The Spy is back for another week as we look ahead to gameweek 22. In this piece, we’ll look at a player to watch from each team featuring in the final five games of the gameweek.
If you’re struggling to figure out who to put in your squad, these player reviews may help you decide.
Burnley v Leicester City (Saturday, 3pm)
Burnley – Dwight McNeil
With Maxwel Cornet playing in the Africa Cup of Nations, Chris Wood on his way out and Ashley Barnes out injured, Burnley will need their other attacking players to step up.
Dwight McNeil has been very quiet this campaign, picking up just one assist whilst not finding the net at any point.
The thing is, he’s hurt Leicester in the past, having assisted twice and scoring once against them in six career appearances.
Leicester – James Maddison
Whilst Burnley have their absences, Leicester could be without up to 12 players for their trip to Turf Moor this weekend.
Leicester have had their troubles on the pitch at times this season, but James Maddison has certainly stepped up in the last couple of months.
The attacking midfielder has been instrumental in a lot of the good things that Brendan Rodgers’ side do when going forward.
In fact, with five goals and three assists, Maddison has contributed to over a quarter of Leicester’s goals in the Premier League this season.
Aston Villa v Manchester United (Saturday, 5.30pm)
Aston Villa –Danny Ings
Aston Villa will be looking to get revenge over Manchester United after being knocked out of the FA Cup by them in the week.
Danny Ings did find the net in that game, but it was controversially ruled out by VAR and he will hope to get on the scoresheet officially this weekend.
Had that goal stood, Ings would have scored two in two games after his smart finish against Brentford last time out in the league.
Whilst he would have hoped to have made more of an impact in a Villa shirt, the forward has still managed four goals and two assists.
Man United – Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has come out this week claiming that he would be unhappy with finishing anywhere below third, so United need to start getting wins from somewhere.
The Portuguese failed to make his mark in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford as Villa came away 1-0 victors.
However, with 13 goal contributions in 15 games against the Villans, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him net this weekend.
Unsurprisingly, Ronaldo has been a hit on Ultimate Fan as well, with only two forwards scoring more than his 179 points.
West Ham United v Leeds United (Sunday, 2pm)
West Ham – Jarrod Bowen
It was just last weekend that Jarrod Bowen put Leeds United to the sword, scoring two goals to knock them out of the FA Cup.
It’s not the first time he has hurt Leeds, having scored against them in the fixture at Elland Road last campaign.
Bowen is enjoying a positive season so far as well, having contributed to 14 goals in 21 appearances in the league after another two goals against Norwich in the week.
Thanks to those goals and assists, the winger has proved to be a useful card in Ultimate Fan after picking up 109 points, making him the 13th highest scoring forward.
Leeds – Raphinha
Leeds have struggled this season, there is no doubt about that but they’d be in a much worse position if it wasn’t for Raphinha.
The Brazilian has often been the player to provide the attacking spark in a Leeds side who have won just four games this campaign.
The fact that Raphinha’s eight goals and one assist equal 43% of Leeds’ goals this season, it shows his importance to the side.
The last time the winger came up against West Ham, he did find the net, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him add to his 130 points this weekend.
Liverpool v Brentford (Sunday, 2pm)
Liverpool – Diogo Jota
With both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane away on international duty, the attacking duties fall to Liverpool’s other forwards.
One player who has quietly gone about his business this season is Diogo Jota, who has actually found the net more times this season than Mane.
The Portuguese forward has notched 10 goals so far this season, with one of them coming in the reverse fixture against Brentford.
His goalscoring exploits have seen him become one of the most fruitful forwards on Ultimate Fan, with 151 points, only four forwards scoring more.
Brentford – Yoane Wissa
Brentford were very poor in their last outing, losing 4-1 away to Southampton and things don’t get much easier this weekend against Liverpool.
Another player who scored in the reverse fixture at the Brentford Community Stadium was in fact, Yoane Wissa.
The forward has only scored three goals this season, but his last one was of great quality, curling home from outside of the box against Aston Villa.
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal (Sunday, 4.30pm)
Tottenham – Harry Kane
There is something about playing Tottenham’s North London rivals that brings the best out of Harry Kane.
Having come through the Spurs academy, these games mean more to players like Kane which explains his fantastic record in the North London derby.
With 11 goals and three assists in 16 career appearances against Arsenal, the forward has proven that he can be a threat to the Gunners defence.
Kane is also one of the highest-scoring cards in Ultimate Fan with 184 points, however, half of those did come in the international gameweeks.
Arsenal – Bukayo Saka
Just like Kane, Bukayo Saka knows how important these games mean to the fans which is why he’s the pick for the Arsenal team.
The winger started the season slowly, failing to score or assist in his first five games until he came up against Spurs.
Saka managed a goal and assist in that game, and has gone on to contribute to eight more goals, scoring four in his last three.
Because of this, he has proved to be a useful card in Ultimate Fan, picking up 140 points to make him the third most fruitful midfielder.