Hey guys, Matt here to bring you a new series looking at which players may have snuck under our radars in the previous month of football. I will write this once per month during the international breaks as my transfer talk is not applicable! Just let me know if it helps, now let’s get searching.
Foster (5.0) – West Brom’s number 1 between the sticks has not caught my attention until this week but I feel it’s time we take note. After facing what was supposed to be a tough run of fixtures against Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton, West Brom have come out the other end undefeated boasting 2 clean sheets. With fixtures against a struggling Fulham, Reading, Aston Villa and QPR more clean sheets could follow, at 5.0 he poses a great option as a budget keeper. He also interchanges very well with Begovic, who starts a nice clean run of fixtures as West Brom face tougher opposition. Those 2 could work well together. He has my blessing!
Reid (4.6) – West Ham have jumped up and surprised me for sure, I personally didn’t think they were capable of clean sheets but they have proved me wrong! It seems that while their away fixtures may pose problems at the back, home fixtures could be a nice source of clean sheets. With Norwich, Sunderland, QPR, Southampton and Wigan to come in their next 6 things look promising. With a goal and 5 bonus points to boast Reid looks to be the pick of their defenders and with 23 points in just 2 home games so far he looks a great budget option to rotate through your defence.
McCauley (5.1) – Another of West Brom’s surprisingly solid defensive unit, McCauley has added to his hauls with a goal and assist, plus 3 bonus points! 27 points in just 3 games is impressive and with a friendly run of fixtures to come he could be a great option in defence, one I certainly hadn’t previously considered. Ridgewell is a similar option with as far as attacking threat is concerned but with Popov newly transferred I’m not convinced yet, stick with McCauley for job security.
Gibbs (5.5) – Arsenal’s defensive unit as a whole is yet another surprise to me. Yet to concede in 3 games they are on fire at the back and with Southampton visiting the Emirates this week they look prime to make it 4 in a row, however don’t underestimate Southampton just yet. They have bagged 4 goals away to both Manchester clubs and could still pose problems. With Koscielny and Sagna making their returns over the next month I don’t like Mertesacker or Jenkinson but Gibbs looks locked on at LB and has assist potential. Great option, however with games against Manchester City and Chelsea to come in their next 3 be wary, perhaps look at jumping on board come GW7.
Nolan (6.1) – While he has been on a lot of radars I’m not sure many were brave enough to pick him, I wasn’t. He has since proved us all wrong with 2 goals in 3 games and 19 points in the bag. I like Nolan as a pick and have brought him in myself. Once again West Ham look much better at home so perhaps rotate him for home games if possible. Still a great budget mid option.
Walters (6.4) – Another that was talked about a lot pre-season but has fallen off a few radars due to 2 blanks at the start of the season. His price has dropped to 6.4 and once Stoke’s fixtures clear up he provides a great option. To be honest you don’t even have to wait for his fixtures to ease, he has proven his penalty scoring capabilities and can score against anyone! 12 points last week backed this up and has him sitting right at the top of my watchlist! If you are struggling to find a mid price midfielder, here’s your man.
Podolski (8.4) – Once again another player who we all watched in anticipation to see if he could deliver. Last week he certainly did and poses a great mid price forward option at just 8.4. He has the potential to bag significant double point hauls but can be inconsistent, similar to Bent. Wait and see on this one, as Arsenal’s new attack starts to gel he should get more involved on a regular basis, expect him amongst the points!
Lambert (6.0) – Rickie has had a fantastic start to the season with 2 goals and an assist in his first 3. We knew he was capable of large returns and looks a great cut-price option in attack. One thing that bothers me is the fact he has 0 bonus points so far and doesn’t seem to be playing the full 90 minutes consistently. Once again wait and see how he fares over the next few gameweeks and Southampton’s schedule eases up. We may just see him explode.
Fletcher (7.0) – Finally we get to Fletcher. A brace on debut for Sunderland in the premier league left a lot of managers considering him, me being one of them. He looks a great option as a mid price forward and has the potential to become the next Bent, poaching 20 goals this season. I feel he is very capable of this and will be a great addition to your fantasy team! Although don’t expect consistency, he either scores or he doesn’t, not many assists inbetween… don’t let that put you off though, just be patient. Great buy!
That’s it from me today, hope that helped a lot of you! Certainly a few names here not mentioned nearly enough in most of our articles and will provide great P.O.D’s in the gameweeks to come. Expect my regular transfer talk to return next week as well as my friday news wrap of the long break! Almost back in business, things should start to heat up again soon! Cheers.