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The best budget midfielders for the FPL restart

Having already looked at the stand-out goalkeepers and defenders ahead of the Fantasy Premier League restart, we now move into the middle of the park.

Budget midfielders are our next stop and, for the purposes of this article, we have taken that to mean any asset in this position priced at £5.5m or under.

A whopping 185 players fall into this category although many of them are barely worth a second glance.

We rifle through the defensive midfielders, first-team back-ups and red-flagged fodder to bring you a selection of cut-price gems to consider between Gameweeks 30+ and 38+.

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John Fleck and Oliver Norwood

  • Price: Fleck (£5.0m), Norwood (£4.9m)
  • Ownership: Fleck (5.5%), Norwood (0.5%)
  • Next four Gameweeks: avl + new | mun | TOT | bur

Sheffield United’s goalkeeper and defenders will likely be the most popular picks from the Blades’ squad ahead of Double Gameweek 30+, with Chris Wilder’s side boasting the second-best defensive record in the top flight.

There will be more modest interest in their attacking assets, however, with only five teams having scored fewer Premier League goals this season.

The regular rotation up front may also be enough to put Fantasy managers off the likes of Oli McBurnie (£5.7m) but the picture in the centre of midfield is much more settled.

Oliver Norwood (£4.9m) is an ever-present this season, while the only three games that John Fleck (£5.0m) has missed have been enforced by injury or suspension.

Those two players have taken 94% of the Blades’ corners between them in 2019/20, with Norwood in sole charge at direct free-kick situations and seemingly first in line for spot-kicks, too.

While the cheaper asset of the two has the edge at set pieces, Fleck has the definite advantage in open play.

The deep-lying Norwood has only touched the ball twice in the opposition area this season (one of those occasions was his Gameweek 19 penalty), while Fleck has recorded 15 shots in the box – and scored from five of them.

Joao Moutinho

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  • Price: £5.4m
  • Ownership: 5.2%
  • Next four fixtures: whu | BOU | avl | ARS

Wolves’ next three matches are hugely appealing, particularly from an attacking perspective.

Raul Jimenez (£8.1m) and Diogo Jota (£6.4m) will likely attract plenty of investment for this run, while we’ll discuss the pros and cons of Adama Traore (£5.7m) in our look at mid-price midfielders.

Further back, Joao Moutinho (£5.4m) is a potential differential.

Goals tend not to flow from the Portuguese schemer but assists do, with 15 of them arriving in less than two seasons as a Premier League player.

Taking the majority of his side’s corners and a share of Wolves’ direct free-kicks, Moutinho is fifth among FPL midfielders for chances created and first when we focus on those in the sub-£6.0m price bracket.

Five of his seven assists have arrived at dead-ball situations, with only two teams scoring more goals from set plays than Wolves in 2019/20.

While a benching is always possible given Nuno Espirito Santo’s recent tendency to flit between a 3-4-3 and 3-5-2, Moutinho has nevertheless appeared in every single Premier League match this season and started all bar two of them.

Todd Cantwell

  • Price: £4.7m
  • Ownership: 19.7%
  • Next four fixtures: SOU | EVE | ars | BHA

The best-value FPL midfielder this season based on points per million, Todd Cantwell (£4.7m) would arguably be the first player to spring to mind when we think of sub-£5.0m assets.

He is perhaps still dining out on his early-season exploits to an extent, with half of his eight attacking returns arriving in the first five Gameweeks.

Despite starting every Norwich league match this calendar year, he has just one goal and zero assists to his name in 2020.

Still, his achievements have to be put in context with other cut-price assets: no sub-£5.5m midfielder has registered more goals, shots in the box or penalty box touches than Cantwell in 2019/20.

Completing 90 minutes on just nine occasions this season and benched twice in the busy run in December, we can expect some minute-management of Cantwell between now and Gameweek 38+.

Still, he has featured in every single Norwich game this season and he can likely expect minutes of some variety even as a substitute, with Premier League managers now permitted to make five changes per game.

Ondrej Duda (£4.7m) is worth a shout here, too, having started all seven matches in the number ten role since signing in January.

The loanee has been heavily involved at dead-ball situations, too.

Norwich’s remaining home matches, against Southampton, Everton, Brighton, West Ham and Burnley, may very well see Cantwell and co return to favour in the FPL community.

John McGinn

  • Price: £5.4m
  • Ownership: 2.6%
  • Next four Gameweeks: SHU + CHE | new | WOL | liv

Jack Grealish (£6.4m) looks set to be a staple of many Double Gameweek 30+ squads but debate will rage over how necessary additional Aston Villa representation is and which other members of Dean Smith’s side are worthy of consideration.

Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) has been mentioned in some quarters and will undoubtedly get pitch-time, having played a part in more Premier League games than any of his team-mates bar Grealish.

Nine attacking returns is a very respectable haul, too, and a total that only Grealish can beat among Villa players.

El Ghazi also stepped up from 12 yards when Villa were last awarded a penalty back in Gameweek 22, with regular taker Wesley (£5.4m) out injured.

Benchings in Gameweeks 27 and 29 highlight the rotation risk associated with the Dutchman, however, and he could well be competing with Trezeguet (£5.2m) and even Ahmed El Mohamady (£4.1m) for one spot on the right flank, should Smith opt to use Grealish wide-left.

An alternative midfield option is John McGinn (£5.4m).

The fit-again Scot hadn’t missed a single minute of Premier League football until injury forced him off the field in Gameweek 18.

Granted he hasn’t kicked a ball in 2020 but he had been on the cusp of a playing return in March before the coronavirus pandemic brought football to a standstill, so ought to be as fit as any of his team-mates (if perhaps a tad rustier) after the three-month break.

Smith’s struggles to mould a convincing combination of his other central midfielders during McGinn’s absence would also arguably hasten the need for the Scotland international’s return.

McGinn’s early-season goal threat caught the eye, with the budget asset scoring on three occasions in the first seven Gameweeks, and he was actually joint-top among FPL midfielders for attempts on goal at that point.

The rate of chances slowed thereafter as Grealish was deployed further forward, seemingly at McGinn’s expense, so that perhaps should also be a consideration ahead of the resumption.

READ MORE: John McGinn’s credentials assessed in detail

Jonjo Shelvey

  • Prices: £4.9m
  • Ownerships: 0.6%
  • Next four fixtures: SHU | AVL | bou | WHU

Pop quiz: who boasts the best points-per-match average among sub-£6.0m FPL midfielders? Fleck, Cantwell, McGinn? Traore or Harry Wilson (£5.8m), perhaps?

The answer, you won’t be surprised to learn given the picture above, is Jonjo Shelvey (£4.9m).

Newcastle United’s deep-lying playmaker and semi-regular set-piece taker averages 4.1 points per game this season, the same as Harvey Barnes (£6.2m) and Ismaila Sarr (£6.4m).

The Magpies are limited offensively, with no club having scored fewer goals this season.

Relatively few of us will be considering anyone from the Newcastle midfield or attack, then, despite Steve Bruce’s side arguably having the best run of fixtures in the first four Gameweeks back.

Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m) has really caught the eye with his trickery down the left and on paper poses more of a goal threat than Shelvey, having registered almost seven times as many penalty box touches in a similar number of minutes.

But then Shelvey, like a destitute man’s Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m), has never really relied on proximity to goal for his efforts.

Two of his five goals in 2019/20 have come from 25 yards out or further, while 25 of his 30 shots were taken from outside the box.

Despite that last stat, he has still scored more than twice as many goals as any other Newcastle player this season.

Shelvey has started 12 of the last 13 games he has been available for, although niggling injuries have littered that run.

Never a Rafael Benitez favourite, Shelvey has been more trusted by Bruce and has created more chances than anyone in the Magpies’ squad – albeit without claiming one assist, which perfectly underscores the issue with Newcastle’s goal-shy attack.

Also Consider

As we’ve noted with Moutinho, Shelvey, Fleck and Norwood, there are a handful of set-piece specialists available in the bargain bin of midfielders.

Ashley Westwood (£5.5m), for example, has supplied six assists this season, with half of them arriving from free-kicks or corners.

The Burnley man is only one booking away from a two-match ban, however.

Currently on the suspended list is Jorginho (£4.9m), although the Italian will soon return in Gameweek 31+.

First in line for penalties at Chelsea, three of his four goals in 2019/20 have arrived from the spot.

Mark Noble (£5.0m) is similarly at the front of the queue for spot-kicks for West Ham United, having converted three of them in the current campaign.

Jorginho’s team-mate, Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.2m), has plummeted to a tantalising price but with competition fierce in the wide areas at Stamford Bridge and the young winger embroiled in off-the-field issues, he is no more than one for the watchlist at this stage.

Second among FPL midfielders of any price for attempts on goal this calendar year, Stuart Armstrong (£5.2m) has caught the eye as one of two narrow wingers in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s 4-2-2-2.

A starter in nine of the last 10 league matches that he was fit and available for, Armstrong had been an underrated part of Southampton’s renaissance over the winter.

The final three Gameweeks perhaps look to be the optimum time to invest in Saints players, given the fixtures, although their appeal may be dented if Hasenhuttl’s troops don’t have anything to fight for (namely Premier League survival).

Similarly, Brighton’s hopes of avoiding the drop could well hinge on their last three games.

Aaron Mooy (£4.8m), a semi-regular taker of corners and one of the few players to largely avoid Graham Potter’s rotation roulette of late, may factor into our thoughts as a fifth FPL midfielder at that point, then.

Sub-£5.5m midfield assets at Arsenal and Manchester City have limited appeal for their Double Gameweek 30+, with the likes of Phil Foden (£5.1m) and Ilkay Gundogan (£5.2m) probably hoping for one start at the most.

Bukayo Saka (£4.7m), who has spent much of this season at left-back, is now looking less secure, with Kieran Tierney (£5.3m) and Sead Kolasinac (£5.2m) available following injury.

Dani Ceballos (£5.2m) had returned to the Arsenal starting XI in Gameweek 26 and strung together three successive starts before COVID-19 stopped play, meanwhile.

Blanks in 13 of his 14 appearances and a reduced role at set plays may well temper interest there, though.

City are one of a handful of clubs who might soon have little tangible left to play for, with champions-elect Liverpool also in that camp.

Jordan Henderson (£5.3m), who had registered five attacking returns in his previous four appearances, would be a regular starter in normal circumstances but uncertainty surrounds what Jurgen Klopp will do once the title is in the bag, with the likes of Adam Lallana (£5.7m) perhaps in line for some farewell run-outs.

For near-guaranteed minutes and little else, look no further than Declan Rice (£4.7m).

The West Ham United midfield anchor is one of only two FPL midfielders – the other being James Ward-Prowse (£5.7m) – who hasn’t missed a single minute of Premier League football this season.

Given that Cantwell can be snapped up for the same price, however, Rice has little besides security of starts in his corner; his points-per-match average of 2.3 being a testament to that.

The sub-£4.5m fodder warrant a mention, too, given that some managers – particularly those with low team value – will want a dirt-cheap option only for use as an emergency substitute.

It really is slim pickings down that end of the market, with the versatile Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m) looking less nailed than he did earlier in the season given that his services are no longer required at centre-half.

Instead, he will be reliant on Santo choosing a 3-5-2 more often than not – otherwise, it’s a three-way battle with Moutinho and Ruben Neves (£5.2m) for two central midfield spots.

Isaac Hayden (£4.4m) has been a regular starter this season too but with the loan capture of Nabil Bentaleb (£4.9m) and the emergence of the Longstaff brothers, his place looks less secure.

Indeed, he dropped out of the starting XI in Gameweeks 26 and 27, although did reclaim his place thereafter.


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488 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Iceball
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Decent bench for BB?
    Leno TAA Chilwell Doucoure?

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      If you sont have value tied, Doucoure and especially Chilwell should be out

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yes. But why not just get Justin @ 4.7 and upgrade another (over Chilwell)

    3. Loftus cheeky nandos
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Chilwell risky fixtures aren’t great plus uncertainty about his future isn’t a good combo

  2. anish10
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    If you’re using FH, how many single GW players are you planning to have?

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Either 1 or none.

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Two - Salah and Trent

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Would be TAA for me I think.

        Strong case for Salah always though. Or mane.

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      3, see below

    4. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      1 Wolves, TAA and Salah/Mané

    5. Karhumies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      2: Salah and Jimenez. Although a Wolves defender (Saiss) would be tasty as well if I choose Henderson over Leno to make room for SGW defender in the XI.

  3. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    A) Lund, Samatta
    B) Egan, Pukki

    1. schlupptheweek
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      B) - Samatta plays for a Villa team who struggle to score, and Chelsea and SHU have decent defences.

    2. james 101
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Tough. I have Egan and samatta!

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I agree with this

    3. Karhumies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      B

  4. waltzingmatildas
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I'd really appreciate help with this FH team, how's it look ?
    Leno
    Stevens alonso doherty
    Sterling kdb mount fleck grealish
    Aguero auba

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Excellent! Alonso the risk so have a nice first sub if possible

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers!

      2. waltzingmatildas
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Alonso could be TAA as a safer option

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I’d go taa ove zo I think

    2. anish10
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Not sure on mount but rest good

  5. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Swaying back towards Sterling 🙂 how does this BB look? Will WC soon after.

    Leno / Reina
    TAA / Stevens / Egan / Saiss / Lascelles
    KDB / Grealish / Sterling / Cantwell / Mount
    Auba / Agüero / Samatta

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Value lost? I mean will you get all the players back on WC tou want?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Not a lot. 0.2 on Jimmy who I might get back, 0.2 on Salah who I likely won’t. 0.4 on Lund who I won’t. And 0.1 on Barnes

        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Fortunate . Your BB team looks amazing in that case

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Cheers mate!

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Looking good

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers!

    3. schlupptheweek
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      It looks great, I'd look at Lascelles for Boly if you can afford it (it is risky but Boly is a greater goal threat). Cantwell is popular but if you'd like a risk Ondrej Duda is the same price and has set pieces, and scored 11 goals in one season for Hertha Berlin.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Can’t stretch to Boly and I have Saiss. Lascelles is a cheapie I already own

    4. james 101
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Very nice mate.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks matey 🙂

  6. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    One thought I just had: 5 substitutions would mean the players who are usually substituted early (usually for fitness issues) might be substituted *earlier*, right? Ings, Cantwell, Lund (or brought as a sub), Aguero, Jota, Perez, Mahrez, etc. Bringing us closer to 59th-minute subs

    I haven't watched a lot of Bundesliga since its return, so I don't have evidence for this. Any thoughts?

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      This is the unknown we all should be pondering. But feckit, all in. No one knows...

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yep

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Depends on coach. For example Leverkusen made 3 subs at half time when they were two goals down against Bayern, Freiburg made two at half time too. Managers don't always use 5 subs, and most subs are made after 60mins still. This is based on me checking last round of Bundesliga scores on livescores app.

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks mate

      2. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Dusseldorf-Hoffenheim only game with 10subs made last round for example.

      3. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        But Pep LOl

  7. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    On FH, who would you leave out?

    A) TAA
    B) Baldock
    C) Stevens
    D) Bellerin

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      C or d

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      D

    3. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Bellerin, twice over

  8. james 101
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Any mistakes with this bench boost team?

    (WCing after)

    Leno Hendo
    TAA Egan Luiz Saiss Doherty
    KDB(vc) Sterling Grealish Cantwell Fleck
    Kun(c) Auba Samatta

    2 big defenders
    2 big mids
    2 big forwards

    11 dgw players

    Everyone else playing and ok fixtures

    I think...!

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I'm going Bellerin, played in tonights friendly and played well before break. Rest is good, would change Saiss as you have Doherty but go for it if you trust a cs

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks mate. I’ll check B out.

    2. _sidney_will
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I’d be reluctant to have both Leno/Luiz, I’d just have Leno if I were you, Arsenal have plenty of CB’s to rotate between

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks mate

    3. Karhumies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      So your BB is Leno, Luiz (Villa), Fleck and Cantwell? Seems OK. Not a big fan of Luiz and Samatta, though.

      1. Karhumies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Sorry, meant Luiz (Arsenal). Downgrading him to a 4.X defender would give funds to upgrade Samatta to Pukki/Jota/Ings.

      2. james 101
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers. I’m reviewing Louise.

        Agree on samatta but I figure but one get one free...

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          *buy

        2. Karhumies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Free MCity match is free 2 points I suppose.

  9. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Is it worth noting that Saka and Tierney both played the full 90 mins together?

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Interesting

      But what it means who knows!

      1. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Seems Saka played CAM in the first half and on the wing in the other.

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Good he’s a flexible option.

          I still don’t have enough confidence to select him though.

          But good luck if you do!

        2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          That's usually a sign of a fringe player, as those positions have their regular starters. Not good for FPL

    2. Loftus cheeky nandos
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yes but they lost aswell with both playing the full 90 so may change tactics

    3. _sidney_will
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Meant to say on my post that Saka & Tierney were hooked for Martinelli & Kolasinac at 60 mins

    4. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Lovely stuff. Thanks for posting.

      1. _sidney_will
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Pleasure 🙂

    5. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Nketiah after hattrick might be gold

    6. Prøfeßör …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      They played 60 mins, but yes, noteworthy

  10. Loftus cheeky nandos
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Anyone know who will start cb for Chelsea? Tomori at 4.2 looks great if he plays

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      He's pretty much at the bottom of the pecking order now, even with 3 CBs in the XI

  11. Olivier Bernards watch
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    so from what i've heard pulisic is likely to go back into the starting 11 against villa. Surely an excellent option for that gameweek?

  12. n-doggg
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    For those with WC, BB and TC left is the general consensus to BB GW30, then WC to set team up for rest of season?

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yes

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      For me value depends on the WC team you can get

    3. Karhumies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      There's a strong case that you can use free transfers and TC DGW30, then WC 31/32/33 (the later you use it the more you know about current player/team form) and use that WC to set up the BB for later (e.g. GW34).

  13. Freund88
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Views on how risky Mahrez is? I still think Sterling isn’t worth the extra

    1. _sidney_will
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Currently in my side, don’t expect him to start both, but hoping for 75-90 mins over the two games in which I can see him getting some returns - don’t see Sterling playing considerably longer either in truth

    2. Karhumies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      With 5 transfers available, all MCity attacking players will get at least 1+1 points...

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        This comment made my day

    3. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      All the podcast saying Sterling is nailed on???

  14. The Train Driver
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Any better PL debut goal than Danny Rose? What about other leagues? Link if you can...

    1. The Train Driver
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Change my mind, just saw Mario Stanic goal..

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Wayne Rooney at 16 on his debut - screamer past Dave Seaman

      His debut champions league hattrick for utd at 18 wasnt bad either

      He was a better player than CR7 back then when they were youngsters

      It was so frustrating to see him fail to live up to that potential, preferring burgers, chips, beers & grannies to staying late after training being OCD about improving every little facet of his game

      (Not that he had a bad career - it was fantastic - but he could have been so much more than he was)

          1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            I've missed you, Maximus

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        This was Henry’s debut - the utd flicked up goal over Barthez was later 🙂

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XYZztcdvQRc

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Oh damn sorry, missed the word 'debut' lol.

          1. Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            what a clown haha

  15. JfA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Seems like there's a clamour from the Arsenal fans to see Willock play, AUB unsettled due to rumours of him leaving, maybe Lacazette is the better option. The plot thickens. I reckon I'll change my team 97 times till next Wednesday, I've changed it about 12 times today so I'm probably on course 😀

    1. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      But where is Auba gonna go then? And he has never shown one sign of wanting to leave. He's 31 nearly also. He is always a good FPL option, and world class. Lacazette is okay but not on his level and will probably be benched in one of the games.

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Auba would be perfect for Man Utd

      - He’s he right age profile to allow Greenwood act as understudy for 12-18 months, at which point Auba will be coming 33 & Greenwood will be ready to step up to the plate full time

      - He wouldn’t cost an arm & a leg due to aforementioned age, and more importantly his contract status

      - He wouldn’t have to be POO on the wings as Rashford has the LWF nailed down so could play in his favoured CF spot

      - He’s generally bloody good centre forward, excellent even, if he could just get a run as the focal point rather than being shuffled around the forward line

      Makes so much sense as a signing so of course very little chance Utd will try to make it happen if most of their last 5 years of transfers are anything to go by

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        How many have you had today bud?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Ed Woodward is that you??

          1. Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            That wont happen lol, he's attached to Arsenal. It happened years ago with RVP because Man United were actually a better team and fighting for the title. Yeah Auba deserves to go to a title winning side, but Liverpool/City won't buy him. So who else is there.

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Qaiss Did u have a grav of an arsenal player or wenger before this?

            2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Yes Ed no problem - lets get Ighalo instead

              1. Qaiss
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Yeah lol, that's what you should expect!

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  That definitely is you Ed isn’t it 😉

  16. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Thoughts on city defence? Mendy?

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      ...Pep

      It's Ederson or nought. Especially since Fernandinho is listed as a midfielder, so you're left with wondering if Laporte will last both games or if he goes with Otamendi... Fullbacks are complete, absolute no-go areas for me, as things stand. Not even enough attacking threat to justify the rotation risk

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Surely it’s a complete restart

        Points on the board but players are fresh and need settling

    2. Karhumies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Aubameyang.

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Arsenal?!

        4-0 to city!

        1. Karhumies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          4-0 to Arsenal would probably break this comments section TBH. 😀

  17. The Mighty Hippo
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    My initial plan was to BB in week 30+ followed by an immediate wildcard. My longer term w/c plans doesn't really include any Liverpool attackers, however I don't like the idea of not having them when they play Crystal Palace.

    So, I'm starting to consider the folliwing:

    GW30+ BB
    GW31+ FH
    GW32±. WC

    Too many chips too early?

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I like your plan!

      • Karhumies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Have you considered
        30+ FH
        31+ FT
        32+ WC
        33+ FT
        34+ BB
        ?

      • SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        like it

    2. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Putting Lacazette in for AUB allows me to upgrade my two Sheff Utd defenders, Abraham for Jota and Fernandez instead of Lacaselles, decisions decisions, oh well only another 84 changes to make until next week.

    3. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      One player out of 1200+ tested positive. Do we know who was it or at least which team?
      Is it that testing positive takes a player out for minimum 7 days even if there is no symptoms? I think it’s rather important for us to know who is it with less than a week until the re-start

    4. Estokai
        2 months, 1 day ago

        1. Aguero or Aubameyang just for gameweek 30+?

        2. Salah or Mane for the rest of the season?

      • Aenima FC
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Thoughts? Have WC, BB, FH. Will be using BB and WC next week.
        Have exact cash..any better options? Downgrade mount upgrade hanley?

        LENO, REINA

        LUNDY, EGAN, taa, saiss, hanley(needed 4.1 to get mount)

        KDB, STERLING, GREAL, FLECK, mount

        AUBA, AGUERO, SAMATTA

        1. Aenima FC
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Or MCGINN and ings for mount and SAMATTA