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Hunt for £4.0m FPL defender takes a turn as Ferguson ruled out through injury

The £4.0m defender discussion took an unexpected turn as Crystal Palace got their pre-season campaign underway this week.

Two of 2020/21’s potential bargain bucket options were at the heart of the latest developments at Selhurst Park, while a West Ham man also threw his name into the hat.

We’ve got all the latest talking points from another round of friendlies including an out-of-position FPL midfielder at Palace, the centre-forward position at West Ham and the Sheffield United central midfield.

CRYSTAL PALACE 2-1 OXFORD

  • Goals: Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m), James McArthur (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m), Andros Townsend (£6.0m)

Nathan Ferguson (£4.0m) missed Crystal Palace’s opening fixture of pre-season as he continues rehabilitation for a knee injury.

The news comes as something of a disappointment to the 19% of Fantasy managers who had already signed the budget defender ahead of the new season.

Roy Hodgson admitted after the win over Oxford that, while Ferguson did not look to be struggling during his rehabilitation, there was no time-frame on a possible return for the player yet, causing Fantasy managers to look elsewhere for a £4.0m defender.

“Rehab? Rehab. I don’t know what to call it really. It’s a tricky one because it was a knee injury, and an important one. It’s that difficult moment – when do you put him back into competitive training? When do you put him back in training which is a lot more intense than the type of training he’s been doing during his rehab? No-one’s got a 100 per cent answer to that. “At the moment, the sports science and medical department are wanting to keep him back a bit more. I’ve got to say, when I see him doing his one-to-one work with the sports scientist, with Michael, he looks fine, but, of course, we don’t know until he gets into a situation where he’s got to twist and turn, where he’s got to hold off challenges, where he’s got to accept a bit more weight going on that knee, how it’s going to really react. I have to be patient and wait for them to tell me that they think the strength is where it should be now, and he can come back into training. He’s looking okay from what I can see but we’d like to see him really in with us training every day so we can get an even better idea of what he’s able to do for us.” – Roy Hodgson

However, Fantasy managers may not have to look too much further beyond Ferguson, with Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m) earning a shot at his replacement in light of his involvement on Tuesday.

Admittedly, the 20-year-old did not start Palace’s pre-season opener but injuries to Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m), sustained during Project Restart, and James McCarthy (£4.5m), against Oxford, forced Hodgson’s hand.

Jairo Riedewald (£4.5m) was deployed in the left-back role for this outing in light of van Aanholt’s continued absence, but the versatile Dutchman was chosen as McCarthy’s replacement 20 minutes into Tuesday’s match, opening the door for Mitchell to come on and play 70 minutes on the left side of the defence.

How long that role can last is probably reliant on what happens in the central midfield department at Palace.

They were without captain Luka Milivojevic (£6.0m) against Oxford, while Cheikhou Kouyaté (£5.0m) was forced into a centre-back role alongside Scott Dann (£4.5m) because of injuries to Gary Cahill (£4.5m), Mamadou Sakho (£4.5m) and James Tomkins (£4.5m).

Meanwhile, a previous out-of-position hero in Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m) turned heads once again. The former Leicester man was deployed as a centre-forward against Oxford, playing 70 minutes there alongside Jordan Ayew (£6.0m).

Schlupp also managed to get his hands on taking a penalty in the second half, despite Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) being on the pitch and winning the foul that led to it – although he did fail to score. Furthermore, the absence of Milivojevic is likely to have contributed to Schlupp taking the spot-kick – if the Serbian were to be present, he probably would not have got near it.

Hodgson is likely also considering deploying Zaha up-front again this season based on his half-time changes. Ayew was replaced by Max Meyer (£5.0m), who dropped into Zaha’s left midfield berth, allowing the Ivory Coast international to push up into a centre-forward pairing with Schlupp. The duo linked up to find the net for Palace, Schlupp slotting Zaha in for the equaliser.

Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) was an unused substitute and Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) watched the game from the stands as Stephen Henderson played the whole 90 minutes.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): S Henderson; Riedewald (Gordon 80′), Dann (Woods 70′), Kouyaté (Kelly 61′), J Ward (Inniss 70′); Zaha, McArthur (Kirby 75′), McCarthy (Mitchell 20′), Townsend (M Boateng 81′); Schlupp (Pierrick 70′), Ayew (Meyer 46′).

IPSWICH 1-4 WEST HAM

  • Goals: Sebastien Haller x3 (£6.5m), Tomas Soucek (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Grady Diangana x2 (£5.5m), Conor Coventry

Sebastien Haller (£6.5m) placed some uncertainty over Michail Antonio‘s (£6.5m) role at West Ham for the new season as he netted a hat-trick on Tuesday afternoon.

The Frenchman led the line in one of two simultaneous friendlies for the Hammers. Antonio spearheaded the attack in the other as first-team players were largely spread evenly across each game.

It is obviously early days, with three more pre-season matches to go but Haller has already made a statement about his intent for 2020/21. If he were to return to the West Ham first-team, centre-forward is probably the only position that can accommodate him, considering Antonio’s versatility.

Also of Fantasy note was the fact that Tomas Soucek (£5.0m) got himself on the scoresheet too.

The Czech Republic international was the subject of Fantasy clamour before West Ham’s fixtures were released but interest has waned since their horrible schedule was revealed – although seeing his name among the goals is certain to rekindle that bandwagon somewhat. We recently analysed his Project Restart form in THIS ARTICLE.

Two assists for Grady Diangana (£5.5m) probably further complicates the options in West Ham’s midfield department as he looks increasingly likely to stick around for 2020/21 after last season’s loan at West Bromwich Albion.

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Randolph; Alese (Cardoso 55′), Cresswell, Balbuena, Coventry; Soucek (Kemp 74′), Wilshere; Diangana (Lewis 74′), Anderson (Odubeko 80′), Yarmolenko; Haller.

WYCOMBE 1-5 WEST HAM

Out-of-position Antonio could thrive as West Ham's key attacker
  • Goals: Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m), Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m), Jarrod Bowen x2 (£6.5m)
  • Assists: Pablo Fornals (£6.5m), Bowen, Michail Antonio (£6.5m), Masuaku

As already mentioned, Antonio was the front-man for this large win and, even though there was no hat-trick, he still managed to be involved in the action of a 5-1 win.

The versatile attacker saw a goal ruled out for offside, turning in Jarrod Bowen’s (£6.5m) rebound off the post. He then got a Fantasy assist when the former Hull man found the net later on.

Of all the players on display at Adams Park Stadium, it was Bowen who came away with most of the Fantasy spotlight as he scored twice and assisted Manuel Lanzini‘s (£6.5m) effort.

With Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m) playing at centre-back in the other West Ham game, Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) impressed against Championship opposition, getting forward enough to register a goal and an assist.

There was also a 90-minute outing for Ben Johnson (£4.0m) at right-back, who is increasingly becoming a part of the £4.0m defender conversation. With Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m) not involved in either game, it was youngster Conor Coventry who staffed the right-hand side of West Ham’s defence in the other game.

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Martin (Anang 71′); Masuaku, Ogbonna (Akinola 71′), Baptiste, Johnson; Noble (Longelo 71′), Cullen; Fornals, Lanzini, Bowen; Antonio (Xande Silva 71′).

DUNDEE UTD 0-1 SHEFF UTD 

Abandoned at half time

  • Goals: Billy Sharp (£6.0m)
  • Assists: Sander Berge (£5.0m)

As this game was called off after 45 minutes due to adverse weather conditions, and Dundee United rested a large number of their senior professionals, there is only so much we can learn from Sheffield United’s opening pre-season excursion.

Oli McBurnie (£6.0m), Jack O’Connell (£5.0m), David McGoldrick (£5.5m) and George Baldock (£5.5m) were all missing from the matchday squad, although there was no specifics over which of these were connected with injury or who was self-isolating after missing COVID-19 tests due to track and trace alerts.

“It’s something that’s quite common right now across the whole division. It’s definitely not exclusive to us, by any stretch of the imagination. Lots of people are in exactly the same boat.” – Chris Wilder

Aaron Ramsdale (£5.0m), making his second Sheffield United debut, had very little to do at Tannadice Park, sat behind a back-three of Jack Robinson (£4.5m), John Egan (£5.0m) and Chris Basham (£5.0m) while academy midfielder Regan Slater was performed admirably out of position as a right wing-back.

Taking advantage of McBurnie and McGoldrick’s absence was Billy Sharp (£6.0m) who found the only goal of the game and stood up to take a penalty, while Oliver Norwood (£5.0m) was on the pitch, although he struck the post.

Also filling in for the more likely starters up-front was Callum Robinson (£5.5m), who might leave the club this summer but, against Dundee United, he was an energetic foil for Sharp with his lively runs.

Meanwhile, Chris Wilder was able to choose what looked like a first-choice central midfield trio of Norwood, John Fleck (£6.0m) and Sander Berge (£5.0m). The latter is typically more comfortable playing a deeper role but with John Lundstram‘s (£5.5m) contract situation dragging on, the Sheffield United boss tried him in a more advanced central role in Scotland – which led to an assist for the Norwegian.

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Ramsdale; J Robinson, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Berge, Slater; C Robinson, Sharp.

NEWCASTLE 3-0 CREWE

  • Goals: Andy Carroll (£5.5m), Christian Atsu (£5.5m), Federico Fernandez (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Jamaal Lascelles (£4.5m), Dwight Gayle (£6.0m), Dan Barlaser

Steve Bruce played two different Newcastle XIs in the 3-0 win over Crewe, making it difficult to glean too much from a selection perspective. There were still a few takeaways to consider.

Firstly, the chances of Andy Carroll‘s (£5.5m) involvement this season may be in a good place after he scored an excellent goal on Tuesday.

It was a game that did not feature Joelinton (£6.0m) or Yoshinori Muto (£5.0m) while Dwight Gayle (£6.0m) picked up an injury.

“Dwight’s picked up a knock. We hope that’s not too serious.” – Steve Bruce

It was Jamaal Lascelles (£4.5m) who got the assist for Carroll before Gayle set up Christian Atsu (£5.5m) for the second.

Dan Barlaser was the man taking corners for Newcastle in the second period, one of his efforts headed home by Federico Fernandez (£5.0m).

Newcastle United first-half XI: Gillespie; Dummett, Clark, Lascelles, Krafth; Hayden, Barlaser; Saint-Maximin, Almirón, Murphy; Carroll.

Newcastle United second-half XI: Darlow; Manquillo, Lejeune, Fernández, Yedlin; S Longstaff, M Longstaff; Atsu, Saivet, Shelvey; Gayle (Barlaser 63′).

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653 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    130m for chillwell and Maguire wow

    1. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Ridiculous

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Kante, Drinkwater, Mahrez .... loadsamoney!

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      How is Chilwell worth LESS than Maguire? Love United inflation!

      1. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Maguire ranks higher up in his position than Chilwell does so quite normal that he is more expensive (although they are both overpriced).

  2. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Chilwell is dead to us. Long live Luke Thomas!

    1. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      wouldn't take much to turn out better than him

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Could be anither case of maguire and soy

        1. THE WERNER DELUSION
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Maguire and Evans too let's be honest

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        ouch! You don't approve then?

        1. THE WERNER DELUSION
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          was trying to get a bite really, he's alright but nothing special

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Honestly , Thomas is better already

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Thomas over Justin?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Leicester is a stay away for me. Considering a cheeky bet on them getting relegated

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            I like their fixtures.

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I very much like what I've seen of him but they might sign that Turkish chappie, Nicolas Tagliafico - who is also supposed to be pretty decent.

        1. THE WERNER DELUSION
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Argentine but doesn't really matter

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I can't see Leicester not spending this summer.
      Hopefully they do. I wish well for you guys. Seriously 🙂
      Love Vardy because since I started playing game seriously he's the only player who has given me points every time i © him .... Unlike some watseful attackers 😛

  3. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    which website do you follow for transfer live rumours/updates? I suppose on sky sports transfer centre they only update with done deals

    1. BrockLanders
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Twitter

    2. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      The Sun mate...

      1. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        thanks man, cheers!

    3. Penzardlife
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Fabrizio for anything serious, for rumours outside of Chelsea though I'll just pay no mind unless its mentioned on here/Twitter. People seriously underestimate how many players clubs look at and the rumours that spring from them.

    4. ffs casual
        3 months, 5 days ago

        https://www.football-rumours.co.uk/club-rumours.php is one of the best. Less speculation than tabloids, and some teams aren't so active than others, but an excellent read.

    5. BrockLanders
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Doherty off to Spurs

        1. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          why they should sell him though?

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        If he goes then you don’t really need to spend £10.5m on Kane. Doherty will be the one supplying the bullets.

        1. BrockLanders
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Aurier issues now

          1. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Think they’re looking to sell him.

        2. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Along with Alli, Son, Lo Celso and other mids.

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Hopefully not

    6. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Stopped hunting !
      2*4.5 instead of 5.0 & 4.0 ....

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        This.

        I gave up looking for a £4.0m defender and just got £4.5’s instead.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yup

      2. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Who are those 4.5’s?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          KWP & Taylor (atm)

      3. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        What if I want 4.5 and 4.0 🙁

        Maybe I'm too greedy

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Have a £4.0 then. It’s your team.

          As long as you’re happy that he may not start for a while yet and could potentially go down to £3.9 then what’s the problem?

          It’s not like you’re going to be starting him most weeks, is it. It’s just an enabler.

        2. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Already have a dead spot in 4.5m Striker. Don't want 2 of them.

          If a 4.5m Striker becomes an option tables would turn massively

    7. That Posh Bloke
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      WANTED: Any player for 6.5 mill, for first 2 GW weeks only.

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Tielemans or Perez?

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Jarrod Bowen

      3. That Posh Bloke
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks for replies

    8. H-SF
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Don't see why Doherty would be considered a lesser option at Spurs. They will be a better team going forward (remember they had worst season of the last decade last year and still came above Wolves) if that is at all relevant but more importantly there is a pretty high chance Mourinho will continue to pursue this asymmetrical full back dynamic that he talked about in his period out of football and has demonstrated with Aurier and Davies. Moreover, Spurs had the second best defence in the big 6 after the resumption and with Jose getting in his own defenders it will continue to improve this season. Moreover, Doherty will be playing with better attackers at Spurs which could perhaps aid his pursuit of goal contributions. Finally, I'm a Spurs fan as you might be able to tell and when we did adopt that asymmetrical full back dynamic Aurier was our main outlet, he had acres of space every game. Imagine what Doherty will do with that same space and time on the ball.

      1. Greenbackbøøg…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        So Aurier is out?

      2. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        All of this.

      3. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 5 days ago

        You've convinced me, thanks. Interested to see how Doherty adapts defensively though, I expect Højbjerg will be positioned next to him to allow movement further forward.

      4. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Wiat does this mean Doherty in a back 4? Not sure that sounds trustworthy to me

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Don’t get him then. Let others like me vacuum up his points.

          1. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            I'm asking a genuine question. Will he be playing in a back 4?

            1. Klaren
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Yes he’ll be playing in a back 4. Mourinho (almost) always plays with 4 at the back.

      5. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Was thinking he'd be less attacking in a back 4 than in Wolves' wing back system but you're absolutely right about Jose's asymmetric setup. Still a good option I think.

      6. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Hmmmmmm

      7. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Doherty had 13 big chances last year, the most of any defender.

        You have to ask yourself how much of that is down to him and how much is down to the very particular system Wolves use him in.

        If it's largely the latter, you then have to then ask how much Mourinho's system is likely to encourage him to continue getting in those positions. Playing an asymetrical system isn't in itself the same as playing a system that allows Doherty to be such a direct goal threat.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          You're right mate.
          Coady finds him with his Hollywood diagonals or moutinho finds him at far end of an attacking set play ....

      8. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Yes, aurier is a really really bad player be very happy to get shot of him

      9. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Because moaneo will turn him into a bad player......very sad news he will end up at the graveyard of Spurs

      10. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        and he doesnt have that traore getting in the way all the time,deffo in my team at spurs...

    9. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Dean Henderson just signed a SIX year contract at United... surely he starts over De Gea now?

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Pogba will be signing an extension as well

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yup

        2. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Wish he didn't.

      2. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Or gets loaned out to Europa league clubs for the next 3 years?

        Should be starting for United but I think DDG is on some serious wages.

      3. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Maybe rotated. They would try to sell De Gea if they weren’t planning to play him anymore, he is the highest paid player in PL.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 5 days ago

          De Gea in PL, Henderson in CL/FA/CWC

      4. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        He'll start after De Gea throws another into his own net.

        1. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          lfmao

        2. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          You're right buddy
          This is like an ultimatum to him by OGS IMHO. Probably think we'd move Romero on this season too.

      5. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        The report is that he'll be competing with De Gea next season.

        If he wins out then United haven't been left vulnerable by DDG's decline. If DDG improves and wins out then Henderson can always go on loan to a European side the year after. A 6 year contract means they've bought the ability to do that.

    10. Gregorini
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      What do we think of this draft?:

      Lloris
      TAA/Soyuncu/Vinagre
      Son/Salah/Maddison/Jorginho
      Vardy/Mitrovic/Inga

      Leno/Dann/Davis/Romeu

      Would probably go Son to Bruno GW2. Hard to get KDB unless I bin Salah or TAA but the team feels balanced. Feedback greatly appreciated, thanks.

      1. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Vinagre out

        1. Gregorini
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Thanks, anything else?

      2. Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        are you drund bro...

        1. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          drunk

          1. Gregorini
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            How should I change it?

            1. Bank$y
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              I'm assuming this is a draft from a draft league, not a FPL team you have chosen from scratch.

              1. Gregorini
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                No it's one I've chosen but it is only a draft. I just needed to get something down and tinker so feel free to rip it up

      3. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Soy, Maddi, Jorginho, Dann, and the Lloris - Leno combo needs to go in my opinion.

        1. Gregorini
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yep I usually just get a fodder sub GK so can easily change that. Dann is easily swappable when some other decent options unfold as the season starts but I'll definitely be tinkering before season starts.

          Who would you swap for Leicester guys?

        2. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Downgrade the keepers at least and use the change to do Maddi to Ziyech. You need at least some Chelsea cover if you are not going with Timo

          1. Gregorini
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Yes definitely need Chelsea, trying to find a good way to keep it flexible so I can bring in city and United if and when

      4. Penzardlife
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Jorginho has to go, plays CDM for us and won't start. Not a fan of Lloris with cheaper Spurs defenders. Sub keeper should be 4m or 4.5 if rotating. Outside of that it looks fine, not template but not a dumpster fire and those moves should give you more to play with. Few players I wouldn't pick, but we cant all have the same team!

        1. Gregorini
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yes it is different to what I thought I'd end up with but I wanted city and United players but feels wrong to spend it and then bench them GW1

    11. FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Anyone doing sky fantasy? It's my first year doing it!

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I will but I haven't taken a serious look at it this year. It's normally covered by FFS in the early stages of the new season, but the articles peter out of the season progresses.

      2. keefyefc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I've played it a number of years now best tip I can offer is wait until the TV companies have carved up the fixture dates & plan to have a decent captain choice available for each day

      3. lugs
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        yes, my main tip is just to have good captaincy options for each match day, so build your team with fixtures in mind

    12. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      With Chilwell out will Thomas start? And is he a better option than Justin?

      1. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        yes and probably yes, depends on formation

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Cheers

      2. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        LEI has alot of red marks on their defense

      3. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I expect they will use some of the cash to sign a replacement.

      4. JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Why is Thomas better option? Asking because Justin is in my team as of now.

      5. Penzardlife
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Taglifico heavily linked, don't listen to the clowns.

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Oh yeah, forgot that he will most likely replace Chilwell. Keeping Justin.

        2. Jaws
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          And Tagliafico is fantastic.

          1. JBG
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            This as well.

    13. Bleh
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Who scores more points?

      A. Bruno & ASM
      B. Greenwood & Son

      1. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        depends if you plan on captaining any of them really, but probably B if not

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I think A.

          1. Penzardlife
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Don't rate ASM at all but interested to hear your thinking.

            1. Bleh
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Could easily turn into Soucek if he starts playing into a bit of form and/or fixtures turn. Also have good defensive cover to rotate him with (Taylor and Ayling).

        2. Bleh
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Thanks, good point actually as I’d much rather captain Bruno over the other 3.

    14. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Diangana could be a decent cheap mid option moving forwards. He did well in the Championship last season.

      1. BoleynWin
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        He’s literally top of everyone’s list at West Ham to get a start, absolutely excelled in the Championship last year & his ability to beat a man is exceptional. Moyes seems a bit sceptical, even after the thumping win yesterday (admittedly against a lesser side in pre season) Moyes didn’t pay too much attention to Gradys performance (3 x assists) in the post match interviews which was annoying. I think the right wing spot could be his for the season IF he gets minutes in the first few games

    15. Chazz69
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Hi guys, anybody encountering technical issues with the FF site I wonder ?
      I am unable to renew last year's leagues and in my " gameweek history" only last season is recorded, i am using the same email address btw....

    16. MartialMatas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      How's this draft looking?
      £0.5m left over

      Ryan
      TAA Doherty KWP
      Salah Aubameyang Alli Greenwood Soucek
      Werner Mitro

      Steer Saliba Branthwaite Brewster

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Unless you are keeping the 0.5 itb for some Man Utd/Man City future transfers, I would spend it to upgrade Soucek to ASM or Armstrong

    17. anish10
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Anyone going without salah and doubling up on defence instead?

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Not doubling up, but considering Mane over Salah.

      2. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        probably will be a few GWs in

      3. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Going without and not doubling. Just TAA.

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Who are you going with instead of Salah/Mane?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Auba and Fernandes.

        2. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Did you opt for Auba in the end Camzy?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Yes. But Community Shield might change my mind. Whoever looks sharper out of Arsenal and Liverpool I'll get Salah or Auba.

            1. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Good thinking. Thankfully, there is that Community Shield game before the start.

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Community Shield game is always before the start of the season.
                Played between PL champs of last season & FA cup winners of last season.

                It's basically a charity match. And the trophy is only counted if Jose Mourinho wins it 😆

                1. Stormbringer22
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Ha, I know that the CS game is always at the start of the season, I meant that it happens to be between the two 12m assets that we are trying to weigh up 😛

                  1. Amey
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    You can tell i had a long day then ....
                    My bad.

                    1. Stormbringer22
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      No probs, Amey. You are correct though - it is a Mickey Mouse trophy and only counts if the team you support wins it! 😀

      4. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Not keen on the pool defensive double up just yet. We don't look like keeping clean sheets since the restart. Salah over Mane 100% given that they are the same price

      5. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Salah Taa VVD for me

    18. FPL Kaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Anyone have a sneaky feeling that Pickford at 5m may be good value considering their fixtures?

      He will have something to prove if he wants to stay as the No1 GK for England!

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Hands are too small.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Soft

      2. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Harry Kane penalty save GW1?

      3. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        One rule I'm going to try to stick to more often this season is "pick players who are actually good at football". Unfortunately that rules Pickford out.

      4. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Can't take Pickford seriously, he just looks horrible

    19. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Doherty to Tottenham, big shame was certain in my team now straight out of it.

      1. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        yeah Tottingham are garbage

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        DD??

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

          Are you guessing a bra size?

    20. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      If Chelsea sign an adept GK, I would not rule them out winning the League.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Even if Messi had to join City.

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I think pool will win again either way

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Chelsea going big. No Kepa in goal already solves 99% of their problems.

      2. Top Mark.S
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        It will take them too long to settle.

        When has such a big overhaul settled quick enough to bring the title?

        Liverpool did it incrementally as did city before them and chelsea before them.

        Two horse race

      3. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        They won’t win the league. Chilwell is awful defensively, barely improves them other than being a lot younger than what they had.

    21. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Anyone feeling a sneaky punt on Nketiah?

      6.0m which is a friendly price, if Lacazette goes to Atletico, he will very likely be the main forward.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Only Arsenal player I am having is Auba.

      2. JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Is this a joke?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          No. He has a lot of potential.

          1. JJeyy
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            'very likely'

      3. Chazz69
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I would imagine that Arsenal will buy a replacement for Lacazette though....

      4. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Surely Auba would play through the center, flanked by Willian and Pepe?

      5. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        wouldn't call it 'very' likely but could happen yeah - would be interested for 2 weeks

      6. lugs
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        absolutely, Arsenal would be crazy to sell Laca though with the amount of games they'll play this season, Auba & Nketiah is not enough cover

      7. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Not for me. 6m is too much to pay for him imo.

      8. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        He's sh.t

    22. FOMFF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Does anyone have a link for live preseason game updates?

    23. The Minus Fours
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      As a Leeds fan I have managed to let my head rule my heart so far and I have no Leeds players.

      I cant wait for two weeks time when I have Ayling and Klitch in to start with Captain Rodrigo up front LOL

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        As a fan, tell me about Douglas. Will he start?

        1. The Minus Fours
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          No chance whatsoever pal

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Daaamn

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Rodrigo's stats are pants.

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Every time I've watched Valencia play, Rodrigo always found a way to miss easy chances.

        2. The Minus Fours
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yeah probably a terrible player - Spain often give out caps like sweets......;-)

          1. JBG
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Spain aren't really "swimming" in good striker options are they? Morata, ageing Costa and Rodrigo.

            1. The Minus Fours
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              True - he looks like a better Bamford to me - willing to be a team player, lay on assists....hopefully not the new Wesley or Joelington LOL

      3. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Was keen on Ayling but the fixtures are just too brutal

        1. The Minus Fours
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          When Leeds have a "nice" run Dallas and Ayling are the way forward in my opinion and Klitch will likely be on pens unless they sign anyone who is better than him

          1. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 days ago

            As a Leeds fan, out of curiosity, do you rate Ayling or Dallas as the better FPL asset? Heard mixed opinions so far.

            1. The Minus Fours
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Dallas is more of an attacking threat over the course of a season without a shadow of a doubt.

              The fact he plays left back for us and on the Wing for Northern Ireland creases me!

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 5 days ago

                My instincts to go with Dallas over Ayling were correct then. Cheers!

    24. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Aguero removed his shirt number 10 from his Instagram name

      😮

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        LOL

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          It’s all happening

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            🙁

      2. JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        did it months ago

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Apparently he just did it:

          Manchester City fans are convinced Lionel Messi is on his way
          https://mol.im/a/8666915

      3. Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        aguero to barca to help them increase their age average?

      4. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Imagine being the greatest striker in the PL ever, and then some midget comes in and you have to give up your number!

        All kidding aside, Messi is a god but I can't see him taking the no.10 of Kun

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Kun with number 16 was better imo

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Shearer says hello (260 goals)

    25. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      City will regress again this season. No attacking player will resolve an expensive inept defensive rotation hell hole.

      1. The Minus Fours
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I bet the fans that went to watch Gillingham away in League 1 are loving this regressive period in their history!

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I think its all relatvie. I bet the city fans enjoyed the season they got promoted back into premier league a lot more than last season. The ones that were supporters back then too

      2. JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        koulibaly is not inept

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Has he signed yet?

          1. JJeyy
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            No, but it will happen

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              So which settled defence will Pep fraud go with this time round?

              1. JJeyy
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Hopefully Ake Koulabaliy. See alot of love fr Laporte but not convinced

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  You just need to look at the points table for City defence and not find them anywhere.

                  1. JJeyy
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    thats why they are buying new centre backs

                    1. FOO FIGHTER
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Tpep will never have a settled defence. Drops mic.

                      1. FOO FIGHTER
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        Sorry, remove the T.

                      2. JJeyy
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        And his defence last season was son 'unsettled' they conceded only 2 goals more than Liverpool, or the season before when they won the league conceding only one more goal than Liverpool. But im sure you wont start claiming the Liverpool defence in unsettled.

                        1. FOO FIGHTER
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 5 days ago

                          That is not the point. Pep made more changes than any other manager this season.

                          I want to see him changing that when he has an awfully big expensive defence to say the least.

                        2. JJeyy
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 5 days ago

                          hmmm ok

      3. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Theyve turned back into Pellegrini's city

      4. AuFeld
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        If increasing the amount of goals scored from 95 (18/19) to 102 (19/20) is your idea of regression, then I'm all for it.

        1. AuFeld
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          * regressing

        2. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Scoring the most goals does not win you the PL.

          1. AuFeld
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            There is almost a direct correlation of a team's chance to win the prem with the number of goals scored. As long as Team A outscores Team _ in just about every match, they'll win the league.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Prove it.

      5. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Mess isn’t just any attacking player, if they sign him they won’t need to worry about defending

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Worked against Munich right?

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Man City plus Messi is considerably stronger than Barca plus Messi. And Bayern aren’t in the prem, they’re the best team in Europe by some distance.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Lol, so Messi will win Pep the League?

              Pep could not win the CL with Bayern. He has failed to win at at City.

              Messi at some ridiculous wages, we await.

              1. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                I think city will win the league without Messi, so yeah

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Good for you.

        2. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Inconclusive

      6. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Totally disagree. Another central def signing changes thIngs entirely.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Not with roulette

          1. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Yes with roulette. This regression argument is very subjective. How are you defining it ? Finishing further behind Liverpool ?

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              It is clear that the points drop from Pep is an issue otherwise he would have replicated it with 'dominance'.

              1. Slouch87
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                So it has absolutely nothing to do with other sides maybe becoming more competitive ? Your theory falls down completely as it takes no account whatsoever of the competition. For what it's worth I think that City will win the PL again this season. A diminishing in points is a ridiculous way to define regression if the quality of the opposition improves

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Lol, Pep feeds off the smaller teams in the PL. That is why he will never replicate his success at Barca.

                  If Pep had to go back to Barca at this point he would fail ten fold. Needs money and an established team.

                  1. Slouch87
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Lol. You've obviously made your mind up and consider things in an excessively simplistic manner. Good luck with your floored theory.

                    1. Goonsquad245
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Don’t waste your time and energy with this one

                      1. Slouch87
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        Cheers but already fully aware . Just thought it was worth experimenting to see if he could build an argument based around thought and analysis . Obviously not. Other posters have more considered and well constructed responses.

      7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Depends how you define “regress“

        In the FPL sense - They are a definitely bit of an enigma in that statistically they are elite - but they still don’t really have any viable defensive FPL assets bar Laporte - who will very likely be FPL gold if he stays fit at 6.0 (something in the region of 30+ starts, 20 CS, 3G, 3A, 10+ baps for 180-ish I would project)

        Outside of FPL although - objectively they are *almost*, if not outright *the* best defence in the league - and that’s without Laporte fit for the season... and with a Vincent Kompany shaped hole in both the fabric of the club and the dressing room (I.e. objectively in the sense that on clean sheets (17) they were best in the league, on goals conceded (35) they were bettered only by Liverpool, by 2 goals, and on XGc (37) they were again top of the league)

        And my hunch is they would be *comfortably* the best defence in the league with Laporte fit for the season...

        With Laporte fit AND another big money centre half were he to arrive?

        Everyone else in the league would be playing for second with that attack combined with an even tighter defence imo

        The analogy I used to illustrate this to you the other day was judging a Ferrari with a flat tyre to be a bad car. Yes it obviously underperforms vs what it’s truly capable of - but only while it has the flat tyre

        City are still very much a Ferrari - and if/when they get that tyre pumped up again - that will likely be borne out on the pitch

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Judt like Salah regressing with a few goals 😀

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            300 > 260 > 230 > ???

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              My word, not many players have scored as many goals as Salah in a debut season.

              I rest my case.

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                It’s a somewhat jarring segway to leap from City’s defence to Salah.... but that being said

                He definitely does look a great bet for a GW1 captaincy - there’ll be many’s an eager armband awaiting one of those Salah Mega-hauls vs Leeds, probably myself included now that Bruno & KDB are blanking 🙂

                Interestingly though - those those “mega-haul" scenarios are much more rare than perhaps we give him credit for... He's definitely been on a bit of a downswing since ~Jan'19/the last ~24 months or so...

                Since GW24 of 2018/19 for example he has:
                - 49 Appearances (48 starts, 1 sub)
                - 2 treble returns
                - 7 double returns
                - 17 single returns
                - 23 blanks

                So basically - whilst he has returned in just over half of his appearances (26/49)... when it comes to "hauls"... he really only has two big ones:

                - Home to Huddersfield GW36 2018/19 - 2G 1A - 18 points April'19
                - Away to Brighton GW34 2019/20 - 2G 1A - 18 points Jul'20

                Beyond that it was really 7 double returns (each between 12-14 points - still very solid scoring obvs - but for 12.0+ you want that)

                Then the remaining 40 appearances were either blanks (23 thereof) or lots of little 5-8 pointers (17 thereof)

                In a way, the GW1 blanks might just act as an inadvertently fortuitous way for those who had originally planned to go with Bruno over Salah (like myself) to tap into one of Salah’s hauls “for free”, who knows what way it will all go

                But who knows what his next 50 games will be like - he could get back to 300-point Mo, 260-point Mo, or stay around 230-point Mo - should be interesting!

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Meh meh meh meh

                  1. Slouch87
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    A reply to be analysed in great depth.

                2. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Great info but not sure why you keep giving this fool the time of day

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Fools paradise.

                  2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    A “Fool Fighter” if you will 😉

                3. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Do you think it is safe to say that LFC would have won the title without Salah?

                  I am not for one moment saying Salah is the be all and end all but...

                  It will be interesting to see if UTD can win the title with Bruno

                  😀

            2. FOO FIGHTER
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              And that has been how brilliant Salah has been every season since joing LFC 😀

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                He’s been fantastic - no doubt - and should score his 1000th FPL point this season which is a landmark for any player

                He does have the price tag to go with it too though to be fair...

                And It’s actually quite interesting when you stack up his last 3 seasons with his partner in crime Mr Mané for example:

                The trends are:

                Minutes
                - Salah: 2900 > 3300 > 2900 > ???
                - Mané: 2200 > 3100 > 2700 > ???

                Points
                - Salah: 300 > 260 > 230 > ???
                - Mane: 150 > 230 > 220 > ???

                Prices
                - Salah: 9.0 > 13.0 > 12.5 > 12.0
                - Mané: 9.5 > 9.5 > 11.5 > 12.0

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Salah is an exceptional FPL asset. Record breaking one and highest scoring one overall since he joined Liverpool.

                  I like him in my team.

                  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    A good point, well made 🙂

      8. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Only kept the most clean sheets in the league

    26. JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 5 days ago

      In order which Utd player rising in price the fastest?

      A) Bruno
      B) Rash
      C) Martial
      D) GW

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        That order

      2. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Bruno, Greenwood*, Martial, Rashford

        * only if Utd don't sign anyone, which is unlikely

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Bruno

      4. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        ADCB

      5. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Definitely Bruno

    27. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Any Everton fans around? Will this Branthwaite guy have a chance of starting?

      Desperately looking for a 4.0m defender.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Johnson Westham

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          This ^ Brutal fixtures though. Not that it matters, as long as he plays!

        2. BoleynWin
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          He’s not nailed by any means, second behind Fredricks but will be blooded heavily through the season. Expect some starts but there will be a lot of rotation between them two for the RB spot

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        No

    28. Top Mark.S
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Think I am almost there:

      McCarthy nyland
      Taa robbo kwp saliba lamptey
      Salah auba greenwood asm bissouma
      Werner antonio Adam's

      I know planning transfers ahead is foolish but I feel like we are forced to with bgw 1.

      Gw2 salah < bruno
      Gw3 auba < Kdb
      Gw4 antonio < Jim

      Thoughts?

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Could you be priced out on any of those planned transfers or have you kept some money itb to cover the fluctuations?

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Salah to bruno happens the moment the game opens to give me 1.5.

          Auba to kdb is hard to predict but it is possible casuals sell kdb because of gw 1 blank. I am hoping that bags me .5 but it might be .4.

          The last one is tough but Jim may well blank against blades defence and city. If he does he wont go up in price.

          I should probably downgrade one of my 4.5 defenders to make sure right?

      2. Pedersen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Why robo over vvd? Better to keep the change for prices when doing your transfers

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I owned vvd after lockdown and regretted it. Robbo is worth the extra imo

      3. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Taking salah out if he’s performed against Leeds could be tricky.

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          That's why you do it before he plays 😉

      4. St. Stephen XI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Completely agree about the bgw's leading to planned transfers. I'm planning on Auba for Bruno week 2 and am hoping that fluctuations won't stymie Ziyech to Rashford week three.

        Of course transfers and preseason injuries have me in a state of constant tinkering, but I think your idea of planned transfers makes good sense here.

    29. St. Stephen XI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Bamford's value (to the degree it exists) suffers due to Rodrigo's arrival, right?

      1. The Minus Fours
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I can see them both playing (Rodrigo on the right) as Costa was shocking for most of last season...cannot for the life of me see what Bielsa likes about him

        1. St. Stephen XI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Thank you. I am grateful for your response.

    30. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      So Leicester make a load of money and upgraded Maguire and Chilwell for Soyuncu and Tagliafico. absolutely epic business.

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        😀 😀 😀

    31. Bavarian
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Your thoughts please!!!!!
      McCarthy
      TAA-Egan-Doherty
      Salah-ASM-Aubameyang-Soucek
      Kane-Werner-Mitrovic

      Martin-McArthur-Davis-Mitchell

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah quite like it for a 2 big strikers team

        1. Bavarian
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Thanks for your response mate

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            What’s the plan for getting united in?

            1. Bavarian
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Auba > Fernandes most probably

              1. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                And then city?

                1. Bavarian
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Hahah its a big dilemma then.. you cant have them all...

                  1. No Professionals
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    No I agree, but I think it is worth having a plan for how your team looks by gw3 even if you don’t actually activate it

                    1. Bavarian
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Any suggestions? Other than Salah > KDB

                  2. No Professionals
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Your team has value well spread, so kane to aguero, Werner to martial, aubameyang to KDB are all easy switches.

                    1. Bavarian
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Could work well..Thanks a lot for your time mate

      2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        You don't want Martin in there. Promise.

        Mitrovic to Brewster.

        1. Bavarian
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          And what to do with the extra money?

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I would downgrade McArthur to have money ITB

        1. Bavarian
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          He's a 4.5 mid