Bit of a let down this week from the highs of last! Still, it’s a learning opportunity… And learn we shall.
* Not back *
Inform. There’s some seriously inform strikers going around right now! I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this in (my) recent memory? In no particular order; Aguero, 9 in 9 EPL games this season. Sakho, 5 goalscoring games in a row. Pelle, 6 goals 3 assists in the last 7. Berahino, 5 goals in 6. Bony with 4 in 3. Maybe Lukaku with 4 from 6 at a push? Before Costa’s injury he had 9 from 7!!! There will be a lot of teams going around who have 3 from that group and would be flying! Gotta keep in mind though that quite a few of these runs are not going to be sustained. Remember that bloke called Ulloa? This is what separates the easily influenced middle of road FPL gaffer from the forward thinking top 1000 gaffers! Try and figure out who has hit the top of the curve, and which ones still have goals in them!?!? I can’t do all the work for you, what do you guys reckon?
Front 3. Talk about inform. Southampton’s… Pelle being flanked by the seriously impressive Mane and Tadic. That is as good an attacking trio going around at the moment and at prices being quoted coupled with fixtures coming up mean they must come into consideration. As a firm believer of a smattering of PODs in our teams, I’m putting Mane out there. 6.9m and an ownership of 0.2% is worth putting some thought into. Trying to get one of Mane or Tadic into your team is the tough part… Who do you trade out? Sometimes it too hard and it’s best to go with what you have.
Alexis Sanchez. If Arsenal ever needed their big summer signing to stand up, it has been these past couple of weeks. With Ozil and Giroud out for quite a while, Ox still finding his way, Cazorla still trying to find his best form, Ramsey and Walcott not fully fit yet, a lot has rested on Sanchez’s shoulders and he’s done the job. A massive 29 points over the past 2 games should put him on all our radars… Problem is he’s competing with Di Maria at that price, and I’d go ADM every day… If you have Hazard as well though then there’s something here to seriously consider.
Honourable mentions. Charlie Austin saving bacon, Bony, Anichebe (soft spot).
Europa League. Screw You. Screw. You. You’ve made Tottenham completely FPL irrelevant, and they were supposed to be a vital source of PODs. They were SUPPOSED to be a buffet of defensive points but you’ve robbed them of vital training ground time. Harry Kane plays midweek and smashes it, but Adebayor comes back in and scores. Lamela looks a world beater then flops. And, you’ve turned Everton into a rotation monster! Barkley bench. McGeady benched. Eto’o starts. Osman starts FFS! Alacaraz? How are we supposed to deal with this crap? Rant over.
Man City. Not because they lost… Teams lose from time to time. And don’t get me wrong, they’re doing pretty darn well… But as far as being a cohesive team unit, they’re a mile behind Chelsea. You just have too look at the majority of goals being scored by both teams to see what’s going on. Huge percentage of City goals rely on individual skill, such as Silva’s cracker. Chelsea’s on the other hand are regularly team goals or from sensational assists. Having a heap of possession is all well and good but you need to find different ways to break down the opposition. Still a loooong way to go, but it’s harder to keep relying on individual’s to win you games… Don’t get me started on their defence. Man Utd up next is tougher now than it was a month ago. Still bullish about Rooney for those interested.
Whack. I’ve been a bit hit and miss with my whackings so far. After GW7 I gave it to Everton and Newcastle, and they’ve won both games since! Maybe that’s what I should be aiming for… A response. So here goes… Tottenham. I’ve given them a light paddling so far but it’s time they got their act together. Beaten at home this week by a Newcastle team we all thought were a basket case. Before that they were smashed by City. They did alright putting in shifts against Southampton and Arsenal to bring home 4 points from 6 prior to the City debacle. But were beaten at home by West Brom before that… That’s some serious jeckle and hide form. They’ve got Villa away this week and then Stoke at home. They need two wins otherwise the future is mid table obscurity with a couple of cup runs to look forward to… Eriksen has looked likely though.
Honourable mentions. Being easier to score than miss, Rio on the way, Silva’s unpickable form, Bony’s fixtures, me forgetting Chambers was back from suspension 🙂
Ryan Bennett Award – Brede Hangeland. Possibly a bit harsh… He has got a goalscoring record some 16m strikers would kill for! 2 goals in 4 games so far this season, but before these goals he hadn’t scored in the EPL since the 10/11 season. That’s something like 10,000 minutes of football…
Jonjo Shelvey Award – Morgan Amalfitano. Had a bit of an FPL crush on this bloke last season that went largely unrequited! He got on the scoresheet against City, but to be fair was kind of fortunate. No disrespect, but that goal had a tiny bit of luck about it. The positives about Morgan is he is getting good minutes, in a goal scoring team and they have a good run of games. Negative is that he’s the Jonjo Shelvey Award winner for a reason…
Jamie Vardy Award – Samuel Eto’o. Very doubtful if Sammy is going to get enough minutes to make him FPL relevant… He played the No 10 role vacated by Barkley (screw you Europa league), and you’d think Ross will be back sooner rather than later. Scored two great goals against Burnley, to go with full BPs for a 13 to show he can still perform at this level.
So! What are our trades this week? I’m a bit stuck between Roondog in for Lukaku or dumping Lloris (after the whack they’ll get a cleanie for sure!)… Or nothing. The defence finally put in a performance so they’ll be left well alone!