Scout Notes

Pukki asking serious questions of non-owners as Mount impresses

Norwich City 2-3 Chelsea

Goals: Teemu Pukki (£6.8m), Todd Cantwell (£4.6m) | Tammy Abraham (£7.0m) x 2, Mason Mount (£6.1m). 

Assists: Pukki, Emi Buendía (£6.0m) | Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m), Christian Pulisic (£7.5m), Mateo Kovacic (£5.5m) 

Bonus Points: Abraham x 3 Pukki x 2 Mount x 1

Chelsea secured their first Premier League win of the Frank Lampard era as they overcame a spirited Norwich City to prevail 3-2 winners at Carrow Road. 

Tammy Abraham (£7.0m) struck twice to reward Lampard’s faith in restoring him to the starting line-up, with two fine strikes to record his first league goals for Chelsea. 

However, the top Fantasy story was Teemu Pukki (£6.8m), transferred in by over 1.2 million managers since the start of the season, registering a second double-figure score of 2019/20.

The Norwich forward scored one goal and provided an assist, as well as collecting two bonus points for his battling performance against Chelsea. 

In a game that had all the elements of a classic Premier League encounter, the narrative surrounding Pukki is one that leaves Fantasy managers not owning the £6.8m striker with a serious decision. 

Pukki (right) scored his fifth goal of the season on Saturday lunch-time

Since the Gameweek 3 deadline, he has attracted 120,000+ new owners, and the striker’s performance against Chelsea, coupled with his form in the first two matches, are indicative of a forward with the ability to establish themselves as fixture-proof this season.

It is difficult to look past Pukki as the best value budget forward so far in 2019/20, and with his price set sky-rocket once more this week, those not in possession of him may have to act fast.

Up next for the Canaries is West Ham, whose defence has not particularly impressed this season and, even though it’s Manchester City after that, interest in Pukki will certainly be high in the build-up to Gameweek 4.

There may also be some alternatives in the Norwich ranks for Fantasy managers to consider.

Todd Cantwell celebrates scoring for Norwich against Chelsea

Pukki was supported in his attacking endeavours once again by Todd Cantwell (£4.6m), who opened the scoring for the Canaries after an incisive cut-back from the Finnish forward.

We shouldn’t forget about Emi Buendía (£6.0m) either, who has been an important creative player for Norwich so far this season.

After assisting at Anfield in Gameweek 1, the diminutive midfielder set-up Pukki’s goal against Chelsea and now has two attacking returns in 2019/20.

The potential value in Norwich’s attacking options simply cannot be understated or ignored, Pukki, Cantwell and Buendía particularly impressing in their last two outings.

Todd Cantwell and Emi Buendia celebrate a goal for Norwich

The Finnish international now has five goals and one assist in three matches, while Cantwell, playing on the left flank of the Canaries’ attacking midfield trio, has a goal and two assists.

If the trio can continue their impressive early-season form in some promising fixtures from Gamweek 6 to 8, then Daniel Farke’s side could become the most important source of budget options in the Premier League.

Abraham and Mount got the goals for Chelsea as they recorded their first win of the season

Whilst Abraham’s brace understandably stole the headlines in Chelsea’s victory, Mason Mount (£6.1m) delivered yet another exceptional performance to cement his place in Lampard’s plans for the upcoming Premier League campaign – and on the Fantasy radar.

Mount, whose goal put Chelsea 2-1 up inside 17 minutes, burst through the Norwich defence to unleash a stunning strike past Tim Krul (£4.5m).

It was another goal that highlights his potential value this season, with two strikes in his last three league games, rewarding his 6.7% ownership for Gameweek 3.

Admittedly, Mount did leave the field with a suspected calf injury, Lampard allayed any concern that Mount could be out with a long-term problem. 

“For Mason, it was more of a kick on his calf so better news hopefully than a strain of any sort so hopefully he’ll recover.” Frank Lampard

Mason Mount was taken off with an injury in the second half

With over 440,000 Wildcards having been deployed in the build-up to Gameweek 3, Mount is a name that had already held relative gravitas as a budget pick for attacking coverage from Chelsea, but his impressive performance on Saturday is likely to consolidate his credibility as an attacking asset for Fantasy managers ahead of Gameweek 4. 

At this point, Mount’s place in the side looks fairly assured too, not just because of his impressive form.

Chelsea were dealt another injury blow on Saturday as Pedro (£7.0m) was injured in the pre-match warm-up. While Chelsea did well in response to losing the player, it does reduce the competition for Mount in the side.

“I thought we adjusted well to that. Pedro was a last-minute change. I thought Ross came in and did very well, Mason moved to the left and did very well so I was pleased. We talk about a young team who have to deal with things on the pitch and they did it well.” Frank Lampard

Interestingly, it was Ross Barkley (£5.9m) who was turned to when Lampard needed a replacement, not Willian. He deployed Barkley in the central midfield trio and pushed Mount forward onto the left flank of the front three.

Chelsea’s defence has now failed to keep clean-sheets in any of their opening three Premier League fixtures, and the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) and Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) do not seem viable options accordingly

It was another concerning performance from the Blues’ backline against Norwich on Saturday, which should sound more alarm bells for those in possession of Chelsea defenders.

This was an important result for Lampard but equally an impressive performance from Farke’s side, with players from both sides affirming their credentials as Fantasy selections, most notably Pukki, Cantwell, Abraham and Mount. 

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 3

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  1. Totti
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Guys
    Do u think this team need a wildcard?

    Ryan button
    VVD digne walker-peters lundstram rico
    Salah sterling moura mount dendoncker
    Kane pukki greenwood

    0 FT and 1.2 itb

    Any suggestions guys

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Probably not.
      Could even save if you didn’t want to take a -4.

      1. Totti
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Who to get with -4?

        1. The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Moura > Lanzini maybe.

    2. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Not really but you could do if you did;

      Dendo to Mcginn
      Moura to Cantwell and greenwood to Haller.
      Ryan to pope.

      1. Totti
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        And what about man city assets?

        1. Totti
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          They have a very juicy fixtures in the coming three weeks

  2. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Hi guys, what do you think of my team moving forward?

    Ederson
    VVD, Robertson, Digne, AWB
    Salah, KDB, Martial, McGinn
    Pukki, Jiminez
    (Ryan, Lundstram, Ceballos, Greenwood)

    0.2ITB, 1FT

    Would wait and see how Wolves get on today before acting but am considering getting Jiminez out due to European involvement, has anyone seen Haller play? Not sure if yesterday was sign of things to come or a one-off. Greenwood would also be nice to upgrade but may need to downgrade Ederson to free up the funds.

    1. alfrankofredane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      i'd be looking at a Chelsea asset for their upcoming run of fixtures. Both Mount and Abraham looking like decent options IMO. Jimi to Abrahams could be a nice little differential for you as currently only 3.2% ownership.

      1. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Is Abraham pretty much stuck on as a starter for Chelsea each week?

        1. Silecro
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          With Giroud and Michy, far from it

  3. the vanisher
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Feedback on this WC team?

    Pope 4.0
    VvD AwB Laporte Lund Kelly
    Salah Sterling Cantwell McGinn Chong
    Pukki Kane Haller

    0.4itb
    Thanks

  4. as33
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    RMT on WC:
    Pope
    Digne, Lundstram, Pieters(Kelly)
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Mount, Cantwell
    Kun, Barnes?

  5. Obi Wan Ken Obi Nil
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Thoughts on Trossard? Great player. Created insane number of chances last game but no one could convert!

    Worth transferring out for Martial or Mount?

  6. Earn your Spurs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    I'm on WC and still have £0.8m unspent - would you just keep that in reserve or is there some obvious way to improve my squad?

    DDG Button
    TAA Zinchenko Digne Lundstram Kelly
    Sterling Salah KDB Mount Cantwell
    Pukki Barnes Greenwood

    All are viable players except Greenwell who i'm happy to bench every week

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      May as well get a 4.5 for Kelly I guess?

    2. nxh84
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Save, team is looking great.

  7. crossfox
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Is it worth taking a -4 hit to drop trossard for Mount/Cantwell? Or just bench Trossard for dedoncker instead and save the points