Scout Notes

Ings continues scoring run as Shelvey nets third goal in three

Newcastle 2-1 Southampton

Goals: Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0m), Federico Fernández (£4.4m) | Danny Ings (£6.3m)

Assists: Andy Carroll (£5.4m), Sean Longstaff (£5.0m) | Jack Stephens (£4.3m)

Bonus Points: Shelvey x3, Ings x2, Fernández x1

Danny Ings (£6.3m) continued his excellent scoring run even as Southampton lost to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

The centre-forward became the first Saints player to score in five consecutive Premier League appearances since James Beattie in 2003.

Such a record should only increase interest in Ings especially as West Ham (home) and Aston Villa (away) are Southampton’s next two opponents.

The former Burnley and Liverpool man has arguably been the second-most reliable Fantasy forward for some time, with only Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) scoring more times (13) than Ings (eight) since Gameweek 7.

Ings has been in incredible form for Southampton

Furthermore, Ings is now the best-value among FPL forwards, registering 13.3 points per million spent this season.

His latest strike was a simple route-one goal. Jack Stephens (£4.3m) played a long-ball over the top from his centre-back position, which Ings ran onto after it bypassed Federico Fernández (£4.4m). The former Swansea defender did his best to harry Ings, who shrugged off the pressure and hooked an effort under Martin Dúbravka (£5.0m).

Also adding to Ings’ appeal is his propensity to secure bonus points. The fact that his volume of shots is never normally too high means that very few of his efforts end up off-target.

Therefore, in each of his last five matches, Ings has got bonus in all of them, registering the maximum amount in Gameweeks 14 and 15, while claiming two of them against Newcastle.

Ward-Prowse was a little unfortunate not to get something from this game

Ings remains the most viable option at Southampton, as James Ward-Prowse (£5.9m) blanked at St James’ Park, although it was his first since Gameweek 12.

The midfielder did admittedly come close to some attacking returns as he caused havoc from his set-piece delivery. Shane Long (£4.6m) was close to nodding one of his corners beyond Dúbravka but his effort went just wide.

Meanwhile, Nathan Redmond (£6.2m) remains a Fantasy nearly-man as he twice went close to scoring.

Early-on, he pounced on a poor pass back across the defence from Jetro Willems (£4.7m) and got through on goal. Redmond shot low forcing Dúbravka to produce a decent save with his feet, although he probably should have found the back of the net given the circumstances.

Redmond had two excellent chances but could not find the net against Newcastle

Shortly after, Redmond then blasted a well-struck shot at Dúbravka again, following a corner, the Newcastle goalkeeper parrying the ball away.

“I think this is the next step we have to go in such tight games. We have to be more clinical in those moments. It was our third game in a week where we were investing a lot, it’s normal that our concentration wasn’t the highest after such moments. But in that moment, you must know that this can decide the game. When you are 1-0 up, then you must take something here.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

Potentially emerging as Fantasy differential in recent weeks is Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0m) who scored his third goal in as many matches against Southampton.

While there was controversy about his effort at Sheffield United midweek, there was none as he headed Newcastle level on Sunday afternoon.

Shelvey now has three Premier League goals in as many matches

The Magpies midfielder is arguably showing plenty of versatility in terms of how he’s grabbing his goals right now.

Against Manchester City, he smashed home a powerful pile-driver from distance, at Bramall Lane, he was the one running beyond the centre-forward in order to get clear on goal and on Sunday afternoon Shelvey displayed his aerial abilities.

His free-kick into the box was cleared to the right flank where Andy Carroll (£5.4m) collected the ball and lofted a cross back into the box which Shelvey nodded beyond Alex McCarthy (£4.3m).

If Shelvey can continue to establish himself as a source of attacking returns in the Newcastle squad, that could be of interest to Fantasy managers.

Fernández was the latest Newcastle defender to further their goal-tally

Thus far, offensive options have not shown much reliable form for Steve Bruce’s side, most of the goals coming from a collection of defensive assets.

Shelvey is now clear as the top goalscorer for Newcastle players this season but, prior to Gameweek 14, he was level with two other players, both of whom were defenders.

As things stand, Ciaran Clark (£4.3m), Fernández and Willems are joint-second on two goals each, with the former Swansea man adding to his total against Southampton.

Below them, Fabian Schär (£5.0m), Jamaal Lascelles (£4.3m), DeAndre Yedlin (£4.4m), Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m), Matthew Longstaff (£4.5m) and Joelinton (£5.6m) are all tied on one Premier League goal each.

Either way, it is clear that Shelvey presents the only remotely viable route into Newcastle’s attack this season.

Newcastle could miss Saint-Maximin’s pace if he is out for an extended period

That said, Newcastle could seriously miss the pace and power of Saint-Maximin as he came off with a suspected hamstring issue against Southampton.

The winger was taken off with an ankle problem at Bramall Lane and manager Bruce admitted after the latest win that he regretted not benching him in order to preserve his fitness ahead of a busy schedule.

“We don’t know how serious it is. I will kick myself if he is out for a long time. He is that maverick free spirit we have to manage. He wanted to play, to be fair to him. He had a nasty ankle the other night and was hobbling around, but when he pulls up the way he did, then we all fear the worst and that is the downside of playing somebody tired.” – Steve Bruce

Going into Gameweek 17, Newcastle have one of the more favourable runs of fixtures from a defensive perspective, especially as they meet Burnley and Crystal Palace in their next two matches.

However, whether or not they can be trusted with defensive investment remains to be seen as they still have just one clean sheet from Gameweek 9 onwards.

Newcastle United XI (5-4-1): Dúbravka; Willems, Dummett, Clark (Schär 46′), Fernández, Manquillo; Saint-Maximin, Shelvey, Hayden, Almirón (S Longstaff 85′); Joelinton (Carroll 59′).

Southampton XI (4-4-2): McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Cédric; Redmond, Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo (Boufal 73′); Ings (Adams 88′), S Long.

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387 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Salah & Mane too many passes 😀

    1. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Haha, 1 two's. Shows how good this team is.

  2. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Keita is looking good. I'm jealous of Liverpool's stats-based scouting system.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      He’s the only one who hasn’t flourished... yet!

      If he can stay healthy he’ll be flying, great asset to have with 3 games a week.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        This. I’ve been excited to see him come into his own since we got him and it’s clear he has it in him

      2. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Ian Graham probably has the best statistical model to gauge football talent in the world right now. https://trainingground.guru/articles/ian-graham-the-one-currency-liverpool-use-to-judge-players

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Yeah looking really good today, probably the best I have seen him in a Liverpool shirt.

  3. MidasBoys XI
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Anyone got a link to the scout ast tonight and what time does it start?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Starts at 8pm.

  4. Front 442
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Decisions, decisions and any thoughts welcomed.
    2FT’s 0.2ITB
    Henderson
    Lund Soy TAA
    Son Mane Mount KDB
    Vardy Tammy Jimenez
    Kelly Rico Dend
    I’m quite happy with my team but would like to get Rashford in.
    One way is KDB>Maddison
    Jimenez>Rashford.
    Is it crazy to loose KDB although I will get 10.1 for him? I really fancy Maddison for GW17. I know it would be good to have 2FT for GW18 but unless injury or suspensions I don’t intend to sell my Liverpool assets. Then Mount or Dend>Grealish GW18. Thoughts please

  5. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Will Mane and Salah both PUKapt at the weekend.

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Lol

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

    Baby Keith off
    Origi on

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

    Oh Mane.

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Salah-esque miss.

  8. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Salah and Mané getting in each others way now. Real good team this though

  9. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    How many years before Mane's gold stripe is only a couple of inches long? 🙂

    1. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 6 days ago

      It will happen before they win the premier league

  10. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Salah doing what Salah does best. 😀

  11. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 6 days ago

    So NOW Liverpool keep a clean sheet...!

  12. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Salzburg could still challenge for the Europa League. Good team.

  13. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Salzburg players queing to take selfies with Mane. The undisputed Liverpool's Main Man?

  14. FOO FIGHTER
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Salah is FPL KING 🙂

    • FOO FIGHTER
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Liverpool will start racking up cleanies...

        1. Make America Greta Again
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Two on the bounce, grrhh as a TAA owner.

      • IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Those without Salah should be very afraid!

        1. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 6 days ago

          They probably haven't got Mane so they should be afraid, or if they have then they probably haven't got Son so they should still be afraid etc. etc.

      • migas2k7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Is it worth swaping kane to Abraham this week ? Maybe getting kane back on the following week (lol).

        No other transferences needed on my team... so its either that or save the FT. (could also consider rashford?)