Scout Notes

Why Wilder didn’t start Brewster as Mitrovic suffers nightmare outing

SHEFFIELD UNITED 1-1 FULHAM

  • Goals: Billy Sharp (£5.8m) | Ademola Lookman (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Jack Robinson (£4.4m)
  • Bonus: Lookman x3, Sharp x2, Chris Basham (£4.9m) x2

Sunday afternoon was one to forget for Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.9m) and his FPL owners.

The Serbia striker missed a penalty after 57 minutes, skimming the crossbar with Aaron Ramsdale (£4.9m) well beaten.

The forward then managed to foul Jack Robinson (£4.4m) – who had earlier conceded a penalty – during a melee in the Fulham area.

That passage of play led to a Tom Cairney (£4.9m) chance on goal but after the VAR reviewed Mitrovic’s challenge on the Blades substitute, a spot-kick was awarded.

Billy Sharp (£5.8m) made no mistake with his penalty, firing home to earn the home side a point.

It went from bad to worse for Mitrovic in added time as the Fulham hitman headed wide twice from close range following deliveries by the impressive Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) and Cairney.

On the striker, Fulham boss Scott Parker commented:

It was painful for him but he has earned the right [to take the penalty]. Today wasn’t his day but he has scored and assisted a lot of goals. This is someone we owe a lot to. He will dust himself down and go again.

LOOKMAN PASSES EYE TEST

Having impressed from the bench in Gameweek 4, Lookman put in another eye-catching performance against Sheffield United.

It was his goal after 77 minutes that gave Fulham the lead. The winger, having received the ball from Cairney, lost it again but persevered to beat a couple of Sheffield United defenders before hammering an effort past Ramsdale from inside the box.

At just £5.0m, Lookman might be a player worthy of addition to FPL watchlists with Fulham’s fixture list looking decent until Gameweek 11.

BREWSTER LEFT TO SIMMER

Chris Wilder decided not to make immediate use of Rhian Brewster (£4.5m), with the former Liverpool striker named on the bench for Sunday’s bottom-of-the-table clash.

The budget forward entered the fray after 63 minutes and immediately made an impact by setting up a shooting opportunity for Enda Stevens (£5.4m).

The Irishman, who moved back to his regular wing-back berth after Robinson replaced the injured Max Lowe (£4.4m), attempted to return the ball to Brewster when he might have been better off having an effort on goal.

Apart from that moment, Brewster was unable to impact on proceedings from a Fantasy perspective but the profligacy of Oli McBurnie (£5.7m) could mean that the budget FPL option will make Chris Wilder’s XI in Gameweek 6.

On the new signing, the Blades boss said:

It was a big decision before whether to start him. I believed he only had 50 minutes in him so I thought the best way to introduce him would be off the bench, as we did, and get his first minutes as a Sheffield United player.

It’s difficult because younger players get caught up in between the under 23s and the first team and sometimes maybe don’t get up to speed as quickly as they would if they were part of the first team.

John Fleck (£5.8m) was due to be part of the starting team against Fulham but a back injury picked up on Scotland duty will sideline the midfielder for a period.

Wilder explained:

John was due to start today but unfortunately he has picked up an injury and is out for four to six weeks.

SPURNING CHANCES

McBurnie was the chief protagonist in a dominant first-half display from Sheffield United but not in the manner the Scotland international might have hoped.

Having already headed wide from a Chris Basham (£4.9m) cross after 10 minutes, the forward spurned a glorious opportunity as he nodded a Basham delivery at Alphonse Areola (£4.5m) from six yards out.

McBurnie then failed to get a decisive touch on a low Stevens cross, putting it across the Fulham goalkeeper rather than towards the net.

On his team’s display, Wilder commented:

Delighted to get a result, disappointed we didn’t come in at half time upping the game. We were a little bit more like our old selves in the first half and had control of the game.

But we were not like our old selves in the second half. First half us, they dominated the second half.

It is a bit of a battle at the moment, a bit of a grind but delighted to get something out of the game.

Along with McBurnie’s missed chances, the Blades also had a goal ruled out in the first half for offside after Fulham debutant Tosin Adarabioyo (£4.5m) turned a Sander Berge (£5.0m) cross into his own net.

Wilder’s opposite number Parker also recognised that it was the cliched ‘game of two halves’ at Bramall Lane and believes that Fulham are turning a corner in terms of performance, saying:

I thought in the second-half performance we were exceptional. In the first half, we came with a bit of plan, we needed to tinker things at half time and the players responded very well.

Second half I saw a dynamic team, a team that could create chances and I was pleased overall in that sense. Still plenty of learning and plenty of improvement to do. A young team with young players coming in and making their debuts. Overall pleased.

Playing against a very well-drilled side here and their formation can cause you problems. We tried to nullify their threat. On the counter-attacking side, I thought we looked deadly. Pleased with that but probably need to be a bit more clinical in these moments.

The team is going in the right direction, not just today. The last performance as well was very pleasing. From where we were in the first three games where we had our struggles we appear to be coming out of that and pushing in the right direction.


Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Ramsdale; Stevens, Egan, Basham (Sharp 81′); Lowe (J Robinson 19′), Lundstram, Norwood, Berge, Baldock; McGoldrick (Brewster 63′), McBurnie.

Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Areola; Robinson, Ream, Adarabioyo, Aina; Cairney, Anguissa; Lookman, Loftus-Cheek (Lemina 81′), Cavaleiro; Mitrovic.

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590 Comments Post a Comment
  1. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Best sub 4.9 defender to start each week?

    A. Cresswell
    B. Targett
    C. Dallas
    D. Any one else

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      At this point Villa def.

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Lamptey?

      1. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Lamptey is a good shout but he always seems to be an injury doubt and Brighton can't defend at all.

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Creswell I like from GW8

    4. Kannbury
        1 month, 13 days ago

        B.

    5. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      B but not if you have Martinez I which case A - fixtures soon turn

      1. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Cheers mate.

    6. sovietrockettes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Took a hit to bring in Son before KDB was ruled out........rookie mistake that has cost me 30 points.........

      Rashford>Son, Adams>Wilson, lmfao

    7. Brakos2k
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Debating to WC this team but may be a bit knee-kerky from another poor week. Thoughts?

      Current team:

      McCarthy
      TAA, Mitchell, Justin
      Mane, Salah(C), Rodríguez, Son, Soucek
      Jimi, Mitro
      (Nyland, JWP, Lascelles, Davis)

      Proposed team:

      Martinez
      Sais, Lampety, Keane
      Grealish, Salah(C), Rodríguez, Son
      Jimi, Kane, DCL
      (Nyland, JWP, Soucek, Mitchell)

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        You have some nice differentials in your current team.

        I like Salah + Mane a lot for the fixtures coming up. Would not want Jimi on WC.

        1. Brakos2k
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thanks - probably removing TAA and Mane before SHU and WHAM not the best idea. Will have a re-think...

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Well this is what is playing in my mind, see below. I am seriously thinking Salah Mane option, although at this point Son Kane is still on the card.

    8. Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Best 4.5 replacement for R James?

      1. Sassenachs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Matt Targett

    9. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      If VVD is out for a while, does TAA/Robbo's attacking potential justify keeping?

      1. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I guess I will keep for next 2. Up against worst attack in the league.

      2. ivantys
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Won't do single transfer for them or take a hit to get them out, just roll transfer and get them out with 2 ft or keep.

      3. ivantys
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Need Jimmy to save my GW

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Here

            1. ivantys
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Would yours be as bad as mine? My captain didn't play and defence concedes at last min.

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Son [C] still have Saiss Taylor Wood and Jimenez but not expecting too much from them. Mistake was benching KDB and hesitant to take hits to bring in Sterling or even Kane.

                  1. ivantys
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      So pissed at palace ruining my GW by conceding that last min goal. Won't have been so pissed at my captain not playing and mitchell coming on.

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Martinez
              Chilwell Castagne Saiss
              Salah [C] Son Rodriguez KDB*
              DCL Jimenez Wood*

              Ryan Taylor Mitchell Burke

              A. Keep KDB
              B. KDB > Sterling
              C. KDB Wood > Mane Watkins
              D. KDB Wood > Kane Grealish

              Currently on D but will be priced out on any change of price an any of them, what's your verdict?

              1. Champione
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                D

            3. LOLarov
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              -4 Option

              Werner, Jimmy and Foden --> Kane, Brewster and Mane ??

              1. fish&chips
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Not for me. First 3 could easily outscore your changes. At least see how Jimmy looks tonight

            4. Champione
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Ideally want to keep Sterling. How to get Salah?

              Martinez
              TAA Robertson Lamptey
              Sterling Son Barnes Foden Trossard
              Kane DCL

              Button Brewster James Dunne, 1 FT, 1.1 ITB

              A) Sterling > Salah
              B) Barnes + Foden + TAA > Salah + Soucek + 5.0 def -8
              C) Other suggestions

              1. King Kohli
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                A is your only choice.
                Otherwise ignore Salah.

              2. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                if you're not prepared to lose sterling, then i wouldn't get him for that -8.

                sterling could easily match salah this week, and Kane is a good alternative captain option.

            5. davies
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              A) Barnes > Pulisic

              B) TAA/Watkins > Dallas/Kane (-4)

            6. TheOx95
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Anyone know when city and United are likely to play there game in hand? Considering a wildcard but would like to have it for a double either

            7. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Would you WC this team?
              McCarthy Button
              TAA James Ayling Taylor Mitchell
              Sterling Bruno Son Soucek Bissouma
              DCL Antonio Jimmy

              1. LOLarov
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                no I think you have the 3 best mid options.

                Antonio and Soucek are your issue see if you can fix with a -4

                1. waltzingmatildas
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  No salah/Mané though!

            8. King Kohli
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Can Sterling & TAA match Son or Kane for the next two weeks?

              I say they have a fair chance.
              So it doesn't make sense to remove them for a hit in many cases specially if you have another captain option

            9. LOLarov
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Mitchell vs Fulham is a lovely 4m starter that could keep a cleanie!

              1. Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I'm starting him for sure!

              2. ivantys
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Will he start? Might just leave him on the bench again since I have chilwell, semedo and lamptey.

              3. wasp3000
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                OR 2million, 1.4m ITB......having a sub par start to the season.

                Should I WC?

                McCarthy Button
                TAA Saiss Taylor Mitchell Davies
                Salah Sterling Rashford Foden Bissouma
                Antonio Jimenez Brewster

                Planned on doing Foden to James Rodriguez this week but just feel i'm going nowhere fast. Lack of Spurs in killing me.

              4. fylde2022
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Any suggestions, guys?

                Martinez
                Robertson Mitchell Saiss
                Foden Sterling Salah Barnes Podence
                Kane DCL

                Steer, James, Lamptey Davis

                0.2m itb

              5. Plant Based Footballer
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I was highly skeptical that Aaron Ramsdale had saved a penalty, and I was right.

                Is Aston Villa defense the real deal? Has anything else changed besides the goalkeeper?

                1. villian-ty
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Matty cash a new RB that seems great

                  1. Plant Based Footballer
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Thanks

                2. St Pauli Walnuts
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Tactics have changed since post restart

                  1. Plant Based Footballer
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Thanks.

                    I might pull the wildcard this week, transferring out TAA and Robertson, and going for either 2x or 3x Villa defense. It's difficult with Liverpool facing Aheffield next. The Adrian, Gomez, Matip trifecta is fairly coninving though. If Lovren were in there too I'd have already done it.