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Sane’s return to fitness adds to City rotation risk out wide

Our series of articles on Fantasy Premier League assets who are nearing a return to fitness this time looks at Leroy Sane (£9.3m).

The Manchester City winger hasn’t played a single minute of Premier League football this season, having suffered a knee injury back in August 2019.

Speculation continues to surround his future, meanwhile, with a move to Bayern Munich having been mooted for some time.

Out of contract in the summer of 2021, it could be that City seek to recoup some or all of the £37m they originally spent on the winger before his deal expires.

The reigning champions still have ten leagues matches of this season to go, of course, so Sane could well have some part to play in FPL before a possible departure for pastures new.

How much of a contribution he will make is another matter, given the uncertainty of his future and the fact that he hasn’t played a competitive match (if we discount the Community Shield) in over a year.

WHAT IS SANE’S FITNESS LATEST?

It was, indeed, during the Community Shield victory over Liverpool last August that Sane sustained anterior cruciate ligament damage.

The Germany international lasted only 10 minutes of the match at Wembley before falling awkwardly under a challenge from Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m), being substituted soon after.

After undergoing surgery on his right knee, Sane’s recovery had progressed well enough for him to be back involved in training in January.

Guardiola has thereafter been cautious with his winger, who didn’t feature at all for the first team before the COVID-19 outbreak halted proceedings in mid-March.

Speaking in February, Guardiola said of Sane’s fitness:

He’s started to train with us, he is still not there. When you have an injury, especially this one for six months, you don’t train for one week and then you immediately you are there. you need to recover, tempo, rhythm, confidence in your knee, don’t think about the injury.

He needs time, it’s not a case of him training and he will then immediately be there, it’s not like an ankle or a muscular injury. This injury, it needs time.

He needs weeks, what’s important is the surgery was perfect and he’s recovering incredibly well, he’ll come back stronger than before but now he needs a little bit time.

Sane did get a run-out for the under-23s at the very end of February, however, lasting 57 minutes of a match against Arsenal’s young-guns.

Shortly before the Manchester derby in Gameweek 29, the City boss added:

He is making big progress but still, he’s not 100% fit. He has to be ready and fit to play official games right now. Maybe that will be good [more under-23s games]. I think weeks and games will be good.

He will feel it first himself because every week he is getting better and after I will try to give him minutes to get back as soon as possible.

Time is something Sane has had plenty of since those quotes from his manager, although reserve games not so.

That said, the fact that the rest of the Citizens’ squad will also have been without a competitive match for three months may level the playing field somewhat.

A day before this article went out (Saturday 30 May), Sane was pictured in full-contact training with his teammates.

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  1. HamezMace
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Sane to Bayern seems a done deal, not sure why City would risk, or even want to play him in these upcoming PL games.

    1. Skonto Rigga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      They did so in the Community Shield when he was meant to be off to Bayern then...

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        And he probably would have gone then if he didn’t get the injury. Lesson learnt perhaps?

        In all honesty I think it’s a totally different ball game now. The teams with something to play for will be going all out, the teams with nothing to play for I imagine will field a team mixed with first teamers and youth players.
        For clarity, I don’t see Man City as a team with anything to play for.

        1. Skonto Rigga
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Yeah, I think you're right. As I've said above, Pep will surely want his first-choice XI (if he has such a thing) to have some momentum going into the Champions League ties in August but he can build that match-readiness steadily over a full ten games, perhaps concluding with longer run-outs for the likes of KDB in July especially to get them fully match-sharp. Rotation could be particularly rife in the early Double Gameweek for them. But who knows what diabolical plans Guardiola has in store, I've rarely been able to second-guess him.

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Yes, they’ll build up towards the CL I’m sure, so we should be prepared for preseason line ups, maybe Foden will get some regular starts?

      2. Monkey Hanger
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Toon v Barcelona from 97/98 on BT tonight at 7.15pm. Those were the days eh. 🙂

        1. Skonto Rigga
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Nice! Ah the times when a side with Brian Pinas on the bench could compete with Barcelona.

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Losing Sane will be a blow to City. Along with Silva going and Aguero, Fernandinho and Otamendi getting on, they need to be looking at signing a CB (to partner with Laporte), a LM (to replace Sane) and a RM (to be backup to Mahrez). Bernardo will have to replace Silva and Foden will have to be Bernardo's back up.

      Ederson
      Walker ????? Laporte Mendy
      KDB Fernandinho Bernardo
      Mahrez Aguero Sterling

      Bravo
      Cancelo Stones Otamendi Zinchenko
      Foden Rodri Gundogan
      ????? Jesus ?????

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Believe Aguero has confirmed he’s staying for another season at least.

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Think City need to look at a two year strategy.

          This season: Replace Kompany, Sane, Silva
          Next season: Replace Otamendi, Fernandinho, Aguero

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            I’m sure they’re looking at options at centre back, and Foden is Silvas natural replacement.

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

      If players aren't cup-tied in Champions League can Bayern sign Sane before their second leg v Chelsea?

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I think it’s unlikely, but I’m not aware of any official announcements on the summer transfer window.

    4. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Just like Sancho, they'll regret that. Sane is their best winger IMO.

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Doesn’t have the attitude for Pep.

        1. Berbs
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Ay. Pep is a bit of a control freak.

          Sane will smash it at Bayern.

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

      “... Sane to Bayern seems a done deal ...”. I’m not convinced - I think Davies might be Bayern’s LW future.

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Bayern chief executive speaking about the long term vision of the team;

        ’ Hoeness told Bayern 1: "With Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Süle and hopefully David Alaba, Thiago and also Leroy Sane, we have a young, viable team.

        1. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          They're good. He's great. 🙂

  2. My blood is Blue
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Good evening lads.
    In tonight V-fpl who is the best C from these V-lads:
    1.De bruyne
    2.Sane
    3. Firmino
    4.Jimenez

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Of those options 4

      1. My blood is Blue
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Thanks, was leaning towards 4 too.

    2. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      yes 4 I think

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

      De Bruyne.

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Bingo.

  3. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    mmm interesting article and Liverpool and Everton will be the game back on sky sports to be confirmed which was wk 30, wasn't it?

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/0/premier-league-fixtures-2020-matches/

  4. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Sane's return is great news for Sterling.

    Sterling only plays well with Sane in the side.

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Do u reckon or is it just coincidence?

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Sterling has been too poor for too long this season to be a coincidence. He's no good on the left.

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

      That's not saying much for Sterling's motivation.

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      City generally create a lot of chances from left wing. So Raz can take right wing & be on the tap IN's.
      Sane taking lw is beneficial for all i guess

  5. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Sancho brace.

  6. Ginkapo FPL
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Tomori or Evans for next gameweek?

  7. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Sancho gets his third.

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Future looks bright for England

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        It always has (from a footballing perspective).

        1. Ser Davos
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Yep, we never learn. Rinse and repeat.

          England's still the same outfit it has always been; not as good as the other major nations when it comes to creativity and ball retention. In the hot pressure cooker of the knockout games we need to improve to stand a chance.

          One major final in our history

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Oh dear another hater. Losing on penalties has nothing to do with keeping the ball.

            1. Ser Davos
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              There's a strong argument that we end up in so many penalty shoots because we don't have the bravery or guile to penetrate the opposing defences during the 120 minutes of play. The sticky, suffocating conditions and lack of cohesive play is a perfect breeding ground to force it to penalties and go out without too much embarrassment. The players can then keep their Premier League reputation intact.

              1. HamezMace
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Nailed it

              2. Ser Davos
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                The players and managers are the ones who always get the flack, but they're just a product of our English/British mentality.

                If you watch closely, you'll see that the Golden Generation didn't play any different to how they played at club level. Only international football is another beast entirely. Once we grasp this, we may, just may, start to improve.

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

                  Do you they should have found a way to put Scholes, Lampard and Gerrard in there, along with a dog of a centre mid to protect Scholes? Almost treason to treat Scholes like that.

                  1. Ser Davos
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    The could may have tried a 3-1-5-1

                    Terry | Ferdinand |

                    Carrick/Hargreaves

                    Beckham | Gerrard | Scholes | Lampard | ACole

                    Rooney

                    But honestly, it's missing the point. Club rivalry, foreigners, formation, pressure... it's all an excuse. The reality is that we've historically not been good enough

                    1. Ser Davos
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Carragher as the third CB? It would have honestly just been the same outcome, possibly even worse

                      1. Ser Davos
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        It's not just an English issue, it's a UK and even a Republic of Ireland issue. I'll tell you why.

                        If you're born in one of the five nations and then become a pro footballer and by extension an international footballer then you're playing your club football in two scenarios: The SPL (I know McGinn and the Dundee Utd striker got international recognition whilst in their Champ) or the English pyramid.

                        Both are fantastic entertainment in their own way, but they don't reflect the wider footballing world. The emphasis is on pace, power, passion and getting stuck in. They all (understandably, given our climate and muddy winters) come before all emphasis on technique, skill and ball retention.

                        Scotland haven't qualified for a tournament since 1998. They're getting some decent players come through in say, Gilmore, but the lad's played two games and they're proclaiming him to be world class. 10 years ago the same hype was projected for Josh McEachran.

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

                        Agreed, though, for me. the climate shouldn't be given as a reason/excuse that professional footballers cannot pass the ball and keep the ball better. More indoor facilities, all weather pitches available today. Every player should be two-footed, maybe not ambidextrous feet in front of goal, but confident beating a player on either side. Improving their skills, rather than a huge emphasis on winning games is important up to the end of primary schools. A lot of the emphasis for British and Irish football is a tentative not getting beaten attitude rather than taking risks and expressing themselves, letting the ball do the work and learning from mistakes made in winning, drawing or losing. A man who never made a mistake never made anything.

                      3. Ser Davos
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        I agree with all you've said.

                        The reality (and why I'm so staunchly passionate about it) is that the penny isn't dropping and instead of getting exasperated I think you have to trace why a scenario is the way that it is. Why are the Latin/South American/German/Dutch and now Belgian countries better than us and have been historically? Why is that we favour brawn over brains? I think a lot of it lies that in the midst of our winters, the pitches cut up and it gets bitterly cold/wet, which naturally and generally lends itself to a pace and power brand of game. Meanwhile the interconnected continent are learning off each other and playing small sided futsal all year round whilst encouraging a culture of skill, passing and moving.

                        Passion is not enough.

                        This is from 20 years ago. Interesting throughout, but reaply listen to Johann Cruyff's insight

                        https://youtu.be/OTvw-oMBkfo

                      4. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Interesting comments, I just wanted to add my thoughts.

                        The first non-Latin/southern European team to win the European Cup? Celtic. A team that showed much skill. Go back in time and the 'Scottish Game' was all about making the ball do the work. Sounds Barcelona-esque.

                        England's success in European football during the late 70's until the Heysel disaster. A time when there weren't that many foreign imports to the English game.

                        Perhaps we can blame Charles Reep? https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-one-mans-bad-math-helped-ruin-decades-of-english-soccer/

                        English football has had great progressive coaches in the past and moved footballing ideas forward. Look up Peter McWilliam, Jimmy Hogan, Herbert Chapman, Vic Buckingham, Arthur Rowe, Bill Nicholson.

                        In 1953, after England lost 6-3 to the legendary Hungarian side with Puskas and co, their coach declared: "We played football as Jimmy Hogan taught us, when our football history is told, his name should be written in gold letters.”

                        Ever heard of Jimmy Hogan?

                        What I'm saying is that a lot of the ideas we now associate with the great Dutch and continental sides started in Britain. The question is; why weren't they more widely adopted here?

                      5. Ser Davos
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Interesting post, thank you.

                        Indeed, Celtic were the first British winners of the European Cup in 1967 and all with lads born in Glasgow iirc. A year prior was '66 and a year after Celtic Manchester United also became the first English champions.

                        The Scots (from what I've read) were ahead the of English when it came to developing pass and move back in 1870s Victorian Britain.

                        Much of this is club football and not international football though. Internationally either side of '66 England and Scotland still struggled in the Euros and WC (though the Euros was a different format).

                        Yes, English sides in terms of Villa, Forest, Liverpool (plus the likes of Ipswich and Spurs in other European comps) were excellent at club level with a British core up until Heysel, but again, internationally it was one semi final in 1990 where out knockout victories were against Cameroon (two pens) and Belgium (without players anywhere near the calibre of Hazard and KDB).

                        Those names are of great interest and I shall delve further. I'm sure tactically they were very progressive.

                        In 1954 Wolves beat Honved in a one off fixture to which the English press proclaimed Wolves to be the champions of the world. The English press in the shadow of us inventing the game, along with the mentality of the British Empire (and later on '66) getting way too ahead of itself, a recurring theme.

                      6. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        I was trying to separate two points: player development and skill level in Britain from success as a national team. Certainly both England and Scotland should have had more success in the past than they did, given the success at club level.

                        I personally think we are heading in the right direction now, St George's Park is an excellent development. And let's not forget we recently won both the U17 and U20 World Cups. Now, please, can we translate that success to the senior team! Easier said than done.

                      7. Ser Davos
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Yes I see what you were trying to say. It can be somewhat complex given historical, English, Scottish v British and club v international themes all separate and yet all simultaneously intertwined.

                        Ultimately, it's the same trap though. Excellent players at club level domestically and on a European stage? Check. Excellent youth players? Check. And yet it's the same outcome, every generation. I think we're ultimately on the same page: English and British football should have and should do much better on an international stage and yet we've got one major final on home soil to show for it. Why? The success you speak of is actually a smokescreen. We look good at club level, we look good at youth level, but ultimately it won't prove to be good enough, because we already think we're good enough.

                      8. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Yes I can see that mentality problem. I'm just re-listening to the podcast I linked to above on Charles Reep, worth checking out.

                      9. Ser Davos
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        The site you've linked is an excellent read, thank you.

                        I'm not sure if I've articulated this well enough, but it's the same theme that if something works at club domestic level in England/Britain then we automatically assume we should simply transfer the method to international football. It's the same theme with Diesel's argument below ie I've seen Liverpool play a certain way and we should ultimately encourage a similar method at England. Makes rational sense on the surface, but it never works.

                      10. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Except if you listen to the podcast, it talks about how Reep's statistical approach was adopted successfully by Wimbledon in the 80s and Graham Taylor at Watford. And then transferred to the international stage once he became England manager. How Reep's tactical approach was promoted by the FA and the English Centre of Excellence through its publication of "The Winning Formula".

                        Reep's idea?

                        "Football is a space invasion game. If the team can’t bring the ball forward to invade the space in opponent’s half or defending third, they can’t score."

                        Therefore, his philosophy is that the player should always try to play the ball forward whenever possible. He argued direct play embodies a positive attitude and possession play (movements with high numbers of consecutive passes) embodies a negative attitude.

                        Most goals achieved by less than 3 or 4 passes.

                        The problem is Reep's idea was wrong! He'd made an error. He'd misinterpreted the data. While 3 or 4 passes might work for players with limited ability (Wimbledon, Watford), technically superior players score more goals with more passes.

                        So we should translate club ideas to the international stage - but the right ones! I would say Liverpool and City have the right ideas and we should adopt those ideas.

                      11. Ser Davos
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        But we don't possess the necessary players with the technical ability to play like City/Liverpool, not with a team of 11 Englishmen.

                        Ultimately, tactics and ideas

                      12. Ser Davos
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        aren't of much use until we start having some imagination and creativity in our play as well as the ability to retain the ball.

                      13. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Sorry late reply, I completely agree that we should find the right tactics to suit the players. My point was really that having adapted tactics suited to less technical players in the late 80's/90's (Reep's ideas), and arguably taken English football backwards by doing so, I think it's quite right to look to change that now.

                        Do we have enough technical players to play like Liverpool or City (or Spurs under Poch) at senior international level? No. But we are not far off, in my opinion. We should aim to do the best we can with what we have available. Are we better than the best international sides? No. But we are moving forward, we are trying to develop more technical players. Expectations for winning a major tournament should be low, for now, but we should continue to develop technical players needed to succeed in the future.

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

              Good man. The man who said Russia's climate was the reason they got to their first semi final since '66. Clueless.

          2. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Personally think that a lot of the issues are down to playing players in roles they are not comfortable with.

            The best team is not necessarily the team with the best players. Good teams have good partnerships and those partnerships form good chains / links.

            One example is when I see defenders like Mings, Tarkowski and Dunk play for England. Or even AWB given how long he was at Palace. These guys play for clubs that give a lot of defensive protection. They are not used to playing in more attacking teams. If you want good performance from them you have to give them similar defensive protection that they get at their clubs, otherwise you are just exposing them. Then you question why they have a bad performance.

            For me, England's best team is:

            Pickford
            TAA Gomez Maguire Chilwell
            Henderson Rice Winks
            Sancho Kane Grealish

            This is a Liverpool 4-3-3 set up so it relies on wide forwards who can dribble with the ball (not really Sterling) and a forward who can drop deep (i.e. Kane). The defence is made up of players who are generally used to getting less defensive protection so can play a more attacking brand of football, particularly the full backs. Rice's role is an issue for England in this set up because he isn't the most mobile. A young Delph when he had his engine would probably be ideal for the role, but injuries may have taken their toll on him now. Lewis Cook, if he could stay fit, is another who could grow into that role.

            1. diesel001
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              If England had to play more defensive defenders like Dunk then I think this is a better team:

              Henderson
              AWB Tarkowski Dunk Rose
              Dier Barkley
              Ox Maddison Sterling
              Rashford

              This takes away pressure on the full-backs to attack and provides more protection to the CBs with Dier. It is more suited to counter-attack given the pace of Ox, Sterling and Rashford and the creativity of Maddison. The issue here is with Barkley as really you want a player more in the mould of Carrick who is more creative and can link up the defence with the attack.

              1. Ser Davos
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Same outcome, different generation.

                I'm not dismissing your opinion, but the point is we can tinker with formation and selection till we're blue in the face. We still haven't got what it takes to compete with the top nations. This is a historic root and stem issue and constantly thinking, "well if we only play with this formation or with that particular set of players then we'll have a different outcome".

                England are lacklustre and predictable, whether we're losing to the US in 1952, not qualifying in '74 and '78 or being edged out by Belgium and Croatia in 2018.

            2. Ser Davos
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              I see what you're saying, but I think you're missing the point. A midfield three of Henderson, Rice and Winks is never going to be sufficient in dominating a major nation midfield in a knockout game. Kane's excellent, but he's not world class and he's not mobile enough.

              Grealish and Sancho show excellent promise and refreshingly offer pace and creativity, but ultimately there's still questions if they can deliver on the world stage.

              It's still not good enough.

              1. diesel001
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                If a midfield three of Henderson, Fabinho and Wijnaldum can do the business for Liverpool then Henderson, Winks and Another (not Rice, but someone more mobile) have the potential to do it for England.

                Ultimately, management is about getting the best out of the players. Other than Robson and Venables, I am not convinced others (perhaps Sven) have come close in the past 30 years.

                Different styles can win tournaments. But the style has to suit the personalities and preferences of the players.

                For me, I want to see 3 things from England:

                1) The manager sets up a formation and tactics that are balanced in defence and attack;
                2) The manager picks players in that formation / tactics who understand their roles and have shown a propensity to excel in almost identical roles for their club;
                3) The players try their best to win. If they try their best and still lose then that is fair enough.

                For too many years we have been lacking in (1) and (2). Even Southgate was playing Walker at RCB.

                1. Ser Davos
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  This is the classic trap that I'm emphasising. An English player that does well in the Premier League and the Champions League doesn't not then automatically mean they're going to be what is required to win international games of football at the latter knockout stages. It's classic English bubbleitis

  8. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Sancho hat-trick. Just added an extra £10m to his price tag.

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

      And £350 return for me after little wager on game!

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

        Lovely jubbly 🙂

  9. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    well done bournemouth another cleanie gone

  10. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Big changes in the vFPL overall leaderboard : https://www.livefpl.net/standings

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

      Yes just noticed that 2 and 4 in the virtual world captained Alonso.

    2. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Wow, that escalated quickly!

      1. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Baldock to Alonso this GW paid off! Kane (c) to go....

        1. Ragabolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Awesome!!

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Likewise!

  11. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    thats me done w/c alonso to james bye bye

    1. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Sorry 🙁

  12. Lindelol
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Alonso, Doherty and Jimenez - so far so good 😀

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

      Nice one. Do you have TAA. Alonso looking a better option right now.

      1. Lindelol
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        yes TAA is permanent

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

          Good job getting both of them in. I just did WC, TAA and moneyball defenders including Simpson.

          1. Lindelol
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Goal scoring defenders are the best in vFPL

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Until I get them, then they stop scoring, assisting and generally picking up any points whatsoever.

  13. Baravan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    yesss, Alonso and Abraham on FH

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

    Simon Jordan doesn't sound as annoying when he's chatting to Danny Kelly as when he's taking to Jim 'I'm Jim White' White!

  15. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Oh my lord, Baldock to Alonso worked a treat.

    Jimenez (C) a bit meh.

    1. Brimble82
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Nice!

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Baldock scored too 😆

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Should have sold TAA!

  16. Bad Kompany
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Alonso(c) haul!!!!

  17. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    hahahahaha burnley score

  18. Brimble82
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Sold Robbo as part of a -4 to bring Salah back!
    May as well tear it up and get ready for June 17th now!

  19. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    ings with 2 kdb 3 assists both sold lololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololol

    1. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Practice for when the real thing returns 🙁

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Sold Bruno for KDB

  20. notouchmyspaget
      1 month, 3 days ago

      What transfers shall i do?

      team:
      Pope Button
      Wan-Bissaka TAA Lascelles Boly Janmaat
      Gealish Salah De Bruyne Hayden Fernandes
      Calvert-Lewin Vardy Jimenez

      1.7m in bank

      Vardy to Aubang?

      Grealish to Martial?

      thanks

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Not tempted to keep Grealish for his double, mate?!

        1. notouchmyspaget
            1 month, 3 days ago

            thanks!

            I think I will keep Grealish for the double game week and make transfers for when more info comes through for the restart.

            1. notouchmyspaget
                1 month, 3 days ago

                also didn't realise we could not make any more transfers... my bad

        2. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          What is Sancho worth? City a bit peeves off with themselves I imagine.

          1. Berbs
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            100m player in a non covid world

          2. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            120m €

          3. Ser Davos
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            They should learn from the Pogba buy-back scenario, which quite frankly has been an utter waste of time, money and sanity just let it go.

            Perhaps they'll trust Foden a bit more now Dilva is departing.

        3. stat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Haven't posted on here in a while, but I decided to play FH on Virtual FPL this GW and I ended up with 114 pts!

          Ederson (2)
          Alonso (20) - Laporte (10) - Doherty (11) - Boly (8)
          Son (6) - Sarr (9) - KDB (14)
          Auba (C 22) - Abraham (7) - Jim (5)

          Normal team would have scored 56

          Now if only I had that kind of luck in FPL

          1. Lindelol
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            wow - great

        4. stupendous
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          With the controversial return of Premier League football and shortly in accordance, FPL, can we now STOP WITH THE VIRTUAL CRAP???

          Very least can it have it's own part of the website?

          Now all of us will start crawling back in here slowly but surely, when will this VFPL crap end?

          Some posts are hard to decipher whether it's virtual game or for the impending return of the REAL (well new version of football), football return.

          Just my thoughts. No point hurling abuse if you haven't anything constructive to say in return.

          1. Berbs
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            'No point hurling abuse if you haven't anything constructive to say in return'

            Says the person hurling abuse

            1. stupendous
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              At something inanimate and not a human being and fellow FFS visitor/poster? Good one. Thanks for your contribution.

              1. Berbs
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                You could've simply asked when the game is going to finish. Calling Ragabolly's hardwork 'crap' is unnecessary.

          2. Ragabolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            It kept many entertained in the lockdown when nothing fantasy-related was happening. I understand that FPL is returning, and so vFPL will conclude in exactly two weeks from today to prepare for the real thing. I understand it's not your cup of tea, and maybe the need for a separate forum, but some respect would have been nice.

            1. stupendous
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              2 weeks. Now there's a reply. Thanks!

            2. Ronnies
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Agree with you 100% RB - never mind this guys negative crap!

            3. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              You shouldn't dignify this with a response, RB.

          3. Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Obviously there are people who enjoy the game and hence they play and talk about it. How does it negatively impact you in any way? You are free to completely ignore any article/post that you are not interested in.

            Besides as far as I know, vFPL will finish before the league restarts so it doesn't really overlap with the real FPL in terms of timing.

          4. Baravan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Fantasy is fantasy, real or virtual doesn't matter.

          5. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            I personally haven't played it. Purely because of lack of time.

            But i think it is very useful for people around here, who NEEDED a much welcome distraction from their Life.

            Anyway, the VFPL would end before actual FPL starts, according to an article headline i read yesterday. So you won't see anything related to VFPL when actual FPL starts.

          6. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Why aren't the mods deleting this B.S.?

            Classic case of phoney outrage to get attention.

          7. Poseidon.
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Imagine a game you apparently didn’t even play impacting your life so adversely you had to resort to posting this absolute drivel.

          8. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            First and foremost - absolutely no need for the abuse. If Virtual FPL is not your thing that's fine, but just because you don't enjoy it doesn't mean others can't. If you want to air your criticisms that is also fine, but please keep it civil - don't want arguements starting over this just because you didn't convey your thoughts in an appropriate manner.

            As for having vFPL comments on main articles, I can't really give you a definitive answer. I can, however, give you my point of view and I can almost certainly say it will be echoed by Geoff and co.

            Given vFPL runs over a period of time where FPL isn't running, I see the competition between the two as minimal. You can't even make FPL transfers right now! Additionally, we have editorial articles going up on Virtual FPL from Neale, so Virtual FPL comments are expected on that article and all other Editorial articles - much like how we expect FPL comments on the Virtual FPL articles.

            If the two games were running at the same time, I could see the need to separate the games much like we do with Allsvenskan and Eliteserien, but as vFPL is acting as a fun distraction for many during this period of no football, I see no reason to make a change.

            I will discuss your concerns with Geoff on Monday, and will include Neale and/or David in the discussion if I see fit, but right now I see no need. As I say, I expect all would echo my thoughts (albeit worded more eloquently I'm sure).

            I'll lock this thread to avoid further aggravation. I'd appreciate if it didn't spill over to other threads.

        5. Baravan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          yesss, 107 points , 33th

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

            Nice one.

          2. Monkey Hanger
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Turty tree, well done. 🙂

        6. Feanor
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          I was a minute late this morning making my Bundesliga sub so I missed out on Bensebaini’s 14 points. I also should have made Sancho my midfield star, but I left it on Davies.

          Still managed 118 points, though.

        7. Berbs
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Championship is returning 20th June for anyone interested

          1. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            With the play-off final on or about 30th July.

        8. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          I agree with that other poster about the virtual fpl. It confuses posters oh they are talking about 'real' fpl not virtual fpl or vice versa.

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

            Can just ask VPL or FPL and you'll be grand.

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              FPL is default so if they don't say then just answer for FPL.

          2. stupendous
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            I admit as a seasoned (just old) poster that my post was out of line.

            I still share the same sentiment but obviously and needlessly made that known.

            This is a much better and calmer way to voice an opinion. Cheers. Let's see regular FPL return soon.

        9. Trophé Mourinho
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Can someone explain whats happening in fantasy? I cant make any transfers or select a eam, when can I do that?
            Thats the same for everyone?

            1. Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              It hasn't reopened yet

            2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              It's not ready to use yet. They are adding more gameweeks after the fixtures are confirmed.

            3. Trophé Mourinho
                1 month, 3 days ago

                ok thanks, I havent made a single transfer sicne this began, I still have a crocked deulofeu lol. :/

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

                  Sounds painful!

                  1. Trophé Mourinho
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      still have my wildcard tho :p

              • Hitmonlee
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Not sure who else to add into my FH squad.. I have 7 DGW players in mind.. may just go for single GW players with great fixtures to fill the rest of the squad.. open to suggestions but so far I can only see:

                Hendo & Stevens
                Laporte, KDB & Aguero
                Grealish
                Aubameyang

                Open to suggestions but don’t see any other DGW players that I’ll definitely want

                1. Coys96
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  I would personally have Mahrez over Laporte.
                  Maybe a 3rd Sheff Utd defender, n Pepe? Maybe Targett, good attack potential
                  Other than that Chelsea attacking assets look good

                2. I Member
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  I think Jesus could be the top scoring player of the week but that's just a hunch of mine. Gambling on him being in better shape than Aguero after the long break and getting more minutes than him in DGW39.

              • Coys96
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Site is updating!

                1. Prisoner B5160-8
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  The sheer excitement of it all...

                  1. Coys96
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Getting somewhere at least

                    1. Prisoner B5160-8
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Scenes when everyone's cheeky transfers are reversed.

                2. I Member
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  It is? Looks no different to me.

                  1. Prisoner B5160-8
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    'Twas a mere tease, it seems.