November
09

The Watchlist – Adam Lallana

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Jonty

When Southampton manager Nigel Adkins told Adam Lallana he had been called up by England manager Roy Hodgson for the World Cup qualifier with Ukraine in September, the 24 year-old midfielder thought his boss was joking. Even though he plays for an unfashionable club and has only a handful of Premier League appearances under his belt, the call-up was genuine and shows just how highly-regarded the Saints captain is becoming:

Having joined the club as a 12-year-old, Lallana has shown a keen eye for goal, scoring 37 times in 175 appearances, while a constant source of left flank creativity has produced 11 and 13 assists respectively in Southampton’s last two seasons. Already this term, Lallana has scored once in the Premier League and has also notched up four assists to take his Fantasy Premier League (FPL) tally to 39 points, with 37 points also accrued in the Sky Sports game.

With a price tag of 6.0 in FPL and 4.9 in the Sky game, Lallana is priced attractively and has a kind run of fixtures on his side (SWA, qpr, NEW, NOR, liv, REA). This should offer Adkins’ side the perfect opportunity to bounce back after a 2-0 defeat at West Brom last Monday saw them slip to the foot of the Premier League table, with just one win and 28 goals conceded thus far.

Despite the team’s poor form and woeful defence, Southampton are still grinding out attacking chances. This indicates that even if the team lose, Lallana and Southampton’s attacking assets could still benefit from that upcoming schedule. They have only failed to score twice so far and with 14 goals accrued, have found the net more often than 10 other Premier League teams including Liverpool, Newcastle and West Ham.

While Gaston Ramirez offers another alternative in the Saints midfield and Rickie Lambert is bound to acquire interest up top, Lallana’s strong source of consistency gets the nod; he has produced attacking returns in five of his opening 10 Gameweeks. Indeed, for those looking for a cheap to lower mid-priced midfielder, Lallana is among the best on offer; only Swansea’s Wayne Routledge has scored more FPL points in the 6.0 and below category.

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  1. Worth taking out Walters for Fellaini given that Walter's good fixtures and Fellaini only needs one yellow for a suspension??

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. no imo i have a feeling that fellaini will draw blank and walters will score

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  2. Not that anyone gives a shit but beats telling the ol doll while she looks at me blankly. Gonna just stick with what I have this week and do a bit of redecorating next. Not happy with my front line ,or back for that matter, so needs a few transfers to sort out.

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  3. Wow Ba's NTI has gone way up. Think I'm gonna go through with the Suarez>Ba transfer.

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
      • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Why on earth would you get rid of Suarez?

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. This - he has Wigan at home next week

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
    2. It's because he got unflagged earlier - Still only 16% towards a rise so you have some time to wait.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  4. Wilson -> Mertesacker ?

    I prefer sagna but miss 0.1 for it, so i would have to do a haz -> mata or something like that to get cash. Prefer sagna but should i just keep it simple?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  5. Clean sheets this week for Everton, Arsenal, Southampton and City.

    Don't know if this is any use to anyone.

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  6. Right I'm off.

    Good luck to you all, I feel a big week coming on...

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. who is ur c beric?`

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  7. Best combo for Good DEF/Cheap DEF/cheap MID combo ??

    A – Sagna – Baird – Puncheon
    B – Sagna – Baird – Liegertwood
    C – Sagna – Baird – Robson-Kanu
    D – Sagna – Gorks – Noble
    E – ShawX – Baird – Noble

    I'm thinking D

    Cheers

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Emp

      i agree, D

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  8. my team for this week

    Al Habsi

    Lord B (C) Cameron Davies

    Michu (VC) Hazard Bale Mata

    Tevez Ba berbs

    subs - Henderson Nolan Cuellar and Hughes

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Good to see another Al-Habsi owner!

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. Hes quality

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
  9. bale or felliani

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. For the week? For the month? Till wildcard? For the season?

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
    2. Bale every time

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  10. bale or felliani???

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. bale or felliani?

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
          • 1 year, 11 months ago
          1. bale or felliani?

            • 1 year, 11 months ago
  11. who should i start?

    A. clyne (SWA)
    B. cuellar (eve)

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. i have the same dilemma, i will go for cuellar, simply because their tight defence

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
    2. I have Clyne and will start him

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  12. So different, yet so last year of a team..

    Begovic

    Baines(VC), Simpson, Wilkinson

    Morrison, Dempsey, Maloney, Bale

    Aguero. Ba(C), Rooney

    Tremmel, Hoilett, Cuellar, Wisdom

    One free transfer and 0.4 in the bank, i'm thinking Dempsey to either Mata as planned or Walcott which free's up some funds to upgrade Simpson to Sagna soon and Hoilett to Ramirez after GW12.

    Thoughts? And yes, no RVP. Shock, horror ;)

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  13. Don't see the attraction to Arsenal players until they have played Spurs

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  14. Guys if I have 2 free transfers this week and use 1 only I will have 2 free again next week?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. yeah

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  15. Placed my bet early this week, 20 euro on Boro to win tonight at 5/6.Not to exciting, odds see decent though. Also have added interest in watching the game. Out and out Boro fan for the evening ;)

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  16. Jenks to Cameron

    Pienaar to fellaini

    Good transfers or waste of transfers ??

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  17. bale michu hazard fellaini. 1 goal each?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago

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Last updated: 13 Oct, 2014 9:24pm
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No Change Forster SOT A, Vs
Up Adrián WHM B, Vs
Up Szczesny ARS C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI B, Vs, £
Up Howard EVE C, Vs
Up Mignolet LIV C, Vs
Up Lloris TOT B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B
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Defenders

Last updated: 20 Oct, 2014 9:48am
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No Change Baines EVE A, Vs
No Change Bertrand SOT A, Vs
No Change Ivanovic CHE A, VsX
Up Chambers ARS C, Vs
Up Kaboul TOT B, Vs
Down Tomkins WHM B, Vs, Inj
Up Schlupp LEI B, Vs, Rest, OoP, £
Up Robertson HUL A, VsX
No Change Moreno LIV C, Vs
Up Kompany MCI B
Up Dawson WBA B
Down Shawcross STO B
Down Taylor SWA B, VsX, £
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Midfielders

Last updated: 20 Oct, 2014 9:46am
Player Club Factors
No Change Sterling LIV B, Vs
No Change Tadic SOT A, Vs
No Change Di María MUN A, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS A, Vs, Rest
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, VsX
No Change Fábregas CHE B, VsX
Up Chadli TOT A, Inj
Up Downing WHM A, £
Up Mane SOT B, Vs
No Change Silva MCI B
Up Hazard CHE B, VsX
No Change Puncheon CPL B
Up Milner MCI B, Rest, £
Up Henderson LIV B, Vs
No Change Moses STO B, Vs, Inj, £

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Up Aguero MCI A, Vs
Up Pellè SOT A, Vs
Down Diego Costa CHE A, VsX, Inj
No Change Welbeck ARS A, Vs, Inj
Up Falcao MUN B, VsX
Up Sakho WHM A, £
Up Berahino WBA A, £
Down Ulloa LEI B, Vs, £
Up Naismith EVE B, Vs, £
No Change Bony SWA B
Up Cissé NEW A

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Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
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Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

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Fábregas CHE 3
Barry EVE 3
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Moreno LIV 3
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