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Five-time top 1k FPL finisher Tom Freeman on Liverpool defence, Spurs and Villa

One of the world’s best FPL managers, Tom Freeman (aka avfc82), discusses Trent Alexander-Arnold, Son-Heung min, Aston Villa and more before revealing his own team plans for Gameweek 5.


So, where were we?

The last time I checked in, Gameweek 3 had drawn to a close and I sat 453,222nd overall. I talked up Solly March (£5.0m) and Stuart Dallas (£4.5m), and also touched upon each club’s most creative player so far.

Since then, Mohamed Salah’s (£12.2m) 26-point captaincy haul, combined with returns for Alex McCarthy (£4.5m), Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m) and James Rodríguez (£7.8m), contributed to my Gameweek 4 score of 68 points, which has seen my overall rank rise to 271,739.

So, in this my latest column, I thought it might be useful to address some of the bigger talking points that have dominated discussion in the FPL community during the international break. The topics I cover are not only relevant to my team, but probably yours too, and I hope by putting forward my thoughts on them, it can help a few of you out.

SHOULD I SELL TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD AND BUY HIM BACK ONCE ALISSON RETURNS?


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  1. Lukakuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Is Semedo nailed? Or better to go for Coady?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Semedo looks like he should be nailed - no Europe or cup games until January

      1. Urchin
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        +1

      2. @FPLMason
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        This

  2. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    2FT, 0.9m in the bank.

    Holding ->
    A) Saiss (safe option)
    B) PVA!! (fun option!)

    McCarthy, Steer
    Trent, Virgil, Bellerin, Holding, Mitchell
    Salah, KDB, Son, Foden, Bissouma
    Jiménez, Antonio, Davis

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      B - you have Mitchell as cover

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I'd do
      Foden > Grealish
      Holding > Lamptey

  3. 2OLEgend
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Can somebody please give me some thoughts on this?
      What would you do with 2 FT and 2m ITB?
      Thinking of Podence -> Grealish and bank the other FT.
      Any suggestions?

      McCarthy
      TAA - Saiss - Taylor
      KDB - Bruno - Son - Podence
      DCL - Mitro - Vardy
      (Steer - Bissouma, Ayling, Mitchell)

      Thanks! 🙂

      1. Urchin
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        No plans of getting Salah anytime soon? Podence to Grealish is sensible choice.
        I also own McCarthy and thinking getting Martinez and bank one FT.
        Mitro to Watkins or Maupay is another option.

        Nice different team though, you must have a good rank

        1. 2OLEgend
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Thanks Urchin. I really want Salah, but it would mean selling KDB or Bruno. Could do Bruno -> Salah, but still think Bruno is underpriced and will become fpl gold like last year.
            Will sort out the goalie-transfer on WC down the road.
            Have a feeling Mitro will punish me if I sell.
            Thanks again though, appreciate it - OA rank 60k

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Podence to Grealish and save looks good or dealing with Mitro another option. Perhaps Mitro to Watkins. But both might be a bit much if you aren't ready to double on Aston Villa attack yet.

          1. 2OLEgend
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Thanks Miguel. Think I'll stick to Mitro for the next 3 - then hes gone. Rather Grealish and Watkins imo, and I don't fancy a double-up

              1. 2OLEgend
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  *Rather Grea than Wat

          2. RIDZ
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Which one better:
            Reguilon or Aurier?
            Spurs next 4 are tempting: WHU bur BHA wba

            1. Urchin
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              R. Aurier may miss more games than he will start. (bcoz Doherty)

              1. RIDZ
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                hmm thanks mate

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Reg

            3. Jimjam
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Reguilon

          3. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            How’s this wildcard team? Template out of 10?

            Martinez, 4.0
            Robertson, Saiss, Lamptey, KWP, Mitchell
            Salah, KDB, Son, Rodriguez, Grealish
            Maupay, DCL, Brewster

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              9 - needs PVA!

            2. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Arise, Sir TheDragon!

            3. Detweiler
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              I am going for the same expect Saiss, KWP and Grealish for TAA, Taylor and Soucek.

              Also going Ferguson over Mitchell. Mitchell probably dropped this week, and happy to sit on Ferguson as 4.0 until he is fit and hopefully into the team.

          4. Urchin
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Why not choose Bellerin over PVA. Or do people think CPL in long term has better CS potential than Arsenal? ~0.5 cheaper, playing RWB, got two assists, similar attacking threat.
            (Full disclosure - I won Bellerin since GW1, so there is a CoI)

            1. Joey Tribbiani
                4 months, 15 days ago

                I like Bellerin, got him gw1, got rid on a WC because of fixtures, now want him back because transfer window over (psg rumours over) and looks like Arsenal will be playing with wingbacks long term. Remember few years ago he got me great points, good price aswell

              • 2OLEgend
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Totally agree - don't understand all the love for PVA at 5.4m

              • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                PVA all the rage all of a sudden?

                1. Rasping Drive
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  I am on the look out for a 5.5 defender - If he was 5m I would be tempted, but 5.4 is a bit too much. Fixtures look strong, but Palace's defensive stats don't look great (granted they've faced Chelsea, United and Everton in the first 4, but not sure whether that's even relevant these days..).

                2. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Undeniable nostalgia pick. His 20 point haul in DGW37 in 15/16 helped me massively overturn a huge mini league deficit in the final GWs.

                3. @FPLMason
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Nostalgia FC captain

              • Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                GTG with Taylor and Justin ahead of Bissouma and Ayling?

                0.8itb 0ft
                McCarthy
                Robbo TAA Taylor Justin
                KDB Salah(C) Son Podence
                DCL Jimenez
                (Peacock Bissouma Ayling Vassilev)

              • mrtapio
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Find it hard picking the right midfield on wc! What would you do?

                A) Ryan, Rashford, Grealish, Mendy (on bench, play Brewster) 3-4-3

                B) Ryan, Rashford, Zaha, Mendy (on bench, play Brewster) 3-4-3

                C) Ryan, Rashford, Barnes, Mendy (on bench, play Brewster) 3-4-3

                D) Martinez, Rodriguez, Zaha, Trossard (Brewster on bench) 3-5-2

                E) Martinez, Rodriguez, Grealish, Trossard (Brewster on bench) 3-5-2

                F) Martinez, Rodriguez, Barnes, Trossard (Brewster on bench) 3-5-2

                Om on D right now, but like B also. But the other options looks good as well.

                1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  E for me, Zaha flatters to deceive

                2. Jimjam
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  E

                3. Reeker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  E

                4. Kvothe
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Definitely Grealish, Trossard looks like a good shout as well. Not much between Martinez and Ryan IMO.

              • wilson007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 15 days ago

                McCarthy Steer
                TAA Justin Taylor Mitchell Vinagre*
                Salah KDB* JRod Soucek Bissouma
                Werner Martial* DCL

                Does KDB, Martial -> Son, Kane (-4) make sense?

                I havent used WC yet and I am thinking the next IB might be a good time.

                Based on the next 4 fixtures alone, plus form.. I think this makes sense?

                Any other ideas?

                Thanks guys

              • Bolton’s Wanderers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Who is better long term?

                A - Lamptey
                B - Saiss

                1. Urchin
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Bellerin

                  1. Bolton’s Wanderers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    I like his output so far but the upcoming fixtures aren’t great for ARS defence

                2. Rasping Drive
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Lamptey I reckon - Saiss is one bad performance from getting dropped.

                  1. Rasping Drive
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    *one bad performance away

                    1. Bolton’s Wanderers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      4 months, 15 days ago

                      That is my fear with him

                3. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Difficult one, probably A

                4. Detweiler
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Lamptey. Speak to any Wolves fan and they'll highlight how suspect Saiss is defensively. Marcal probably takes his spot at LCB when fit.

                5. Kvothe
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Lamptey IMO, but both are preety good options

              • fcsaltyballs
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Martinez Button
                Robertson Lamptey Saiss Mitchell XXXX
                Salah KDB Son James XXXX
                DCL Brewster XXXX

                Best options on wildcard:

                1. Chilwell Stephens Ings
                2. KWP Grealish Maupay

                Thanks?

                1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  2

                2. Firmino
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  2

                3. Jimjam
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  2

                4. Detweiler
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  2

                5. Kvothe
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  2!

              • Zrinkec
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Who to choose on WC as 4.0m defender since Ferguson will not have spot in team cause of Clyne i guess? Anyboidy that have some chance to play?

                • Atimis
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Which one sounds best?
                  Assuming all will be fit and ready to start.

                  1. Robo, 5.5 def, Hamez, Grealish, Kane 343 + 0.5ITB

                  2. 2x 5.5 def, Sterling, McGinn, Kane 343

                  3. Robo, Saiss, Sterling, Hamez, Grealish 352

                  Been also considering Puli over Hamez as a punt (?)

                • Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Are people really considering PvA? There's Semedo, Chilwell and Reguilon who I think are all better...

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Admittedly he is a nostalgia pick

                  2. Wakanda
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    he has PK...

                    1. Firmino
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 15 days ago

                      Like Werner?

                      1. Wakanda
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 15 days ago

                        like what the ffscout has said...more on good run of fixtures
                        I personally think it could be a good gamble.

                      2. Wakanda
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 15 days ago

                        werner is on PK ?

                        1. Miguel Sanchez
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          Him or Havertz only when Jorginho is off the pitch

                  3. aborg
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    I like PVA. He had saved me for two years in succession in my ML on the final GW of the seasons. I remember his double digit haul 3 years ago 😉

                  4. Jimjam
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Not at that price point

                  5. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Tbh I just want to give it another 2-3 gameweeks before I make an transfer in defence. None of the teams fill me with confidence atm.

                  6. Jon Walter's Hatty
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    He is a decent move if you have Mitchell but I am always wary on players returning from long term injury as sometimes they either get a recurring issue or something else goes. Plenty of time to see Palace as they have a very long good run

                  7. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Apparently his defense is better than those except Semedo

                  8. Lazaretti
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Wolves ate in bad form. Chelsea not keeping cs. PVA on set pieces and surprisingly cpl are good at defending. Reguilon new guy but might become good.

                  9. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Not match fit and likely to breakdown after such a lengthy injury so expect truncated game time

                • merin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Whats the latest on KDB, Chilwell and Lamptey?

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    No news till pressers

                • aborg
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Anyone using the WC still holding onto Jorginho (if you had him before) ?

                  I would swap him as he does not produce much FPLwise from open play but the amount of penalties Chelsea have been given lately is insane !

                • Mane Mane Mane
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  What do you think about this, using my wildcard and having a complete change.

                  Martínez 4.0
                  PVA Robertson Mitchell Taylor Dallas
                  Son KDB Grealish Soucek Mane
                  Ings Brewster DCL

                  1. Mane Mane Mane
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    What do you think of potentially swapping KDB and DCL for Rodríguez and Kane whilst gaining £0.8m

                • Zrinkec
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Martinez/Forster
                    Robertson/Chilwell/Semedo/Dallas/ ...
                    Son/Salaha/Grealish/Zaha/Soucek
                    DCL/Kane/Maupay

                    Which 4.0m defender to choose, for somekind of chance of playing in future?

                    1. Hattrick Harry
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 15 days ago

                      Struijk will play again on Monday bc of injuries to Cooper and Llorente

                      1. Zrinkec
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          I have defense for this week i am looking more for somebodyy who can start usually in through next months.

                    2. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 15 days ago

                      Would United sack Ole if they lose to Newscastle this weekend?

                      1. Inazuma X1
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 15 days ago

                        No

                      2. Joey Tribbiani
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          Yes

                        • mynameisq
                          • 7 Years
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          Doubt it, they didn't sack him after a loss to Burnley at home last year when they were in like 12th position

                        • 2OLEgend
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            No way. He's there to stay

                          • Karan14
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            Nope they will only sack him if it looks we won't finish Top 4 and right now it's too early to make a judgement on that.

                          • It’s gonna Ben Mee
                            • 7 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            If he decides to play Harry and he continues to perform as abysmal as he’s been of late: yes

                        • Jimjam
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          (A) KDB & Wilson

                          (B) Kane & Grealish

                          1. Miguel Sanchez
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            B

                          2. Karan14
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            KDB & Watkins
                            But if KDB is injured then B short term.

                            I think KDB is much better option than Kane if normalcy resumes.

                          3. @FPLMason
                            • 8 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            B

                        • It’s gonna Ben Mee
                          • 7 Years
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          Will Ole bench Maguire until he’s in balance again?

                          1. 2OLEgend
                              4 months, 15 days ago

                              Truly hope so, but doubt it. So far this season Maguire has been the weakest link in our defence

                          2. The Mantis
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            Maguire worth a hit...? 😉

                            1. Peter Ouch
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              4 months, 15 days ago

                              on his head

                          3. FALSE PROFIT
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            Maybe nobody answered because it is boring. Anyway, it bottomed; I would appreciate your views on Mr Parry.
                            Shooting the messenger:
                            Mr. Parry as EFL boss goes out of his way to procure the safety of all EFL clubs. He avoids dawdling with ifs buts and maybes and gets something concrete moving to avoid the imminent demise of those he is employed to protect.
                            I find it hard to fathom how he can be considered a "traitor" when he has managed to fast track dialogue between the big 6, the FA and the FPL.
                            I salute you Mr. Parry for what you have done in getting everything moved faster in what will be an inevitable restructuring of football in England.
                            Shame on you, the government for sitting on your hands and pushing the issue to FA clubs, who may be "expected" to bail out football, but not the legal obligation to do so. How many of us go and watch a play in the West End compared to football? Yet they are getting government help by "bending" covid rules for venue attendance.
                            Make no mistake, Liverpool and ManU got exactly what they wanted in escalating a subject that has being going on for years.
                            Members of the press have made it clear the EFL were getting a gun held to their heads but it exasperates me that the reaction of many
                            to the proposal, has been immediate and reactionary rather than analysed correctly.
                            For sure, the deliberately "leaked information" was sullied but totally necessary. We would have had a European super league sooner rather than later if the FA continued to drag their heels.
                            The result means constitutional changes have been pushed to the forefront of discussion; the EFL are getting help sooner rather than later and most importantly, the FA are having to sort out their house before all falls down in front of them.

                          4. Peter Ouch
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            Podence to Pulisic for free
                            Yes or no

                            1. @FPLMason
                              • 8 Years
                              4 months, 15 days ago

                              Looks alright. Would just wait for after pressers at this point.

                            2. Miguel Sanchez
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              4 months, 15 days ago

                              No, no guarantees Pulisic starts

                          5. gomez123
                            • 7 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            Son & A) Dallas
                            B) Ayling
                            C) KWP

                          6. PocketZola
                            • 3 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            Howa my wc?

                            Martinez
                            Bellerin castange rob
                            Salah son grealish jrod
                            Dcl kane wilson

                            Subs, steer, kwp, mitchell, mendy

                            0.9itb

                            1. Holmes
                              • 7 Years
                              4 months, 15 days ago

                              Double Arsenal defense?

                          7. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            I'm so tempted to take PVA in for Digne for a hit!
                            Mad, no?

                            1. @FPLMason
                              • 8 Years
                              4 months, 15 days ago

                              Don't.

                            2. Miguel Sanchez
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              4 months, 15 days ago

                              Mad, yes, not worth a hit when we don't even know if he will start

                            3. Holmes
                              • 7 Years
                              4 months, 15 days ago

                              next week is the week

                          8. Will J 256
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            Jack Harrison, Klich or Mcginn? Who do you prefer?

                          9. Reeker
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            What's more beneficial on WC. Picking a 3.9 defender on, picking the best 4.0 backup defender or choosing Mitchell in case PVA fails to find fitness?

                            Side question: Sheffield United or Chelsea for a Last Man Standing pick?

                            1. Reeker
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              4 months, 15 days ago

                              Or going with another 4.5 defender I suppose as well

                            2. Miguel Sanchez
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              4 months, 15 days ago

                              MItchell with PVA

                              Sheffield United