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Bakary Sako – Why the Crystal Palace Player Represents Huge FPL Value

Bakary Sako – Why the Crystal Palace Player Represents Huge FPL Value

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Bakary Sako – Why the Crystal Palace Player Represents Huge FPL Value

Crystal Palace have started the season in fine form and find themselves in 2nd place in the Premier League after 4 games with 9 points from a possible 12, not a bad feat considering they have already encountered Arsenal (h) and Chelsea away. The Eagles have scored 8 goals in 4 games and they look a force to be reckoned with going forward. Bakary Sako has contributed two of those goals and Paul Merson has described him as the best signing in the transfer window.

 Sako was signed from Wolves on a free transfer and the Mali international has already shown he has Premier League quality and he is a serious option for your FPL team having already gained 23 points. So what is it about Sako that makes him such a force to be reckoned with and why should we put so much faith in a player that has no Premier League experience?

Bakary Sako - The Stats

Wolves signed Sako from St Etienne in Auguest 2012 and in the 3 seasons he spent at the Black Country club he scored 36 goals in 118 appearances. If we look at last season in the Championship, he scored 15 goals and gained 7 assists in 39 starts and had an average rating of 7.31 on with 6 man of the match awards. If he had those stats in the Premier League then we would be looking at a £10m player – but of course we all know the difference between the Championship and the Premier League so we went to our very own resident Podcast expert Quigliano (who just happens to be a Wolves fan) and asked him why he thought Sako was such a good buy. Quigliano told us that Sako is:

great going forward and is always looking for a positive first step. He has a great left foot and is a real good option from set pieces. He has the long shot ability so he can score goals from anywhere.

He went on to say that he may even drop Memphis Depay to bring Sako in – so high praise indeed.

Regardless of Sako’s Championship exploits and Quigliano’s (potentially biased) opinions we always like to act on Premier League form. 2 goals in 2 games is some serious form that we have to take note of and with 23 points from 2 games he is averaging 11.5 points per game. Now, of course that form cannot continue to that level but it would be very surprising if Pardew suddenly dropped him from the team, and with the expansive, forward thinking style of play that Pardew likes to employ we can see only good things for Sako as the season progressed. At £5.5m in FPL money, he represents a cheap fifth midfield option, but one that will probably make your team most weeks!

One word of caution though, if you are going to bring him in then act soon if you want to get him at £5.5m as he has already attracted over 55,000 transfers since then end of game week 4 and we expect his price to have risen to at least £5.6m by the start of game week 5 when Crystal Palace face Man City at home. Play the form and not the fixture and you might just get rewarded… either way – Sako is a great long term option for your FPL team.

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3 comments on "Bakary Sako – Why the Crystal Palace Player Represents Huge FPL Value"

  1. Ademola Olaniun

    My midfield is currently made up of Westwood, Silva, Depay, Ayew and Mahrez, do you still think I need Sako? Who should I sub for him, Westwood? With my FT already used, is he worth taking a hit for?

  2. The Source

    No, don’t take a hit as they have Man City next, but he is one to consider for the week after. He might rise by £0.1m but I would be considering dropping him for Westwood or maybe even Depay if he Man Utd don’t pick up soon. I take it you have a pretty strong forward line with that midfield?

  3. Ademola Olaniun

    Front line is Aguero, Gomis and sleeping Benteke

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