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FPL new signings: Who is Man Utd forward Wout Weghorst?

Halloween may be over nine months away but, if you want to truly frighten a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) manager, two words should easily do the job. Wout Weghorst.

You see, the question isn’t so much ‘who is Weghorst?’ but more ‘why does Weghorst want to keep causing pain?’

His half-season at Burnley ended in relegation, two goals and multiple Double Gameweek failures, although the subsequent loan to Besiktas has been productive enough to persuade Manchester United into a loan move until the end of the season.

So can the 30-year-old forward provide adequate cover and is there a realistic chance of FPL redemption?

We’ll attempt to answer those questions below.


THE HISTORY

كيف تخطط لـ الدوبل جيم ويك في الجولة 26؟ 6

Upon last year’s £12m transfer to Burnley, we provided a Scout Report on Weghorst’s career so far.

A spell at Heracles led to AZ Alkmaar, who he joined in the summer of 2016 before proceeding to score 35 times over two seasons.

SeasonTeamAppsGoalsAssists
2022/2023Besiktas16 (0)84
2021/2022Burnley17 (3)23
2021/2022Wolfsburg17 (1)61
2020/2021Wolfsburg33 (1)208
2019/2020Wolfsburg30 (2)163
2018/2019Wolfsburg33 (1)177
2017/2018AZ Alkmaar31 (0)186
2016/2017AZ Alkmaar27 (6)173
2015/2016Heracles36(1)14
2014/2015Heracles27(4)85

This tempted Bundesliga side Wolfsburg to sign the 6ft 6in giant and enhance his reputation further thanks to 59 goals and 19 assists over the next three-and-a-half campaigns.

His rate began to slightly tail off as 2021/22 progressed and Wolfsburg were hovering just above the drop zone. To mix things up, in came Jonas Wind and Max Kruse, enabling Weghorst to move to the Premier League.

Leaving one relegation battle for another, the Dutchman’s new club suddenly had a lot of Double Gameweeks on the horizon. Indeed, two were in succession.

One goal and 14 points arrived during Double Gameweek 26, meaning over 971,000 managers bought Weghorst and 676,000 captained him for Gameweek 27’s matches against Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

He blanked in both, bringing in a measly three points. It was part of an eight-match goalless run, although the upcoming Double Gameweek 31 ensured ownership barely dropped – in fact, he was the most-bought player heading into the double. Yet still nothing, just three points.

At this point, the FPL community ditched the now infamous Weghorst en masse. He naturally then scored in Double Gameweek 33, before ending the campaign as a Burnley substitute.

Still owned by the Clarets, Weghorst has had a good time in Turkey and came off the bench to score two dramatic goals against Argentina in their World Cup quarter-final.


PLAYING STYLE

Similar to the likes of Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll before him, Weghorst is initially judged on his height. Whilst it’s not entirely unfair to assume he succeeds because of aerial dominance, modern-day forwards can’t rely on that alone. Weghorst has other qualities.

“There’s little doubt that Weghorst is a traditional target man who can happily play with his back to goal if called upon, but he can also play as a very effective number nine too. His sheer physicality should help a lot in the Premier League. He’s also got an excellent eye for goal and is rarely wasteful in front of goal.

“It wasn’t so long ago that he was being linked with a move to Tottenham as a potential replacement to Harry Kane. And while I’m not sure he’s as good as the England striker, they are similar types of players. Or at least Weghorst is like the younger Kane, when he was still a number nine.” – Stefan Bienkowski, speaking to Lancashire Live in January 2022

“People see his height and presume he’s someone who flicks it on, wins the ball in the air and who you throw balls into the box for, but he’s better than that.

“He presses the ball really well – which is what everyone in the Bundesliga needs to do – and it feels like an excellent fit.” – Bundesliga journalist Matt Pearson, speaking to the i newspaper

His two Burnley goals were a lot less than the expected goals (xG) tally of 5.15. From his Gameweek 23 debut up until Gameweek 38, only three players underachieved by more.

At first glance, adding such a tall forward will please owners of Luke Shaw (£5.1m) and Christian Eriksen (£6.3m) but Man Utd are the league’s worst side for crossing the ball and having attempts from set plays.

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WHERE WEGHORST FITS IN AT MAN UNITED

So, although clearly not ten Hag’s preferred style, Weghorst now gives him a Plan B against more stubborn defences.

“I think in the balance of the offensive [players], he really fits in. I am really happy and I don’t think we had the type what he is. Most importantly, he can score goals from everywhere and he was always a surprise at every club, in every league.

“That is also what I expect here. For here, I expect a team player and someone who can link up, a player who will do his defending work and we are really happy to sign him.” – Erik ten Hag speaking to the Man Utd website

Such good hold-up play will also be good news for Marcus Rashford (£7.1m), although his FPL ownership is currently so high that only captaincy will provide a significant rank boost.

Weghorst will begin this loan spell as a backup to Anthony Martial (£6.6m) but the Frenchman is notoriously injury-prone and was even forced off at half-time during Saturday’s Manchester derby.

It’s an immediate reminder that Weghorst might see quite a lot of pitch time, especially as Man Utd are the only English side still in four competitions.


IS WEGHORST WORTH BUYING IN FPL?

Using the fixture planner of Legomane, which goes beyond the Premier League, we can see just how congested their schedule looks.

Carabao Cup semi-finals, FA Cup clashes and a two-legged Europa League tie with Barcelona are all imminent. Squad management will therefore be a factor, potentially ruling out Weghorst as an FPL option unless a significant injury crisis crops up.

All it would take, however, is a spell on the sidelines for Martial, at which point Weghorst may become a valid option for our frontlines.

Those at FPL headquarters have handed him a £6.0m price tag.


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351 Comments Post a Comment
  1. tibollom
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Currently on 59pts with Rash(c), KDB, Haaland, RLewis and Kulu to play.. How many more points you think incoming?

    do we think Lewis will play (Have bueno points off the bench)...

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Plenty of points, don't worry

    2. JBG
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      At least 15pts

    3. Letsgo!
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I am 73 pts with haaland kdb rash(c) and shaw to play. Really hoping for a kdb haul.

      1. Letsgo!
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Oh and kane

    4. JT11fc
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      39 points
      Goals for Haaland and Rashy, KDB assist

      65 here with Haaland(C) Rashy Bruno Shaw and Ederson, hopefully break the 100, please

    5. Bushwhacker
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      You are very clever and Mummy is very proud.

  2. Count of Monte Hristo
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Any KDB owners selling? Really not enjoying owning him and I find that’s the best way to get the most from the game, by owning players who you actually want.

    1. Letsgo!
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Nt selling.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Don't need the money and other fires to deal with, so keep until DGW23 for me ...

    3. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Yes, need to make space for Odegaard from 22. Not too bothered about losing the DGW given that it includes Arsenal (A)

    4. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I may do, but the upcoming double is making me think it's best to hold. I'll have a close eye on his performance against Spurs and Wolves but if he still doesn't look like himself then I may just get rid

  3. Bavarian
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Do the move Mitro > Toney before price changes for both?

    1. golfboy
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I was considering the same but Mitro has a terrible spurs defence up next. Will Toney ever get banned for the gambling? The only reason I sold him in the first place during World Cup and he's hauled ever since!

      1. Bavarian
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Cheers mate

      2. GreennRed
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Toney could last the season without a ban.

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        If Brentwood get to safety the FA may look into it so he can be banned over the summer.

  4. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Any decent move apart from removing Cucurella here? Plan is to save FT!

    Ederson
    Trippier Shaw White
    KDB Odegaard Rashford Almiron
    Haaland Kane Mitrovic

    Ward Andreas Cucurella* Patterson*

    1. Black Knights
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      We are literally an Ode = Marti apart and i am trying to resist the temptation to do Mitro > Toney, convincing myself that having 2FTs the following week, with the FA Cup break, DGW announcements etc, might make ignoring Toney worth it.

      I'm not fussed about benching Cucu. Not like there's an obvious replacement this week.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Got ya, ta!

  5. Supersonic_
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Who's scores more:

    Rashford vs. Palace
    Haaland vs. Spurs

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Erling.

    2. JBG
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Rash if he starts.

    3. Bavarian
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Haaland

  6. Count of Monte Hristo
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Start Mitrovic or Almiron?

    1. GreennRed
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Mitro

    2. Bavarian
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Mitro

  7. Ze_Austin
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    "Bruno Guimarães

    An early doubt for the Carabao Cup two-legged SF against Southampton, but the injury isn't thought to be long term. Initial scan results were positive."

    https://twitter.com/BenDinnery/status/1615282538028613632?s=20&t=R4cF4AGKcIVfPyRvzVLfNg

    1. Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Might end up similar to Iwobi: just ligaments, nothing torn or broken, back for the next game

      Hopefully

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      A cheeky loss to Southampton then prompt return in the league probably wouldn't be the worst result FPL-wise. Wish him well though

  8. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    EXCLUSIVE

    Arsenal have held internal discussions over signing Declan Rice, but Chelsea also interested

    ~ Fabrizio Romano

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Lol of course. What is wrong with them?! Tbf they do need a Rice-type, but god their transfer strategy is annoying

    2. GreennRed
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Summer target.

    3. JT11fc
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Arsenal stealing Chelsea's long term target would be funny

    4. Arteta
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      In my opinion Arsenal should pay a little extra and sign him in this winter transfer window. It just makes sense, if he's seen as a long-term solution.

      We all know that if Partey and Xhaka both get injured at the same time, the real downfall will begin. If the club wants to go through it all again and repeat the same old mistakes, I will be very disappointed.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        $500m. Net. Hardly the same mistakes.

    5. Bushwhacker
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I’m still perplexed where Arsenal’s money comes from and how they’ve spent with such reckless abandon.

  9. GS456
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Almiron to Mitoma or March?

    1. AARON-1
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I don't think the switch is necessary. Could easily backfire

  10. Eleven Hag
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Can Mudryk be a good FPL asset or is he more like the guy who assists the assister?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Looking at his stats from his previous club, he is more a goalscorer than assister but can do both

      https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/mykhaylo-mudryk/leistungsdaten/spieler/537860

    2. Arteta
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Who knows. It's totally different and much harder league, so Mudryk could struggle at the start of his career here. Time will tell.

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I think he will be great once he gets going but def no need to hop on early (see Felix)

      1. Eleven Hag
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Asking for my Draft team.

        would you take him over someone like March, Bowen, Antony etc? Because if I don't take this week, someone else from the league will snap him.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Do you have all three of march, Bowen or Anthony or are they just available players you are consdiering with Mudryk?

          1. Eleven Hag
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            There are the available players, so need to take one of them this week 🙂

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 6 months ago

              I'd take March then...

              1. Eleven Hag
                • 6 Years
                1 year, 6 months ago

                Thanks mate

              2. Eleven Hag
                • 6 Years
                1 year, 6 months ago

                Who would you take between Gapko and Mudryk?

    4. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      From what I've watched of him he can do both, but he loves to run directly at the defence and towards goal himself so I'd probably lean towards goalscoring

  11. DavvaMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Not likening Mitro's fixtures compared to Toney's worth making the swap (might be for a hit)

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      He'll get banned as soon as we bring him in though

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        I wouldn't let that put me off if I really wanted Toney in my team.

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      TOT che NFO bha WOL
      lee SOU ars CRY mun

      Not much in it for me, probably slightly Fulham's fixtures & they're a better attacking team. But if you really want Toney then go for it. Don't really like the hit though.

  12. Shark Team
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    For the long term:
    A) Mitoma Nketiah
    B) Martinelli Mitro

    1. DavvaMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      A.

    2. AARON-1
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      People seem keen to boot Mitrovic out. That would be a mistake.

      1. Shark Team
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        I actually own Toney atm but I’m between him and Nketiah for 23 so If I go for Nketiah I can get Mitoma this gw else I get Ars mid instead of him

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      With potential blanks and doubles popping up soon, the players you've listed probably won't be considered long terms pick imo

    4. pingissimus
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      A

      Planning to get Nketiah in as third Arsenal for the DGW. Jesus looks to be a way off and he is safer as a midterm bet.

      Good as Toney is think Nketiah is simply better and it opens up another mid slot. I imagine we’ll get another hot mid soon enough.

      1. Shark Team
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Yes it’s true, though I’m stuck with KDB for his DGW23 but much disappointed from him cause he doesn’t even taking shots anymore

    5. OptimusBlack
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      A

  13. OptimusBlack
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    If you have
    Ramsdale White & Ødegaard
    Who to ditch to get Saka later for DGW 23 ?
    A- Ramsdale > Pope
    B- White > Botman /Schär

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Using current prices there is a saving with Ramsdale/Botman combo but I think the Pope/White combo has a higher ceiling.

      Ramsdale 4.9
      Botman 4.5/ Schar 5.0

      Pope 5.4
      White 4.7

    2. OptimusBlack
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Thank u dude

  14. Float
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Ward / Kepa
    Trippier / Shaw / White / Azpi / Bueno
    Salah / Fernandes / Mount / Rashford / Andreas
    Haaland / Wilson / Mitrovic

    1FT and 0.4itb

    Plan is Mount out for either Martinelli or Odegaard this week. Roll 22. Saka and Ederson in 23

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Definitely Ode over Martinelli.

  15. The-Red-1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Martinelli or a Brighton midfielder?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Arsenal double in 23

  16. Ruudy Van
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    After some feedback, how does this look. 2FT 0.4ITB

    GW21 Martial & T.Silva to Nketiah & Botman
    GW22 Salah to Saka

    GW23 I will have 3 Arsenal 3 City 2 United & 1FT. Enough money for Mitro to Kane.

    Current team
    Kepa
    Trippier Silva Walker
    KDB Salah Bailey Rashford
    Haaland Martial Mitro
    (Ward Shaw White Andreas)

  17. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Do we think Akanji starts against Spurs and Wolves?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Yes

    2. Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      If Stones and Dias are still out, I think so

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        This unless Pep shifts Walker RCB and Lewis/Cancelo RB

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Hands over keys.

  18. DropkickMurphys
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    About the article, isn’t this the guy Messi said who are you looking at, ‘bobo’? Lol