D’ya remember strike partnerships?
Yorke & Cole, Bergkamp & Henry, Ellington & Roberts.
Back in the day you couldn’t move for iconic strikers working in tandem.
Nowadays it’s lone strikers this and front threes that.
Which is why I’ve enjoyed Wolves and Newcastle’s antics in recent weeks…
Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota put Man United to the sword in the FA Cup with a goal each (RIP Luke Shaw).
The pair have linked fantastically since Nuno Santo switched to a 3-5-2 and thousands of Dream Team gaffers have benefited.
The Mexican has been a Dream Team gem for months and he now finds himself level with Alexandre Lacazette as our fifth best forward this season.
15 goals in all competitions has helped him to 168 points and at £4.0m he’s by far and away the most affordable striker in the top ten.
Jota started the season as more of a midfielder so you can still bring him in as such in Dream Team — he’s a snip at £2.0m.
Newcastle have also found joy with an old-fashioned strike partnership.
Salmon Rondon (£3.9m) and Ayoze Perez (£2.5m) have scored six goals between them in the Toon’s last five games.
The Venezuelan’s bullish approach has taken him to the brink of a century of points and he could help those who need to sneak in at the backdoor in their mini-league.
You do wonder if the pair can sustain their form until the end of the season.
Rondon has never reached double figures for goals in a Premier League season but he needs just one more to achieve the feat this campaign.
Strike partnerships are dead, long live strike partnerships!
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