As we dig into pre season studies with less then three weeks until season proper, I am left thinking I rather like my opening side. This is on the eve of my yearly deconstruction of everything that is the English Premier League.
This is of course overlooking the rather futile efforts of the autopick side. I must admit this was actually my first ‘proper’ team this year. Picked with such financial balance I can’t help but laugh. See below from some equality of joy:
Moving on to the actual team proper and we have the lock and loads Rooney, Hazard, Ivanovic & Kos the Boss. Like any season though the transfer window has plans going out the window, Sterling’s arrival at Man City could either benefit or hinder Silva.
Silva for those that don’t know is a real thorn in my side. The constant injuries, poor penalties, backpass powered shots and bonus system changes name a few frustrations. Amazingly he still managed to average a healthy 5.79 points per game.
This is the guy that will go and get injured 3 times a season but still reward his owners with a top 3 midfielder level of consistency per match over the long haul.
Believe me 38 gameweeks is a long haul…
He is someway behind the impressive Hazard who for mine is pick number one in the midfield. That said when we have a look a little further forward:
This is where things start to get rather interesting and where personal balance and flexibility comes into play. Before I looked at the strikers this was my line up:
Heavy in midfield that was the key. The returns of Hazard, Sanchez and Silva looked too good to turn down with Mane the standout in the ‘breakout’ column. Aguero is simply outstanding, his high points per game took me slightly by surprise ‘that high c’mon’. Kane well I will save (more) words for him until a later date but for anyone that is interested have a look at Kevin Phillips.
Kevin was playing for Sunderland in 1999-2000 his first season in the top flight. Kevin scored 30 goals for the season in all competitions its astonishingly similar to Kane who scored 31 in all competitions. This was his breakout year, in his next 6 seasons of top flight football he scored: 18, 13, 9, 13, 13 & 5 goals never again reaching the heights of that 30 goal season.
I am not saying they are similar players I am not trying to strongly connect the two. The point I am trying to make is it takes a lot of factors to have such an impressive season. The element of surprise on the opposition, the drive to make the level, the quality of your team mates, the respect of the coach, maintain fitness etc.
These factors are extremely difficult to list and look through but I would be extremely surprised if Kane got close to 30 goals again this season. By the end of last season the fade out had already started on the amount of goals he was scoring. If we remember Kane did not start the season ‘on fire’ it took a while for the show to really get rolling with Kane being a factor for over 10 gameweeks a 3 to 4 month period of time.
Quite often we see this in the league often from the start of the season (think Michu) who had an astonishing first half of the season only to fade out for the games in which he played the opponent the second time around (they were ready for him). Lets look at the Capital One Cup final after scoring a hat trick in the teams last match Kane was held goalless. To say Chelsea would have put research into stopping Kane would be an understatement after he single handily embarrassed them earlier in the season.
It should be increasingly hard to find players of real value in the modern game. However it still happens relatively often and us fantasy managers can take advantage. Silva could make way in my team for the cut price Mata, and Payet may take the place of Sanchez to start the season. A healthy cash budget will be important as I look deeper to find the next Rickie Lambert, Ings or Sakho to start the new season.
Manager Musings brought to you by @liambednarski with a 10th attempt at FPL trying to break the 5000 rank mark for the first time.
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For those that are interested I am hosting a draft concept league on the website www.realff.co.uk with the draft occurring in the week leading up to the season proper. The website fee is around $5-10 AUD depending on a few factors, the scoring is similar to FPL (no bonus points though).
Looking for 5-8 players although we could make it extremely challenging with 11 teams if the interest is there. Possible prizes if a league is filled out. Please comment below or message me on twitter if interested.