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How a system change has made Wolves’ FPL assets more appealing

One of the world’s best FPL managers, Tom Freeman, takes a closer look at Wolves’ resurgence in his latest Pro Pundits piece.


When I started writing these fortnightly articles, as part of the Pro Pundits initiative, my aim was to talk about broader topics than simply my own team. I wanted to use this platform to raise discussion, from differentials who are maybe going under the radar to tactical aspects, ideas and strategies.

With this in mind, I’ve used the international break to take a closer look at Wolverhampton Wanderers, who after a slow start in which they picked up just three points from the first five games, have now gone seven without defeat in the league.

Last month, I talked about a lack of creativity throughout the team, but a decision to revert to a 3-4-3 shape in recent weeks has seen them increase their attacking threat.

Here we can see the average positions from their recent win over Aston Villa:

Using this 3-4-3 shape, they are now creating more chances, and shooting more often. In fact, over the last two Gameweeks only Manchester City have attempted more shots.

An important aspect to this system is that it allows two of their best performers this season, Adama Traoré (£5.2m) and Matt Doherty (£6.0m), to start. What we’ve often seen is Traoré staying wider, whilst Doherty has moved inside and into goalscoring positions. Indeed, 45% of Wolves attacks came from that right side versus Aston Villa.

Again, focusing on the last two Gameweeks, Doherty has had more penalty area touches than any other defender, and sits third for shots in the box:

The hope is that Wolves continue with a more proactive approach and take this into their forthcoming run of games against Bournemouth, Sheffield United, West Ham United, and more importantly in an otherwise tricky Gameweek 18, Norwich City.

READ MORE: Further analysis of Wolves’ use of a 3-4-3

The news of Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking literally filtered through as we were about to go on air on this week’s Scoutcast. It’s fair to say that it caught me off-guard. Now I’ve had time to reflect, I wanted to include a few thoughts here.

Firstly, I think it’s felt like the end of the road for Pochettino for a while now – 18 defeats in 2019 tells its own story.

Despite this, it shouldn’t take away from what a fantastic job he has done at Tottenham Hotspur. He’s transformed the club and raised expectations despite restrictions, and that should be applauded.

I think we all know how it’ll end for José Mourinho at Spurs, but it’s going to be interesting.

Moving onto my own team, this is how we currently line up, with two free transfers and £0.3m in the bank.

I’ll likely go into Gameweek 13 without a playing goalkeeper. Rather than repeat myself here, my thoughts on this can be heard on this week’s Scoutcast or on my recent Meet the Manager video.

A double move for Çaglar Söyüncü (£4.9m) and Sadio Mané (£12.1m) is under consideration, which would involve removing Martín Montoya (£4.5m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) – but more information is needed re the latter’s ongoing ankle issue before a decision is made.

I’ll also be keeping a close eye on events at the Emirates, with an idea to bring in one of Southampton’s midfielders as a Theo Walcott (£6.2m) replacement ahead of Gameweek 14, to try and capitalise on back-to-back home games with Watford and Norwich City.

In terms of captaincy, I’m currently on Raheem Sterling (£12.0m).

Chelsea have conceded 12 goals in six on the road so far this season and when you realise they’ve played Norwich, Southampton, Watford, Burnley, Wolves and Manchester United, it looks even worse.

Add to that Manchester City’s 19 goals in six home games, and I think Sterling is the standout candidate for me this week.

Thanks for reading… until next time.


Tom Freeman – aka avfc82 – comes onto the team to make most of us feel wildly insecure about our overall rank history. A long-time Fantasy Football Scout user, he has finished inside the top 1,000 a staggering five times since 2009.

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502 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Coys96
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 17 hours ago

    Captain Son, Vardy or Sterling?

    1. Just Kreuzing
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 17 hours ago

      A man in form - Vardy

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 16 hours ago

      Jamie

  2. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    22 days, 17 hours ago

    This seems to be the template? Thoughts?

    Gazz
    TAA Rico Lundstram
    Mane KDB Martial Maddison
    Vardy Jimenez Abraham

    Button Mount Tomori Kelly

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 16 hours ago

      Fairly yeah

    2. Cloud Perspective
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 16 hours ago

      I have 10/11 and 12/15. My others are Ryan, Reid and Connolly. Planning to change Connolly for Jimenez for next GW.

  3. Mr Frost
    • 9 Years
    22 days, 17 hours ago

    Play one:
    a) Rico
    b) Lundstram

    1. WWF
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 17 hours ago

      Lord

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 16 hours ago

      B, easy

      1. Mr Frost
        • 9 Years
        22 days, 16 hours ago

        Cheers guys. I can't help but feel Man Utd will win comfortably against the firm book.

    3. Brendan95
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 16 hours ago

      I've gone with A

    4. The Bad Seed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 44 mins ago

      he's the "defender" with most shots since the start of the season.

      Play him for the goal, clean sheets are a bonus 🙂

  4. WWF
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 17 hours ago

    Why can't I search my old content like before? Is there a simple way?

    1. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 17 hours ago

      go to your profile and scroll down to your previous messages

  5. stupendous
    • 7 Years
    22 days, 17 hours ago

    How's this looking? 1 ft and .3m itb

    Pope
    Chilwell Soyuncu TAA Lundy
    Mane Sterling(c) Mount KDB
    Vardy(v) Abraham

    Heaton Montoya Connolly Saka

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 17 hours ago

      Very good

      1. stupendous
        • 7 Years
        22 days, 17 hours ago

        Ta

    2. Chippo, Hadji, Aloisi.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 17 hours ago

      Close to what I've got. I think Kane is a must but I cant get him in without losing Sterling or Mane and a -4! Tossing up (c) between Vards and Sterling.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        22 days, 17 hours ago

        Why is Kane a must?

      2. stupendous
        • 7 Years
        22 days, 16 hours ago

        Kane a must?

        Hilarious.

        And now they even have a big fat bus parked on the pitch and he now plays CB.

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 17 hours ago

      Nice. Huge reliance on a high scoring City Chelsea game, like most

    4. Cloud Perspective
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 16 hours ago

      Good, but captaining Sterling can make the real difference.

  6. NUFCAndrew
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 17 hours ago

    What to do with this? 0.3 ITB 2 FTs. Thanks

    Pope Button

    TAA Lundstram Soyuncu Rico Kelly

    Sterling Mane Maddison Mount Hayden

    Rashford Vardy Abraham

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 16 hours ago

      Kelly to Yedlin?

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      22 days, 16 hours ago

      Tough

      That's a really nice side. I'd be half tempted to do Soy to Tomori and play Rico this week. Think Tomori looks better prospect in next 6 after this with that glut of home fixtures.

    3. Cloud Perspective
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 16 hours ago

      Kelly to Reid for some more ITB

    4. Mr Frost
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 16 hours ago

      Keeping an eye on the young Brandon Williams at Man Utd. 4.0m and could nail down LB, Young is past it and Shaw injury prone.

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 16 hours ago

      Wild punt? Sterling KDB and Mount Richarlison ...

  7. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 17 hours ago

    Save FT this GW? 1FT & 2.8m ITB.

    If so thinking then a -4 next GW...
    Mount+KDB+Connelly >> Pulisic+Salah+Greenwood. Good plan?

    Pope
    TAA • Lunds • Soyuncu
    KDB • Mané • Maddison • Martial • Mount
    Vardy(C) • Tammy
    (McG. Rico. Tomori. Connelly)

    1. theguy69
        22 days, 16 hours ago

        may as well get pulisic this week mate

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 3 Years
          22 days, 16 hours ago

          Why?

          1. theguy69
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              he will outscore mount and you are gonna do the transfer later anyway

              1. Kevin de Blanke
                • 3 Years
                22 days, 16 hours ago

                Or he'll get benched and Mount scores ?

                1. theguy69
                    22 days, 16 hours ago

                    pulisic is the in form player

        2. in sane in de bruyne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          22 days, 16 hours ago

          Mourinhos first training session at Spurs

          https://youtu.be/mzUwJ5Gh7lQ

          1. 7shadesofsmoke
            • 6 Years
            22 days, 16 hours ago

            You know what?..

            Mourinho looks healthier and happier than ive seen him in a LONG time. I'm starting to believe he'll be great for Kane and co. Might save the Sterling > Salah move in favour of a Kane option

            1. Chippo, Hadji, Aloisi.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              This ^^

            2. in sane in de bruyne
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Noticed the same. The players look happy aswell. Think I might do a mini WC next week to bring in both Kane and Son

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                22 days, 16 hours ago

                I reckon a player looking miserable at Mourinho's first training session would be ill advised.

                1. 7shadesofsmoke
                  • 6 Years
                  22 days, 16 hours ago

                  are you Shaw?

              2. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                22 days, 15 hours ago

                When Aubameyang has Norwich??

            3. Giggs Boson.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              He's learning.

          2. Giggs Boson.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            22 days, 15 hours ago

            The way he went around them all at the end touching the back of their necks was fascinating. This man knows his psychology. https://youtu.be/mzUwJ5Gh7lQ?t=408

        3. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          22 days, 16 hours ago

          Predict spurs line up for saturday? Here's mine:

          Gazziniga
          Foyth Alderweireld Vertonghen Rose
          Dier Ndombele
          Eriksen Alli Son
          Kane

          Sissoko/L.Moura/Lo Celso borderline starters tho imo, coming from a spurs fan btw 🙂

          1. BobbyDoesNotLook
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            22 days, 15 hours ago

            Give me Aurier please

        4. Bob McMayday
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          22 days, 16 hours ago

          Just randomly came across a FPL video on YouTube by a young FPL player called “FPL Suggers”. Seems really young but quite enthusiastic and looks like they are consistently making a video every week so fair play. Video only has about 20 views so let’s all watch, like and subscribe to make his day and support the future generation of sad blokes like us

          1. 7shadesofsmoke
            • 6 Years
            22 days, 16 hours ago

            Thanks Bob, "AKA" FPL Suggers". You might want to include a link to your site if you want us to watch. People like to be spoon fed around here

            1. theguy69
                22 days, 16 hours ago

                lol

              • Bob McMayday
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                22 days, 16 hours ago

                If you watch the video you might realise he probably isn’t the type of person you will find paying for membership to this site and arguing with morons like you

                1. 7shadesofsmoke
                  • 6 Years
                  22 days, 16 hours ago

                  😆

            2. Mr Frost
              • 9 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              https://youtu.be/RtyDnV_XMEA

              What band?

            3. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Lol @ plugging your son's crappy youtube channel on here

              1. 7shadesofsmoke
                • 6 Years
                22 days, 16 hours ago

                Don't be a moron Bro

              2. Gentle_Turks
                • 1 Year
                22 days, 16 hours ago

                Grow up.

            4. Bob McMayday
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Well this is what happens when you try to do something nice for someone. Thanks FPL community

            5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              22 days, 15 hours ago

              I will subscribe and support

              I have no time for all of the FPL twitter accounts, everyone now suddenly has become an expert at the game. Funny that.

              However this video seems genuine unlike others

              1. Mince n Tatties
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                22 days, 15 hours ago

                Nice one

          2. Gentle_Turks
            • 1 Year
            22 days, 16 hours ago

            Who scores more this week, Mount or Dilva?

            1. Mr Frost
              • 9 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Dilva for me.

            2. ZICO SENNA
              • 8 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Mount

              1. Gentle_Turks
                • 1 Year
                22 days, 16 hours ago

                Honestly, or wishful thinking?

            3. 7shadesofsmoke
              • 6 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Dave

            4. reeceon
              • 5 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Mount, Dave probably won't start

              1. Gentle_Turks
                • 1 Year
                22 days, 16 hours ago

                How come? Fit. Has started all home games when fit.

                1. reeceon
                  • 5 Years
                  22 days, 16 hours ago

                  Injured against soton, not had much game time since, he could start but shaktar at home midweek also, mount will start, could get goal involvement

            5. mdm
              • 7 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Mount

          3. FDMS All Starz
            • 4 Years
            22 days, 16 hours ago

            Who scores more this week?

            A) Sterling

            B) Mane

            1. 7shadesofsmoke
              • 6 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Mane

            2. reeceon
              • 5 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Mane

          4. Nightf0x
            • 4 Years
            22 days, 16 hours ago

            Which?

            A) jimy or ings
            B) pepe a good arsenal differential option ? Y or N

            1. 7shadesofsmoke
              • 6 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Jim

            2. reeceon
              • 5 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Jimmy, No

          5. Brendan95
            • 4 Years
            22 days, 16 hours ago

            What to do with this? 0.2ITB 2FT. Thanks

            Ryan Button

            Robbo Soy Tomori Lund Rico

            Sterling Mane KDB Mount James

            Vardy Abraham Greenwood

            1. 7shadesofsmoke
              • 6 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              wait for news on Robbo, if out get TAA

              1. Brendan95
                • 4 Years
                22 days, 16 hours ago

                Was considering that!

          6. reeceon
            • 5 Years
            22 days, 16 hours ago

            Play Mendy or transfer to literally any defender? (got TAA/3lei/3Che)
            Cheers

            1. 7shadesofsmoke
              • 6 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              Tranny if its for free.

              Theres a Doherty wagon but would hold for news on Robbo

          7. Mini Mahouse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            22 days, 16 hours ago

            Is Sterling to Mane even worth it?

            1. 7shadesofsmoke
              • 6 Years
              22 days, 16 hours ago

              yes he even is

          8. YekiM
            • 10 Years
            22 days, 15 hours ago

            Is Tomori going to increase tonight? If I want to do Mendy and Mount to Tomori and Martial, will have to make the Mendy transfer for a hit this week before the rise. But was hoping to hold out til next week. But looking unlikely now.

          9. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            22 days, 15 hours ago

            Something came to me during the IB

            There is actually a way to accommodate Double Liverpool Fullbacks, plus Lundstram AND Leicester defence without going 4 at the back

            That way is none other than.... Mr. Kasper Schmeichel. For example:

            Schmeichel
            TAA, Robbo, Lundy
            Salah, KDB, Maddison, Martial, Pulisic
            Tammy, Vardy
            (Button, Willems, Rico, Connolly)

          10. Lestat
            • 9 Years
            22 days, 15 hours ago

            Best option going forward??

            A - Sterling, Mane, Maddison, Jimenez, (4pt hit)

            B - KDB, Mane, McGinn, Aubameyang (4pt hit)

            C - Sterling, KDB, McGinn, Aubameyang - (no hit)

          11. davies
            • 5 Years
            22 days, 15 hours ago

            Best mid under 6.0?

            McGinn?

          12. The Stretford End
            • 1 Year
            22 days, 15 hours ago

            Ryan,Button

            Robertson,Taa,Lundstram,Rico,Hanley

            Mane,Tielemans,Kdb,Maddison,Son

            Vardy,Abraham,Greenwood

            Anyone any suggestions?(I know it’s a poor team) but what should I do!?

            Thanks for the help

          13. Duck Dickworth
            • 4 Years
            21 days, 2 hours ago

            .