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Here, two-time Indian FPL champion Lateriser explains why Erling Haaland’s five midweek goals shouldn’t stop us from briefly letting him go.
Most FPL managers I know are in the market for a forward this week, including myself. Now that likely involves the sale of a certain Erling Haaland (£12.1m), which is a scary proposition, especially given the damage he did in RB Leipzig this week when scoring five goals.
Before we get into the reasoning behind a Haaland sale, I want to take a second to acknowledge his brilliance which shone even brighter in his post-match interview. People tend to shrug off a lot of his goals as just tap-ins but the amount of thinking that goes into his positioning is incredible.
Watch this video and see how hungry he is as a player.
Obviously – after that interview – you will pause before selling Haaland but, firstly, I see selling him and quickly buying him back as one additional transfer rather than two.
That’s because selling Ivan Toney (£7.8m) to your striker of choice will likely already be pencilled in, especially after the yellow card against Southampton puts him one away from a two-match suspension.
He could even get that 10th booking in Gameweek 28, right before many will Bench Boost. So Haaland comes straight back for a Gameweek 29 home game against leaky travellers Liverpool.
To cite how juicy that fixture could potentially be, only five teams have a worse away record for minutes per expected goals conceded (xGC) than Liverpool. That said, I can’t resist the temptation of one game versus three, which is why I’m likely to sell him this week.