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How will Donny van de Beek fit into the United midfield and what is his FPL appeal?

One of the biggest deals of the summer transfer window so far saw Donny van de Beek move from Ajax to Manchester United for a reported £35m fee plus add-ons.

The versatile midfielder, 23, signed a five-year contract and could be poised to make his debut in Gameweek 2, when Crystal Palace visit Old Trafford.

Priced up at £7.0m by Fantasy Premier League, the fact he’s cheaper than all of United’s current first-choice attacking players makes him interesting, but what exactly will van de Beek bring to the Red Devils and where does he fit in?

In this new Scout Report, we’ll attempt to answer those questions, and assess his credentials ahead of the new campaign.

History and Statistics

“Dennis [Bergkamp] started talking enthusiastically about a talent in his youth team. It was a boy who reminded Dennis of himself at that age. That was the signal for me to keep an eye on that guy. That was Donny.”
Frank de Boer, Ajax manager 2010-2016

Dutch midfielder van de Beek may only be 23 years old but he arrives at Old Trafford with a wealth of experience playing at the top level.

A product of the famed Ajax academy, van de Beek made his debut back in 2015 during a Europa League match against Celtic, before establishing himself the following season, when he made 29 first-team appearances in all competitions.

A senior international debut followed in 2017, while a further 35 matches aided his development.

However, it was the 2018/19 campaign when van de Beek truly announced himself on the European stage, as a young and exciting Ajax side reached the Champions League semi-finals beating Real Madrid and Juventus on the way.

The Dutchman was a key member of the team, along with the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong, and despite falling short, caught the imagination of football fans around the world.

“Van de Beek. Nobody talks much about him, but he has a dynamic in the game, he gets behind Tadic, he arrives, he works, he scores goals. Logically, I love De Jong and De Ligt. But the example of the operation of this Ajax is Van de Beek.” – Mauricio Pochettino, speaking ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League semi-final second-leg against Ajax in 2019

More success followed domestically, as Ajax won the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup, while van de Beek’s performances were rewarded with a place on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, and a spot in the Netherlands squad that reached the 2019 Nations League final.

Statistics (Eredivisie)
SeasonAppearancesGoalsAssists
2015/16800
2016/171902
2017/1834116
2018/1934910
2019/202385

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  1. Autopick XI
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA Doherty Coleman Vinagre
    Mane(c) Auba Barnes Ziyech
    Kane Adams

    Nyland Lemina Mitchell Brewster

  2. Zero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    How does this approach look, providing everyone is fit:

    4.5 - 4.0
    Digne - Vinagre - 4.5 - 4.5 - 4.0
    Auba - Fernandes - Ziyech - Bowen - 4.5
    Werner - Ayew - Adams

    Bowen to KdB immediately.
    Planning to run with three premium mids until I see who is leading the City line more often, or if Mahrez is getting decent game time. Ta!

    1. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I like it. The most important question is whether you like it, I mean truly like it. Those punts start off slow, you’re faced with red arrows and (some of) the template players have started well...

      Do you hold your nerve or get trigger happy with hits and/or a WC?

      1. Zero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Thanks man, I like it. Its flexible enough to shift a lot too. Thanks!

    2. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Liverpool?

  3. dshv
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    McCarthy (Nyland)
    Taa Doherty Vinagre (mitchell, taylor)
    Salah Auba Soucek Son Armstrong
    Werner Mitrovic (brewster)

    Have 1.5 itb
    Son to bruno!
    Gw3 auba to kdb

    What have to change ?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Arise Sir DSHV!

  4. Old Bull
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Good point. Be interesting to see if the signing of Silva will impact on his goal tally.

  5. Sam-not-so-wise
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    who do you think is a better pick son or allí ?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      It's not that simple. They are not the same price

    2. swervinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Ali did well for me last year and he could be a great option but he has competition. Maybe not to start.

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Sonny boiii

    4. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Son

    5. Sam-not-so-wise
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      personally I think son is a better pick, just unsure why so many were going with Alli

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Cheaper

      2. Tomerick
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Nostalgia and people love to overthink on here.

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Alli is still a good player in fairness.

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Was

            1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Nah.

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Kane

      1. brendon
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        He’s not a nostalgia pick. Son when Kane plays stays wide. Means his attacking returns will be inconsistent. Alli plays more behind Kane. When Kane drops deep it’s Alli who overlaps him meaning he is an increased chance of scoring. Son overperforms his stats all the time whereas alli is on point with his

        1. Tomerick
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          If he “over performs his stats all the time” do they not just become his stats?

          If you want Alli I’m not gonna stop you but Son is clearly a better option based on the last 2 season’s performances. Alli is anything but consistent.

  6. FortunesAlwaysHiding
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Has Minamino done enough to cement a place in Liverpool's first XI? Thinking he might be worth the risk in a draft league.

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Given Henderson injury and Wijnaldum rumoured departure, he probably starts GW1.

      Liverpool played 4231 today and I think that's how they'll approach GW1.

      1. Optimus.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Is Thiaga coming with Gigi going the other way do you think?

        1. Berbs
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          In my opinion, yep looks that way for sure

          1. brendon
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            No chance he is back up. Only starting if firmino, mane or Salah don’t start

      2. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        He isn’t a midfielder, he certainly isn’t a Liverpool midfielder

  7. Z
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    INFO
    Traore COVID+

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Ancient news

      1. Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Sry...just find out.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          No worries

  8. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Hi... who is the best 5m defensive option??

    I have dier- but getting slight cold feet due to spurs fixture pile up..

    Would love reece James but just don't see him as nailed

    Not interested in wolves as have vinagre. Thanks

    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Egan imo. Actually wouldn't fancy a Chelsea defender myself - Incredibly disorganised last season.

    2. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Egan or Bellerin I guess

    3. Thescaff
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Egan so long as you can cover his tough gw's with rotation

      1. brendon
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Egan probably the safe starter. Could look at Keane from Everton if they sign Rodrigues. They have great starting fixtures

    4. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Egan or Shaw if you don't mind the blank

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Cheers... need him to play gw1

        Will consider Egan

        Thanks

    5. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      nEgan

    6. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Bertrand

  9. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Interesting article... anyone else agree than Van De Beek could eat in to Greenwood’s minutes?

    1. Thescaff
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Barely unless formation change

    2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I only see him rotating with Pogba / Fernandes.

      1. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Don’t think Bruno could move further forward on the right with van De Beek where Bruno was?

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 29 days ago

          No.

        2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          That'd be a no no from me too.

    3. Thescaff
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I see him rotating with Matic against deep lying sides

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 29 days ago

        This as well as challenging Pogba's place in other games if he performs well.

      2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Can't really see this myself. If you're playing Pogba AND Fernandes then a proper DM is needed protecting the back 4.

    4. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Depends on formation.

  10. Titchmalpas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 29 days ago

    How does...

    McCarthy
    TAA Davies Vinagre
    Soucek Auba Salah Son
    Ings Antonio Jimanez

    (Nyland, Justin, Bissouma, Ferguson)

    ...sound?

    1. brendon
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Good team on paper. Have a think about going without one of the premium forwards as if they bang you will have to waste two transfers to go up to them. Antonio probably a transfer waiting to happen really. Great shout for gameweek 1 but very bad fixtures after that. What’s your plan for United and city assets. Just because they will rise in price very quickly

      1. Titchmalpas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Ye Antonio may not survive, but hes got a lovely GW1, then perhaps I could transfer for Mitro in GW2 who has nice GW2 and 3 fixtures. (Leeds AVL). I may drop auba for KdB in GW3, and look at UTD from 4.

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      You already have a knighthood Sir Titchmalpas!

      1. Titchmalpas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 29 days ago

      2. Titchmalpas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 29 days ago

  11. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Biggest conundrum yet:

    1) Dallas, Bruno, Bissouma, Mitrovic
    2) Digne, ASM, Soucek, Martial

    1. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      2 by miles. I think you don't have plans to rotate Mitro so 2 is by far the best option

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I have 5 starting defenders & Armstrong so Mitrovic wouldn't have to start every GW

        1. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Digne is a great pick imo and I also think that Martial will match Fernandes surely at the start so I'm still with 2

          1. brendon
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Yeh there is no choice in that one . 2 way better

            1. Coys96
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Thanks both! Have been on two basically since game release

  12. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Is anyone else afraid to double on Chelsea (Werner Ziyech) because they are new to the league or it's only me?

    1. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Personally not starting with any Chelsea. Looking at % selected, seems most people aren’t afraid.

      1. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Whew! I thought I was the only one avoiding chelsea

        1. noquarternt
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          People post anything slightly non template and it’s all ‘oh but you need to upgrade this guy and downgrade that guy’.

          Don’t worry about others.

        2. THE WERNER DELUSION
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          I'm no Chelsea too, rise up brother

          1. THE WERNER DELUSION
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            but as soon as Puli or Havertz do something I'm in

    2. brendon
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I’m not afraid. I’m not keen on Ziyech. I’m waiting to find out havertz price and if rumoured you start gameweek 1 he is in for me

    3. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Werner a good shout first up but no need to go overboard with Ziyech, monitor him initially.

    4. Gazans
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Gonna go with Werner and Havertz from the start personally

      • SouthCoastSaint
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Ignore everyone pre season. Just no more than 2 unproven picks. Vardy should be in more teams. Ziyech makes pulisic a better pick so I’ll be having him when fit again

      • Alexis Nonsense
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Not too afraid, from what I've seen of Ziyech, he runs around a lot with long legs doing nothing special

        Might be wrong but I sense a Pepé in this one

      • Good Times
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I think Werner is the real deal and solid fixtures. I smell blood!

    5. dshv
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      McCarthy (Nyland)
      Taa Doherty Vinagre (mitchell, taylor)
      Salah Auba Soucek Son Armstrong
      Werner Mitrovic (brewster)

      Have 1.5 itb
      Son to bruno!
      Gw3 auba to kdb

      1. Thescaff
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 29 days ago

        In good shape

      2. noquarternt
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        The perfect template

      3. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I invite you to my round table Sir DHSV!

    6. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I think I like this one...your thoughts?

      Ryan
      TAA KWP Vinagre Justin
      Auba (c) Son Armstrong
      Vardy Werner Ings
      - Greenwood Mitchell Stephens

      1. Titchmalpas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I also like it

      2. Good Times
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Solid non Salah team

    7. Thescaff
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Gw 1 captain
      A-Liv mid
      B-Auba
      C-other

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Vardy

        1. Good Times
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          How has vardy been doing preseason haven't checked

      2. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        B

      3. hewittj1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        A

    8. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      What happened to the gambling hot topic?

      1. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        flagged for not having a Reply option

      2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Bet365 are offering odds of 1/10 that the whole episode is trying to be swept under the carpet

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Geoff got a call from corporate

      4. noquarternt
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        😀

      5. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Peaky blinders came a calling!

    9. spikkis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      a) Taylor, KWP and ASM 343
      b) Doherty, Mitchell, 4.5mid 433

      Ryan Button
      TAA Vinagre Johonson X X
      Auba Salah Alli 4.5mid X
      Werner Ings Mitrovic

      0.5 itb planning Ings --> Martial gw2

    10. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Has anyone thought about 3 x £5.5m mids? Asm, armstrong, lund, saka, keita all potentially double digit haulers. Looking at trying to sort out a rotation so two play every week

      1. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I have two plus a 4.5 bench fodder. I don’t think rotating mids makes sense

        1. Easy Cheesy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Thnks. Do those two play every week?

      2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Not a bad idea have not seen it mentioned. It could leave you fairly in flexible though - to go with three 5.5 - two max?

        1. Easy Cheesy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 29 days ago

          I think it is a strategy. I’ve gone big at the back and then thought this is basically opposite of rotating defenders

      3. Good Times
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I think at the price defenders will score more points?

        1. Easy Cheesy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Gone high priced defenders so that’s why I am looking at this idea

      4. SouthCoastSaint
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Impossible to know when they will bang though. You’ll be leaving points on the bench

    11. unclesbasement
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Rate my team...any feedback?

        Mccarthy(martin)
        Justin,Davies,TAA,Vinagre,Justin
        Ziyech,Son,Auba,Salah,Armstrong
        Werner(Davis,Brewester)

        Decided to do something different....will change son to bruno in gw2 and auba to kdb in gw3. My thinking here is that I believe that this season points will lie heavily in the midfield.It does mean I have a weak bench but i dont really care that much because I believe the players I have will definitely start.thoughts??

        1. unclesbasement
            2 months, 29 days ago

            put justin twice...meant to be mitchell

          • SouthCoastSaint
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            I wouldn’t have that bench going into a covid season

            1. Dthinger
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Shouldn’t we all have two playing keepers then? I’ve seen people posting about this but also planning to play one 4.5 keeper

              1. SouthCoastSaint
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                I normally rotate 2 but the upside of a keeper starting is a low ceiling so I wouldn’t be too upset if McCarthy wasn’t playing.

                I guess we can’t predict uncertainty but I’m just not a fan of your striker slots

          • Good Times
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Good team, I think you have money in the bank because of only 1 striker and not invested alot in your defence

          • Bottleandahalf
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Few questionable starters in there

            • The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Yes, 'different', arise Sir Unclesbasement!

              1. unclesbasement
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Thank you my fellow knight...good day to you fine man!

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    I look forward to battling the mavericks with you good sir knight!

            • SouthCoastSaint
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Read somewhere that holgate left his friendly on crutches today?

              Branthwaite just a good a 4.0 option as the others?

              1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Not sure yet my brain just says everton. Real inconsistent hot and cold team, new signings. I considered getting Coleman. Head said no.

                1. No Professionals
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  A 4.0 def isn’t about the team necessarily, it’s about whether or not they start

                  1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Yeah fair point but Keane and Milna are ahead of Braithwaithe as well so he needs another injury?

                    1. SouthCoastSaint
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Have they rolled out 3-5-2 yet? Would make sense if they get Allan doucoure and James

            • Jables
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Salah with another quiet afternoon against Blackpool from what I read. Anyone else tempted with Mané

              1. SouthCoastSaint
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Pre seasons rarely translate into form. I remember when lukas Jutkiewicz scored 8 for burnley pre season and loads started with him. Didn’t score all season. And he’s a mate. Don’t tell him I said this

                1. noquarternt
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  I’m sure someone else had a ridiculous 10 goals in preseason or something and blanked 10 in a row when the PL started.

                  1. SouthCoastSaint
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Sure it’s useful to see how teams are shaping up but it’s crazy to pick someone based on contributions pre season solely (bowen should be in more teams discounting his fixtures)

                  2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Darren Bent maybe?

                  3. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Everton won 28-0 last pre season so surely someone from them

              2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Some poster was losing his mind earlier when many said Mane was a better player than Salah. I think Mane more likely for bonus better finisher. But Salah's body language has been all wrong - after restart and preseason lazy shoulders slumped.

                Personally no lfc at all for me, But I would pick Mane if I was going Liverpool.

                1. SouthCoastSaint
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Yeah Salah is the fear pick as we all know when he turns it on he’s the highest points ceiling in the league. Salah at home, mane away is a good rule where possible. Penalties makes a big difference too

                  1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Pens are only thing saving Salah. Watch him fluff chances v leeds and Mane wins him a pen!
                    Funny sorta player can look very moody/sulky on pitch

                    1. SouthCoastSaint
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Auba and Kane are the same. That’s why they cost what they do. Pop up with points from no where after looking anonymous

                      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 29 days ago

                        Hate watching Kane play and owning him.
                        I shout at screen:
                        "Get in F%^nking box, Kane!!! Stop playing midfield, stop chasing back!!!"
                        Then he gets a pen and late header or something.

                2. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Salah wants to leave for sunnier pastures I think. Last season for him in the PL

            • Good Times
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              I'm sure it's been asked here already and an old conundrum, but would you buy a 6mil budget striker (mitro) or a 6mil premium defender?

              1. Dthinger
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Defender

              2. SouthCoastSaint
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                I’d rather Mitro and dier than Doherty and Brewster at the mo if that makes sense

                1. Good Times
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  0.5 difference I cannot match for that particular choice, but I'm getting the gist of what you're trying to say

                  1. SouthCoastSaint
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Yeah maybe KWP instead of dier then. Brewster going out on loan would mean many ditching 6.0 striker assets for him

              3. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 29 days ago

                I’m still new but surely it isn’t this simple, there’s always the question of whether the alternative (4.5) can cover some/all of the points ?

                4.5 striker gives you zero returns likely this year but a 4.5 def might score 70% of the points your 6m would and play most weeks

                1. UshFPL
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  But if the 4.5 forward stays on your bench then who cares?

                  1. Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Would mean playing 4/4/2, personally think they’ll be at least 1 good option at 6-6.5 emerge hopefully so having mitro will let you get to them and keep 2 higher priced forwards as well, Werner and ings for me

                    1. UshFPL
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      I'm planning on starting with 442 myself. Each to their own

                2. Good Times
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  I should have clarified in my question, if 6mil striker then bench fodder defender / if 6mil striker bench fodder striker.

                  That 70% would definitely help a few weeks but assuming you're directly comparing the 6mil budget striker to the budget defender

                  1. Good Times
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    6mil striker to 6 mil defender *

            • Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Dallas or ailing ?

              1. UshFPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Pondering the same

              2. noquarternt
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Not sure what you’re expecting? They’ll get strings and strings of 2 pointers.

            • Grandcentral
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Fernando Marcal heavily linked with Wolves, does he replace Vinagre at left back?

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 29 days ago

                I'll check Football Manager, brb.

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Maybe, looks solid but unspectacular, no problem you're welcome.

            • Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Hi again FPL mates want your opinion in 2 different things:

              A)Liverpool and clean sheets

              B)Jamie Vardy

              Would like to hear you and discuss:

              1. SouthCoastSaint
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                A) Robbo, Trent and VVD all capable of attacking returns if they concede if you’re doubling up. Don’t get the Gomez picks

                B) stumped as to why so few have vardy. Maddison makes a difference if he’s not fit but he’s in my team at the moment and can easily move to martial week 2 if he flops

                1. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Is it worth to spent this amount of money to double up Liverpool Def? Because there is also Doherty, a great pick playing for a great defensive team.
                  I absolutely agree with you about Vardy

                  1. SouthCoastSaint
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Aurier is still at spurs and their fixture list is congested. Could easily be rotation which makes me want dier and 1.0 elsewhere

                    1. Shark Team
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Everyone is frustrated with Aurier on spurs. Mou even tried to play Gedsin Fernandes at RB in recent friendlies before the international break. I'm sure Doherty will clinch his spot as Mou doesn't likes to rotate specially now that Spurs play in UEL

              2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                a) not until gw4
                b) If you cannot afford Kane would get Vardy Leicester need goals - to win games - backline in bits

                1. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  I think they will surely get an Anfield cs whether it's in the gw 1 or versus Arsenal (or both!)
                  I also think that Vardy is a better option than Kane because he is the only target man of Leicester while Son Alli can also score some goals for Spurs and I don't think that at least in the first 5-6 gws Spurs will score many many more goals than Leicester.

                  1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Well I have gone no liverpool at all and treble spurs,
                    Leicester look kinda iffy. I wouldnt be surprised if they got dragged in a relegation fight - concede a lot of goals. Justin is in my team purely on fixtures and I do not see an alternative.

                    1. SouthCoastSaint
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Assume you have KWP and vinagre already?

                      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 29 days ago

                        Yeah I do, I looked at all sorts of alternatives looks like am stuck with him!

              3. Good Times
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                A) I expect Liverpool to again not start with a lot of cleansheets then improve over the course of the seas on as last time as they find consistency and playing regularly. I would start with 1 defender Max then see how they progress before thinking about investing in another.

                B) Always been a decent option, every season he finds a run of 7-10 games where he scores regular then fizzles off a bit as compared to other strikers. Key is when to buy and when to sell, usually coincides with good fixtures.

                1. SouthCoastSaint
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Mad how consistent he has been last 4 seasons then compare his ownership to the unproven Werner

                  1. Good Times
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    I guess there is excitement about a new signing. If you look at the support behind the striker, you'd say Timo has players with more flair perhaps behind him to finish as compared to Vardy. But then again the Leicester setup is consistent and you know what you're getting.

                    I guess it's about how you see the game, Timo probably the more exciting option, Vardy the mature option maybe.

                    I understand how Timo is unproven in premier league but I'm getting strong vibes, I'm in love myself lol. A German hard working striker is a big deal lol

                    1. SouthCoastSaint
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Ziyech and pulisic injured. Havertz hasn’t even trained yet. Mount is in isolation....

                    2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Plus did you see his ice cool finish v Spain? - not a hit and hope merchant

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBEEdzZH4QY

                      1. SouthCoastSaint
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 29 days ago

                        Done my Werner research and watched a few of his games last season, just think from the off Vardy makes more sense

                        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 29 days ago

                          Possibly, but my gut says Vardy over priced and aging striker. Werner under-priced and will only get better.

                2. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  I agree with both of your statements it's the safest way to think and move forward

                  1. Good Times
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    All the best. What team are you currently on if I may ask?

                    1. SouthCoastSaint
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      ?

                      1. Good Times
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 29 days ago

                        I think it's about gut feeling. I'm on the werner boat currently and if he doesn't fire will switch without regrets because I went with my gut and it didn't workout.

                        I've never started a season with vardy, always waited for him to find form because most seasons he finds form after a few games and doesn't really hit the ground running. I would be more than happy if you'd prove me wrong

                    2. Shark Team
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      My very latest draft:
                      McCarthy 4.0
                      TAA Doherty Vinagre Taylor Mitchell
                      Auba Greenwood Bowen Armstrong 4.5
                      Kane Vardy Ings

                      Would like to tell me your thoughts and help you with your team if you want anything

                      1. Good Times
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 29 days ago

                        A more top heavy team which understandably hits on your midfield. It's your choice totally fine. Only thing I'd say is it's gameweek 1 and id rather make a transfer or two to get players from city united in rather than have 7-8 mil on my bench. That's just my thinking

                        Currently myself on this

                        McCarthy 4.0
                        Taa kwp vinagre Justin 4.0
                        Salah Son auba soucek 4.5
                        Werner Ings mitro

                        Feel free to shoot holes but it's a template here for now it seems lol. I know Justin and soucek main areas of concern but I'm focused on first gameweek for now and expect them to start

                        1. Shark Team
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 29 days ago

                          Nothing wron with your team but I d just advise you not to double up on Southampton. Brighton also had great defence with 4.5 or maybe Burnley as ou already have 11 starters. Thanks for the feedback!

                          1. Good Times
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 29 days ago

                            Yeah looking at Burnley after their blank cheers

                        2. deanchatt
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 29 days ago

                          Nice team, how are you thinking of getting in utd/ city players ?

              4. noquarternt
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                I’m waiting and seeing for Liverpool clean sheets, TAA is obviously straight in, but I’m going for an early Salah and Mané double up so watching for Robbo/VVD. I think any other Liverpool player is probably a waste of a slot.

                Vardy’s problem appears to be that he’s 0.5 less than Kane and 0.5 more than Werner. Most people can argue themselves into finding the 0.5 or losing the 0.5. Think he’s a great option and with great fixtures.

                1. SouthCoastSaint
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Problem with Werner is that he’s an immediate price fall if he blanks vs Brighton as people will move him on for Aguero/ Jesus/ martial. Vardy has the protection of a good home fixture even if he blanks

                  1. noquarternt
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Yeah I agree, just too much risk. Brighton aren’t mugs either.

                  2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    You are assuming that the transfer fpl market thinks logically and has patience. Any blank means a player is sold in droves.

                    1. SouthCoastSaint
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Vardy less likely to drop. Werners ownership is at 44% and will almost certainly drop if he blanks

                      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 29 days ago

                        Jayus I did not know Werners ownership was that high! Price drop is not purely ownership % though. I had Hudson Odi and some other cheap player one season and both dropped in price fast.

                2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Good point on Vardy if he was Werners price I would have him.

            • Easy Cheesy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Mccarthy, ryan,
              Taa, doherty, dier, vinagre, ctaylor
              Auba, salah, armstrong, saka, asm
              Dcl, mitro, martial
              £1m ITB

              Any views? Knowingly going:
              - double tottenham defence. Might bottle it and change doh to robertson
              - 3 x £5.5m rotation pairing (which could be podence, keita, lund). I think if you are focusing on chasing premiums this has some merit
              - no chelsea - could go werner instead of martial but want to see how they play first

              Any views welcome!

              1. SouthCoastSaint
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Not seen many with martial and two weaker strikers but if Werner blanks first game you’ll be looking great

            • Herman Toothrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Took part in my first FPL Draft tonight (only 3 of us!)

              Allison // DDG
              Doherty // James // Digne // Egan // Walker
              Salah // Aubamayang // Pulisic // Bruno // Foden
              Kane // Jesus // DCL

              Pretty chuffed with it. Annoyed I picked Egan when players like Tierney went unpicked. Still fun to do!

              1. Oi! Shadders!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                You can go in later and select players who were unpicked.

            • TimoTime
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 29 days ago

              How does this look? 0ITB

              Ramsdale
              TAA, Vinagre, Davies
              (A)uba, Salah, Son, ASM, Barnes
              Mitro, Werner

              (Button, Mitchell, Justin, Davis)

              0ITB

              Happy to do Salah > Bruno GW2 given fixtures and Auba > KDB when the time comes…

              Also can do Son > Greenwood if needs be

              1. SouthCoastSaint
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Like the Barnes pick, hope he starts most games he’s very selfish which is great for FPL

                1. TimoTime
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Yeh if he gets good minutes he could do very well.

                  Been stuck between Adams or Mitro for a while, as a saints fan, any insight as to how Adams might do?

                  1. SouthCoastSaint
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Was fantastic post lockdown. Struggled with confidence early on. May be dropped for Long in tougher away games. Huge potential. Very strong and has a great finish on him. That said, I think I’ll be going Mitro due to talisman status and pens

                    1. TimoTime
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Thanks mate, insightful.

                      Speaks volumes that you still looking to go with Mitro, think it might be the safe bet, after Arsenal, Fulham have a nice run of fixtures

            • Daniel Exeter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              What’s the love for ASM about?

              1. noquarternt
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                The 5.5 of choice...until he blanks for a few and someone else scores.

              2. SouthCoastSaint
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Talismanic in a poor team. See also Mitrovic and Grealish

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Liking this for now?

              McCarthy
              Trent, Doherty, Vinagre, Mitchell
              Auba C, Salah, Saka, Son
              Vardy, Mitro

              Nyland, Stephens, Brewster/Davis, C Taylor

              1.5 bank for upgades.

              1. TimoTime
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 29 days ago

                How nailed is Mitchell?

                Prefer Werner to Vardy as well, although not much in it

                1. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Looks fine in pre season played most of the games - more of a concern is Wolves moves in transfer market for Vinagre. But plenty of 4.5s to choose from?

                  1. TimoTime
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Yeh this new signing might throw a spanner in the works for Vinagre unfortunately, tempted to switch him to KWP as I think ill be opting for Ramsdale over McCarthy as a route into the SHU def.