Scout Notes

Jimenez blanks as Saiss earns bonus from wing-back berth and Vinagre departs

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1-0 FULHAM

  • Goals: Pedro Neto (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Leander Dendoncker (£4.9m)
  • Bonus:  Max Kilman (£4.0m) x3, Romain Saiss (£5.1m), Willy Boly (£5.5m) x2

A dour 1-0 win for Wolves at home to Fulham did very little to repay the faith shown by the net 141,000 managers who brought in Raul Jimenez (£8.6m) for Gameweek 4.

Nuno Espirito Santo summed the game up with three lines in his post-match offering:

Not quite (the performance I wanted). Not so compact in defence and not quite creative in attack. I think we should improve.

Going into more detail, the Wolves boss added:

We started the game well, organised. We had some problems in attack. Fulham were organised.

Second half we were much better, we created and were on the front foot and got the goal. It was important to bounce back from last week but we know it is important to improve.

We made a lot of things better than last week but with our standards I believe we should do better. We should manage the game better after we score.

I want to see what’s missing – we need to be sharper, we need to pass the ball faster, we need to control the ball, combine, turn faster, win duels. There are a lot of things to improve.

JIM PICKINGS

Nuno was spot on in his assessment of Wolves’ attack in the first half, though seven chances created in the whole game is indicative of a poor attacking performance across the 90 minutes.

Of Jimenez’s three shots in the game, only the one after 54 minutes was a particularly decent scoring opportunity: a Max Kilman (£4.0m) clearance ended up putting the Mexico striker in a one-on-one situation with Alphonse Areola (£4.5m). Jimenez, fresh from signing a new four-year deal at Molineux, shot straight at the Fulham goalkeeper and Areola then held the ball from Leander Dendoncker‘s (£4.9m) follow-up attempt.

Two minutes later, a blocked Dendoncker effort ended up at the feet of Pedro Neto (£5.5m), who slotted a left-footed effort into the right-hand side of the net.

PRE-SAISS PLAY

With Marcal (£4.9m) injured and Ruben Vinagre (£4.4m) on his way out of the club, Romain Saiss (£5.1m) took over at left wing-back. However, it appears likely that the Moroccan will revert to his usual position with Wolves adding further cover at left wing-back.

Saiss was joint-top for clearances, blocks and interceptions (seven) with Kilman, who operated on the left-hand side of Wolves’ central defensive unit and ended up bagging maximum bonus points.

Saiss’ eight-point score was also a bonus for those who invested in Wolves for a sustained run of favourable fixtures from Gameweek 4.

CANDID KAMARA

As with Wolves, Fulham fashioned just one ‘big’ opportunity in the tie which fell to Aboubakar Kamara (pictured above with Saiss).

The £5.0m midfielder was unselfishly found in the area by Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.0m), who had been released after excellent play by substitute Ademola Lookman (£5.0m).

Kamara only managed to shoot straight at Rui Patricio (£5.5m), mirroring Jimenez’s failure to make a gilt-edged chance count.

Scott Parker, however, was upbeat about his team’s performance despite a fourth consecutive defeat in four gameweeks.

The Fulham chief said:

I am delighted and proud of the team in what they produced today. They showed every facet of what a team needs to show, it has been well documented defensively in terms of conceding goals.

For large parts we nullified their threat as a counter-attacking team and on the other side of it we defended as best we can. We have been absolutely gutted at some of the goals we have conceded – the players are hurting as much as anyone they are not winning games.

I think we got a performance today. We have had that in other games as well. If you could, you would wave a magic wand or click a finger and everything would be perfect but it is not that easy.

On Lookman, who was part of a more sustained offensive threat from Fulham in the last quarter of the game, Parker added:

You saw the boy’s quality in the time he had on the pitch. There is a directness about him, a willingness to cause problems and that is what we need. He will be a massive asset for us.

Parker set his troops up in a 4-2-3-1 formation at Molineux, with Joe Bryan (£4.9m) and Antonee Robinson (£4.4m) interchangeable on the left flank.

NELSON’S COLUMN

Nelson Semedo (£5.5m) came within inches of scoring in the opening half, with Areola just about managing to deflect the defender’s effort over the bar with a sprawling save.

That opportunity came about after the keeper had spilled a Neto shot into Semedo’s path.

The wing-back came off after 77 minutes with what looked like an injury, though it was downplayed by Nuno after the game.

Wolves XI (3-4-3): Patricio; Kilman, Coady, Boly; Saiss, Neves, Dendoncker, Semedo (Hoever 77′); Neto (Traoré 83′), Jimenez, Podence (Moutinho 70′).

Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Areola; Robinson, Ream, Le Marchand, Aina; Anguissa, Cairney; Bryan (Kamara 67′), De Cordova-Reid (Kebano 81′), Cavaleiro (Lookman 67′); Mitrovic.

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1,238 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Crazy but Foden + Ings + Jimmy -> Kane(C) + Son + Brewster (FUL) -8?

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Could massively backfire but do it if you feel like it. Live a little!

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      It may work but with those SOU WOL fixtures you may be dragged to reverse the transfer immediately after 1 GW (IB may do wonder for teams to consolidate) ...

  2. tissae
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Would you guys rather go:

    A) 343 with DCL Maupay Wilson up front, Son +Jrod
    B) 442 with Kane up front, Son + 6.0mid

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      A

    2. HARLEY
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      A

    3. Albert_Luque
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      A is more balanced I think.

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      A

  3. Albert_Luque
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Wildcarded, here’s the first draft. Feedback much appreciated!

    Martinez-Steer
    TAA-Lamptey-KWP-Dallas-Mitchell
    Salah-KDB-Son-Rodríguez-Grealish
    DCL-Maupay-Brewster

  4. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Martinez Steer
    TAA Chilwell Saiss Lamptey Mitchell
    Salah KDB Son Foden Podence
    Jimenez DCL Brewster
    1ft. 0.3 itb
    Got Chilwell yesterday but still have 1ft. Chill for a week now and maybe save if no injury?

    1. Albert_Luque
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I would defo save, nothing immediate jumping out there

  5. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    A) Maupay + Son
    B) Kane + Klich

    1. Ings_is_the_king
        1 month, 28 days ago

        A

      • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        A

      • Albert_Luque
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        A - Brighton look very good, dismantled Newcastle who have been the only ‘Other 14’ team they’ve played so far

      • Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        A

      • Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Tough one, prefer Kane over Son but Maupay over Klich.
        Think I'll go with the penalty takers, B

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        A

    2. HARLEY
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      THOUGHT ON MY TEAM? PLEASE HELP!

      McCarthy
      Robbo Chilwell Justin
      Salah Son Hames Grealish
      DCL Kane Wilson
      (Steer KWP Woods Bissouma)

      1FT 0.5 ITB

      Thinking to get KDB or Sterling or gtg?

      1. Ings_is_the_king
          1 month, 28 days ago

          gtg

        • Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Chasing last weeks points.

            Did somebody shout template?

        • tricpic
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Any improvements on this WC draft:
          Ryan
          Chilwell Saiss Castagne (Dunne Mitchell)
          KDB Mo Son Fernandes Jorginho
          Maupay DCL Brewster

          1. Sondre van Bank
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Ditch Bruno.

        • Garlana
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          So this sterling injury.. it's just as BS as the son one right!?

          1. Ings_is_the_king
              1 month, 28 days ago

              From what I've heard it's only minor

            • Chenku╰☆╮
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Think pep wil bench him for first match just to prove its real

          2. Right In The Stanchion
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Arsenal fan who’s not seen too much of Partey.

              How good is he? Surely there to beef up Midfield/Defence?

            • FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Current WC draft:

              Martinez
              Robertson Regullion Chilwell
              Salah Son Pulisic Zaha*
              Kane DCL Maupay
              ____
              Steer Lamptey Bissouma Ferguson

              *Might go for Grealish instead and switch to Rodriguez if Everton keep performing.

              1. Gazza2000
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Think you will need some City in there

                1. Chenku╰☆╮
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  No city for the time being. Atleast until after jesus is back

                2. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Feel like it is okay going without for a few weeks.. Then switch to city after the pool game in gw8

            • mattyb09
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              ***Active Wildcard***

              Any suggested changes?
              -Trying to catch some price increases, but I do not think my team will be much different-

              McCarthy

              Robbo Chilwell Mitchell
              Salah KDB Pulisic Son JRod
              DCL Wilson

              Bench: Forster; Brewster Lewis Dunne

              1. Chenku╰☆╮
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                It's almost time up for Mitchel. Might as well get a playing 4.5. rest is ok

                1. mattyb09
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Douglas from Leeds is supposed to drop to 3.9 tonight. Was planning on moving Dunne to to Douglas and then Lewis to 4.5.

              2. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Dunne and Mitchell are not nailed.

            • HurriKane
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Case for Ollie Watkins (5.9)

              - Great fixtures- (lei LEE SOU ars BHA whu NEW wol BUR wba CPL)

              - Good finisher as shown witha hattrick against liverpool and last season be was prolific in championship

              - Villa got good attacking players to provide chances for Watkins with Likes of Grealish Barkley and McGinn

              - In fact Grealish was 4th in entire Europe for chances created last season. Watkins is going to benefit from paying alongside Grealish by getting plenty of chances

              I think he's great budget enabler especially if you want to own Salah KDB Son and a decent front 3

              Agree? Thoughts are welcomed

              1. Chenku╰☆╮
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Not agreed.

              2. manu4life99
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Agreed. He will score goals in my opinion and is the best option in that price range until Antonio fixtures turn in gw8

                1. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Maupay?

                  1. manu4life99
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Decent pick but for 5.9m Watkins is great value (I owned maupay last year and was massively frustrated by him)

              3. Albert_Luque
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I think it’s a wait and see job but was a really impressive performance - he’d need to do it a bit more consistently if I was to consider him. Would prefer a Maupay or Wilson for the time being

              4. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Wouldn't say the next four fixtures are that good. But after that it looks great.

              5. Urchin
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Mitro to Watkins is the easiest transfer ever?

              6. Jordan.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                agree with all of this ,bought last night for mitrovic,will be amazed if this goes wrong...

              7. Urchin
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Though crowd to convince, but i am sold if he is really 5.9

              8. HashAttack
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                One problem is that I have Martinez / Steer combo and have added Grealish to my team ... On a WC so will need to get a different 4.0m GK if I want Watkins

                1. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  You make it sound like it is a big deal lol.. Just get another 4.0 if you want Watkins

              9. The Mighty I
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Think Grealish may turn out to be the better option, likely to benefit the most from the presence of Barkley and Watkins.
                Looks a different animal this season.

            • ClaireT
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Do I need to WC this?

              McCarthy, Button
              Justin, TAA, Saiss, Lascelles, Holding
              Foden, Pereria, Salah, Son, Reed
              DCL, Jimi, Vardy

              0 FT, 1.7 ITB.

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I would

                1. ClaireT
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Thank you - What changes would you say I should look to make on WC?

                  1. FC Hakkebøf
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    You can see my wildcard above

                    1. ClaireT
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Thank you 🙂

            • Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Passed me by that Watkins’ hat-trick yesterday was a perfect hat-trick.

            • Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              What do I do with this team? Completely stuck (FanTeam)

              Lloris Meslier
              TAA VvD Saiss Zouma Vinagre
              Salah Sterling Havertz Soucek Rodriguez
              Jimenez Wilson 4.0

              I have 2 FTs and 1.0m ITB.

              What are the priorities here? I want Spurs. But I have no natural moves at all.
              0.1m off Havertz + Wilson > Son + Watkins.

              I don't want to remove my Pool defense, but there is an option to do something like:

              TAA, Havertz, Wilson > Dias, Son, DCL (-4)

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Havertz and Jiminez to Grealish and Kane.

                As someone who sold Son in fpl and benched grealish in fan team, i can tell you that spurs and villa look good this season.

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Ah nice yeah that works.

                  Getting rid of Jimenez with his fixtures feels a bit icky but I guess Kane can seriously make up the points himself.

              2. skodaole2
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Since you want to keep double Liverpool and want Spurs, you have to sacrifise Havertz or Sterling to get either Son or Kane. Vinagre is out so i d change him as well. I d do either Havertz + Vinagre out for Son + Konsa for the good AVL fixtures after Lei or Sterling our for sth cheap to get Kane for the empty striker spot. Or just Havertz -> Son now and take the two weeks to think about the rest, with IB, crazy results and virus news everywhere i doubt we ll all avoid hits.

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  I can't afford Havertz > Son 🙁

                  I need to fund it.

                  1. skodaole2
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Then maybe downgrade Zouma to do it, its too crowded in CHE defence and their cs was surprising, I dont expect too many of them. I do not know the prices there and if there are price changes during the season like in FPL, but to get Son needs one defender and Havertz or just Sterling to be sacrifised. Or Sterling + Jimenez for Kane + Son? Dont know if you can do that and go full Spurs

            • riot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              what is a 'bus captain'?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                The captain you set for the following GW when the game reopens before you really make any changes in case you get hit by a bus.

                1. riot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Thanks!

                2. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  That is hilarious lol

                  1. Iceball
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    If you get hit by a bus at least you had decided your bus-captain or bus-team

            • Zrinkec
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I did WC this week? Will i have one FT or two FT after GW 5?

                1. riot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  1

              • drughi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                So on a -4 and this is what I got right now, defense needs beefing up and kane could quick become essential. Wildcard or just trust my team ?

                McCarthy
                Justin TAA Ayling
                KDB(C) Salah Son Rodriguez
                Jimenez Watkins DCL

                button Taylor bissouma KWP

              • Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                A) Son + DCL
                B) Kane + Grealish

                1. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Wouldn’t want to pick tbh lol

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    I have to 🙁

                    It's for FanTeam. The prices are the same for that.

                    1. THFC4LIFE
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Edging towards B but I’d want Son and DCL aswel lol

                2. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Ideally all four.. Very hard to chose. Prolly A

                3. THE KING CANTONA
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  A is the safe pick. But, I would opt for B tho! 🙂

              • RED_ARMY
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Werner + Podence to Cavani + Grealish? Lolz