Moving Target

Moving Target – Stephen Ireland

In a somewhat surprising transfer deadline-day deal, Stoke boss Mark Hughes snapped up midfielder Stephen Ireland on a season-long loan from Aston Villa. The 27-year-old is the fifth new arrival at the Britannia this term and follows Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa, Marko Arnautovic and Oussama Assaidi to the club as Hughes looks to restructure the Potters’ playing approach after succeeding Tony Pulis over the summer:

Speaking to the club’s official website, the Stoke Chief Executive Tony Scholes revealed the player’s previous performances under Hughes at the Etihad persuaded the Potters boss to acquire his services:

“Stephen is a player that Mark knows really well and when the opportunity arose he was keen to add him to his midfield and attacking options. Arguably the most successful period of Stephen’s career to date was when he played for Mark at Manchester City and we hope that he can rediscover that form.”

The History

A product of the Man City youth academy, Ireland joined the club at the age of 15 back in August 2001. The midfielder made his debut during the 2004/05 season but took his time to make an impact, producing a single goal and pair of assists across 47 appearances in his first couple of campaigns at the club.

After notching four goals and three assists in 33 appearances the following year, Ireland’s nine goals and nine assists in 35 league games across 2008/09 earned him City’s Player of the Year award under the guidance of Hughes but he failed to maintain his consistency. The Welshman’s dismissal in the early stages of the following season saw Ireland become a peripheral figure under Roberto Mancini and, after producing just two goals and a pair of assists, he was transferred to Aston Villa as part of the deal that took James Milner to the Etihad.

Ireland’s time in the midlands proved bitterly disappointing as his once-promising career began to fall apart. Over the next three years, he failed to convince a trio of managers and was handed a combined tally of 47 games by Gerard Houllier, Alex McLeish and Paul Lambert, producing just a single goal and four assists.

The Prospects

With just a year left of his contract at Villa, Ireland’s switch to Stoke means he is now effectively playing for his future. Despite failing to feature this term so far, the midfielder insists he is fully match sharp and is desperate to make an impact at the Britannia:

“I’m fit and raring to go. I don’t want to be eased in and I don’t want to have to take my time; I just want to get straight in there as fast as I can. I want to participate in whatever way I can, whether that be for the full 90 minutes or whether it be coming off the bench for the final five minutes. Whatever time I get I will give it everything I have. It’s been a long time in the waiting for me so I want to get going and show everyone what I am capable of.”

To an extent, Ireland’s situation mirrors that of his manager. Hughes was also written off by many after a hugely unsuccessful stint at QPR led to his dismissal last term and the pair have plenty to prove this time out – the new Stoke manager’s tactics are steadily making an impact, however, and have now harvested three straight wins in all competitions after a narrow Gameweek 1 defeat at Liverpool.

As the Staffordshire outfit become more accustomed to their new manager’s possession-based approach, it’s clear we can no longer view them in the same way as we once did under Pulis. Hughes’ 4-4-1-1 formation could certainly favour Ireland and hand Fantasy managers an intriguing cut-price prospect if he can nail down his preferred role in “the hole” behind a lone forward, though it’s uncertain whether he’ll be immediately handed a starting berth.

Indeed, much depends on where fellow new boy Marko Arnautovic ends up. If the six foot three Austrian – classified as a midfielder across the Fantasy games – is utilised as a lone forward, then he looks the one to consider, though a shift to the right flank would likely see Jon Walters moved into the middle, thus denting Ireland’s prospects.

Coming in at a mere 4.8 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) and 4.4 in the Sky Sports game, his lack of impact over the past few seasons means Ireland is particularly budget friendly. Fantasy managers will be understandably sceptical but if Hughes can help reignite the potential that saw him shine at the Etihad, we may have an unlikely cut-price contender on our hands.

Further Reference

Stephen Ireland Wikipedia

Stephen Ireland Transfer Markt Page

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  1. 4vets
      2 years, 9 months ago

      Pepin! I don't do RMT's on FFS but what about this?

      WC

      Mignolet, Rudd
      Zab, Coleman, Vidic , Ward, Chester
      Theo, Coutinho, Lamela, Hernandez, Brady
      Studge, Giroud, Benteke

      Bank: 0.4m

      Lamela & Studge could be out. I reckon Studge will play so just Lamela > Eriksen?

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      1. The Machine
          2 years, 9 months ago

          I stopped reading at Coleman

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          1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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            2 years, 9 months ago

            Why?

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            1. The Machine
                2 years, 9 months ago

                Cuz he's a terrible pick and will flop in the next 4

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                1. The Machine
                    2 years, 9 months ago

                    In fact, i just shipped him for Vidic

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                    1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                      2 years, 9 months ago

                      Injury Heaven ...

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                    2. Gleeson
                        2 years, 9 months ago

                        Strange to bin a player while he's still by far the most transferred in defender and price yet to peak..

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                  • 4vets
                      2 years, 9 months ago

                      He's got a thing about him... best not go there.

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                2. Yossi
                    2 years, 9 months ago

                    Laaverly. Prefer Erikson over Lamela for now I think but I guess it's a personal choice...

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                    1. Yossi
                        2 years, 9 months ago

                        Just saw you suggested the very same 😳

                        Must just be too used to skim reading RMTs at this stage!

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                    2. Optimus.
                        2 years, 9 months ago

                        nice team vets..loads of scope

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                        1. 4vets
                            2 years, 9 months ago

                            Thank you Optimus... plans in place for the arrival of Suarez....

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                        2. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                          2 years, 9 months ago

                          That midfield is well dodgy.

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                          1. 4vets
                              2 years, 9 months ago

                              Care to expand Doos?

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                              1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                Theo - A1, Coutinho - C3, Lamela - E3, Hernandez - WTF?, Brady - A1

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                                1. 4vets
                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                    Righty. you know how to speak English, please do so!

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                                    1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                      OK. I think that all of your picks, apart from Theo and Brady, are well crap.

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                                      1. 4vets
                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                          Hmmm... thanks Doos, will look at how they perform and come back to this as your dark arts interest me, but not enough to ruin my team at the mo! :)

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                                            1. 4vets
                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                That's black arts to me! :)

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                                                1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                  It says: No Coutinho! 😛

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                                                  1. 4vets
                                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                                      Oh.

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                                        • The Machine
                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                            Couldn't agree more about Lamela. Aaron Lennon reborn

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                                    2. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                        Is this a WC or what? You have 1 FT?

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                                        1. 4vets
                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                            We play it hard and fast, feck the free ft :)

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                                        2. A.
                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                            I like it all apart from Ward. Quite close to my ideal WC i'd say

                                            Consider Lewis as the 4.0 in goal in case of Marshall aggravating his injury

                                            Is Lamela definitely out?

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                                            1. 4vets
                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                Who else apart from Ward, Archie?

                                                I'm happy with Rudd at the mo... zero thought make me a happy man :)

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                                                1. A.
                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                    Cardiff's Turner for 4.0 instead?

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                                                    1. 4vets
                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                        Cheers Archie, another one to look at even though I'd discarded.

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                                                2. Captain Shirokov
                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                    Nice, I like it.

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                                                    1. 4vets
                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                        Thanks CS, that means it needs changes 😉

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                                                  • Yossi
                                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                                      Oh you sneaky bar stewards...

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                                                        1. Yossi
                                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                                            Always a pleasure!:D

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                                                        2. Yossi
                                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                                            Thoughts?

                                                            Leaning towards Giroud over Studge for the third striker spot, other forwards are Benteke & RVP, anyone massively concerned about such a move?? The excess cash would just be banked, not really planning to do anything with it for now

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                                                        3. SW6
                                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                                            Kagawa out for tomorrow and Rooney could play.

                                                            With Rooney's type of injury I guess it's a start the game or not play at all scenario. Worth taking the risk on him do you think, considering I think I want him long term? Should have a decent bench in case he doesn't play.

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                                                            1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                              You're pissing in the wind, feller.

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                                                              1. SW6
                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                  😀 You're probably right. I'm just thinking it could be a slaughter tomorrow and want to be involved somehow without getting RVP.

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                                                              2. Trigg
                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                  I think you need to expect him not to play. No point in risking him at all.

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                                                              3. Trigg
                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                  Okay, I'm really not sure about this team. It costs -4, and I get to keep my WC.

                                                                  Migs (4.0)

                                                                  Clyne, Chester, Cole (Collins, Turner)

                                                                  Coutinho, HBA, Walcott, Brady, Kim

                                                                  RvP (c), Soldado (Bent)

                                                                  Enough in the bank for Bent > Lukaku next week.

                                                                  Decent enough?

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                                                                  1. HERECOMETHEBELGIANS!
                                                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                      Yes it should be ok - you'll have to hope Clyne has won his place in the team again though... Could still be Chambers...

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                                                                  2. Hay Number 2
                                                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                      Lost on last page....

                                                                      HAY NUMBER 2
                                                                      Ok....good to go or more tinkering required?

                                                                      Boruc (mig)
                                                                      Ivan evra Chester (turner) (Coleman)
                                                                      Ozil coutinho Brady hba (Hernandez)
                                                                      Giroud Sturridge soldado

                                                                      I am on a wc so it would be much appreciated

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                                                                      1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                        Ivan out, RVP in. 😛

                                                                        Also, I think Coutinho is a bum shout.

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                                                                        1. Hay Number 2
                                                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                            You stay out of my balanced team 😉 which of the three strikers would you dump in that scenario?

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                                                                            1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                              Giroud.

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                                                                              1. Hay Number 2
                                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                  I did try.....

                                                                                  Evra to vidic
                                                                                  Giroud to rvp
                                                                                  Ozil to wallcot
                                                                                  Coutinho to lams

                                                                                  And I still only have 3.1 to replace Ivan :/

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                                                                                  1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                    Mignolet is your problem.

                                                                                    Also, I don't think that we should be spending so much on midfield. Just my opinion.

                                                                                    Therefore, Coutinho is a no-no.

                                                                                    Look at Charlie Adams if you are on wild card.

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                                                                                    1. Hay Number 2
                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                        I fear you maybe right :/

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                                                                                        1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                          Couple of cheap goalies 'til Xmas?

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                                                                            2. Optimus.
                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                ozil is ill,apart from that i like it

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                                                                                1. Hay Number 2
                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                    Is he? I must have missed that!!!

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                                                                                  • Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                    Sauce?

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                                                                                      1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                        Hmmm ... 😕 :-)

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                                                                                      2. Hay Number 2
                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                          How reliable is that site?!?!

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                                                                                2. Captain Shirokov
                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                    About to confirm Silva ➡ HBA and Dzeko ➡ Benteke (2FTs)

                                                                                    Any last words?

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                                                                                    1. SW6
                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                        I'm still not convinced by HBA yet but there aren't really any better options in that price range

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                                                                                        1. Captain Shirokov
                                                                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                            I could just go with Brady altogether and use the cash elsewhere but I'm not sure who I'd even upgrade with it tbh.

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                                                                                            1. SW6
                                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                May as well stick with HBA then. All midfielders have started so slowly, just need a few to get going and it will make things interesting.

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                                                                                                1. Captain Shirokov
                                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                    Cheers.

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                                                                                            2. Trigg
                                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                Good moves.

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                                                                                            3. The Machine
                                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                Feel free to copy this FPL Gold

                                                                                                Mignolet

                                                                                                Cole Vidic Shaw Chester

                                                                                                Michu Walcott Brady

                                                                                                RVP(C) Benteke Soldado

                                                                                                Bench: some 4m guy, Collins, Whittingham, JWP

                                                                                                Just did Giroud Coleman and Zab > RVP Cole Vidic.

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                                                                                                1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                  Not today. Thank you. 😀

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                                                                                                2. Captain Shirokov
                                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                    Why would I copy that?

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                                                                                                    1. The Machine
                                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                        Same reason you want to finisih top 100

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                                                                                                        1. Captain Shirokov
                                                                                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                            I don't want to finish top 100, I want to win.

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                                                                                                    2. Mull
                                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                        Is Lamela definitely not going to start?

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                                                                                                        1. Papamoa Fc
                                                                                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                            No it is not a definate no but AVB said he was back late from international duties and had not trained much with the squad yet ?

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                                                                                                            1. Mull
                                                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                Screw it I'm going with my gut and buying him. I want him for the long term anyway and Whittingham is adequate enough cover for this GW if he doesn't play.

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                                                                                                                1. 4vets
                                                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                    I actually think I'm going with Lamela & Studge...

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                                                                                                              • Optimus.
                                                                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                  no..smokescreen

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                                                                                                              • Papamoa Fc
                                                                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                  Is Dawson likely to start the next few weeks does anyone know or will Kaboul or Chic get the nod?

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                                                                                                                  1. Captain Shirokov
                                                                                                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                      I think he will inevitably be rotated over the course of the season.

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                                                                                                                    • Yossi
                                                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                        I think its inevitable that he'll lose it eventually. Might squeeze a few gws out of him until Chir's permit is sorted out or Kaboul is fit enough, but I wouldnt be bringing him in.

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                                                                                                                      • A.
                                                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                          Chiriches can't play as he hasn't yet got a work permit it seems

                                                                                                                          Dawson is in the driving seat, but could get dropped for Kaboul

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                                                                                                                      • HERECOMETHEBELGIANS!
                                                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                          Hi chaps - I'm stuck between choosing

                                                                                                                          A) Vidic & Ivanovic

                                                                                                                          B) Evra & Terry

                                                                                                                          Rest of my team (in my WC):

                                                                                                                          Mig / Lewis
                                                                                                                          Coleman / Lovren / .... / .... / Chester
                                                                                                                          Walcott / Lamps / Coutinho / Brady / Ward-Prowse
                                                                                                                          Benteke / Giroud / Soldado

                                                                                                                          0.7m in bank
                                                                                                                          Many thanks!

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                                                                                                                          1. HERECOMETHEBELGIANS!
                                                                                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                              Lovren ----> Mertesacker next week...

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                                                                                                                              1. Mull
                                                                                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                  Why not get Koscielny instead and save a transfer next week.

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                                                                                                                                  1. HERECOMETHEBELGIANS!
                                                                                                                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                      Yes could do that... Not sure if they'll get a clean sheet vs Sunderland away and would prefer Mert long-term so would still end up using that transfer I think...

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                                                                                                                                • SW6
                                                                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                    Can I be annoying and say Evra and Walker?

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                                                                                                                                    1. HERECOMETHEBELGIANS!
                                                                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                        You can - I have toyed with putting Walker in... Do fm you not fancy Chelsea to pick up a clean sheet against blunt Everton attack?

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                                                                                                                                        1. SW6
                                                                                                                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                            They could do, but Walker has great fixtures too and Spurs have looked tight so far this season

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                                                                                                                                            1. HERECOMETHEBELGIANS!
                                                                                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                Ok cheers - I'll think more seriously about that then...

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                                                                                                                                      • HarryS
                                                                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                          Mignolet - Marshall
                                                                                                                                          Toure - Coleman - Turner - Ivanovic - Collins
                                                                                                                                          Walcott - Silva - Coutinho - Mirallas - Ravel
                                                                                                                                          Dzeko - Soldado - Lambert

                                                                                                                                          Silva to who have £9.4M

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                                                                                                                                          1. HERECOMETHEBELGIANS!
                                                                                                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                              Hit or free transfer?

                                                                                                                                              Hazard or Lamps would be good shouts...

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                                                                                                                                              1. HarryS
                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                  FT

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                                                                                                                                            • Captain Shirokov
                                                                                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                Soldado or Benteke (c)?

                                                                                                                                                Newc have been solid since the City game.

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                                                                                                                                                1. 4vets
                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                    Fixtures or form? Tekkers for me.

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                                                                                                                                                  • Trigg
                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                      Benteke is as fixture proof as they come.

                                                                                                                                                      Also, I don't feel right captaining a Spurs player yet. Not in gear, and a few new faces.

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                                                                                                                                                    • SW6
                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                        I don't think they've been solid. They've played two team who are terrible away from home. Benteke for me.

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                                                                                                                                                      • Mull
                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                          Out of those two I'd pick Benteke but I'd pick Walcott as my captain if I had your team because Sunderland are dreadful.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. Captain Shirokov
                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                              Really? Interesting. I think I'd (c) him if I knew Ozil would be playing.

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                                                                                                                                                            • Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                              I'm leaning that way too.

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                                                                                                                                                          2. HERECOMETHEBELGIANS!
                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                              Doubt Newcastle will stop Benteke at home... Benteke (C) for me... Soldado (V) ...

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                                                                                                                                                          3.  ⓖⓐⓩⓩⓐ™
                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                              Help!

                                                                                                                                                              Walcott or Benteke (c)?

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                                                                                                                                                              1. Indio
                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                  Tough one - I've got Wally and Giroud and am going for (c) Wally now he's confirmed fit; just a gut feeling

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                                                                                                                                                              2. A.
                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                  Hey vets, been meaning to catch you and give you my ideal lineup from our TWS

                                                                                                                                                                  Hart
                                                                                                                                                                  Marcelo, Lescott, Pepe, Johnson
                                                                                                                                                                  Mascherano, Illarramendi
                                                                                                                                                                  Sanchez, Hamsik, Ribery
                                                                                                                                                                  Negredo

                                                                                                                                                                  Bench: Viviano, Jovetic, Mkhitaryan, Guarin

                                                                                                                                                                  Definitely arguments for Jovetic and Mickey to be playing, but I reckon this has a crack at winning the TWS imaginary league

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. 4vets
                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                      I'm keeping quite on this one but post it up there.... I have doubts about he-man on the bench though!

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. A.
                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, it's hard to call, and does use all put defenders, but it's a very realistic formation with a proper back 4, no one playing out of position, two solid DMs and plenty of flair up front.
                                                                                                                                                                          Mickey could come in for Hamsik or Sanchez though.

                                                                                                                                                                          I'll stick this up and in an email

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                                                                                                                                                                    • Mull
                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                        Thoughts?

                                                                                                                                                                        Mignolet
                                                                                                                                                                        Koscielny, Jose Enrique, Chester
                                                                                                                                                                        Brady, Walcott(v), Ben Arfa, Hazard/Lamela
                                                                                                                                                                        RVP(c), Benteke, Giroud

                                                                                                                                                                        Subs: Lewis, Whittingham, Burner, Ward

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. 4vets
                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                            I wouldn't do a double on Liv def.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. Mull
                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                Who is the best £6m defender in your opinion?

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. A.
                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                    Vidic, Enrique, Zabaleta (was), Mertesacker, Walker are the best 6m defenders IMO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Mull
                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                        Always wanted to buy Zabaleta but could never seem to afford him but I can now. Thanks for the recommendation as I completely forgot about him.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. A.
                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                            I think Zab is the best £6m defender around tbh, great city cover, they seem almost as tight this year

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Mull
                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed. He plays more like a wing back than a full back as well so attacking points are likely as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ohhhh Christian Benteke
                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                      I know this is your hideout and I will go away after this post, just want to know what you think of my wildcard team, any changes needed? 😀

                                                                                                                                                                                      Mignolet Lewis

                                                                                                                                                                                      Vidic Coleman Collins Fonte Chester

                                                                                                                                                                                      Walcott Lampard HBA Brady Redmond

                                                                                                                                                                                      RVP Benteke Sturridge

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Trigg
                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                          Nicely balanced for an RvP team.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm not convinced on Lamps, but it looks good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Indio
                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                          Learned a lesson this week about obsessing with prices - did Nolan > Hernandez midweek as the latter was rising, even though I knew Silva and Walcott were doubtful. Luckily Wally came through, but now stuck with Silva unless I take a hit!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                          I's off! All the best, guys - may your captain choices be lucky ones! 😀

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Papamoa Fc
                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                              Best of luck!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            • 4vets
                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                Night Doos. Sleep well... I won't be long behind you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Stop sniggering at the back!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            • Trigg
                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                20.2m to spend on a striker and a mid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I have to get RvP, really, don't I?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Hay Number 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yep....that's what I have decided too....tough or what!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Trigg
                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was going to get in Benteke and Ozil ... but with Ozil unwell and no other big mids screaming out at me (I have Walcott and Couts), it seems the only option.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  • A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Any members, try sticking Pablo Hernandez in the comparison tool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      He compares very favourably to the likes of Nolan, Ben Arfa, Nani, etc and even to Coutinho and Michu

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's settled my decision, Silva to Hernandez it is

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Hay Number 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good choice!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 4vets
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have him but do not trust RMT in any way. It's one man's data against your skill... feck that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Give me one good reason why you should trust RMT?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm using the tool to back up my gut feeling that Pablo is a good pick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                If the data didn't fit my conclusions I'd grumble about it being a crap tool, but as it confirms what I think (know) I like it 😉

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 4vets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Heh... same here, and i have Pablo too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Seriously, it's shite and only used by us idiotic, clueless, twats as we don't know what we're doing and have no ability to think for ourselves. Even as a comfort it's flawed as it it's simply crap... so why?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On that note, my coach seems to have turned into a pumpkin, so I'm off to bed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All the best for the current gw!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    K.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheers, you too, night

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Hay Number 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rate my risky team

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mcgregor boruc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Coleman vidic turner Chester moxey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lamps Walcott hba Hernandez Brady
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rvp soldado Sturridge

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Much better. Imo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Hay Number 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's sorta tough to spend that much on one player, but I guess it's easier to down scale rather than upscale....guess I better captain him 😉

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheers for your help man

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 4vets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Apart from the keepers, I could live with that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Hay Number 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah....I kinda feel uneasy with that combo, hopefully they will rotate well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • HarryS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mignolet - Marshall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Toure - Coleman - Turner - Ivanovic - Collins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Walcott - Silva - Coutinho - Mirallas - Ravel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dzeko - Soldado - Lambert

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Silva to who, max of £9.4M?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Indio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hazard. Or you could go Hernandez and use the cash to upgrade Dzeko or Lambert next GW.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Indio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Used my FT midweek for Nolan > Hernandez before Silva confirmed out (I know, I know!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Do I need to take a hit to deal with Silva (and perhaps Studge), or are this lot passable?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jussi (Marshall)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ivanovic, Shaw, Chester (Reid, Ward)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hazard, Wally (c), Hernandez, Kim (Silva)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lambert, Giroud, Studge

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Optimus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you're fine Sturridge will start

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Optimus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8 point hit going once.........................................

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Optimus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      going twice..............................................

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Optimus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SOLD to your wife at the back!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Trigg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Who for?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. HarryS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mignolet - Marshall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Toure - Coleman - Turner - Ivanovic - Collins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Walcott - Silva - Coutinho - Mirallas - Ravel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dzeko - Soldado - Lambert

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Help need to replace Silva, 1 FT £9.4M?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. BenjaniMwaruwari
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HBA or Brady so you can easily upgrade Dzeko on your next free transfer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. BenjaniMwaruwari
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coutinho dropping tonight? Compaired to Fiso he is but Total Fpl have him at 60%. Would like to finalise my team tonight so I don't have to wake early to make the change. But I will do it if he has a chance of falling. Can anyone help me?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. TorresMagic™
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not falling imo. TFPL is better so far.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. BenjaniMwaruwari
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 9 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    100% sure?

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