Scout Notes

Another Sessegnon warning as Brady recovery drags on

Burnley continue to struggle with injury this pre-season as Robbie Brady suffered another setback in his recovery.

His expected absence should make it easier to predict who will start on the wings for them in Gameweek 1 but questions still remain over their goalkeeper situation.

Elsewhere, there was another stern warning for those invested in Ryan Sessegnon (£6.5m).

ATLETICO BILBAO 1-3 FULHAM | FULHAM 0-0 FIORENTINA

  • Goals: Neeskens Kebano (£4.5m), Aboubakar Kamara (£4.5m), own-goal
  • Assists: Jean Michaël Seri (£5.5m), Ryan Sessegnon (£6.5m)

The trio of goals scored against Atletico Bilbao ended a run of three goalless matches for Fulham as Ryan Sessegnon (£6.5m) finally involved himself in attacking returns this summer. It was his cross that Yeray Álvarez directed into his own net towards the end of the first of two Cup of Traditions matches. However, there was further confirmation that Sessegnon offers much less in terms of attacking potential when playing at left-back. He was used there in the second match of the afternoon, for the second time in pre-season, and had little influence on the game. The 12.1 percent of Fantasy managers who currently own the 18-year-old should make themselves aware of that and keep an eye on new signing Maxime Le Marchand (£4.5m) – any injury or suspension to him could force Sessegnon back into defence this season.

These two matches saw new signing Fabri (£4.5m) make his first appearances in goal, and give us a chance to see whether he could take the number one jersey from Marcus Bettinelli (£4.5m) this season. Of particular note was the former Besiktas man’s distribution, able to easily find his full-backs and get play moving well from the back. According to local press, this is an area that Bettinelli has struggled with in the past which could hand the advantage to Fabri, who also has experience of playing Champions League football too.

In front of him in the first match, we saw Le Marchand, Tim Ream (£4.5m), Denis Odoi (£4.5m) and Cyrus Christie (£4.5m) line up as the back-four for the third time in pre-season. No other combination has been used as often by Slaviša Jokanović during the summer, suggesting – barring any further recruitment – they will start at Craven Cottage when Crystal Palace come to visit on August 11.

Neeskens Kebano (£4.5m) has done his chances of featuring from the beginning in that match no harm after a decent display in these friendlies. The DR Congo international faces competition for a start on the flanks of the front-three from Sessegnon and Andre Schürrle (£6.0m), who made his first appearance for Fulham against Fiorentina, but is currently the club’s top-scorer in pre-season and with more minutes in the bank than Schürrle. However, the German World Cup winner reportedly impressed in his 45-minute spell in the Cup of Traditions final and, as the new signing, is expected to also be in with a strong shout of starting Gameweek 1.

FULHAM XI vs BILBAO (4-3-3): Fabri; Le Marchand, Odoi, Ream, Christie; Johansen, Seri, Cairney; Sessegnon, Kamara, Kebano.

FULHAM XI vs FIORENTINA (4-3-3): Fabri; Sessegnon, Odoi, Ream, Christie; McDonald, Johansen, Seri; Kebano, Kamara, Schürrle.

BURNLEY 0-0 MONTPELIER

  • Goals: None
  • Assists: None

Robbie Brady’s (£5.5m) recovery from injury hit a setback in Burnley’s latest pre-season match, a 0-0 draw with Montpelier. The former Hull City man has been on his way back from a knee injury sustained in December but was forced off with a hamstring problem just before half-time on Sunday. Manager Sean Dyche has sought to ease fears that Brady will be on the sidelines for some time, which should be of interest to Fantasy managers aware of the Irishman’s potential this season.

“It was a very minor thing in his hamstring so we took him off immediately. He’s been out for a while, so we don’t want any secondary injuries if we can help it.” – Sean Dyche

Regardless of how much of a setback this proves to be for Brady, his withdrawal strengthens the case for investment in either Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.om) or Aaron Lennon (£5.0m) – the two wingers who started against Aberdeen last week. The Icelandic international has one goal to his name in pre-season and is the key man for set-pieces while Lennon has found the net twice so far this summer and is £1.0m cheaper.

Burnley are still waiting on an update on Nick Pope’s (£5.0m) dislocated shoulder, with him having seen a specialist this week. With Tom Heaton (£5.0m) carrying a calf strain, the prospects of the Clarets’ defence are somewhat up in the air. There is no return date set for either him or Pope yet with Anders Lindegaard the most likely stand-in so far. It may be difficult to invest in £5.0m defenders like James Tarkowski or Ben Mee if there are doubts over the man between the sticks.

“The shoulder joint definitely came out and (went) back in so it just depends on the damage along the way. We’ll see what the specialist says tomorrow. When you look at the incident it was a freaky incident. I’ve seen the stills and it is just a freak moment in a game. It went back in pretty quick, so it depends on the disruption in the shoulder. We’ll find out more tomorrow.” – Sean Dyche

Jeff Hendrick (£5.5m) was the only member of the starting XI that faced Aberdeen to feature from the beginning in this match, as Dyche largely used either second-string options or players on their return from injury problems. Ashley Barnes (£6.0m) was one of the latter, his involvement against Montpelier the first since the opening match of pre-season. The former Plymouth Argyle striker managed 60 minutes before being replaced by Nakhi Wells (£4.5m). Sam Vokes (£5.5m) started alongside him after coming off the bench to equalise for Burnley at Pittodrie.

BURNLEY XI (4-4-2): Legzdins; Taylor, Dunne, Long, Bardsley; Brady (McNeil 42’), Hendrick (Goodridge 60’), O’Neill, Walters; Barnes (Wells 60’), Vokes (Agyei 70’).

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1,900 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Velocity
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Hi

    Anyone know Arsenal's first choice CB pairing?

    1. Heskey Time
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      At the moment mustafi and sokratis but think at the moment bellerin is the better option

      1. boozybaz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Must have Sokratis.Lol

  2. Kristobal
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Dele Alli. Thoughts about him for 9.0?

    1. Heskey Time
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Not at the start of the season will be rested

      1. Kristobal
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Probably. I am a bit tempted. Nailed on and surely want to better his last season.

  3. Heskey Time
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Am I right in saying that the best 4.5 options in defense at this time are:
    Cedric, Duffy, kabasele, boly/doherty, and Tomkins ?

    Becoming increasingly less interested in Cedric though just think Southampton won’t be that great

    1. rhino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      holebas

      1. La Vida Latte
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        .

  4. Kristobal
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    A) Alisson & Mendy

    B) Ederson & Robbo/VVD

    1. Udo
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I am on B, who's ur 2nd GK may I ask?

      1. Kristobal
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Ok. I read on WhoScored and compared Alissons and Edersons stats and Alissons were really good. So I don’t know really. Mendy can come really good this season bearing in mind that the previous was ruined by injury. BUT Robbo seems to be destined to do a great season also. And round and round it goes..

        1. Udo
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I just think that Ederson is a very safe/ not to expensive way into City's def, and price wise is Robbo/ VVD a likewise good Liv's def.

          1. Kristobal
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I agree. VVD or Robbo?

          2. Kristobal
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Is Robbo nailed on or is Moreno to steal minutes?

            1. Udo
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Thats a very good question! I went for VVD because of it.

              1. Kristobal
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Sounds good. He is nailed on.

        2. boozybaz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Man City are playing Arsenal GW 1 so I would not put Ed in for that game.

      2. Kristobal
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        2nd goalie is Stekelenburg.

        1. Udo
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah, I prefer a playing GK, went for Ryan. But the 0.5 would help in other positions!

          1. Kristobal
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Good point! Thinking of that too.

  5. Athletico Timbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    I’m planning an early wildcard to take advantage of the great differentials on offer before the players return late from pre season, but some of my options haven’t been added to the game yet! I do hope fpl don’t leave this to the last minute otherwise I’m not going to have time to plan properly. Come on fpl, get it sorted please.

  6. Sponc
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

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  7. NoWayJose
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Best MID or FWD option 7.5m and below will be?

    1. falafel
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Zaha

  8. drfc_matty
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    RMT 3-52

    Emerson (4.0)

    Roberton mendy stones (wan bissaka) ( bednarek)

    Salah mane hazard Ramsey richarlison

    Zaha king (kamara)

    1. stupendous
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Tbh? 3 or 4 out of 10

      The front line is shocking
      Ramsay hurt today
      Is that TRIPLE city def with Ederson or is there an emerson?
      Bednarek likely wont get mins unless im wrong

  9. stupendous
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Morata is so crap!!!!

  10. dashdriver
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    442 with

    Fabianski
    Robertson / Mendy / Keane / Cedric
    Salah / Eriksen / Richarlison or Maddison / Gudmundsson
    Aguero / Aubameyang

    Boruc / Stephens / Kamara / Wan-Bissaka

    or 343 with

    Ederson
    Robertson / Coleman / Cedric
    Salah / Eriksen / Mkhitaryan / Richarlison or Maddison
    Aguero / Arnautovic / Zaha

    Boruc / Tompkins / Stephens / Wan-Bissaka

    1. dashdriver
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      343 team leaves 0.5 ITB.

      1. johndoe090
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Always 3-4-3 over a 4-4-2

        That said I like both (have 8-10 of same players currently)

        Been getting Coleman out, Everton defense has been leaky. May be good to have Pickford for the save chances + easy schedule cover.

        1. johndoe090
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Pickford also allows you to switch Coleman for say.... Mendy!

  11. Mitch3ltje
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Hi, what do you guys think of my team? Feedback would be nice!

      Lloris (Fabianski)
      Tomkins - Doherty - TAA (4m - 4m)
      Salah(C) - Cairney - Richarlison - De Bruyne (4.5m)
      Firmino - Kane(V) - Arnautovic

      Thanks in advance!

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Too much money spent on keepers. Defence too light.

        Nice to see a different pick up front if Kane is ready to start.

    • Tiki Takka
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      RMT would be massively appreciated.

      Ederson, Stekelenbutg

      Robertson Shaw Holebas David Luiz Wan-bissaka

      Bsilva Sanchez Pedro Mane Stephens

      Morata Aubameyang Arnautovic

      Thanks Guys

    • onceuponatyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      RMT please guys.

      Pickford/Ederson
      Schlupp/PVA/Trippier/Cedric/Daniels
      Salah/B.Silva/Jota/Richarlison/Kenedy
      Wood/Kane/Zaha

      I know Kane and Trippier may not start straight away... I'll go with Aguero if so (few days before).
      Kenedy has a rough run of fixtures (but he will be taking Toon set pieces).

      Any thoughts welcome.