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. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Did Son to Fernandes. Hoping triple UTD attack pays off 🙂

      GTG?

      Patricio
      TAA Alonso Robinson Doherty
      Salah(c) Mane Martial Fernandes Pulisic
      Rashford

      Button Aurier Connolly Nketiah

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

        I am about to go triple Utd attack but Ole's comments have put me off a bit

      2. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Looks good. Hope Liverpool don't rotate! I might play Connolly over Robinson. Can see a 0-0 for Robinson, but Connolly is against NOR if he plays.

    • Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      GTG for this GW? OGS comments doesn't help with the decision to start Ings or Greenwood. Aurier to start over Saiss?

      Pope
      Aurier TAA Doherty
      Salah Martial KDB Bruno (C) Mahrez
      Jimenez Ings
      Martinez Greenwood Aurier C.Taylor

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Or get in Rashford - still on WC

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

        Aurier is in there twice - I like the one on the bench. Mahrez could be a cheeky captain punt, can’t decide between Salah, Bruno or Martial myself.

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          haha oops. I think it's got to be on a Man U attacker against a poor BOU.

    • Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      2FT's

      Guendouzi > Mahrez
      Vardy > Greenwood

      yes/no?

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

        Yes

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

        Yep

    • WolfTheJack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Any thoughts on this WC?

      Dubravka
      AWB Boly TAA
      KDB Mahrez ASM Fernandes
      Rashford Kane Jiminez

      Pickford C.Taylor N.Williams Dendonker

      Cheers!

    • ManUnitedComeBack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Tough call, but who would you bench from:

      Bruno Martial Mahrez Pulisic D.Silva
      Kane Jimenez Jesus

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

        Jesus

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

        Jesus

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

        Silva

      4. Farke4sure
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        D.Silva or Jesus

      5. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        D. Silva

      6. Stef rocks
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Benching D.Silva is crazy. IMO he is the most secured starter in city squad in GW33+

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

          This is exactly my thought process in getting him in. Looks like it's Jesus then, in which case I might as well get Nketiah/Connolly and bank the money to get KdB/Sterling in for GW34+

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

      I’m going to watch Mahrez from behind the sofa this week, just can’t bring myself to sell KDB, Salah, Martial, Fernandes or Pulisic.

      Anyhow, after this coming GW, does Martial & Jota to Rashford & Foden sound good, bad or sideways?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Foden > Jota so yes

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

          Thank you

    • Wingate
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Having a lovely restart period, needing to keep pushing to win ML,

      Bench one:
      A) Ings (MCI) - great form but tough fix
      B) Jota (ARS) - poor form but medium fix
      C) DCL (tot) - poor form but medium fix

      Was thinking bench Jota but above has left me uncertain. Thanks

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

        Jota, likely that Traore starts instead as well

      2. The Mighty Whites
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        A

      3. Wingate
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Or could play all 3 and bench Doherty v ARS/Auba. But still could miss attacking points.

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

        I’m benching DCL and playing Jota. Ings may well nick a goal.

    • The Mighty Whites
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Willian or Pulisic?

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

        Puli

        1. checkit_j
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Isn't wilian on set pieces though.

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

          Willian

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

          I prefer Willian but Pulisic is flavour of the week

        4. Stef rocks
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Pulisic for me - much more explosive

        5. Relaxing
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Pulisic. Willian could be off pens soon

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Why? He has never missed one for Chelsea. Strange comment

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

          Pulisic is a better player but Willian on pens probably makes him the FPL choice.

          How do you see LUFC finishing? Top?
          Fellow Leeds fan and have a bet on who wins the league , Leeds or West Brom

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

        It's worth to take a hit?
        Pope
        Taylor/VVD/Alonso
        Sarr/Mane/Mount/Fernandes
        Auba/Greenwood/Jimenez

        McCarthy Hayden/Boly/Smith
        0ft 2.6itb

        a)Auba->Kane/Rashford/Jesus
        b)Hayden->Antonio(bench Sarr)
        c)Mount->Martial/Mahrez

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          No hit I think, have Boly ahead of Hayden?

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

            cheers.I am thinking to start Hayden over Sarr!

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

        Son+Guendo >>

        A. Saint Max
        B. Foden

        1. Mahrez
        2. Martial

        Martinez
        TAA • Doherty • Lascelles
        Salah(C) • XXX • KDB • Bruno • XXX
        Jimmy • Rash
        (3.9, DCL, Holgate, Kiko)

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

          B1 imo

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

          A1 or A2

        3. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          B1

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

        RMWCT (BB in 34)

        Pope
        TAA, AWB, Boly
        Salah, KDB, Mahrez, Bruno, Pulisic
        Greenwood, Jimmy

        Subs: Foster, Ings, Saiss, Kiko

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Bit of a lack of City

          1. Stef rocks
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            KDB and Mahrez is not enough for you!

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Yes. 3 City "essential" if poss and Foden makes it more than possible.

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

                Could get Sterling for Salah after this week.

                Hard to fit 3 unless you get Jesus who is lacking in confidence.

        2. Fit_to_drop
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Decent. can you squeeze Holgate for Kiko maybe as WAT seem unable to shut out but Im nit picking.

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

              Thanks for the advice

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

          Which pair would you rather have if you already own Mane

          A) Mahrez + Rashford
          B) Salah + Greenwood

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

            A of course

          2. King Kun Ta
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            A

          3. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            (A)bsolutely

        4. Ian Davis
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Any tips for this free-hit team?:

          Pope

          TAA / Chilwell / Saïss

          Mané(c)/Salah/Martial/Bruno/Willian

          Jimenez/Greenwood

          Subs: 3.9/Taylor/Nketiah/3.9

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Decent

          2. Fit_to_drop
              1 month, 8 days ago

              No city seems mad at this point. Best team in the lad

              1. Fit_to_drop
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  *land

                  1. Ian Davis
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    For this week only though as it’s a free-hit and I think there’ll be some heavy Pep Roulette this gameweek.

            • checkit_j
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A) Mount to puli/wili?
                B) Sais to Doherty?

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

                  A to Pulisic

              • King Kun Ta
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Please RMWCT lads!

                Ryan Martinez
                AWB Doh Lascelles (J Robinson Holgate)
                Salah KDB Mahrez Fernandes ???
                Rash Jimi (Nketiah)

                ???-> Willian or Pulisic?

                Ta for the feedback and GL next GW!

              • JenkoJunko
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Morning all! Would love to get some thoughts on my team below for this GW and long term. Any help and advice really appreciated... Weakest links?!?!

                Squad: 4.2 ITB 1FT
                Patricio Button
                TAA Doherty Lascelles Kiko Holgate
                Salah KDB Pogba Bruno Doucoure
                Nketiah Jimmy Ayew

                Few players on radar... Mahrez, Greenwood, Saint max, AWB
                I hideously, stupidly and recklessly swapped Ings for Nketiah last week at the last minute and don't want to make the same mistakes this week!!
                Many thanks and GL all

              • Tsssst
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Bring Salah or Mane IN?

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

                  Salah imo.

                2. Better off with a pin and a…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Yes. Salah between the 2.

                3. Dr. Agabuse
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  But Mane played thru

                  1. Dr. Agabuse
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Sorry. Salah played 90

              • RED_ARMY
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Son to Mahrez or wait another week ?

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

                  If you wait another week Son has bournemouth.

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

                    *But i made the move this week.

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

                  Do it

              • DannyDrinkVodka
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  No closer to making a decision:

                  A) Start DCL
                  B) Sarr>Mahrez for a hit and play Mahrez

                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Mahrez likely to outscore Sarr by a lot more than 4 over rest of season

                    1. DannyDrinkVodka
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Sure, but will he out score DCL by 4 points this week?

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

                          Probably

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

                    Keinan Davis and Jesus
                    or
                    Mahrez and Nketiah (triple City mids!!!)

                    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      City triple up

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

                    Estimates for EO for Bruno and Salah this GW?

                    1. Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Close to or above 100 for both.

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

                      120% for Bruno, about 75-80% for Salah in Top 10k.

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

                        This is along the lines of what I thought

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

                      Would be surprised if any of them are below 100%

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

                    How’s it looking, took a -4?

                    Henderson
                    TAA Doherty Egan
                    KdB Fernandes Pulisic Willian Cantwell
                    Aubameyang Rashford(C)

                    Nyland DCL Aarons Lundstram

                  5. Rinseboy
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    2 quick questions
                    A - Is Son to Mahrez worth a -4 this week?
                    B - Captain Martial, Bruno or Salah?

                    Thanks guys!

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

                      Yes
                      Bruno

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

                      No
                      Bruno

                    3. Stef rocks
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      No
                      I am with Bruno but I don’t have Salah

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

                    Is there a correlation between OGS talking up Greenwood and resting him?

                    I recall it happened early season. Arteta pulled the same trick with Nketiah. This boy is the future translates as he needs a rest?

                    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      I think you are on to something there

                  7. Lucas8406
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Son and DCL to Mahrez and Ings?

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

                        If free yeah

                    • AzzaroMax99
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Kane or not, the question is now (FH active) xD

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

                        Not, spurs look terrible and while that's the case Kane is too expensive

                        1. AzzaroMax99
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          thx

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

                        Not this GW. Everton decent defensively

                    • Dr. Agabuse
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Dont be surprised if theres one or two changes.
                      Greenwood benched?

                      1. Twisted Saltergater
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Rashford maybe

                    • Disturbed
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Maupay or Giroud?

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

                        Giroud this week

                      2. Isaac.m94
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        think he will stick with abraham

                    • Twisted Saltergater
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Just brought Tammy in. Think I’m losing whatever FPL talent I had.

                      1. Twisted Saltergater
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Abraham did score and assist vs Watford in the reverse fixture. Hopefully Frank will look at that.

                      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Exploded near start of year, hardly stellar since

                        1. Twisted Saltergater
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Yeah, I’m reaching.

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

                        You’ve done better than me 🙂 but there again I don’t have an eleven next to my name

                        I got him in 30 over keeping Jim or the switch to Ings. Now first on bench

                        1. Twisted Saltergater
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Hey mate. Tempted to reverse the transfer with a FH lol.

                          Have been wanting to get Foden in the past two weeks but keep prioritising other moves. That second striker spot is really causing me an issue. I now have Mané - KdB - Martial - Bruno - Mahrez and no means to bring Foden in. Lost my way a bit!

                    • Big Ronnie
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Son & DCL to Mahrez & Greenwood would give me this team, with plenty left over for Guendouzi to Foden next week. Sound good?

                      Pope (Martin)
                      TAA, Doherty, Lascelles (Saiss, Femenia)
                      Mane, KDB, Mahrez, Bruno(C) (Guendouzi)
                      Rashford, Jimenez, Greenwood