Sitting bottom of our Season Ticker in the first ten Gameweeks of the season, Newcastle United and their players aren’t likely to be popular Fantasy choices when the 2019/20 campaign gets underway this week.
The departure of Rafael Benitez was seen as something of a hammer blow, too, given the widely held consensus that he overachieved with the squad of players at his disposal.
New head coach Steve Bruce has so far been savvy enough to (largely) stick with the same system and players that Benitez managed last season, replacing any departees rather than looking to move on the reliable club servants of 2018/19 – although Mike Ashley’s transfer policy is, of course, a contributing factor in that regard.
Benitez was at St James’ Park for over three years so his methods may still be in evidence going into the start of the new season, with a core group of his players (particularly in defence) remaining on the books.
An analysis of last season’s numbers is still relevant, then, so we will examine the Magpies’ key underlying stats to see how Bruce’s side may affect the Fantasy landscape in the early part of 2019/20.
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As a Chelsea fan, I am not convinced by Barkley. Don’t rate him, and I think its just pre-season form that will not carry over just like last year (although he was more impressive). Mount can give him a real go as well. At £6.0m I would wait for CHO who is rumored to be fit in September, October the absolute latest.
Trossard has also been impressive in pre-season, and under Potter he can shine. 100% nailed, which I think gives him an edge. Has an unknown factor though which is a risk.
Currently I have Doucoure, always proves good for Watford. If he moves to Everton, even better.
Been away from fpl for awhile because I was doing other personal stuff. Glad to be back ahead of the new season. If any newcomers want a tip it would be to get Wilson locked into your squad. Obviously just my opinion but get him in boys
You said exactly what I was thinking mate. Those 3 are wildcards but I remember a couple of seasons ago when Huddersfield came up, I had Mounie in my team for ages but changed it and he scored a brace on the opening day. Wesley might do the same
Not as many people signed up yet as I expected. Obviously there will be more by Thursday but can't be too much. Massive chunk of the numbers come from secondary/one-week teams or people who clearly don't care enough to play a full season.