Fantasy soccer ideas: How one can cope with Romelu Lukaku’s absence for gameweek 9

It seemed like the large debate for gameweek 9 was going to be whether or not to captain Mohamed Salah or Romelu Lukaku, however now it is how can we go about changing Lukaku in our groups?

The thrilling factor is that there are many totally different avenues to discover which may even deliver a little bit of distinction to the sport as an entire, contemplating Lukaku is owned by a 3rd of managers within the recreation.

Now the very first thing to say is you do not have to switch him out and it is effectively value ready to get Thomas Tuchel’s replace on the damage earlier than the deadline however it’s some huge cash to be sitting in your bench if he will be out for greater than a few video games, which seems probably.

The best factor to do is to go for the straight swap, which will not be an issue with the funds until you need to signal Harry Kane, who prices £0.4m greater than Lukaku, or Cristiano Ronaldo, who prices £0.8m extra. Neither of them have essentially the most appetising run of fixtures arising although and neither have been their regular prolific selves within the Premier League – Ronaldo hasn’t scored in his previous three Premier League video games, whereas Kane’s objective in opposition to Newcastle was his first in six begins.

Jamie Vardy, then again, has racked up 49 factors in his previous six video games, solely failing to attain in opposition to Manchester Metropolis in that point, and goes to Brentford refreshed on Sunday after letting Patson Daka get on with the goalscoring in Russia in midweek. He was definitely Statman Dave’s selection once we mentioned it within the Fantasy 606 podcast this week. Chris Sutton continues to again his man Kane.

We additionally explored the thought although of changing Lukaku with a less expensive striker after which utilizing the spare funds to spice up your midfield, with the names of Kai Havertz, Phil Foden, Son Heung-min and Sadio Mane proper on the prime of potential targets.

Romelu Lukaku in action for Chelsea
Lukaku struck 4 occasions in his first 4 video games for Chelsea this season however has not scored in his previous seven membership matches

Havertz is definitely a manner in to the Chelsea assault with Timo Werner additionally out injured and these upcoming video games in opposition to Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley are the place plenty of managers felt Lukaku would possibly make hay.

Havertz will price you £8.1m, Foden is simply £0.1m cheaper and was excellent once more once I watched him dwell in Belgium on Tuesday. He additionally got here off after 64 minutes in that recreation in opposition to Membership Bruges, which bodes effectively for a possible begin at Brighton on Saturday, though you possibly can by no means take something without any consideration with Pep Roulette.

You do know that Son will begin each recreation for Tottenham if he is match. He’ll price you a few million extra however is at present the third highest-scoring participant within the recreation. He additionally seems a superb long-term guess with Tottenham beginning a pleasant run of fixtures from gameweek 12 they usually positively seemed a extra cohesive attacking unit within the current video games in opposition to Aston Villa and Newcastle with Oliver Skipp alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in central midfield and Tanguy Ndombele allowed to get on the entrance foot to assist Lucas Moura, Son and Kane.

Lastly onto Mane, who’s the costliest choice at £11.9m. At this level I need to hand over to 14-year-old Toby, one in all our Fantasy 606 listeners, who despatched us a superb e mail this week.

In it he identified that Mane has the third-highest ICT (affect, creativity and menace) of any midfielder within the recreation behind Salah and Bruno Fernandes, he is solely owned by simply over 3% of managers and he is solely failed to supply an attacking return as soon as all season.

Toby went on to say that with Salah within the type of his life then certainly Mane is simply going to learn, so why not go for the Liverpool double-up in midfield?

It is a robust argument, notably once you have a look at the scrumptious go that Salah performed to create Mane’s objective in opposition to Watford final weekend and it definitely has the advantage of a being a differential choice.

Personally, I am fairly tempted by the Havertz choice purely from a fixtures viewpoint, regardless that it could imply taking a four-point hit to have him in for the sport in opposition to Norwich – Ivan Toney in for Lukaku and Havertz in for Ismaila Sarr.

Mason Mount would additionally come into consideration in that Chelsea midfield however for those who’ve already obtained a double Blues defence, together with one in all their flying full-backs, then it’s possible you’ll really feel you have already got sufficient cowl there.

As for the captain’s armband, it is staying with Salah for me.

Alistair Bruce-Ball presents the Fantasy 606 podcast alongside former Premier League winner Chris Sutton and Statman Dave. The newest episode previewing gameweek 9 is obtainable on the BBC Sounds app. You may e mail the pod on

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