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The ScoutCast – Episode 262 – Retrospective

The latest ScoutCast brings the curtain down on another Fantasy season as we take the opportunity to navel-gaze and conduct a full retrospective.

Recent new signing David makes his debut, while Granville is a late arrival to join myself, Jonty, Andy and Az to form a six-strong crew.

We start by appraising Gameweek 38 to report back on a dramatic final day at the top of the Fantasy Premier League. We then take the lead from your final round of community questions.

Our best and worst decisions, our most disappointing and inspiring signings and early targets for next season are all revealed. We even consider the lessons learned to offer advice on cracking the top ranks – for what it’s worth.

Then, after another season of ScoutCasts, we pick out our personal on-air highlights.

We thank you in advance for sticking through this, our longest ever episode, and for listening over the last nine months.

Next season we edge towards 300 and finally reach the Last of the Summer Wine target. Then we all roll down a hill in a bathtub and off into the sunset. See you soon.

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Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. Managerial merry-go-round
    Berbinho's Forehead
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    2 managerial changes seemingly set to be confirmed soon.

    Manuel Pellegrini -> West Ham
    Mikel Arteta -> Arsenal

    What affect does this have on FPL?

    I would like to see how Cresswell is priced, I think he could be a good 5m pick. Arnautovic is always going to be a good pick too.

    As for Arteta, we don't know much about him. Having spent a season with Pep, I'd imagine he would like to emulate an attacking style of play. I guess Aubameyang will be a popular pick. Not sure about the rest.

    1. HALFSPACE
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Auba and a wide forward.

      1. HALFSPACE
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Pellegrini to whu, no worthwhile picks imo

    2. ZoumasBloomers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Pellegrini has tended to go 4 at the back hasn't he?

    3. Yozzer
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Pellegrini = avoid any attacking player

      1. tricky80
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Cresswell looks a better proposition if so...

        1. Yozzer
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yer and masuaka.

          1. Suave EU
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            If he goes four at the back, they can't both play. Unless one is played out of place as left-mid

    4. Niɇmi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Doesn't change much for me right now.

      I'm not sure Pellegrini will make West Ham players more attractive.

      I don't know much about Arteta as a manager, so hard to comment on that one.

    5. noquarternt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Pretty in the dark. No proper management experience for Arteta leaves us just with Aubameyang having an incredible strike rate for Arsenal.

      West Ham are moments from rioting every week...could go very sour very quickly...

    6. J0E
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      If Pellegrini goes to West Ham they will spend much of the season fighting relegation - and deservedly so due to their lack of cohesive, consistent strategy.

      West Ham needs to rediscover what it wants from its style of play and realistic achievements. Pellegrini is the killer of goals. The difference between his style and Hughes' at Southampton is huge. For me his appointment would make West Ham a no go zone until he can prove otherwise.

      Arteta to Arsenal is unknown but as long as he picks and sticks with a strong XI then I'm happy.

      1. Legomané
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Pellegrino*

      2. Mikeharbrw
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Jonty I think you might be getting your Pellegrini's mixed up with your Pellegrino's- easily done!

        1. Fantastisk
            3 months, 5 days ago

            LOL

          • J0E
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            🙂

        2. AnzhiBabakin
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I was initially quite pleased (as a WHU fan) to be linked with managers who have actually won something - such as Pellegrini, but I'm inclined to agree. He is 64 and is not the kind of manager to be at the forefront of a new strategy or be dynamic.
          Fans are incredibly frustrated at the lack of strategy or cohesion - but realistically it will take a board/ownership change to achieve that. If they are staying, Benitez would be a better pick in any case. I'm still surprised that Moyes wasn't offered the job - but it sounds like Sullivan started to interview other candidates behind his back in typical Sullivan style.

          FPL wise - I can't remember the manager's style too well, but I don't it changes who are the good and bad picks at West Ham greatly, unless signings change anything and as a frustrated fan who saw our only signing as Jordan Hugill last time - I won't get too excited!

          1. AnzhiBabakin
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Balls - I copied the mistake from Jonty. Pellegrino 🙂

            1. AnzhiBabakin
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              But I'm still inclined to think it's not right even if its an upgrade on Moyes

        3. ZoumasBloomers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Pellegrini has won the league Jonty, not sure he lacked strategy then!

          1. Ask Yourself (Lenin is dead…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Has never finished outside the top 7 in every league he’s managed in too

          2. J0E
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Ha - mega lols 🙂

            In that case yep very keen to see the better Pellegrithingy take charge!

            West Ham for the title!

            1. G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              For the title? 😆
              I'd settle for mid table mediocrity...

      3. Ask Yourself (Lenin is dead…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Pellegrini makes West Ham attackers attractive. He plays possession based full on football, 4222, Arnie I assume will stay as a striker. Will be the making of lanzini I feel. Much like he did with santi carzorla and Isco just to make a couple. He loves those types of players out side to drift inside, with coming from full backs pushing up. Defence will be forgotten about but attack will be interesting.

        1. Ask Yourself (Lenin is dead…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Christ. Out wide*
          Width coming from*

      4. XabiAlonso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        He makes lovely lemonade that San pelligrino

    7. La Roja
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Pep extends City contract, “it’s a pleasure to work here”

      I’d be well pleased too for 20m salary

    8. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      PL Answer Smash Quiz

      An “answer smash” is when the end of one answer combines with the start of a second answer to give one answer.

      For example, if I said “This website, the remote interior of Australia”, the answer would be “Fantasy Football Scoutback”, as this website is Fantasy Football Scout, the remote interior of Australia is the Outback, and “out” links the two.

      So, what are the answers to these 20 clues……….

      1) Arsenal player, runs Germany
      2) Bournemouth player, gambling hotspot
      3) Brighton player, big dog with a large muzzle
      4) Burnley player, is never going to give you up
      5) Chelsea player, breaks up the Beatles
      6) Palace player, invites you to touch their bum
      7) Everton player, minced beef and mashed potato
      8) Huddersfield player, white wine variety
      9) Leicester player, long rubber footwear
      10) Liverpool player, Farrelly Brothers film
      11) Man City player, Surrey racecourse
      12) Man Utd player, London Championship ground
      13) Newcastle player, married a Kardashian
      14) Southampton player, Toy Story 2 character
      15) Stoke player, played by Harrison Ford
      16) Swansea player, BBC alpine racing highlights
      17) Spurs player, a main ingredient in Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake
      18) Watford player, main US sport
      19) West Brom player, an Extreme song
      20) West Ham player, check out the hook while the DJ revolves it

      Good luck! 🙂

      1. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        1) Patrick Aubameyangela Merkel

      2. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        2) Junior Stanislas Vegas

      3. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Perhaps I should just write them all out then post in one go - this could become a lengthy thread otherwise 😆

      4. Back on the horse
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        5 bayayoko Ono
        7 Walcottage pie

        1. Back on the horse
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          14 Bertrandy?

        2. Back on the horse
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          16 Fabianski Sunday

        3. Back on the horse
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          18 Holebasketball

      5. Klopptomist
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        4) Jeff HendRick Astley

      6. Klopptomist
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        20 Declan RIce Ice Baby

        That's probably my favourite

      7. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        3)
        4) Hendrick Astley
        5) Bakayoko Ono
        6) Loftus Cheeky Girls
        7) Walcottage Pie
        8)
        9) Chilwellington Boots
        10) Wijnaldumb & Dumber

      8. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        15) Martins Indiana Jones
        16) Fabianski Sunday
        19) Livermore Than Words
        20) Rice Ice Baby

      9. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        3) Izquierdoberman
        18) Holebasketball

      10. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        11) Sterlingfield

      11. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        17) Vertonghen's eggs?! 😆

      12. Back on the horse
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        17 alderweirelderflower

      13. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Struggling now...

      14. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        8) Pritchardonnay

      15. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        12) Lindeloftus Road

      16. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        14) Boufal from Al's Toy Barn?

      17. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        13) Dubravkanye West

      18. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        1) Aubameyangela Merkel
        2) Stanislas Vegas
        3) Izquierdoberman
        4) Hendrick Astley
        5) Bakayoko Ono
        6) Loftus-Cheeky Girls
        7) Walcottage pie
        8) Protchardonnay
        9) Chilwellington boots
        10) Wijnaldumb and Dumber
        11) Sterlingfield
        12) Lindeloftus Road
        13) Dubravkanye West
        14)
        15) Martins Indiana Jones
        16) Fabianski Sunday
        17) Alderweirelderflower
        18) Holebasketball
        19) Livermore Than Words
        20) Rice Ice Baby

        Just 14 to go!

        Southampton player, Toy Story 2 character

        1. ZoumasBloomers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Ryan Bertrandy?

          1. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Randy not a Toy Story 2 character

            1. ZoumasBloomers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Andy Davis is the kid who owns all the toys no?

            2. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Oh Andy - I get you.

              Was thinking of different "toys" 😆

              1. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                I'll change the clue then 😉

                Southampton player, Toy Story 2 toy

                1. GreenWindmill
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Boufal from Al's Toy Barn is 100% legit and I won't hear anyone say otherwise!

                  1. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Ok - I'll give you a bonus point then 😉

                    1. GreenWindmill
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Yes! *fist pump*

                      Shameless begging in an unimportant quiz on the internet where almost nobody is playing pays off once again 😎

                      1. G-Whizz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        😆

        2. Back on the horse
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Austinky Pete

      19. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        14) Charlie Austinky Pete The Prospector

        1. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yep - well done 🙂

      20. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Nice quiz 🙂

    9. Jac The Cat
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Need a back to basics approach for next season, last two seasons have been a huge disappointment 🙁

      1. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        What are those basics?

        1. tricky80
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Not picking Eliteserien players...

        2. Wetdream
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          For me.
          1.Less hits
          2.More patience
          3.Pick players with a view of their next 4-6 fixtures not just their next fixture.
          4.Ignore what other players are doing in my Ml
          5.Be less influenced by other peoples opinions if you have a gut feeling.
          6.Take more notice of the captain poll
          7.watch more football for the eye test
          8.keep things simple.If a move looks obvious its probably the best.
          All things ive been guilty of the last 2 seasons really and something i deffo am apllying next season.

          1. Wetdream
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            *Applying even

        3. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          343 I would guess

          1. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            352 has been better for the last 2 seasons.

            1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              I agree, but some managers have been doing kinda badly due to experimentation with new formation so maybe that was what jac was alluding to

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      • avolaris
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 12 hours ago

        Can i have some feedback for my squad please?

        Ederson (Speroni)
        Trippier, Alexander-Arnold, Cedric (Daniels, Wan-Bissaka)
        Mane, Sane, Hazard, Neves (Stephens)
        Aguero, Firmino, Zaha

        Wouldn't mind hearing some thoughts on better backup players or choices you would go with.
        Cheers 🙂