After 3 games out, Valencia returned to the Fantasy Premier League with a bang, collecting a massive 16 point haul away at Wolves. He looked incredibly lively on the right wing, tormenting Stephen Ward and punishing a Wolves side who had lost Zubar to a red card in the first half. From a sharp counter attack, he was released by a beautiful ball from Rooney and finished emphatically when no clear passing option was available. Valencia also picked up 2 assists and was awarded 2 bonus points for his overall performance.
Before his injury, Valencia was in cracking premier league fantasy form, having notched up 3 assists, a goal and 4 bonus points in his previous 4 matches. Despite missing the majority of the start of the season, he has reached the 100-point mark and is likely to produce handsome returns as long as he stays fit. Last season, he returned from a long-term injury to play a vital part for the current champions in the last 2 months and Ferguson is expecting a similar impact this season.
With United embarking on a favourable run until the end of the season, many managers should be looking at the Ecuadorian as a cheap and effective squad choice priced at 7.5m (although his price can be expected to rise before Gameweek 30). There is still the risk of rotation when Nani returns to fitness but being over 2m cheaper than his rivals Young and Nani, he may very well be a risk worth taking and should be top of the list for fantasy premier league transfers this week.