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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. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Assuming Doherty joins Spurs and is no longer a good option...

    McCarthy Steer
    TAA Dier KWP Saliba Johnson
    Auba Fernandes Son Ziyech Bissouma
    Werner Antonio Mitrovic

    1. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      overthinking

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Who? Auba or Salah I will decide based on Community Shield. But I'm almost certain I'm going to go with only one.

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

      I think he'll be a great option actually

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      It'd be very very interesting to see who first choice WB's are for Wolves

    4. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I'd still keep Doherty for sure, not many good defensive options around. Dier KWP Saliba Johnson looks pretty dire

    5. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      But, but...you have Dier? Lol

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I do and I intend to keep him. He'll be first choice at Spurs. Can take some direct FKs and is tall so is a set piece threat too.

        1. Brosef Stalin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Dier is great value at 5.0 as well

  2. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Sancho will be a United player once BVB find a replacement.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      FR ?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Is he reliable ?
          Don't give me hope's ... 😕

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Read the tweets from the ITK, has got 95% of the things right

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Nice

  3. Amey
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    More i think about transfer window & possible transfers going to happen or can happen.
    We're all wasting our energy by making drafts aren't we .... 😮

    Having Said that, I'm firm on my draft. Ha ha (unless Messi joins someone or Something as important to FPL happens)

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Feels a bit daft yes.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        It's a good pass time yes. But can lead to overthinking

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

      Yeah, I've said that before, so much is still happening that it feels pointless wasting time beyond having a quick look.

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

        But then again, some people were making drafts before prices were available.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Whatever makes them happy 🙂

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        This is not a jibe at anyone.
        But it's a mad transfer window .....

        1. NEXUS-6
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Agree with this.

    3. NEXUS-6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Draft as a brush

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I learned something new today 🙂

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 1 day ago

          100%, total waste of time but I can’t stop

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Enjoy responsibly 🙂
            Don't get stuck on to an idea you won't get away if something drastic happens !!
            (Talking to myself 😉 )

  4. Thewoodyhorse
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    If Messi goes to City how much do you think he'd be? 13/14/15m? More?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Loads of discussion on previous articles - please refer

    2. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      14m at a guess, but I think that's too cheap personally

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        😀

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      13.0 mid and grossly underpriced

    4. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      14m midfielder

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      13m. If he's 14 or higher I will not get him.

      If he's 14m that means he's worth 2.5m more than KdB. There's no way that's true. Even if he fulfills beyond the wildest dreams, he'll get what 300 points? Who would be assisting him, who would he assist himself? Sterling or KdB will also get close with like 260+ seasons if that happens and be better value.

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Wouldn’t the perma captain be worth the premium?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Would give to KdB or Sterling.

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Yeah, I just think Messi in the prem would be so monumental I couldn’t bare to not see him in my team. Not the best reason to have him.

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              I take it back. I can see him coming into my team if he hits insane form and there are cheap enablers.

              Last year for instance, I could have built a 95m team at the end of the season that was very competitive. That would easily allow me to afford a like 15m Messi. We'll see.

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          25 goals and 21 assists in the league last season, plus a hatful of bonus points and appearance and clean sheets has him north of 300 points

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Again, remember that if that happens, who is getting his 21 assists and assisting his 25 goals?

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Not the same person so not the full whack. That output and a nailed on perma captain would make it worthwhile for me.

      2. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        If messi scores 300 points and KDB scores 260, he’s easily better value at 14m.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          KDB would be better value in that scenario

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I think that you need to revise your maths

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          300/14 = 21....
          260/11.5 = 22....

          So technically, no. KdB would be better value. Captaincy might swing it though.

          In the end, I think if Messi comes, KdB becomes essential and the question then is whether to double up or not and if you have the enablers to be able to afford to do it.

      3. Guba
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Not a chance will he be 13

  5. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    One week punt?

    A) Ziyech vs bha (triple up with Werner and Mount)
    B) Maddison (wba)
    C) Alli (EVE)

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Hold those Blue Horses !!

      Probably James Madison

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        A keeper signing away from me lumping quite a bit of money on us at 12/1

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Ziyech

        2. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          🙂

        3. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Get the sentiment but a season too soon. Also 12/1 is a terrible price. You should be thinking of a minumum of 25/1 to represent any value.

    2. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      A

  6. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Draft 691 - 4,4,2

    Ramsdale

    Robbo,vvd,Saïss,Kwp,4.0
    Asm,son,salah,soucek
    Werner,mitro

    1.5 itb for salah to Bruno and mitro to martial on gw 1

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Like it but you will need to be strong when TAA hauls and remind yourself that Robertson will have games where he out scores Trent

  7. Brosef Stalin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Thoughts on the below please everybody? I have created a team that loos beyond GW1 so I can capitalise on double GWs later on.

    Martinez
    Walker-Peters, Saliba, Lascelles
    Auba, Ziyech, Son, ASM
    Ayew, Werner, Mitro
    (Nyland, Dallas, Taylor, Bruno)

    I will be swapping Son out for KDB after GW1 using the 2.5m I have ITB.

  8. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    How many posts per day of people asking what Messi would cost?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      14 Million

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

      What would he cost tho?

    3. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      15m

    4. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      13.5/14

    5. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      6

  9. The Sarjeant
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I really, really, really, really, really don’t want Messi to be an option in FPL.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      It would remove the captaincy variance that a lot of people complain about

      1. The Sarjeant
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I like choosing a captain. I don’t particularly want to spend 14.0 on a player that everyone will own too. Takes the fun out of it.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Completely agree with you

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

        No rotation for him?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          🙂

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Chill mate. Most likely won't happen. Too much money involved

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        He's going to City

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          No No No No No

      2. The Sarjeant
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I am relaxed! 😆 just saying my opinion.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I was talking to myself

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

      He’d get kicked the same amount as hazard did and end up getting broke!

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Hazard did ok, and he’s half the player Messi is

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

          Aye, but messi is 33

          1. Sanchit
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            He's scoring for fun at 33.
            Fitness matters, not age.

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

              More likely to get injured on a cold night at Burnley that’s all!

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          So bizarre that Hazard got injured as soon as he left English football

    4. UnitedFan
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Same.

    5. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I want him to be in the prem, so being in fpl is a byproduct. Massive for the league, how many of the all time greats have even played in England? Not many.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        No Pele, Maradona, Zidane, Cruyff, Beckenbauer

        Prob just Henry and C.Ronaldo as all time greats and Best and Moore going further back

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I’m not sure many would class Henry as an all time great, prem great for sure.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Not sure what more he could have won to be considered an all time great. Perhaps being a more central figure in their international success or having won the UCL with Arsenal in 06

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              No UCL win with Arsenal and in the shadow of Zidane for the NT will mean he will not be remembered as an all-time great imo. A premier league legend but I don't think he's in the Pele, Maradona, Cruyff, Zidane tier.

          2. Sanchit
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Henry definitely an all time great!

            1. Dr. Rog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Henry was the worlds best player between 2001-2006.
              Who else even came close? Ronaldinho perhaps but he wasnt half as prolific.

              Henry was simply unplayable during that time. If FPL were around his records would still be standing now - in 2002/3 season he got 24 goals and 20 assists - nobody has repeated that since.

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Banks

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Matthews, Greaves, Charlton

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Yeah, saw the last two of those - they both scored against us at Filbert Street.

              1. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                & Best

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Agreed. Only CR7 will go down as an all-time great who has played in the prem.

    6. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Would be amazing
      Straight in my team as my differential (c)!

    7. Graham Zusi's Hair is …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      The most boring year of FPL was when 70% had Suarez perma-captain. This would be more like 80%.

  10. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Who are the latest frontrunners for the coveted position of
    a) 4m defender
    b) 4.5m mid
    c) 4.5m fwd

    1. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      A) Real wait and see here for now I think. Thomas at Leicester?
      B) Gordon at Everton maybe highest ceiling. Reed would be a regular at Fulham but too deep and defensive.
      C) Another wait and see. Brewster potentially.

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Don’t know
      Thin pickings, mcarthy at CP ?
      Brewdog

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      It's all sh.tstorm tbh mate

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      A) Johnson (WHU) or Mitchell (CPL)
      B) Super slim pickings... Stephens or Bissouma for starts
      C) Again, super slim. Brewster loan is the big hope but otherwise, pick Davis and hope Villa lose their strikers to injury...

  11. PascalCygan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Doherty to Spurs most interests me because of what it would mean for Wolves’ wing-backs.

    I know we’ve all spoken about Maitland-Niles a fair bit - perhaps that move makes even more sense in light of the Doherty news. Could that then in turn help Vinagre - could he be an option again?

    I’m sure they’ll have someone else up their sleeves for the RWB slot too...

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      it makes AMN become an option.

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Agreed.

        5.0m for a Wolves wing-back that is nailed, has no European football, and is actually quite good going forward.

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yup

  12. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Spurs close to signing Doherty for 15m

    Absolute steal

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yes, as a wing-back (3-5-2, 3-4-3 etc.)

      But in a back 4? Don't trust Doherty at RB in that.

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        They'll still keep CSs so doesn't really matter

        But yeah he's dead as a FPL asset

      2. UnitedFan
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        People have made a good point about Mourinho's asymmetric system with fullbacks. He should still be given license to bomb like Aurier has.

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Levy

    3. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Sp*rs right backs get forward. The LB stays at home.

    4. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Wow - that little?

    5. Our Man Charlie
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      that is a great deal if that is true 🙂

  13. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Frank Lampard going to be the new Pep?

    That Chelsea team is looking good, other than the GK. Surely Oblak is on his way seeing all the signings that have come in.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Pep - tactics ?

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Lampard coming up with his own style and tactics. Like Pep did.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Hmmm
          Let's see

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

      CB’s?

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Overrated.
        😛

      2. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Oblak*
        Azpi Silva Rudiger Chilwell
        Kovacic Havertz Kante
        Ziyech Werner Pulisic

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

          That back 4 isn’t great, Oblak will have to be at his very best

    3. KAALI_DAAL
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Onananananana

    4. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Out of the loop.

      Whats the latest template team here?

      1. NEXUS-6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Messi and 14 others.

      2. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Vinagre and a strong bench.

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        McCarthy
        TAA Doherty KWP
        Salah Auba Son Soucek (Greenwood)
        Werner Mitrovic

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks. Apparently nothing has changed

        2. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Yeah pretty bang on

      4. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        McCarty
        TAA - VVD - Vinagre - Saliba
        Salah - Auba - Greenwood - ASM
        Werner - Mitrovic

        Nyland - 4.0 - 4.5 - 4.5

      5. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        McCarthy
        TAA Doherty ???
        Messi Salah Auba Soucek ???
        Werner Mitrovic

      6. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Nyland, Soucek, Mitro and 12 others.

    5. SIGGYMETIMBER
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      What's the best weekly fantasy game websites? I know draftkings but think theres more. Ta

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

      Emile Smith-Rowe (4.5m MF) may well join Fulham on a season long loan, could be a decent bench option at that price!

    7. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Does the 25 Private League cap also include H2H leagues?

    8. JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Think I might do Salah > Bruno in GW2. Anyone else?

      1. NEXUS-6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Fair enough. I’m thinking Ings to Martial since I plan to keep 0.5 itb.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Jimenez fixtures are brilliant attacking wise mate.

          1. NEXUS-6
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Yeah I’ve thought about Jimi too but I think the opening 2 games suck.

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Check his scores vs City last season 😉

              1. NEXUS-6
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Yeah he did well, no guarantee of a repeat tho!

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  We both are stubborn as f 😆
                  GL mate. I'm considering Adams as an option instead of Mitrovic as I'm not going for Ings. Let's see ....

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        0/

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

      15m seems cheap for Doherty lol

      1. UnitedFan
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Irish, not English so....

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

          Even so I'd have assumed 30m honestly

          1. UnitedFan
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            True it is cheap.

      2. KAALI_DAAL
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Yup. Maybe because he's 28.

      3. Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        If Doherty leaves, who plays for Wolves at RWB? Adama?

        1. The Sarjeant
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Maybe AMN?

          1. Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Oh yeah, makes sense. So in that case, Vinagre should keep his place.

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

        Who keeps Doherty if he moves to Spurs?

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

          Need to see who Wolves sign as a replacement first

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            AMN

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

              Not him

        2. UnitedFan
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I might. As stated previously by many posters, Mourinho allows his RB to bomb forward while the LB sits deep. People are also expecting Spurs to improve defensively given their Restart form, Mou's second season thing and a full pre-season with him. He's also underpriced, should have been 6.5 to be honest.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Yeah maybe actually.

            Doherty + Saiss instead of Doherty + Dier for Wolves-Spurs defensive axis.

            1. Dr. Rog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Doherty + AMN

      5. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        The Athletic has also reported Doherty will be joining Spurs for just 15m pounds.

        With 3 years left on his contract, this is strange af

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I think as FPL managers we overrated high scoring players.

          He's a 28 year old RWB. He doesn't have much of a ceiling but his floor is very good.

        2. Andy'81
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I've seen reports that they might need to sell to buy but I don't think they meant getting robbed.

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

          Aurier leaving?

        4. Gomolon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 hours ago

          For this price, makes you wonder why Chelsea didn't buy him, play Azpi on the left, and save £35m in the process.

          1. The Minus Fours
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 9 hours ago

            Bonkers how other "bigger" clubs were not in for him at that price. Only Trent better in his position arguably.

            1. Gomolon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 9 hours ago

              I know right, and bonkers how Wolves weren't holding out for a higher price given he's proven in the league, and such a good attacking asset for them with 3 years on contract. They aren't even getting enough to cover the cost of replacement (AMN is £20m)

      6. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Hi....can i have a view on this squad please?

        352 most weeks - with greenwood benched gw 1

        Mccarthy nyland
        Taa doherty justin saliba 4m
        Salah auba greenwood armstrong asm
        Werner jiminez brewster

        Thanks

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

          I'd steer away from Leicester defence.

          Not going near Werner myself for a while, but haven't seen Jiminez in many teams and think he's a great pick.

          1. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Cheers.

            Werner has veen in every single draft and isn't going anywhere

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

              I think nearly all drafts posted here are fine, now we just need to wait and see.

              Depending on your WC/Transfer plan, you could not start with Greenwood and use the funds to have a 1 week punt.

              1. Flynny
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Yeah I think it is worth keeping greenwood on the bench gw1 and ensuring that the 4th defender I play has a good fixture....thanks

                1. FOMFF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  I think I'm working to that plan. No Spurs?

                  1. Flynny
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Doherty by the looks of things!!

                    Works out nicely as wanted spurs asset...

                    Justin can become vinagre and then I have spurs and wolves,

                    1. FOMFF
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Of course! *face palm*
                      What's your moves for KDB/Bruno? I like Greenwood on the bench but was planning Son > Bruno wk1, Auba > KDB wk2. Is Greenwood a poor mans Bruno?

      7. Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        No way that Wolfs will trade Doh for 15M.....it is just...no way!

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          weird isn't it

      8. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        James Rodriguez to Everton for 25m euros accepted by Real Madrid.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Wow

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

          I want Calvert-Lewandowski more and more

          1. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Is he actually that good??

            Apart from scoring that goal 6 years ago he hasn't done a great deal.

            Genuine q

            1. Dr. Rog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              flatters to deceive.
              they have been trying to offload him for awhile

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              I was at that match at the Maracana 🙂

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

        Best training for staying patient during the season not fiddling daily with draft preseason?

        1. NEXUS-6
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Edging.

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

          Oops

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

            There is a question mark there 🙂

            2 seasons so far

            44 hits season 1
            19 season 2

            Wondering how to continue this season.

        3. Andy'81
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Easiest way preseason is to not log on, I've not bothered joining yet. Still plenty of time before the season kicks off.

      10. Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        How Justi played today? And Vardy wast in the team?

      11. Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        And...." I am gonna get AMN for 20M, and sell Doherty for 15M" - Woves dont to buissnies like that!

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

          Aged variance

      12. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Rate my team?

        Lloris
        TAA Justin/Taylor KW-P/Hegazi
        Auba Son Ziyech Maddison Sigurdsson
        Jimenez Ings

        0.5 ITB

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Maddison and Siggy big questionmarks for me

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

        Tierney = £25m
        Chilwell = £50m

        Half the price but twice the player 🙂

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Arsenal fan then are you?

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

            Common football knowledge let’s be real 😉