FPL GW15 Review: Mohamed Salah Shines And Joao Cancelo Stinks

“Are you not entertained?”

In one of the most action-packed weekends in the Premier League, there were quite a few welcome surprises while some underwhelming point hauls, making for a tough weekend.

The most goals were scored in gameweek 15 than in any other round of fixtures this season, meaning plenty of unexpected points for managers looking to reel the leaders in.

Results-wise, Aston Villa did a number on visiting Manchester United in Unai Emery’s first game in charge while Manchester City won against Fulham in stoppage time to temporarily take top spot.

However, Arsenal retained their place at the summit after handily beating Chelsea at the bridge and Liverpool compounded Spurs’ misery with a first-half brace from Mohamed Salah.

Let’s take a closer look at the weekend’s FPL implications and see who covered themselves in glory and who, well, not so much.

Winners

Mohamed Salah (£12.7)

Still the choice of captain for many, the ‘Egyptian King’ is finally starting to deliver, with two goals and a haul of 15 points this week, one via an assist from Darwin Nunez (£8.9) who looks like a proper option in his own right in the next gameweek against Southampton (7 points).

Marcus Tavernier (£4.9)

Bournemouth and Leeds United played out a 7-goal thriller in which the Cherries came out losers even as it was a personal feat by Tavernier, who collected the most points this week with 16, scoring a goal and assisting two.

Crysencio Summerville (£4.4)

The Dutch baller has now made the difference two weeks in a row for Leeds and collected a healthy haul of 13 points in the latter, with an assist and a match-winning goal, and xG of 0.55 to boot.

Jacob Ramsey (£5.2)

The Villa youngster would have had the most points had it not been for an unfortunate own goal against United but still emerged with 14 points.

Adam Lallana (£4.9)

The former Liverpool midfielder is the surprise pick of the week given his injury record and limited game-time with 13 points for his contributions of a goal and an assist as Brighton overcame Wolves in an entertaining 3-2.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.5)

The Palace Talisman collected 12 points this week with a goal and an assist against the Hammers, just as managers lost faith in the FPL enigma that is Zaha.

James Maddison (£8.2)

It was a fine afternoon’s work for both Leicester and Maddison, who claimed 11 points through a couple of assists and 2 bonus points.

Gabriel (£5.1)                        

The most prolific defender this week, the Arsenal centre-back kept a clean sheet and scored the winner at Stamford Bridge on the way to collecting 15 points, with 3 bonus points.

Kieran Trippier (£5.9)

Newcastle United have probably helped pull the trigger for Southampton to get rid of manager Ralph Hasenhüttl by beating them 4-1, with the full-back assisting one and keeping a clean sheet in his double-digit haul.

Lucas Digne (£4.6)

The French full-back scored a sumptuous free-kick, helping Villa record their first win under new management and collected 10 points on the way.

Other notable point hauls

Erling Haaland (£12.1) came off the bench to score the injury-time penalty against Fulham to save face for those captaining him, while Harry Kane (£11.6) scored one against Liverpool to keep managers owning him ticking along with 8 points.

Julian Alvarez (£6.0) and Sam Greenwood (£4.2) of Leeds United each collected 9 points in forward positions as well.

Pascal Gross (£5.6) and Miguel Almiron (£5.8) each scored goals to secure 9 and 8 points respectively, the latter emerging as the essential pick as a low-priced midfield option this season.

It wasn’t the best of weeks for goalkeepers, but Danny Ward (£4.1) kept a welcome clean sheet away at Goodison Park for Leicester, helping himself to 6 points.

Losers

Joao Cancelo (£7.4)

A week to forget for the normally-prolific fullback as he got sent off after 25 minutes against Fulham and left managers who owned him 2 points worse off.

Phil Foden (£8.3)

The prodigy only featured on the bench against Fulham, coming on with 26 minutes left to play but failed to leave a significant impact on the pitch.

Gabriel Jesus (£8.0)              

The Arsenal summer signing could only get 2 points and is currently in the middle of an eight-game spell of no goals scored even as manager Mikel Arteta claims that his performances mean that the Brazilian’s purple patch is just around the corner.

Callum Wilson (£7.5)

Newcastle scored four but couldn’t get their striker on the scoresheet, which means a solitary point for the Englishman. Doubts over his availability also mean that it might be time for FPL managers to let Wilson go.