Moving Target

Moving Target – Patrick Van Aanholt

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet finally ended the search for a new left-back last week by snapping up Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea. The 23-year-old arrives at the Stadium of Light on a four-year contract and is the Black Cats’ fourth signing of the summer, following Jordi Gomez, Billy Jones and Costel Pantilimon to the club:

After completing his move to Wearside, the Dutchman revealed he rejected other suitors in order to stay in the English top-flight and was quick to talk up his attacking intentions for the season ahead:

“I had a couple of offers from different countries but the Barclays Premier League is where I want to be, I want to show everybody what kind of player I am and what I am capable of doing. I am a left-back who likes to go forward and I like to take people on. I will also try to get some assists but I will do my defending first because that is where my role starts, it is all about helping the team and I think I will do a good job.”

The History

After progressing through the Den Bosch and PSV Eindhoven youth systems over a period of four years, Van Aanholt was snapped up by Chelsea as a 17-year-old back in 2007. Despite a seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge, the Dutchman played just eight times for the Chelsea first-team (delivering a goal and assist) and was mainly farmed out on loan by the London club after failing to displace Ashley Cole in the starting XI.

Spells at Coventry (20 appearances, one assist), Newcastle (seven league outings), Leicester (12 games, one goal and one assist) and Wigan (four appearances) between 2009 and 2012 afforded Van Aanholt little opportunity to establish himself as a regular, though.

A temporary move to Vitesse Arnhem in January 2012 finally helped him settle down and, over the course of two-and-a-half seasons on loan at the Dutch club, he finally found his form. After serving up two goals and five assists in 46 appearances in his first 18 months, Van Aanholt’s attacking forays came to fruition last season, where he produced five goals and five assists in 38 matches over all competitions.

At international level, the raiding left-back has represented Holland at youth level on 26 occasions, scoring once, whilst he’s also turned out a couple of times for the senior side.

The Prospects

With the versatile Phil Bardsley and on-loan Marcos Alonso both departing the club over the summer, Van Aanholt looks set to be handed a regular role at left-back for the Black Cats in the season ahead.

Yet to be listed in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game, a price of 4.5 seems likely, whilst a cost of just 4.4 in the Sky Sports game makes Van Aanholt one of the cheapest first-choice defenders around.

Analysing his stats from last term, the Dutchman’s attacking displays bode well – a total of 52 shots over 29 appearances equates to 1.8 attempts per game, whilst in terms of creativity, he averaged one key pass per league match. Bearing in mind that Alonso registered 1.6 shots and created 1.1 chances per match during his loan stint, the Dutchman looks a like-for-like replacement for the Fiorentina man.

In terms of defensive prospects, Poyet’s arrival clearly made a significant difference to Sunderland’s resilience. After conceding in every match under Paolo di Canio, the Wearsiders managed 11 shut-outs in the remaining 31 league fixtures (six at home and five on their travels) and, with their backline options so kindly priced, many Fantasy managers are eyeing up the Black Cats ahead of a schedule which pits them against West Brom, QPR, Burnley, Swansea and Stoke in the opening seven Gameweeks.

With an average of 4.9 points per game under Poyet, though, it’s difficult to look beyond Vito Mannone as the best value route amongst Sunderland’s defensive options. The Italian’s heroics between the posts have already earned him over 13% ownership in FPL – the sixth most popular keeper – though if Poyet decides to alternate Mannone with Pantilimon as his number one as the season unfolds, Fantasy faith in Van Aanholt may take a turn for the better.

Further Reference

Patrick Van Aanholt Wikipedia

Patrick Van Aanholt Transfer Markt Page

2,581 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 11 months ago

    The new bps scoring suits Clyne well. I think he could be good for a few CSs, baps & assists over his nice run of fixtures.

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    1. M_NUS United Force
        1 year, 11 months ago

        +1
        Can you show me your current team?

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        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 year, 11 months ago

          No where near finalised atm, sorry.

          A lot will depend on transfers and if there are nailed on cheapies.

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          1. RammyRhino
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Vermalen to Manu please make it happen 😀

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      • Casey Safe
          1 year, 11 months ago

          Is there anyone like me who thinks Steven Fletcher will be a superb punt this season?

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          1. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 year, 11 months ago

            Probably not, no.

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          2. Beavis
              1 year, 11 months ago

              Yes he might be. Double digits in goals if he's a regular.

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              1. Casey Safe
                  1 year, 11 months ago

                  Being regular is the key. If he can have a better season injury-wise, I have no doubt of his ability to deliver double digits. People seem to have forgotten what he has to offer because of his injuries last season.

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              2. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 year, 11 months ago

                You ?

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                1. Casey Safe
                    1 year, 11 months ago

                    Yes me 😉 I've got him on my team

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                2. Lebowski85
                    1 year, 11 months ago

                    Yes, i think he could be an absolute bargain. There isnt really anyone better unless you pay another 2 million. I'll take my chances

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                3. Spineless O'Weasel - #…
                    1 year, 11 months ago

                    Interesting Sunderland team tonight

                    Pretty much a first team with Panti in goal

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                    1. Spineless O'Weasel - #…
                        1 year, 11 months ago

                        Sunderland AFC ‏@SunderlandAFC 2m
                        #SAFC: Pantilimon, Jones, van Aanholt, Brown, O'Shea (c), Cattermole, Gomez, Giaccherini, Johnson, Fletcher, Wickham.

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                        1. Giggs Boson
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                          1 year, 11 months ago

                          Reserve keepers always get games in pre-season 😉

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                        2. Beavis
                            1 year, 11 months ago

                            4-4-2, nice team.

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                          • dis
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                            1 year, 11 months ago

                            They will leak goals with that team. 4-4-2 with only 1 mid who will track back and a poor defence :/

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                            1. Spineless O'Weasel - #…
                                1 year, 11 months ago

                                my expectation is that one of Wickham or Fletcher will make way for Bridcutt, who is currently injured

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                            2. Chelsea Harbour
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                              1 year, 11 months ago

                              Will be first choice keeper imo

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                            3. EdenoftheEast
                                1 year, 11 months ago

                                Strong team.

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                              • chrisjdgrady
                                  1 year, 11 months ago

                                  van Aanholt 2 assists lets go baby

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                              • 50shades of o'shea
                                  1 year, 11 months ago

                                  Very much so..

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                              • GreenPL
                                  1 year, 11 months ago

                                  Have to say that the 'scout scribbles friendly round-up' articles are an absolute life saver. It's Impossible to keep up with everything pre season and how that will effect your FF squad so really appreciate these summaries. Very nice!

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                                  1. dis
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                                    1 year, 11 months ago

                                    Can adversely influence you though too! (Boselli)

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                                  2. Lebowski85
                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                      here here

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                                  3. Ginkapo
                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                      How much do you reckon, difficulty wise, for a pencil dive of a 1m springboard?

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                                      1. 50shades of o'shea
                                          1 year, 11 months ago

                                          I'm watching it as well. The commentators love it 😉

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                                          1. Ginkapo
                                              1 year, 11 months ago

                                              OVERROTATION!

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                                              1. Ginkapo
                                                  1 year, 11 months ago

                                                  Silver shouldnt really be awarded. There should be a cut off when the gap is too great.

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                                                • 50shades of o'shea
                                                    1 year, 11 months ago

                                                    Surfs up 😀

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                                              2. Debauchy
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                                                1 year, 11 months ago

                                                lol - not difficult when a hot teacher on display

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                                            • Ricky - passed with flying …
                                                1 year, 11 months ago

                                                most nailed on stoke defender after shawcross?

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                                                1. dis
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                                                  1 year, 11 months ago

                                                  Pieters

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                                                  1. Beavis
                                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                                      This.

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                                                  2. M_NUS United Force
                                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                                      Cameroon, huth

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                                                  3. BenDavies
                                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                                      Cameron or Colocinni?

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                                                      1. EdenoftheEast
                                                          1 year, 11 months ago

                                                          Cameron if nailed.

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                                                      2. pundit of punts
                                                          1 year, 11 months ago

                                                          Hazard returns to training today and RVP will return to training on Manday. So that's 4 days gap between those two and yet people say RVP won't be match fit and has Hazard in their teams. 😆

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                                                          1. Spineless O'Weasel - #…
                                                              1 year, 11 months ago

                                                              That is not why I don't have RvP

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                                                              1. pundit of punts
                                                                  1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                  If it's the price difference then fair enough. But many have put forward that logic.

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                                                                  1. Spineless O'Weasel - #…
                                                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                      the price difference would be irrelevant if we were going 4-3-3 as it would cast dounts over Rooney. But with 2 up top I can't see RvP being worth the extra

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                                                                  2. tw
                                                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                      +1

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                                                                  3. Wilshere Knowledge
                                                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                      RvP is older, more injury prone, and played more at the world cup.

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                                                                      1. pundit of punts
                                                                          1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                          Playing more should help him get fit quicker.

                                                                          Injuries are part of this game. You gotta take the points and value and ship when injured.

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                                                                          1. GuyIncognito
                                                                              1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                              Get Aguero not RVP then.

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                                                                            • Wilshere Knowledge
                                                                                1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                Playing more would mean he is more tired. Otherwise why would Wenger be resting the Germans?

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                                                                            • Debauchy
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                                                                              1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                              Yeah RVP been looking "stiff" for awhile - dont think he can come back. Last time I saw him fluent was in 2012/203

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                                                                          2. The Missing Link
                                                                              1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                              Hope they both dont make it!

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                                                                              1. pundit of punts
                                                                                  1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                  Both will. No doubt.

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                                                                              2. Bambi
                                                                                  1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                  shh

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                                                                              3. Chelsea Harbour
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                                                                                1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                Vitesse finish the half with a chance. Great save cech off his line. Luis scrambled away Ashley Cole style. Looks a proper fullback him

                                                                                Matic the best midfielder on the park.

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                                                                                1. tw
                                                                                    1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                    better than Cesc even?

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                                                                                  • GREENDREAMS11
                                                                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                      Matic is class

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                                                                                  • Mr Chadwick
                                                                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                      What is the Palace defence going to look like? Anyone in the know have an idea? I only have 4.5 to spend, want a Palace defender, but the general feeling on here is that Mariappa is not going to play. Why and who is going to?

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                                                                                      1. Bambi
                                                                                          1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                          a palace defender is worth the 5.0 premium. trust

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                                                                                        • Pug Life
                                                                                            1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                            He could play, but not certain to.

                                                                                            Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward
                                                                                            Or...
                                                                                            Ward, Dann, Delaney, Williams/Ledley

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                                                                                        • #ProteaGoals - Thomass DM10
                                                                                            1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                            @pundits check mail thank you! Desperately needed

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                                                                                            1. #ProteaGoals - Thomass DM10
                                                                                                1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                :( :(

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                                                                                            2. chrrizzy
                                                                                                1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                Which Midfield looks better?

                                                                                                A) Hazard Mata Arnautovic Eriksen

                                                                                                B) Hazard Mata Nasri Siggy

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                                                                                                1. jackhiggo
                                                                                                    1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                    A

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                                                                                                2. NEW POST
                                                                                                3. VougieDipond-Fabrique Belgi…
                                                                                                    1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                    Fabregas and Matic's range of passing has been superb.

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                                                                                                  • 10cabee
                                                                                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                      Who's the best midfielder to choose who is 9m or lower?

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                                                                                                      1. chrisjdgrady
                                                                                                          1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                          Mata Ramsey Silva Fab Sterling Siggy

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                                                                                                          1. chrisjdgrady
                                                                                                              1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                              Wally when fit

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                                                                                                        • nibby
                                                                                                            1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                            Is Vermaelen gonna leave or what ?
                                                                                                            Any solid news ?

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                                                                                                          • spursjay96
                                                                                                              1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                              Alright boys having a nightmare here...

                                                                                                              The obvious Man United cover is De Gea, yes? Is there any nailed on defenders from Man Utd as I currently have Begovic and need Stoke cover. Who is the nailed on Stoke defenders also, Shawcross?

                                                                                                              Is Arsenal cover important? (defensively)

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                                                                                                              1. jackhiggo
                                                                                                                  1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                  Man United defensive cover is the most important thing. I wouldn't go De Gea. Instead maybe go a Jones, Evans or Shaw. Up to you.

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                                                                                                              2. nibby
                                                                                                                  1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                  Guyz RMT & thanks in advance.

                                                                                                                  Krul / Foster

                                                                                                                  Cameron / Bavis / Naylor / O'Shea / Target

                                                                                                                  Mata / Cesc / Siggy / Alexis / Wanyama

                                                                                                                  Costa / Rooney / Dzeko

                                                                                                                  Need i hav 2 make any changes..

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                                                                                                                  1. jackhiggo
                                                                                                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                      Looks good, but why Wanyama and Costa?

                                                                                                                      Costa especially could be a massive flop or be a god. If you're willing to take the punt then go for it but surely there's better value. Good team though :)

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                                                                                                                  2. Doogle__
                                                                                                                      1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                      How do we feel about Nasri this season? Him over Eriksen?

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                                                                                                                      1. Lebowski85
                                                                                                                          1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                          Over the season? Nah!

                                                                                                                          I fancy him to start strongly though. Could be an early differential

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                                                                                                                          1. lugalooch
                                                                                                                              1 year, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                              Wanted a Chelsea defender but have now just realized he's not nailed on, probs gonna upgrade to Cahill

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                                                                                                                        • lugalooch
                                                                                                                            1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                            What do you guys think about my team still in the tinkering stage

                                                                                                                            DeGea (Myhill)

                                                                                                                            Ben Davies, Baines, Azpi (Curtis Davies, Mariappa)

                                                                                                                            Eriksen, Mata, Siggy, Sanchez (Albrighton)

                                                                                                                            Rooney, Dzecko, Long

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                                                                                                                            1. jackhiggo
                                                                                                                                1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                not a bad team but why Azpi? Just wanna see your reasoning behind the selection.

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                                                                                                                                1. lugalooch
                                                                                                                                    1 year, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                                    Wanted a Chelsea defender but have now just realized he's not nailed on, probs gonna upgrade to Cahill

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                                                                                                                              • chudge
                                                                                                                                  1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                  hi guys, what do you think of this team? advice is appreciated.

                                                                                                                                  Krul/Mannone
                                                                                                                                  B.Davies, Shaw, Clyne, Debuchy, Wisdom
                                                                                                                                  Sanchez, Mata, Eriksen, Siggy, Ince
                                                                                                                                  Rooney, Dzeko, Remy

                                                                                                                                  thanks

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                                                                                                                                • lugalooch
                                                                                                                                    1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                    mata, nasri or hazard?
                                                                                                                                    AND
                                                                                                                                    lukaku or dzecko?

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                                                                                                                                    1. TSO *
                                                                                                                                        1 year, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                                        mata, then hazard, then nasri

                                                                                                                                        dzeko is better value

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                                                                                                                                    2. soulsaver
                                                                                                                                        1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                        Good Evening.Thoughts?

                                                                                                                                        Schmeichel (Krul)

                                                                                                                                        B.Davies-Filipe Luis-Shaw (Vlaar-N.Taylor)

                                                                                                                                        Fábregas-Mata-Lamela-Snodgrass-Sigurdsson

                                                                                                                                        Rooney-Diego Costa (Ings)

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                                                                                                                                      • Radagast
                                                                                                                                          1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                          Hello!

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                                                                                                                                        • jackhiggo
                                                                                                                                            1 year, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                            Yaya Toure anyone? Or is there better options? Haven't seen him in any RMT's.

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                                                                                                                                            1. Blue SeycheLion
                                                                                                                                                1 year, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                                                Most have gone for Sanchez instead who is .5 cheaper.

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                                                                                                                                            2. Williamnl
                                                                                                                                                1 year, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                                                Lads,

                                                                                                                                                Does anyone know how the player value is calculated in FPL?

                                                                                                                                                Example: sanchez is priced at 10.5 and is now owned by 30pct.

                                                                                                                                                Lets say, he does reasonable but he gets sold down massively to 10pct - will his value drop a lot?

                                                                                                                                                Alternatively, RVP valed at 12.5 but only 6pct ownership - does this mean there is little downside to his value?

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                                                                                                                                              • ktongue
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                                                                                                                                                1 year, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                                                Hi. I've been reading so many articles and comments I was wondering if anyone remembers seeing this one. It talks about projected team lineups. However I can't remember who posted it or how to view other teams. Let me know. Cheers.

                                                                                                                                                http://lineupbuilder.com/2014/custom/?sk=3w36

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                                                                                                                                              • avolaris
                                                                                                                                                  1 year, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                                                  Here is my team at the moment, can i have some opinions please.

                                                                                                                                                  De gea, Myhill
                                                                                                                                                  Shaw, Filipe Luis, Davis, Upson, Vlaar
                                                                                                                                                  Silva, Hazard, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Albrighton
                                                                                                                                                  Rooney, Sturridge, Bojan

                                                                                                                                                  I’ll be playing a 3-4-3 formation.

                                                                                                                                                  I've been thinking of making some adjustments as i have 0.5mill remaining,
                                                                                                                                                  Lamela for Eriksen (depending on who will being playing behind the striker)
                                                                                                                                                  Silva for nasri (i will keep nasri if he gets game time)
                                                                                                                                                  Bojan for another stirker around 5.5mill to 6.5mill.

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                                                                                                                                                • Chinchinnati
                                                                                                                                                    1 year, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                                                    Version 3.0 of RMT (how many versions are everyone else up to?) - any help please on the following?

                                                                                                                                                    Krul / Elliott

                                                                                                                                                    BDavies / Evans / Luis / Cameron / Wisdom

                                                                                                                                                    Mata / Eriksen / Ramsey / Siggy / Albrighton

                                                                                                                                                    Roonpig / Costa / Lukaku

                                                                                                                                                    Only 2 weeks until the action starts - who do people think will win / (be in);

                                                                                                                                                    (a) Premier League
                                                                                                                                                    (b) Golden Boot
                                                                                                                                                    (c) Team of the season?

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