Awards

End of Season Awards – Midfielders

We follow up our Polls on this season’s top Fantasy Football goalkeepers and defenders by looking at the candidates for the best midfielders.

The poll is on the right of the page, with each player analysed in detail.

Before we dig into this year’s options, let’s look at the four midfielders chosen as last season’s top performers.

Last season’s team:
Goalkeeper – Tom Heaton
Defenders – Marcos Alonso, Gareth McAuley, Seamus Coleman
Midfielders – Dele Alli, Alexis Sanchez, Christian Eriksen, Joshua King
Forwards – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane

Christian Eriksen was the only midfielder from last term to claim a place on this year’s shortlist, although his Spurs team-mate Dele Alli hardly had a poor campaign, despite falling 50 points short of matching his previous tally of 225.

The 2017/18 campaign was another unsettled one for Alexis Sanchez, who spent the first half of it in and out of the Arsenal team. Doubts over his future and fitness continued to affect manager Arsene Wenger’s team selection and despite a winter move to Man United, the Chilean managed just 152 points, over 100 below his table-topping score of 2016/17.

When it was confirmed that Josh King would be re-classified as a striker and receive a price hike to £7.5m, it already seemed as if his days as a Fantasy asset were well and truly over. However, the main reason his popularity plummeted was more down his performances than tweaks in FPL. The Norwegian forward followed up last year’s total of 16 goals and three assists with just eight and four respectively in 2017/18.

Mohamed Salah

Could we start the shortlist anywhere else other than the all-time top-scoring player in FPL? It was a record-breaking 303 points for Salah as he finished 2017/18 as the Golden Boot winner with 32 goals.

Starting the season at £9.0m, Salah was a fixture-proof bargain buy, considering his incredible reliability for points returns. The Egyptian delivered attacking returns in a staggering 80.56% of his 36 fixtures, only failing to get attacking returns on nine occasions.

Number one player for double-figure hauls (15), with his most eye-catching haul of 29 points earned for four goals and an assist in a 5-0 thrashing of Watford in Gameweek 31.

Come the end of the season, Salah was the most owned player in FPL, sitting in 56.7% of squads. Transferred in 4,223,518 times across the season, only Harry Kane earned more buyers (5,323,924) over the 38 Gameweeks.

A substantial price rise is expected next term, which could see Salah valued anywhere between £12.0m and £14.0m.

Raheem Sterling

It has been a break-out season for Raheem Sterling in 2017/18 as he set a new personal best FPL score of 229 points, which is 71 better than the 158 recorded in 2014/15.

With 18 goals and 17 assists, the winger took part in 35 of City’s 106 strikes. Salah was the only player involved in more of their side’s goals in 2017/18.

What made Sterling so successful as a Fantasy asset at the start of the season was a cut-price value of just £8.0m.

Despite registering 50 points across the first eight Gameweeks, he was only in 7% of squads at that time. A goal and two assists in a 7-2 thrashing of Stoke City finally put Sterling on the wider FPL radar for the first time and soon his ownership swelled. By this point it had become clear that the winger had managed to gain Guardiola’s favour for league matches and he was rotated just five times in the whole of 2017/18.

We’ve said this many times before but, were it not for the exceptional performances of Salah, Sterling would have probably been the FPL player of the season. A hike in value is also expected, to around the £10-11m mark

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne taught many FPL managers a lesson in patience at the start of 2017/18. After occupying a deeper role in the first three matches, blanking in all of them, the Belgian went on a fantastic run of points-scoring form from Gameweek 4 and 18. Six goals, four of which came from outside the box, and eight assists saw him register an impressive seven points per match.
While some had snubbed him due to a starting price of £10.0m, that streak of consistent returns justified it easily, and by Gameweek 19 he had risen to £10.3m.

Most importantly, De Bruyne proved a stable route into the City attack which saw plenty of rotation. With both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus alternating starts, it made sense to cover the eventual champions in midfield with many Fantasy managers opting for De Bruyne and Sterling. Guardiola built his title-winning side around the Belgian, enabling Fantasy managers to do the same. None of De Bruyne’s colleagues made more appearances in the league (37), with only Ederson (36) running him close.

In the end, the City man had the third best total score among midfielders (209) and looks likely to remain one of the premium assets in that position next season.

Leroy Sane

De Bruyne took a lot of the credit for Man City waltzing to their third Premier League title this season, but Leroy Sane’s contribution to the team’s goal tally was very similar.

Playing five games fewer than the Belgian, Sane’s 10 goals and 15 assists brought him to 25 involvements, just one less than De Bruyne’s 26. The fact that he began the campaign priced £1.5m cheaper than the Belgian made him very popular once his place in the side was assured.

Just one start in the opening five Gameweeks put most Fantasy managers off initially, even if he did score a brace in just 33 minutes as a substitute against Liverpool in Gameweek 4.

Gameweek 6 was when Sane came into his own as an FPL asset. Between then and Gameweek 13 he started every match and averaged 7.88 points from four goals and six assists. After that run both output and starts dipped off, but he returned to the FPL spotlight from Gameweek 28 onwards when he was rotated just once, recording a further three goals and five assists.

Those two very strong purple patches meant that only Salah and Sterling earned more transfers in than Sane among midfielders this season (2.8 million).

David Silva

David Silva rounds off our Man City contingent in a season that proved very challenging for him personally. The Spaniard missed several matches in order to spend time with his son Mateo, who was born prematurely and required a five-month stay in hospital.

Despite those difficult circumstances, Silva still managed to involve himself in 20 of City’s goals and amassed an FPL score of 169. In fact, he actually boasted the second-best points per match score among City midfielders (5.82), behind only Sterling (6.94).

Before his family-related absences, Silva was a consistent figure in the City side starting 16 of the first 17 matches. In those fixtures he was involved in 13 goals (five his own, eight assists). His propensity to pick up bonus points for completed passes (he ranked second only to De Bruyne during this period), combined with his price, only further added to his appeal. Had he been able to see the season out, he would have outscored Sane in FPL and given De Bruyne a good run for his money.

Christian Eriksen

The only member of last year’s selection to make this shortlist, Eriksen at the very least won the three-way battle for FPL dominance in the Tottenham midfield this time around. He out-scored both Son Heung-min and Dele Alli with a final total of 199 points, having played more minutes than his team-mates.

Eriksen’s creativity took a turn for the worse last year, with his assists dropping from 20 to 10 in 2017/18. However, the Dane improved his goal threat and accuracy in particular. A total of 97 shots (second only to Salah’s 144 among midfielders) is significantly fewer than Eriksen’s 2016/17 tally of 133, but this time around he was firing them off with 59% accuracy compared to 33% recorded last term.

That meant Eriksen scored 10 goals – his joint-best tally in the Premier League, contributing to his second-best ever FPL total score. Considering the 218 points he pulled in back in 2016/17, owners will have wanted a little more return on their investment following a price hike to £9.5m, but Eriksen still had 19.4% ownership at season’s end, the fourth-best among midfielders.

Son Heung-min

Eriksen may have beaten Son’s season total of 175 FPL points but the South Korean’s much lower price and consistency when playing at home still afforded him huge appeal. With the exception of Harry Kane, nobody was involved in more league goals at Wembley Stadium for Spurs this year than Son (15), combining nine of his own with six assists.

Coming in at a whole £1.0m cheaper than Eriksen and Alli, Son was an excellent way to invest in Spurs’ attack, particularly between Gameweek 15 and 23, where he averaged 8.33 points per match. That run included two fixtures with a goal and two assists, a 5-1 thrashing of Stoke in Gameweek 16 and the Boxing Day 5-2 win over Southampton.

Later in the campaign, he filled in up front for an injured Kane and netted consecutive braces in Gameweek 29 and 30, against Huddersfield and Bournemouth respectively. That saw him become a leading signing for Wildcard squads in Gameweek 32.

Unfortunately for the 222,107 Fantasy managers who brought him in ahead of the double Gameweeks, he only made four starts in the remaining eight matches.

Riyad Mahrez

Despite another season of uncertainty over his future, Riyad Mahrez recorded his best FPL total since piling up 240 points in the famous 2015/16 campaign. Sane, Son, Alli, Hazard, Sanchez are just a few of the big names who finished below Mahrez in the 2017/18 standings, while only Salah, Sterling, De Bruyne, and Eriksen scored more points than him among midfielders in 2017/18.

Crucially, doubts over the Algerian’s commitment to the club and, later on, his level of consistency, made sure his ownership spent most of the campaign underneath 10%.

The season started very well for Mahrez as he provided three assists in the opening two matches but it was not until Gameweek 8 when he hit real form. Between then and Gameweek 22 he was involved in 14 goals in 15 matches, averaging 6.73 points over that extended period.

Few of Mahrez’s owners at the time will forgive him for handing in a transfer request just hours before the midweek Gameweek 25 deadline. After a deal with Manchester City fell through he ended up skipping training and missed two matches. He was soon back on the pitch, though, and put himself on the Wildcard radar after two goals and an assist across Gameweeks 29 and 30.

After disappointing between Gameweeks 32 and 35, Mahrez ruthlessly trolled the FPL community by putting up 25 points in the final four matches, after suffering from 144,608 sales.

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane may not have matched his total score from the previous two campaigns but did remarkably well considering he played fewer minutes than usual. Suspension the winger out of Gameweeks 4 -6 before a hamstring problem kept him out from Gameweek 8 to 10.

However, when the Senegalese international was fit and firing, he was an excellent way of covering Liverpool’s attack outside of the incredible Salah. Involved in 18 goals over 28 starts, made him an important player to own when the Reds were finding the net regularly.

Mane scored in each of the first three matches of the season before being sent off for a foul on Ederson against Man City. His best run was between Gameweek 21 and 34 when he averaged 5.92 points per match from six goals and five assists.

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace’s talisman proved an efficient mid-range midfielder to own for the end of season run-in. In the last nine Gameweeks, priced at £6.9m, only Salah (eight) scored more goals in this classification than Zaha (five). He backed that up with three assists, averaging 7.11 points per match and earning three price rises in that time, too.

Deployed as a striker by Roy Hodgson, Zaha ranked joint-second for big chances with Sterling (eight) between his injury comeback appearance in Gameweek 30 and the end of the campaign.

It remains to be seen whether he can retain that role up front for the Eagles or, indeed, whether they can hold onto their prize asset amid reports of interest from the likes of champions Man City.

Marko Arnautovic

After an indifferent start to life at West Ham, midfielder Marko Arnautovic had two impressive spells as an effective differential from a Fantasy perspective. After David Moyes took over from Slaven Bilic, the Austrian was deployed as a striker, making his price of £6.9m a bargain.

Arnautovic’s first run of success was between Gameweek 16 to Gameweek 24 when he registered six goals and four assists, averaging 7.75 points per match. During that run, his ownership never eclipsed 12%, and it was under 10% for most of it.

After a few weeks out with a hamstring injury, Arnautovic was back, involved in seven goals in his final eight matches of the season. Between Gameweek 32 and 38 he has as many shots on goal as Salah (26) and proving more accurate than any other FPL midfielder (11 on target) over that time too.

Pascal Gross

Brighton’s summer signing offered incredible value this season (27.8), with only Salah bettering it among midfielders. A total of 164 points from a starting price of £5.5m was hugely satisfying for those who owned the Brighton man in 2017/18.

After a quiet few opening weeks, Gross exploded onto the scene with an 18-point haul in Gameweek 4, registering two goals and an assist in a 3-1 win over West Brom. While some thought he was just a flash in the pan, 188,139 Fantasy managers made the smart decision to sign him for Gameweek 5. He rewarded them immediately with an assist and a bonus point in the 2-1 away defeat to Bournemouth and remained a shrewd investment for some time.

Between Gameweek 4 and 12 Gross scored or assisted in six matches from a possible nine, rising in price to £5.9m. A particularly memorable moment was picking up maximum bonus points despite not being involved in a goal during a 1-0 defeat to Man United at Old Trafford.

The German experienced something of a hiatus from the FPL spotlight between Gameweek 14 to 25, where he provided just one attacking return. But a goal and an assist in the 3-1 win over West Ham in Gameweek 26 triggered a rush to buy him back. Over 1,000,000 FPL managers owned Gross between then and season’s end and were rewarded with an average of 4.38 points per match.

Jesse Lingard

It was a break-out season for Jesse Lingard in 2017/18 recording a personal best FPL score of 128 points, which is 52 better than his previous top total. Starting the campaign priced at £6.0m, and looking likely to be an impact sub at Man United, he was far away from anyone’s Fantasy plans.

In Gameweek 14 Lingard turned our heads by scoring 12 points from a goal, assist and two bonus in a 4-2 win at Watford. It was just his second start of the season, making him a risky option still. A place in the team not yet guaranteed, his ownership remained in the region of 14,000 Fantasy managers until he started again the following week and scored twice against Arsenal to bring in 15 points.

Between Gameweek 14 and 22 he featured from the beginning in all but one of the nine matches, scoring or assisting in six of them for an average of 7.78 points. That boosted Lingard’s price from £5.8m to £6.1m and encouraged an increase in ownership by 577,079. It was perfect timing from a Fantasy perspective as this run came soon after fellow budget midfielder Gross, similarly priced, dropped off in terms of output.

Luka Milivojevic

In a season where very few bargain-bin strikers warranted a place in our squads, Luka Milivojevic became the budget enabler we all sorely needed. It is very rare that a midfielder who began the campaign at £5.0m ends the season involved in 12 goals for his team, his set-piece responsibilities at Crystal Palace paving the way for 144 FPL points.

Only Gross and Salah offered better value than the Serbian international across the season, excelling particularly after Gameweek 22. Between then and the end of the season, only Liverpool’s Golden Boot winner (15) scored more goals than Milivojevic (seven) among midfielders. He was helped by the exploits of Zaha who won 33 fouls during the Palace captain’s purple patch, third only to Hazard and Alli.

That run of form saw Milivojevic’s price rise to £5.2m, with an ownership of 13.5%, suggesting he could be valued around the £6.0m mark next season.

400 Comments Post a Comment
  1. arndff_
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Does anyone have that book?

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31203568-mastering-the-fantasy-premier-league

    If yes and there’s no problem to share it, I’d be thankful.

    Cheers!

    1. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      That is Triggerlips book is it not?

      I do not have a copy but must get my hands on one.I am sure it would be a good read.

      1. arndff_
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Correct. 🙂

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          I can not seem to find it on paper back after doing a quick search maybe TL could help to try and locate a copy.

          1. Triggerlips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            5 stars :O If a bit dated as much of it was seasn specific, if you message me on twitter I could probably send you a file, if I still have it

            1. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 8 days ago

              I actually do not have a twitter account believe it or not but i will be setting up one soon and i will get on to you.I am looking forward to having a read of this thanks TL. 🙂

              1. Triggerlips
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                Twitter the best place to talk Fantasy football by far, no offence to this place

                1. Ógie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Yeah i coming around to that idea and decided at the end of this season that i would be in the Twitter sphere by the start of next season.

                  It seems anything breaking is on it but anything important seems to get linked here anyway.

                  My biggest worry with the likes of Twitter is that there is just too much content to take in and could result in information overload.

                  1. FPL Virgin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    Just follow FPL Freddo and WGTA and you'll get pretty much all of the breaking, last minute news you need.

            2. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 8 days ago

              I would love to read your book TL. I used to really enjoy your articles on your website.

              How has the book aged? Is it still current and useful for the coming season?

              1. Triggerlips
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                Bits will be other bits wont, I might make it freely available, will have a look at how to upload file to Twitter

                1. FPL Virgin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Thank you. That's very kind.

                2. arndff_
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Oh, I’ve just seen that message you wrote earlier.

                  You can send files in direct messages.

                  However, I’m not sure whether you could upload files on your wall.

            3. arndff_
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 8 days ago

              Only people who you’re ollowing you back can send you a direct message at Twitter.

              So I’m not able to send you one there.

              My profile is @arndff_ — you can send it to me there.

              Cheers!

              1. arndff_
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 7 days ago

                * you're following back

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

    Mili, gross, Salah and sterling...I didn't really own the first two but I remember hating myself for not owning them for all their 'jammy' points and hating my rival for having them! They were bargain basement as well. Salah and sterling are obvious.

  3. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 8 days ago

    BREAKING: Darren Moore has been confirmed as West Brom's new head coach https://t.co/VMfElM4A2H https://t.co/dbECvWHmdV

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

      Lambert sacked by Stoke and Carvalhal sacked by Swansea. Pardew for one Allerdyce for the other?

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        All I know is that it won't be Steve McClaren lol
        BREAKING: @QPR have named Steve McClaren as manager on a two-year deal. #SSN https://t.co/Uhw9EzvoxI

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Hahaha thoughts on Pellegrini G?

          1. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 8 days ago

            I'm thinking he may be right now what we need. Think I read somewhere he's never managed a team that has to finished lower than 7th. Well that record will surely go but I would settle for mid table mediocrity tbh...

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

          One comes off the merry go round, two go on.

      2. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Carvalhal sacked ? Don’t think so ...

        ‘’Carlos Carvalhal has left Swansea City by mutual consent following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.

        The 52-year-old’s departure had been expected after it emerged last week that he would not be retained when his initial short-term deal expired this summer.’’

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

          Parted company. My apologies.

    2. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Began to wonder what does it mean for FPL until I realised West Brom doesn't play in Premier League anymore 😀

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Sorry just wanted to share the news as I think it's well deserved and the correct decision imo...

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          It's fine 😛 I just find it funny because I spent like 10 minutes thinking about potential West Brom FPL options until I finally realised...

          1. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 8 days ago

            😆

  4. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Salah's price at 12.5M for the 2018/19 Season

    Get all next seasons prices predicted within 99% accuracy now on fix https://t.co/ejpzZXO4EB

    Predictions on things like this surely must be a waste of time. 99% accurate they say, really? Apparently we're supposed to be happy to pay £14m lol

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Very much a waste of time indeed

    2. Sánchez
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      12.5? Nah. For a player who's just broken the points record and the 300 barrier? We'll get at least 13.0 maybe 14.0 but I'll guess 13.5

    3. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Like 99 % of the "features" on that site, it's just speculation presented as fact.

    4. Roosta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 8 days ago

      They have Kane @ 12 and Sterling @ 10.5.

      I'm certain some simple algorithms can looking at past price changes and apply the patterns going forward. Their prices are certainly more accurate than my predictions would be, but if Salah is only £12.5m it will be ownership carnage yet again.

    5. Slouch87 On The Up
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      What a complete waste of time. Just wait until the prices come out.

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        This

  5. Paddington Bear
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Just noticed my friend in Australia who is clearly a casual and doesnt play in money leagues, finished 21,000 in the world using no chips and only 40 transfers

    1. Sánchez
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      40 transfers? Thats one a week plus 3 if he doesn't use wildcards either. How come he's so active but didn't use chips?

    2. Yozzer
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Lot easier if you not in Mini leagues. You can just make transfers without worrying about your rivals move or if you need to take a risk to catch them. Totally different game than playing for OR

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

    https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/997511596355141634

    America is a messed up place. Poor kids.

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      How can they see these traumatised kids and continue to attempt to justify their barbarous laws?

  7. Zilla
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 8 days ago

    I mean if Salah continues this form then I can see why they said we will be happy to pay 14.0, Kane the last 2 GWs this season was 13.0 and there were people who happily payed for him.. with difference of 86 points.

    I think good players' prices should be high. You won't be able to get all and kinda kills the template.

    1. Ramboros
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      I find it worrying that people are too a larger and larger degree protesting any form of price rise or position change on the best options. At some point FPL will just give in to the casuals and make FPL about having the best players at the right time rather than finding the best options amongst the worst players.

      1. MTPockets
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        I just don't think it should be both - e.g. salah fwd and 14m+

        Otherwise hoping FPL make loads of changes this year inc positions, prices, chips, bonus system - but doubt they will.

    2. Triggerlips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Been thinking about this and would probably forget him at 14 and try and cover with Firmino or Mane.
      Have the very high priced players really lived up to the money in previous seasons? Kane could have been ignored, same with Aguero. Only time I was really burned by ignoring one was Ronaldo

      1. The old Arctic monkeys
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        I don't think Kane could have been ignored this season, he frustrated a lot of the times when he didn't deliver as a captain but still he was the third top scorer this season after Salah and Sterling. Not to mention that he broke a lot of seasons with those back to back hattricks against soton and burnley.

        1. diesel001
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 8 days ago

          No Kane in this squad - see if you can do better with Kane in the squad.

          De Gea (5.5m)
          Azpi (6.5m) - Otamendi (5.5m) - Alonso (7.0m)
          Salah (9.0m) - Sterling (8.0m) - KDB (10.0m) - Gross (5.5m) - Eriksen (9.5m)
          Vardy (8.5m) - Firmino (8.5m)

          Bench = 4.0m GK, 4.0m DEF, 4.0m DEF, 4.5m FWD

          GK = 172 pts
          DEF = 496 pts
          MID = 1,104 pts
          FWD = 364 pts
          Salah(c) = 303 pts

          Total points (assuming no auto-subs, Salah permanent captain and no chips) = 2,439pts

      2. Zilla
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Aguero only due to injury and rotation this season, if you didn't own him during his hatty and his poker matches then it hurt you really bad.

        RvP too is an example for ignoring someone.

    3. diesel001
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Think of it this way. To win FPL you need about 2500 pts. But that includes about 650 for captaincy points. So take off 325pts for captains gives you a raw score of 2175 pts.

      14m = 14% of budget. To be of value he needs to score 305pts. That would make him a viable permanent captain too. If you think he can achieve that then go for it.

  8. Sánchez
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Platini admits France 98 draw was fixed

    ttps://news.sky.com/story/platini-admits-draw-for-1998-world-cup-was-fixed-so-france-faced-brazil-in-final-11377566

    1. Sánchez
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Whhops

      1. Sánchez
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        😆 whoops

    2. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Fifa scumbags they should be frogmarched to the nearest wall and shot.

      1. Yozzer
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        FA are just as bad. They just not been caught yet 😆

        1. Sánchez
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          I basically assume all organisations where big money is involved are corrupt and we just hear about a small amount

          1. Yozzer
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 8 days ago

            Yer I'm same mate. I'm massively against the Elite and the top 1% though. All the top bankers, Royal Family and presidents/prime ministors and high ranking CEO's in the big corporations can burn in hell .

  9. Lyonnais
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Do we have any information if there will be an official world cup fantasy game?
    If there won't be one which one is the one you are going to play?

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Would be incredibly daft if they don't have an official one. I'm guessing they're just waiting for all the provisional squads to be announced before finalising prices, positions etc.

      1. Mark
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Dunno. They've gone early before and had a load of made up squads included.

    2. Mark
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Got to admit, I'm getting fidgety. Strange that it's now out yet. We're supporting FiT for the WC but always play the official game just so I can moan about it.

      1. Lyonnais
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        I'm doing the same thing with the UCL fantasy game every year, so I'm already used to play poor standard fantasy games...

        Let's hope they come up with the game soon, otherwise I'll have a (much needed) fantasy summer break for the first time in many years.

        1. Mark
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          I need my balls recovered! 😉

          1. Lyonnais
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            Haha 😀

            Are you planning to do world cup scoutcasts as well? (ofc if there will be a fantasy game...)
            Or would this be a step too far? 😉

            1. Mark
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 8 days ago

              We might do some "experiments" we had our off site today with the new editorial team and we have some nice ideas for more video content. Jonty and I are also testing some new tools next week.

              1. Lyonnais
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                Nice, looking forward to it!

              2. FPL Virgin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                You should all wear black/green fantasy football scout t-shirts and have a white board behind you to cover the background.

                Would make the show look more professional and credible to first time watchers.

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

                  Nah. Prefer the gonzo approach. Bunch of blokes on web cams from their spare rooms is more apt.

                  1. FPL Virgin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    That needs to change if they want to go mainstream.

                    Matching tshirts and a blank background is not that radical. I'm not saying Az needs to shave or anything. 😉

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

                      You gain credibility and a following based on the content of the material not on stylistics. If they loose the cat wandering in and out of shot won't they loose a bit of themselves?

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

                        lose

                      2. FPL Virgin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        5 months, 8 days ago

                        I agree. It's definitely quaint and comforting like an old sock, but the operation needs to be slicker. There are 6 million FPL managers up for grabs.

                2. Lyonnais
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Does the cat need to wear green/black as well if making an appearance? 😉

                  1. FPL Virgin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    Yes! 😀 Official Mascot!

                3. Rotation
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    Would you not worry that matching t-shirts is tacky?

                    Plus, as someone who's watched a fair amount of YouTube, it's widely seen that blank backgrounds are dull - It's not the done thing if you get my drift.

                    I do agree a little touch of studio magic and professionalism could go a long way - Opening / closing cards, little bit of editing, maybe some graphics.

                    As I write this, I'm starting to realise that this isn't what the podcast is about...

        2. Yozzer
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 8 days ago

          https://m.facebook.com/FIFA-World-Cup-Fantasy-2018-112394266019849/?locale2=en_GB

          They also said at the end of the last euro one that they would be back for the world cup..

          1. Team Cruel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            That's just some stupid fan page.

          2. Yozzer
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 8 days ago

            Is it? I don't do facebook so couldn't log in. Thought it was official

            Anyway it's all we have so cling on to it

      2. Kuqi Monster
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        I can't wait for the research on attacking defenders from Iran to start...

        1. Mark
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          We can't wait to get going!

        2. Lyonnais
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          I actually enjoy this 😀
          Did play Europa League and European Qualifiers fantasy before and the research effort was huge.
          Only managers who really did invest time were able to get a high finish.

          1. Triggerlips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            There is normally an Australian based world cup game that is fairly decent, would be a fall back option

            1. Lyonnais
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 8 days ago

              thanks, nice to have a plan B option!

            2. GreenWindmill
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 8 days ago

              Oh yeah, that's the one that is basically all the same FPL rules isn't it? Is it a Fox Sports thing?

    3. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Credit to West Brom for sticking with Darren Moore. Having spent a couple seasons wishing relegation on WBA, I strangely now hope to see them promoted.

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

      I'm thinking salah won't be much value at 14mil like a lot of people. Same with Kane at 13mil. It will be interesting if they do get priced that way though, as you could get a good head start goin for players like mane, alli, mkhrtarian, lukaku etc. All proven players but may get a price drop for next season giving you a more balanced team to start the season. Aubameyang could be the one to go for over salah and Kane in the 10Mil+ bracket instead.

      1. Triggerlips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        If you knew he would make 300 points in advance he would be worth it. But what are the chances of that? Sure to be some regression

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

      "Prizes for the 2014 edition of McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy are huge. We have a brand new Kia Soul* for the overall winner and some impressive adidas gear including national team jerseys, adidas brazuca footballs and boots. To top it all, we will be giving away official, signed captains’ armbands from the very sleeves of the men leading their teams at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

      *Conditions apply, please see the Contest Terms and Conditions for details."

      That Kia Soul probably cost them so much that they've decided to not arrange the game this time!

      1. Rata - Team Mauritius
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Do you know when the 2018 World Cup Fantasy website will be launched by any chance?

      2. diesel001
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        The squads have only been announced and there are still lots of domestic league matches (e.g. Italy) and the CL final to play. Give them a chance....

    6. CityWok
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      An article yesterday suggests McDonalds will be doing a World cup game (parag 8). https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/17/mydfs-lands-1-million-to-take-fantasy-sports-games-to-asia/

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Good find, this should settle Mark's nerves.

      2. Lyonnais
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        great find!

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

        That is different, its daily fantasy. Basically gambling, not what we play

        1. Lyonnais
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          That's what they have done to the lovely European qualifiers fantasy (and I think MLS) as well.
          Changed it to daily XI format and I've stopped playing it.
          No planning needed just get a new team every GW. I don't like it at all.

      4. Yozzer
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Don't think there is really any doubt. FIFA could make loads from the advertising. Of course there will be one even if not with McDonald's. Relax folks

    7. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Lovely to have TL around these parts again. FFS is a richer place for it.

      Nice to hear Jonty speak so warmly about him on the scoutcast as well. 🙂

      1. Fantasy Gold
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        lol

    8. ZoumasBloomers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Which relatively nailed players would you pick for an anti-fantasy football team? Lowest points score wins.

      I’m thinking Shane Long, Bakayoko, Martins Indi, Fletcher

      1. ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Romeu definitely as well. Maybe Gueye. Love YCs

      2. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Begovic
        Simpson - Janmaat - Zabalata
        Dier - Gueye - JWP - Wilshere
        Rondon - Benteke - Welbeck

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

        Danny Simpson, Steve Cook and Yoshida would have made a nifty back line last season.

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

          How can I forget Zeegelaar!

          1. Yozzer
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 8 days ago

            I truly hate that man

            Him and Donkeyadini are my worse ever fpl players

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

          And Holebas!

      4. speedyboyzz
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Joe Hart in goal
        Benteke up front

      5. Ghost Gooner
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Dunk away vs the big teams for the potential OGs

      6. tambourineman
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        2000+ minutes this season without attacking returns:
        Wes Morgan 2817
        Ben Mee 2610
        Davison Sánchez 2532
        Jonathan Hogg 2396
        Danny Simpson 2306
        Virgil van Dijk 2253
        Gaëtan Bong 2237
        Adrian Mariappa 2206
        Morgan Schneiderlin 2124
        Gary Cahill 2082
        Andreas Christensen 2067
        Phil Jagielka 2063
        Bruno 2014

        After Hogg and Schneiderlin, the other leading midfielders by minutes played are Dembele (1875) and Højbjerg (1666).

        1. diesel001
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Christensen is a proper dud. Chelsea looked worse when he played. They should get Zouma back asap.

    9. Fred54
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Salah and Sterling stand head and shoulders above others this season and easily get 1st and 2nd choice respectively. One of my biggest failings was not holding onto Sterling when I picked him as cheap as 7.9, unfortunately played the Man City merry go around when I should have stuck with him. Also not capping Salah more too.

      The other two votes are really hard. Third choice is Arnie, didn't score as many points as I remember but was one of my few gems and a real hero in the 2nd half the season,

      Despite owning him for one week (and that crazily enough was on an FH in DGW34), 4th choice is Milivojevic. FPL squad's are built on super start cheapies as well as big hitters and this guy continually defied any logic and constantly scored well for his price.

      1. Ghost Gooner
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        I made the same mistakes re Salah and Sterling. Those are my biggest regrets.

        Palace just kept getting pens but it was hard to believe it would continue but they did. 😆

      2. diesel001
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Salah - Sterling - Gross - KDB for me.

        Close with Eriksen and Mahrez. Salah and Sterling were miles ahead. Gross has been very consistent and outscored Milivojevic. KDB has been exceptional, but not the best value at his price.

        1. Ghost Gooner
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          I'm definitely paying more attention to the players who drive their teams open play attacks next season.

          I picked way too many duds this season

      3. Syd.
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Agreed with those 2 and Kane is also in there as he got 30 goals

    10. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      "A substantial price rise is expected next term,
      which could see Salah valued anywhere between
      £12.0m and £14.0m.
      "

      If this happens it will be tough to have more than one 10.0m player in your squad 😯

      I hope he is classified as a fwd so I can fill one of the premium fwd slots along with Auba as I won't go with Kane this year.

      1. Ghost Gooner
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        4.5 Dubravka 4.5 Ryan =9.0

        6.0 Vertonghen 5.5 PvA
        4.5 Stephens
        4.5 Schindler 4.0 Long =24.5

        9.5 Sane 8.0 Arnie 6.5 Gross
        6.0 Sessegnon 4.5 McArthur =34.5

        13.5 Salah 11.5 Auba 7.0 Wood =32

      2. Fantasy Gold
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        I think having high priced premium players suits the better fpl players.

        Shopping for those diamonds in the rough to fill up your squad is the fun part.

        1. Ghost Gooner
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Had so much success in 16/17 playing that way. Went heavy up top and was always looking for players before they got picked up. Capping King for his hatrick is my fav moment in fpl

      3. feed feo
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Could Mo go? Be unusual to have a Ballon D'or winner in situ in the EPL. Suspect he'll be off to Madrid.

      4. Syd.
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Salah will be 13.5 next season

    11. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      He'll stay at least for next season. Unless RM sell James and Bale

      1. Ghost Gooner
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Reply fail to Feed Feo 😳

    12. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      If Salah is reclassified as a forward and that’s a very Big If, will Firmino be reclassified as a midfielder?

      1. diesel001
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Firmino and Salah are forwards IMO. Because of the positions they take on the pitch. Mane still a midfielder.

        1. Forza Papac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Going by that logic surely Sterling should be a forward?

          1. Yozzer
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 8 days ago

            I actually thought about that. Could they turn sterling And Son into forwards. That would make it difficult. Think he'd have more appeal as he would actually get baps

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

              And then Jesus and Kane become midfielders.

        2. Syd.
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          If we go by this logic we are going to have looks of midfielders reclassified as forwards

          1. diesel001
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 8 days ago

            Arguably correct. The other alternative is to price forwards so they are more competitive, from a value perspective, with midfielders.

          2. diesel001
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 8 days ago

            The only ones I would say are:

            Salah, Sterling, Arnautovic, Sanchez, Zaha.

      2. Legomané
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Neither imo

      3. Mark
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        There's a case for that but I don't think he gets shifted back.

        I still think Salah will be a mid. The only midfielder who I reckon might get re-classified is Arnautovic but with a new manager coming in, I think he's safe now.

        Nobody else springs to mind.

        1. Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Young to defence.

          1. Syd.
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            Alonso will definitely be a midfielder that’s for sure

        2. Zilla
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 8 days ago

          A case could be made for Zaha too.

          1. Syd.
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            I can’t see any reason why Zaha would be considered a forward

            1. Ramboros
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 8 days ago

              Hodgson mostly uses a 4-4-2 with Zaha up top. Zaha has only started a couple of games in midfield and a few more as a winger in 4-3-3. The other games he's been a straight up striker. He would surely be considered a forward if this was his debut season. He could stay in midfield on doubt, as Palace have had loads of injuries to deal with on Townsend, Benteke and Sørloth.

              Arnautovic is a simpler decision as he's been the only striker to start for West Ham for a while.

            2. Zilla
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 8 days ago

              He literally played as striker for some games (ex: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdFEfqKWkAYSXlp.jpg:large (last game))

              How you could see Salah being reclassified but not Zaha?

              1. Syd.
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                This whole debate centres around what we deem to be a forward in the modern game. For me the likes of Salah, Sterling, Zaha, Sane, Mane and Sanchez are attacking midfielders and their prices will reflect this

      4. Ghost Gooner
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Since I won't get Kane, I want Salah to be fwd 😉

        But Firm shouldn't move to midfield as he is still a false nine even though he drops deeper than Salah

        1. Syd.
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Kane is a complete pain in the ass in FPL

          He got 30 goals but there is an argument he is not worth the outlay as he goes long periods where he blanks then he would bang back to back hat tricks in then blank again for the next 6

          1. Yozzer
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 8 days ago

            I'm a huge kane fan but I'll be giving him a miss at the start . Not only doesn't he score in August but he's a massive slow starter. If he gets extra rest after the world cup then no way is he an option for me at that price

      5. feed feo
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Unlikely. FPL is illogical in it classification of players like Hazard and Sanchez as MIDs. Hope Mo is a striker as will free a mid slot.

        1. Syd.
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Harry & Mo

          That will be at least 25% of the budget gone on 2 forwards

    13. diesel001
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Next Arsenal and Chelsea managers?

      Ancelotti will go to one of them surely

      1. Syd.
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        No chance

        Arteta & Conte

      2. Zilla
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Arteta for Arsenal I think. I reckon he will do well too, depending on Arsenal fans expectations.

      3. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Arteta & Enrique

      4. Athletico Timbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Big Sam deserves one. He's a top manager who did wonders at Bolton.

        1. Syd.
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          I hope you were one of the silent majority who wanted him to stay 😉

          1. Athletico Timbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            Of course. Most Evertonian loved him as Sam quite rightly pointed out. It was only on twitter were the polls were 97% out but I bet they were from Liverpool fans who worried about as winning the league next year and stealing there thunder.

            1. diesel001
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 8 days ago

              Harsh on Allardyce. Not sure what Everton fans expect. If you want to challenge the Top 6 you would have to spend at least another £750m to get there. You finished 8th - you're probably the 7th best team in the PL so pretty much on expectations.

              You can play more exciting football, but you'll concede goals and lose games as overall your defence is slow (Baines, Williams and Jagielka are definitely past it) and can't play a high enough line up the pitch to allow the midfield to support the strikers. Your younger players coming through the youth ranks are not that good and you can compete with the Top 6 to get better talent because you don't pay the wages or have CL football.

              Perhaps some time in the Championship would remind Everton how fortunate they are

              1. Athletico Timbo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                You've been listening to talksport again haven't you. 😆

                1. diesel001
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Can't stand talksport. Load of crap. Shame they have got the cricket coverage over the winter. But any neutral could tell you that Everton are not a Top 6 side at the moment and are a long way away from being one.

                  1. Athletico Timbo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    And you think Evertonians don't know this?

                    1. Athletico Timbo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      5 months, 8 days ago

                      He was asked to come in and do a job, which he did. We would quite like to move on if that's ok. Would you like him to manage your club?

                    2. diesel001
                      • 1 Year
                      5 months, 8 days ago

                      I think the criticism Allardyce is getting for finishing 8th in the PL is very unfair. How much higher in the PL do you think you will get next season? Criticisms aimed at Allardyce:

                      - He doesn't get results (he's never been relegated from the PL, he took Bolton into the UEFA Cup)
                      - He can't manage big stars (Jay Jay Okocha, Fernando Hierro, Youri Djorkaeff and Ivan Campo are crap players then?)
                      - His teams play crap football (so do most of the teams in the PL - have you seen Bournemouth - they are terrible - but they seem good because their games have goals in them. Burnley play crap football too and finished higher than you).

                      Personally think it is a shame he isn't England manager. His pragmatism and defensive solidity is what England (a team lacking creative talent) need. I think Allardyce is a t**t, but I can see he is a quality football manager.

                      1. Athletico Timbo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        5 months, 8 days ago

                        It's not the league position anyone is bothered about it's his style of play and that is all. Evertonians don't want to pay to watch that. Have you watched a full 90 mins of it yourself this season? When I've seen it on telly, the pundits always slate the fans over Alladyce. At half time they complain there's not much to talk about and by full time they the end by saying it's the most boring game they've ever seen. And yet they still can't understand why the fans aren't happy coming 8th?

                        1. diesel001
                          • 1 Year
                          5 months, 8 days ago

                          I have watched most Everton games that have been on TV. I agree it is boring - but so are pretty much all of the non-Top 6 (and Man Utd to be fair).

                          The reason the games with non-Top 6 teams are exciting is because they are generally littered with mistakes (Watford and Bournemouth being prime examples). Allardyce, Dyche and Pulis manage their teams to minimise mistakes - it is what makes them successful.

                          Fans need to decide what they want - results or style. I am a results guy as I think the Championship is a competitive, but crap league to be in. Allardyce gets results, and over time, will get you competing in matches against Chelsea, Arsenal etc. Of course you won't win the league or finish Top 6, but you will have some intriguing games against the Top 6 and beat most of the crap below you.

                        2. Athletico Timbo
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          5 months, 8 days ago

                          That mentality isn't Everton I'm afraid. Yes I know we are not in a position to compete with the top 6 but that is alwAys the intention. Now that we appear to have more financial backing we would like to try for that again. Alladyce will never take us there. Finishing 8th in a league of 14 crap teams means nothing.
                          Do you think Sam should get the Chelsea job? No! So why would he be good enough for Everton? We want to be the best we can be and we've been waiting a long time for investment to take us back to where we belong, competing for titles. It may well be good enough for these to yo clubs

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

                          to try and stay in the league but that's not us.

            2. Syd.
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 8 days ago

              I was just waiting for him to bring Kevin Nolan out of retirement. That would have been the final piece of the jigsaw to make Everton title challengers

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

        Think Arteta and Sarri are nailed now

    14. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Fantasy World Cup. Is there an official one?

      1. Yozzer
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Soon Doos...Soon.

        Not out yet. Usually around june.

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Cheers, mate.

        2. 420king
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          yes it's usually out in june after the teams are confirmed...

          however, it's announced way earlier than that. 13th of May in 2014 and 14th of May in 2010.

          worrying...

      2. Mark
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        We're currently hitting F5 Doosra.

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

        Yo Doos.

        Good seeing you.

        How did your season finish up?

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

        Poseidon's playing FiT so I'm guessing most on here will end up playing that

      5. Syd.
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        No more a Noble Grape?

        What’s with the Fidel grab?

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Off-season grav.

      6. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Squads finalised 4th June comrade, probably the very same day if not after McDonald’s will take over once again

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Cheers.

    15. TokyoRed 東京赤
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Queen
      John (E) Elba Wilkinson Mumford
      Clooney (capt) Beckham (D) Beckham (V) Williams
      Mountbatten-Windsor Markel

      Good to go?