Scout Notes

Son scores big haul despite missing penalty at Villa

Aston Villa 2-3 Spurs

  • Goals: Bjorn Engels (£4.4m) | Toby Alderweireld (£5.3m), Son Heung-min x2 (£10.0m)
  • Own Goals: Alderweireld
  • Assists: Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m), Jack Grealish (£6.7m) | Eric Dier (£4.8m), Davinson Sánchez (£5.3m)
  • Penalty saves: Pepe Reina (£4.5m)
  • Penalty misses: Son
  • Bonus Points: Son x3, Reina x2, Grealish x1

Son Heung-min (£10.0m) stepped up the case for his inclusion in Fantasy Premier League squads on Sunday afternoon as he scored 13 points in a 3-2 win at Aston Villa.

The South Korean has been a much-discussed alternative to Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m) when Manchester City’s fixture schedule turns for the worse and, on current form, he could be a great option to turn to.

Between Gameweeks 27 and 32, Pep Guardiola’s men have at least one Blank Gameweek and face Leicester (away), Manchester United (away), Burnley (home), Chelsea (away) and Liverpool (home). Meanwhile, Son, who now has four attacking returns in as many matches, averaging 7.8 points per game in that time, has a slightly kinder run of Wolves (home), Burnley (away), Manchester United (home), West Ham (home) and Sheffield United (away).

Crucially, Son’s performance against Aston Villa showed his serious potential as a centre-forward since Steven Bergwijn (£7.5m) joined Spurs in the January transfer window. As expected, the South Korean was handed the centre-forward role again, with Bergwijn and Lucas Moura (£7.1m) supporting him either side. Helped also by Dele Alli (£8.4m) in the number 10 role, Son racked up a handful of chances at Villa Park and arguably should have scored more points than he did.

Pepe Reina (£4.5m) denied several fierce efforts on goal from Son, especially in the second 45 minutes, when Spurs were pushing on to find a winner. The Aston Villa goalkeeper, who made seven saves on Sunday afternoon, also reduced Son’s score by saving his poor penalty on the stroke of half-time, that was bundled in by the Spurs man nonetheless.

Son was also let down by some profligate finishing from Alli in the opening period. He played the England international through on goal in the 34th minute, who hooked it wide when he really should have scored.

However, we may have to temper the enthusiasm surrounding Son in light of Aston Villa’s ongoing defensive problems. Dean Smith’s men came into Gameweek 26 still bottom of the league for shots conceded in the box and, despite besting Spurs for possession on Sunday (53.7% to 46.3%), they still allowed the visitors to dominate the shot count (23 to 18).

Villa were, of course, not helped in their efforts by the untimely absence of Tyrone Mings (£4.5m), the former Bournemouth man missing Gameweek 26 after falling ill with tonsillitis on Saturday. It is not known when he will return but, if he is not back for the trip to Southampton in Gameweek 27, Danny Ings (£7.0m) owners will surely be licking their lips.

“It’s a blow because (Mings) is a big player for us and he has been all season. He’s adapted really well to the Premier League. But he was ill yesterday so we knew he’d be missing. I’ve got Bjorn Engels who’s recently been called up to the Belgium squad so we’ve got strength in depth in that area.” – Dean Smith

Mings replacement on the day in Bjorn Engels (£4.4m) had a mixed afternoon but was ultimately to blame for both of Son’s goals, Danny Drinkwater (£4.4m) also turning in a poor performance. While Villa, and Engels himself, did a good job of throwing bodies in the way to block Spurs’ efforts in the first half, it was Engels’ poorly timed challenge on Bergwijn that led to the penalty, awarded after a rare controversy-free Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review.

Then, after scoring his first-ever Villa goal to make up for the first-half error and draw his side level, Engels handed the game to Spurs on a plate in second-half stoppage time. Davinson Sánchez (£5.3m) played a speculative ball over the top to Son, which should have been easy to clear, but Engels swung a tired boot at the pass, not getting enough purchase on it. That allowed the ball to run underneath the centre-back, straight to Son, who bore down on Reina and tucked the winner away.

“Listen, (Engels) is okay. He’s very disappointed because of the mistake of trying to bring the ball down as opposed to getting rid of it. If he puts it straight back it finishes 2-2. A big error, but they happen in games. He’ll get over it, that’s for sure.” – Dean Smith

Another defeat for Aston Villa should not put Fantasy managers off their attacking assets though, especially Jack Grealish (£6.7m). Smith’s men arguably deserved more from the game than they got as, for large spells, they dominated possession and asked questions of Spurs’ defence.

They found particular joy in the wide areas as Grealish asked questions of Serge Aurier (£5.0m), especially early on, picking up three fouls during the opening exchanges. In the 18th minute, Grealish stormed down the left flank and squared to Douglas Luiz (£4.4m), who should have scored and earned his captain an assist, but Ben Davies (£5.3m) flew in with an impressive block on his first outing since November.

Grealish, who pulled the strings all afternoon for Villa, eventually got a deserved assist in the 52nd minute when Engels headed home his corner. A six-point haul will certainly be enough to satisfy his 25.1% ownership and etch some regret onto the hearts of the 121,572 managers who sold him for Gameweek 26. However, those still in possession of Villa’s talismanic skipper still have to decide his role in their team over the next few weeks as, after the Southampton game, Grealish has a Blank Gameweek and faces Leicester (away) and Chelsea (home).

Also showing some consistency at home recently is Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m), who now has two attacking returns in his last three at Villa Park. The Dutchman enjoyed plenty of space behind the returning Davies on the right flank of Villa’s attack and got the assist for Toby Alderweireld‘s (£5.3m) own goal, as Spurs’ left-back did not significantly alter the destination of the cross with his deflection. El Ghazi also went close to scoring himself, unleashing a piledriving effort in the first-half, stinging the palms of Hugo Lloris (£5.3m) in the process.

“We looked on the front foot today. Certainly, we didn’t deserve to lose.” – Dean Smith

Aston Villa XI: Reina; Hause, Engels, Konsa; Targett, D Luiz, Drinkwater (Nakamba 59′), Guilbert; Grealish, Samatta (Baston 82′), El Ghazi (Trézéguet 69′).

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris; B Davies, D Sánchez, Alderweireld, Aurier; Dier (Lo Celso 59′), Winks; Bergwijn (Vertonghen 90+5′), Alli (G Fernandes 82′), Moura; Son.

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1,047 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Currently on B1.
    Transfer in one:

    A) Ings
    B) Jimenez

    Sell one:

    1) Moura
    2) Deeney

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      B1 sounds about right

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A2

    3. Chasing Waves
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      A2

  2. some witty pun
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    DCL to
    A) Ings (Missed his price rise)
    B) Jiminez

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Get both. Jimi if only one.

  3. Konstaapeli
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Morning folks. Sidibe and Grealish to...

    A) VVD & Son
    B) Mane & Fernandes

    1. Abaddon
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Grealish was really good yesterday

    2. Abaddon
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      But if you dare... VVD and Son

    3. Taffer
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Would not be getting rid of Grealish...

      but A if you have to, and on Friday.

  4. Aftermath
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    These moves look good?

    Kun+Fleck-> Jimenez+ Son

    Guaita
    TAA Robertson Egan
    Salah KDB Maddison Son
    Vardy Ings Jimenez

    Button Stephens Hayden Kelly

    Gtg?

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Yep. Looking good.

    2. Taffer
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Yep, but not today.

  5. farmerfat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    @Brighton fans ... anyone know why Montoya was not in the squad?

  6. mdm
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Maddy and Firmino to Son and Jimenez for -4?

    1. Taffer
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Would not get rid of Firm

    2. IRBOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Great moves.. BUT you need to get double Pool defence in that scenario

  7. Heavy Data
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    So, I'm 3rd in my ml. Teams are very similar at this point, really my only differential between me and them is aguero and abu. I'm thinking kdb>son. Wise? There are no other moves I can do really. Team is,,,,

    McCarthy
    Vvd/taa/Stephens
    Salah/kdb/grealish/traore
    Abu/ings/Kun

    Button/hayden/holgate/Hanley

    0.0itb

    1. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      It depends what value you have locked up, but there are loads of one-week moves you can do if desperate to catch up. Burnley at home to Bournemouth next. See if Woods likely to return, is one example, without thinking too hard.

      1. Heavy Data
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I like that move but it involves dropping ings....... or maybe........

        1. Heavy Data
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I have exact funds to do abu>wood and traore>son I'm going for it

  8. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Morning dzzz, what improvements would you make to this team with 2FT and 1.8m

    Ryan
    TAA • Robbo • Lundy -- Aurier (che) Rico
    Salah • Kdb • Grealish • Martial
    Vardy • Ings • DCL

    A: DCL >> Jimmy. ev though DCL has served me really well last 4gws but fixtures are horrific

    B: Martial (WAT) + Lundy >> Son (che) + Lascelles

    C: Something else

    1. Soto Ayam
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I did vardy to Jimenez and kept DCL. Fixtures aren't great, but he's quite capable of scoring against arse, man utd and Che. I'm even gonna bring in richarlison next WK. Vardys form has been disappointing to say the least

    2. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Harry Gregg: Munich hero dies aged 87
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/30383827

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Think Jimemez and Ings are nailed but which third Forward optionnis best?

      A) Vardy (fixtures, no form)
      B) DCL (form, tough fixtures)

      1. some witty pun
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I have both and I'm transferring DCL out.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Something feels so wrong given their respective stats. Vardy has had 5 shots in his last 6 games. Think there are better Leicester options to be had in midfield. But if his form turns around it will look the obvious move given the fixtures.

      2. Soto Ayam
          1 month, 18 days ago

          B)

          Have DCL and ings and traded vardy for Jimenez. Vardys form has been particularly depressing

        • Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Vardy

        • IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          DCL

        • Whats the Huth
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Vardy

        • The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          DCL

      3. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Henderson McCarty
        TAA VVD Stevens Lascelles Taylor
        Salah KDB Richarlison Grealish Hayden
        Auba Jiménez Ings

        GW27: Stevens > Boly
        GW28: Auba and Hayden > Greenwood and Son (switch for 352)

        Thoughts? Currently on 2FT

        1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Or Ayew instead of Greenwood

        2. IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Would want Stevens this week no? How about Grealish > Traore, then Auba to Vardy in 28

          1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Really not sure I want vardy. And don’t want to get rid of Grealish either, despite the blank.

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Fair enough, but I think there is way too much value up front to switch to 3-5-2. 3-4-3 is the way forward with Ings and Jimenez a lock and one of DCL/Vardy

              1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                I suppose you can look at it with who scores more. Vardy or Son..

                Massive finger towards son at the moment. Leicester have great fixtures though.

          2. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Also, gonna play Henderson and C Taylor instead of Stevens

      4. FOO FIGHTER
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Will there be a blank for Chelsea?

          1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            31 if they beat Liverpool in FA cup.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                1 month, 18 days ago

                So if CHE do not beat Pool then blank for LFC.

                1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Yes

              • bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                or if Manchester City beat Sheffield Wednesday.

            2. Whats the Huth
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I think pool will beat Chelsea

            3. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Chelsea will blank in GW31 if they beat Liverpool or Manchester City beat Sheffield Wednesday.

          2. matiakez
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Start Barnes, Cantwell or Lascelles?

            1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Barnes

            2. IRBOX ⚽
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Cantwell, Barnes a close second, Lascelles last

          3. IRBOX ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Aguero to Jimenez seems the obvious move here. Can then get Vardy for DCL for 28-30 if he shows any glimpse of form against City. How’s the squad?

            Pope
            TAA VVD Stephens
            Salah KDB Son Traore
            Aguero Ings DCL

            Button Lundstram Cantwell Holgate

            1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Really good. WC in tact?

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Yep.. having a great last 5 weeks or so

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Good plans and nicely set. I'm struggling on Aguero's replacement between Vardy and DCL. Classic form vs fixtures debate. Vardy was invisible on Friday and his stats have fallen off a clifff.

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                I’ve never liked Vardy and avoiding was the reason my season was so abysmal. I do, however, think the fixtures will dictate a return to form and I’m keen to get him so that he doesn’t troll me again

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    What is your plan for GW31?

                    1. IRBOX ⚽
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Depends on Liverpool. If they blank I think free hit has to be deployed. If Chelsea beat them in FA Cup though then it’s easy to navigate with transfers and FH/BB in DGW’s

                  • Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Haven't watched a lot of Everton this year. How is DCL looking? Posting great stats but will his points dry up in tougher fixtures?

                    1. IRBOX ⚽
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      He has looked tremendous under Ancelotti mate. He has been told to spend more time in the box, and that has been reflected in his shots in the box and shots on target which rivals that of Aguero and Salah. He is incredibly good in the air also. Would hold him for Arsenal and United at Goodison I think

              2. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Aguero to Jimenez will give us the same team, I was also planning DCL to Vardy but think I will save FT now and wait until GW31 blanks are confirmed before deciding whether to FH31 or not.

            3. Almathkourq8
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Morning

                Vardy to Jiménez?
                Need Son too !!

                Ryan (Fabianski)
                Stephens TAA OJC (Rico Kelly)
                kdb Salah grealish Mane (Cantwell)
                Vardy ingsy DCL

                0.3 itb and 1FT

              • Whats the Huth
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Jiminez or Son?
                Whom is the more likely to score points

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Jimenez this GW

                2. Whats the Huth
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Scratch that.
                  Jimenez it is.

                  No room for Son. As I rather have mane and salah

                  1. IRBOX ⚽
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Son + 2.5 million beats Mane and Salah 100%

              • Rinseboy
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Team good to save FT coming week?

                Pope
                Stevens Stephens Boly TAA
                KDB Son Salah
                Jimi Ings Firmino
                Henderson Barnes Mooy Fernandez

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Yep, save there. Still fancy Bobby? Definite hold for Hammers at Anfield I suppose

              • HVT
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Did we ever work out which combo was/is best?
                A - TAA/Robbo/Mane
                B - TAA/Robbo/Salah
                C - TAA/Mane/Salah

                1. Old Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  The very crux of the problem until the end of the season. I have C but suspect I might change to A when I wild card - or even include VVD for Robbo

                2. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Salah, TAA and VVD (cheaper than Robbo)

                3. AC Yew
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  A or B for me. Having two pool premium midfielders tilts the balance of my team.

                4. IRBOX ⚽
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Easily TAA, VVD, Salah.. points don’t lie

              • AC Yew
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Pick one for Captaincy:

                Ings (AVL)
                Jimenez (Nor)
                Salah/Mane (WHU)

                All home matches!

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Easy Salah

                2. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Salah

              • Whats the Mata?
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Who's the best third forward alongside Ings and Jimenez on WildCard?

                1. AC Yew
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  I've got Vardy - being very patient at the moment!

              • MoManeTaa
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Wud u do VVD + Son to Mane + egan?? (own TAA and Salah)

              • FOO FIGHTER
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Player with stars are the ones I am planning to move on so could take hits and really spice things up for GW27 but will wait till Friday as Europa and CL fixtures could bite should there be injuries etc.

                  Henderson McCarthy
                  TAA VVD Stephens Lascelles *Dunk
                  Salah Son *KDB *Perez *Cantwell
                  Jimenez *Auba * Ayew

                  Team I will go with for GW27 should I not decide to go crazy with hits. Still pondering whether I should save.

                  Henderson
                  TAA VVD Stephens
                  Salah KDB Son Perez
                  Auba Jimenez Ayew

                  McCarthy Cantwell Lascelles Dunk

                  1. IRBOX ⚽
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Money ITB?

                    Auba to Ings would tempt me,. Toffees will have a resilient defence and Ings has the form and fixtures to boot

                    1. IRBOX ⚽
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Perez to Traore also a solid move

                • FOO FIGHTER
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Looking at Newcastle, their defence is nice and cheap to have for the bench but my word, their attack is a disaster. If they cannot score then very likely they will keep on conceding goals.

                    1. IRBOX ⚽
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Defence isn’t great either..

                  • Wild Rover
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Good win for Utd even if both their scorers should not have been on the pitch. Rookie performance from Lampard