Fantasy Premier League tips: Five players you must sign for Gameweek 5, including Burnley, Man City and Tottenham stars

12 Sep

Fantasy Premier League is back this weekend after a long fortnight of international football.

Managers from around the country are already tinkering their teams ahead of Gameweek 5 in the hope of stretching their lead or making up ground in their mini-league standings.

We tipped Vardy last week and he bagged a double as Leicester breezed past Bournemouth
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Last Gameweek, talkSPORT.com gave you some superb tips, with four of our selections delivering the goods with some fine displays.

Daniel James, Jamie Vardy, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Sebastien Haller all returned points for their owners, so let’s hope our tips have the same success this week.

So who should you think about bringing in this week? talkSPORT.com has identified five must-haves for Gameweek 5.

Have a look at our verdict below…


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Kevin de Bruyne (£9.8m)

After an injury-struck 2018/19, De Bruyne is now back to his blistering best and that was clear for all to see over the international break.

The Belgian was unplayable against Scotland, picking up a goal and three assists in a faultless display.

The dynamic playmaker remarkably has SIX assists already to his name this season, and with Norwich up next, he is certainly a must-have in your XI for the weekend.

Whether that means downgrading a premium striker to fit him in, or even replacing a Liverpool asset in Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, bringing in De Bruyne should be a top priority because at just £9.8m, the 28-year-old represents incredible value.

His price will only rise and rise should he remain injury-free for the rest of the campaign.

De Bruyne is in red-hot form
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Erik Lamela (£6.0m)

Tottenham have had a mixed bag of results so far this season, with a disappointing defeat to Newcastle coming in between of two hard-fought draws with Arsenal and Man City.

However, Spurs now have a kind run of fixtures and the perfect opportunity to get a good run of results together.

In Gameweek 5, Pochettino’s men face Crystal Palace at home, who they have defeated eight times in eight Premier League fixtures.

Lamela has been a bright spark for Spurs this season despite their dodgy early form showings.

The Argentine has already scored once and assisted twice in four games and has somewhat gone under the radar as an FPL asset, with just three per cent of managers owning the winger.

Therefore, taking a risk on the 27-year-old could be the perfect move to make some ground over your rivals.

Lamela’s early season form has gone under the radar

Erik Pieters (£4.6)

Full-back Pieters already has two assists to his name this season – the joint most of any defender so far.

Burnley have extremely favourable fixtures in the shape of Brighton, Norwich, Aston Villa, Everton and Leicester in the next five Gameweeks, and now could be the perfect time to invest in the defender who costs well under £5m.

Furthermore, the Clarets’ defence has looked reasonably rigid, conceding just six goals in their first four games despite already facing Liverpool and Arsenal.

Pieters’ transfer went under the radar over the summer
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Callum Wilson (£7.8m)

Following on from his brilliant campaign last term, Wilson is once again proving to be a big handful for opposition defences.

The Englishman has been a constant threat in every game so far, and although he has only netted once he looks like he will get many more in the coming weeks.

The Cherries face Everton, Southampton and West Ham next and you’d back Wilson to get at least one clean-cut chance in those games.

He is owned by under ten per cent of managers and would represent a great alternative pick up front in your team.

Wilson has picked up where he left off from last season
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Callum Robinson (£5.3m)

Robinson has operated in a striker role for Sheffield United in the opening 4 Gameweeks, after completing a move from Preston North End in the summer.

The Irishman was central to all of the Blades’ success against Chelsea, scoring the goal to equalise the match.

He has been on great form so far this campaign, and with a home fixture against Southampton next now might be the perfect time to put him in your XI.

Having netted 12 goals in 27 appearances in the Championship last season, Robinson could be one of the best value picks of the season, with his price currently at £5.3m.

Robinson scored at Stamford Bridge
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Burnley sign Stoke City outcast Erik Pieters with West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez expected to follow

8 Jul

Burnley have completed the signing of Erik Pieters from Stoke for a reported £1million.

Pieters, 30, has signed a two-year deal with the Clarets following a six-year spell with the Potters, which saw him make more than 150 Premier League appearances.

The left-back was frozen out at the Bet365 Stadium following the arrival of manager Nathan Jones, who immediately shipped Pieters out on loan to French club Amiens in January.

Pieters was one of several senior Stoke players left out of the group which travelled to Holland on Sunday for a week-long training camp.

He will help Burnley to replace Stephen Ward, who headed in the opposite direction last month when he joined the Potters on a free transfer.

Meanwhile, Jay Rodriguez is expected to complete a move back to Burnley from West Brom in a £10million deal.

West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez cleared of alleged racial abuse after character references from Mauricio Pochettino and Eddie Howe
Rodriguez is on the verge of rejoining the Clarets
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The 29-year-old began his career with the Clarets before successful spells with Southampton and, most recently, the Baggies.

He scored 22 goals in 45 Championship appearances last season, helping to fire West Brom to the play-offs, where they were beaten by Aston Villa on penalties in the semi-finals.

Rodriguez was not part of the Baggies squad which flew to Spain on Monday morning for a pre-season training camp, with his move expected to be announced imminently.