In for a penny, in for a pound!
Yesterday we relented to the modern trend of ranking everything with a detailed comparison of Jack Grealish (£4.8m), James Maddison (£4.2m), Phil Foden (£4.2m) and Mason Mount (£2.7m).
The aim was gain an insight into Gareth Southgate’s possible decision-making process with Euro 2020 (2021) looming while also seeking to find the best combination for Dream Team gaffers going forward.
Today we’re attempting something similar with Patrick Bamford (£3.5m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£4.3m) and Ollie Watkins (£3.3m) — but with more focus on Dream Team viability.
GOALS (ALL COMPETITIONS)
- Calvert-Lewin: 17
- Bamford: 12
- Watkins: 12
SHOTS (PREMIER LEAGUE)
- Bamford: 77
- Watkins: 63
- Calvert-Lewin: 54
- Bamford: 7
- Watkins: 2
- Calvert-Lewin: 2
Even in the age of false 9s there’s no doubt goals are still the currency of choice for centre-forwards and Everton’s main man leads the way in that regard.
Four goals in four domestic cup games constitutes most of Calvert-Lewin’s advantage and so how the Toffees fare against Spurs in the FA Cup this evening may prove to be a deciding factor in which of these forwards offers the most returns from now until May.
If all are confined to league commitments then Bamford may fancy his chances of chasing his compatriot down.
Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics ensure Leeds create plenty of chances — Bruno Fernandes (£5.3m) is the only player to have registered more shots than Bamford in the Premier League this season.
And it’s the 27-year-old who expectedly comes out on top in assists too as Leeds tend to commit many players forward in search of overloads.
Carlo Ancelotti has spoken about the Inzaghi-ification of Calvert-Lewin this season and it’s in full evidence here.
17 goals and two assists that only qualify in the Dream Team sense by virtue of being fouled for penalties — Pippo would be proud.
AVERAGE WHOSCORED RATING (PREMIER LEAGUE)
- Calvert-Lewin: 7.37
- Watkins: 7.33
- Bamford: 7.17
STAR MAN AWARDS
- Calvert-Lewin: 4
- Bamford: 3
- Watkins: 3
DREAM TEAM POINTS
- Calvert-Lewin: 158
- Bamford: 129
- Watkins: 116
CURRENT RANKING AMONG DREAM TEAM FORWARDS
- Calvert-Lewin: 4th
- Bamford: 8th
- Watkins: 12th
DREAM TEAM OWNERSHIP
- Calvert-Lewin: 17.4%
- Bamford: 4.2%
- Watkins: 2%
A clean sweep for Calvert-Lewin in Dream Team specific statistics.
His sizeable ownership probably owes a lot to his blistering start as he bagged two hat-tricks by Game Week 3, making him the bedrock of many sides as gaffers attempted to construct an XI fit for the long term.
The question at this stage is: does a 29-point advantage over Bamford justify such a gap in popularity, especially with a £0.7m price deficit?
POINTS SINCE GAME WEEK 18
- Watkins: 40
- Bamford: 31
- Calvert-Lewin: 29
All three are in great form as we look forward to Game Week 21, particularly Aston Villa’s frontman.
The former Brentford forward went nine games without a goal earlier in the season despite posing a constant threat and the xG gods have evened things out in recent weeks for four goals in his last five outings.
If Ancelotti’s men are eliminated from the cup then it’s a toss-up (of a three-sided coin) between this productive trio.
The majority of team have played 23 Premier League games at the time of writing but rearrangements mean Everton and Villa have played just 21.
Calvert-Lewin and Watkins have the joint-most league fixtures remaining — a considerable plus point for both.
Leeds’ attacking potency makes Bamford a decent selection — the current top four are the only teams to have scored more league goals than Bielsa’s troops and their No9 will continue as their spearhead as long as he’s fit.
Assuming your Dream Team is in a formation with three forwards, you’re going to want at least two of them participating in Europe so that means the likes of Calvert-Lewin, Bamford, Watkins and others are vying for one spot.
Make the right choice and mini-league glory could be yours!
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