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Douglas Luiz could unlock value in Aston Villa defensive assets

Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Douglas Luiz from Manchester City for a reported £15m fee.

Luiz, 21, has never appeared for the Citizens despite signing for the club in 2017, spending the last two seasons on loan at Girona in La Liga; a part of the City Football Group.

The Brazilian, who has appeared for and captained his country’s Under-23 side, joins Dean Smith’s squad ahead of their return to the Premier League after a three-year absence, with Villa’s transfer spending having exceeded £100m in the current window.

A combative, defensive midfielder with leadership experience at an international level, Luiz is likely to play in a holding midfield role for Villa on their return to the English top-flight, shielding a combination of centre-halves Tyrone Mings (£4.5m), Ezri Konsa (£4.5m) and Bjorn Engels (£4.5m).

The 21-year-old has also been priced at £4.5m, offering scope for potential value in his debut season with Villa back in the Premier League.

The signing of Luiz yet again underlines the ambition of Villa for not only the upcoming campaign, but their intentions for re-establishing the club as a heavy-weight in the division.

The West Midlands side have made a serious statement of intent in the summer 2019 window, and Luiz’s addition to the squad yet again highlights how the club are set on ensuring that the B6 post code remains host to Premier League football.

Whilst central defensive midfielders have often been shunned by Fantasy managers for their inability to pick up clean-sheet points and unlikely chances of getting forward, it is perhaps the wider implications of this transfer that make for interesting reading.

If Luiz can deliver on the hype that has surrounded his arrival at Villa Park, but perhaps most poignantly, have a positive influence on Villa’s backline, then this could be a player with significant influence over Smith and his squad’s defensive solidity for 2019/20.

Upon signing, Luiz spoke of his passion for helping Villa on their return to the Premier League:

“I hope I can be a leader in the team. I hope I can help by bringing the ball out from the back. And although I don’t speak a lot of English, I hope I can help out by shouting orders from the back and live up to expectations as best I can.”

Smith was also enthusiastic about Luiz’s arrival at Villa Park:

“Douglas is an extremely talented young player with an outstanding pedigree who I am sure will fit nicely into our style and system of play.”

The History and Statistics

Douglas Luiz (left) in action for Manchester City in a pre-season friendly last summer

As the captain of Brazil’s Under-23s side, Douglas Luiz is a player with the potential to add leadership skills to Villa’s squad and who could play a pivotal role in commanding their defensive unit this season.

Having started his youth career at Vasco Da Gama in Brazil, Luiz rose through the ranks to earn his first senior appearance for his boyhood club at the age of 17.

26 senior appearances followed alongside three goals, but the scouting system of Manchester City had seen enough and made their move for Luiz, securing his signature on a five-year contract.

The Brazilian was initially loaned out to Girona where he impressed in his debut season, making 17 appearances for the club.

City and Pep Guardiola were impressed with Luiz’s adaptation to European football having made the step up from South America, and attempted to gain a work permit for a potential integration into City’s first-team squad.

However the Citizens’ plans were thrown into disarray as Luiz’s application was rejected, and a second loan-spell with Girona was sanctioned with a view to the player gaining more experience before a re-application to the home office.

Another successful season in Spain followed for Luiz, as he made 29 appearances for the club, but was unable to prevent their relegation from La Liga having finished 18th in the table.

This form from a 21-year-old Brazilian who had seemingly slipped under the radar alerted Villa’s sporting director Jesús García Pitarch, who is said to have been an admirer of the midfielder.

An enquiry from Villa led to extended negotiations, and it is the newly-promoted side under Smith who have secured the signing of this highly-rated prospect.

Comparisons

 Minutes per shotMinutes per key passMinutes per interceptionMinutes per tackleMinutes per clearance
Luiz92.9148.770.878.264.7
Whelan141.7101.278.744.353.1
Hourihane38.747164.453.967.1
McGinn35.650.591.141.5143.6
Grealish4339.1174.678.1185.6

The Prospects

Douglas Luiz (right) in action for Girona

Central defensive midfielders are rarely top of the priorities list for Fantasy managers, yet the influence that Luiz could have over Villa’s backline in the 2019/20 campaign simply cannot be understated.

The club’s disposal of Glenn Whelan, released at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, has opened up a starting berth in Smith’s squad for a defensively orientated midfielder to shield the defence, and Luiz now has a chance to claim this spot for himself.

The underlying statistics attest to the fact that Luiz is unlikely to be charging forward and playing an influential role in Villa’s attacking efforts, ranking the lowest for minutes per key pass and second-lowest for minutes per shot from Villa’s four main central midfield options from last season in Whelan, Conor Hourihane (£6.0m), John McGinn (£5.5m) and Jack Grealish (£6.0m).

Yet in the spectrum of defensive solidity, Luiz ranks favourably – the Brazilian tops Villa’s midfield quartet from 2018/19 for minutes per interception (70.8) alongside being second for minutes per clearance (64.7).

Despite being relegated from La Liga in 2018/19, Girona placed ninth in the clean-sheet table, suggesting a considerable disparity in the attacking and defensive efforts of the Spanish outfit. Luiz’s contribution at the back certainly did not go unnoticed, and despite his club’s overall poor performance, Villa have certainly taken note of his defensive credentials as a holding midfielder.

This strongly supports the idea that Luiz is set to fulfil a role in Smith’s squad that is characterised by a combative, tough-tackling nature, but it is the wider influence of the 21-year-old that could be of serious interest to Fantasy managers in the upcoming campaign.

Villa’s opening fixtures are certainly favourable given their status as a newly-promoted side. Despite heading to the capital to take on Spurs in Gameweek 1, Smith’s side then face Bournemouth, West Ham and Everton at home in their next five fixtures.

The club’s defence has the potential to offer Fantasy managers an abundance of competitively-priced defensive options in 2019/20, with Konsa probably the favourite to start next to Mings in central defence while Matt Targett (£4.5m), Neil Taylor (£4.5m), Ahmed El Mohamady (£4.5m) and Frederic Guilbert (£4.5m) competing for full-back slots

The latter has been in fine form throughout preseason, registering three assists in separate performances to underline his credentials as a value-for-money full-back option for Fantasy managers. If Guilbert is able to combine this evident attacking ability with the propensity for clean-sheet points, which could be boosted by new signing Luiz, then there is even more appeal in investing in Villa’s defensive assets for 2019/20.

The specific example of Guilbert only points to a wider picture with regards to Villa’s assets and the potentially intrinsic influence of Luiz over their defensive prospects. Given City’s efforts to bring the Brazilian back to England, which were only thwarted by the refusal of a work permit from the home office, there is clearly a belief that this is a player with the capabilities to cut it in the English top-flight.

Villa remain confident that the increased wages offered to Luiz are likely to convince the home office of accepting his application for a work permit owing to increased taxation, and provided this is cleared prior to the start of the season then this is a player with a potentially huge part to play in the club’s return to the Premier League.

If Smith’s side can start strongly against Spurs in Gameweek 1, and follow this up with performances in the opening Gameweeks of 2019/20, then the form of both Luiz and Villa are certainly worthy of assessment for Fantasy managers in the upcoming Premier League campaign.

There is a huge amount of potential value in Villa defensive assets pricing, and the arrival of Luiz at Villa Park could be the key to unlocking that.

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  1. Gt1996
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    So some 6am tinkering has left me with this:

    Ryan (Button)
    VVD, Zinchenko, Ake, Cathcart (Kelly)
    Salah, Sterling, Zaha, Perez, (Dendoncker)
    Kane Wilson (Greenwood)

    Bench too weak? Really wanted to have those 6 in attack but budget isnt helping too much. Any thoughts?

    1. n14mul
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Just not a fan or Bournemouth defence.

      I'm just trying to find the right combo with Salah sterling and kane

    2. Ekip
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Too much compromise elsewhere I think - need to choose 2 of the big 3

    3. tuvok
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      How nailed is Cathcart? I had him in some drafts but have since noticed too many question marks over his starts. You'll be relying on him playing week in week out with that bench too.

      Other than that it's a really solid side

  2. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Out of the following 4.5m defenders, who is the most likely to get rotated?

    a) Cathcart

    b) Lascalles

    c) Diop

    d) Mings

    e) Bednarak

    1. Ekip
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Cathcart because Gracia likes to tinker and Dawson signed.

      Would steer clear of weak Southampton defence and Newcastle have terrible early fixtures, so West Ham and Villa best bets (after GW1)

  3. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Any suggestions for this team? Thanks

    pope
    taa digne zinchencko kolasinac
    salah sterling fraser perez jorginho
    kane

    button greenwood wickham lund

    1. - Z -
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Team is rly solid....just mby Digne into Coleman and with extra 0.5 you can get nailed Walker insted Zinch or you can upgrade Kola

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Cheers good suggestion. Although tempted to keep kola for the first couple of fixtures and switch to awb after that.

      • bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Zinchencko not certain to be first choice even with Mendy out, Pope has a groin injury so needs monitoring.

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Cheers. Other options for a 4.5m gk? Ryan?

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Ryan is the popular choice on here, and it makes sense (if you are prepared to go with a 4.5m) as not only does he have decent fixtures but you also have his replacement in your squad to cover any injury.

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Cheers

      • Ekip
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Not convinced Kola starts - competition from Monreal, AMN and Tierney if he signs.

        Don’t rate Jorg either

        You need more certain starters with that bench

        Having all 3 of Salah/Sterling/Kane inevitability means weakness elsewhere

    2. - Z -
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Seems like Dybla for Lukaku + cash is very possible story.....I dunno wtf Juve is doing

        1. Amey
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Lol
            What do you except from Sarri 😉
            He must have passed on the smoke to the director.
            (I'm not complaining bdw)

        2. tommo-uk-
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          A) Ryan/Button
          VVD/AWB/Ake/Kelly/Simpson
          Salah(C)/Sterling/Fraser/Zaha/Dendonker
          Kane/Jimenez/Greenwood

          B) Ryan/Button
          Robertson/Laporte/AWB/Kelly/Simpson
          Salah(C)/Sterling/Fraser/Bilva/Dendonker
          Wilson/Jimenez/Greenwood

          A or B?

        3. SEYPULISIC
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          "Breaking; Aston Villa are set to sign Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton after agreeing an £8m deal last night. Medical in the next 48 hours [@JPercyTelegraph] #avfc"

          @villareport

          1. Hairy Potter
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Good signing for Villa. Should increase their chances of staying up.

          2. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Right, good. Negotiations got stuck when Burnley wanted 10M and Villa felt that was too much, so this looks like a perfectly sensible compromise.

            Bet a ton of people go for a Pope/Heaton rotation!

            1. The 12th Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              I might.
              Downgrading Robertson > VVD to fund it.

            2. tuvok
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Shhh!

          3. Amey
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Pope it is !!
              Thank you for the information

            • Chandler Bing
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Finally settled! What's the latest on Pope's injury now?

          4. Wijnaldum FC
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            is stones more nailed than zinchenko?

            1. - Z -
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Laporte and Walker are only nailed

            2. The 12th Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              How’s this 4-4-2?
              Pope
              Digne,TAA,Robertson,Laporte
              Salah,KDB,Fraser,Perez
              Lacazette,King

              Woodman,Dendonker, Greenwood,Lundstram

              1. waldo666
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                I quite like it if the Laca injury is only minor as was being reported but needs to be closely monitored. I was staunchly against defensive double ups from the off but have lately been toying with squeezing TAA alongside VVD.

                1. The 12th Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  2 Liverpool defenders have only left my drafts once. When I tried to squeeze Salah,Sterling and Kane in.
                  2 opening fixtures for Arsenal could be good. Laca > Vardy is easily done later.

              2. Amey
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  Beautiful

                  1. The 12th Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 23 days ago

                    Why thankyou.
                    How’s yours coming along?

                    1. Amey
                        1 month, 23 days ago

                        A)
                        Pope Norris
                        Robbo Taa Coleman Zinchenko Lundstram
                        Salah Sterling 5.5m Donkey 4.5m
                        Vardy Wilson Deulofeu
                        B)
                        Pope Norris
                        Robbo Taa Zinchenko Lundstram 4.0
                        Salah Sterling Zaha 5.5m Donkey
                        Vardy King Deulofeu

                        1. Amey
                            1 month, 23 days ago

                            Between these two atm*

                          • The 12th Man
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 23 days ago

                            Both look good to be fair.
                            If you can nail the 5.5 choice in team A then that one.
                            Not fussed on Zaha in B but you’ll probably be monitoring his future and swap to a 7/6.5 .

                            1. Amey
                                1 month, 23 days ago

                                Yeah.
                                I'm onto Zaha if he goes to Everton.
                                Re 5.5m Midfielders i have various options atm to choose from:
                                Mayer
                                McGin
                                Robinson
                                SchlOOP

                      • mincedmeat
                          1 month, 23 days ago

                          Toying with this-

                          Ryan
                          VVD, Zinch, TTA
                          Brooks, sterling, Perez, Salah
                          Deulof, Vardy, King.

                          Button, dendoncker, diop, lundstram.

                          Not convinced on the double Leicester and Bournemouth but can easily change around.

                      • maurorodi00
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 23 days ago

                        What about this team
                        Alisson/button
                        Digne/TAa/kelly/holebas/ dunk
                        Salah/sterling/dendonger/zaha/perez
                        Wilson/jota/delofeu

                        I am worry about jota because now they sign a new forward and i also consider feom shefield united loundstream at 4m over kelly

                        Any thoughts ?

                      • mbglo
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 23 days ago

                        Fairly set on the following 442:

                        Gunn 4.0
                        Robertson, TAA, Stones, Zinchenko, (Lundstram)
                        Salah, De Bruyne, Richarlison, Trossard, (Dendocker)
                        Kane, King, (Greenwood)

                        1. waldo666
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 23 days ago

                          Way too risky have both Stones and Zinchenko I reckon and not keen on Trossard. I'd keep the formation, downgrade Kane and upgrade Stones and Trossard.

                      • Dare Do The Punt
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 23 days ago

                        What is a better combo?

                        A) Leno and a 4.5m defender

                        B) Ryan and a 5m defender

                        1. waldo666
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 23 days ago

                          Depends who the defenders are.

                        2. aapoman
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 23 days ago

                          Both are unappealing imo. If at all possible I'd try to squeeze 0.5 somewhere

                        3. bitm2007
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 23 days ago

                          Not keen on either, you can get Pickford, Lloris or Kepa and a 4.0m for the same price.

                      • aapoman
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 23 days ago

                        Opinions?

                        4.5 (4.0)
                        TAA Robbo Zinchenko Dunk (Lundstram)
                        Salah Sterling KDB Perez (Dendocker)
                        Wilson Wesley (Greenwood)

                        1. The 12th Man
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 23 days ago

                          Looks ok. Like the Sterling,KDB double up.
                          Wesley at as a punt isn’t bad but if you could get a 6.5 in his place then a lot more options become available in that slot.
                          Then if Wesley hits you can still downgrade to him.

                          1. aapoman
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 23 days ago

                            yeah maybe TAA to VVD would be the way to go if I want the 0.5 but really keen on having both TAA and Robbo...

                      • Danstoke82
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 23 days ago

                        Right I’m fairly set on this lot now, appreciate any feedback?

                        Ryan
                        TAA Laporte C.Taylor
                        Salah Sterling Fraser Perez Deondocker
                        Kane King

                        Subs; Button Diop Kelly Greenwood

                        £0.0ITB

                        1. aapoman
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 23 days ago

                          Looks fine. Maybe I'd downgrade Fraser to Brooks and upgrade Taylor to Coleman but that is just me

                          1. Danstoke82
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 23 days ago

                            Cheers mate

                        2. waldo666
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 23 days ago

                          Don't like it much sorry mate, I definitely wouldn't want to be playing Dendoncker on the pitch every week, unsure on Taylor. For me I would downgrade Kane and strengthen both those positions.

                          1. Danstoke82
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 23 days ago

                            Cheers mate. Who would you downgrade Kane too?

                        3. Lazaretti
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 23 days ago

                          Has King been playing in preseason?

                          1. Danstoke82
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 23 days ago

                            Not sure I’m just going with the general buzz of the best low budget striker

                      • Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 23 days ago

                        Anybody else having a mild panic about Ederson?

                        1. aapoman
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 23 days ago

                          Why?

                          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 23 days ago

                            - has not played a minute, yet. I know that he is a goalie, but ...

                        2. Amey
                            1 month, 23 days ago

                            Would cause a minor earthquake in FFS if he sits one out 😀

                            1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 23 days ago

                              Indeed.

                          • Andy_Social
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 23 days ago

                            Yeh, why? It's not as if a keeper behind a settled defence needs a pre-season.

                            1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 23 days ago

                              You think not? With somebody as obsessive as Guardiola? OK ...

                            2. Amey
                                1 month, 23 days ago

                                Settled Defense and Manager with tactics to break opponents attacks with 'soft' Fernandinho tackles 😉
                                Genius !

                            3. bitm2007
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 23 days ago

                              only if he doesn't start at the weekend.

                              1. Andy_Social
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 23 days ago

                                I'd have to make a decision an hour before deadline. For now I'll keep breathing.

                                1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 23 days ago

                                  😆 I have migrated to Patricio ... 😉

                          • Mreidfelt
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 23 days ago

                            Learning from experience: Pick a solid team, be careful about captaincy and playing your card at the right time...I ended up about 10K last year and could have done better if doing the last 2 things right...

                            1. TONY123
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 23 days ago

                              Captaincy is mostly about luck tbh

                              1. Mreidfelt
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 23 days ago

                                Actually 50/50...there is a bit of thinking behind it...

                                1. TONY123
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 23 days ago

                                  Tell that to my Hazard and Kane captaincies vs Fulham, Cardiff, Watford and so on at home in which they all blanked last season.

                          • Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 23 days ago

                            The BUR/AVL rotation is a NIGHTMARE:

                            BUR : SOU 80 ars -514 wol -302 LIV -486 bha -18 NOR -128 avl -109 EVE -158 lei -238 CHE -223 shu -147 WHU -71 wat -159 CRY -123 MCI -552 tot -455
                            AVL : tot -388 BOU 127 EVE -101 cry -58 WHU -14 ars -447 BUR 109 nor -145 BHA 144 mci -718 LIV -429 wol -235 NEW 5 mun -264 che -497 LEI -88

                            1. The 12th Man
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 23 days ago

                              Save points.
                              Probably better off picking one and rolling every week.

                              1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 23 days ago

                                Maybe. Been doing some analysis, and save points are not enough. Our boy Fabianski got his points from Bonus. Not ideal ... 😀

                                1. pingissimus
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  1 month, 23 days ago

                                  Oh good spot.

                                2. The 12th Man
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 23 days ago

                                  What about Leno(cough)?

                                  1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    1 month, 23 days ago

                                    ARSENAL! *cough*

                                    1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 9 Years
                                      1 month, 23 days ago

                                      FIVE errors leading to goal ...

                                      *shudders*

                                      1. The 12th Man
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 6 Years
                                        1 month, 23 days ago

                                        Lol. Thanks.

                                      2. Amey
                                          1 month, 23 days ago

                                          And has Mustafi in front of him 😀

                                          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 9 Years
                                            1 month, 23 days ago

                                            *has a little bit of sick in mouth* 😉

                                    2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 9 Years
                                      1 month, 23 days ago

                                      - but I will scout him. Thanks.

                                    3. Amey
                                        1 month, 23 days ago

                                        Arsenal Defense ??
                                        Nahhhh

                                    4. The 12th Man
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      1 month, 23 days ago

                                      Yeh especially if Haller,Yarmolenko,Rice,Diop start hoovering them up.

                                  2. pingissimus
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    1 month, 23 days ago

                                    This and Burnley defence gets regular save points. Villa is a complete unknown (well to very nearly all of us)

                              2. Rex Lash
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 23 days ago

                                Ryan - (Button)

                                Taa - Robbo - Zinchenko - Coleman - (Lundstram)

                                Perez - Sterling - Salah (C) - Lucas - (Dendoncker)

                                Wilson - Deulofeu - (Greenwood)

                                0.5 ITB, any thoughts?

                              3. Tube!!
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 23 days ago

                                Which 5.5 def gets the spot? Already have 3 City & Pool.

                                TAA. Coleman. Dunk. Lundstram. ??

                                1. Amey
                                    1 month, 23 days ago

                                    Maybe look for a Midfielder @ 6m & play 3 atb.
                                    If interested in defense then Shaw( not biased 😛 ) or a Spurs Defender

                                    1. pingissimus
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      1 month, 23 days ago

                                      Ah finally something we can agree on ;-0

                                      Shaw is well up on my wish list. The 33% preference for AWB seems bizarre imo. Shaw is real differential territory and any likely divergence in their returns feels minimal.

                                      1. Amey
                                          1 month, 23 days ago

                                          Yep
                                          Higher attacking threat.
                                          But in a low scoring fixture (which is going to be the case for starting few matches imo) AWB might sneak away CS + Bps over Shaw

                                    2. Lazaretti
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 23 days ago

                                      Alderweireld

                                    3. SEYPULISIC
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 23 days ago

                                      One of the Man United back four?

                                  • fantasyfog
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 23 days ago

                                    whats Liverpool starting 11 likely to look like....like

                                  • ResultatFar
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 23 days ago

                                    Need some help deciding:
                                    A) Barkley + 4.0 def
                                    B) Zinchenko + 4.5 mid

                                    1. Amey
                                        1 month, 23 days ago

                                        Why 6m Midfielder has to be Barkley ?
                                        Yarmalenko/Grealish/McGin/Robinson/Mayer/Schlup deserves a look too

                                        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 9 Years
                                          1 month, 23 days ago

                                          - you forgot Townsend ... 🙂

                                          1. Amey
                                              1 month, 23 days ago

                                              Oops
                                              Good addition.

                                          2. ResultatFar
                                            • 1 Year
                                            1 month, 23 days ago

                                            Doesn't have too, just think he's a great differential. Not too keen on the Palace guys. Is Yarmalenko nailed?

                                      • Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 9 Years
                                        1 month, 23 days ago

                                        Goal Keeper table:

                                        https://members.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/my-stats-tables/view/1867/

                                        I am reverting to Patricio.

                                        1. The 12th Man
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 6 Years
                                          1 month, 23 days ago

                                          Lloris looks good.
                                          Especially with Ndomble in the team now.

                                          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 9 Years
                                            1 month, 23 days ago

                                            0.5 too much.

                                      • That Posh Bloke
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 23 days ago

                                        Wesley or Ings?

                                      • b91jh
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 23 days ago

                                        I believe this is not quite template right?

                                        Henderson/Pope
                                        TAA Shaw Coleman
                                        Salah Sterling KDB Lucas Dendoncker
                                        Wilson Wood

                                        4.0 Guilbert 4.5 4.5

                                      • Offside
                                          1 month, 23 days ago

                                          Heaton

                                          Coleman
                                          Cathcart
                                          Walker Peters

                                          Salah
                                          Ward Prowes
                                          McGinn
                                          Perez

                                          Kane
                                          Aguero
                                          Vardy

                                          1. Corgzzzz
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 4 Years
                                            1 month, 23 days ago

                                            Wow....who would you cspt and some weeks only have 9 playing ??

                                        • Corgzzzz
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 4 Years
                                          1 month, 23 days ago

                                          Getting nervous about Everton full backs......would Zouma be a better option ??

                                          1. Offside
                                              1 month, 23 days ago

                                              Coleman is always going to get a goal. Only pool city spurs give me clean sheet feeling. AWB probably have a good season. See how to shuts down Pulisic.

                                          2. rhino
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 6 Years
                                            1 month, 23 days ago

                                            How's this rabble looking

                                            Pope/heaton
                                            awb - vvd - coleman - lundstram - guilbert
                                            salah - kdb - frazer - perez - robinson
                                            laca - wilson - wesley

                                            I'm sure this will get tweaked again.

                                          3. BigBillyBass
                                            • 1 Year
                                            1 month, 23 days ago

                                            Anyone getting Ceballos for 5.5? Seems fairly cheap and could be a bargain

                                          4. ThatsTheWeekendRuined
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 2 Years
                                            1 month, 23 days ago

                                            RMT please. Am I mental to have 5 premium defenders and nothing on bench?

                                            Kasper
                                            Azpil / Robertson / TAA / Digne / Walker
                                            Sterling / Salah / Perez / Siggy
                                            King

                                            Greenwood / Donker /Nketiah / McGovern

                                            1. sumatera
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 9 Years
                                              1 month, 22 days ago

                                              Need a decent 9.0 plus striker for balance

                                          5. Whits
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 3 Years
                                            1 month, 23 days ago

                                            Guys, can you let me know your thoughts on this please?

                                            Henderson

                                            VVD / TAA / Wan B / Laporte

                                            Salah / KDB / Tielemans/ Ceballos

                                            Kane / Wilson

                                            Dendonker / Greenwood / Kelly / Button

                                          6. sumatera
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 9 Years
                                            1 month, 22 days ago

                                            What do you think about Ndombele? 6.0 should be nailed attacking box to box midfielder marquee signing this year for spurs

                                            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 9 Years
                                              1 month, 22 days ago

                                              Personally id say hes nowhere near an FPL option - looking at his actual output from ligue 1 his game just won't be rewarded by the FPL points system

                                              Reminds me a bit of the hype around Keita last season - look elsewhere imo

                                              He could of course pop up with a goal and/or assist in GW1 & sucker in a few poor souls a la Neves last year - but not a direct FPL option at all imo

                                              I'm hugely interested in what he will indirectly enable for FPL though, particularly with Delle Alli - will monitor that closely to see if any opportunity