The Midfield Watchlist – Gameweek 3 –

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Continuing the new format @liambednarski reviews those who returned points in GW3 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.

The Watchlist – Star Midfielders –

Alexis Sanchez (10.9) the explosive Alexis burst into form with an eye catching display. He collected a goal and two assists as his side began to hit its stride. His price is slightly prohibitive with Hazard (10.2) and Ozil (9.5) other discounted options. Strongly Consider.

Eden Hazard (10.2) is becoming a one man wreaking ball with a superb goal in GW3. Has returned to his brilliant best with sharp movement and inspired finishing. Is extreme value in his current form with penalties to win over any doubters. Buy.

Riyad Mahrez (9.5) he blew double zero after having his penalty effort saved. It is a blow to owners in the short and long term with his chances of retaining penalties now in question. Monitor.

Mesut Ozil (9.5) his back with a bang a 69 minute appearance showed us everything we needed to see. Delightful on the ball, completing a well measured run to score with a header. Strong Monitor. Well Priced.

Other performances

Liverpool’s midfield continued to play cat and mouse with Coutinho (8.2) unable to find the net from a Firmino (8.4) pass, Mane (8.9) given offside from a Lallana (7.0) assist with Wijnaldum (8.0) playing a deeper role in midfield. It continues to be a minefield with Coutinho looking the best option but being substituted due to hamstring management isn’t ideal for his FPL value.

De Bruyne (10.5) collected an assist from a set piece, his deeper role in the side is seeing him have less shots on goal. That said he had an excellent opportunity to score from his two shots on goal. With Sterling (8.2), Silva (8.9) and Nolito (9.0) offering cut price options at Manchester City the star power is not enough to inspire a KdB selection. Weak Monitor.

Pogba (8.5) put in another strong display with his share of long shots and direct free kicks. His positioning is quite deep in the side as he controls the play. His price seems prohibitive at this point in time. Monitor.

The WatchlistBreakout Midfielders

Raheem Sterling (8.2) was ultra impressive against West Ham with two goals to open his account for the season. His decision to shoot from difficult angles is questionable at times. That said his second goal was a well measured finish from a tight angle. Manchester City are attacking like never before under Pep Guardiola with Sterling’s 15 point FPL putting him right in the frame for FPL investment. Buy

Ross Barkley (7.7) I was glowing of Ross after last weeks action but my general distain for the players abilities was shared by ‘Big Sam’ dropping him from the upcoming England squad. He is the central-attacking midfielder with some set pieces but penalties have been handed to Baines. Monitor.

Other performances

Santi Cazorla (7.5) has penalties in his locker and is looking decent as an assist threat whilst North London rival Erik Lamela (7.1) continues his strong start to the season. Willian (7.4) showed us his class with a well taken strike collecting an impressive 11 points. Monitor.

Jay Rodriquez (6.4) added to the multitude of mid-price choices at Southampton with a well taken goal whilst Mirallas (6.5) again looked energetic along with Bolasie (6.0) whilst Theo Walcott (7.5) grabbed an assist. Monitor.

Pereyra (6.0) scored on debut for Watford whilst Jason Puncheon (5.5), Danny Drinkwater (5.5), Joshua King (5.5) were all amongst the points lower in the price bracket. Light Monitor.

The Watchlist – Budget Midfielders

Leeroy Fer (5.2) is playing an integral role in the midfield for Swansea coming in at a cut price on ‘Sig’ there is value in the player. Not renowned for scoring goals so be wary. Currently in great form. Buy.

Etienne Capoue (4.7) rewarded his owners with yet another goal. A rasping left foot volley saw him go top of the top budget options. His advanced positioning was excellent against Arsenal. Buy.

Shaun Maloney (4.5) a 43 minute cameo against Manchester United as he builds his fitness levels. His close control and dribbling was on show but unfortunately could not obtain FPL points this week. Strong Monitor.

Other performances

GW3 saw a handful of players not rewarded with assists but showing a grain of consistency it is important to read between the lines with only a couple of matches played. The likes of Januzaj (5.5), Hojbjerg (4.5) and McClean (5.0) deserve a light monitor.

The rest

Dusan Tadic (7.4) is just not collecting attacking points as Southampton have struggled to start the season well. Had some chances on goal from the edge of the box and provided some shot assists. Is playing rather well but isn’t being reward. His team is not on form therefore a trade has to be considered. Weak Hold or Trade.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (9.2) was an absolute monster last season his slow start has seen numerous price drops. He is a similar creative presence to Ozil yet a much better shot at goal. His price looks set to continue crashing leaving us with a underpriced prospect in the future. Strong Long Term Monitor.

Note: It is transfer deadline day so a number of things can, could or won’t change in regards to FPL keep your eyes peeled over the international break as we will be organising content around the last ditch transfers.

Watchlist Article on Forwards will be up tomorrow as always please discuss your transfer decisions below, leave any questions about players not mentioned. Feedback on the style and content of the piece is also most welcome.

5 comments on “The Midfield Watchlist – Gameweek 3 –

  1. The Swan and Paedo

    Just a quick one, Capoue didn’t score this week.

    Interesting that you recommended Fer. I bought him into my wildcard team to try and catch a double rise and then dispose, but I hadn’t considered keeping him. Do you think he could be a decent enabler? I am tossing up between Januzaj, Redmond and Puncheon for that M4 spot but the cheaper Fer would be very useful.

    • bioedenhazard

      I don’t think we’re gonna see a lot of double price rises to be honest. Wildcard transfers don’t seem to count and there’s gonna be a lot of that this week. Not sure about keeping Fer in my team, I wouldn’t. One of the reason is that you basically have nobody at the same price to replace him if he disappoints. Having options is key to me so unless you have cash in bank I would avoid.

    • Liam Post Author

      Capoue had the shot which was blocked before his team mate scrambled home.

      Fer is looking rather dangerous in Swansea’s high cross style of play.

      I think his a good option currently but not one to keep in your team long term.

    • Liam Post Author

      Martial Weak Monitor, Mahrez Monitor, Barkley Monitor, Cazorla Avoid, Fer Strong Monitor, Costa Avoid, Defoe Consider, Gray Sell.

      Not sure if Mahrez is still on penalties or not, Barkley is hit and miss but has good fixtures, Cazorla is a no for more would rather Ozil personally.

      Fer is in good form buy I think Capoue is a better option at a cheap price in the long term.

      Defoe good option if you think he can pump out 15 goals again, I am not so sure.

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