Scout Notes

How Adams fared in Ings’ absence as Walcott plays up-front for Southampton

Southampton 2-0 Newcastle

  • Goals: Che Adams (£5.9m), Stuart Armstrong (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Theo Walcott (£5.8m)
  • Bonus points: Kyle Walker-Peters x3 (£4.5m), Armstrong x2, Jack Stephens x1 (£4.8m)

NEXT BIG INGS?

Che Adams (£5.9m) made a positive start to life in a Southampton team without the injured Danny Ings (£8.4m).

It only took a few minutes for the former Birmingham City man to get on the scoresheet against Newcastle on Friday night, sweeping home Theo Walcott‘s (£5.8m) cross with tremendous aplomb.

That was Adams’ sixth attacking return of 2020/21 and his fifth in the last four matches. That certainly represents promising form even with clashes against Wolves (away), Manchester United (home), Brighton (away) and Sheffield United (home) in the next four Gameweeks.

There had been some concern that Adams would suffer without Ings as the spearhead, whose five goals, two assists and incessant high-press have made him such an important part of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s style.

Instead, the Southampton manager chose to use Adams as his Ings replacement, so to speak, asking his number 10 to shoulder more responsibility for shots on goal, using Walcott to fill in as the more mobile second-striker.

Together, the two players caused Newcastle all sorts of problems, combining for the opening goal, before Walcott went close to bending an effort in from the edge of the box shortly after.

“(Walcott was) very good, I think, especially when he can turn on the ball. He has good technique. He had two good chances where the finish, we need to work on. But what he invests for us is amazing.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

HOME COMFORTS

Since conceding five times in a Gameweek 2 defeat to Spurs, Southampton’s defence has become one of the most reliable in Premier League home matches.

They have now gone three St. Mary’s Stadium outings without conceding, helping Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) to claim the top spot for points-per-million spent among goalkeepers this season (7.3).

Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m) was the chief beneficiary in the latest round of action though, as he claimed all three bonus points in the 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Keeping a clean sheet on Friday night was made more impressive by recent injury developments at Southampton.

Ryan Bertrand (£5.0m) missed the game with a hamstring injury, the lack of options forcing Hasenhüttl into deploying centre-back Jack Stephens (£4.8m) on the left-hand side of his four-man defence.

Whether Southampton can continue this run of solid defensive form perhaps depends if they can shore themselves up on the road.

For all their solidity at home, the Saints have conceded three times in each of their last two away encounters and they face trips to Wolves (Gameweek 9) and Brighton (Gameweek 11) soon.

WILSON!!

As much as Southampton were deserving of praise for the way they managed this game, it must be said that Newcastle put in one of their worst performances of the season.

The combination of Allan Saint-Maximin‘s (£5.3m) pace and Callum Wilson‘s (£6.6m) poacher’s instinct has proven fruitful in recent weeks but, for an unknown reason, Steve Bruce elected not to deploy the Frenchman in wide areas on Friday night.

Stationed alongside Wilson in a central role on paper, Saint-Maximin struggled to get on the ball and, with Newcastle’s midfielders repeatedly losing the ball in key areas, their striker was completely starved of service.

“The best team won. We weren’t anywhere near the side that beat Everton. We gave the ball away far too often and we should look after it better.” – Steve Bruce

“That’s the difficulty we have. We go up and down too much. In the 15 months I’ve been here, we have a string of good performances and then we have games like tonight when we’re not ourselves.” – Steve Bruce

Whether Wilson can continue to reward his ownership in upcoming favourable matches against Aston Villa (away), West Bromwich Albion (home), Leeds (away) and Fulham (home), is now dependent on two factors.

Firstly, can Newcastle get back to the sort of performance they showed against Everton in Gameweek 7, characterised by pace in wide areas rather than through the middle.

And, secondly, it also hinges upon whether or not Wilson can recover from a hamstring injury sustained in the closing stages of Friday night. The striker does have the international break to recover, although the severity of the issue is not yet known.

“We’ll not know how bad it is until we get him scanned. We hope that it’s not too bad but we’ll see. It was a hamstring injury.” – Steve Bruce

Southampton XI (4-4-2): A McCarthy; J Stephens, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Walker-Peters; Djenepo (Redmond 74′), Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Armstrong; Walcott (S Long 88′), Adams.

Newcastle United XI (5-3-2): Darlow; Lewis, Fernández, Lascelles, Schär, Murphy (Joelinton 79′); Almirón, Hendrick (M Longstaff 61′), S Longstaff; Saint-Maximin, Wilson (Carroll 78′).

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 8

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1,130 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Surprising amount of Salah (c)ers in my ML - Kane haul would be a beautiful thing.

  2. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Lookman!

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Don't look man 🙂

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Soucek 1 or 2 bonus?

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      I think itll be Flappy 3 Soucek 2 Coufal 1

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Hope so!

  4. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Never a penalty. and a stupidly taken penalty

    West Ham vs Fulham in a nutshell

  5. HippY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Starting XI - 26 from 5
    Bench - 24 from 3

    1. Rondon9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      KWP Soucek and?

      1. HippY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Ryan

    2. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Why would you bench kwp with Newcastle, and soucek is lucky but was also playing possibly the worst team in the league

      1. HippY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        KWP is my fault as I missed the deadline so lined up with same team from last week, doh! He would have started.

        Soucek would have still been benched. He's perma benched for me atm, needed to downgrade and pocket the extra cash at some point.

        1. chrismoo75
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          KWP was in your starting line up the week before so you dropped him

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Good week to use bench boost

    4. McSauce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Well that’s fake news according to your linked team??

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        THIS^ 😀

      2. HippY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Been a few years since I've updated, it's 2055537 now, need to figure out how to update it again 😀

  6. thepuntmaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Ryan > Fabianski for a -4 has gone from painful to a blinder

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Jeeeez what a move. Username checks out

  7. DantheManinaPan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Can't decide whether to feel sorry for Lookman because it clearly upset him, or just find it funny that he tried to clever and missed really badly.

    1. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Its funny because that penalty was so arrogant and ge failed miserably

    2. F4L
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      What's there to feel sorry for? I feel sorry for players that give it their all and just don't get the rub of the green. Not for being arrogant unprofessionals.

      Football is obviously just a pay check to Lookman, a mercenary like most are nowadays.

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        I get that you're annoyed as a Fulham fan.

        But then you also need to face up to reality that Fulham aren't good enough for the PL. You'll do well to finish 18th.

        1. F4L
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Exactly, so that's why we need every point we can get. I fully expect us still to be relegated this year unless you need around 32-33 points to stay up.

          But it's another reason why I hate having our club filled with loan players, they know they can do whatever they want and just swan off to their next pay check next season.

      2. Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Lookman has been one of Fulhams best players in the past month or so. Yes he screwed up tonight but to say he doesn't care is not right. If he didn't care Parker would not bother picking him and he wouldn't bother playing well.

        1. F4L
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Yeah I guess I've overacted, but you just can't be doing that in that sort of a situation.

          What he needs to do now is donate this weeks wages to charity, come out and apologise to the fans and say he'll work his hardest to earn back the lost point in the season to come.

          And yes, he has been our best attacker so he's got the capability to make up for it, and our fan base would be fully supportive of him because we know how important he is to the team. But he can have all the talent in the world and not go anywhere if he's not professional. Tonight showed he does not have the right mental attitude yet, and probably why he's currently on loan with us, rather than playing for a top European side.

    3. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Feel bad for Fulham, not Lookman. I'd bench Lookman for that next GW

  8. aapoman
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Holy crap! My defense of Coufal, KWP, and Lamptey really succeeded this gameweek.

    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Bout time some CS rolled in!

  9. 2OLEgend
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Mitro to
      A) Che Adams,
      B) Antonio,
      C) Bamford
      D) Wilson?

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Bamford

      2. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Adams. Antonio if fit

      3. Wılly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Bamford for the long run, should have had 2 goals today

      4. Honourvolley
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        C or B, depending on fitness. Tough call between the two

    • Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      I've been away from the computer.

      Log into the Live fpl to see how the game ended. Coufal dropped from 3 to 2 baps... what the hell happened?

      My overall rank is from 1.5 to almost 1 mil. Whaaaat? I'm on 36 points?

      Soucek with 9!!!

      1. RedWolf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Fab saved a pen so he got the 3

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          I've seen that after this post, what a crazy ending and I missed it.

    • RedWolf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Tempted to hit the button on this team for gw 10 onwards. Thoughts?

      Martinez Steer
      Dias Coufal Zouma (Konsa Mitchell)
      KDB Sterling Zaha Mane Ziyech
      DCL Bamford (Brewster)

      Would be playing 352 most weeks assuming everyone fit

    • Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Utter disaster that penalty miss. Awful day. Bring on tomorrow!

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Did you have Lookman?

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Coufal cs after Che disaster...

    • Nespinha
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Thoughts on these moves over the next weeks:

      Robbo - - - Cresswell/James
      Mitchell - - - Lamptey/Coufal
      Son - - - KDB

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        like em apart from son to kdb

        whats the rush to bring in kdb when the next game is against spurs?

        1. Nespinha
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          KDB would be after spurs. He's my favorite PL player.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            ahh ok, cool, still tough to lose eson though, guy is on fire.

    • MINUS FOUR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Sums up the season so far. Brought in Lookman last week as a budget enabler with upside, started him this GW as well as Masuaku (hedging bets). What a terrible attempt at a penalty. Disgusting.

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        These things happen sometimes 🙁

        1. MINUS FOUR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          They seem to happen quite often lately. But on we go.

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Need Son to go nuts tomorrow even though I didn't captain him.
      Somehow he's a differential in my mini league.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        i'm on of 3 out of 26 people to cap son, rest went kane and almost everyone has him, never needed son to go off as much as i need him to this GW

    • Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Back 4 of McCarthy, KWP, Chillwell and Coufal... lovely

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Is that Bamford offside call the worst post war or?

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Can't see it. Liverpool would need to play defensively with a TAA FK special for TAA to haul.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          I know it’s a while back but I keep thinking of the City vs Leicester game, and imagine Liverpool to play how Leicester did.

          Depends what City turn up ultimately I think.

          Another thing in Liverpool’s favour imo is the fact City battered them end of last season, so will be fired up to avenge and not to mention without VVD etc they will attack a lot.

    • XABI 15
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      what are the final bonus in West ham v Fulham game?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        3 - Fabianski (41)
        2 - Coufal (31)
        1 - Soucek (30)

        With luck

        1. beric
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Wont soucek get winning goal?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Apparently it’s added in play now

        2. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Is that Soucek with winning goal baps

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Should be.

    • TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      LMS safety score currently 15

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        How many players played?

        Average?

        I'm only on 2, Chilwell and DCL

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          5.36/12.01
          29.76 (-1.08) = 28.68

    • liverpool01
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Mccarthy
      Taa, Pva, Taylor, Lascelles
      Bissouma, Son, Zaha, Salah, Grealish
      Jimenez

      Button, Justin, Davis Ings

      1 FT 3.3 ITB

      A)-4 Taa> Coufal, Bissouma>Bruno
      B)-8 Taa> Coufal, Bissouma>Bruno, Ings> Antonio
      C)Ings>Dcl
      D)-4 Ings> Dcl, Jimenez>Antonio
      E) Wildcard

    • Mr. Mystic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Saiss to Chilwell now before price rise? Or wait? :/

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Depends if you can afford the rise

      2. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Wait if you can and got cash, its two weeks until next deadline and injuries will come.
        You probably do need Chilwell, but still im not comnvinvced Saiss is a bad option, their fixtures do turn a bit soon though

      3. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        I would'n wait

    • Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Held onto Robbo this week (dropped Dallas to Cresswell instead of him in the end) and started him, benching KWP’s 9 points.

      Yes, I know .... it’s “possible” Robbo can outscore but .... in reality ..... 🙁

    • Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Brag alert: Maupay, Barkley and Saiss out, DCL, Soucek and Coufal in for a hit. Sure Barkley and Saiss yet to play, but it will be hard to match it. You can trash me in the comments for not owning DCL until now and paying 7.7 for him, and for falling into the Barkley trap.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Well done.

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Thanks, I think this is the first time this season I feel some kind of joy rather than being completely down or indifferent.

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Just Saiss to Coufal for me and 2 FTs. Much easier selling duds.

            1. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              I thought I need DCL for Fulham. I could have done just Maupay and Barkley out early, had the exact funds. And I had exact funds to do Saiss to Cresswell. But then Maupay dropped. And I thought, well, if I want DCL, I would spend the transfer anyway, and I would go into the gw 10 with just one, so why not take a hit now and get done with it.

      2. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Barkley wasnt aor isnt a bad pick, but well done. You certainly made the right decision ditching Maupay

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          I was so frustrated he blanked those two home games that were good on paper.

    • Aaa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Is it time to wildcard?

      Mendy/Button
      TAA/Taylor/KWP/Kilman/Mitchell
      Salah/Son/Grealish/Zaha/Burke
      Kane/Werner/Mitrovic

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Why?

        Nothing wrong with that team.

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Doing a Panenka is perfectly fine..

      .. if you can hit the middle of the goal

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Not if the keeper chooses not to guess a way to dive...

        Lampard had the best penalty policy, smash it

      2. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 days ago

        well he took an absolute age to do it, Flapyy made his move and still had time to laugh and save it

    • Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      So mitrovic doesn't take pens now? Lolz

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Probably back on them now haha. It looked like he handed the ball to Lookman I think

    • Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Anyone else think Fernandez will outscore KDB thru Jan WC time?

      1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        You’ll want both.

        Im ditching pool and going double city mid with Bruno ziyech grealish

    • Wılly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Martinez
      Chilwell Lamptey Dallas (Lewis)
      Salah Sterling Rashford Son Jota
      DCL Bamford (Brewster)

      Money ITB to do Son (or Rashford) to KDB.

      Stick to the plan? 2.4m available

    • Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Is Jamal Lewis nailed for the season??

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Yep

        1. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Ritchie not his competition for the spot when back?

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Nope

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Come on, Rafa should know 😉