Welcome back to another Q&A! With plenty of action going on this week after transfer deadline day, there’s plenty of new fpl queries to consider. Here’s your questions this week:
Nick – Definitely Sterling for me – I have brought him in already for Mata. He has looked simply awesome so far and killed it during pre-season as well. His pace is menacing and he seems to be flourishing even without the presence of Suarez. Not sure he is must have status at the moment, but is verging on it with his current form.
Seags – If he’s not a must have, he’s pretty bloody close. Now Balotelli has signed he’s tucking in to the role just behind the two strikers- and looks pretty dangerous. I’ve already transferred him in for next week. You know the dude has like 5 kids? He’s like 18. Shit’s fucked.
Baysie – No-one is a must have just yet in my opinion, but Sterling is one to seriously consider owning. There are rumours circulating that Sturridge’s injury is worse than first thought which will increase Sterling’s worth even more. He is still young though so expect some lean times… And hope that Mario’s antics don’t rub off on him.
Matt – With the alternatives available, Sturridge is slightly overpriced in my opinion (And also under an injury cloud). There’s no doubting both him and Sterling are the two to consider, Balotelli isn’t worth it for 10.0. I don’t think Sterling is a must have just yet and there are a heap of alternatives, but he’s certainly looking good early. I’m not sure how he’ll fare as we hit the busy Christmas period as well as midweek Champions league fixtures, he is still only 19. For now he looks brilliant value at 8.7 and is well worth the investment. Whilst Sterling himself may not be a must have, I think Liverpool coverage is.
Nick – I’d say dump Arnautovic, he hasn’t got involved for Stoke at all so far and despite a good run of fixtures there are far better options out there for a similar price. Bony has a tough game against Chelsea this weekend so it might be worthwhile offloading him as well.
Seags – Tough one. You can fuck Arnautovic straight off- the dude isn’t even starting half the time. Bony I’d keep unless I was wildcarding.
Baysie – Bony yes, Arnautovic no. Never really saw the point in Arnautovic to be fair… Swansea are playing really well right now, and after Chelsea next week, have a great run. Bony just needs some luck.
Matt – As everyone has said previously, Arnautovic has to go. Bony on the other hand is a tough one. Swansea have some soft fixtures coming and I think it’s important to have a POD or two in our squads. That being said I think Monk may try to integrate a two striker system, making Bony’s potential more of an unknown. If you’re not wildcarding I suggest you hold, otherwise it will just come back to bite you. hard.
Nick – Like the newly transitioned players I’d give him time to adapt to the Premier League. Yes he is a goal-scoring machine and his record speaks for itself, but we don’t know how he will fit in at United. With their new additions over the past week it might bring about a change in formation from Van Gaal meaning it’s even more of an uncertainty as to how he will perform. Give him a couple of games to ease into things. But then again, big risk massive reward!
Seags – My heart tells me to bring him in, but my head says “Shut the fuck up Seags you absolute moron- Man United couldn’t score blue meth in Albuquerque.” If you bring him in he’ll be a P.O.D- but can you afford to have both he and Costa without skimping elsewhere? I’d hold.
Baysie – It’s worth strongly considering. It’s rare to see a new player hit the ground running, but this one has a different feeling. Call it a hunch.
Matt – Surely he will come straight into the side, and a home game against QPR makes me nervous not owning him. If you’re keen on him then go for it, I’m more of a long term thinker and I’m not totally convinced with his lack of assist work.
Nick – Despite the criticism he has been getting since he moved to the Gunners I actually think it’s a pretty decent piece of business. He was wasted out wide when playing at United and his goal scoring record is actually pretty decent, even despite not playing in his favoured position. Now with Giroud out and Sanogo being shit, Welbeck will be the main man at Arsenal and potentially will flourish with the likes of Ozil and Sanchez feeding him through balls. This transfer has the potential to turn into a Daniel Sturridge-like situation where the player moves from one club where he was struggling to get game time to another and succeeds straight away. Don’t write him off.
Seags – Ok so here’s what I don’t get about Welbeck. If I took a steaming shit in a desert and offered it to you would you want it? No. Say I took a steaming shit in a bowl full of cinnamon. Would you want it then? No. My point? A change of scenery shouldn’t change the fact that I’ve just offered you a steaming pile of shit. God I’m going to look stupid if Welbeck dominates.
Baysie – Has all the tools to be a success in this team. He’s never really had a decent run as the main striker since Sunderland, and has nearly always been playing on a wing so looking at his stats is a complete waste of time. If Giroud can score goals in this Arsenal team, Welbeck definitely can… It feels like a good fit.
Matt – I’m confident he’s going to shut the doubters up and leave Man United regretting this decision in the future. Arsenal are building a strong core of young English players at the club, if they all get along well they could have a lot of success together. Having said that, I don’t think he’s going to walk through the door and be an instant superstar. Watchlist for me.
(See Welbeck above)
Nick – I wouldn’t get them in straight away, but putting them on the watchlist and watching them closely can’t do any harm. Monitor their form & influence for the team they’re playing at over the next 2-3 games and if they’re looking good then don’t be afraid to pull the trigger. Just on that, don’t get into a false sense of security if one of the newly transferred players scores in the first game next weekend – it might be a one off!
Seags – I’d be waiting to see what sort of state Ben Arfa was in. He was training with the paralympic side at Newcastle so I’d expect him to be rusty. He’s never going to be consistent either- his scoring chart looks as consistent as Malaysia Airlines’ air traffic control.
Baysie – Ah Ben Arfa… Sometime you love ’em, sometimes you… He was pretty damn good back when Pardew played him, it’s hard to know if Hull have picked up damaged goods or not because he hasn’t played in a long time. To think a player of his huge talent couldn’t find a full transfer somewhere and the best loan deal he could get was Hull (no disrespect). I’ve got concerns over his fitness at the moment so he’s not going to find a way into my team. 5.8m is an awkward price too. Watch closely.
Matt – I wouldn’t go near Ben Arfa at the moment, he looks too fragile and Hull have bolstered their squad considerably. I’ll be completing a wrap of the deadline day transfers next week, but at this stage I’m not sure there’s too much to get excited about, outside of Man United that is.
Nick – Mata for me. With a formation change likely to occur his position is somewhat in jeopardy with the vast options Van Gaal has going forward. Eriksen has got off to a slow start but has job security well and truly on his side.
Seags – Mata out- Sterling in.
Baysie – No idea what’s going on over at Man Utd. It’s a perfect storm of new gaffer, new system and new team. It could go 2 very different ways… At a push I would say Erik out, Sterling in. Mata has been poor but good players tend to like playing with other good players and the extra competition might spur him on.
Matt – I’ve been an advocate for holding Eriksen, but he had a shocker against Liverpool. That being said, Mata could find himself on the outer as they try to fit Di Maria, Falcao, RVP and Rooney into the same team. How a team with one of the most disorganised defences in the league manage to think outcasting a player of Mata’s quality is more urgent is beyond me. I think Mata has to go with all the uncertainty (At best I think he can play on a wing), but Eriksen is just about on his last chance. If you have Costa, go for Sterling. If not, Fabregas.
Nick – If you’ve wildcarded – definitely. If you haven’t used your free transfer – yes. If you’ve already used your free transfer – no. Not worth taking a hit to get him out but if you have the luxury then I’d say yes. More attacking options means Rooney may well be shifted to a position that he historically doesn’t score well in. Don’t be too worried if you hold though, a home game against a hapless QPR may well be just what United need.
Seags – If you’ve got no worries elsewhere- why not. Just don’t blame me when he nails a couple of cheapies…
Baysie – Still no idea. It’s hard to believe he won’t be an integral part of this team it’s just where is the unknown. Could he play full time midfield? He’s got the skill set…
Matt – With RVP and Falcao around to play up front (And that’s if they stick with a 3-5-2) I can see Rooney shifting into a central midfield role. Who knows how he feels about the matter, but at the end of the day it means very little. We selected him on the basis that he would be playing as a striker, I’m not sure I’d want to waste 10.5 on him if he’s not playing up front. Agree with Nick, if it’s a free transfer then go for it, but don’t take a hit with QPR at home to come.
There you have it guys, hopefully this clears a few things up! Be sure to monitor your squads fitness over the international break, with a few popular picks sure to get some kind of niggle (Sturridge and Costa rumours have already begun). We’ll be bringing you guys a deadline day wrap plus a review on a new look Manchester United over the next week. We’ll also have the fitness wrap up after the international games have been completed, before we turn our focus onto GW4 late next week! Time to endure a weekend without football…
The Addicts team