By Holly Shand
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Forwards have resurfaced in the FPL this season, with Erling Haaland literally changing the game.
He wasn’t the only one though, with four of the Premier League’s top five goalscorers all listed as forwards this season. So who should we go for?
Erling Haaland (£12.2m) must be a staple in our FPL squads now, with these uncapped transfers allowing the 17% of managers who don’t own him to finally correct that mistake. He has been in sensational form this season, making 21 offensive returns in just 14 appearances.
Haaland also had the benefit of not being involved in Qatar, meaning the foot injury that plagued him in late October and early November should be a distant memory. Manchester City have two doubles fixtures next week and we may soon be using the Triple Captain chip on him as well.
Harry Kane (£11.6m) would have been in every fantasy squad but for that man Haaland, having had one of his best ever starts to a season. He has been incredibly consistent, with 12 goals in 15 games, plus three assists. If he maintains these levels, he could break the 250-point barrier for the first time ever.
Kane’s drawback is that although he was prolific at the World Cup, it was a very grueling tournament for him and we don’t know if that decisive missed penalty in the quarter-final against France will have a positive or negative impact on him in this immediate period. . . The next three games are good and he soon has a double game week.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.8m) was one of the first names on my squad simply because he’s back to form and he’s unstoppable. He returned to the Premier League this season having scored 43 goals in 44 league appearances last season. He has nine goals in 12 appearances so far this season.
The case for Mitrovic has only grown since Fulham were granted a double game week against Leicester City and Chelsea. Mitrovic will be a key player for those matches as the talisman in this Fulham team and also their penalty taker. If he can keep fit, the sky’s the limit for Mitrovic.
Eddie Nketiah (£6.5m) is somewhat of a wildcard choice as a player who is likely to benefit from additional minutes due to Gabriel Jesus’ long-term knee injury. Arsenal have been the best striker in the Premier League this season and Nketiah could play a key role if Jesus’ absence doesn’t hamper their form.
Nketiah is priced kindly and we know Arsenal also have a double game week looming. Nketiah has been involved as a substitute on 12 occasions so far this season but he has yet to record an attacking return. He was granted a run of games at the end of last season under similar circumstances, scoring five goals and one assist for the 2021/22 season.
Darwin Nunez (£9.0m) is another player whose allure has gained momentum as injury news has surfaced over the past week. Liverpool return for the restart with lingering injuries for Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, with Nunez set for a regular role in Liverpool’s attack.
It’s unlikely we’ll see him play centrally, with Mohamed Salah leading the line for the Reds in recent performances, but Nunez can still deliver meaningful fantasy shots from the wing. He has scored five goals this season, including four in his last five starts. He also had two assists.
This article was originally posted on 90min.com as FPL Gameweek 17: Top forwards for Premier League return.