Scout Notes

Injury updates on Lamptey and Saint-Maximin after Albion’s FPL assets impress

Newcastle United 0-3 Brighton and Hove Albion

  • Goals: Neal Maupay (£6.5m) x2, Aaron Connolly (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m), Leandro Trossard (£6.0m), Maupay
  • Bonus: Maupay x3, Connolly x2, Lewis Dunk (£5.0m) x1

Brighton put a sorry Newcastle to the sword with a performance full of fluency, cohesion and Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m).

Seagulls striker Neal Maupay (£6.5m) got all the points, but it was the young wing-back who drew all the praise with an eye-catching display full of pace and attacking intent.

He set up the Seagulls’ first goal, a Maupay penalty, when he was fouled by Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.5m) and had a hand in the second, releasing Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) down the flank, the Belgian then crossing for the French forward to apply a deft finish.

All of that happened in the first seven minutes, although Maupay’s day wasn’t done as he provided the assist for Brighton’s third goal, late in the game, sweetly scored by his strike partner Aaron Connolly (£5.5m) following a superb team move.

With maximum bonus awarded as well, the frontman ended up with a 16-point haul for his modest 1.7% ownership – a figure that had actually shrunk from its Gameweek 1 levels thanks to the 9,748, presumably very bitter, Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers who had sold him.

But even then, all the talk was of Lamptey.

Of the Brighton players, only Trossard (20) had more touches in the final third than the defender. He also matched the front pair for penalty area touches (three), forced a save from Karl Darlow (£5.0m) and still had time to lead the way for interceptions, with four.

But such are the vagaries of FPL rules, Lamptey ended the match with just four points because he packed all of that into 57 minutes of action before going off with a knock, thus missing out on clean sheet and, almost certainly, bonus points as well.

Potter was keen to resist the temptation to praise Lamptey more than the team as a whole post-match:

It was a really good team performance, it’s not really fair or right to single anyone out.

But in the end, he just couldn’t help himself:

He’s got such pace, he threatens the backline of the defence so well and then he does his own defensive work as well, he’s amazing. I have spoken about his personality a lot, he just wants to improve and wants to learn, he’s so refreshing to work with.

Fantasy managers have certainly taken notice of Lamptey – he’s the only Brighton player in the top 20 for Gameweek 3 transfers in, despite that knock and the fact the Seagulls will be playing host to Manchester United.

That match-up starts a generally tough run of fixtures over the next ten Gameweeks for Potter’s side, with Everton, Spurs, Liverpool, Leicester and a derby with Crystal Palace all to come before Christmas, and a run of four games in under a fortnight, turns up to muddy the waters even further.

It remains to be seen whether Brighton can find a consistency that eluded them for large swathes of last season, but they were utterly dominant at St James’ Park on Sunday.

Trossard produced attacking returns for the second straight week and was unlucky not to score when his shot hit the post, Connolly was also denied by the woodwork and Darlow was kept busy throughout.

The same could not be said of his opposite number, and Brighton’s most owned player in FPL, the 18%-owned Mat Ryan.

Newcastle didn’t manage a single shot on target all match, with the 287,000+ new owners of striker Callum Wilson (£6.5m and 13.7%) missing their one big chance when he headed Miguel Almiron‘s (£6.0m) cross over from close range.

Magpies boss Steve Bruce didn’t spare the horses with his assessment of the team:

We gave ourselves a mountain to climb. We’ve gifted them the first two goals. When you start like that it’ll be a difficult afternoon. Since I’ve been here it’s like this. We do okay for a while, then we throw a hand grenade in. We’ve got to be better than we were today.

It was more damp squib than hand grenade for the side’s most popular FPL asset, the 18%-owned Saint-Maximin. He provided no cover for Jamal Lewis (£4.5m), leaving the left-back to be tormented by Lamptey time and again.

And when the winger did attempt to stop the rampaging defender, it ended in a penalty for Brighton and an ankle injury for the midfielder which he failed to run off, leading to his substitution after 32 wretched minutes.

Lewis was even more unfortunate, having to leave the field late on with a head injury after being caught by the high boot of Yves Bissouma (£4.5m). The challenge was clumsy rather than malicious, but it led to a VAR-influenced red card for the midfielder.

Bruce issued a ‘wait and see’ verdict on the injuries to both his players and both managers agreed that Bissouma was right to be dismissed, with Potter possibly only needing to make do without his man for one league match should they progress in the EFL Cup this week.

Not that the Brighton boss has ever been frightened to change things up, and he was at it again on Sunday, switching from three centre-halves to a flat back four to counter Bruce’s decision to ditch his floundering 4-4-2 formation at half-time.

Potter’s move worked like a charm, but he will need to curb last season’s desire to change his personnel too regularly if Brighton are going to replicate the Newcastle performance on a regular basis.

If that turns out to be the case, then their assets will warrant further Fantasy consideration.

As for Newcastle, Sunday’s debacle has prompted a rush to sell their stars, with Saint-Maximin and Wilson both in the top ten for transfers out.

Based on their tough immediate – Spurs, Burnley, Man United and Wolves over the next four Gameweeks – that looks like a wise move.


Newcastle United XI (4-4-2): Darlow; Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lewis; Hayden, Shelvey (Joelinton 72′), Hendrick, Saint-Maximin (Fraser 33′); Carroll (Almiron 45′), Wilson.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-4-3): Ryan; White, Dunk, Webster; Lamptey (Burn 58′), Bissouma, Alzate, March (Lallana 78′); Trossard, Maupay, Connolly (Jahanbakhsh 90′).

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586 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 20 hours ago

    Fingers crossed martinez gets a minor injury in warmup

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Not my finest top post..

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        If it happens will be your finest by a distance 😆

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      :O

      Wouldnt wish an injury on anyone come on now

    3. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Was hoping for a penalty save as an owner lol

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 18 hours ago

        You got what you deserved mate, the other bloke got what he did too.

  2. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 20 hours ago

    Ahh well still nice to have a Steer in the 15

    1. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Using FT on Aubam > Sterling, will leave £1.0ITB, Whats the priority;

      Willian > mid upto £9m (intended for this to be Pulisic for WB game before season started)

      Wilson > fwd upto £7.5m

      Front 7 currently is;

      Auba, Willian, Son, Barnes
      Werner, Martial, Wilson

    2. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      comment went awry..

      Steer will be third choice in 4-6 weeks

  3. Tosa86
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 20 hours ago

    last draft WC based on fixtures:

    Guaita - Ryan
    mitchell - digne - castagne - TAA - saiss
    Son - Zaha - Rodriguez - KDB - podence/costa
    jimenez - mitrovic - DCL

    any suggestion?

    1. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      not sure you need Ryan as sub keeper?

      Will Semedo transfer push Traore into front 3 and limit Podence minutes? don't rate Costa

      1. Tosa86
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        why not sure on ryan for rotation?

        semedo transfer into wolfe in which position?podence push in bench?
        why don't rate costa?

        so in this case who the best 5.5 midfielder?

        1. popey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          I have Ryan - both good options so just pick one and stick with them, not a fan of rotating keepers tbh as often best scores come from the tough fixtures (gw 37 foster conceded about 4 but got 9 pts due to save/pen save).

          Semedo RWB, likely means Traore plays in front three so Podence less likely to start. Diangana at WBA could be a good punt from 5.5m?

    2. Tinwalker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Very similar to what im trying to do on my WC.

      Trying to shoehorn Salah in mine tho, with little success

      1. Tosa86
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        maybe i can replace jimmy with kane...but salah it's not reachable unless i cut KDB.

    3. skodaole2
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Triple Everton i would change, they wont play vs ten men WBA every week. Plus you have too much invested in defence and GKs, maybe could downgrade someone (TAA -> Van Dijk maybe) and one of the GKs to get some cash. Podence/Costa could also be a 4.5 mid. That way after the WC you will have enough cash itb to make transfers without having to take many hits or you could now upgrade one of your mids (Zaha?) to a premium mid.

      1. Tosa86
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        you suggest to downgrade:
        Guaita --> Martinez
        TAA --> VVD
        podenze --> anguissa

        Not good Digne+Rodriguez+DCL?

        2.4 ItB:
        1) upgrade DCL with 10.1?
        2) upgrade zaha with 9.9?
        any suggestion?

        1. skodaole2
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          If you really want to keep EVE def, i would do Digne -> Keane and then you can just do DCL -> Kane. Or not do this change and just change DCL with Werner. But not yet, you ll have more price rises during the week so keep Everton until Saturday morning, except if you want Kane, he should get a price rise soon

          1. Tosa86
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            ryan - martinez
            lamptey - VVD - digne - mitchell - castagne
            zaha - son - kdb - rodriguez - anguissa
            kane - jimenez - mitrovic

            0.1 ItB.

  4. popey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 20 hours ago

    Using FT on Aubam > Sterling, will leave £1.0ITB, Whats the priority;

    Willian > mid upto £9m (intended for this to be Pulisic for WB game before season started)

    Wilson > fwd upto £7.5m

    Front 7 currently is;

    Auba, Willian, Son, Barnes
    Werner, Martial, Wilson

  5. ManofKent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    29 days, 20 hours ago

    I prepare to be proved wrong about Ollie Burke, and genuinely hope he works out what to do with a ball, by all accounts he's a nice lad with great pace, but bear in mind he wasn't considered good enough for WBA and has only managed 10 league goals in 6 years...

    1. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Gnabry wasn't considred good enough for West Brom a few seasons back 😉

      but yes agreed, can't see him keeping his place at all

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        Yes but Burke went to germany and flopped

  6. Pork Pie Sausage Roll
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    29 days, 20 hours ago

    Anyone else struggling to open any of the side tabs on iOS?

    Eg. If I try to open the “predicted lineups” sub-tab within the Expanded Team News tab, the tab will just minimise again. It’s been like this for a few days

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      They’re aware of the problem and the IT guys are on it. I understand it’s just an issue for some people on mobile.

      1. Pork Pie Sausage Roll
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        Cheers. iOS has just been updated last week so it’s probably a bug related to that.

  7. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 20 hours ago

    Way too much hype around Everton assets at the moment. They did not flatten a poor Spurs and only romped when WBA had a red card.

    I have Digne, pondering about getting DCL but will hold to see what happens vs Palace.

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Yes early days but they have a run of good fixtures and are easy on the eye at this time , I think DCL is a must at the price but yeah can all change

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        I have Digne and DCL

        1. Tosa86
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          in my draft WC i'm thinking on rodriguez and digne

    2. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      dont agree, i was one who backed them pre-gw1 and i think they look great with a great manager, going to be a very good season for them

  8. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    29 days, 20 hours ago

    OK.

    What minute does Norwood come on to block Mitchell's bench point.

  9. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    29 days, 20 hours ago

    KdB to start at left back tonight

  10. ThisPostsOnFire
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 19 hours ago

    Please advise.

    I've almost cracked my WC:

    I've got A) Zaha and a 4.5 forward.

    Would you stick with that or go with:

    B) 6.5 striker & 4.5 mid

    My thinking with the 6.5 striker is:

    GW3 Wood (SOU, NEW, WBA) to Mitro GW6 (CRY, WBA, WHU) to Wilson GW9 - 14 (CHE, CRY, AVL, WBA, LEE, FUL)

    So I guess my question is:

    Will Zaha outperform that series of strikers and fixtures over that period of time?

  11. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 19 hours ago

    Ok so that’s my defence gone

    Take another -4 for Egan (minus 8 total) or WC

    1. ThisPostsOnFire
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 19 hours ago

      Need the rest of your team for context.

  12. Chuism
      29 days, 13 hours ago

      Pick one WC team for GW3:

      (1)
      Martinez (Steer)
      TAA - Saiss - Lamptey (Mitchell - 4.5)
      Salah - Prodence - KDB - J.Rodríguez (Burke)
      Jimenez - Werner - DCL (4.5)

      OR

      (2)
      Martinez (Steer)
      TAA - Saiss - Lamptey - Castagne (Mitchell)
      Salah - KDB - J.Rodríguez - Son (Burke)
      Jimenez - DCL (4.5)
      0.4m in the bank

      OR

      (3)
      Martinez (Steer)
      TAA - Saiss - James - (Lamptey, Mitchell)
      Salah - Prodence - KDB - J.Rodríguez - Foden (Burke)
      Kane - DCL (4.5)
      0.3m in the bank

    • Theo.Z
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      28 days, 16 hours ago

      Should I get Jimenez or calvert-lewin