The Watchlist – Jonny Evans

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It’s not been the most straightforward of seasons for United’s Jonny Evans. Four times the centre-half has been sidelined now, with ankle, leg, groin and hamstring problems curtailing his game time over the course of the campaign – as a result, the most he’s managed is six consecutive league starts thus far.

Nevertheless, Evans’ presence in the United back-four has been significant. The league leaders have managed one clean sheet in the 10 games without the Northern Ireland international in their first XI – with Evans in the starting line-up, they have registered five clean sheets in 16 games by comparison.

Factor in three goals, a pair of assists and nine Fantasy Premier League (FPL) bonus points and Evans has racked up 81 points – an average of 4.8 points per game, which is exactly the same as Patrice Evra and superior to Rafael’s 4.1. Indeed, this is joint-top for regular defenders overall, equalling Jose Enrique, with the likes of Leighton Baines and Branislav Ivanovic just behind on 4.6 and 4.4 respectively.

Providing he can now remain injury-free, Evans looks set to be key to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side over the remainder of the season. Over the last few days, the United boss has lavished praise upon the centre-half and suggested Evans’ game will continue to develop with the aid of regular appearances. Ferguson hinted that a fully-fit Evans is likely to afford him the chance to alternate Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand at centre-half as United also juggle FA Cup and Champions League commitments.

“Jonny is only 25 but he’s emerged in the last year as a real top defender. His form has been fantastic. If you can get consistency off young players you are on the right track and Jonny has shown great consistency in the last year. Last season it wasn’t until Ferdinand and Evans played regularly that we got a run going.”

Considering United’s midfield have failed to step up as Fantasy options this season, investment in defence could well appeal ahead of a run of games which affords the chance to consolidate their 12 point lead at the summit. Norwich and Reading roll up to Old Trafford over the next five and with trips to QPR, West Ham and Sunderland also on their agenda, faith in their Fantasy assets could extend beyond their free-scoring frontmen.

Coming in at 5.6 in FPL and 7.5 in the Sky Sports game, Evans is significantly cheaper than Evra’s 7.3 in FPL and also sets you back less than Rafael, at 6.0. An ownership of 1% offers a real differential route into a backline that has now registered four back-to-back clean sheets with the centre-half in their ranks – an indication of just why Ferguson sees Evans’ contribution as crucial to his side’s chances of wrestling back the title from City.

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  1. Does this defence need a hit of Jevans!?

    Zabeletta Harte Cameron Harte (Davies)

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
    1. No.Just play Harte, Harte and Zabeletta .

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
      1. Don't forget Harte. He's the man

        • 2 years, 9 days ago
      2. Aww come on guys, leave this guy alone, he is a good lad, he is all harte :)

        • 2 years, 9 days ago
        1. Oh dear...and to be fair if I was you I would jump on that too. Harte's brother was actually Demel!

          • 2 years, 9 days ago
          1. Oh come on, we are just messing, we know it was just a typo.

            • 2 years, 9 days ago
        2. If you say so ronny :D

          • 2 years, 9 days ago
  2. OK for a laugh. Have a look at the piece of crap my team is going to be this week. If only I could play 2 keepers!

    De Gea
    Bertrand - Sagna - Baines
    Puncheon - Fellaini - Walcott - Mata

    Bench - Federici - Davies - Michu - Sturridge -Suarez - Johnson

    Go on what would you do to rescue the week? 2.4 to spend

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
    1. Are you willing to get rid of any/all of Liverpool Swansea players

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
      1. Yes Suarez and Johnson is what I am thinking maybe Davies if there was the right option. Not Michu I made far to much money on him. Sturridge is good value so prob keep him

        • 2 years, 9 days ago
        1. I have been thinking will there be a fall off of performance from Swansea when they win the cup. So defo Davies out, Wilson would seem obvious choice.
          Suarez would be my other choice, giroud or podolski if playing would seem bet option, but I would then swap for sturridge as there is points to be made from Liverpool.
          Maybe even do Davies to evans now I noticed your cash

          • 2 years, 9 days ago
          1. Sorry didn't see you had sturridge already.

            • 2 years, 9 days ago
          2. I don't normally like to double up on defenders but the utd fixture list looks like appetising and I see what you are saying about swansea. I also agree that Suarez should be the pool forward to go. Quite tempted by Cisse up front

            • 2 years, 9 days ago
  3. Bale rising for the third time this gameweek tonight - so non owners can finally chill out and wait til Saturday if they're not getting him then.

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
  4. ITV or ESPN for the United game?

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
    1. Espn

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
      1. Thanks mate

        • 2 years, 9 days ago
        1. Its good to have it on, should be an open, attacking game.

          • 2 years, 9 days ago
  5. Begovic / Gea

    Samba / Zabaleta / Harte / Demel / Davies(-)

    Walcott / Mata / Michu(-) / Marveaux / Puncheon

    Sturridge(-) / Suarez(-) / Podolski

    I have a wildcard left
    should i use it or use 1 or 2 tranfers(for a hit) this GW?


    • 2 years, 9 days ago
    1. I am in a similar quandry. One off the two liverpool boys has to go.

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
      1. I would leave it at that maybe for Cisse or Rooney/RVP if you can afford

        • 2 years, 9 days ago
        1. What about bale?

          • 2 years, 9 days ago
          1. Spurs have arsenal and liverpool in there next 3 and are away in this weekends game. Personally I don't find that particularly appetising so not for me. Plenty of others will disagree though

            • 2 years, 9 days ago
            1. What about (sissoko and RVP) in for (Suarez and marveaux) ?
              OR cisse and sissoko for podolski/sturridge and marveaux

              • 2 years, 9 days ago
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/21498386

    I see Wenger knows that Arsenal are about to get a hiding...

    This is a very timely & deliberate attempt from him to get the players in a determined mood.

    I believe this is a form of panicing & shows that he is extremely aware of the fact that his team are not good enough.

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
    1. If Fergie did this would you say the same?

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
      1. Utd are 12 points clear, still in the FA Cup & got a very decent result away to Madrid.

        Utd are investing money in the team.

        Utd are not selling their best players to their rivals.

        Utd have won numerous trophies in the last 8 years.

        • 2 years, 9 days ago
        1. says it all really. This from a gooner..

          • 2 years, 9 days ago
    2. You know that your man management isn't working when you have to suggest you're not going to be manager next year in order to get your players to work

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
      1. BTW a bit of a retrospective on Wenger - specifically a 6-year-old retrospective on Wenger!


        "The Frenchman's obsession for perfection and infamous eye for detail, with training timed to the second and diets measured to the calorie, altered the attitude of players and supporters alike.

        His methodical, scientific approach drew extra years from an ageing back four and ahead of it he sowed the seeds to the scintillating style on show today."

        Feels like a different era.

        • 2 years, 9 days ago
        1. I know Wenger is highly capable, but he is now too stubborn.

          So much so, that it is effecting the teams progress.

          He wants too much control.

          He had the masterplan of the new stadium, he felt he could manage the youngsters into champions, with his 5 year plan...

          Wenger is now going against logic, in stubborness.

          • 2 years, 9 days ago
      2. It could be worse....

        • 2 years, 9 days ago
        1. Crashing out of the Capital One cup and now the FA cup to lower league teams shows that it is not the boards penny pinching that is at fault, but rather, Wenger's tactics.

          • 2 years, 9 days ago
          1. He could suggest his place is in danger and they could still play badly!

            Not to worry' Steve Kean is still available and he will (literally) guarantee silverware and world class players ;)

            • 2 years, 9 days ago
  7. RP

    is there a site where i can watch FA Cup players stats?

    (Valar, thanks for your reply but whoscored don't do FA Cup stats )

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
  8. Apart from the power 5 which other MFs should we be considering up until GW32/33

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
    1. taarabt/sissoko/walters

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
    2. Depends who your version of power 5 is

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
    3. Hazard.

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
  9. Giroud (h) to Villa


    Papiss (h) to Southampton

    * I have Theo for Arsenal cover.

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
      • 2 years, 9 days ago
    1. papiss

      #trust him the time round :p

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
    2. the former

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
    3. Papiss. Arsenal have a likely blank in GW29

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
  10. Evans is a good shout for the rest of the season in my opinion. Well worth the money as he is a genuine goal scorer.

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
  11. Best def under 4.6m for the coming gws

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
    1. Harte for assists is a good shout. Wilson too in a few weeks.

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
      1. i have harte

        how bout saylor or onuoha/hill? (are both of them nailed in the qpr backline?)

        • 2 years, 9 days ago
    2. Cuellar

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
  12. Anyone know how you find out how many teams there are in a leagu ? I am 1k in wk2 and wondered how many were in it


    • 2 years, 9 days ago
    1. which league?

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
      1. week 2

        • 2 years, 9 days ago
        1. i know a guy in 77k, and have 1,200.
          probably will have more than 100K

          • 2 years, 9 days ago
          1. Thanks, annoying that it's not simple to find out. Even more annoying that I missed the first week. think I would be around 50k

            • 2 years, 9 days ago
  13. I think I may have decided to jettison Davies, not Bertie, from my squad. I believe that there may be another hangover from Sunday's match/decisions ...

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
    1. What transfer have you done Doos?

      • 2 years, 9 days ago
      1. Sturridge to Lambert. :-)

        • 2 years, 9 days ago
  14. No Manchester cover(City or United)

    Suarez + Gerrard >

    A) RVP + Kebe
    B) Aguero + Sissoko
    B1) Aguero + Fellaini
    C) Rooney + Sissoko
    C1) Rooney + Fellaini

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
  15. Leagues Update

    FPL Open : 427 entered, 256 spots, 256th spot @ 19,470th.

    Elite 64 : 260 entered, 64 spots, 64th spot @ 1,114th.

    Millionaire Club : 86 qualified. Going to cap at 200 entries, then opening when teams get knocked out until GW35.

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
  16. As I can afford it is it better to go for Rafael over Evans?

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
  17. Baines and Guthrie or Evans + ???

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
  18. Sturridge to Lambert done. Now Davies to maybe Harte. Any better alternatives for a cheap defender guys???

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  21. Rooney or Bale


    who to bench - AKPAN (wigan) or Jagielka (nor)

    • 2 years, 9 days ago
  22. Ready for this week without needing to take a hit :)

    Jussi, Bego
    Baines, Sagna, Dawson, Mariappa, Demel
    Bale, Mata, Walcott, Sissoko, Michu
    Van Persie, Pogrebnyak, Suarez

    Looking ahead though, will definitely hope to roll a transfer next week if there's going to be a few missing games GW 29.

    • 2 years, 9 days ago

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