Scout Notes

Newcastle’s three debutants impress as West Ham flop ahead of tough fixture run

West Ham United 0-2 Newcastle United

  • Goals: Callum Wilson (£6.5m), Jeff Hendrick (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Hendrick, Miguel Almiron (£6.0m)
  • Bonus: Hendrick x3, Wilson x2, Jamal Lewis (£4.5m) x1

Dream debuts for Callum Wilson (£6.5m) and Jeff Hendrick (£5.0m) helped Newcastle to an impressive opening-day win at West Ham.

It’s fair to say, however, that seasoned Fantasy Premier League (FPL) watchers might not wish to board the Wilson hype-train just yet.

The striker is currently in the top ten for Gameweek 2 transfers-in, but many more managers are probably too busy recalling previous bouts of trolling from the ex-Bournemouth man to take the plunge on a player with a history of both scoring streaks and long, barren spells.

Although the match as a whole lacked quality, the first half was entertaining enough for one that finished goalless.

Wilson showed early signs of his danger, twice latching onto left-back Jamal Lewis (£4.5m) crosses but steering a header, and then a shot, wide of the near post.

No Newcastle player created more chances than Lewis and his attractive price point could boost his ownership levels – currently standing at just 1.6% – once the Magpies have navigated a tricky run involving Spurs away and a visit from Manchester United over the next four Gameweeks.

He certainly impressed on Saturday evening, having endured a poor 2019/20 season in which he managed to concede more goals (56) than he scored points (48).

The Hammers shrugged off those early threats to create chances of their own, with both Angelo Ogbonna (£5.0m) and Pablo Fornals (£6.5m) hitting the Newcastle bar before the team’s second most popular FPL pick, among starters at least, came close to breaking the deadlock.

That man was the 6.2%-owned Tomas Soucek (£5.0m), who returned from a period in quarantine to steer a header just wide following an excellent Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m) cross.

And that, aside from a couple of other wayward attempts, was that for Soucek, leaving the (arguably) good value midfielder with an (undeniably) horrible schedule to come, with the Hammers up against Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester, Spurs, Manchester City and Liverpool over the next six Gameweeks.

That should dissuade further investment in David Moyes’ players, and those owning Michail Antonio (£6.5m and 10.8%) could be forgiven for eyeing alternatives up front after a tough opener for their man.

The former midfielder was the loneliest of lone strikers against Newcastle, with Jarrod Bowen (£6.5m) trying, and frequently failing, to make up the ground to provide him with some support up front.

And while West Ham did manage three shots on target to the visitors two, one of those came in injury time at the end of a game well and truly won by Newcastle by then.

That victory came courtesy of two second-half goals.

Wilson opened the scoring, and his Newcastle account, when he hooked home at the near-post from a Hendrick flick on.

The midfielder then sealed the deal late in the game with a sweet strike from just inside the area after good work by substitute Miguel Almiron (£6.0m).

Wilson, who worked well with Andy Carroll (£5.5m) up front, looked lively throughout and was close to a second when Javier Manquillo‘s (£4.5m) cross just eluded him, allowing Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) to clear.

The only Fantasy blot on a good day for the Magpies was a blank for their most popular asset, the 23.2%-owned Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.5m), who managed only one (off target) shot, put over just the one cross and created precisely zero chances.

Not that his boss, Steve Bruce, cared. He was too busy singing the praises of his new boys, and one older one.

The last week has been a positive week for everybody, the impact the signings have made, the supporters in particular will like the look of them. That is certainly the best I have seen of Andy Carroll since the year he has been back.  He has scored a couple of goals in pre-season and when he plays like that and he stays well, we know what sort of competitor he is.

That is unlikely to signal a stampede to get Big Andy in our Fantasy teams, but Wilson is an entirely different matter. If – and it’s a big if – he can find some consistency for his new team, he won’t stay £6.5m and 10%-owned for long.

As for West Ham, Moyes was refreshingly direct about the match.

I didn’t enjoy the performance and didn’t enjoy the game.

Looking at that evil upcoming schedule, he might not be enjoying anything for a while yet.


West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks; Soucek, Rice; Fornals (Haller 67′), Noble (Yarmolenko 67′), Bowen (Anderson 89′); Antonio.

Newcastle United XI (4-4-2): Darlow; Manquillo, Fernández, Lascelles, Lewis; Hendrick, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Joelinton 75′); Wilson (Almiron 85′), Carroll (S Longstaff 88′).


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1,673 Comments Post a Comment
  1. onceuponatyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 days, 7 hours ago

    This may have been debated to death already...

    This weekend's points aside (no kneejerk), what do people think of DCL vs Ings?
    If DCL will get all that creativity around him, and he's 1.5m less - might be the better option?

    1. Aztec Kamara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 days, 7 hours ago

      Depends whether you already have one of them. I wouldn't use a transfer either way, both decent options with good fixtures so give them a few weeks to see how they go. If you're picking one then I'd still much rather have Ings even allowing for the price difference.

    2. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 days, 7 hours ago

      If you started with Ings, keep him. If you started DCL, keep him.

      If have neither, DCL as he's cheaper and may offer the same points whilst he has some great fixtures.

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 days, 7 hours ago

      Richarlison could be the better bet than DCL. Someone noted earlier that the Everton 4-3-3 mirrors many aspects of the Liverpool formation with two overlapping full backs, three industrious central mids, two invert wingers and a false nine.

      Richarlison had far more shots than DCL and DCL looked to be a lot more dangerous despite his poor finishing on Sunday.

      1. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 days, 7 hours ago

        One game is too small a sample size, but yeah, I'm leaning Richarlison myself right now. DCL just got one chance and converted it, not that that is a bad thing.

  2. King Kohli
    • 7 Years
    4 days, 7 hours ago

    Which is the ONE player from this list that you are scared of not owning for this week?

    A. Salah
    B. Auba
    C. Bruno

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      4 days, 7 hours ago

      Always A. Always.

    2. Aztec Kamara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 days, 7 hours ago

      B.
      All of them could haul of course, but first game for MUN, and tough fixture for LIV so I think Auba the most likely to.
      ARS fixtures get ropey from next week though different story for more than one week.

  3. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 days, 5 hours ago

    Trying to reassure myself here

    Last season Burnley defence was only ever good at home early. Fairly average and sometimes cack away as it happened

    Much better second half. Any theories why they got better as it went on?

  4. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
    • 11 Years
    4 days, 5 hours ago

    Amazed at negativity and hype about a 'poor Spurs' on SKY.They only lost 1-nil. Jamie Rednapp really came across as silly fanning flames and not seem to understand what JM's plan for Doherty is. Shocked that a former pro footballer could be so clueless on tactics.

  5. Green Jumper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 days, 5 hours ago

    Thinking of WC:

    Ramsdale, Ryan.
    Doherty, VvD, Egan, Saliba, KWP.
    Salah, Kante, Romeu, Alli, Aubameyang.
    Werner, Wilson, Mauapy.

    Will watch tonight's games and probably change 5-6 as I want de Bruyne and Fernandes.

  6. Dosh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 days, 2 hours ago

    Considering TAA --> Justin and Son --> Salah/Bruno. Great fixtures for Justin, should be able to limit any damage from TAA.

  7. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Just nipped out for a pee. Anything happen while I was gone?

    1. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      I did that in the 1999 Europen cup final.
      Missed 2 goals that day.