So that’s that then! Christmas – New Year is over for another year, and we’ve got what feels like an eternity until the next game! And… Wildcard’s available!!! Just a quickie this round.
* #Kane4England *
Tottenham… Don’t like doing this but I will… Q&A GW13.
“…a surprise package could be Spurs. Bear with me here… They’ve got a couple of easier games that they can gain some momentum from for United home and a tough local game against a potentially tired, and strikerless Chelsea. They have to get it together.”
Yeah ok, Chelsea still have strikers but Spurs have been one of the form teams since that was written. They’ve only been beaten once, by Chelsea back on GW14, but they more than made up for that last night! A normally rock solid defence was smashed to the tune of 5 goals. For Chelsea that will be a once off (it’s the first time an Jose inspired Chelsea team has let in more than 4 goals in a game) but for Spurs it marks their arrival under Pochettino and the arrival as a quality striker in Kane. Whether the kid can continue to be the main man until the end of the season has a question mark next to it, but one things for sure. He’s going to give everything he has for the shirt. 5 goals, 3 assists, 48 points in 5 games is a huge return. For the gaffer it’s redemption that his style just works. Yes you need the cattle, but everyone knew this Spurs outfit had the players. They just needed someone to inspire and lead them. They have a reasonably easy 3 games coming up, but the kicker here is that 2 of the teams they are playing have new managers so the form book could go out the window.
Honourable mentions. Stevie G turning back the clock in his last season. Jovetic back. Clichy making life hard for us.
* Have you seen my baseball? *
Refereeing. It’s hard to find a way to bring negativity into an otherwise happy time of year but I’ll try. There’s been some major clangers this festive season. Cisse’s elbow last game, Cahill’s kicking and stomping this one? Missed penalties, incorrectly given penalties… Sometimes gaffer’s get their rampage on to deflect attention, sometimes it’s deserved.
Honourable mentions. Lack of striker BPs!
Ryan Bennett Award – James Okore. Good kid! Could be a great defender in time. Villa are reasonably tight at the back. Better options at the price right now.
Jonjo Shelvey Award – Ahmed Elmohamady. Has played over 5000 minutes of EPL footy these past 2 seasons for 3 goals and 5 assists. Won’t ever come into FPL calculations.
Jamie Vardy Award – David Nugent. He scored! Unbelievable… Unbelievable that there was any sort of FPL related discussion on this guy preseason.
So… Wildcard eh… Who’s pulling trigger?