The Meet the Manager series, where Joe interviews a Fantasy manager with a more than enviable track record, is back for 2019/20.
This campaign’s series of interviews starts with a chat with Tarek Balbaa, who explains why being based in Egypt has helped ensure he puts the eye test to good use in his Fantasy decisions.
Over his illustrious career, Tarek has eight top 10,000 finishes, including two in the top 1,000.
With all Premier League matches broadcast in Egypt, he is able to watch four to five televised games a week.
This has ensured he was quick to acquire Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne this season and is still reticent to invest heavily in Manchester United.
Underlying statistics are still important to Tarek but he likes to go back to basics with such research, preferring shots in the box statistics than the phenomena of expected statistics.
Tarek also talks about his poor seasons and the lessons he’s learned from mistakes made. Chief of these for him has been to focus heavily on what mini-league rivals are up to.
The chat with Tarek is available to view on Youtube here and in the embedded video below.
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