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Everton assets on the FPL radar following Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival

One of the world’s best FPL managers, Tom Freeman, takes a closer look at how Everton assets are shaping up under Carlo Ancelotti.


Gameweek 20 has drawn to a close and went pretty well for me after I activated my Wildcard, which I left until the last possible week.

A total of 66 points has seen my overall rank rise to 36,928, which is just 26 points off the top 10k.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.5) was the star of the show but there were also returns for six others, including Ismaïla Sarr (£6.2m), who has really flourished since Nigel Pearson took charge. In fact, looking at data from Gameweek 17-20, only Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) has taken more shots in the box than Sarr, amongst midfielders.

Looking ahead, Everton are a team on my radar, with fixtures turning in Gameweek 22.

In just two matches, new head coach Carlo Ancelotti has installed a more adventurous brand of football, with real attacking intent.

Against Newcastle, The Toffees had an impressive 22 shots, nine of which were on target.

Caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson had successfully used a 4-4-2 for his few games in charge, whilst Ancelotti primarily used variations of a 4-4-2 at Napoli, so continuing with this shape, with limited time to work on tactics, made absolute sense – though he has added his own twist, which sees it transform into something resembling a 3-5-2 when in possession, with Lucas Digne (£5.9m) pushing high on the left.

With five goals in his last five league games, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.8m) is a player near the top of my Watchlist. After being praised by Ancelotti after scoring the winner against Burnley, he took on the manager’s encouragement by scoring two classic poacher goals against Newcastle United, whilst also creating five chances.

A quick look at Calvert-Lewin’s shot locations over the last two Gameweeks tells us he’s getting quality chances, close to goal.

Defensively, work still needs to be done – not surprising when Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) and Tom Davies (£5.3m) are your central midfielders in a 4-4-2.

Despite this, Djibril Sidibé’s (£5.3m) inclusion as a wide midfielder, rather than full-back, against Burnley was interesting, and something I’m monitoring.

These quotes from Ancelotti, where he discusses the Frenchman’s role after the game, tells us more:

Offensively, he stayed wide. On the other side we had Digne to cover the space there. Defensively (Sidibe) was working in the line of the midfielders, and the 4-4-2 shape, defensively, didn’t change. We tried to build up with Coleman a little bit back, and Sidibe more forward. It went well because he put the cross in for Calvert-Lewin to score the goal.

It’s early days for Ancelotti at Everton but it has been an exciting start.

Also, a quick word on Manchester City, who switched things up in the second half against Sheffield United, and were much improved.

De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva (£7.9m) played in a double pivot, with Rodri (£5.4m) dropping back and forming a three-man defence with Fernandinho (£5.2m) and Eric Garcia (£4.5m), when in possession. 

Riyad Mahrez (£8.3m) moved inside as a number 10, whilst the full-backs were given more license to attack.

How Pep Guardiola sets up going forward is impossible to predict, but that Aston Villa fixture in Gameweek 22 could be one to target.

As focus turns to New Year’s Day and Gameweek 21, here is how I’m currently set up.

If John Lundstram (£5.2m) is passed fit, I’ll likely roll a transfer, which gives me a bit more flexibility if I want to bring in one or two Everton assets next week.

In terms of captaincy, I’m currently on Jamie Vardy (£10.1m). I have fond memories of captaining him in the reverse fixture back in Gameweek 7 and, with Leicester City resting nine players against West Ham United, a fresh starting XI including Vardy will hopefully be set to profit.

Thanks for reading… until next time.


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3,167 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LeicesterA
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Morning all, and a Happy New Year!

    Quick one - Traore or Grealish for the next 5-6 weeks?

    Thanks!

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Traore

    2. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Traoré.

    3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Grealish

    4. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      If you need extra funds then Traore...otherwise - Grealish is one class above him.

    5. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Adama unless Villa get a new manager/show some other definitive signs of turning things round.

    6. LeicesterA
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Ah, split. I don’t need the funds this week, but I will do for the pool triple up in 24. So it’s whether to hold for another week, I guess...

    7. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Traore. Villa is awful and Grealish plays bit too deep for my taste.

  2. theodosios
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Happy New Year!

    Bench one:

    A) Abraham
    B) Zaha
    C) Traore

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

    2. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

    3. LeicesterA
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

    4. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      If your not playing zaha this week,then no point having him in your team, waste of a spot and money.

      1. theodosios
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        That's what I am thinking.Will get rid of him next GW so will probably bench one from A or C. Who would you bring from next week? Have KDB Mane and Alli

        1. jason_ni
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          If you dont have rashford I'd go for martial

      2. Big Ping
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Poor logic

        1. jason_ni
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Mine is?
          You can have your opinion, but I wouldn't put myself into having bench a 6.7 mill mf away to Norwich.
          I prefer to have money invested in my 11, and have solid bench options who will start and return 2/3 when I need them

  3. Moon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    play richarlison over any of these?

    mane alli martial sarr
    vardy abraham ings

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Not this week, no.

  4. Cholito
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Gazzaniga
    Rico-Soyuncu-TAA
    Sterling(с)-Alli-Mount-KDB
    Ings-Abraham-Vardy

    Martin-Cantwell-Digne-Lundstram

    2FT, 0,6 ITB

    Help pls.
    Next GW i want bring Richarlison and DCL in, but what to do now?
    Gazza->somebody?

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Gazza to virtually any keeper!!!

  5. Oggle22
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    G2G? Simpson to Williams (utd)?
    Pope TAA Lundstarm
    Salah KDB Martial Moura
    Kane Rashford Jiminez

    Button Williams Targett Guendouzi Simpson

    Cheers

  6. Zlatanzo
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Best transfer burn for this week? Planning for the long term...

      A) Kelly --> Kabasele
      B) Guaita --> Ryan

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        B

    • Joyce1998
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Wc activated
      G2g
      Ryan
      Taa, soy, gomez
      Mane, Kdb, traore, mardy
      Vardy(c), Rashford, ings
      Subs- McGovern, kiko, lund, oriol

      1. Joyce1998
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        *Maddy

        1. Houldsworth Hatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Decent

      2. Stoichkov#8
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        gomez, rash > anyone, salah possible?

        1. Stoichkov#8
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          * and change to 352 obv

      3. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Looks very good. Padraig the Great I presume?

    • Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Best captain?

      A) Aguero
      B) Rash
      C) Aguero > Vardy (C) FT

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        C

      2. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Give Aguero the armband

      3. Lecky Legs FC
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        A

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Bottomed. The only reason I’m tempted to sell Grealish is that he’s playing against Burnley today and I have pope in goal. Don’t see any other sense in selling him this gw. Is that reason enough to sell?

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Nope. But sell anyway.

      2. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        The fact you're talking about selling him rather than talking about any particular replacement you want to bring in suggests you shouldn't sell.

        Disclaimer: I sold Grealish this week for Traore.

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Cheers. That’s the dilemma. Dump him for traore this gw or keep and reassess with 2 fts next gw. He’s got decent returns in the last few gws.

      3. jason_ni
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        No, you having pope isnt going to change the output for grealish.
        It's a conflict of interest in the match, but I wouldn't be selling someone I wanted to keep, based on him playing my gk.

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Thanks

    • Stevie G
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Play Cantwell or Grealish?

      1. Perthite
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        3rd time question has been asked in last 2-3 pages.

        Read back to get a number of answers.

      2. Og
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Play the one who is garunteed to start and more likely to score or assist

    • the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Help needed... What do do with 2FTs?

      Pope
      VVD, Soy, Kelly
      Salah, Mount, KDB, Alli
      Vardy, Rashy, Tammy

      Roberto, Rico, Fleck, Lunds

      0.3itb & 2FT

      any help appreciated.
      Cheers

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Mount, Tammy > Martial, Jimenez

        1. Old Gregg
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          This

      2. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Cheers

    • MTFCfan50
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Tomori to Gomez. Yes or no? Have TAA and Salah already. Fancy the double Liverpool defence but would need a hit to downgrade elsewhere for Robertson or VVD. Gomez nailed now or out once Matip or Lovren return?

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I brought in Gomez for this GW alone after which I will bring in Sidibe

    • Crashjct
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Hi all.

      Long term, which goalkeeper?

      A. Foster
      B. Ryan
      C. Fabs

      1. Moose™
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Saw many going Fabs.. I brought Ryan in tho personally

      2. jason_ni
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I just bought ramsdale.. left field, but fancy him to do better than fabs, even with his double, at least until gw25

    • Moose™
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      C?
      A. Mane
      B. KdB
      C. Vardy
      D. Rashy

      Play?
      1. Cantwell
      2. Grealish

      1. JoeSoap
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        C1

    • PikeyMikey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Thinking about bringing pulisic in for Maddison.. worth a punt?
      1FT

      1. Sailboats
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        No way

      2. Monya Meow Meow
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Nope don't do it

    • GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Hendo to Fab with an FT? Surely scores better over the next few and while the double is tough it is a double regardless

      1. subhojit123
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I won't go west ham mate

    • Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Play Kelly or Rico?

      1. Moose™
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Rico

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Rico

      3. MyBall MyRules
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Kelly.
        West Ham new manager bounce and Bournemouth playing badly atm.

    • Wakanda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      GTG ?
      Henderson
      Digne,Sidibie , Doherty
      Salah,KDB,Sterling,Alli,Martial
      Maupay, Pukki

      1. aleksios
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Yeap.

      2. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Not sure about double Everton defence at the best of times but against City away? No chance. What other defenders do you have?

    • pelle9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Guys,

      Who should I captain from this team:

      Ryan
      TAA - Soy - Lundstram
      Salah - KDB - Alli - Zaha
      Kane - Vardy - Ings

      Button - Kelly - Dendoncker - Rico

      Thanks and good luck to all with the GW.

      1. aleksios
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Vardy.

      2. JoeSoap
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        On Vardy and have similar options

      3. Crashjct
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Vardy

    • aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      70 pts chasing in ML.Still plenty of time to cover right?

      1. UnitedFan
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Yeah.

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Absolutely

      3. zhiren
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        yes

      4. JoeSoap
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I fell 50 behind in 2 weeks so yes.

      5. Perthite
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Yeah with the GGWs & BGWs to come

        1. Perthite
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          *DGWs

      6. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Easily.

        Especially with DGW, WC and chips still to play.

      7. Moose™
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Yep.. Personally, once I chased 100+ points during boxing day if I remeber correctly.. . The time Chelsea players going absolute bonkers.. Hazard Alonso.. Without me having them, thus by planning thoroughly during that season.. Regained my lead in my ML on DGW34..

        1. Moose™
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          And won it ofcourse haha

    • quayle99
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Cantwell + Richarlison
      To
      Traoure and Martial?

      2FT
      Still leaves 0.8

      ?

      1. aleksios
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Wouldnt ditch Rich.

      2. JoeSoap
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        First two could match second two though prefer TM

    • JoeSoap
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      21. Ali>Martial
      22. Rash/Aurier>DCL/TAA
      23. Jimmy>Ings
      24. Soyu>Robbo

      (Don't normally plan far ahead but needed to get Pool players and had 2 FTs this week. Keeper an issue 22/25)

      Pope, Gazza
      Rico, TAA, Robbo, Kelly, Lundy
      Maddy, KDB, Martial, Salah, Dendo
      Vardy, Ings, DCL

    • SheBangsTheDrums
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Play 1:

      A) Kabasele
      B) Kelly

      1. subhojit123
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        B

    • subhojit123
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Still a bit of dilemma as to which 2 I should play for this GW -
      1. Grealish
      2. Gross
      3. Ayew

    • Dannywaz
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      He'll not play today.. salah

      1. mynameisq
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Says who

        1. mynameisq
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Oh you did the old he's playing tomorrow thing

    • Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      JWP loves a goal against Spurs, right?

    • Imrie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      HNY!

      Thoughts on any of these ( 2 FTs)

      A: Aurier > Kelly
      B: Grealish > Traore
      C: Madisson > Martial

      Personally leaning to B this week and A&C next.

    • Muscout
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Best West Ham assets for DGW?
      Who’s guaranteed most minutes?

      1. MyBall MyRules
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Fab is the only one of interest as it stands.
        See what Moyes does over the next 2 and hope that someone steps up.

      2. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Fabianski is the only one I'll be considering.

    • Bookmark
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Cap
      1 Salah
      2 Mane
      3. KDB
      4. Vardy

      Gtg?
      Gazza
      Taa Kelly Rico
      Salah Mane Kdb Maddison Grealish
      Vardy Abraham

      Button Greenwood Lundstram Williems

    • Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Play Digne or Aurier?