Record sales for Salah and Son as wild card managers

Mohammed Salah (£13.1m) and Son Hyung-min (£9.7m) made history in Gameweek 21 Fantasy Premier League After becoming the best-selling player in a game week.

More than 2.8 million managers have parted company with Salah, and 2.4 million sons have been sold, as the pair played in the Africa Cup of Nations and the Asian Cup respectively.

Salah's Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.5m) finished in the top three, 800,000 as the managers pulled him out with a knee injury that ruled him out for three weeks.

GW21 best selling players
player Replaced by
Salah 2.83 m
son 2.45 m
Alexander-Arnold 826,841
Managers use the wild card chip initially

Fantasy's Gameweek 21 has caused many problems for managers as key men and other players have suffered injuries heading into international matches.

This meant that after the chip became available again to all managers in the second half of the season, many chose to play their second wildcard at the first possible opportunity.

Almost 950,000 chose to use their wild card, the most since 1.12 million managers used the chip in Gameweek 4 in 2021/22.

Chips used in GW21
Chip Total
A wild card 947,506
Free win 125,692
Bench boost 30,370
Triple Captain 22,782
Destroy the favorites in midfield

Bill Foden (£8.0m) and Cole Palmer (£5.7m) Salah and Son are the two most popular substitutes, with more than 3 million managers employing at least one of them.

Foden is enjoying his best campaign to date, with 96 points after 20 gameweeks in his seven seasons in Fantasy. Manchester City travel to Newcastle United on Saturday.

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Palmer is now the second midfielder in FPL ahead of Chelsea's home encounter with Fulham, selected in 35.3 per cent of teams. only Bugayo Saka (£9.1m) is found in more midfields, with 62.6 per cent ownership.

Palmer's four double-figure hauls are more than any Chelsea player has managed this season or in the past.

GW21 Most Purchased Players
player Replaced by points
Leg 1.66 m
Palmer 1.52 m
In Estpuina 1.06 m

Elsewhere, Pervis Estupinan (£5.0m) captured by over a million fantasy bosses.

He's starting to regain some of the ownership he lost following an injury in Gameweek 7. However, even though he's currently seen on 25.5 percent of teams, he's still some ways short of the 64 percent ownership he had in the opening rounds.

Brighton & Hove Albion entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday 22nd January in the final game of Gameweek 21.

Who are the best captains?

In the absence of the regular captain, Salah, son and Erling Holland (£13.9m), Saga is the player most captained by active managers this weekend, with more than 1.17 million FPL bosses handing him the armband.

The Arsenal star entertains Crystal Palace on Saturday 20 January with a perfect home record this season, having won just twice so far. But both of those blanks have come in the Gunners' last two home matches, as they beat Brighton 2-0 before losing 2-0 to West Ham United.

GW21 Most Captained Players
player By Capt points
Off 1,171,071
Watkins 1,126,752
Palmer 994,645

Behind Saga as the most popular captain Ollie Watkins (£8.9m), ahead of Aston Villa's trip to Everton on Sunday.

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The Villa forward is on course to deliver his best fantasy season yet, having made 20 goal appearances so far, three shy of the tallies he produced in 2022/23 and 2020/21.

His supporters will be hoping he can deliver more returns after providing two assists against Burnley last time out.

Who are the elite managers selected?

Saga remains the most popular choice among the top 100 managers in the world rankings, with 45 awarding him the armband.

A further 26 have chosen Palmer, while Foden and Watkins have five each.

The remaining 100 managers went to one of the 11 differences. One of them even gave the West Ham goalkeeper an armband Alphonse Arola For the trip to Sheffield United on January 21 (£4.2m).

Top 100 Most Popular GW21 Captains
player By Capt points
Off 45
Palmer 26
Leg 5
Watkins 5
Also in this series

Part 1: Gameweek 21 FPL Bonus Points

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