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Scout Scribbles- Pardew Hails Ben Arfa Return

Alan Pardew is full of praise for Hatem Ben Arfa. Steve Bruce worries Nicklas Bendtner might be targeted by other clubs, while Per Mertesacker is defended by Arsene Wenger after a poor showing at Norwich:

Having finally lost their unbeaten record at the weekend, Alan Pardew had some good news ahead of Newcastle’s clash with Man United. Both Cheik Tiote and Gabriel Obertan are looking likely to feature at Old Trafford, according to Pardew, while Leon Best could also be ready for a return against the champions on Saturday afternoon.

Pardew was delighted with the display of Hatem Ben-Arfa at the Etihad, with the Frenchman -having finally returned to full fitness after an ankle injury- making his first league start of the season. The Toon boss praised his work ethic, a crucial aspect of Newcastle’s play, and suggested Ben Arfa could establish himself as a major player for the club over the next few months. Given he’s a 5.4 priced midfielder, Ben Arfa could come in for some considerable Fantasy investment over the new few weeks, particularly once the upcoming games against Man United and Chelsea are out of the way.

Hatem did some great stuff up front for us, but look at his work at the other end. There is no problem with that. He works really, really hard and I said to him, ‘Coming into this team, the one thing the other players are wanting to see from you is energy’ because that is what we have had all year. Every player who has come in has given me energy and he did give me that – and extra quality. Hopefully he can take us forward.

Leighton Baines has confirmed he is more than happy to remain Everton’s number one spot-kick taker. His late penalty earned the Toffees a 2-1 win over Wolves last weekend and although the left-back had missed his previous attempt –in the League Cup against Chelsea- he told evertontv he has no qualms about keeping his role:

I am happy to get in amongst it and step up and take them. You can’t score them all but it is important you score the majority of them and I am happy to keep on taking them.

David Moyes has admitted he is still awaiting news as to when both Jack Rodwell and Sylvain Distin can return to action. The duo missed last weekend’s victory and the Toffees boss admits he’s desperate to get them back as Everton look to continue their winning ways:

Rodwell came off in the Sweden game with a rib injury. We are not sure if it is a twist or a kick; if it is a kick it won’t be too long but if it is a twist it will be a bit longer. Sylvain has got a bit of a problem with his groin and it is a miss because we need the boys. We have got games when the physical element will come into question against the likes of Bolton and Stoke and it will be really important we get them back available for us.

Steve Bruce feels his chances of acquiring Nicklas Bendtner on a permanent basis may be scuppered by the Dane’s recent performances. The on-loan Arsenal frontman has lit up the international stage, in particular, since moving to Sunderland on loan and with 5 goals in as many games for his country alerting plenty of his abilities, the Black Cats boss is worried he lose out on his signature:

I have made no secret we would love to sign him. However, it is going to be one of those again, the better he does, certainly internationally, (the more) people are looking at him. I spoke to (Denmark coach) Morten Olsen on Thursday and he was delighted with his performances and, I have to say, so am I for us. He has done terrifically well, so let’s hope he keeps doing that.

Bruce has given Kieren Westwood a huge vote of confidence after the summer signing from Coventry stepped into the first-team in recent weeks. A fractured eye socket for first-choice keeper Simone Mignolet afforded Westwood a chance in the Black Cats starting XI and Bruce has been so impressed, he’s hinted that Westwood will take some toppling even when Mignolet is available for selection.

Arsene Wenger has jumped to the defence of Per Mertesacker after an unconvincing display from the big centre-half at Norwich last weekend. The Gunners boss cited the transformation of Laurent Koscielny as an example, suggesting we may not see the best of the German in an Arsenal shirt until next season:

It’s a different game in England. It’s a very demanding game for a defender because you are always tested. Every second of the game you are tested with full commitment and it takes time to adapt. We have seen that with Koscielny. Last year he would not have delivered that kind of performance because you learn that from fighting in every game and that’s why it’s so difficult to buy defenders abroad.

A quick word on this morning’s bonus point allocation from last night’s game at White Hart Lane. Emmanuel Adebayor’s brace pipped Gareth Bale to the maximum and was second overall in the EA SPORTS PPI stats for the gameweek. Adebayor may have fired 3 shots off target but his double was enough to see off Bale in second place. Having failed to score since gameweek five, Adebayor had tested the patience of his Fantasy owners but surrounded by such a wealth of attacking midfield talents, it’s obvious he will always have plenty of chances to find the net.

Bale’s 2 bonus points means he has now returned double figures in his last three matches- he is now just 4 points behind Rafael Van der Vaart for the season and priced at 8.2 to the Dutchman’s 10.4, could tempt many Fantasy managers as they look for ways to cut budgets. Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s single bonus point may have come as a surprise for those who watched the game but his EA SPORTS PPI stats are consistently strong- he has failed to score under 15 in the Index just once in their unbeaten nine-match run.

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  1. Old Schoolᴼˢ “disa…
    • 10 Years
    10 years, 8 months ago

    No time to be on here today, just got home... Bit disappointed ade performed so well 1 week before I had planned to bring him in fr saurez, doing it anyway even if it looks like knee-jerk ... Pleased for those on here that kept the faith with ade well done

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  2. RD
    • 11 Years
    10 years, 8 months ago

    Is bale essential?? he is in tremendous form late on...he served me well also last season...but how and where to fit him apart from removing vdv which i dont want??

    my mid/fwd are following

    VDV Sessengeon Walters Eagles Ramsey
    RVP Hernandez Aguero

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    1. Guinney
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 8 months ago

      Bloody sick I got rid of Bale. Good move at the time as i went for VDV, but ideally would love to have both.

      Not sure how you could get Bale in, seems like alot of shuffling for him. Only way I could see would be to downgrade Walters or one of your defenders (make sure you have 2.2m to spend or more if Bales price rises more), then move Ramsey out for Bale.

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    2. houghmagandie
      • 13 Years
      10 years, 8 months ago

      I had a similar problem and sold Ramsey to bring in Bale and raised the money by selling Bosingwa for Brown. Looking at your expensive forwards though, it looks as if you don't have much scope to downgrade your defence

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    3. minero
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 8 months ago

      VdV is injured more often than my grandma forgets where she puts her teeth. Sell.

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  3. woodenarmadillo
    • 10 Years
    10 years, 8 months ago

    I asked this question on the previous page "I want to replace nani… cant see manually bringing home the bacon at the moment. Initially i planned a lampard swap but not so sure right now!.. any recommendations?" and was asked about the rest of my team so here goes:

    Vorm, Kenny
    Jose Enrique, Simpson, R.Taylor, Wilkinson, Taylor (Swansea)
    VDV, Silva, Nani, Drenthe, Ferguson
    Sturridge, Aguero, RVP

    Nani needs to go!

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    1. Guinney
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 8 months ago

      To be honest I'd keep Nani, but if you want him out, go for Bale and use the extra money to upgrade your defence.

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      1. sla9sa
        • 10 Years
        10 years, 8 months ago

        +1

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  4. Guinney
    • 10 Years
    10 years, 8 months ago

    Given • Ruddy
    Walker • Enrique • Vermaelen • (Wilkinson) • (Simpson)
    Silva • VDV • Walters • Ramsey • (Ferguson)
    RvP • Adebayor • Bendtner

    Sick I got rid of Bale a few weeks back. I'm feeling top heavy with Spurs and Aresnal players, but both have good fixtures. I think I'm making a mistake having no Man Utd players. I've 2.1m in the bank.

    A) Simpson to Jones (should I act fast, as Jones price could move up and I would be short)
    B) Given to Vorm/Westwood (Given has Swansea this GW, but awful fixtures after)
    C) Upgrade Ferguson.

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    1. Cyril Figgis
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 8 months ago

      C. Not sure who too though. I don't think its necessary to have Man U players, they aren't in great form and theres alot of rotation.

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    2. theotherguy
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 8 months ago

      (a) I wouldn't do this as Jones may not be nailed on anymore and it would limit your ability to upgrade Ferguson.
      (b) (c) Good transfers but could wait another week.

      How about Simpson/Wilkinson > Brown this week (Brown to replace Enrique in starting 11) then deal with Given next week?

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      1. Guinney
        • 10 Years
        10 years, 8 months ago

        Cheers lads, I'm kinda swaying away from Jones now, but Man U's clean sheets are kinda saying to me go for it.

        If I upgrade Ferguson who would you go for:
        Formica
        Allen (probably my favourite option as I'm likely yo keep this player on the bench & he is cheap at 4.7)
        Eagles
        Sessegnon
        Sinclair

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  5. EAGLES (0 Chelsea players)
    • 10 Years
    10 years, 8 months ago

    Rate My Squad please?...i need constructive criticism.

    Vorm (Ruddy)
    Brown + A Williams + Richards + (Simpson) + (Ward)
    Dempsey + Sinclair + VdV + Silva (M Petrov)
    Ade + Gabby + Aguero

    I kind of want Bale but I dont think I need 3 Spurs players...also I want to be mindful of the DGW coming up...I want Baines and Rodwell/Drenthe

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    1. theotherguy
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 8 months ago

      Find a way to get RVP in there.

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    2. von bergendy
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 8 months ago

      If you want Bale, Dempsey > Bale seems obvious...

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    3. Guinney
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 8 months ago

      You need to jump onto the RVP bandwagon, but I'm not sure how you can do it. You have to downgrade probably 2/3 players and save the money but that would be a long process or you would take some serious 4 point hits. Maybe you should leave this.

      An easier transfer would be Dempsey out Bale in.

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  6. von bergendy
    • 10 Years
    10 years, 8 months ago

    RMT anyone?

    Vorm/Krul
    Wilkinson/McAuley/Brown/Jones/R Taylor
    Silva/VDV/Walters/Ramsey/Johnson
    Dzeko/Rooney/RVP

    Possibly Dzeko > Ade and Rooney > Aguero in the next few GWs...?

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  7. Legendary!
    • 10 Years
    10 years, 8 months ago

    Thinking of doing Gabby to Yakubu for the next 3 or 4 GWs. What do y'all think?

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  8. GREENDREAMS11
    • 12 Years
    10 years, 8 months ago

    Anyone got any suggestions as to who to leave out for this weekend from this bunch

    VDV, Sess, Drenthe, Nani, Lamps

    Sturridge, RVP, Saha,

    Any opinions would be welcome 🙂

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    1. Malgani
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 8 months ago

      That's a pretty damn good team for the upcoming gameweek. I would play with 5 midfielders for sure and probably bench Saha. He hasn't done very much lately and didn't even score any points against Wolves at home!

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      1. GREENDREAMS11
        • 12 Years
        10 years, 8 months ago

        cheers ozinkous. I waited and waited and finally someone replies. 😛 Nice one dude

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  9. SirGardar
    • 10 Years
    10 years, 8 months ago

    Eagles or Brunt this GW, what do we think?

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    1. sla9sa
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 8 months ago

      Eagles - Stoke defense has been rocked!

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