With Jerome out of action for the week I’m back to give a quick review of everything that happened in Gameweek 5. There was those of us with a particular Man City striker, and those of us without him. Depending on which side of the fence your sitting on, I’m guessing your moods will be very different!
The Round was clearly highlighted by Man City’s triumphant 6-0 over the high flying Watford, duly punishing those of us who have gambled with any Sky Blue attackers in our squads. I’m included, although I did have Mendy who still looks menacing. It was a flashback to a few seasons ago where Sergio Aguero was nearly a must own and priced above 12.5. Now he’s a cut price bargain and still banging in hat-tricks plus 20 point returns. This leaves many of us with a huge dilemma. Is he essential? 11.6 is still cheap for what he can produce, but the threat of rotation and potential sharing of points with Jesus does still concern me, and it’s why up until this performance I was comfortable without him. Many are trading Harry Kane to Aguero and to those people I have a fair warning, chasing points rarely ends well. Tottenham have struggled at home but next week they travel to West Ham and Kane absolutely loves derbies. Sure Aguero plays at home to Palace but as bad as they have been, they’ve conceded just 5 goals in the last 4 weeks and they won’t make it easy for City. Kun is a beast and a great selection no doubt, but you could regret that move long term. Having just missed his 20 point haul, I find it highly unlikely that Aguero repeats that performance this week.
Elsewhere it was a fairly boring weekend. Defenders dominated as nearly half (9) the sides kept clean sheets, including three 0-0 draws. In fact hardly anything of note happened until the last 5 minutes of Man United v Everton, when the Red Devils ran over them in the final few minutes. I bet that pleased Lukaku owners and captainers alike, it was pretty hard to watch for me. Liverpool struggled at home to Burnley as I predicted they might, but I didn’t see Tottenham failing to score against Swansea. Wembley hoodoo aside they were very poor. Kane is seriously p*ssing me off, this his fourth blank in five games as my skipper. As I’ve said before, I’m holding strong.
Chasing points is not something I condone, but chasing value is. Newcastle won their third game in a row and Ritchie recorded his 4th assist in the last 3 games. His set pieces are paying dividends thanks to Lascelles, who scored his second goal in two weeks. Loftus-Cheek also returned for Palace and they have to score eventually. It looked as though RLC is their most likely source of a goal and he’s still fantastic value for 4.5. He will be coming in for Tom Carroll whenever I can spare the free transfer.
In less positive news, Mooy blanked for the third game in a row (No surprise), Choupo-Moting didn’t cover himself in glory and Bournemouth conceded again. Chicharito continues to be shoved out wide to accomodate Andy Carroll and Rooney’s struggles continued. Thankfully Everton’s fixtures are starting to turn around, so highlight their assets in your watchlist!
The weekend amazingly finished on a positive note for me as Arsenal got a point away to Chelsea. In truth they could have easily won that game, and Ramsey was the star performer. Kolasinac continues at left wing back and ahead of two kind home fixtures, investing in Arsenal’s assets may be a wise move.
I ended up with just 52 thanks to not owning Lukaku or Aguero and captaining Kane. Basically, Harry Kane is single handedly ruining my season at the moment. I’m just going to hope he can single handedly save it. Let me know your thoughts an score in the comments as always! My highlights started and ended with Salah and Mkhitaryan, although my premium defence performed well. No one is on the chopping block, but Kolasinac is coming in for me this week. My 4 pronged wing back attack is ready!
I’ll be back with the Preview once again on Friday. Keep an eye out on twitter to see when I next Periscope!