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. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 29 days ago

    defences slowly starting to come good, attacking wise they have been alright tbf, but CS wise not so. Its starting to look better now, might be able to switch to a back 4 soon

    1. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Had 2 clean sheets all season prior to this gameweek and have now doubled that total.

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Some popular value picks starting to come good also

      Adams, Souchek, KWP, lamps, McCarthy

    3. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I am thinking 4-5-1 with Brewster and non playing fwd 😀

  2. McSauce
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    28 from 4. Had worse Saturdays. 7 left to play. Foden and podence my risk of non-starters

    1. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      32 from 4, very happy for a change. Still got 7 tomorrow to kill the mood!

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Good story

  3. The Knights Template
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Souchef cooking up a feast!

  4. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Missed the game tonight! How were the key West Ham players? Not interested in Fulham

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Poor

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        All of them? How was Cresswell?

        1. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Much better than the rest

          1. Slitherene
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Could have had a 15 pointer

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Ah that’s good to hear. He’s the only one I currently own

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Still think coufal and masuaku better value

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              I have Cresswell. Could switch on WC. Was hoping he was worth the extra. Some saying he is but I guess you disagree

              1. Slitherene
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Worth the extra

              2. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Don’t switch if you already have him for sure; he will get you some good value over the others, I just don’t trust wham.

        2. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Decent set pieces

        3. Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          He played well. Came close to a brace & 3 assists

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Ziyech should i get u for Son?

          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Wow! That’s good but also disappointing

            1. Party time
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Yes but I will take the 6 points & run away after that last minute penalty for Fulham

  5. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Something no one ever talks about is the art in recognising replys to your comments in the recent comment list.
    It is an art form, and I suspect others have it down to fine tee like myself

  6. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    The fact Tom Cairney didn't assert his authority as captain and take the ball away from Lookman is pathetic.
    Mitrovic had to take it.
    Lookman didn't even earn the penalty, Cairney did.

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Strange decision to give it to a show pony loanee I must say.

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Mitrovic missed Fulhams last pen, thats why Lookman took it

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      This is the second time (in the Prem) that Mitrovic gives away the penalty and the teammate misses. First Kamara, now Lookman.

  7. dshv
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    50 points 5 to go incl captain Son

    Hope to make some positive arrows after streak of disasters

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Very good score

  8. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    37 from 5, Dallas the only disappointment

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Same score 37 from 5. KWP’s 9pter first on bench though as I started Robbo over him in my wisdom 🙁

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        I’d have done the same to be fair, so much attacking potential plus the price and City have hardly scored a shedload in the league.

  9. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    43 with 5 to play including C but no Son or Kane.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Sofa needed

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Who’s your captain?

      1. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Sterling

  10. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Scout picks on fire

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Should have gone souchek tho 🙂

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Even a broken clock...

    3. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      How the hell did Podence get in there?

  11. Right In The Stanchion
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Why didn’t Mitrović take the penalty??

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Missed last one

    • Bouncebackability
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      That West Ham goal should never have been allowed. Too busy checking armpits yet can’t see one of the most obvious offsides there is. Outrageous.

    • osceola31909
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Bamford or Che Adams a better pick?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Get both and beef up that midfield

      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        I'd go Che - Soton flying and wheels maybe coming off Leeds a bit

      3. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Bam bam; fixtures

    • Jammy Dodger
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Fairly happy so far, nothing needs changing (Yet!)

      Martinez

      Chilwell - Zouma - Kilman

      KDB - Bruno - Son - Grealish - Ziyech

      Kane - Bamford

      Any suggestions, or roll?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Just wait and see who comes back from international break with Covid

        1. Jammy Dodger
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Yeah thats the issue, no doubt will need to change something

    • Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Who to get in first?
      A) KDB
      B) Bruno
      C) Ziyech

      1. Blue&White85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        KDB from 10 is a must have in my opinion. The other 2 nice to have.

      2. Jammy Dodger
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        I have all 3, but if I was to prioritise I think Bruno this week , next week KDB and try to get Ziyech at some point, think he's a season long keeper

    • The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      That Bamford disallowed goal is pure scandal; what a ridiculous system...

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Yes

      2. Jammy Dodger
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        It's insane eh! Can't wait for Shearer to lose his sh** on MOTD !

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          I’m surprised bielsa didn’t fall off his bucket

          1. Jammy Dodger
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            haha,, guy has strong quads..

      3. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Yeah.The epl is a joke. Could easily have been 2 goals for Bamford & more points in the team

        1. Jammy Dodger
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Yep, I also think he should have had a pen near the end of the match too, surely taken down from behind?

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Probably but I did not see that incident

      4. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Hes clearly offside lol

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          I’ll take that as full confirmation he was on

        2. Jammy Dodger
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          His arm was offside..

        3. Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          He was on. The part of the arm considered to be offside was actually onside

      5. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        His breath was offside

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Hopefully 5 green arrows in a row by the end of this GW ... climbing very slowly from 3.8M OR with -4 hits every week in the process, crazy season!

    • ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Why is JRod the fastest transfers out today? Fulham up next.

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Zyech factor.

        1. Sir Edo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Chasing last weeks points already. Looked good though..

      2. Jammy Dodger
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        He didn't look sharp at all

      3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        100% switching him out for Ziyech. People are idiots.

    • lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      16 with 7 to play. Hopefully Kane(C), Son & Reguillon can bring me up in the early kick off

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Me too 🙂

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      When will Vicente Shitea keep a CS?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        The moment I sell him

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        2019

      3. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        All I'll say is - don't hold your breath....

    • Sir Edo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Tripple West Ham defence in Fan Team (£2 gw 8, team), Soucek in FPL. Finally will wake up with a smile..

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Can we live without Ziyech bec I was planning to ditch Jrod for KDB

      1. Jammy Dodger
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Son > KDB ? I think ZIyech will be a must have

    • lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Would you WC this lot ? Players marked with * is players who certainly is out if I decide to pull the trigger

      Martinez - Button

      Chilwell - James* - Justin - Reguillon* - Mitchell*

      Salah - Sterling - Son* - Podence* - Bissouma

      Kane* - DCL - Mitrovic*

      1. Jammy Dodger
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Not at all. Defence is ok, mid is fine other than podence and mitro is fine to go, but it's not terrible!

        Wait till after international break and re-assess

    • pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Is the attack worth it to compromise on the defense?

      Martinez - Button
      Lamptey - Taylor - Holding - Kiliman - 3.9
      Salah - Fernandes - Son - Grealish - Bissouma
      Aguero - Vardy - Antonio

      1. Jammy Dodger
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        No, don't fancy aguero to be honest. He's an injury magnet

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          You don't fancy Aguero? That's absolutely mad.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Jesus back and still injured again

            1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Due to return after international break + fixture swing.

    • BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Soucek & Coufal! Finally swings just right. I might have lost 2p in baps in last minute but I will take that. Finally at least did not lose cs.

      Btw thanks for everybody who said play Soucek and bench Podence.

    • Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      30 from 6 with a big fat 0 from Dallas. Meh.

      1. Wılly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Last week you wouldn't have been complaining about Dallas

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          True

      2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Above average.

      3. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        36 from 7 with a big fat 0 from Dallas

    • Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      FFS, am I reading this correctly? Lookman dollied a Panenka penalty into Fabianski's arms in injury time? Did he have triple West Ham defence? Needs investigating.

      1. Jammy Dodger
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        haha

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        He did it to the side fab was diving also; inexplicable

    • Sous Chef
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      TAA>Chilwell to catch rise?

      A. Yes
      B. No

      Thanks for help

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        B for now

      2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        I'd wait to see how TAA goes vs City tbh.

    • Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Crazy GW in a crazy season

      Many highly owned assets (20%+ TSB) haven't even played yet

    • Wılly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 29 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?

      1. BeWater
          3 months, 29 days ago

          None of those players are price changing at the moment so you could wait. That may have been your plan anyway.

        • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Rash vs WBA - Don't touch him.