Scout Notes

Popular FPL forward Werner scores on Chelsea debut as Ziyech suffers knee “twist”

Fantasy Football Scout’s coverage of pre-season continues with another round of match reports on key friendlies.

We’ve gone over some recent summer games to pull out the key Fantasy talking points… and track the minutes played by every player…

BRIGHTON 1-1 CHELSEA

  • Goals: Pascal Groß (£6.0m) | Timo Werner (£9.5m)
  • Assists: Aaron Connolly (£5.5m) | Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m)

Timo Werner (£9.5m) did not wait around to get his Chelsea career off and running.

The former Leipzig forward made his debut for the Blues in a pre-season draw with Brighton on Saturday afternoon, finding the net before the five-minute mark.

Werner also produced plenty to like off the ball as well, with some excellent energy and movement during his 61-minute outing.

There was, as expected, a lot of drifting into the left-hand channel and dropping deep, but these runs only served to demonstrate Werner’s ability to link-up with his team-mates – possibly hinting at assist potential.

It must be said that the German international offered a lot more in the first half than during the second, in light of the creativity and service around him.

Stationed on the right-hand side of Chelsea’s front-three, Hakim Ziyech (£8.0m) showed exactly why Frank Lampard wanted to bring him to Chelsea. As well as providing excellent delivery from set plays, it was his cross that led to Werner’s goal, helped on by Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m).

There was, perhaps, a little bit too much time spent on the chalk of the touchline against Brighton for Ziyech but it is early days yet.

Furthermore, Fantasy managers may have to play a patient game with the former Ajax man in light of a second-half injury. Ziyech was forced off in the 54th with what Lampard described post-match as a “little twist to the knee” that needs to be looked at. Olivier Giroud (£7.0m) also left the game late-on with a bandaged head. 

Christian Pulisic (£8.5m), Fikayo Tomori (£5.0m), Emerson Palmieri (£5.0m), Mason Mount (£7.0m), Ross Barkley (£6.0m), Jorginho (£5.0m), Michy Batshuayi (£6.0m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.5m) all missed the game due to time in isolation over the last two weeks.

As ever, concerns about Chelsea’s defence remain as they conceded two penalties at the Amex Stadium, one saved by Willy Caballero (£4.5m), the other conceded.

Meanwhile, Leeds fans will not have enjoyed Ben White (£4.5m) featuring for over an hour as part of a strong-looking back-three for Brighton.

He was joined at the back by Lewis Dunk (£5.0m) and Adam Webster (£4.5m) as Graham Potter vows to give him the chance to earn a first-team place this season.

Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m) was used as a second-half substitute while three different Seagulls goalkeepers were used – but David Button (£4.0m) did not feature.

Christian Walton came on for Mat Ryan (£4.5m) at the interval but was forced off through injury with 10 minutes left to play, allowing Robert Sánchez to come on and finish the game.

Pascal Groß (£6.0m) scored the equalising goal for Brighton from the spot, but it is unclear what this means for the pecking order as Neal Maupay (£6.5m) had been substituted before this penalty, having missed one of his own earlier in the match.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-5-1-1): Ryan (Walton 62′ | Sánchez 80′); Dunk (Bernardo 62′), Webster (Burn 62′), B White (Duffy 62′); March (Connolly 62′), Bissouma (D Stephens 62′ | Sanders 73′), Alzate (Molumby 46′), Lallana (Mac Allister 46′), Veltman (Lamptey 46′); Trossard (Jahanbakhsh 62′); Maupay (Groß 62′).

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa (Caballero 46′); Alonso (Maatsen 66′), Christensen (Azpilicueta 46′), Clarke-Salter (Rüdiger 46′), R James (Lawrence 66′); Loftus-Cheek (Vale 72′), Kanté (Ampadu 61′), Kovačić (Baker 61′); Hudson-Odoi (McCormick 72′), Werner (Giroud 61′ | Castillo 90+2′), Ziyech (Gallagher 54′).

SPURS 4-1 READING

  • Goals: Own Goal, Dele Alli (£8.0m), Son Heung-min (£9.0m), Erik Lamela (£6.0m)
  • Assists: Son x2, Lucas Moura (£7.0m), Steven Bergwijn (£7.5m)

Son Heung-min (£9.0m) continued his exhilarating pre-season form in a big win over Reading on Friday, but Fantasy managers are urged to consider the context before jumping at the chance to throw him in their next draft.

For the second friendly in a row, the South Korean was used as a central striker in the absence of Harry Kane (£10.5m), who missed the last two weeks of training following a quarantine period after travelling.

Just as he did back in February, Son made the most of his advanced central role against Reading and now has three goals and two (Fantasy) assists this summer.

In the first half on Friday, Ben Davies (£5.0m) played a long ball down the left-hand side of the field, run onto by Son, whose shot was turned into his own net by Omar Richards.

Alli headed to Lucas Moura (£7.0m) on the edge of the box, taking in an immediate first-touch return pass and lofting the ball over visiting goalkeeper Rafael Cabral.

Steven Bergwijn (£7.5m) found space on the left six minutes later, allowing him enough room to pick out Son in the box, who swept in at the back post.

The South Korean was then involved again as he got fouled for the free-kick Erik Lamela (£6.0m) dispatched in the 52nd minute.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris (Hart 46′ | Gazzaniga 74′); B Davies (Sessegnon 46′), Dier (Carter-Vickers 46′), Alderweireld, G Fernandes (Aurier 46′); Højbjerg (Bowden 75′), White (Sissoko 46′ (Devine 86′)); Bergwijn (Cirkin 62′), Alli (Clarke 62′), Moura (Lamela 46′); Son (Scarlett 81′).

SPURS 1-0 BIRMINGHAM

  • Goals: Steven Bergwijn (£7.5m)
  • Assists: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (£5.0m)

Spurs’ next pre-season game, played the following day added a few extra factors for Fantasy managers to consider.

Kane was finally named as part of a matchday squad after his period of self-isolation, although he did not feature against Birmingham. It means we will probably only get to see him in action for Spurs before Gameweek 1 when they travel to Watford on September 5 – although he is due to play for England during the international break.

With three friendlies in the books for Spurs now, we are starting to get an idea of who Mourinho’s favourites have been in other positions.

Gedson Fernandes (£5.0m) has played 225 minutes across those outings, used in a number of different roles (including right-back) while Ryan Sessegnon (£5.0m) has registered the same game-time (most among Spurs players) predominantly on the left-hand side of attacking midfield.

Moura has also been extensively used, playing for 90 minutes against Birmingham and is the third-most utilised Spurs player so far.

Also of note, Cameron Carter-Vickers has now played 180 minutes, the most of any Spurs centre-back. While Toby Alderweireld (£5.5m) and Eric Dier (£5.0m) are likely to be the first-choice pair, the youngster’s involvement could be enough to earn a £4.0m or £4.5m price on FPL.

The same could be said of Dennis Cirkin, who has largely been rotating the left-back berth with Davies, registering 118 minutes so far.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-3-3): Hart (Lloris 46′); Cirkin (B Davies 46′), Carter-Vickers, Dier (Bergwijn 46′), Aurier; White (Alli 46′), G Fernandes, Sissoko (Højbjerg 61′); Sessegnon, Clarke (Son 71′), Moura. 

NEWCASTLE 2-1 BARNSLEY

  • Goals: Andy Carroll (£5.5m), Jacob Murphy
  • Assists: Matt Ritchie (£5.0m)

Andy Carroll (£5.5m) continues to draw Fantasy attention ahead of the new season as he scored for the second pre-season friendly in a row on Saturday.

With Dwight Gayle (£6.0m) currently out injured with an ankle problem, and Joelinton (£6.0m) and Yoshinori Muto (£5.0m) still yet to be involved in a single friendly, Carroll’s chances of starting Gameweek 1 are beginning to look encouraging indeed.

Add into the mix that he has now scored two goals in as many appearances over the summer, and Steve Bruce may have no choice but to build his attack around the striker for the visit of West Ham on Saturday, September 12.

With a dearth of serious options in the £5.5m bracket among forwards this season, interest in Carroll may increase slightly in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Fantasy managers should keep an eye on the goalkeeper situation at Newcastle in light of Martin Dúbravka‘s (£5.0m) recent injury.

Karl Darlow (£5.0m) is obviously too expensive for anyone to really consider but Mark Gillespie (£4.5m) could offer value if he were to nail a place down. So far this pre-season, both goalkeepers have played half of the two games. With each of them on 90 minutes total game-time this summer, more data is needed.

Of the two goalkeepers, Darlow remains the unbeaten one so far, Newcastle conceding nine minutes after Gillespie came on against Barnsley.

Matt Ritchie (£5.0m) made his first appearance of pre-season on Saturday, featuring on the left-hand side of midfield, registering an assist for Carroll’s goal and going close to scoring himself.

Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.5m) was used only as a second-half substitute in this outing and, interestingly, after two games, 11 of his colleagues have been handed more game-time. The Frenchman was exciting during his 29-minute cameo though, producing a trademark fizzing run and cross late in the game, which nearly resulted in Josh Murphy (not yet priced) adding his second of the game, were it not for a deft touch by Barnsley’s goalkeeper.

Murphy was another player to add some zip to Newcastle in the second half, winning a penalty that he scored himself.

Newcastle United XI (4-5-1): Darlow (Gillespie 46′); Dummett (Manquillo 61′), Clark (Yedlin 61′), Fernández (Lejeune 61′), Krafth; Ritchie (Atsu 61′), S Longstaff (Murphy 61′), Hayden (Saivet 74′), Shelvey (Barlaser 74′), Hendrick (Saint-Maximin 61′); Carroll (Almirón 61′).

HEARTS 0-1 SHEFF UTD

  • Goals: John Fleck (£6.0m)
  • Assists: Billy Sharp (£6.0m)

Billy Sharp‘s (£6.0m) pre-season form may start asking some questions of Chris Wilder ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

The veteran forward scored the only goal of Sheffield United’s abandoned 1-0 win at Dundee United last week and he provided an assist as the Blades won at Hearts.

He played in John Fleck (£6.0m) to open the scoring inside the eighth minute before going to close to adding his second goal of the summer and having an effort ruled out for offside.

Sharp and Callum Robinson (£5.5m) have both started each of Sheffield United’s pre-season games so far while Oli McBurnie (£6.0m) and David McGoldrick (£5.5m) remain missing, likely due to isolating in light of track and trace alerts.

While the latter pairing is arguably the first-choice at Bramall Lane, especially based on Project Restart performances, their continued absence from friendly matches is allowing Sharp and Robinson to show what they can do, each of them inside the top-three most-used Blades assets thus far.

Wilder is still without Jack O’Connell (£5.0m) but was able to welcome George Baldock (£5.5m) into the fold, the right wing-back representing the only change from the team selected against Dundee, Regan Slater demoted to the bench.

That meant Wilder could hand another solid innings to the central midfield trio of Fleck, Sander Berge (£5.0m) and Oliver Norwood (£5.0m), who played 67 minutes together at Hearts.

Considering John Lundstram (£5.5m) is still not involved, although back in training, it does look as if Fleck, Berge and Norwood could be the midfield triumvirate for the Gameweek 1 hosting of Wolves.

“John is back with us, there’s a contract offer there. That’s between the club and John and his agent. There’s no reason for John to down tools, and if he’s here for the rest of the season, he’s here for the rest of the season. Would I like him to sign a new contract? Of course, he was outstanding for us. We’ll keep looking at the situation. If the window comes and somebody makes a bid for him, that’s up to John to consider and us to consider.” – Chris Wilder

Another returning name was Lys Mousset (£6.0m) who, after missing out on the Dundee United game, emerged as a 75th-minute replacement for Chris Basham (£5.0m) on Friday.

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Ramsdale; J Robinson (K Bryan 67′), Egan (Jagielka 67′), Basham (Mousset 75′); Stevens (Norrington-Davies 67′), Fleck (Osborn 67′), Norwood (Brunt 69′), Berge (Rodwell 69′), Baldock (Slater 69′); C Robinson (Gordon 84′), Sharp (Hackford 80′).

BIRMINGHAM 0-2 LEICESTER

  • Goals: Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Marc Albrighton (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Youri Tielemans (£6.5m)

Leicester secured a 2-0 win over Birmingham City with the help of a large number of young players earlier this week.

Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) and Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.0m) were among the biggest names missing while James Maddison (£7.0m), Ricardo Pereira (£6.0m), Jonny Evans (£5.5m), Christian Fuchs (£4.5m) and Daniel Amartey (£4.0m) were all absent through injury.

Following Ben Chilwell‘s (£5.5m) move to Chelsea, Fuchs’ knock and the absence for Luke Thomas (£4.5m) forced Brendan Rodgers to deploy academy midfielder Thakgalo Leshabela at left-back for 60 minutes while James Justin (£4.5m) spent the same length of time in his preferred position on the right-hand side of the Foxes’ defence.

Caglar Söyüncü (£5.5m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.5m) went closest for Leicester in the first half, seeing their efforts drag wide and blocked by the defence – and it was the Belgian who carved out the opening goal in the second period.

He made a driving run through Birmingham’s midfield and played in substitute Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall to score.

Marc Albrighton (£5.5m) netted a rather fortunate second goal for Leicester when he charged down a clearance from goalkeeper Zach Jeacock.

With a raft of changes made for the closing stages, Admiral Muskwe won a penalty but saw his spot-kick saved.

Leicester City XI (4-3-3): Schmeichel (D Ward 46′); Leshabela (Marcal-Madivadua 60′), Söyüncü (D Johnson 60′), Knight (Benkovic 46′), Justin (Daley-Campbell 60′); Tielemans (Fitzhugh 60′), N Mendy (Choudhury 46′), Tavares (Dewsbury-Hall 46′); Gray (Albrighton 46′), Hirst (Muskwe 46′), Barnes (Eppiah 60′).

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1,027 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LangerznMash
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Jimenez to blank the 1st two matches away to Shef Utd then Man City?
    A) Very likely
    B) You crazy man

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      not very but likely.

    2. Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A) So Ings is better option if u ask me. And Mitro even better for 2.5 itb

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Adams over Mitro at 6.0

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

      Likely imo.

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

      Don't see him scoring against Sheff U at all, City is always unlikely, especially with Laporte and perhaps Koulibaly's presence.

    5. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A

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

      Very likely, and he will also drop in price

    7. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A

  2. MAXIMIN EFFORT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Latest draft it’s changed quite a lot, rip it to shreds:

    McCarthy | Nyland
    Robertson | Vinagre | Webster | Taylor | Mitchell
    Salah | Auba | Ziyech | Soucek | Gordon
    Kane | Martial | Adams

    I went cheap in defence as I’m not sold on the premium option; Trent may not be fit and Doherty at spurs isn’t tempting me. Soucek is showing he’s a capable 4th mid despite fixtures and I’m liking the look of Adams over Ings; I really think this is a breakthrough season for him and Shane Long isn’t getting any younger. Appreciate your thoughts as always and will return feedback if I see your rmts.

    1. TheTruth
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Its good.....but what it TAA is fit and you dont have him? Would rather Son then Kane. Ziyech not sure yet.
      Vinagre not nailed
      Taylor blank
      Martial blank

      Try and get a better bench to cover the blanks.

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

    Ivanovic with 6G 5A in 2014/15... very appealing. I wonder if Mou will have Moura stay wide and Doherty cut inside to utilize his strengths to maximum effectiveness.

    1. Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Ivanovic was worldclas. You cant compare him

      1. Tony Moon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Yes you can.

      2. Goodison Gladiators
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 2 days ago

        You can. He was never world class

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

      Moura is a poor substitute for Traore though, that tactic works so well for Wolves because Traore terrorises that entire side of the pitch, full back, winger and sometimes DM are so occupied with stopping him that Doherty can just wander around at his leisure.

      1. Z
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        This

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

        Berwijgn, perhaps.

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Ivanovic was a completely different beast to Doherty. This is such a lazy comparison.

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

        Not saying they're the same players at all, point is Mourinho likes to have one fullback attack and they get attacking returns - Aurier got 1G and 7A. I recommend thinking before you comment.

  4. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Thoughts on this team for GW1 ?

    McCarthy
    Robbo Tierney Johnson Vinagre Justin
    Auba* Salah Alli
    Werner Mitro

    (Gordon Rashford Davis)

    Not expecting a big haul but enables some Man U cover for GW2

    GW2 Salah > KDB/Sterling
    GW3 Mitro > Wood

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

    Martial, Ings and Ziyech
    or
    Auba/Salah, Greenwood and Che Adams
    ??

    1. Aubaaaaa
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      First one looks better.

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        yeh, it's probably more rounded and safe. I do feel like option 2 has the greater ceiling.

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

    I'm so excited to see who signs up for Wolves as RWB.
    Hopefully some known entity so that can take the punt from the starting GW

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

      Correira from Valencia with that Mendes connection

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

        Thank you

    2. Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Some portugal guy. Medes is the real boss there

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

        Price and playing style important ....

        1. Z
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Well...he will have Traore on his side. And he will make a lot of space for him. So they need ofensive RB

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

            Yeah

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Another Portuguese fella imo

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

        They can Field same team in Portuguese league and would yet have more homegrown quota 😀

  7. bored by december
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    McCarthy (Steer)
    Trent Davies Vinagre KWP Lamptey
    Salah Son Auba ASM Saka
    Timo Mitro Davis

    want to play either 442 or 352 with the decision over Saka or KWP

    thoughts?

  8. Aubaaaaa
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Which pair?
    A. Kane Greenwood
    B. Son Martial

    1. Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      B

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A if Greenwood is nailed.

    3. Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      B

  9. jimmy9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    In defence, I can see benefits of each of these but which would you choose and why?

    1. Double Liv defence (TAA + Robbo) and just remain patient.
    2. Play it cool. TAA and a bunch of 4.5m (maybe a 5.0m) + a 4.0m for good measure.
    3. All 4.5m's (possibly even one 4.0m) and use the cash for the all important mids/strikers.

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

      I’m going Trent and Robbo, but I’ll be playing it cool.... 😛

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

      2.

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I’ve gone with Trent&Robbo

    4. xiMoxiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Option 1 but with TAA and VVD. Liverpool defenders always deliver

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

      Nothing changes

  10. rozzo
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Mccarthy Nyland
    TAA Robertson VVD KWP Mitchell
    Auba Fernandes Son Saka Soucek
    Werner Mitrovic Davis

    How's this look?

    1. Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Triple pool....i rly dont like it 🙂

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

      It’s different to be fair. At some point soon you will need funds up the field to jump on the latest bandwagon. Mids/fwds tend to increase in price more quickly than defenders. Good luck eitherway

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

        This is the reason I will not do a draft like that. I want money upfront to jump on bandwagons.

    3. Lukakus Unit
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I like it.

      Signed,
      Terrance Template of Templateton

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

        It's not template really. Triple Pool defense is pretty rare.

  11. fplfansss
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    RMT

    McCarthy, Nyland
    TAA, Doherty, Vinagre, Taylor, Mitchell
    Salah, Auha, ASM, Armstrong, Stephens
    Vardy, Mitro, Werner

    1. Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Very simular team as mine. Only differenece is that i have Son, Ziyach and 4.5 in front insted Werner and cheap guys in mid

  12. Lukakus Unit
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Kane or Werner if price is no object?

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Werner

      1. Lukakus Unit
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        For his career, Kane has averaged roughly a goal per game vs. both Everton and Southampton. Does that change your mind?

        1. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Yes. It’s a tight call tbh. I think it depends on the rest of the squad

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Werner

    3. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Kane

    4. yousunkmybattleship
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Kane

  13. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Who's passing on Doherty for now?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      If you didn't had him from start, I don't see any reason to get him now.

    2. Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Me....he was in my sqaud. But when he joined Spurs, i took Dier, because i dont beleve that he will bring same amount of pts as he would in Wolfs

    3. Lukakus Unit
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Passing for now, but he's definitely on my watchlist.

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

      It's complicated.
      Spurs fixtures are good.

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

      I’m more than happy with Dier in my team.
      I can’t see there being a time where I will want to double up on Spurs def.

    6. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Me. He's worth the money - I'm just spent up on defence. I've got TAA and VVD so the other need to be cheap.

    7. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      We generally score more goals then Wolves which i can only assume Doherty will be involved if he plays as high up as Aurier has been...
      Aurier is a TERRIBLE player and he got 1 goal 7 assists last year i can't see why Doherty wouldn't do better, last season 4g 8a, 4 attacking returns more then Aurier.

      A lot of people seem to be thinking about including a Spurs defender because of fixtures so if we can get a few more clean sheets this year i think Doherty could do just as well as at Wolves, maybe even better.

  14. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Still keeping Doherty myself, as mentioned Wolves system was key to him posting the good stats re in box touches but at the same time that system was also the reason I think his other stats don't look as good (this was mentioned in the comments TBF to the hot topic poster) One example off the top of my head, and it's a minor gripe I do have with Nuno is that no matter the opposition Wolves always want to sit back and counter, it's the reason I think they don't break into top 4, there's so many matches Vs smaller sides where they're still too content to play their normal sit back and counter game rather than be proactive on the front foot

    So with Doherty I think if given the same freedom Aurier was then he is a great option and I do think Spurs will tighten up and do better defensively too, aren't they 3rd or 4th for points since Mourinho arrived?

  15. LangerznMash
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Best defender at £5.0m for GW 1 + 2 only? Not spurs.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Egan

    2. Lukakus Unit
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Egan or a Newcastle defender?

    3. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      My initial thought was Egan 🙂

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

      Bellerin

  16. ♤TeddyBear♤
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Are we overlooking Alli?

    Jose will have Son defending outside his own box.

    1. Lukakus Unit
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I doubt it. I could see Lo Celso taking his starts.

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I think so, under Mourinho he was revitalised until he got injured. If he can play as the CAM/ second striker then yes at 8.0 he's going to be in everyone's team soon

      The issue is Lo Celso played cam when Alli got injured and played well so we'll have to see how they line up first

    3. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Yes

    4. ♤TeddyBear♤
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Both good points.

      I still think Alli ends up in our team at some point. Very good price

      1. Steinburg FC
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        i think Alli starts league games and LoCelso in europe.

  17. Obi-Wan Kenobi-Nil
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Lloris Nyland
    TAA Justin Vinagre Sailba Targett
    Auba Salah Son Soucek Bissouma
    Werner Antonio Mitrovic
    £0.5m ITB.

    Thoughts? It's my first draft. Fancy Antonio -> DCL for WBA (H), cpl (a), BHA (H) after GW1.

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      No plan to bring in any Man Utd forwards?

      1. Obi-Wan Kenobi-Nil
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I know I want to work KdB into my team over the first few weeks. As good as United were since the restart, for me it's a case of waiting to see who is firing out of Martial/Bruno/Rashy/Greenwood rather than gambling on one and hoping for the best.

  18. jimmy9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    How does this look?
    Ryan.
    Robbo, TAA, KWP, Vinagre, (4.0 defender).
    Auba, Son, Salah.
    Werner, Adams.
    Button, Gordon, Foden, (4.5m striker).
    0.0m ITB.

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Pretty good actually, lack of bench could hurt eventually as we know Foden isn't guaranteed minutes

    2. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      You only have 10 outfield players there bud

  19. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Is Aurier not an option because of Doherty (and maybe Gelson etc)?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      And because he's likely to be in Italy.

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      If he wasn't already determined to leave Spurs, he certainly should be now.

  20. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Thoughts on the latest draft folks?

    Ryan
    Taa kwp vinagre mitchell
    Salah Auba son Armstrong soucek
    Werner

    Nyland martial Taylor Davis

  21. WZRD542
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    McCarthy (Nyland)
    Gomez, Vinagre, Saliba, Mitchell (Taylor)
    Auba, Salah, Son, (Greenwood ,Gordon)
    Werner, Ings, Carrol

    Thoughts?? , only my second draft so I'm still tinkering a lot

  22. Bielsa's Bucket
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    A looks so much better once I take out Salah>Son and spread that extra £3.0m across the team.

    A) Auba, Son, KDB, Bissouma, ASM
    Werner, Mitrovic, Martial

    B) Auba, Salah, KDB, Bissouma, Soucek
    Werner, Mitrovic, Brewster and £0.5 ITB

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Why not just have Salah instead of KDB?

      1. Bielsa's Bucket
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I've been rotating my premiums a lot more than my budgets. So could well be the case. I am hoping for a cheap(er) route into Liverpool.

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

      I for one don't think Salah is worth 3.0m more than Son. Or maybe it's just that Son is underpriced.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I've got Salah, Son and Auba all in my squad, all intended as placeholders. Whichever ones haul get a reprieve until a Manc or Chelsea midf usurps them. I decided against keeping any Mancs on the bench - just get the GW1 points and go from there.

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

          Sure. But I know that I will want Fernandes no matter what. So he's in early for that reason.

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Yeh, I was same for ages, but I'd rather get Salah's 2 points than risk my 4m defender!

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

              But if you got Fernandes over Salah you wouldn't have that problem, because you'd have 1.5m to upgrade your bench to make sure you have adequate cover.

      2. Bielsa's Bucket
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        That's my way of thinking. PPM I think Son is going to be better value across the season.
        Hoping for a Chelsea 8-8.5 and that's Salah/Mane out.

  23. BNMC
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    A. Ryan and Dallas
    B. Meslier and Justin

    1. BNMC
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Not specifically for GW1 but for the long term*

    2. Arron Wan Bissaka Nil
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A for me

  24. Arron Wan Bissaka Nil
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Ryan Button
    TAA KWP Vinagre Johnson Mitchell
    Salah *Auba Son ___ Bissouma
    Werner ___ Mitrovic

    *- becoming KDB for GW3

    A) Greenwood and Antonio
    B) Saint-Maximin and Ings

  25. Old Gregg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    How does this look?

    McCarthy
    Taa-Vinagre-Dier
    Salah-Auba-Jwp-Souck
    Kane-Werner-Adams

    4m-Bissouma-lindelof-Mitchell

    Yes lindelof. I Have 5m left for an alternative defended to Lindelof or .5 to upgrade elsewhere. Any suggestions appreciated.

    1. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Looks good,maybe find another 0.5 for Dier > Doherty

      1. Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks mate. Yes good shout.

  26. Atletico Junior
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Wood xG per 90 minutes is 0.65... more than any other regular playing Forward, except Aguero...

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Yup, I'm likely to get him in sooner rather than later. Top pick from the under 8.5 bracket for me.

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

      Blanks GW1

      1. Atletico Junior
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        To keep off the casuals

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

      Yup
      Good option. Likely to be escape route for Adams

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

    Is Ings worth 2.5 m more than Adams?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Yes

  28. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    For GW1-4

    A) ASM
    B) Armstrong

    1) Mitro
    2) Adams

    1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      B1

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

    Apparently Villa want Martinez...

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

      Surely Martinez has more self respect than to make that move?

  30. zon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    How does this look? 1.0 itb.

    McCarthy 4.0
    TAA Davies Vinagre Justin Mitchell
    Salah Auba Rashford Armstrong Soucek
    Kane Mitro 4.5