Scout Notes

Extent of Lundstram injury revealed as Spurs display gives FPL owners concern

Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Goals: Sander Berge (£4.7m), Lys Mousset (£4.4m), Oliver McBurnie (£5.6m) | Harry Kane (£10.9m)
  • Assists: Berge, Chris Basham (£4.6m), Enda Stevens (£5.1m) | Son Heung-min (£9.8m)
  • Bonus: Berge x3, Mousset x2, Kane, Son x1

Sheffield United returned to winning ways in some style as Spurs’ key assets delivered mixed messages for their Fantasy owners.

The resumption of football had not been kind on the Blades, with three straight defeats in league and cup, whereas Jose Mourinho’s men had performed well enough in two outings to prompt solid investment in the likes of Harry Kane (£10.9m), Son Heung-min (£9.8m) and Serge Aurier (£5.0m).

The same could not be said of United players. Their only starter not to experience net transfers out for the Gameweek was defender Jack Robinson (£4.0m). The epitome of a budget enabler, even he seemed overpriced as both sides produced a first half an hour of almost entirely forgettable toil.

And then it all kicked off.

The Blades took the lead with a fine, incisive move finished when Chris Basham‘s (£4.6m) cut-back was drilled home on the angle by Sander Berge (£4.7m).

It was the Norwegian’s first league goal since moving to the Premier League in January. He added to his haul with an assist and the maximum bonus award to bring in 13 points for his, count them, 6,376 owners in Fantasy Premier League (FPL).

If he can build on such a fine display, more will flock to his cause and the (already sketchy) claims of the injured John Lundstram (£4.8m) to be the Supreme Fantasy Lord will finally be laid to rest should Berge keep him out of the starting line-up.

United’s lead lasted precisely two minutes when Kane rode a challenge and found the net, only for VAR to continue its bold crusade to be 2020’s second-worst thing with a decision that managed to be technically correct and completely wrong all at the same time.

Lucas Moura (£7.1m) was fouled in the build-up to the ‘goal’, referee Chris Kavanagh played an advantage and Kane did the rest. VAR then decided Moura had handled the ball on his way to the turf, thus negating the advantage and leading to the goal being chalked off.

How much Moura actually touched the ball was debatable, how ridiculous the letter-of-the-law ruling wasn’t debatable at all, and the only positive to be had from the whole debacle was that United, so many times the loser in VAR controversies, probably deserved their luck.

Mourinho refused, sort of, to blame the decision for the loss:

I think in the second half my players were not mentally strong enough to cope with that disappointment and they have to be. I am not just going to say that goal is the cause of everything. It would be very easy for me to do that, but I don’t want to go in that direction.

His team rallied after the break, in terms of dominating possession at least, only for substitute Lys Mousset (£4.4m) to double the home side’s advantage with a tap-in following excellent work by Ben Osborn (£4.7m) and assister Enda Stevens (£5.1m) down the left flank.

The goal was the match in microcosm – Spurs enjoyed 65% possession over the 90 minutes, but had only two shots on target to United’s five.

The strike also knocked what was left of the stuffing out of the visitors, and it was no surprise when the Blades scored a third, Oliver McBurnie (£5.6m) deftly flicking home an excellent Berge cross.

Despite the VAR shenanigans, a 3-0 result was about right based on the overall flow of the game, only for Kane to finally get his goal as the match was easing into wind-down mode.

The striker was picked out by Son’s fine cut-back and he made no mistake for his second goal in as many Gameweeks. It was also Son’s second assist over the same time frame – reward for the 150,000-odd FPL managers who invested in one or other of the pair this week.

The only worry for those who own the duo – and more are joining for a home match with Everton in Gameweek 33+ – is that they were living on scraps at Bramall Lane.

Kane did lead the way for attempts, but he managed a mere three penalty area touches, while Son had no shots at all. The England captain’s overall involvement was limited, to put it mildly. Thirteen players had more touches than he did in the final third, including substitute Erik Lamela (£5.7m), who managed 21 touches (to Kane’s 14) despite playing over an hour less.

However good a finisher Kane is, he can’t keep producing points without more support and involvement, while Son’s owners will probably settle for his assists, despite expecting more goals, for now at least.

Tottenham’s decent fixture schedule is clearly proving irresistible for Fantasy managers, but Everton are hardly pushovers at present and Mourinho will need to rediscover the right balance in a side that was heavy on attackers but still lacked any bite last night.

Some of that was down to the excellence of Chris Wilder’s team, and the United manager was understandably positive about the performance and result:

It had to be up there with our best in terms of the circumstances, players we’re missing and run we’ve been on. It’s been difficult for everyone to get back to playing but I saw signs on Sunday that we were getting more like ourselves, a bit freer and more positive in our play. When you’re playing teams like this, you have to bring close to your best game to the table.

He also gave an update on player injuries:

Fleck, Lundstram and Freeman will be out for a couple of weeks.

The Blades have a mixed bag of fixtures to finish the season, with Sunday’s trip to Burnley one of the better shouts for a goalless draw and a decent-enough run after visits from Wolves and Chelsea are done.

Berge caught the eye against Spurs, but it was the return to more solid ways at the back – despite the lack of a clean sheet – that might warrant interest.

Left wing-back Stevens once again underlined his attacking potential with his assist – he now has three of those and two goals this campaign – and defensive returns look possible at both at Turf Moor this weekend and over the final three Gameweeks when United will face Leicester, Everton and Southampton.


Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Henderson, Basham, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Osborn, Stevens; McBurnie (Freeman 90′), McGoldrick (Mousset 63′).

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-3-2-1): Lloris, Aurier (Ndombele 71′), Sanchez, Dier, Davies (Vertonghen 81′); Sissoko (Alli 71′), Lo Celso, Bergwijn (Lamela 56′); Moura, Son; Kane.

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1,079 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tingate
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Got my WC & BB left and got a bit of ground in a few mini leagues to make up, in a few others i'm quite a bit ahead so want to try and use my WC ASAP to get the benefit of it and not owning any City or Chelsea assets could set me back a bit in the next few weeks. Planning on going from A to B and use BB next week, what are people's thoughts?

    (A)

    Pope
    TAA - AWB - Doherty
    Salah - Martial (C) - Fernandes - Mané
    Jota - DCL - Jimenez

    McGovern - Cantwell - Kelly - Rico

    (B)

    Pope
    Alonso - TAA - Mendy
    Salah - KDB - Martial - Fernandes - Mahrez
    DCL - Greenwood

    Fabianski - Digne - Aurier - Nketiah

    £0.5M ITB

    1. sfsfsfe
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      not at all sold on Jota... I think B looks like a better pick to be honest

      1. Tingate
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        A is my original and B would be the squad if I used my WC, and activate BB next week.

  2. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    What to do?

    A) Son, Aurier to Salah, Kiko -4pt hit
    B) Son to Mahrez

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

    2. Tingate
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

    3. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B....just

    4. sfsfsfe
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

    5. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B - as much as i dislike Aurier he is not worth -4 and Kiko will get you 2 points so you'll be on -2

    6. michaelington
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Keep Son for next 2

    7. AD2110
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Keep son

  3. Whits
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Richarlison to:

    A) Foden
    B) Bowen
    C keep

    Thanks

    1. Tingate
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      After seeing the Spurs defence last night i'd keep.

      Foden could be a rotation risk and Bowen against a strong Newcastle defence. Maybe roll the transfer this week and decide after seeing the games.

    2. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B...but Antonio?

  4. Miguel Sanchez
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Play:

    A) DCL (tot)
    B) Ings (MCI)

    1. sfsfsfe
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      DCL imo

    2. Tingate
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      DCL

    3. Sun Jihai
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      DCL IMO
      Spurs defense is in a different league to Man City

    4. Fit_to_drop
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Ill go against the tide here and go Ings purely on his hit rate at the moment. DCL more of an assist merchant.

    5. sfsfsfe
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      sitting on richarlison...
      A) keep and hope that he playes vs spurs
      B) Willian
      C) Pulisic
      D) Mahrez

      Both Willian and Pulisic are looking great but the both have played a lot since the restart and is due to get rested at some point now. Mahrez is great when he playes but is more rotation prone due to Pep being Pep and Pep having more options on his position if you compare it with what Frank has to choose from. Richarlison is looking descent but i think Everton are looking a bit shaky attacking whise.... would love to have Martial but allready have 3 united with rash, AWB and Fernandes. Any inputs?

      1. Tingate
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I'd go with Mahrez after him being benched from the start last night.

        1. sfsfsfe
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Yeah but Foden playing well makes me nervous about his minutes. Then again, Mahrez could easily get some returns on a brief cameo.

          1. Tingate
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Foden's pretty versatile and could play in the centre too though, if Pep goes for it against the lower teams he could swap Foden into the middle

    6. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I have 1FT to use and need to generate funds to improve defence next GW. annoyingly have 3 United already so just Son > Mahrez?

      DDG
      TAA Doherty Lascelles
      Salah Bruno Martial Son
      Jesus Jimmy DCL

      1. Ask Yourself
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Or even one of the chelsea boys?

      2. internal error
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Hey man. Long time. Son to Mahrez is the obvious move.Triple City could be really beneficial for you

        1. Ask Yourself
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Nice to see you again x yeah did Vardy > Jesus to start that off and I think I’ll have to do son > Mahrez too. Then choose between a defender, KDB or sterling

          1. internal error
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Jesus can only get better and the next two are a good chance for that to happen.

    7. internal error
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Hi Guys. Can I get your help with this combo?

      Who do you think scores more this week?

      A)Salah + Greenwood
      or
      B) Mahrez + Rashford

      1. Tingate
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        A

        1. internal error
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Thanks Tingate

      2. Fit_to_drop
          1 month, 8 days ago

          B for me.

          1. internal error
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Thanks. It's close isn't it

      3. Gunner Boy
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Current team: 2FT, 0.0 itb

        DDG
        Aurier TAA Lascelles
        Salah KDB Bruno Son
        Rashford Nkeitah Jimenez

        subs: Martin Saiis Hayden Simpson

        which is better?

        A- DDG + Nkeitah > Pope + Greenwood
        B- Son + DDG > Martial + Ederson
        C- Son + DDG + Nkeitah > Mahrez/Pulisic + Ederson + Greenwood (-4)

      4. Raf
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Guys, need help with my 1ft.

        Martinez button

        Taa Holgate saiss aurier Lascelles

        Saka martial kdb son Bruno

        Jimi rashford dcl

        1. internal error
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          You probably want another city player. Son to Mahrez

        2. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Son -> Pulisic/Mahrez

            1. Raf
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Not Foden? Maybe for Saka?

              1. internal error
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                That's a good move too. Depends on Fodens game time

        3. hustler7
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Captain:

          A) Salah
          B) Bruno
          C) Rashford

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            B

          2. internal error
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            A

        4. jia you jia you
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Just watched most of the City game and think I'll risk giving my new signing the armband - Sterling(C) - as he looked very sharp!

          1. internal error
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Generally done better away from home too this season.

          2. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            sterling is a strange one, he gets in so many good positions but you never fancy him to finish. but the sheer number of opportunities he gets means that he'll probably get at least one.

            1. jia you jia you
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              true...and Jesus was a bit rubbish so wouldn't be surprised to see him get a benching as a bit of a wake up call from Pep seeing Sterling getting even more chances to miss lol!

          3. pingissimus
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Brave

            I’m seeing another 8 changes.

        5. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Hi all!

            What to do here?
            1 FT 2,1 ITB

            Ricardo
            Taa-doherty-maguire
            Salah-kdb-Pulisic-fernandes
            Rashford(c)-Jimenez-DCL
            Martin, Lascelles, Douglas Luiz, 3,9

            1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Could do DCL+Douglas Luiz -> Nketiah+Mahrez but is it worth a hit?

            2. corderz
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              What's the best week to use free hit?

              1. internal error
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                38 on the hope that we can get leaked city and liverpool line ups

              2. Bobby_Baggio
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                38 is the general love round here

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

              Why is everyone turfing Son?

              1. _Ninja_
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                They want the extra cash Mahrez, Pulisic give.

              2. Goodbye Horses
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Because Spurs as a whole look limp?

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

                  They do but he is at home and could go large. Surprised by the huge amount of outs

              3. Ask Yourself
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                He costs a ridiculous amount of money to be playing left back in a team that can barely get out their own half

            4. Seamy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Thoughts on;
              Son -> Mahrez this GW
              Then Mahrez -> KdB next GW?

              1. internal error
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                I like Son to Mahrez. I dont know if KDB plays against Newcastle

              2. Starky22
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Works in theory if KDB rested in 33. If he isn’t it’s a headache for 34.

            5. Starky22
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              When is everyone planning on using FH? Is this week an option To play and go without KDB? Fixtures great for United/City/Pool.

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

                This week is a good option.
                Personally I am still waiting on something unexpected or if not GW38

              2. what's my name
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                there are so many good options i want for coming gw and if i had FH would probz play it

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

                GW38. Waiting for a good week for Arsenal.

            6. what's my name
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              bench one:
              a. TAA
              b. Fernandez (new)
              c. Doh

              gracias

              1. _Ninja_
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                B

              2. Stram Dunk
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 8 days ago

                B

            7. unitednations
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              1) Start DCL and keep 3m for next gw to reassess or get Jesus (-4)

              2) For this gw alone, would you prefer Mahrez or Salah?

              1. _Ninja_
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Salah

              2. Starky22
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Jesus rubbish.
                Salah.

            8. abaalan
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Time to use my FH chip with the below team?:
              Pope, Martin
              TAA, Lascelles, Doherty, Maguire, Robinson
              Mane, KDB, Bruno, Alli, Richarlison
              DCL, Jimenez, Nketiah

              Would look to shift Spurs and Everton "assets" anyway - probably for a hit so might as well just FH?

              1. Starky22
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                KDB on a FH?

              2. Bobby_Baggio
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Is this your team pre FH? Whats wrong with it? I wouldnt FH that team just get Alli out for Mahrez

              3. abaalan
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                current team (Pre-FH).

                Cant afford Mahrez

                1. Bobby_Baggio
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  apologies then Alli > Foden or Pulsic

            9. More_Goals
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A - Son -> Mahrez
                B - Son + Barnes -> Mahrez and Pulisic (-4)

                Which one would you do?

                1. Bobby_Baggio
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  A if you are leading and B if you are chasing

                2. Strchld
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  B

                3. Sead’s Colossal Snatc…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Not sure on Barnes or Pulisic minutes this GW. I like Mahrez for this GW.

              • Bobby_Baggio
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Morning all. Looking to do DCL + Alli > Greenwood + Mahrez for free. Would you spend -4 to do Guendozi > ASM or wait till next week? Cheers.

                Patricio
                Lascelles- Doherty - TAA
                Mane - KDB - Fernandes - Alli
                DCL - Jimenez - Rashford

                (Martin) - Holgate - Guendozi - Simpson

                1. _Ninja_
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Just do the free moves this week.

              • KP - FPL
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Is Willian nailed now with Pedro out the squad?

                1. Athletic Nasherbo
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  I think Pulisic + Willian are pretty much nailed.

                  Pedro going to Roma, and CHO unfit and not exactly pulling up trees.

                  Mount looking poor and hasn’t played wing in a while whilst RLC isn’t a winger and I think Lampard knows it.

                2. Fit_to_drop
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    100%

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

                  G2G? Struggling to commit to double Wolves DEF when I have other good options...

                  Pope
                  Doherty, TAA, Boly
                  KDB, ASM, Salah, Martial
                  Rash(c), Jimi, Ings

                  (McCarthy, Soy, Lascelles, Saka)

                4. Kaiser123
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Anyone think KDB will be rested more often now. Liv match could be his last hurrah this season. Pep now to rotate like mad.

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

                      Could be minutes managed for next few games then as cups get closer he'll be benched

                  • Slitherene
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    On a WC.
                    Which option seems better??

                    A) Krul + Digne + Salah + Greenwood
                    B) Lloris + AWB + Foden + Kane

                    1. Fit_to_drop
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        B

                    2. LIARS POKER
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Which option is better? Worried about. not owning Salah

                      A) Son to Mahrez
                      B) Son, Rashford to Salah, Greenwood for free (already own Mane)

                      B would also give me the cash to bring in Foden as my 5th mid the following week

                    3. Firmino
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Play Jota or Lascelles?

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

                        Lasc

                      2. Sead’s Colossal Snatc…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        I have both and am playing Jota. He owes me after I swapped Ings for him before the restart! He’s out if he blanks again.

                    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      No Pep presser today?

                    5. sfsfsfe
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Spamming the comment section right now...
                      A) Connolly vs Norwich
                      B) Lascelles vs West Ham

                      1. Sead’s Colossal Snatc…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        B

                    6. internal error
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Who should I get as a 5.5 or less defender that isn't Wan-Bissaka this week?

                      1. Holmes
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Van Aanholt?

                        1. internal error
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Thanks. I hadn't considered him. Will give it some thought

                      2. jia you jia you
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        A punt on Ritchie could be gold