I’m sure we are all in agreement that was a decent bounce back to FPL form! Well, not me but I’ll get onto that later. A big lesson to be learnt… Just a quick one this week, but for those unaware we have a decent break before the next game!
LVG. You have to give credit where credit is due don’t you? Surely? He’s copped some of the harshest criticism I’ve ever seen directed at a gaffer since, well since Moyesy. And they’re 2 points away from finishing top 2! Even Fellaini is starting to look like he actually knows how to play! Granted LVG was allowed to spend the sort of cash that Moyes would only have dreamt of, but none of the recruits have done a thing. Nothing. ADM did have a spurt early doors, but hasn’t done much (anything) since. If you told me Herrera and Shaw cost spare change short of 30m each I’d have a laugh and tell you you’re dreaming. Rojo and Blind have shown flashes of being worth half that but can’t stay on the park for long. Falcao? Ha, give me a break. Even some of the stars already at the club in RVP, Mata and Rooney haven’t really performed for any decent period of time. Not to mention having to deal with the worst defensive injury crisis in my memory for most of the first half of the season. Yet, they’re 2 points from second spot… Astonishing. Is it really though, or is the lack of European footy really that much of difference? Would the gap to the likes of City and Arsenal be much larger if they didn’t have to deal with the Champions League. Bit of a mute point really, but we’ll see next season when United are in their shoes. Until then, well played Mr Van Gaal.
Honourable mentions. Man City’s 43 shots on goal. Chelsea tied it up?
The Gaffer of Bayswater Toffees. Yep. Sometimes a risk pays off, sometimes it cancels out or sometimes, sometimes it crashes so spectacularly that you seriously considered hitting the delete button and questioning wtf you are doing being a part of this game. The finger was poised… It really was. But alas I didn’t have the guts to do it. This is a blow by blow account of how it all went down for your enjoyment… So, I really wanted Benteke. I mean desperately. This was going to be my game changer to shoot up the rankings. He was in form, looking great. Looked like the Bentekkkers of old! DGW coming helps? Sherwood! No-one else at Villa really caught my eye enough to want to spend a trade on… I also saw a fixture against Swansea a week earlier than the DGW I wanted a piece of. Swansea tend to get towelled up by big strikers who are good in the air. Ask Andy Carroll who he loves to play against and, after he stops weeping about missing football, he’ll tell you Swansea. I went to work. I had a front line of Aguero, Kane and Austin. Can’t trade out Kun when he’s due can I? No, of course not… Austin! No, he’s got a DGW too. Decent form as well… Kane? Don’t be stupid, he’s the inform striker in the EPL! World even!!! But… He has to come back down to Earth eventually. This sort of form can’t be maintained by a rookie. And don’t forget that, he is just a rookie. Maybe I get a jump on everyone and bail out now. But even if I wanted to do that I didn’t have the cash… Wait, what’s Eriksen done recently? Yeah nothing. Hasn’t even looked like scoring, and that’s the only way he’s been getting points this season. What about Siggy! Had 5 shots on goal last game without scoring… And they’re play Villa aren’t they? Villa love conceding! Siggy will score too for sure. So, Kane and Eriksen became Benteke and Siggy… Kane = 17 points, Eriksen = 5. Benteke = 2, Siggy = 3. And Benteke got injured, it’s probably a bad one. He doesn’t tend to do small injuries… That my friends is a 17 point turn around… No wait… 21 points for the hit I took to make it happen. That my friends is a 21 point turn around and a solid candidate for the worst week of trades in the history of fantasy sport. Fact. You think you got it bad? Prove it. I dropped nearly 80,000 positions too… Ugh. What a game. Lesson learnt? Don’t be a hero.
Honourable mentions. Stevie G sorry for not getting away with one? Aguero doing everything but score…
Ryan Bennett Award – Federico Fernandez. Swansea aren’t exactly the cleanest defending team going around, and in fact they can sometimes be quite the opposite, particularly away from home. They met a weak Villa team however and Fernandez got his cleanie points. Hit and miss fixtures means a no from me.
Jonjo Shelvey Award – Fernando. Hasn’t scored above 6 points this season and goes berzerk for 14. Was seriously helped along by the opposition playing short nearly the whole game making defensive midfielders pointless.
Jamie Vardy Award – Jamie Vardy! Nearly got a gig a month ago but his goalless 8 points wasn’t quite up to it. This is the same bloke that belted United to the tune of 21 points in GW5, but hasn’t scored since…
Stealth Player of the Week – Boaz Myhill again. Just do it, and field him. Latest is that Foster won’t be back this season…
So there it is. I feel weirdly liberated after that… Anyone got a worse story than that??? Slight drop to 16th in A League but enough trades in the bank to swerve most of the international carnage. If anything that’s proof that I do know what I’m doing for those new around here!!!