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No more trips to the shops on a Saturday afternoon, shut the curtains, get the TV on, football is back.

It’s been a short summer without our good friends Jeff Stelling and the boys but now we can rejoice in the mayhem that is the Premier League.

But it can be an absolute minefield for fantasy football managers – just like we saw this weekend.

Hundreds and thousands of you will have lined up with Harry Kane and Mo Salah leading your line, eating up a hefty £16m of your £50m budget.

And if you didn’t have both of the big guns many managers will have plumped for another of the top 10 most-expensive strikers on the game.

The only problem is that the 10 most-expensive strikers severely under performed this week.

Only one of them scored more than five points…

10 Gabriel Jesus – £4m

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There were times last season when Jesus looked like he was going to overtake Sergio Aguero as Man City’s number 9.

But a frustrating World Cup left Pep Guardiola favouring the Argentinian hitman for the opening visit to Arsenal.

Aguero couldn’t find the back of the net and Jesus was given a 15 minute run out but couldn’t find a way to impact the game.

Nil point.

9 Jamie Vardy – £4.5m

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Vardy wasn’t introduced to the game until just after the hour mark, but that was enough to leave Leicester fans thinking what might have been had he been playing the whole 90.

Fresh (ish) from his summer in Russia, the England striekr bagged his customary in the 92nd minute and ranks joint second place in this list with a respectable five points against Man United.

Strangely only 6.2% of you selected him.

7= Alexis Sanchez – £5m

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As Jose Mourinho said, Sanchez was a signing for this summer not for January when he arrived.

The Chilean has been less than impressive in a United shirt so far and his game against Leicester was much of the same fantasy-wise.

Nearly 15% of managers have the forward who brought in another zero point haul.

7= Hueng-Min Son – £5m

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Another World Cup player brought on as a substitute.

Son had a good tournament with South Korea as they beat Germany in the last group game.

Mauricio Pochettino only gave him 10 minutes against Newcastle, not enough to even get a point on the board.

6 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £5.5m

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Nearly a third of all managers have selected Arsenal’s cut-price striker.

Aubameyang is lots of people’s underdog for this year’s Golden Boot but he couldn’t cause Man City enough problems on Sunday.

Admittedly the whole Arsenal team struggled to get a touch on their counterparts but the striker managed a totla of zero points.

Hopefully things are a bit easier against Chelsea next week, eh?

4= Roberto Firmino – £6m

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One of only three players on this list to actually score points.

Firmino assisted Sadio Mane for Liverpool’s third goal in their crushing 4-0 victory over West Ham.

Salah and Mane both scored, Firmino getting the assist, more of the same at Anfield.

Firmino still under-selected at only 15%.

4= Romelu Lukaku – £6m

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Marcus Rashford was given a rare start under Jose Mourinho but he couldn’t resist bringing Romelu Lukaku on with 67 minutes played.

The Belgian had a brilliant World Cup, mostly without actually touching the ball.

But can be forgiven for failing to impact the game with United playing typical Jose-ball and seeing out the game.

Nil point.

3 Sergio Aguero – £6.5m

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39% of you have selected Aguero and you must have been licking your lips when he was named in the starting line-up against Arsenal’s work in progress backline.

But Aguero uncharacteristically couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net and only managed a 6.8 WhoScored.com rating.

Zero points for a hefty expenditure.

More to Come.

1= Mo Salah – £8m

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The only striker on this list to justify his price tag.

Salah just did what we saw all of last season, tear up the right wing and get a goal.

Solid rating of 8.01 and a goal to boot, thank you very much.

It’s no surprise he is the most selected player in the game, currently featuring in 57.5% of teams.

1= Harry Kane – £8m

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What did you expect? You know he never ever scores in August.

But I’m sure the 50.8% of you that chose England captain and World Cup Golden Boot winner will have expected more than the minus point that Kane picked up against a Newcastle side in disarray.

But all Kane could muster was a second half yellow card as Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen got in the goals.

Transfer him out and make sure you can accommodate him come September 1st.


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