The transfer deadline day provided us with yet another 24 hours of madness with some big deals being sealed in the closing moments. Many a fantasy manager would have been hovering over the wildcard button during a painfully long international break. Hopefully you held off as the season is just about really get started. The international break is out of the way and the 25 man squads are confirmed. Now the teams can find an attacking balance to put goals in the net and bonus points back in the hands of our attacking assets.
Our initial In-Form players are facing a challenging week ahead. Kevin Nolan is on the road at Southampton. West Ham is really lacking the heading abilities of Carroll but with Petric scrambling in from free agency we could see an upturn. David Silva has picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty while also being subbed off after 65 minutes in GW3. Rotation & injury issues look set to hamper his potential for the time being.
In-Form this week focuses on the Arsenal’s one and only striker Olivier Giroud. Giroud has gone from a risky asset pending on the potential transfer of Higuain or Suarez to a nailed on prospect with Ozil tucked in behind. Showing just how much deadline day can change the fantasy landscape.
Giroud’s selling point is not the fact that he is nailed on though. The ability to settle into the English style of play is the real draw card here. Many players face a difficult first season in the league. They have to adjust to both the pace of the league and the teammates around them. For some it can be too much and for others it can just take time. The Frenchman has the most attempts on goals this season (13) and most shots inside the box (10). Accuracy really is the key though and Giroud comes through in this department with 75% of his shots on target being goals (3 out of 4).
This has seen Giroud average a rather startling 8.3 points a game, having hit the back of the net in each of his three games. It would be ridiculous to say that he could continue at such a rate but expect an improvement on 4.7 points a game. At a current price of 8.8 Giroud looks set to bring continued value to this price bracket. This is over the likes of an injury prone Sturridge (9.2) & the slightly more expensive Benteke (9.1).
The fixtures ahead:
Stoke City (H)
West Brom (A)
Crystal Palace (A)
It is best to only look two or three weeks ahead as form can change quickly. However with Arsenal being a reliable top four side and often amongst the highest goal scorers in the league, it is well advised to look a little further ahead. Arsenal face the disjointed Sunderland followed by a host of mid table teams and a few over performers from last season. Be on the radar for many Arsenal goals in the weeks to come with target man Giroud likely to be heavily involved.