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FPL 2023-24 – Gameweek 5 Forwards

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Which forwards should you be considering for Gameweek 5? All Things FPL assesses the lay of the land.

92% of FPL managers now own Erling Haaland (£14.1m), but the most surprising thing about that statistic is that 8% of managers do not include the prolific Norwegian in their FPL squads. The Man City striker produced a mammoth 20-point haul in Gameweek 4 thanks to a hat-trick, assist and three bonus points in the reigning champions’ 5-1 victory over Fulham. In the very same fixture, partner in crime Julian Alvarez (£6.7m) produced an impressive 14-point return of his own with a goal, two assists and two bonus points against the Cottagers. Man City travel to London to take on West Ham in Gameweek 5.

Of course, Haaland’s hat-trick was one of three trebles in the Premier League during Gameweek 4, with one of the others belonging to Brighton talent Evan Ferguson (£6.0m). The Irish striker was the star of the show in the Seagulls’ 3-1 victory over Newcastle, but a knee injury picked up in that fixture puts his participation for Brighton’s Gameweek 5 trip to Old Trafford in doubt.

If Ferguson should miss out, FPL managers looking to invest in a striker may instead consider Crystal Palace frontman Odsonne Edouard (£5.5m), who is available at an even more budget-friendly price. The Frenchman has struck four times in five appearances in all competitions for the Eagles this season, with two of those coming against Wolves in Gameweek 4.

Cheaper still is Cameron Archer (£4.5m), whose first Premier League outing for Sheffield Utd was one to remember with the 21-year-old both scoring and assisting in the Blades’ 2-2 draw with Everton last time out, which produced 12 FPL points.

Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez (£7.4m) followed up his stunning brace against Newcastle with two assists against Aston Villa in Gameweek 4, and with a combined total of 20 points accumulated in his last 77 minutes of Premier League action, many managers are considering bringing in the Uruguayan ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Wolves.

Elsewhere, Gabriel Jesus (£7.9m) scored his first goal of the season in Gameweek 4 and is now seemingly back to fitness, while Dominic Solanke (£6.5m) made it three attacking returns in four games for Bournemouth and Taiwo Awoniyi’s (£6.6m) assist against Chelsea means he has produced an attacking return in his last eight Premier League appearances for Nottingham Forest.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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