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Masuaku set for attacking midfield in Gameweek 22 opener

David Moyes has re-opened the door to an avenue once thought firmly closed.

Fantasy Premier League defender Arthur Masuaku (£4.2m) looks set for a return to the attacking midfield role he played during Moyes’ first spell as the West Ham manager.

He has been named in the same side as Aaron Cresswell (£4.7m) while attacking midfielders Robert Snodgrass (£5.2m) and Pablo Fornals (£6.0m) are both on the bench.

With the Hammers preparing for two fixtures in Double Gameweek 24, all eyes will be on Masuaku tonight.

Meanwhile, there is just one change to the Sheffield United side that lost at Liverpool.

Lys Mousset (£4.8m) drops to the bench so that Oli McBurnie (£5.7m) can star alongside David McGoldrick (£5.4m) up-front.

That means key Fantasy assets such as John Lundstram (£5.1m) and Dean Henderson (£4.9m) keep their places in the starting line-up.

Sheffield United XI: D Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram, Baldock; McBurnie, McGoldrick.

West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Zabaleta; Noble, Rice; Masuaku, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller.

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  1. baps sniffer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Is West Ham going to by another gk before dgw? Keeping Henderson and buying Martin for dgw might be an option now.

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Probably depends on the severity of the injury, and if any other keepers are available.
      Joe Hart anyone?

    2. onceuponatyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      That's a really good point.

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Randolph in from boro. Better than Roberto and Martin - but no Fabs

    4. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I’d be absolutely shocked if we don’t buy a keeper ASAP.

      Did you see Martins blunder which gifted Sheff U the goal?

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Yes, and this is the reason why I asked. I had no idea if it was one time error or not. Besides that issue he seems to be able to do saves unlike Roberto, who has been perhaps "the least good gk in PL I've seen".

        1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Martin is definitely better than Roberto! Roberto isn’t even a goalkeeper.

          I just think it will be a position Moyes will have to strengthen as Fabianski is never fit lately.

  2. SHUTUPHEATHER
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Can someone explain to me why teams are playing out from the back these days. Fine for Citeh doing it but invites mistakes no?

    1. Trophé Mourinho
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Because the keeper kicking a long ball out results in losing posession 60% of the time

      • Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        It forces teams to press and thus be out of position ready for space to be crested and exploited.

        Not every team who adopts it is successful, but every successful team does it.

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Created*

        2. SHUTUPHEATHER
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Thank you.

      • Says
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        because giving up possession for a 50/50 chance of retaining it is stupid?

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          A huge amount of people on here have no understanding of the real game at all

        2. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Gotta agree with this

      • Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Those foreigners coming over here and ruining our long ball game.

        1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Exactly.

          Salah > Norman Hunter (-4).

        2. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          🙂

        3. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Barcelona started it? Why not go back to your old better long ball system?!? 😉

    2. Says
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Was it VAR, the rules or what?
      Moyes: "It doesn't matter because it was a good goal"

      He's in denial, hasn't seen it or doesn't know the rules.

      From real managers all the way down to salty FPL players, no one is facing reality.

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Saying it doesn’t matter is just plain stupid whether he’s seen it or not. Of course it matters

      2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        The rules are shoite but it was definitely the correct call going by the current rules. No argument really.

        1. dontyouknowimloko
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Rice should have realised straight away and just not bothered attacking. Get possession then go backwards.

          It’ll be like this in future once players get used to this nonsense.

          VAR works, it’s the rules that are messed up.

          1. Says
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            It seemed from Rice's interview he doesn't understand the rule, or like Moyes was just in denial

          2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I thought this at first but someone made the point that in the moment of the game it's unlikely anyone would purposely give up possession. Especially on such a pressing attack. I reckon that's probably true.

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Of course he knows the rules. Hes just making a point that the new rule is moronic.

    3. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      How injured is Fabianski?

      1. SHUTUPHEATHER
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Hamstring. Out for DGW I suspect.

      2. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A recurrence of the same injury is always bad news. A hip injury in particular is concerning for GKs.

        Sucks for those who bought him in, they'll almost certainly have to transfer him out.

        1. GARY AND JAMIE
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Fraid so but McCarthy price and fixtures look appealing. 0.6 banked

          1. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Have Martin as fodder. Will skip move for Cresswell or Anderson in 24 and expect very little.

    4. dontyouknowimloko
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Missed the game, was planning to get Kiko in at 4.2 but...

      Just saw the last post, was Masuaku any good tonight? Likely to stay in midfield?

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        WHU were all crap.

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Relegatable crap or crap that will imprive?

          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Definitely relegation crap, because even SHU weren't great but they looked miles better than WHU.

        2. dontyouknowimloko
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Looks like Kiko then before Willems price drop.

          Any other suggestions welcome!

      2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Don't do it

      3. SHUTUPHEATHER
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        After Snod who came on sub he looked a little lively but all rubbish.

        Why have him in ?

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          You know how we say here a player is class but a poor FPL pick. Do real managers think Snodgrass is just a decent FPL player?

      4. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Masuaku won’t keep Snodgrass out of the team.

        Snodgrass was the only one that actually put some energy onto the field.

        If Moyes persists with Haller then he needs to play our best crosser which is Snoddy.

    5. Riverside Red
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 11 days ago

      There's a lot of winding up going on over VAR by people who are more interested on its impact on their FF score. A real football fan is more worried about its impact on the game.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Anyone who thinks tonight's decision was a good decision for football has no interest in the long term health of the game

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          What if that was a FA cup semi between a big side and Rochdale and the latter benefit from the correct decision. That does more good than harm. It's all dependent upon the situation at hand. VAR has room for improvement, it's not going to be like this forever.

          1. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Agree. It will obviously be reconsidered at the end of the season - this one is something of a learning curve. In principle it is the absolutely correct way forward.

            1. Bird Raymond
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              It's an absolute car crash and should be ditched now. Wouldn't affect the integrity of the competition if all clubs agreed.

          2. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Im talking specifically about the "any ball touching the hand in the build up is a disallowed goal".

            The Laporte disallowed handball earlier in the season was just as dumb, and theres probably more that I dont remember.

            Who even wanted this rule? I havent seen anyone advocating it and suddenly its here upon us...

            1. Berbinho's Forehead
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Then that's a handball law issue, not a VAR issue

              1. Riverside Red
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 11 days ago

                All goals are now checked via VAR...It would have stood if no VAR ..Not as clear cut as you are indicating. The handball rule is clearly wrong and also needs to be changed.

            2. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Totally agree with Berbs. You are confusing the two.

      2. Bird Raymond
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I haven't met anyone who supports a team and/or attends live games at any level who support the way var has been used this season.

    6. SHUTUPHEATHER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Excited about DSilva my differential

      1. Trophé Mourinho
          1 month, 11 days ago

          No One:
          Absolutely no one ever:

          You: Im excited for Dilva

      2. Robbieblob
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I’m 2nd in ml. Guy above me has triple sheff Utd defence. Credit to him but I feel like it just sums up the season. How West Ham didn’t score I just don’t know. Anyways feel like I can succumb to defeat and start making some interesting transfers. Anyone with me?

        1. SHUTUPHEATHER
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Well they hardly created any chances for themselves. They got a couple of free kicks and a slip up.

          Anyone thinking of loading up on WH need to be careful.

        2. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Thanks . You told us the same thing 6 minutes ago.

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Stay tuned for further confirmation

      3. SHUTUPHEATHER
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Hendo
        Lundy TAA. Soy
        KDB. DSilva. Mane. Martial
        Rashford. Jiminez. Vardy.

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          B

          1. SHUTUPHEATHER
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            ?

        2. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Tough one, B

        3. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          A is much better

      4. Says
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        This rule which applies equally to both teams is clearly unfair and penalises MY team.

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Nearly all the whinging is based on FPL a lack of understanding of the real game and a lack of knowledge of the rules of both

          1. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            And it will continue week after week frequently involving some obvious culprits/ignorant pillocks.

        2. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          There is always an angle to find to have a moan if you want to ..
          Not down to MY decision to pick the wrong player in MY team 🙂
          Also not like luck has any influence on this game
          And guess what 50% of VAR decisions will eventually end up favouring your real life and FPL team but won’t hear any complaining about the other 50%

      5. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Anyone partly blame Balbuana for that goal? Wanted the pass then looked like Bambi on ice trying to get to it

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Not really he just had his weight on he wrong foot expecting where the pass should have been and the ball is going away from him too so maybe a bit harsh but I can see where you are coming from
          .

          1. GARY AND JAMIE
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Fair point. Thing is he had nothing to gain by wanting it there anyway. Martin was always better off clearing it

            1. Albrightondknight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Yeah he did that turn looking for it so should be prepared I suppose.

      6. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        New Article.

        Find it yourself

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          No at least give me link or something or I am going to moan 🙂

        2. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          YOU'RE NO HORSE

          1. Bushwhacker
              1 month, 11 days ago

              You will be with all that shouting.