Hello, hello boys and girls! After missing the first week (apologies to my fans haha) I’m finally back with the weekly captain article! Hopefully work will leave me enough time off to be back for good. Just one thing before I get on with discussing captain options: even though Liam and Matt are doing an amazing job… we need more writers!! I see a lot of sensible and smart comments after each article, you guys definitely have what it takes to participate. Come join us, it’s painless and it’s fun!
It’s so early in the season that we’ll have to go with our guts. That being said I will prefer to bet on players who are not new to the Premier League at this stage. I will also keep an eye on captain polls to make sure I don’t take too many risks going against the crowd.
The Top 3
1. Sergio Aguero
Talking about a known quantity in the EPL…look no further than Sergio Aguero! Although Pep probably needs some time to bring the best out of his team, the Argentinian striker just made a killing scoring once in the first GW and 3 times against Bucarest in the ECL qualifiers (despite missing 2 penalties!). He’s playing Stoke (away) which is not a bad fixture.
The pros: we all know what he’s capable of, started the season with a bang
The cons: Pep’s City is still a work in progress, will be the third game in a week
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
As a Paris Saint Germain fan, I’m quite familiar with United’s new striker. And let me tell you one thing: stats will be meaningless with this guy! He can be useless for 89 minutes and still end up with a brace. It’s just the kind of player he is: very frustrating at times but gets the job done. That being said, I’m curious to see how he adapts to the Premier League. He was playing for a very dominant team in a weaker league before so it’s hard to tell. With a home game against Southampton and a good performance from United last GW he’s unsurprisingly tailing Aguero in captain polls.
The pros: started scoring for United from the start, home fixture
The cons: new to the EPL, may be a bit tired after the Euro (although it didn’t last very long for him)
3. Eden Hazard
Very nice to see this guy (seemingly) coming back to FPL relevance. After a great end of last season (unlike the beginning and the middle) + a good Euro, he came back to the EPL scoring in the first GW! He’s looking hungry and influential again, therefore he gets the third spot in my top 3. He’s playing Watford away by the way…
The pros: seems to be back…if it’s true we all know what it could mean!
The cons: Chelsea looks like it needs time to adapt to Conte’s style, more risky than Aguero and Ibrahimovic
After the sensational win against Arsenal, I had to pick a Liverpool player. It’s hard to pick the right one though. Coutinho impressed against the Gunners but he’s got such a history of inconsistency that I wouldn’t dare to give him the armband. Based on last season, Firmino seems the most consistent of the bunch but he found a way not to even register an assist despite his team scoring 4 goals at the Emirates (don’t start selling though!). That leaves us with Mane…who looks in the form of his life despite not being famous for having the best track record in terms of consistency either…Against Burnley away, I’m giving you the Punt status Sadio, don’t let me down!
The pros: looked superb last week in a very attacking team
The cons: not famous for consistency, lots of strong attacking players within the Reds’ team
Thanks guys. Hope this has helped!