Philippe Coutinho’s £142 million move from Liverpool to Barcelona has caused a bit of a fantasy football headache for some of you.
The Reds midfielder has been a firm Dream Team favourite for the last two seasons, and his departure to La Liga will leave many managers desperately seeking a suitable replacement.
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Before his move, the Brazilian was by far the most valuable player on Dream Team, having averaged more points-per-game than any other player.
No wonder those crazy Catalans made him the second-most expensive player of all time, eh?
So, with a sizeable £8.8m-worth to trade-in, who should you snap up as Big Phil’s replacement?
Here’s five players who could prove perfect alternatives…
Who should replace Philippe Coutinho in your fantasy football team?
1 Mohamed Salah – £8.8m
This one’s a bit of a no-brainer really, isn’t it?
Salah has been the ultimate fantasy football hero this season, having accumulated a cool 219 points on Dream Team so far – with only a certain Spurs forward above him in the points standings.
Originally worth just £5m on the game at the start of the season, his incredible goal-scoring form for Liverpool since has made him a firm favourite – with 40% of you currently boasting the Egyptian in your team.
2 Raheem Sterling – £7.6m
What can we say about little Raheem?
The nippy winger has been in blinding form for Manchester City this season – outscoring his club’s usual goal-getters Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus so far.
It seems every week he’s grabbing a goal or an assist (or both), which is going a long way towards City’s inevitable Premier League win.
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What’s more, with Jesus’ current injury, we reckon Pep Guardiola will rely on the England international even more as the season reaches it’s climax.
3 Kevin de Bruyne – £7.6m
If we had it our way, this guy would win the Premier League’s Player of Year award right-freakin’-now.
The Belgian playmaker has been the engine to Man City’s excellent campaign, with his technique and passing ability making us seriously consider taking up a career in poetry.
Many of you share our sentiment, with well over 30% of Dream Team managers currently proud owners of KDB in their team’s.
Coutinho may have left for Barcelona, but the best playmaker in England firmly remains.
4 Eden Hazard – £7.5m
Here’s another Premier League favourite who could be strutting his stuff in La Liga sometime soon.
Real Madrid are reportedly huge fans of the Chelsea forward, with plenty of rumours linking him with a move to the Spanish capital in the summer.
But in the meantime, let’s just enjoy him, yeah?
He’s been once again key to Chelsea’s success this season, netting six times in the league and three times in the Champions League.
5 Riyad Mahrez – £5.7m
Here’s a somewhat left-field choice.
While Mahrez is still by-and-large one of the most exciting players in the Premier League, you just feel he’s never going to reach those lofty heights of Leicester’s title-winning campaign.
Still, him and Jamie Vardy continue to link-up for the Foxes in attack, and he’s notched an impressive 25 points in his last three outings.
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