Form along with value is a key driver to the premier league game. Get the right combination of form and value with a kind run of fixtures and your team will be coming out on top in the long run.
The top owned players are currently quite high on the form charts (Mr Wayne Rooney the exception that is quite a lengthy debate for another day though) it is often looking for that unique edge to your team surrounding the superstars.
Player in form – Dempsey
Clint Dempsey is quietly plodding along. Whether in the shadow of Bale or not he presents an excellent alternative to the currently injured Bale and the impressive but inconsistent Defoe.
Dempsey has settled at his new club having played 6 of the last 8 games in full. In the last 4 games he has returned 26 points at an average of 6.5 a game. He is in quite outstanding form and often plays out of position behind the striker not wide left like the explosive Welshman.
The fixtures are inviting if you like what tottenham have to offer. The next two games at home with 5 teams in the next 6 in the bottom half of the table spurs could start racking up the points.
It must be remembered Bale is clearly the better option but returning from a hamstring injury could take a number of weeks with the tight schedule over December coupled with a tough game at stoke (against his ‘mate’ Charlie Adam).
This leaves plenty of time for Dempsey to continue to excel with a miserable 1.9% ownership and an impressive 209 points last season this man is primed for short-term investment
Player out of form – Wright Phillips
Shaun Wright-Phillips for those that have been following the Premier League for many years will know he was at times unplayable on the wing at Manchester City much in the shape of the Liverpool youngster Sterling.
That is where his value is to be found as a low percentage owned 5th midfielder (1.1%) to rotate over those winter fixtures. Puncheon is the obvious choice at 4.7 (5.6% ownership and rising) with Sterling also many players favorite (22.4%). Wright Phillips should not be ignored from that list though.
After the draw with Aston Villa Redknapp was quoted “we need to get Wright Phillips up and running” he followed this with additional comments asking him to play with confidence after being given a fresh chance. Basically frozen out under Hughes Wright Phillips is back in the fold and ready to fire up front.
Having collected his first assist at wigan on the weekend in only his third full game of the season (2 in a row under redknapp) the fixtures shine friendly on returns as well as the immense confidence given from the new gaffer.
4 of the next six games are at home for a team which is currently unbeaten under its new manager, better things are yet to come from this side and Wright Phillips appears to be the shining light amongst the flashy but inconsistent Taarabt & co.
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