August
06

After strengthening his defence with the acquisition of Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker, Harry Redknapp’s third signing of the summer saw Jordon Mutch arrive at QPR from Cardiff City. The midfielder has signed a four-year deal with the Loftus Road outfit and follows former Bluebirds team-mate Caulker back into the Premier League just three months after the Welsh club dropped down into the Championship.

Discussing his move with the R’s official website, Mutch was delighted to be given the chance to prove himself in the English top-flight once again:

“I don’t see a better place for me than QPR at the moment. The club is heading in the right direction and I’m really excited about the season ahead. I thought I had a good first season in the Premier League last year with Cardiff, so I was delighted when QPR came in for me and offered a route back to the top flight. I’m really happy to be here and hopefully we can do well this season.”

The History

Mutch spent five years in the Derby County youth system before moving to Birmingham City as a 15-year-old in 2007. Handed his debut by the St Andrews outfit the following year, Mutch was then confined to a wheelchair for three months after his rapid rate of growth caused fractures in both feet.

Fully recovered, he was sent out on loan to Hereford Town (four appearances) and Doncaster Rovers (two goals in 17 league games) in 2009/10 before being farmed out to Watford the following season, where he netted five times and provided six assists in 23 matches. Mutch was unable to convince the Blues of his worth, though, and, after a total of two goals and nine assists in 36 outings, was sold to Cardiff in June 2012.

The midfielder’s first season with the Bluebirds was far from impressive, though. Mutch failed to produce any returns over 22 Championship appearances and was far from our Fantasy radars when the Welsh outfit arrived in the Premier League last summer. Initially, his Fantasy fortunes looked non-existent after he was handed just one minute’s game time in the opening five matches but Mutch’s eye for goal prevailed, as he proceeded to serve up seven goals and five assists over the course of his first year in the English top division.

On the international stage, the 22-year-old has featured at youth level a total of nine times for England but is yet to make the step up to the senior side.

The Prospects

There’s no doubt Redknapp requires a goal-getting presence in midfield to take the pressure off Charlie Austin up front. Last season, Junior Hoilett was top scoring midfielder for the R’s with just four goals in 38 Championship appearances and although the Canadian has impressed over the summer, Redknapp’ admitted Mutch’s record in the Premier League was a big factor in persuading him to splash the cash:

“Jordon’s a fine young player, with a big, big future. He’s already shown what he can do at this level with Cardiff last season with a decent goals return – and this move will provide him with a great platform to take his game on to the next level. He wants to learn and improve his game. He’s a good pro with a great attitude and this is a big opportunity for him at QPR.”

Despite being limited to 2,399 minutes for the Bluebirds last year, Mutch still managed a total of 55 attempts last year. This equates to 43.6 minutes per shot – put into perspective, it’s just behind Eden Hazard (41.5), Christian Eriksen (42.2) and David Silva (42.4). In terms of minutes per goal, the QPR new boy’s average of 342.7 minutes in 2013/14 was quicker than the likes of Adam Lallana and Juan Mata (355.8) and underlines his potential.

Indeed, Mutch’s arrival looks to put pressure on Hoilett for the season ahead. A recent change in tactics has seen Redknapp roll out a 3-4-1-2 formation over the summer, with Hoilett stationed behind the front pair, but the Canadian may be forced out wide or even onto the bench if the R’s boss turns to the more prolific Mutch to take up the role in “the hole”.

After proving himself as a genuine budget option last term, Mutch could be set for further investment once again. Yet to be listed in the Fantasy games, a cost of 5.5 (the same as Adel Taarabt) looks the likeliest scenario in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game on the back of last season’s heroics for the Bluebirds – more expensive than the likes of Hoilett and Joey Barton (5.0), for example, but as the numbers above suggest, Mutch’s frequency of attempts is more in line with pricier alternatives.

With home encounters against Hull, Sunderland and Stoke in the first five Gameweeks, Redknapp’s side have a decent opening run in front of their own fans. Certainly, trips to Spurs and United dent their opening appeal but, bearing in mind Mutch scored three times against Liverpool and also netted against Chelsea last season, it’s fair to say that Redknapp’s new acquisition has already shown signs that he’s more than capable of rising to the occasion.

Further Reference

Jordon Mutch Wikipedia

Jordon Mutch Transfer Markt Page

Jordon Mutch You Tube 2013/14 Highlights

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  1. For those who missed it, this is what I posted in the DZ earlier

    'Morning everyone. I've put my binoculars on these days, yesterday I came up with a potential 4.0 option in Bartley (http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/7763485), today I've potentially found another 4.0 option who looks to be nailed on for the start of the Premier League season.

    Presenting to you...err....Alan Hutton

    Here is some of the information that I gathered from the following articles in the Birmingham Mail and the Daily Mirror:
    (http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-thought-villa-career-7575307
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/aston-villas-alan-hutton-forgives-4002325)

    'The Scottish defender feared for his Premier League future and a move away from Villa Park was looking inevitable. When Paul Lambert told him he was in his plans for the forthcoming season it came as a massive surprise.Hutton now appears to be Villa’s first choice right-back going into the 2014/15 campaign. It’s a massive turnaround from the past two seasons, in which he hadn’t played a single game during Lambert’s reign. Hutton has earned his spot after an excellent pre-season playing five games, including scoring the only goal at Walsall on Tuesday night in a 1-0 win. Lambert needs all his experienced players ahead of challenging season with the club up for sale and little funds for new players.'

    Here is what Hutton had to say:

    'It’s been a long time since I was involved so to be given this opportunity again is great. Who would have thought it could have happened? Certainly not me. With what has gone on in the last few seasons I thought my future would lie elsewhere. But the boss has given me a chance to show what I can do. I think I’ve had a decent pre-season and he’s stuck with me. I just have to work double hard now to show everybody I can play. I want to prove to everybody I’m capable of doing it.'

    Another point worth mentioning is that Hutton and Wisdom rotate home and away perfectly over the season

    Cheers :D '

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. Don't you think that Gamboa negates Wisdom nailed-on-ness?

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      1. I do actually, but some think that Gamboa might play on the right side of midfield with Wisdom RWB

        • 4 months, 17 days ago
    2. Good read TFF. Although I think his goal was rather fluky. Not getting an AVL defender from the start btw.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      1. Thanks ;)

        I might fancy my chances with stoke,NEW,HUL in the first three :)

        • 4 months, 17 days ago
        1. decent plan. Make sure you don;t WC in GW4 ;)

          • 4 months, 17 days ago
      1. you as well! Great work :)

        • 4 months, 17 days ago
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  2. The site seems much better without the RMTs

    There some decent discussions today

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. Don't tell Doos this.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    2. Bego/Hamer
      Luis/Verm/Chester/PVA/Naylor
      Siggy/Ramsey/Mata/Fabregas/Lamela
      Rooney/Costa/Barnes

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    3. Certainly makes things better and spaced.
      Hopefully those after help will continue to try & help others in return.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      1. People can still get help here using the "Terry or Cahill" format .

        • 4 months, 17 days ago
    4. Completely agree on that.
      I always tried to find the decent posts in that RMT jungle..
      Now it's so much better :)

      I will only post one RMT and it will be on the 15th. There is no point doing any before that. I really look at them as a noise..

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
  3. I'm considering Austin for my 3rd striker, and the fact he's on penalties is definitely a positive. However, I decided to look at how many penalties the promoted clubs got in the PL season after getting promoted, over the last 5 seasons.

    (2/3 means that they got 3 penalties that season, scoring 2 of them. 15th means they received the 15th most penalties out of the 20 teams in that season)

    2013/14
    Cardiff - 1/1 - 20th
    Hull - 2/3 - 11th=
    Crystal Palace - 5/6 - 4th=

    2012/13
    Reading - 4/4 - 10th=
    Southampton - 3/3 - 14th=
    West Ham - 4/4 - 10th=

    2011/12
    QPR- 2/3 - 14th=
    Norwich - 2/2 - 19th=
    Swansea - 5/6 - 5th=

    2010/11
    Newcastle - 4/4 - 13th=
    WBA - 3/5 - 8th=
    Blackpool - 7/8 - 2nd=

    2009/10
    Wolves - 2/2 - 19th=
    Birmingham - 2/3 - 14th=
    Burnley - 6/6 - 7th=

    I was expecting the promoted clubs to be near the bottom of the table in terms of penalties, but these results have proved me wrong. What has really caught my eye is that the 3rd promoted team (promoted via playoffs) has got the most penalties out of the promoted sides in the next season over the past 5 years. If that trend continues, then Austin should have ~5 chances to score from the spot. I can see at least 10 goals from him and I think he's a good option as a cheap third striker that allows you to add some funds into your midfield and back line.

    Conclusion: I was bored and felt like doing some penalty research. I know that there are heaps of factors I haven't looked at and there are some 'fluke' seasons, but here are the results so make of them what you will :)

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. Forgot to mention - IF Remy stays, Austin will still be the penalty taker according to the QPR fans on here who have mentioned it.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    2. He is in my team. Shhhhhhh

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    3. That is probably the most strenuous connection I've ever seen to justify a team getting >5 pens

      lol

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    4. good job, nothin like some revisionism to back up a point ;)

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    5. My main worry with Austin is this

      How many strikers come up with promoted teams and have a good season?

      Some score for fun in the championship but once they get in the premiership the goals nearly always dry up. Austin has looked good in pre season but look at the teams Leicester have played against

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
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    6. it seems to me like you have still infected with QPR disease ;)

      interesting....as far as im concerned though that correlation is conincidental

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    7. Coincidence. I'm sure penalties has nothing to do with how a team got promoted.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      1. I agree, just thought it was interesting to have a look at.

        • 4 months, 17 days ago
    8. Great effort. But there are too many factors/correlations to consider to justify the probability of penalties - referees, simulations/dives, etc. Nothing's concrete here.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    9. I'm considering Austin but rotating with Puncheon. First 6 fixtures are HUL WHM SUN BUR STO LEI

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
  4. Who are people opting for instead of Bavies if he is a rotation risk?

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. Pieters for me

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    2. C.Davies

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
  5. Cahill or Terry

    Whose number one pick

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. Cahill

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    2. I prefer Terry.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    3. I'd go with Cahill out of the two

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    4. Terry

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
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    5. no one is number 1 pick in this Chelsea side everyone is no. 4 pick

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    6. Carry?

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    7. I think Cahill will play more of the entire season. But I think terry should start off 'nailed on'

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      1. Is Terry more important and therefore more likely to be rested during easy games?

        • 4 months, 17 days ago
      • 4 months, 17 days ago
  6. @TFF: Awesome job done with the Bartley scouting!

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. where is he likely to play and whos place is he taking tho?

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      1. central defense as Chico has left

        • 4 months, 17 days ago
    2. Thanks a lot Moin, lets hope Swansea don't sign another center back now!

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      1. yeah!

        • 4 months, 17 days ago
  7. What is everyone's thought on Bolasie? Seems better value than puncheon and has nice returns of you could get someone to rotate with him. But the thing I want to know is how sure a stayer is/was h e under Pulis?

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. I brought this up a couple of weeks back, he looked great towards the end of last season. Not sure how guaranteed his place is but he looks promising.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      1. Is there anyone who could challenge him to his place? Any palace fans? Which pos does he play in?

        • 4 months, 17 days ago
  8. Are there any 4.0 defenders worth having or at least nailed on?

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
  9. Tell me more about this Bartley

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. His name is Kyle.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    2. Barkley's son

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    3. Look in Hot Topics

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    4. He has two sisters called lisa and maggie

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
    5. he once ate a curly wirly in one

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
  10. new Post
  11. Is young worth the gamble for the first few fixtures for united? I have to drop evans to get him.
    He can switch right/left and his only competiton is valencia, rafael who is injured and shaw (not fit). And we know how LVG feels about fitness.

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. I think so.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
  12. Anyone starting without Eriksen AND Lamela.. toss of a coin decidin between the two. thinkin of startin with Sterling, Fabregas, Sanchez, Siggy, Mata and swapping one for the better option after a few weeks

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
  13. Best midfielder for 8,5m? have Siggy, Sterling and De Jong

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. Nasri helps give some city cover althoguh he is inconsistent at times, however, finished last season in great form and wasn't at WC

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
  14. I kept some stats on ownership%:over the last two weeks:

    25-7-2014 30-7-2014 6-8-2014

    Goalkeepers
    Howard 25,4 Howard 26,4
    Krul 22,6 Krul 21,5
    Myhill 19,3 Myhill 19,6
    De Gea 16 De Gea17,4
    Mannone 13, 4 Mannone 12,1

    DEFENDERS:
    Shaw 30,3 Shaw 30,4 Shaw 26,3
    Vlaar 25,8 Vlaar 24,7 Vlaar 23
    Debuchy 25,2 Debuchy 22,9 Lovren 22,8
    Bruce 20,5 Bruce 20,5 Bruce 20,5
    Merte 19,6 Lovren 18,9 Deb 19,9

    MIDFIELDERS:
    Sánchez 33,8 Sanchez 31,3 Barkley 28,9
    Barkley 28,7 Barkley 28,2 Sanchez 27,3
    Hazard 23,6 Hazard 23,6 Sterling 24,8
    Ramsey 20,8 Ramsey 20,6 Yaya 22,5
    Yaya 19,5 Yaya 20,5 Hazard 22
    Fábregas 17,6 Ramsey 21,5
    Sterling 17,6 Mata 20
    Mata 16,5 Fab 18,6
    Eriksen 14,9 Eriksen 14,2
    FW:
    Sturridge 31,7 Sturridge 30,5 Rooney 38,1
    Remy 24,3 Rooney 30,5 Sturridge 27,7
    RvP 21,5 Costa 22 Costa 25,4
    Giroud 21 Giroud 21,4 Lukaku 22
    Rooney 20,2 Remy 18,7 Giroud 18,4

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. Mhh adjusted it for ten minutes and it still comes of as this! Any way to delete my post and repost it in a better way?

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
  15. Looks like I am cornered and have to go for a one 4,5m (+4.0m) keeper strategy from the off.

    Never mind who you got in defense, who do you rate the best 4.5m keeper in the game?

    RMT says Foster for the first 6 gws, but could it really be? looks shaky that defense..

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
  16. Hey there

    Do you think it's worth just having 1 defender of value with 4 other cheaper defenders from teams with a tight defence ie Stoke/ west ham and having a midfield with all 9 million value or more and 2 quality attackers and a cheap one OR should I spread the value throughout the team. looking at last years points seems the midfield is where most of the points are going to be won

    Really appreciate some input

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. having 3 4.5's and below seems to be the preferred on here at the moment. Finding guaranteed 4.0 defenders is the real problem! I have currently gone for Windom and Hutton due to nice rotation and good chance of starts.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      1. Yeah

        I've gone for Wisdom, N Taylor and O'Shea as my cheaper Defenders then

        Toure/Fabregas/Ramsey/ mata and erikssen in mid with

        Rooney and Lukaku up front with either austin, Bojan or frazier Campbell as sub

        Do you reckon I should get a cheaper midfielder and pop Dzeko upfront instead of the cheaper forward??

        • 4 months, 17 days ago
  17. Guys how do i get a Grav? hope it's not a stupid question :P

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      1. Thanksss

        • 4 months, 17 days ago
  18. A lot of people seem to be going for 3-5-2 on their RMT's. Any proof that this is a better bet for spreading the cash rather than a 3-4-3. Several others have 3-4-3 with a cheapy third striker (austin/bojan)

    Currently i have opted to invest cash on those guaranteed big hitting strikers (went for costa, rooney and lukaku which may change depend on lukakus last pre season) but maybe someone has a counter argument to this!??

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. No proof they just feel it utilises midfield options better. I can't look past 3 4 3 though

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
  19. Ward or Caulker??

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. Caulker. Goal threat and also had the most blocks last season which will help his BPS.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
  20. If you could only have 2 out of Sanchez mata or Hazard who would the 2 be? Note. I have Rooney and Costa up front.

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. Mata, and ... errr ... 'Azzzarrr.

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
  21. Two defender for 5m each to rotate?

    • 4 months, 17 days ago
    1. ward and caulker

      • 4 months, 17 days ago
      1. Foster vs Myhill... any opinions ? :-) Who starts?

        • 4 months, 16 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 17

  • Lloris
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Sánchez
  • Eriksen
  • Y Touré
  • Downing
  • Bony
  • van Persie
  • Austin
  • Evans
  • Nasri
  • Carroll

Fixture Ticker

The Watchlist

Goalkeepers

Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 1:25pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B
Up Adrián WHM B

Defenders

Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 12:51am
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs

Midfielders

Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:40pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
Up Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Downing WHM A
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX

Forwards

Last updated: 20 Dec, 2014 10:12am
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Cazorla ARS 4
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Besic EVE 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Vardy LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
O'Shea SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder