February
08

The Pre-Match Preamble – Gameweek 25

Filed under: The Preamble - Posted by: Mark

A few seasons back I mentioned, or tapped out, the term “vanity transfer”, referring to a Fantasy Football trade that wasn’t designed to fill the void left by injury or repair the damage of a player dropped or suffering rotation. Instead, such a move gave us Fantasy managers the option of almost bringing in a player for the sake of it – to follow a hunch without any real risk but with the chance of plentiful rewards. It’s an indulgent transfer, without any real purpose.

From the depths of a forgettable season, somehow I’m sitting here this morning pondering my own vanity transfer. Rickie Lambert is not a player I have to bring in – I may just reserve my trade and opt to keep Wilfried Bony in my lineup, perhaps in hope that the new regime at the Liberty will revive the dying Swans and bring me some belated returns. The urge to bring in Lambert is strong, however.

The Saints stalwart is a player I’ve long admired but not often invested in. It remains a mystery why he’s failed to find a place in my squad – even when he’s proved, with some consistency, to offer strong value as a striker option.

This morning, I’m wondering if I’m letting this sway my decision. Whether I’m being drawn to Lambert, not because he’s the right trade but because I’m harbouring some odd notion that I should show some faith in the Southampton man for failing to back him before now.

Certainly Lambert’s prospects look decent. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are oozing class and confidence, with Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana central cogs in a string of impressive attacking showings. Lambert came away with a goal and a pair of assists in the win at Fulham, however and, with spot-kicks and set-plays, he’s almost guaranteed to be amongst things should the Saints turn over Stoke at St Mary’s as expected.

Although he has been benched on some occasions against the big sides – Chelsea and Man City being recent cases – with fixtures looking kind in the coming weeks, Lambert would seem certain to maintain a run of starts and continue to reap the rewards from the tireless leg work of Lallana and Rodriguez.

There’s the logic, then. It’s a convincing case but maybe not quite enough to warrant a transfer than can only really be described as a luxury. For once I’ve no fire to fight, no urgent gap to fill or problem to resolve. I can sit back and wallow in the extravagance of carrying out a transfer because I genuinely believe it will add to my Gameweek tally. It feels new and exciting – when was the last time that was written in the same sentence as Rickie Lambert?

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  1. Hazard can't even speak english :shock: sounds really weird

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
    1. 'Azarrr ... ! :-D

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
  2. Whilst I wait impatiently to see if Dzeko starts (yes, I did it :( ) and before United thrash Fulham, I thought I’d give my opinion on why United have struggled this season.

    If you ask me, there is obviously a lack of quality in the squad. But I think the key issue is that there are not enough players at their peak. Half the squad is young and inexperienced, whilst the rest are past their best. I’ve had a look at those who have played in the Prem this season:

    ARSENAL:
    Age >24 : SZCZĘSNY, Jenkinson, RAMSEY, WILSHERE, Gnabry, Oxlade-Chamberlain
    Age 24 - 29 : KOSCIENLY, GIBBS, MONREAL, Vermaelen, OZIL, MERTESACKER, CAZORLA, WALCOTT, FLAMINI, GIROUD, Podolski, Bendtner
    Age 30+ : SAGNA, ARTETA, Rosicky

    MAN CITY:
    Age >24 : Nastasic, Rodwell
    Age 24 - 29 : HART, Pantilimon, ZABALETA, KOLAROV, CLICHY, KOMPANY, Richards, NAVAS, SILVA, NASRI, FERNANDINHO, Milner, Javi Garcia, AGUERO, NEGREDO, DZEKO, Jovetic
    Age 30+ : DEMICHELIS, Lescott, YAYA

    CHELSEA:
    Age >24 : HAZARD, OSCAR, Schurrle
    Age 24 - 29 : IVANOVIC, AZPILICUETA, CAHILL, LUIZ, RAMIRES, WILLIAN, Mikel, MATIC, TORRES, Ba
    Age 30+ : CECH, TERRY, Cole, LAMPARD, Eto’o

    LIVERPOOL:
    Age >24 : Sakho, Flanagan, Kelly, HENDERSON, STERLING, COUTINHO, Moses, Allen, Alberto
    Age 24 - 29 : MIGNOLET, SKRTEL, JOHNSON, AGGER, ENRIQUE, CISSOKHO, LUCAS, SUAREZ, STURRIDGE, Aspas
    Age 30+ : Kolo, GERRARD

    UNITED:
    Age >24 : DE GEA, JONES, RAFAEL, JANUZAJ, WELBECK,
    Age 24 - 29 : SMALLING, EVANS, Buttner, VALENCIA, MATA, CLEVERLEY, YOUNG, Fellaini, Kagawa, Nani, ROONEY, Hernandez
    Age 30+ : EVRA, VIDIC, FERDINAND, CARRICK, Giggs, Fletcher, VAN PERSIE

    REGULARS in the wrong age brackets:
    Arsenal - 5
    Man City - 2
    Chelsea - 5
    Liverpool - 4
    United - 10

    And this has been the difference if you ask me. :) Just a theory. Feel free to share yours.

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
    1. Shite tactics and a shite midfield.

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. SPOT ON in concise summary!

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
    2. Could you summarise this?

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. REGULARS in the wrong age brackets:
        Arsenal - 5
        Man City - 2
        Chelsea - 5
        Liverpool - 4
        United - 10

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
        1. thanks Ginkapo - I did summarise it Woy. :)

          • 6 months, 14 days ago
          1. I know. Just a long read. ;)

            • 6 months, 14 days ago
      2. they old

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
        1. thanks ollie

          • 6 months, 14 days ago
      3. it's not complicated

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
    3. SW6

      Age isn't the issue, it's quality.

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    4. You are classing RVP as a weakness

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    5. Yoyo is an old fart isn't he?

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. Didn't say that. :) Him and RVP just fall into that category. Both are exceptional talents and defy age.

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
        1. http://www.bettingexpert.com/blog/age-performance-football

          I think this helps to explain why at his age RVP is now starting to slow down and become more injury-prone.

          • 6 months, 14 days ago
        2. ... and why Chelsea only give one year contract extensions to their over thirties.

          • 6 months, 14 days ago
    6. Sir Szcz is under 24? Happy days

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    7. Same squad that won the title last year.

      To say there's not enough quality is stupid - there's something else

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    8. it should be < not > for the young players ;) good post btw

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. Then the whole post disappears though ;)

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
    9. nice post but their ages can't have been that much different last year..

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. the one difference? Fergie. He hid all of these issues.

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
    10. I think their problems lie elsewhere.

      1. I believe Moyes has had problems with some of the player, i.e. Vidic, Ferdinand, Nani, etc.

      2. They have had their key players out for significant periods.

      3. Too many individual errors and bad defending at set pieces.

      4. Moyes inability to adapt his system and fit the system round his top players.

      Yes some of the things you mentioned above have also contributed but I would say to a lesser extent.

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. By the way pip great article
        and cheers for going to all the effort to bring it our attention

        it was a good read!

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
    11. Is this just the long winded version of Hansen's "you'll never win anything with kids"??

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. or oldies.

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
  3. I am getting so much abuse of my ML for Captaining RvP.

    Must be fear.

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
    1. lets hope so... ive done the same :)

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
  4. Most exciting gameweek of the season imo. I'm not overly confident, but bring it on!

    Mannone
    Cahill-Ward-Coleman
    Navas-Mata-Hazard(C)-Lallana
    Suarez-Sturridge-Negredo

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
  5. Wow cant belive i captained Dzeko, that must of been on there for 1 week. at least. No time to even check FPL after my move to Darwin. lol

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
  6. Why do I do this to myself?
    Cazorla (c)

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
    1. Same here .

      What have i done?

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. What about your Grav name??!! :roll:

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
        1. I meant bony

          • 6 months, 14 days ago
    2. Hoping for a repeat of last season?

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    3. Bony (c) :P Sometimes it's better to be fun ;)

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. :shock:

        Lets do it ;)

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
          • 6 months, 14 days ago
  7. Does any one know anything else about the Terry out rumour. can't see anything about it anywhere. Would not be happy if it's true seeing as i just got him in.,

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
    1. Have you checked out the stickies? Source is there

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    2. Super ted baddy?

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. him n ronh

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
    3. Twitter says not starting. Find out soon.

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    4. it was on twitter just believe it.

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    5. Sticky by Demi

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    6. Go back a few pages. Demi posted it with a link

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
  8. How do we reckon Rooney going to perform for the next few games? Can't afford RvP :(

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
    1. i'd swerve rooney. no more set pieces/penalties for him which were a large source of his points

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    2. Or Negredo? Trouble is I don't have any MU attacking coverage and already have Yaya...

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    3. It wont matter if he fecks up tomorrow cos he'll be out of my team

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    4. The flatter his tummy gets, the better he will perform. Two weeks ...

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    5. So worth bringing in Negredo with no United coverage elsewhere? It's a toughie...

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
  9. No players playing on Sunday for my team! Hmm

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
    1. 4 here .

      Baines Eriksen Mata and Mirallas

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
    2. Just Van Persie(c) and Mata for me :(

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. RVP and eriksen

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
  10. Hey where's that Smarty Pants dog?

    He did good things...

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. Thanks

        Bit of a shame - good timely post

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
        1. Should be on his site soon.

          • 6 months, 14 days ago
    1. He made an unsmart comment and was disciplined

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
        • 6 months, 14 days ago
      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. what about that whitman2013 he writes some great comments..

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
  11. These Ramsey-less Arsenal games are painful to watch

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
  12. New Post
  13. Boardwalk Empire any good?

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
    1. Good luck in Cup of Tea.

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. Ty. You too :D

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
  14. OMG Maicon died in a car crash :( RIP

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. different maicon...sad all the same

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
      2. Shakhtar striker.

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
  15. Who wants to tell me where the 4th game (minimum) in GW29 is hiding?

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
  16. Just saw three girls come out on their balcony in their lingerie... when they clocked me looking they waved.

    Thats a good sign for a good weekend.

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
    1. Not when they are the Golden Girls....

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
      1. they were alright

        • 6 months, 14 days ago
        1. or when you are introduced to Bruce, Warren and Alex

          • 6 months, 14 days ago
  17. putting Koscielny 3rd on my bench has been the best decision of the week

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
  18. soooo......I just looked at Everton's next six fixtures. :shock:

    Ozil-> Mirallas without a second thought right?

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
  19. Dzeko even not starting - where do FFS get their team news?? its a joke

    • 6 months, 14 days ago
    1. "with Stevan Jovetic pushing for a first start since returning from injury. The summer signing could replace either Negredo or Dzeko upfront"....

      • 6 months, 14 days ago
  20. Last minute I changed captain hazard to mata,i thik it was the biggest mistake of my life.

    • 6 months, 14 days ago

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For Gameweek 1

  • Begovic
  • Chambers
  • Terry
  • Caulker
  • Sterling
  • Mutch
  • Ramsey
  • Young
  • Sturridge
  • Rooney
  • Diego Costa
  • Debuchy
  • Arnautovic
  • Jovetic

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