This was a week of the have and have nots… You either had Aguero as captain and went large, or didn’t and suffered! And it was also the week that Costa finally succumbed to his dodgy hammy. That will cause some heartache I assume!
* Yaya Diame *
Sergio. Finished with four, but should’ve had more. If he’s not the best striker in the world right now, he’s in the top 3. Although very valid arguments will always be made against “going with the crowd”, not having him in your team makes life harder than necessary. And it’s always handy having a perma-captain! Look out for a potential cut and paste “The Captains” article this week 🙂 West Ham away this week, and we all know how much they leak goals… The question will always be how long will his injury prone body will hold up?
Barkley. Hoped to keep this one quiet but I guess it’s my (unpaid) job to help you all out so I’ll show my hand! Firstly the negatives… The main problem last season, from an FPL perspective, was that his shot to pass ratio was way off. He took far too many shots from very ordinary positions when he could be building the play around the box, or playing in his team mates. Possibly a headache from that Rooney-esqe goal he scored against Norwich? A minor problem is that a lot of our goals last season, and this, have had the final ball come from wider out than the central corridor. This limits his ability to assist and he becomes the dreaded “assist to the assister” type player. He does like to spray them to the wings if he’s not taking pot shots which only feeds the wide assists… Positive. And it’s a huge one. Even if he’s only slightly learnt from any of those selfishly FPL related problems, he’s a steal at 6.7m. I’ve already pulled the trigger. It’s so obvious how much his absence has meant to the team, and although it was against a pre-relegated Villa team he looked the part first game back. Once he gets to full fitness he could put his name in the lights.
Diame. “The likes of Jelavic and Hernandez stand out, but so does Diame. I’ve been a big fan since he was at West Ham, he just never got a decent run at it… He has Yaya Toure written all over him. Consider.” Another goal on the weekend! Not gloating, just reinforcing that he has been on my radar for a while, and is only proving to me what I thought all along. Be careful though, he’s scored 4 goals this season from 4 shots. Liverpool this week shouldn’t hold any major concerns though. Yaya Diame!
Roondog. Comes back into the United team
this next week with a heap to prove. Let his side down immeasurably a few weeks ago and chances are he’ll go big in a team scoring for fun. We should all try and put some planning into future trades, and I reckon next week is Operation Get Rooney if you don’t already have Aguero.
Honourable mentions; Tadic and Pelle; Andy Keogh, for those who understand need no explanation; Red time goals…
Sunderland. Oh boy. Some credit has to go to Southampton, but in reality Sunderland’s was one of the worst performances I have seen a team put in for quite some time. You can deal with skill errors if there is some sort of endeavour and players putting in shifts, but they just rolled over and copped it sweet. Crackin’ own goal though!?! Those of you with Mannone need to consider moving him on, those with him as a starter need to jump ship yesterday. With Pantillimon waiting in the wings he may not survive the fall out.
Mario. Oh boy part 2. Last 20 EPL games… 39 shots. 1 goal. 0 assists… He’s had more hair styles this season than goals, and had one of the better misses of an open goal you’ll see. Hard to see what he brings to the team considering there’s a more than capable Ricky Lambert on the pine.
Tottenham. Firstly, can FPL call Tottenham “Tottenham” and not “Spurs”?!?! I’ve lost count how many times I’ve spent literally minutes looking for “Tottenham”… Anywho, don’t mind me. This team has got some serious mental demons against the top teams. You should all know their record of getting belted against any of the top 4 or 5 clubs so I won’t waste words on it. Fortunately for them they don’t play anyone of quality for a month, but keep this in mind when they play Everton followed by Chelsea… I guess for every Koeman there’s a Pochettino?
Honourable mentions. Richard Dunne’s record breaking 10th own goal; Swansea’s spiralling form…
Ryan Bennett Award – Paul Dummett. Was the most famous 4.0m defender in the history of FPL preseason, but then Newcastle turned to shite and he got dropped. Spurs and Liverpool coming up sooo yeah nah.
Jonjo Shelvey Award – Gabby Obertan. Possibly breaks the rules slightly in that he did something last week. But he’s never done anything before that! Seems to have got a new lease on life and fits the “I better do something in the last year of my contract” mould. 4.4m eh?
Jamie Vardy Award – Eduardo Vargas. I bet Mario Balotelli wishes he could play against Liverpool! 2 goals in 12 minutes on the pitch for 12 points…
Time to clock off. I hope you got involved in the Aguero love fest, if you don’t have him I really suggest you get him soon!