Latest news on Antonio, Lingard and Soucek as Masuaku takes on advanced role at Wolves

Latest news on Antonio, Lingard and Soucek as Masuaku takes on advanced role at Wolves

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  • Buts: Leander Dendoncker (4,6 M £), Fábio Silva (5,2 M £) | Jesse Lingard (6,3 M £), Pablo Fornals (5,8 M £), Jarrod Bowen (5,9 M £)
  • Aide: Adama Traoré (£ 6.0 M), Pedro Neto (£ 5.7) | Vladimir Coufal (£ 4.6 M), Arthur Masuaku (£ 4.3 M), Lingard
  • Points bonus: Lingard x3, Dendoncker x2, F Silva x1, Un Traoré x1


Jesse Lingard (£ 6.3million) continued their impressive form with a ninth and tenth attacking comeback of the season in West Ham’s 3-2 win over Wolves.

The Manchester United lender has enjoyed a renaissance since debuting with the Hammers in Gameweek 22, already with an 18.2% stake globally.

Meanwhile, no Premier League player has been involved in more goals than Lingard (10), who produced four double-digit traits, a total of 68 points in eight appearances (8.5 points per game).

“It’s just consistency, I think. Obviously I haven’t played for two years, I think. So playing week after week and keeping fit, but the team has helped me a lot. – Jesse Lingard

The question for Fantasy Premier League managers not in possession of the England international is whether or not he can maintain that form, especially with Leicester and Chelsea, two of West Ham’s next three opponents.

After Monday night’s victory at Molineux, there are two factors to consider here.

The other factor is what’s going on elsewhere in the West Ham squad, considering Michail Antonio (£ 6.7million) were injured against Wolves …


David Moyes waits to assess Antonio’s potential hamstring damage after being forced to stay away 36 minutes after West Ham’s Gameweek 30 game.

The player has a history of muscle injuries, especially in recent seasons, hence the manager’s concern.

As it stands, West Ham medics need to take a closer look before confirming whether or not he will miss the Gameweek 31 meeting with Leicester.

“We’re not sure yet. We will assess it tomorrow. He doesn’t feel too bad right now but we’ll check it out tomorrow and see what it is. Looks like he felt his hamstrings, so we’ll have to check it out. – Moyes David

“Mick felt his hamstrings a bit and we just have to hope it’s not too bad, but if you’re a West Ham fan you know all about Mick’s hamstrings then we really have to. beware of it. – Moyes David

Antonio played a key role in Lingard’s impressive solo goal against Wolves, making a smart run to distract defenders and open up a meeting space for him.

While Jarrod Bowen (£ 5.9million) marked as a replacement for the center-forward, the former Hull man naturally offers less physical presence at the top compared to Antonio.

Therefore, Lingard owners, or potential suitors, will need to keep an eye on how West Ham No.30 is developing in terms of fitness by Friday’s FPL deadline.

Meanwhile, there were also slight injury concerns over Lingard himself, who appeared to be struggling at the end of Monday’s win.

However, it has since been confirmed that he suffered nothing more than cramps after a while of rallying. Tomas Soucek (£ 5.3million) suffered a cut to his ankle. We understand that none of the players required further evaluation on Tuesday morning..

“Tomas (Soucek) has a cut to his ankle and Jesse (Lingard) has been raked, but unfortunately we’re just a few injuries. – Moyes David


Monday night was a roster change purists’ game as West Ham and Wolves were forced to take new forms following recent injuries.

Owners of Aaron Cresswell (£ 5.9million) were perhaps the biggest source of frustration, as his 28.6% backing saw him play a more conservative role at Molineux as the Hammers often moved into the full five in the event of loss of possession.

One of the reasons for this change was Arthur masuakuThe return of (£ 4.3million) to the squad for a first start since Gameweek 11.

Prior to his injury, Cresswell often played as a left center-back in a three-way defense with Masuaku and Vladimir Coufal (£ 4.6million) taking on full-back duties.

Fantasy managers should definitely keep an eye on how this evolves as they consider how best to invest in West Ham defense by the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Wolves were forced into two late defensive changes in Gameweek 30.

Jonny (£ 5.4million) is now out for the season after sustaining a pre-training cruciate ligament injury while Willy Boly (£ 5.4million) was ruled out on the morning of the match with a positive coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Jonny had a difficult right knee injury. It requires surgery, so he will be missing the rest of the season. It’s difficult, especially for him, plus he’s an important player and an important member of the team. – Nuno Espirito Santo

At such a late hour, and with other defensive shortages this season, Nuno was unable to return to Wolves’ traditional three-way defense and had to line up Rayan Aït-Nouri (£ 5m) at the rear left while Romain Saïss (£ 4.9million) had a bad game in a two-way central defensive pair with Conor Coady (£ 4.8million).

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (4-2-3-1): Patrício; Aït-Nouri (Hoever 90 ′), Saïss, Coady, Semedo; Neves, Dendoncker; Traoré, Podence (F Silva 46 ′), Neto; Willian J (Vitinha 72 ′).

West Ham United XI (3-4-2-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Diop, Dawson; Masuaku (B Johnson 67 ′), Noble, Soucek, Coufal; Lingard, Fornals (Benrahma 78 ′); Antonio (Bowen 36 ′).

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