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Set pieces – or a lack of them – could be key to defining Alex Telles’ FPL appeal

Arriving in the Premier League off the back of a season in which he delivered 19 attacking returns, Alex Telles (£5.5m) was one of the more intriguing captures of transfer deadline day from a Fantasy perspective.

The left-sided defender was signed by Manchester United for a reported £13.6m, a cut-price fee as the Brazilian was set to be out of contract with Porto at the end of the current campaign.

Telles has penned a four-year deal with the Red Devils, with the option to extend for a further 12 months.

The Brazil international boasts some eye-catching statistics from his time in Portugal, having scored on 26 occasions and set up a further 57 goals in 195 appearances in all competitions.

Priced up at a reasonable £5.5m in Fantasy Premier League, are those numbers too good to be true and is he an FPL asset to seriously consider?

We assess his worth in the article below.

THE HISTORY

Born in December 1992 and set to turn 28 midway through the 2020/21 campaign, Telles is by no means “one for the future”.

Starting his professional career in his homeland with fourth-tier side Juventude, Telles moved to Gremio at the age of 21 and spent one year with the Brazilian giants before being snapped up by Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray.

Immediately establishing himself as the Turkish side’s first-choice left-back upon his move to Europe in January 2014, Telles then fell foul of Mancini’s successor Cesare Prandelli, only returning as a regular when the latter departed.

Reunited with Mancini for another hit-and-miss campaign on loan at Inter in 2015/16, it wasn’t until Telles moved to Porto in July 2016 that we started to see him kick on.

Nine attacking returns in his debut campaign in Liga NOS included a hat-trick of assists against Rio Ave, a feat he repeated the following season against Braga.

The 2017/18 campaign saw Telles rack up more assists (13) than any other player in the Portuguese top flight, with the subsequent season seeing him chalk up another 12 attacking returns on the domestic front for Porto.

The new United left-back hit double figures for goals in his final full season in Portugal and was still at it in the last month, playing a part in all three goals in the 3-1 win over Braga in mid-September and then claiming an assist in his final appearance for Porto last Saturday.

SeasonLeague AppsGoalsAssists
2016/173218
2017/1830313
2018/193348
2019/2031118
2020/21322

Sources: Whoscored and Transfermarkt


PLAYING STYLE

Any full-back who arrives in the Premier League with an attacking reputation will immediately pique the interest of Fantasy managers and Telles certainly fits the bill, as his statistics above indicate.

That is doubly so if the player in question is a set-piece specialist, which is one of the strings to Telles’ bow.

On dead-ball duties throughout his time at Porto, six of his eight assists in 2019/20 came from corners.

Pedro Cunha, the Porto editor for Portuguese football website MaisFutebol, told The Athletic:

He is very, very strong when it comes to the attacking side of the game. He scores important goals from outside the box — he got two or three last season alone — but his biggest asset is his crossing ability.

The way he bends the ball into the box is exceptional, and it usually results in one of the forwards getting an effort on goal. He set up at least 10 goals every season for Porto, which tells you what kind of full-back Alex is. In Portugal, we say that his crosses aren’t just crosses; they are passes that land on his teammates’ heads.

Telles himself said to MUTV upon his move:

I like to think of myself as a very intelligent player, a set-piece specialist and I’m always looking for opportunities to create passes to score goals.

I look at being a defender in a different way with my goals. I’m looking to create more openings wherever possible but during training, I also pay particular attention to set-piece training.

Apart from the key basics of being a defender, which is obviously about defending well, I want to have extra aspects to my game so I’m a versatile player.

I have great beliefs in my defensive capabilities but also in my attacking ability. I’m in the best moment of my career and I believe I’ve grown a lot, and hopefully, I can continue to do so.

The defensive side of Telles’ game will come under a lot of scrutiny upon his move to England.

The Brazilian is, a bit like Serge Aurier (£5.2m) or Marcos Alonso (£5.9m), more renowned for supplying goals than stopping them and any shortcomings are bound to be exposed against a higher quality of opponent than the ones he faced in a limited Liga NOS.

Fantasy managers may care little if he is providing regular returns at the other end of the pitch but clean sheet potential is the bread and butter of an FPL defender, and his arrival will likely do little to shore up a United backline that has been woefully out of sorts in 2020/21 so far.

The somewhat generous Cunha did suggest that working with Porto boss Sergio Conceicao has improved Telles defensively, however:

He defends as well as he attacks. Working with Sergio Conceicao, who places huge importance on the defensive side of the game, really helped him. He has made Alex into a very competent defender.

He is very impressive physically and hardly makes any mistakes. You really saw the difference down Porto’s left flank whenever he wasn’t playing.

The Statistics

As alluded to above, Telles’ crossing is his main strength.

He has been top of the Liga NOS in each of the last three seasons for attempted crosses, with the 347 he delivered in 2018/19 only 25 short of the total that Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) sent over last season.

Telles’ total of 39 shots in 2019/20 would have placed him third among FPL defenders, while his tally of 57 chances created in the same season would have seen him ranked fourth among his positional peers – although again, some weighting would have to be applied to the standard of competition.

Compared to his rival for the left-back position at United, Telles predictably outperforms Luke Shaw (£4.9m) offensively but the England international has the edge in some key defensive metrics.


Going back to the question we asked at the beginning of this piece: is Telles too good to be true from a Fantasy perspective?

The answer, sadly, might be a yes.

The Brazilian has relied massively on set-piece responsibilities for his attacking returns at Porto, especially when it comes to finding the back of the net: eight of his 11 strikes in 2019/20 and 14 of the 21 Liga NOS goals in his career came from the penalty spot.

Six of his eight assists last season arrived from corners, while two-thirds of his 57 chances created stemmed from set plays.

How much of a look-in he gets at dead-ball situations at Old Trafford is the key question here, with Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) effectively having the monopoly on free-kicks, corners and penalties ever since the Portugal international moved to England earlier this year.

It seems unlikely that Telles will jump to the front of the queue for spot-kicks at United but, given that he is left-footed, his ability to swing in set-piece deliveries at different angles from the right-footed Fernandes may ensure that he at least gets a share of free-kicks and corners at his new club.

While his trademark flat long throw is also an interesting weapon, it hasn’t directly led to any assists in the Portuguese top flight.

The Prospects

Shaw’s place would look to be in some doubt following Telles’ arrival and his own individual display in the 6-1 thrashing by Spurs couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does have previous for rolling out a wing-back system, however, especially in the so-called “tougher” games.

The Gameweek 4 capitulation may prompt Solskjaer to rethink his usual 4-2-3-1 formation given how exposed Harry Maguire (£5.4m) was against the Lilywhites, and Shaw has arguably looked a lot better when playing as a left-sided centre-half in the past.

Telles and Shaw could even feature in the same side then, in some of United’s upcoming matches.

FPL investment in any of the Red Devils’ defence looks undesirable at present, given that they have shipped as many goals in their first three Premier League matches of 2020/21 (11) as they did in the final 17 fixtures of last season.

Games against Arsenal, Chelsea and top-of-the-table Everton are to come in the next four Gameweeks, so there may be little appetite for a United defender in the Fantasy community while confidence is at rock bottom – although the same could be said for a number of teams in this topsy-turvy campaign and there’s an argument to be had for merely buying the most attack-minded assets at the back.

Should the Red Devils even partly rediscover the form that saw them keep nine clean sheets in their last 14 matches of 2019/20, then attention switches to Telles.

Will he be Solskjaer’s first-choice option at left-back? And how much of a say will he have at set plays? Those two questions will be key to assessing his appeal and the stretch of games between now and the November international break seems like a good audition period, with more favourable fixtures to follow from Gameweek 9.

Long-range howitzers and a bombardment of crosses will see him accumulate a handful of attacking returns from open play even if Fernandes continues to hog free-kicks, corners and penalties, but United aren’t renowned for scoring goals from headers and his assist potential may suffer as a consequence.

As the below table shows, only Spurs had fewer headed goal attempts than the Red Devils last season.

The disappointing end product of Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m), whose cross success rate was a poor 13.6%, perhaps partly explains this but Anthony Martial‘s (£8.8m) tendency to drift away from the box often leaves United without a goal-hanging targetman, so the question has to be asked as to who exactly will be on the end of Telles’ abundance of deliveries.



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1,195 Comments Post a Comment
  1. nibby
    • 8 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    Choose one:
    A) Zaha vs BRI, ful
    B) Maupay vs cpl, WBA

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Tough one, Maupay slightly better form and Brighton playing better football, but Zaha has the better fixtures there

  2. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    Best option to complete this defence? Budget 5.5m

    Martínez Forster
    Robertson chilwell lamptey ferguson xxxxx

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Semedo/Saiss or maybe Reguilon

    2. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Saiss and bank the rest

    3. nibby
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 58 mins ago

      Ayling or Saiss

    4. Joggers Nipple
      • 11 Years
      13 days, 11 mins ago

      Saiss

    5. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Thanks all

    6. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      KWP and upgrade elsewhere ?

  3. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 57 mins ago

    Best go to sleep. Enjoyed the debate tonight. GL to everyone and hope your decisions and picks go well.

  4. Hot Fuzz
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 51 mins ago

    Hi guys, is there a page I can add my wildcard selection and see the ownership percentage for overall and 10k? Like on live fpl just before the gameweek starts?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 48 mins ago

      Fffix I think

      1. Hot Fuzz
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 48 mins ago

        Cheers

  5. De Gea is GOAT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 33 mins ago

    Would it be crazy to go without a Spurs player this weekend? Really tempted to hold FT.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 28 mins ago

      Not crazy

    2. Hot Fuzz
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 mins ago

      It probably depends on your team structure and if they last the eye test to decide if you need Tottenham players I did brun to son and will Captain sun for this game week but it's just me.

      1. De Gea is GOAT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        I did Son > Barnes last week knowing that i would want him back post injury. But Barnes has a decent fixture this week. I'm just worried to miss out on more hauls. Rest of the team is:

        Ryan
        TAA Digne Taylor Mitchell
        Barnes Salah KDB
        Wood DCL Jimi

        1. Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          What is your itb? Will mostly depend who you can take out for son or Kane. But if your gut feeling tells you Barnes is ok for now.i would wait another week.spurs got 4 great fixtures, you would just miss out on one. But if your are more aggressive like me.then I would get a spurs asset in even on a -4. Depends on your playing style. Good luck

          1. De Gea is GOAT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Thanks mate. About 4itb. So far my aggressive decisions haven't come through. I'm trying to be more patient with my decisions. In saying that my gut feeling is telling me to stick with Barnes but my plan was to always get Son back so i wonder whether its best to do so this week or next. Barnes scored a brace in that same fixture last season but Villa is a complete different team now. Hows your season been so far?

            1. Hot Fuzz
              • 4 Years
              12 days, 20 hours ago

              Then I would say stick with your plan ,sometimes our gut feeling can be bloating instead of a thing about a good fpl decision hahaha. Son is in great form has great fixtures and is even rested over the IB and surely mathematical speaking returning point perhaps more then Barnes this week.reckon you should go with your initial plan. Yeah man my season could have started with a banger 4 weeks if I didn't have got rid of son and Kane gameweek 2 for Bruno and martial....but besides that pretty ok OR decent looking team. But t the best what I figured out this year after playing for 4 years is that finding the form gems before others do.and not being scared of getting rid of good prospect point players for someone I think going to be good.through eye test and stats.its fun so far I feel more free about my decisions even if I do it for a hit to get my team I want.anyway now i need to calm a bit down with the hits part at leased for couple of weeks hahaha.how are you going ?

              1. De Gea is GOAT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 18 hours ago

                i hear everything you're saying about Sonny and now you got me thinking mate haha but i will stick to Barnes just for this week. Son is coming in next week. I also did the same and got rid of both him and Kane. Honestly this years much harder than usual... hence the whole "be more patient" approach. So yeah having my FPL start to date so hopefully things will look up a bit more in a months time haha. Whose your captain this week mate?

                1. Hot Fuzz
                  • 4 Years
                  12 days, 17 hours ago

                  Mr mijagi would say Daniel son is my captain and you?....hahaha. started of with a 42 % ownership overall and 48 % 10k. But by now sit on 64%.going to try to be more proactive and get 3 huge differential over the next 3.any plans for you?

  6. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 26 mins ago

    Ryan Forster
    TAA Saiss Konsa Ayling Mitchell
    KDB Salah Grealish Podence Stephens
    Kane DCL Maupay

    Hows this setup ? Wildcard..

    1. Joggers Nipple
      • 11 Years
      13 days, 7 mins ago

      Anyway to get Chiwell over Ayling?
      Podence to Soucek and Robetson over TAA.
      Play 4-3-3?

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        Well this is my alternative team mate... have another team with Chilwell, Robbo, etc and this one is my alternatives to try something a little diff... main difference is the other one has Son over Kane, and James over Grealish

        1. Joggers Nipple
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          Just from that, I would say I prefer the Robertson, Chilwell and Son one

          1. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Me too!! By far... it’s funny really, the alternative was primarily a Salah-less team but now I’ve got him in. Anyway, two very different teams are on exactly the same points 216 after 4 gameweeks

        2. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          Can you fit Dé Bruyne, Salah, Son, Rodriguez and Grealish in the midfield with Brewster as your 8th attacker?

          1. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Nope that would be nice but would need to weaken somewhat elsewhere... see below

            Martinez Button
            Robertson Chilwell Saiss Lamptey Mitchell
            Salah KDB Son James Stephens
            DCL Ings Brewster

            1. Joggers Nipple
              • 11 Years
              12 days, 23 hours ago

              This team is nice

              1. fcsaltyballs
                • 4 Years
                12 days, 21 hours ago

                thanks JN

  7. Joggers Nipple
    • 11 Years
    13 days, 13 mins ago

    Morning,
    Got a bit in the bank and looking at 2 different ways forward, wont take hits, these are medium term moves-

    McCarthy
    TAA Dier Saiss Taylor
    Salah KDB Podence James
    Ings DCL

    Steer Mitchell Bissouma Vasilev 3.8M ITB

    A- Simple. Podence to Son. About 0.3ITB (probably Taylor to Villa def later)
    B. Little spread out. Podence to Grealish, Vasliev to Antonio (or FWRD up to 6.6)
    C. Something else?

    Im not tied to Ings but going to see out the next few 'good' fixtures. Could cash him to lower priced later

    Thanks for any thoughts

    1. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      A is the best move imo mate

      1. Joggers Nipple
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        Cheers, will probably do this. Ings is there to make Antonio later and then Vassliev to another Watkins type priced player.
        Unless Brewster goes well!??

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          Yes I like Ings... unlucky not to get a goal and an assist last match

          Re Brewster I suppose the Fulham match will tell you how he’s gonna be but a lot on here think he will start

  8. Ragabolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 23 hours ago

    Rises: Castagne (5.8)
    Falls: Hause (4.4)

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      Cheers Ragabolly.

    2. Hazardouss
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      Cheers rags; all a bit uninspiring at the moment isn't it?

      1. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 19 hours ago

        Only wildcarders transferring atm. No-one else going to with so many potential injuries with three, not usual two, international games.

    3. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      Cheers Ragabolly

    4. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Cheers Ragabolly.

    5. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      any double risers yet for those that are chasing the .1 shuffle ?

      1. Essrick
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Not yet but Rodriguez and DCL look likely.

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 16 hours ago

          most will hold those two anyway rather then sell on to gain the .1 - it’s quite hard to get the .1 these days

  9. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 23 hours ago

    Cheers.

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      That was for Ragabolly. Nice fail if I say so myself.

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        Well at least I have Castagne so it’s not all fails

    2. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      No problem with giving a general cheers to the community. Cheers to you as well

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        Cheers for everyone. This round is on me.

  10. tc93
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 22 hours ago

    Ings + Zaha —> Son + Maupay for a -4?

    Rest of team:
    Martinez
    TAA / KWP / Lamptey
    Salah / KDB / Zaha / Barnes
    Jiminez / DCL / Ings.

    Bench: Button, Taylor, Bissouma, Michell.

    1. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      Why? What's wrong with Ings or Zaha?

      1. tc93
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        Nothing really- I just want son aha

    2. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      No, not worth a hit

    3. korbendallas82
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      probably. Ings vs Jimmy is hard to tell.

  11. bigdip
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 22 hours ago

    I did Werner to Kane. Any -4 hit worth taking or no?

    McCarthy
    TAA - Doherty - Coady
    Sterling- Salah - ASM- Barnes
    Kane (c) - Mitrovic - Adams

    (Steer- Bissouma - Adams - KWP)

    (1.2 ITB, 0FT)

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      I would wait and see how Mitro and Adams do but they are close to the chopping block.

    2. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      I wouldn't. Although I'd be looking to upgrade Adams at some point soon, or downgrade to Brewster to open up funds for midfield.

    3. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      I'd get rid of Adams way before Mitro

      1. bigdip
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        thanks

  12. bigdip
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 22 hours ago

    any news on sterling?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      Watched the England Belgium bore with a cup of tea I believe.

  13. Chelsea91
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 22 hours ago

    Thought on the below WC Team?

    Martinez
    Robbo,Saiss,Chillwell
    Salah,Kdb,Son,Grealish
    Maupay,DCL,Wilson

    Steer Lamptey,Mitchell,Mc Carthy

    0 ITB

    1. korbendallas82
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      looks good.

      1. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        thanks

    2. De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Great team! I'd have Antonio or Watkins instead of Wilson though.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Probable good call. Watkins ok for a punt and Antonio question of fixture proof

        1. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 19 hours ago

          will monitor Wilson and Maupay.

    3. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Safe/template/unoriginal

      1. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 19 hours ago

        Thanks

    4. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Good side. Maybe a little short up top if you want to change to a Kane/Ings/Kun later

      1. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        yes

    5. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      I think this is now basically the FFS group think template, more or less with Kane or KDB as the main issue on here this week it seems as the third premium choice.

      Personally I like it but James Rod puts up a very good case to be in any Wild Card, so does a Chelsea mid but no idea which one.

      Mitchell will lose his place soon in the Palace team.

      1. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 19 hours ago

        I think If Mitchell lose his place i still have lamptey for back up.

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 18 hours ago

          if on a WC now, you can remove the issue of needing to make a transfer in a week or two.

          PVA will probably replace him as I can’t see PVA playing left mid with other options that are available.

          But you have 0 itb so maybe just consider him as a non starting cheap enabler, I have one of those too but would prefer a starter but just don’t have a transfer for it.

          GL 🙂

  14. De Gea is GOAT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Wood & Barnes > Antonio & Son worth -4? Thanks guys.

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Maybe wait on Antonio but seems you need to do both

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      I'd hold Wood vs Newcastle
      They are suspect to headed duels

      1. De Gea is GOAT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Thanks guys! Wood has WBA Amey. Still an okay fixture. You don't think Antonio and Son outscore the other 2 this week?

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          12 days, 19 hours ago

          I’ve got wood as well and I think I’d do this move even though his fixture is great, burnley look trash and his ceiling is low

          1. De Gea is GOAT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 19 hours ago

            My exact thought mate. Would much rather have Antonio or Watkins. Thanks

  15. tc93
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Pick two to start this week:
    1) Lamptey - CRY
    2) Michell - BHA
    3) KWP- CHE
    4) taylor- WBA

    Currently on Lamptey and Michell

    1. De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Ive got Taylor and Mitchell starting. But i don't own Lamptey

      1. tc93
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        So who would you start if you had the choice?

        1. korbendallas82
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          taylor,lamptey to start.

    2. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      4 and 1. Is 3 starting? Probably no minutes for him so not serious if you stick him in the team

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Is KWP place under threat?

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 20 hours ago

          Not that I am aware of.

      2. tc93
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 19 hours ago

        Who are you talking about then lol

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 19 hours ago

          My bad. Got numbers wrong. Talking about Mitchel

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      4 and 1

  16. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    The general shift in Covid infections would suggest no Euros 2020. What do you guys think? England Belgium poor considering the players on the field. I thought Kane had an injury so Jose must be a happy man being played.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      I think the idea of hosting it in numerous countries is no longer viable. England has the infrastructure to hold it itself but the virus is out of control. Probably the safest major nation would be Germany.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        You are right but I think it will be who brings it in rather than catching it at the venue

  17. pls
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Biggest Priority?
    A: Havertz to Son
    B: Mitro to Maupay/Wilson

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      A.

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      A - Mitro has some nice fixts.

  18. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Guess Kane is fit after all. Anything you would change in this wc team? 0.4m itb.

    martinez
    robertson chilwell saiss
    salah son jrod grealish
    kane dcl maupay

    forster lamptey bissouma ferguson

    1. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Looks solid - still prefer TAA to Robbo (who'll likely be 7.4m by deadline).

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Thanks Bram

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      If you have no use for 0.4 I'd get Soucek for Bissouma myself and

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      Kane to Watkins
      Grealish to KDB

      In the long run is it better to have one City & one Spurs than 2 Spurs and no City ?

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        Plan to make those transfers after a couple of gws. Spurs next few fixtures are good and a double up might be useful. Thanks bud

  19. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Does Pulisic look good to start v Southampton?

    1. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Starting attacking options for Che is a bit of a minefield to call.

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      I'm waiting to see how does Werner & Pulisc play together.
      They occupy same space on pitch. So I'm not sure I'll risk it atn

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      no one really knows - hard to change a side that won 4-0

    4. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      Ziyech fitter will get game time too.

  20. Manumana
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    How come Son isnt in the captain poll ?

    1. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Still the GW4 poll - Son wasn't expected to play when created I think.

      1. Manumana
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Ahh ok. Thanks

  21. mrrahrah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Does anyone think Watkins goes anyway to cover Grealish?

    I'm on my WC and that tweak helps to balance the books allowing for Soucek as a first sub and a 4.5 up to Saiss

    Otherwise i'm looking at Grealish + Brewster and most likely Dallas

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      He doesn't cover Grealish.

      1. mrrahrah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        yeah fair enough i did a player stats comp - Grealish batters him

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 20 hours ago

          Watkins was very good for Brentford and could make the trip though it'll take him time to adapt to Premier League. I'm optimistically thinking that Grealish is a better pick than last season with a better team around him.

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      No you want Grealish , Watkins won't cover him

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      Different players, obviously you’d sooner have jack but like you said he’s more expensive and takes a mid slot

      Also if you assume he’s going to be getting quite a few assist points, who’s going to be on the end of them ?

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      Watkins is a striker that scores goals so won’t show up well in many stats. At his price he is a great option to have and I don’t think Grealish needs to be ‘covered’ by anyone with just 15% ownership and not a captain

  22. mrrahrah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    cheers both ill stick with mini shin pads man then

  23. GE
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Kane or KDB on WC?

    1. GE
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Kane and Grealish or KDB and 6.5 forward

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Kane and Grealish on current form, which is very changeable.

      2. mrrahrah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 19 hours ago

        If you have Son, i'd rather have KDB + 6.5, i'm on Antonio right now.

        For my own enjoyment be hard to watch a City game otherwise

  24. cescpistols111
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 19 hours ago

    Thoughts on this WC team? 0.0 ITB. Keeping faith with Werner for now, will downgrade after the Southampton game if needed.

    Ryan Peacock-Farrell
    Robertson Taylor KWP Lewis Mitchell
    Salah KDB Son Grealish Bissouma
    Werner DCL Wilson

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      Would swap Werner out now for another mid priced striker and get James Rod for Grealish or Chilwell for Mitchell

    2. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      Your team is encouraging me, as it's similar to mine without a wild card!
      McCarthy, Peacock-Farrell,
      Robbo Taylor KWP Dier James
      Sterling Havertz Fernandez, Zaha Soucek
      Werner DCL Wilson
      Your team is direction in which I will travel without wildcard, so will get Son and review Sterling fitness this week, and look at Lpool mid and def downgrade following week. Going to bump along saving wild card for now.
      I think advice below by Hotdogs good tho Chilwell been 'unwell' atm, and worth checking his fitness.

    3. Nightrain_
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      if you want a Chelsea attack, maybe instead of Werner, you can downgrade him and opt to upgrade Bissouma to Havertz and play 3-5-2.

      Havertz looks like to have settled his no 10 role (backed with cup hattrick and back to back assists) and central to Chelsea's attack so he might benefit from the other trio and with his impeccable penalty record at Leverkusen, there's always a chance that he'll be their pen taker (for instance, if Jorginho not there)

  25. Goodricke
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 19 hours ago

    Wildcard:
    Mendy, Martinez
    Chilwell, Aurier, Telles, Bellerin, Sais.
    Salah, Costa, Grealish, Rodriguez, Son
    Kane, DCL, Brewster,

    1. Wonderful Wizard Hazard
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 9 hours ago

      Looks decent, I'm not sure about the keeper double-up though.

  26. Vazza
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Callum Wilson or Ollie Watkins?

    1. Goodricke
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Ollie, he is on cloud nine after his Liverpool hattrick, and has a point to prove about his price tag. Also has a real connection with Grealish.

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