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Official FPL: Wilson, Rico and King ownership rising

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Gameweek 9 is almost upon us and FPL managers will be checking their teams to see who has returned from the international break fit and healthy.

But with AFC Bournemouth facing teams in the bottom half of the table for their next four fixtures, is it time to draft in some of the alternatives?

Next up for the Cherries is Norwich City at home and the Canaries are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, conceding at least two goals in all but one game.

But which players does this mean could catch the eye at the weekend?

Our Fantasy Premier League expert reveals all…

ONLY ONE BLANK WEEK FOR WILSON

Despite going goalless last time out against Arsenal, Callum Wilson has scored five points or more in every other game so far – with only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero bettering those tallies.

In every single game bar last week, the Cherries frontman has either scored or assisted.

Over 85,000 FPL managers have already transferred him in ahead of this weekend’s fixture against Norwich making him the ninth most drafted in player of the Gameweek already so far.

12.8% of people have selected him in their sides and he is the third most in-form player in the entire FPL market right now.

He only played 15 minutes during the international break meaning he will still be fresh ahead of the weekend, however, when he did come on for England he looked lively and was unfortunate not to score in the dying moments of the game after hitting the post against Bulgaria.

RICO CONTINUES TO GAIN OWNERS

Spanish defender Diego Rico won the club’s Michael Matthews Player of the Month award for September after playing the full 90 minutes in every game and having more touches than other Cherries player throughout the month – a great feat for a left-back!

Valued at only £4.2m, he is the second cheapest AFC Bournemouth player and the second cheapest active playing defender on the market behind Martin Kelly valued at £4.1m.

In his last four games he registered two assists helping earn extra points against Southampton and Everton, with his athleticism and attacking instincts on show.

His ownership has soared in recent weeks as well, he’s now the third most owned Cherries player with 11.3% of all teams in the game now containing the Spaniard.

KING ENJOYS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL BREAK

Norwegian forward Joshua King has played nearly all minutes for the Cherries this season and has rewarded managers who have kept patience in him this season.

As mentioned before, he’s the designated penalty taker for both club and country, bagging another spot-kick in the international break to equalise against Spain in the 93rd minute.

The pressured penalty was converted calmly by the frontman and it meant that Norway kept their three-year unbeaten home record intact against one of the world’s best sides.

In the forward’s last home match, he racked up 12 points after scoring and providing an assist against West Ham, despite being shifted into a wider role.

In his last four games he has picked up bonus points in two of those games, and is a cheap alternative for your frontline.

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