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Will Hakim Ziyech become the Premier League’s new assist king?

With a wholly unnecessary international break putting a temporary halt to proceedings, Game Week 8 is effectively over.

That means we can draw some hasty conclusions earlier than usual.

Let’s take a closer look at some key Dream Team aspects that emerged over the weekend.


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Rescue act

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Rescue act

Singing the Blues

The season’s most anticipated clean sheet went up in smoke after nine minutes when David McGoldrick (£2.1m) scored at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea had kept five consecutive clean sheets and would have fancied extending the streak against a Sheffield United side struggling for goals but that was not to be the case, much to annoyance of Dream Team gaffers across the country.

However, two of the Blues favourites redeemed themselves before long as Ben Chilwell (£4.0m) and Thiago Silva (£4.2m) both scored to pocket eight points each.

The slick-haired left-back is now level with team-mate Kurt Zouma (£3.3m) as Dream Team’s best defender of 2020/21.

Silky smooth

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Silky smooth

At the other end of the pitch, Hakim Ziyech (£3.4m) proved the age-old theory about left footers possessing more aesthetic value.

The ex-Ajax winger played in major part in the three of Chelsea’s four goals, exhibiting his potent delivery with a series of whipped crosses from the right flank.

His 12-point haul propelled him up the rankings and a similarly profitable performance next time up would likely take him into the top ten midfielders.

Ziyech could yet prove to be the best of the lot among Frank Lampard’s new recruits — expect plenty more assists.

Relentless

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Relentless

King Kane

The points deluge that was supposed to accompany West Brom v Spurs never materialised and for 87 minutes it looked as if Jose Mourinho’s men were going to be frustrated by the Baggies but Harry Kane (£7.5m) was not to be denied.

The England captain’s late winner was enough to clinch Star Man, meaning he bagged a very respectable 13 points when all was said and done.

Kane has moved onto 137 points which is even more impressive when you consider no other player has broken three-figures.

Spurs’ talisman is the most popular forward in the game but his ownership is yet tip to past the 50% mark.

Surely he will feature in the majority of teams sometime soon?

Friends but enemies

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Friends but enemies

Klopp is one of us

Perhaps the biggest Dream Team conundrum heading into Game Week 8 concerned Liverpool’s pecking order.

As hype around the Reds’ trip to the Etihad built, the question of who would join Mohamed Salah (£6.8m) and Sadio Mane (£6.7m) in the visitors’ front three loomed large.

Jurgen Klopp decided to extend the debate for another fortnight by selecting Roberto Firmino (£2.9m) and Diogo Jota (£2.7m) in his starting XI, unleashing an ambitious 4-2-4 formation in the opening exchanges.

Both ultimately drew a blank as only Salah, Mane and Alisson (£3.6m) left Manchester having added to their points totals from Liverpool’s squad.

How much should we read into the fact Firmino was withdrawn just before the hour mark when Klopp felt like he needed to made a change?

Does that mean Jota is currently held in higher regard and will start against Leicester in Game Week 9?

We’ll have to wait and see.


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