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In celebration of the weekend heroes that nobody picked for their Dream Team

Game Week 44 (which is still going, by the way) has been about as weird and wacky as it gets.

At the weekend, the Premier League sprung up all sorts of surprise heroes that have barely been picked by Dream Team managers this season.

Honestly, do you have any of this lot in your team?


Michail Antonio – 33 points in GW44

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Let’s start with the main man, shall we?

Norwich went into their Saturday clash with West Ham knowing defeat would send them back down to the Championship – a fate that’s been on the forefront of their mind for the majority of the campaign.

But did Antonio care? Did he feck.

The Hammers’ utility man – who’d netted twice already since the Premier League’s restart – hit all FOUR of their goals against Daniel Farke’s sorry side, earning himself an eye-watering 33 points on Dream Team as a result.

His total points haul is now up to 87 for the season, which is to the benefit of just 0.2% of Dream Team managers at the moment.

Considering the form he’s in, it might be worth snapping him up for the final few weeks.

Trezeguet – 18 points in GW44

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We always dreamed of seeing Trezeguet score for fun in the Premier League… I mean, sure, it was a different Trezeguet, but the sentiment still stands.

The French World Cup-winning tribute act from Egypt was a curious signing by Aston Villa in the summer, but he lived up to his name at the weekend when he sunk both of their goals in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace – picking up 18 Dream Team points in the process.

Not many of you have picked the 25-year-old but he’ll be a Midlands idol if his efforts help the Villans stay up.

David McGoldrick – 18 points in GW44


Sheffield United have been full of fantasy football gems this season, with Dean Henderson one of the best goalies you can pick on Dream Team while defenders like John Egan and Chris Basham have been favourites among frugal gaffers.

But their attacking players haven’t enjoyed the same sort of hype – and with good reason.

Oli McBurnie hasn’t been a bad option with 77 points on the game, but neither Lys Mousset (51 points) or Billy Sharp (28 points) have done much to capture the imagination.
Then there’s poor old David McGoldrick, who’d failed to score a single goal in the Premier League this term… until the Blades hosted Chelsea on Saturday.

Lo and behold, the veteran striker netted the opening goal on the 18th minute – a poacher’s effort from close range after Kepa Arrizabalaga spilled a save from McBurnie – and then duly netted his second (and United’s third) late in the second half.

Our stats centre tell us 0% of you have McGoldrick in your team, which, until this weekend, is probably fair enough.

Dominic Solanke – 18 points in GW44

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Be honest with us… you’d just about given up on ever seeing Solanke score an actual goal, hadn’t you?

It’s fair to say that the former Chelsea and Liverpool striker has had a tough time of it since his £19million move to Bournemouth.

The England Under-21 starlet has done diddily squit with the Cherries… until netting twice on Sunday in their surprise 4-1 thumping of Leicester.

As if to demonstrate how utterly dross he’s been this season, the 18 points earned from his weekend run-out makes up more than half of his overall total of 30 points.

Let’s hope he pushes on from here and bags one or two more this season, yeah?

Troy Deeney – 13 points in GW44


It really was a good weekend for the relegation-threatened sides; the aforementioned West Ham, Villa and Bournemouth all enjoyed surprisingly big wins that heaped pressure on their rivals, and you can certainly throw Watford into the mix, too.

Despite going a goal-down in the first-half of their match against Newcastle, the Hornets came back in the second-half to win 2-1 at the weekend courtesy of two goals from Deeney.

Troy is usually hot property on Dream Team and shouldn’t really be on this list.

But that hasn’t been the case this season as he spent the early months of the campaign on the sidelines through injury, while Watford have been a shadow of the side that finished comfortably mid-table last season.

Deeney’s form has been hit-and-miss as a result and that’s probably why only 0.3% of you have picked the 32-year-old.

No doubt he’ll be banging them in from now on, right?


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