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

4,044 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Manani
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    should I replace Stones or just put him in bench till after int. break? Dendocker can play for him this week

    1. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      I’m an owner and not sure. If I don’t wildcard I’ll probably keep or get a Spurs defender to free up a city slot for KDB.

  2. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    OK so 1FT and 0 ITB

    Plan to do Jota to Pukki, but need 0.3m and a -4 to fund it. Which option is best:

    A) Heaton > 4m (have Pope)
    B) Dunk > Kelly
    C) King > Wesley

    Opinions appreciated

    1. Slitherene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      C

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      C could work. Villa good fixtures.

    3. Effe
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      I’d pick C out of those

  3. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Kane, Robinson to Haller, Pepe could be good after IB. Hmm

  4. Maddamotha
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Jota or Wilson > Pukki?

  5. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Is Mane worth 6.9m over Cantwell?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      😮

    2. ALegendJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      😀

  6. Jurgen Flopp
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Would you do Ceballos and Kean to Cantwell and Haller for -4?

    1. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Just chasing last week’s points.

    2. Jurgen Flopp
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Haller looks really good. Everton don't look like they will score 2-3 a game.

  7. Slitherene
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Pope
    VvD - Digne - Diop - Zinchenko - Soyuncu
    Salah - Sigurdsson* - KdB - Son
    Wilson* - Jimenez
    Heaton - Diop - Stephens - Greenwood

    1 FT, 0.0 ITB

    A) Wilson -> Pukki
    B) Sigurdsson + Wilson -> Pogba + Pukki
    C) Sigurdsson + Wilson -> Cantwell + Aubameyang

    Help!

    I might be priced out of C, tonight.

  8. abaalan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Worth taking the hit for this? (need to do it tonight really)

    Kane + King + Trossard -> Haller + Pukki + De Bruyne

    Also own Mount - any news on his injury?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      GW not over...

      1. Stoneleigh
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Yer but prices rise tonight (I assume that’s the urgency)

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Still

    2. Earwicker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Haller and Pukki playing on Tuesday?

    3. Dreaming of glory
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      No just look to make a simple king to pukki.

  9. Cynical
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Ayoze to Mount tonight?

    Or hold until later in the week?

  10. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Robinson and Kyle Walker Peters to Mount and Pieters?

    1. Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      So your looking to get rid of a prety much nailed defender with great fixtures before he has played this GW ?

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        KWP isnt very good. Borrowed time

        1. Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          That's not the point . Until Foyth is fit again he's safe.

    2. Carefree Crew
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      What's going on with Aurier? Poch likes to rotate FBs, is KWP nailed long term?

  11. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Any of martial or mount injuries serious?

    1. BERGKOP
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Mount's looked like a dead leg. Don't think too serious.

    2. Carefree Crew
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Lamps said he was kicked in the calf, not a strain. Suspect he'll be fine.

  12. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Been thinking about Jota to Barnes or AWB to Zinchenko?

    Could also consider Martial/Jota to Mount/Haller -4 but it sounds too crazy imho

    Ryan
    TAA/Digne/WB
    Salah/Sterling/KDB/Martial/Ceballos
    Pukki/Jota

    Button/Lund/Rico/Green

    1. Slitherene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Save

  13. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Sorry lads. Pukki has now come into my team. So..... NO MORE GOALS FROM PUKKI HAHAHAHAHA

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Unjinxable

  14. Whats the Huth
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Not sure why you would any to sell Vardy

  15. Infamy, Infamy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Martial and Greenwood to Cantwell and Pukki?

    1. Olivier Bernards watch
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      don't lose martial (unless seriously injured, which seems unlikely)

    2. Dreaming of glory
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      U need both to play, if so yeah..if not it's iffy

  16. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Good to see so many ppl farting away their WCs this early.

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Always the risk. Big move to get in Martial, AWB,etc when attacking stats were poor. But people have plenty of time to recover

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        You make it sound like you have a clue what you're talking about.

        1. cravencottage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Well I can read stats

    2. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Unfortunately I wouldn’t mind betting that tens of thousands of those same people finish above you

      1. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Sorry that you wont be one of them

    3. Dreaming of glory
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      The longer u hold it the more u use it for sideways moves anyway! Still have mine btw, early use really just benefited catching early price rises and bandwagons

  17. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    McGinn and Murray to Cantwell and Pukki for a hit. Yes or no

    1. Underdog333
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Yes

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      No

  18. Underdog333
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Potential WC team
    GK - Ryan, Pickford
    DF - Montoya, Kelly, VVD, Zinc, Lundstram
    MF - Salah, Sterling, Martial, Mount, KDB
    FW - Wesley, Pukki, Greenwood

    Any help?

    1. Prawnsandwich
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Ryan out for Pope
      Pickford to 4.0m
      VVD to TAA
      Wesley to Haller
      Montoya to Soysauce

      1. Prawnsandwich
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 22 days ago

        If Kane does well tomorrow, and KDB only picks up say an assist..maybe switch / find funds
        If Son does well, maybe in for KDB

    2. Carefree Crew
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      I'm looking at selling Ryan due to fixtures. Considering Heaton due to fixtures, although I heard Villa were poor defensively last season. I'm a football snob & don't follow the championship.

  19. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Omg Will Hughes. Him and Gray could've been the next choo choo train.

    1. Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      How was the game today ?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Disappointing mate. Deserved the point, stats say it all. They had 1 clear chance... 1 goal and an amazing finish. We didn't look as confident and were awful first half but when Mcburnie and Sharp came on we looked different. Pressed them and had most possession but typical prem screamer. Quality of final pass and crosses needed to be better/quicker, v confident we'll be fine though :). Reckon few changes though, wilder didn't seem happy

        1. Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Finer margins in the PL. Won't get to see the games until we get back to Sheff in about a week hopefully.

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Yup for sure. Enjoy 🙂

            1. Scott Talent
              • 4 Years
              10 months, 22 days ago

              Not much enjoyment tbh. Daughter in hospital after a pretty major op.

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 1 Year
                10 months, 22 days ago

                Sorry to hear, hope everything is okay.

                1. Tsparkes10
                  • 1 Year
                  10 months, 22 days ago

                  Or becomes better should I say

  20. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    A few issues to sort out...wondering what the consensus is...best player to ditch this week?
    A Ryan to Pope or Heaton
    B Guilbert to Mings
    C Dendoncker to Cantwell
    D Trossard ?

    1. Mr Peanutbutter
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      I actually don't think any of these are issues

    2. Carefree Crew
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Considering both A & C myself. Ryan has City then more unfavorable fixtures to follow. Canteen price rise also a factor. Depends on the rest of your team & finances.

  21. Olivier Bernards watch
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    it's interesting that james is recieving such little attention. great form, excellent attacking fixtures, 6 mil for utd attacker, looks unlikely to lose his place any time soon (lingard is surely first on the chopping block)...

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Good shout.. He seems nailed. Lingard is utter trash.

    2. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      He plays for Man U. Not Norwich.

  22. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    To echo what Bemba said earlier: there are League Cup games midweek, so try to hold those FTs if you can.

    1. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      It’s a good try, but they won’t listen.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Dis tru

    3. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      To late. Pukki is now in.

  23. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Hmm Martial and Shaw don’t sound like big concerns. But Mount going up tonight doesn’t help playing a patient game...

  24. 2GUNPETE
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Yo any big time Hoffers around?If you cut the mustard join the Top 1k Hall of Fame league!Code is - beeps2

  25. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Because of course, you know better.

  26. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Three consecutive blanks is not what I expect for 7m, Robbo...

  27. SalahFingers
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Perez -> Mount

    Yay or Nay?

  28. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Thoughts on Wesley as an option?

  29. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Anyone else thinking about keeping Perez for one more week? I know he's been awful to own but Bournemouth at home is a great fixture.

    1. SalahFingers
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Yeah, but how many price drops are you going to tolerate. That's the big question for me.

    2. Hairy Potter
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Took him until November last season to get a goal for Newcastle.

    3. Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Just lost patience with him.

  30. Phillipsturn
      10 months, 22 days ago

      VVD > 4.5m Max
      Greenwood > Pukki -4?
      Will go from a 4-4-2 to 3-4-3