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The Dream Team Coach talks strikers on the up and a new cult hero

Let’s talk about strikers who are having better seasons than you realise.
There’s no more prominent example than Marcus Rashford (£3.9m).

Five goals and three assists in the Premier League mean, in terms of goal involvements, Man United’s Golden Boy is currently level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane.


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Bet you didn’t expect that?

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Bet you didn’t expect that?

Add in some League Cup goals plus a Star Man performance against Partizan in the Europa League and you’ve got a bucket-load of Dream Team points.

Rashford has 77 points (at the time of writing), which is just two shy of Jamie Vardy’s tally.

In fact, he’s the sixth best forward Dream Team has to offer and it’s worth noting four of the five players above him are valued at £7.0m+.

It’s easy to forget Rashford is still just 22 years old — after all, he has played over 200 games in his career already.

While it may feel like he’s not effective in every game, the numbers prove he’s a worthwhile addition to your team despite United’s struggles.

Speaking of forwards for mid-table teams, how about Son Heung-min (£4.9m)?

Bang in form

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Bang in form

Spurs’ No7 had his suspension rescinded after the Premier League reviewed his part in the terrible Andre Gomes incident and decided the initial foul was not worthy of a red card.

He celebrated in midweek with an 18-point haul against Red Star to take his overall tally north of 70 points.

The South Korean now has more points this season than Roberto Firmino and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Spurs aren’t at their best right now and Harry Kane remains very much their primary goal threat but Son is showing their no one-man team.

And for the third act… Raul Jimenez (£3.8m).

Howling

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Howling

Goals against Arsenal and Slovan Bratislava contributed to a 20-point Game Week for the Mexico international.

His modest goal tally has become a respectable one — six goals in all competitions.

Even when he’s not scoring, the standard of his performances have been good.

Willy Boly is the only Wolves player with a higher average rating than Jimenez this season.

Europa League commitments mean extra games for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men in 2019/20 and extra points for Dream Team gaffers.

Wolves have a relatively favourable run of fixtures from now until Christmas: Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Sporting Braga, Sheffield United, West Ham, Brighton, Besiktas, Spurs, Norwich.

Those who kept faith with Jimenez have been rewarded and the points may come thick and fast in the next few weeks.

That’s enough on strikers, let’s sing the praises of a defensive cult hero.

Underrated

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Underrated

Diego Rico (£1.9m) has quietly accumulated 50 points this season.

The Bournemouth full-back may not generate headlines like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson but in terms of points-per-£1.0m, he’s overshadowing Liverpool’s double act.

The Cherries have generally been a porous outfit in the Premier League but their defence has improved this season.

Only five teams have conceded fewer goals in the Premier League at this stage.

Rico is one of those players who consistently achieves high match ratings and his success is reminiscent of Matt Doherty’s 2018/19 — the Spaniard deserves similar cult hero status.

Hear me out…

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Hear me out…

WEEKENDER

With Liverpool and Man City set to lock horns at Anfield and Leicester hosting Arsenal, our Weekender game requires a little more thought than usual this weekend.
Plenty will pile on Chelsea as the Blue welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard’s men are scoring goals for fun at the moment — Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic are the in-form troops.
The aforementioned Diego Rico travels to Newcastle on Saturday. Steve Bruce’s side may have scored three goals in the last game but I think we can put that down to West Ham’s severe incompetence.
Finally, and I know this sounds illogical, but I fancy Neal Maupay to score at Old Trafford. Brighton are playing some impressive football and if Man United can lose to Bournemouth, why can’t the Seagulls get something off them as well?

Here’s my team…

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