 tournament, which runs from July 22 until August 7 – the final taking place less than a week before the start of the Premier League season.

The president of the Egyptian FA, Ahmed Megahed, suggested that Salah had wanted to be involved:

I knew in June they would not let him go. Anyway we respect their decision.

I tried many, many times with Liverpool, as did the Egypt FA, to persuade them to let Salah be a part of the Olympic team but they refused completely.

Mohamed wanted to play the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. He talked with me, I did my best to bring him. Salah was a key player in my Olympic plans. But the club refused – we need to move on.

Clubs are not obliged to release their players for this tournament as it is not officially recognised on FIFA’s match calendar.

But a number of Premier League players look set to be involved, despite their employers not being compelled to grant permission.

While the FPL assets in Olympics action should still all be back in the UK by the time that 2021/22 gets underway (barring any quarantine period) and should theoretically be at least as match-fit as their club colleagues, the fact that their pre-season campaigns would have been affected with their domestic teams – e.g. missing out on tactical drills – could have an impact come Gameweek 1.


Chris Wood (£7.0m) will hook up with New Zealand in the Far East, along with West Ham United’s Winston Reid (£4.0m).

Wood had his best-ever season for FPL points in 2020/21, scoring on 12 occasions and setting up a further three goals.

Depending on the Kiwis’ progress into the tournament, two of Burnley’s trio of £5.5m forwards – Matej Vydra, Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez – could well be given the nod against Brighton and Hove Albion on the opening weekend.

The Seagulls’ Alexis Mac Allister (£5.5m) will be representing Argentina, meanwhile.

The Manchester United duo of Eric Bailly (£5.0m) and Amad Diallo are also set to be involved with the Ivory Coast.

Apart from Wood, the headline news from a Fantasy perspective is Richarlison’s (£7.5m) call-up by Brazil.

The Everton forward, who had also represented his country in the Copa America this summer, has been granted permission to take part in the Olympic Games by the Toffees.

Richarlison has been away in South America since the beginning of June and, should Brazil go deep into the Olympics, will barely have had any rest by the time 2021/22 kicks off.

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Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz (£4.5m) is in a similar boat, having been selected for both aforementioned international tournaments.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Rafael Benitez and Dean Smith follow Jurgen Klopp’s lead in giving their international players three weeks off.

Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli (£5.5m) will also be joining Luiz and Richarlison in Japan, although Gabriel Magalhães (£5.0m) has withdrawn through injury.

The other Premier League representatives at the Olympic Games are Brighton and Hove Albion’s Tudor Baluta, Everton’s Niels Nkounkou, Crystal Palace’s Jay Rich-Baghuelou, Southampton’s Caleb Watts and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Rafa Mir, none of whom are listed in FPL.


  • Group stage: Matchday 1 – July 22
  • Group stage: Matchday 2 – July 25
  • Group stage: Matchday 3 – July 28
  • Quarter-finals – July 31
  • Semi-finals – August 3
  • Bronze medal match – August 6
  • Gold medal match – August 7

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294 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Golden Company
    • 6 Years
    24 days, 10 hours ago

    A) Emerson and Oyarzabal
    B) bonucci and Dolberg

  2. H.E. Pennypacker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    24 days, 10 hours ago

    Hi all.

    A bit of advice, please.

    Do you think it's worth taking a 4 point hit - Chiesa in for Winjaldum?

  3. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    24 days, 10 hours ago

    Bottomed. Which 2 score the fewest points over 2 games if hey go through?

    A) Insigne
    B) Chiesa
    C) Olmo
    D) Forres
    E) Mount

    1. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 10 hours ago


  4. Big Hands Barry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    24 days, 10 hours ago

    Which italy defender is the most attacking?

  5. Better Call Raul
    • 1 Year
    24 days, 10 hours ago

    Who are the best differentials?

    Currently have Oyarzabal and Chiesa

    1. Milkman Bruno
        24 days, 10 hours ago

        Poulsen 6%, Emerson 2%, Jorginho 6%, Di Lorenzo 3%, Sancho 1%, Olmo 3%, Pedri 4%(a lot of touches in the final third)

        1. Better Call Raul
          • 1 Year
          24 days, 10 hours ago

          Do you think Poulsen plays over Dolberg?

        2. Better Call Raul
          • 1 Year
          24 days, 10 hours ago

          Barella seems a good one as well

    2. Finding Timo
        24 days, 10 hours ago

        Guys saw a post earlier saying Verratti could be good choice , I can get 13/1 to score anytime worth it?

        1. Milkman Bruno
            24 days, 10 hours ago

            Worth about 2p 😆

          • Freshy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            24 days, 10 hours ago

            bet he gets first YC

            1. Finding Timo
                24 days, 10 hours ago

                Did the bet as it was a free £1 one!

          • Tomerick
            • 7 Years
            24 days, 10 hours ago

            Barella or Chiesa?

            1. H.E. Pennypacker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              24 days, 10 hours ago

              I've gone with Barella

              1. Tomerick
                • 7 Years
                24 days, 10 hours ago

                Same as it stands thanks

          • Boothy
            • 6 Years
            24 days, 34 mins ago


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