Scout Notes

Jota and Jiménez impress as Cutrone makes Wolves debut

Pyunik 0-4 Wolves

Goals: Matt Doherty (£6.0m), Raúl Jiménez x2 (£7.5m), Ruben Neves penalty (£5.5m)

Assists: Diogo Jota x3 (£6.5m), Patrick Cutrone (£6.0m)

Forwards in form

Diogo Jota (£6.5m) and Raúl Jiménez (£7.5m) sent an ominous message to the Fantasy Premier League managers not considering them on Thursday night.

The two forwards ran the show as Wolves emerged 4-0 victors from a Europa League third qualifying round first leg against Pyunik in Armenia.

Jiménez scored twice, taking his goal tally in the last eight days to four, while Jota provided three assists.

The latter has been Wolves’ standout player in pre-season, really picking up from where he left off at the end of 2018/19.

Across the five matches, three of which have been competitive, Jota has scored twice and provided a total of five assists.

If the Portuguese international can replicate his form from December to May of 2018/19, as well as his pre-season displays, then he could prove fantastic value as a £6.5m forward in 2019/20, especially given the dearth of choices in that price bracket.

Jota (centre) got three assists on Thursday night

Against Pyunik, Jota was at the heart of so much of Wolves’ attacking play and he already looks sharp, fit and ready for the new campaign.

For the first goal, he held the ball up well and slid a perfectly weighted through-pass to the overlapping Matt Doherty (£6.0m), who bore down on goal to slot home.

For the second, Jota was played through by Rúben Vinagre (£4.5m) and squared to Jiménez to finish.

It was a similar situation for the third goal. This time Jota gobbled up a loose ball in midfield and straight away played Jiménez in to fire home.

He probably could have scored himself, but he missed a first-half chance when played through into the box by Joao Moutinho (£5.5m).

Jota created plenty more chances in the game too, crossing for Leander Dendoncker (£4.5m) in the second half, who was denied by a strong tackle.

Cutrone impact

Patrick Cutrone (£6.0m) made his competitive debut for Wolves on Thursday night as we got the first clues as to his role in the side.

He featured as a substitute for Jota in the 63rd minute and won a penalty late in the game.

Nuno explained post-match that it will take time to integrate the Italian into the side, which probably bodes well for Jota and Jiménez’s minutes in the Premier League.

The fact that Wolves won 4-0 takes the pressure of the second leg as well which might see Cutrone start that to allow the first-choice forwards some rest for Gameweek 2.

“He’s integrating, but it takes time. Every new player who comes to our team needs time. We have to keep on going with him. His adaptation into the squad has been great, he has been received well into the group and it’s important that he continues to improve and get inside the dynamics of the team. But more important is the way he believes in the terms of discipline and ambitions; he’s going along with that so I’m happy.” – Patrick Cutrone

It is worth adding that Cutrone was going to take the penalty he won but Rúben Neves (£5.5m) pulled rank to assume responsibility for it.

By our calculations, that means Jiménez is due to take the next penalty if Wolves are continuing their rotating responsibility.

He took Wolves last penalty of 2018/19, scored in February, which meant Neves was next in line, although Jiménez had gone off by the time Cutrone won the spot kick.

Either way, the midfielder having taken his turn likely puts Jiménez top of the pecking order for the first penalty of Wolves’ Premier League campaign.

Put a Donck on it

Dendoncker (middle) looks the best £4.5m midfielder for the start of the new season

Dendoncker has quickly become the people’s choice for the fifth midfielder ahead of the new season.

The Belgian is just one of a handful of £4.5m options in his position who look likely to start matches regularly.

Crucially, of those players, he is certainly the most likely to be involved in attacking returns.

Just as we saw last season, Dendoncker was handed something of a free role against Pyunik, making runs into the penalty box and popping up as an option there quite often.

That bodes well for those who will be relying on him as their midfield substitute in the early part of the 2019/20 season.

Doherty’s back

Those who had written off Doherty as a viable candidate for their squads might have felt a niggling feeling at the back of their minds as he put Wolves in front after half an hour.

In his first game back following an injury, he played an hour in his right wing-back berth, scoring after a trademark attacking run.

Adama Traoré (£5.0m) has been playing on the right side of Wolves five-man midfield during the summer in Doherty’s absence but was unable to travel to Armenia because he reportedly could not find his passport.

“Traore had a problem with his passport, so he couldn’t travel. He didn’t know and it was impossible for him to travel with his ID card outside the European Union, so he didn’t travel with us. He’ll join us for the next game.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

There were suggestions that Doherty only played in this match because of Traoré’s absence but that seems unlikely.

Had the Irish international not been ready to return, Nuno could have deployed Vinagre on the right and started Jonny (£5.5m).

Instead, it was Vinagre on the left, Doherty on the right and Jonny on the bench, until the latter two swapped over around the hour mark.

Nuno was probably hoping to give Doherty an hour of football to potentially prepare him for a start against Leicester on Sunday.

Tight turnaround

Wolves have had a busy pre-season but have looked sharp in all their matches

There has been some concern from Fantasy managers, this one included, about how Wolves would cope making a 6,000-mile round-trip between Thursday and Sunday.

This has caused many of us to expect points from Leicester players this weekend.

However, those connected with Wolves seem defiant that the long journey won’t knock them off their stride.

Conor Coady (£5.0m) confirmed after the game that the Wolves squad was straight on the plane as soon as they were finished at the stadium in Pyunik and were due back in England at 2 am local time.

Furthermore, the local press seem confident that Nuno’s pedigree for managing the recovery of his players over the last 12 months should put them in a good position to still give a good account of themselves at the King Power Stadium.

“I back them to be ready for Sunday and I back them to get over this journey because of the science behind it and the details and methods they implement to injury-prevention and recovery. It’s second to none, it’s got to be the best in the league, certainly judging on their injury record from last season.” – Tim Spiers, Express and Star

Defence in shape

In the early stage of the game, the Armenian side posed more of a threat than perhaps most would have expected. They attacked their visitors and were backed by an enthusiastic crowd.

Wolves kept a good shape in these moments and stood up to the hosts when they were on the front foot.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game, and they started the game very strong, created us a lot of problems, but it’s a good team with good players, and that was the time for us to be organised, be patient and stay in shape. After that, we managed well and started moving the ball and trying to create gaps and spaces, but it’s not over. We still have one game to go, but it’s a good team.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

However, whether that indicates they will give Leicester a tough time on Sunday remains to be seen.

The Foxes will be a massive step up in quality from Pyunik and will have the advantage of more preparation for the game than Wolves.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (3-5-2): Patrício; Bennett, Boly, Coady; Vinagre, Dendoncker, Saïss, Moutinho, Doherty (Jonny 63′); Jota (Cutrone 63′), Jiménez (Neves 71′).

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2,105 Comments Post a Comment
  1. boroie
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 7 days ago

    A - Zinchenko Martial
    B - Robertson Barkley
    C - AWB Moura
    D - Alderweireld Fraser
    E - Other combination

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      B

    2. simsey747
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      B

  2. Leeds2116
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Barkley or trossard gusy haha

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Barkley

  3. gmando2011
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    which option best guys...

    1. Coleman, Azpilicueta, Iwobi,
    2. VVD, Zouma, Iwobi
    3. Coleman, Zouma, Pulisic
    4. Azpilicueta, KWP, Perez

    i know (C) is 0.5m more all but this would be getting pulisic or other 7.5m mid in after gw2 so you'll need to trust me on that

  4. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Do we think zinchenko is guaranteed to start? Or is their better 5.5 defenders out their? (Already have digne so don’t want Coleman)

  5. Siggy in the Middle
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    PSA: If you're making changes, make them EARLY today. The site will have a ridiculous amount of traffic later on and you likely will not be able to make any changes.

  6. Leeds2116
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    KWP and Zouma

    or a 4.5 and 5.5?

  7. Tiamani Warrior
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Argh when you spend a month researching and tinkering and then you log on to PremierLeague to see the "FPL experts squad" spoon feeding your team to millions of people...

  8. alfast1c
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Ryan & Walker
    or
    DDG & AWP ?

  9. DarkSideOfTheLoon
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Does it look ok:

    Ryan
    VVD Robbo Digne Zinchenko
    Salah Sterling Perez Norwood
    Kane King

    Button Dendoncker Rico Greenwood

    Thanks a lot

  10. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 7 days ago

    A) Perez, Sterling, 4.5 rotation Def
    B) Lucas M, KDB, Jota
    C) Perez, KDB, Fraser

  11. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Best mid for 6 or less?

    1. Barkley
    2. Trossard
    3. James (MU)
    4. Hourihane (AVL - on FKs, Corners)

    1. -GK22-
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I like Trossard but bottled putting him in

    2. simsey747
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Barkley

  12. simsey747
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    A) Wilson/Kane/KDB/Zouma

    B) Wilson/Jimenez/Sterling/Zinchenko

    C) King/Jimenez/Sterling/TAA

    1. -GK22-
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      B

  13. The Truth Is...
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    King..Jota...Wood..Rodriguez..
    Deulofeu

    Pick 2

    1. -GK22-
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Jota
      Roddy

  14. -GK22-
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Go time. Finally. Look ok? Any risks???

    Pope
    TAA, Walker, Digne
    Salah, Sterling, Perez, Moura
    Wilson, Deeney, jota

    Heaton, Dendo, Kelly, Rico

  15. Leeds2116
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    MCginn,. Barkley or Trossard?

    1. How I met your Mata
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Trossard

  16. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Looking closer at captaincies, not so easy to navigate first 4 GW's. Boils down to cohice between these two strateiges.

    A) Sterling + Moura to cover Spurs in GW1+GW3. Cpatain Salah or Sterlign in GW3

    B) KDB + KAne, and captain the latter in GW3. Kane may become Agüero in GW4 , when City got Brighton at home

  17. Datchelseaguy
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Hi Guys what do you guys think
    Ederson/Patricio
    Chillwell Walker-Peters Jonny Boly Zouma
    Grealish Barkley Salah Perez Tielemans
    Callum King Kane

  18. Keep Calm and Play On
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    A) Coleman and Zouma
    B) Digne and Diop

    Last piece of the puzzle

  19. Malinwa
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Is this GTG ?

    Ryan
    Zichenko - AWB - VVD
    KDB - Pérez - Salah - Fraser
    Haller - Jota- Kane

    Heaton - Dendoncker - Kelly - Lunstram

  20. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Jimenez and 4.5 defender?
    Jota and 5.5 defender?

    1. -GK22-
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Jota

  21. Oscarhed
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    is it worth it to not have Kane, go with Lucas instead to get a better midfield and backline?

    right now. A
    arnold, dijk, rico, kelly. lundstrom
    fraser salah, sterling motinho, dendoncker
    kane, wilson, long,

    or B
    Arnold, dijk, digne, kelly
    fraser, salah, sterling Lucas moura, dendoncker
    king, long, rashford (or someone else in that prize range.)

    1. She is Moise & Kean
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I'm almost stuck w this same decision. See below. I'm leaning towards getting a weaker defence imo and see the teams settle and who has best clean sheet potential and maybe move Kane out after gw3

    2. Lets all klopp together
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Best 5.5 and 5.0 defender to set and forget

      1. She is Moise & Kean
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Coleman/AWB for 5.5
          Zouma / Mee Duffy for 5.0

      2. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Final decision:
        A) Robinson
        B) McGinn
        Any rationale would be much appreciated

        1. She is Moise & Kean
            3 months, 7 days ago

            A. McGinn might be card magnet imo

        2. How I met your Mata
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          My last conundrum
          A or B

          A KDB and Rico (would be my only 4m defender)

          B Lucas and KWP

          1. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            A for me. KDP gold KWPvery short term

        3. Gowiththeflow
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Good afternoon all,

          Little help here:

          Having TAA and Wilson, would you prefer: Jimenez & Digne or Jota & Robertson?

          Thanks!!

          1. She is Moise & Kean
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Jota and Robbo

              1. Gowiththeflow
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Thanks for the insight.

          2. She is Moise & Kean
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Defence seems thin. Should I change Tark for a better 5 or swap to Diop?

              Pope Heaton
              Kelly Lund TAA Montoya Tark
              Sterling Salah Perez Fraser Dendon
              Wilson Kane Greenwood

            • Cal1umz
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Thoughts?

              ----------------Pope------
              TAA-Coleman-Wan Bis-Montoya
              --Salah-Sterling-Perez-Lucas--
              -------------Kane-King-----------

              Subs - Button - Dendocker - Lund - Greenwood

              Any suggestions?

              Thanks! 🙂

            • Oscarhed
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              A: king and long
              or
              B: Wilson, greenwood

              1. She is Moise & Kean
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  B. Wilson worth the penny over King. I reckon Greenwood would get sub appearances down the line

              2. Tosa86
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                At the Moment i have this draft between choose my FPL team:

                Button-Ederson
                Kelly-digne-robertson-vvd-montoya/rico
                Iwobi-salah-sterling-perez-dedoncker
                Wilson-king-murray/jota.

                The doubts are
                1) Montoya+murray or rico+jota.
                2) iwork+perez or moutinho+moura

                any thoughts?