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EPL Gameweek 5 Preview

Will looks at the form players to pick up and who should no longer be in your lineup

Emmanuel Adebayor's only goal this season came against QPR
Emmanuel Adebayor's only goal this season came against QPR
Jamie McDonald

This weekend is Gameweek 5 of the English Premier League and I’ll offer some options for players to pick up, players to cut and possible captains for this week.


Emmanuel Adabayor (Forward) – Togolese striker Adebayor only has one EPL goal to his name so far but Sunday’s game with West Brom looks very inviting for Spurs. The Baggies have conceded 7 goals already and could ship more at White Hart Lane. He could also be a useful signing if you do not own him.

Romelu Lukaku (Forward) – Everton entertain Crystal Palace and Lukaku should lead the line for the Toffeemen. Everton have been potent going forward this season and Palace could struggle to stop them.

Wayne Rooney (Forward) – It’s still not clear which combination makes up Louis van Gaal’s favoured strikeforce but Rooney must be in pole position after a goal and assist last weekend. Leicester could offer stiff opposition but last weekend’s 4-0 win proved that United should definitely look more dangerous in front of goal.

Players to pick up

Nathan Dyer (Midfielder) – The diminutive winger has started the season on fire with 3 goals helping Swansea to third place in the table. They entertain his former club Southampton this weekend and he could find the net again.

Nacer Chadli (Midfielder) – Belgian winger has started his second season at Spurs in terrific fashion with 3 goals in 3 starts. Priced at just £6.1m and with a home game with West Brom this weekend, he could be a popular pick-up.

Players to cut

Yaya Toure (Midfielder - owned by 10.5%) – Toure is one of the most expensive midfielders available but has yet to register a goal or assist this season. He has been criticised in some parts for his sluggish performances and you would be better replacing him with Cesc Fabregas, Aaron Ramsey or Angel Di Maria.

Mathieu Debuchy (Defender - owned by 13.4%) – The Frenchman will miss the next six weeks with an ankle injury and should be dropped immediately. Teenager Callum Chambers should replace him in the side if he recovers from tonsillitis and could offer a cut-price replacement although Arsenal face some tough fixtures and have yet to keep a clean sheet.

Tim Krul (Goalkeeper - owned by 21.2%) – The Dutch keeper has been a popular choice following his World Cup penalty heroics but Newcastle’s porous defense is offering him little protection at the moment. The likes of Fraser Forster and Lukasz Fabianski are slightly dearer but are much more reliable at the moment.

Steven Caulker (Defender - owned by 9.1%) – The QPR defense is looking terrible and cannot be trusted. Around his price of £4.9m there are many better options such as Neil Taylor, Ryan Bertrand and Marc Wilson. This week’s matchup with Stoke looks more promising for Caulker but longer term Caulker should be cut from your roster.

The ownership percentages and prices are based on