Moving Target

What can FPL managers expect from £4.5m budget forward Rhian Brewster?

One of the potentially most significant moves of the last few weeks from a Fantasy perspective involved a player who has yet to play a minute of Premier League football.

Sheffield United completed the signing of 20-year-old Rhian Brewster for a reported £23.5m at the beginning of October, with the former Liverpool striker signing a five-year deal with the Blades.

Priced up at £4.5m by Fantasy Premier League upon the game’s relaunch earlier this summer, Brewster would have likely been nothing but non-playing bench fodder had he remained on Merseyside for the rest of 2020/21.

His move to Bramall Lane likely ensures game-time, however, and he has understandably caught the eye of the Fantasy community over the last fortnight.

Already transferred in by over 100,000 FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 5, Brewster could be the bargain-bin ‘enabler’ many of us have longed for in attack.

THE HISTORY

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Born in London at the turn of the Millennium, Brewster progressed through Chelsea’s academy system before being snapped up by Liverpool in 2015.

Promising goalscoring displays for the under-18s and under-23s edged him closer to the first-team squad but an ankle injury sustained at the beginning of 2018 effectively cost him an entire year of development, with the then-teenage striker not making his competitive Liverpool debut until September 2019.

Three cup appearances for the Reds was the sum total of Brewster’s involvement in the senior set-up before a loan move to Swansea City was agreed upon at the beginning of this calendar year and it was during his time in Wales that the young forward made huge strides, scoring 11 goals in 22 Championship and play-off appearances for the Swans.

Returning to Merseyside in the summer, Brewster caught the eye in pre-season with three goals in Liverpool’s tour of Austria.

Capped by his country at four different age levels, Brewster has yet to open his account for the England under-21s despite having made eight appearances for the Young Lions.

The Statistics

With precious little to go off from his time at Liverpool, we turn to Brewster’s half-season spell at Swansea for a closer look at his statistical output – with the obvious caveat that numbers recorded in the Championship aren’t always a reliable gauge.

The breakdown of his 11 goals in the English second tier showed the variety of his play, with two poacher’s strikes coming from inside the six-yard box and three arriving from outside the opposition area.

Compared to three other notable names who came up from the Championship last season, Brewster lags behind for most metrics.

This can be partly mitigated by considering the team he played for, however: Swansea were ranked only tenth for goal attempts in 2019/20, behind Leeds United, Brentford and Fulham for shots registered, goals scored and possession.

When we assess goal conversion rate, Brewster was the most clinical with 20.4% of his opportunities finding the back of the net.

PlayerMins per goalMins per shotMins per shot in the boxMins per shot on targetGoal conversion rate
Brewster168.434.347.571.220.4%
Bamford216.524.227.161.911.2%
Watkins170.433.136.985.219.4%
Mitrovic139.224.031.263.517.2%

Indeed, his 11 strikes came from an expected goals (xG) total of 7.91 – suggesting he was either very lucky or, as appears more likely from what we are about to discuss, that his finishing is a real strength.

PLAYING STYLE

Brewster is, in the words of former boss Jurgen Klopp, a “natural goalscorer”.

That sentiment was repeated by his new manager, Chris Wilder, who said upon the striker’s move to South Yorkshire:

He’s a natural goalscorer. He finishes from any aspect, whether it is in the air or whether it’s spectacular goals, free-kicks or off his shin – he has a lovely habit of scoring goals, which is crucial in the Premier League.

The compilation video of his 11 Championship goals below highlights Brewster’s predatory instincts, with the bulk of them being opportunistic, first-time strikes – a valuable quality to have in the Premier League when half a yard of space is perhaps all a forward will get.

A complete lack of assists also betrays a slightly selfish streak (in the best possible sense) and Brewster created just 11 chances in his 22 appearances for the Swans, averaging a key pass only once every 168.4 minutes; not many Premier League forwards had inferior rates to that in 2019/20.

The player himself said at the beginning of October:

I am ready to come in and show everyone what I’ve got. It is a team that creates a lot of chances, the three at the back, overlapping, they get crosses into the box and that’s my game – being in the box, finding space and one and two touch finishes. That’s what I am going to try and do, and try and score goals for Sheffield United.

THE PROSPECTS

The prospect of a playing £4.5m forward in FPL is often an irresistible one, as an on-song Mason Greenwood (£7.4m) proved towards the end of 2019/20.

With so little money needed to be spent on this ‘eighth attacker’, it opens up cash to be reinvested elsewhere on a power five in midfield or premium options at the back.

Below Patrick Bamford‘s (£5.8m) price point, there really isn’t a great deal elsewhere among budget forwards, with Callum Robinson (£5.5m) and Aaron Connolly (£5.5m) about the pick of the bunch at present.

Even then, Brewster offers a saving a whole one million on those two strikers.

First, the caveats.

Sheffield United aren’t renowned for their goalscoring exploits, having found the back of the net on just one occasion so far this season. Even their hugely successful campaign in 2019/20 was predicated on a solid defence, and only four Premier League clubs scored fewer goals than the Blades.

Brewster could maybe help improve his new side’s goalscoring output (they missed over two-thirds of their big chances last season) but he will need service all the same, and the fact is that only Crystal Palace carved out fewer opportunities than Wilder’s troops in 2019/20.

Then there is the possibility of rotation.

Wilder chopped and changed his front two with frustrating regularity in 2019/20, with not one of his forwards starting more than 24 of the Blades’ 38 Premier League games.

Oli McBurnie (£5.8m) was, as Brewster is now, Sheffield United’s record signing when he moved from Swansea in August 2019 but he started just six of the Blades’ first 17 league matches last season as his integration began at a slow pace.

In McBurnie, David McGoldrick (£5.4m), the out-of-position Oliver Burke (£4.5m), Lys Mousset (£5.8m) and Billy Sharp (£5.8m), Brewster has some serious competition for his place when everyone is fit.

The good news on that front is that three of those players could potentially be unavailable in Gameweek 5: Mousset is a medium-term absentee with a toe problem and Burke and McGoldrick both picked up injuries on international duty this week.

Wilder had already pledged that Brewster would “be involved” against Fulham next weekend, although to what extent remains to be seen as the youngster needs a lot of “conditioning” work given that he has not had much competitive action of late.

Benchings are likely to happen, then, particularly in periods of fixture congestion, but this is a £4.5m forward we are talking about and minutes of any variety are a boon at that price point.

While completely unproven at the highest level and with the disclaimer that Sheffield United aren’t a free-flowing attacking side, that instinctive eye for goal we saw at Swansea earlier this year does give cause for optimism.

Before he has even kicked a ball in the Premier League, he already looks to be the pick of the options for those Fantasy managers considering a 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 set-up.

Time will tell over the coming weeks and months if he can actually become something other than an emergency substitute in FPL. If he hits the ground running ahead of the Blades’ fixture swing in Gameweek 9, it’s not an exaggeration to say that he could be the catalyst for a new ‘template’ squad.

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587 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jomikijiq
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Bench 2

    A) Saiss
    B) Dier
    C) Justin
    D) C. Taylor
    E) Adams

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      D & E

    2. Jässi
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B and D

    3. Latetotheparty
        1 month, 19 days ago

        A &D

    4. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      The question with Brewster isn't 'with he be nailed?', it's 'how long will it take to be match-fit?' He's head-and-shoulders above their other striker options who couldn't hit a barn door and simply aren't premier league quality. They need goals desperately, not to mention the pace they've missed since Mousset got injured/attitude problems, so I'd expect Brewster to be integrated as quickly as possible.

      1. Hot Fuzz
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I like it.....

      2. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Yep, you are spot on.

        After reading this article, I've kind of realised that it was a pipe dream to start him this week (over Podence). I think he'll come off the bench for the next couple of games and then once he's fully fit, he will be their number 1.

        Got to exercise some patience with him I think!

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Well exactly, but my interpretation of 'patience' is to let him get his match fitness when he's not clogging up my squad. I'd prefer to wait a bit and get him for 4.7 or 4.8 when I'm confident he's the real deal.

      3. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I agree 100%, which is all the more painful considering how they buried 3 in Chelsea at the end of last season... I'm sticking with Wilson for now and if Brewster starts playing it's an easy downgrade.

    5. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Pick 1 from each of the below to play this GW pls 🙂

      1. Saiss
      2. Mitchell

      a. Podence
      b. Klich (on pens)

      Thanks in advance...

      1. Dexters Laboratory
          1 month, 19 days ago

          1A

        • Jässi
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          1A

        • the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          does it make difference with me owning Bamford?

          1. Boly Would
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I'd play Klich.
            1B

            1. the dom 1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              thats what I am doing i think as well.

              Thanks all for comments

      2. Jässi
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Wildcard draft decisions to be made:

        A) 3-5-2 with Rodriguez, Ward, Konsa (1st on bench Brewster)
        B) 3-4-3 with Wilson, Chilwell, Justin (1st on bench Bissouma)
        C) 3-4-3 with Watkins, Chilwell, Saiss (1st on bench Soucek)
        D) 3-4-3/3-5-2 depending on fixture: Brewster, Robertson, Ward (1st on bench Neto or Brewster)

        1. Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          It's hard to tell like this,would need to see the whole team

        2. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          C

        3. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I like A) but not sold on Ward. Reckon Ferguson could take his spot once he's fit.

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Bench one:

        A) James (SOT)
        B) Justin (AVL)

        Other will be first sub so could risk a James start. with Justin to come on in the event of a no-show but risks a 1 point cameo.

        1. Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I would bench A just because of the possibility of no show.justin is not to bad stats wise in the end is up to man.how are you going anyway?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            180k - WC1 and BB played. Main issues have been no significant captain hauls, no DCL and no Salah.

            1. Hot Fuzz
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              No mo......you going nuts....

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Sorting it next GW

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                How you getting on so far?

                1. Hot Fuzz
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  No to bad man 176k first wc used looking at a more aggressive approach. Just got put my last response under review? And then it said it looks like I posted the same post before....what is that about?

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Not sure about the review, what was the content?

                    You can't post the same comment twice in the same comments thread. Need to add another space or full stop or say it is a repost to differentiate.

                    1. Hot Fuzz
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Not sure I was just talking about the stuff we talked about. Totally different sentence......hmmmmm

      4. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        As an alternative to Jimenez:

        1. Podence
        2. Neto

        Thanks

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Don't really love either to be honest. Traore next best after Jimenez.

        2. Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Wolf's are a bit static in the moment imo would not get anyone of them in.
          But that is just my opinion

      5. Right In The Stanchion
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Anyone still got Werner? Not sure I want to do a -4 to swap for Kane with fitness issues.

          Got DCL and Bamfordinho

          What would you do? Could get Jiminez/Ings but not convinced by their fixtures

          1. hewittj1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Hold for 1 more week. I think he could do well this week with Pulisic back, Havertz starting to click, Chilwell supply and v Southampton

            1. Boly Would
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              This is what I was thinking. One more week...

          2. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Kane has 9 goals in 11 against West Ham. I’d be sorely tempted to take the hit this week

          3. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Capping him

          4. tim
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Had since start. Keeping for one more week!

          5. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I sold for Kane

        • liverpool01
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Mccarthy
          Taa, Saiss, Taylor
          (C)Salah, KDB, Mahrez, Zaha, Bissouma
          Jimenez, Ings

          Button, Justin, Lascelles, Davis

          0 FT 0.3 ITB

          How does my team look for this gw?

          1. liverpool01
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Took Son out for Mahrez -4 hit GW4, will most probably transfer out Mahrez to Son and Ings> Dcl -4 next gw.

        • The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Keeping Grealish and getting quality players in like Watkins and Martinez and boosting the team with some others, very impressed by AV transfers, I dare might say they had the most successful transfer window in the PL.

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Everton?

          2. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            For me Tottenham, Everton and Villa by that order.

          3. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Anyone But United

          4. camarozz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I agree as a villa fan. And I'm glad the didn't get Behramha guy from Brentford. Two seasons rumours over him rejoining Dean Smith. If he really wanted to it would have happened last season, all about the money with that guy I think and he would have unsettled out team imo

          5. xHaTr
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Everton, Chelsea and Villa all had great windows.

            Think Spurs and Arsenal going under the radar with their windows as well

            Uniteds window was a joke

        • dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          2ft here, which moves look best:

          A) Podence, Pereira and Martial to Brewster, Grealish, Son -4
          B) Werner, Pereira and Martial to Kane, Grealish and Antonio -4
          C) Werner, Podence and Martial to Son, Watkins and Antonio -4 (leaves £1.5m itb)

          Current Team:

          Johnstone Button
          TAA, Saiss, KWP, Dallas, Mitchell
          KDB Salah, Podence Pereira Soucek
          DCL Werner Martial

          1. liverpool01
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            C Werner needs to go, surprised you kept him for this long. 4-0 against Crystal Palace and no involvement.

            1. dbeck
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              there is an argument to hold vs Soton with there high line and puli back

              1. liverpool01
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Plenty of better options than Werner such as Ings, Jimenez, Antonio, Wilson. But up to you if you want to hold.

        • The Mantis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          It's hard enough already choosing 3 strikers without even considering Brewster!

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            But then you can have five mids!

            Salah KDB Son Rodriguez Grealish

            1. The Mantis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              True...but I currently have KDB/Salah/Jrod/Son (Soucek) with DCL/Wilson/Bamford up front - will grealish score higher than Bamford or Wilson do we think? I'm a Grealish fan btw

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Yes he will score higher than them

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Grealish looks good for a 170+ point season - do I think that beats Bamford? Certainly. Wilson? It is closer but yes.

                1. The Mantis
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  I'm sold

            2. TomSaints
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I think that’s my 5 on wc. Tempted not to have Rodríguez for a week or two

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Can probably get away with it for GW5 given Rodriguez won't be in top form but never a good idea to book in a transfer on a WC

        • Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          If Brewster actually does well and nails down a spot he shouldnt be treated as an 8th attacker but as a 7th and money saved should be used to upgrade elsewhere.

          1. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Aye, by the time the next WC rolls round we will know for sure if he is a viable 7th attacker or not.

            Before then, I think he is head and shoulders the best 8th attacker

          2. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            We have so many good midprice options that why risk going with him at all. One less premium won't kill us.

          3. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I hope this will happen - if you can have Brewster and Soucek as starters imagine what else you can fit in.

          4. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Simply to have a good alternative if someone you want to play is injured, or for another reason not playing. If he is regular starter. With wilders penchant for rotation im not totally sold atm. But after he settles in then maybe

        • Nedvěd11
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Play one:

          A) Ayling
          B) Digne
          C) Mitchell

          1. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            B

        • LC1
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Morning all.

          Hope you had a good weekend??

          Am I gtg for this weekend;

          Martinez
          TAA James Castagne
          Podence Salah(c) KDB Son
          Mitrovic Jimenez DCL

          Saiss Mitchell Bissouma

          Also, am I benching the right players?

          Any suggestions / feedback is much appreciated.

          Cheers!!

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Might start Saiss over Podence but up to you.

            1. LC1
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Tempting.
              Thanks!

          2. Hot Fuzz
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Hi lc1..yeah not to bad of the weekend.rhanks, do you have any ft left?

            1. LC1
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Thanks bud.

              No transfers left, so anything would be for a hit.

              1. Hot Fuzz
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                For a hit I would do nothing, just get James sorted and stick in saiss just in case lampard decides to give him a camera.nut saying that it also depends on your playing style.you could take a hit for someone you think is going to be good..

        • Infected by ebolasie
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Thoughts on this?

          Martinez Steer
          Robbo Lamptey Chilwell Ayling Ferguson
          Salah KDB Hames Son Bissouma
          Jimi DCL Brewster

          1. BDA Shadow
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            It's "James" mate, not Hames. Nothing to really complain about there.

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Everyone calls him Hames on this forum to differentiate between the other james and rodriguezs

              1. BDA Shadow
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Gotcha, apologies.

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            That'll do.

          3. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Is this a WC?

            If so, don't get double Villa GKs and I'd take Dallas over Ayling based on average position. Watch out for Chilwell's 'illness'. What is your plan if Chelsea suddenly hit form?

            Any way to get Werner or Pulisic/Havertz?

            1. Hot Fuzz
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Hi camzy you saying what if Chelsea hits form......imo is not if they hit form but if they actually find any chemistry. Pulisic and Werner occupy the same area.one might be benched.lampard will first to find out what his starting eleven is. He got so man my great names on the list.but do agree about Kai,he is quit a spark

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I don't really get what you're trying to say. If they hit form it means they're scoring points, which means they are improving chemistry.

                It all goes hand in hand. How about... what happens if Chelsea start scoring huge points? How will you fit in their players?

                1. Hot Fuzz
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Well I don't see it happening anytime soon.not until lampard has figured it out. To many options the midfield is like a minefield. Can only say I will stay far away of it

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    We will see. Ziyech and Pulisic could be back as soon as GW5. It does not take long for a team to click sometimes when their best players come into the first team.

                    We saw it with Everton who basically bought a whole new midfield of James, Doucoure, Allan. It could be as early as this weekend...

                    1. Hot Fuzz
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Yes I agree it could be...but the toffees don't have a quit amazing list like Chelsea does.just imagine lampards headache every week.its a bit like us ,if we tie to much coin on the bench we got a dilemma who to play and who to bench. For now I will stay away. Also I can see you advocate to keep faith in Werner and even double up with pulisic or triple up with zouma . Well that's up to you, it just seems a bit bias that's all. Good luck for this year camsy all the best for this season

        • BDA Shadow
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          WC

          Martinez - (Steer)
          Robertson - Chilwell - Mitchell - (Kilman - Ferguson)
          Salah - KDB - Son - Soucek - (Bissouma)
          Kane - DCL - Wilson

          0.2 itb. Martinez is a little up in the air with Ryan. Defence has three 4m guys but I expect at least one of them to play for the short term and longterm I'm thinking of downgrading Wilson or maybe Son/KDB and can put the money in defence if needed. Soucek on the eye test is brilliant getting into the box from open play and set pieces. Decided this season I've got very little care for fixtures (compared to normal).

          Thoughts?

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Pretty good. I'd do the Wilson down to a 6 mill defender up thing now though.

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              6.1m who do you fancy then?

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Camzy's answer below is pretty complete.
                Article on Zouma a few days ago makes interesting reading if you haven't seen it.

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            That defense is too weak.

            Wilson > Watkins
            Chilwell > Zouma

            And you now have more money to upgrade Kilman and Ferguson.

            I'd also get Stephens over Bissouma for a few more 0.1ms worth of savings.

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Watkins at 5.9m isn't worth it for me. Chilwell is a huge upgrade from Zouma imo. Kilman up is definitely what I'll go for if anything, theres no reason to upgrade Ferguson assuming he jumps right into the team when he's fit.

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I disagree on Watkins very much. At 5.9m he's very good value. The team he's playing will also make him lots of chances. Much more than Newcastle will provide for Wilson. Don't be put off by the fact he plays for Villa. The underlying stats since restart and from the start of the season are excellent.

                I agree on Chilwell being better than Zouma, but it's worth downgrading for the sake of improving Kilman, Ferguson or Mitchell. Kilman will not start once Marcal is fit again which could be as soon as GW5. Ferguson is a ways off. Which means your backline is starting Mitchell every week who can be benched for PvA any minute now.

                You need to free up money. Those are the two best ways.

                1. BDA Shadow
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Last news on PVA was almost a month ago. I've found that no news is usually bad news if you're hoping for someone back. You're right though it's a risk going with those three for more than a week, I think I'm better to save 2 transfers from the get-go. I'm not sold on Watkins, but time till tell.

                  1. Reckoner
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    PVA tweeted tonight "I'm back".

                    1. BDA Shadow
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      That's unfortunate. Good for him I guess lol.

          3. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I like Wilson. Not sold on double Spurs. I think your defence needs an upgrade somewhere.

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Highest scoring mid in the game and the highest scoring forward in the game... with amazing fixtures nonetheless. Can't really see an argument against that.

          4. NATSTER
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Three 4.0m Defenders are a bit too risky and hard to fix after WC.

            Wilson and Chilwell are the first two players who I may consider to downgrade and shift fund to upgrade Defender.

            A bit leaning to Wilson as I guess the cheaper FW might be able to match his points.

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Not too worried if it's going to keep him out for one game. There will be a huge fire sale and he'll become a big differential next gameweek onwards.

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Hopefully he'll just get mid-week off and be back next week - too early to fret.

        • Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Which 2 would you start and first on the bench?
          1. Taylor (A vs WBA)
          2. Ayling (H vs WOL)
          3. Justin (H vs AVL)
          4. Bissouma (A vs CRY)

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            1 and 3, with Ayling benched probably.

          2. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            start 2 and 3 with taylor first sub

        • Reckoner
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          WC as of now:

          Martinez (Steer)
          Robbo - Justin - Chilwell (Mitchell - DUnne)
          Son - Salah - KDB - Soucek (Bissouma)
          Kane - DCL - Bamford

          And thinking about KDB>>>Sterling

          Opinions? GTG?

          1. Machine_Gunnerz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 19 days ago

            nice. I would keep KDB. Soucek to grealish or Barnes if u can afford.

            1. Reckoner
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Would like Barnes, or Grealish, but only 0.4 itb

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I like Soucek - I'd spend 0.4 on upgrading Bamf or Justin if poss.

                1. Reckoner
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Keeping the money for defence, Justin and MItchell soon expected to get benched ; Van Anholt and Perreira due to return soon.

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I'd give Justin a miss on WC maybe Bamford too.
            As Camzy says above, Villa looking good so Steer could be a waste of a slot.

            1. Reckoner
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Well, I sure wouldn't want more than one outfield Villa players. Grealish OR perhaps Watkins at some point, but not both 🙂

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                If you put it that way...

                If the defence continues to perform, could get say Targett or Konsa as a rotation option too - double up could be good some weeks.

            2. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Plus he won't even be their second choice when Heaton is back.

              1. Reckoner
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                That's a good point, thanks.

          3. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Don't rate Chilwell. Double Spurs a bit much. Otherwise looks good.

            1. Reckoner
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Chilwell looks great for the price to me. And Spurs double are for the next 4 great fixtures, then we'll see how Bale's gonna incorporate....

        • Machine_Gunnerz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Finally shipping out Werner..along with podence. With 2 FT -
          A) to Son and Bamford
          b) or Zaha and DCL

          My other striker is Kane.

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            A of those but not keen on Patto Bamford.

          2. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            a - i have them both too.

            1. Machine_Gunnerz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 19 days ago

              thanks

          3. HurriKane
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            A

          4. Reckoner
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            A. Don't fall into Zaha trap!

        • HurriKane
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Saïd Benrahma has been directly involved in 50 Championship goals since joining Brentford in 2018 [27 goals & 23 assists].

          I think he could be a great FPL option playing in a good westham attack.

          Thoughts?

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            His stats in Championship are crazy, could be an Ings/Vardy or could be a Dwight Gayle.
            Depends on how much.

          2. Hot Fuzz
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            This dude is mental can't wait seeing him..

        • NATSTER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Salah, KDB, Hamez, Zaha, Foden

          Who would you trade out for Son?

          1. Chelsea91
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Foden

            1. NATSTER
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Thank you

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Last two easily

            1. NATSTER
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              But which one between the two?

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Foden

                1. NATSTER
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Cheers

          3. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Foden, then Zaha, if you can

            1. NATSTER
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Thank you

        • what\'s my name
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          who d you bench:
          a. James
          b. Keane
          c. Lamptey

          thx

          1. Chelsea91
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            A

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            A - good chance he doesn't start

        • KneejerkJoe
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Play 1:
          A) Brewster
          B) Klich
          C) Saiss

          1. BeWater
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Saiss.

            • Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              A

            • Hot Fuzz
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I agree with Miguel on this one

              1. KneejerkJoe
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Thanks all, Im at Brewster right now, with Saiss first sub. Dont feel so comfortable tho.

                Also have Digne on the bench this week, can possibly get more points on bench than first 11....

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Digne is a tricky one - surely Liverpool score but he is so involved in their switched attacking play down the left he could still return an assist or two in any game. Post your full team.

                  1. KneejerkJoe
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Yes I agree, but without set pieces hes not the same threat as he used to be, so thats the main reason I bench him. But this week is so difficult, also with the captain choice.

                    Martinez
                    Chillwell Justin Lamptey
                    Rodriguez Salah Sterling (C) Son
                    Brewster Jimenez DCL
                    --Steer Saiss Klich Digne

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      That is tough - I am on Saiss higher up than Justin in my playing order but will prob play both in the end. Digne over Lamptey could be one but Lamptey does have attacking potential.

                      You are right there could be a few bench points there, whatever you do.

                      1. KneejerkJoe
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Yes very tough! Thanks for your insight, I will watch the press conferences later this week and look for a clue.

                        The following weeks will be easier, Brewster wont make the starting 11 with those fixtures, and Justin will be downgraded for a 4.0 as soon as I can.

                        Not sure what to do with Klich in a week or two, as I see him as my weakest link (Besides Digne who should be Robertson/TAA). Would you downgrade for Soucek and try to fit in a premium striker like Aguero for Jimenez when the fixtures change, or upgrade him by downgrading Jim to Antonio (Then I can have Grealish + TAA or a Chelsea mid with Digne)

                        0,5m in the bank.

                    2. Hot Fuzz
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Damn what a bench.......

                      1. KneejerkJoe
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Yes I know, right......?

            • Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Lads, it's Fulham. A.

            • NATSTER
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              the penalty taker for me

              B

              1. KneejerkJoe
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Wolves has conceded only 4 penalties since start of last season tho, and feel like hes not really a threat from open play?

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Price prediction for Benrahma at West Ham?

            6.0 or 6.5 sounds about right

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Yes.
              Any more than Bowen would be a bit OTT.

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

              Watkins sort of price

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                But he will be a mid right?

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

                  interesting, on the basis Salah and Auba are mid I would say yes - he is basically a scoring winger

                2. Hot Fuzz
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Yes probably a mid

          3. Knallie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Martinez / 4.0
            Chillwell / Saiss / Justin / Lamptey / Mitchell
            Salah / KDB / Son / Rodriguez / Jorginho
            Kane / DCL / Brewster

            0.8m ITB to maybe do:
            - Justin -> 5.0 (Coleman/Bellerin/?), or
            - Rodrguez to a Chelsea mid, or
            - Son to Rashford/Bale, or
            - KDB to Auba/Fernandes

            I dont mind Jorginho missing the occasional game, Brewster is decent backup. Any glaring errors?

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I'd do something about Justin, saves a transfer down the line.
              Last two suggested moves seem a bit counter-intuitive.

              1. Knallie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                yeah I should have clarified, all those transfers are possibilities for down the road, not for right now

            2. Captain_Shirokov
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Having to play one of Brewster/Jorginho most weeks is a big no from me.

            3. RED_ARMY
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Why on Earth would you get rid of Son may i ask?

          4. Lignja
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            McCarthy
            Chilwell, Saiss, Lamptey
            Salah, Kdb, Son, Rodriguez, Pulisic
            Dcl, Wilson

            Brewster, Ayling, Michell

            Is this good bench order would you change anything or gtg?

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              More than g2g

            2. Knallie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I like this team, I have something similar

            3. Lignja
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Thanks?

              1. Lignja
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Duno why is that ? There...

          5. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Was Paolo Maldini a LB or a CB?

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Started off as very much the first, but played both.

            2. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              He retired 11 years ago. OMG. How old does that make me?

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I saw him play at Old Trafford with Cafu and Nesta, they kept a cleansheet.

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Who played CB or LB - Stam, Kaladze, Jankulowski?

                  1. Would Ed Woodward
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Cafu Nesta Maldini Kaladze, it was this game... https://www.11v11.com/matches/manchester-united-v-ac-milan-23-february-2005-27704/

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Wow - arguably at least 10 all time greats across those XIs

                    2. RED_ARMY
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Those were the days

                  2. H.E. Pennypacker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Stam was a CB.
                    Kaladze played CB & LB, he is now a politician.
                    Jankulowski was a LB.

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Dunno, prob similar sort of age to me (33). I've just started collecting 90's era Serie A shirts with player names on the back Maldini is the unanimous choice for my AC shirt.

                1. Hot Fuzz
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  How many you got?

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Just Juve Del Piero #10 Sony MiniDisc shirt from 97/98 so far. But have the following items in my basket or on bidding watchlist:

                    Fiorentina Batistuta #9
                    Inter Ronaldo #9 (maybe will go for the 97/97 Umrbo number 10 kit)
                    AC Milan Maldini #3

                    Parma, Roma, Lazio, Sampdoria and Napoli shirts TBC

                    1. Lemongrab
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Surely Totti is nailed on for that Roma shirt?

                      1. Miguel Sanchez
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Yeah, sorry, massive oversight.

                        Roma - Totti
                        Lazio - Gascoigne maybe or Signore if I can find
                        Parma - Crespo/Cannavaro/Thuram/Veron
                        Sampdoria - Vialli
                        Napoli - not sure, Zola...

                        1. Lemongrab
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Nice. Are you getting actual vintage shirts or replicas?

                          1. Miguel Sanchez
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Probably mostly replicas to start with.

                    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Parma - Zola
                      Roma - Totti
                      Lazio - Gazza
                      Sampdoria - Bobby Manc
                      Napoli - Ferrara

                    3. Hot Fuzz
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Damn that's quit a list......
                      What does the misses says about your basket? Just kidding man love it you being so passionate

          6. Goodricke
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

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

            Thoughts?

            1. Goodricke
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Brewster and Grealish

              or

              Bamford / Rodrigo and Jorginho?

              1. Knallie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I would go A, and I have Jorginho

              2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Definitely Brewster and Grealish.
                Don't like your keepers/def at all

              3. Hot Fuzz
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I like the Rodrigo pick a lot hope he gets more minutes

            2. Hot Fuzz
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Well that is a bit different to the usual RMT...you got balls I have to say that.but it could work especially with that low ownership percentage.....i would say go for it and see what happen

            3. Hattrick Harry
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              No KDB or TAA - hey, people here won't like it but I do

          7. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Best RB from:

            A) Dani Alves
            B) Lahm
            C) Cafu
            D) Other - please name

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Gary Nev?

              Subjectively C.

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Thought about adding him but didn't look right. Thuram was another I thought of short listing but think he was primarily a CB who filled in at RB during France 98

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Thuram could easily be there too.

                  Seem to remember David Bardsley having an absolute stormer right in front of me once.

            2. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Hard to split A and B, C just after them

              1. Hot Fuzz
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Hahaha you guys are nuts...how do you remember all of that?

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  As you get older, it is the old memories that stick and new ones that occasionaly don't form properly.

                  1. Hot Fuzz
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Well I love your guys minds.would seem like a great time in a pub together talking football