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. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone have a good video of the Everton goal?
    The highlights I've seen aren't great regarding DCL.

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Lack of service the issue for DCL, he's always in good positions

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I was talking about the assist.
        Fulham and Richo back with help.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 12 days ago

          FPL reviewed it and said his header went to the intended target despite the Lindelof deflection, so was awarded the assist

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Cheers, not sure where the DCL touch was going but it seems he was trying to pass to Bernard.

        1. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          No problem!

  2. The White Pele
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Is there any site where you can search fpl teams by name?

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Googling sometimes works, but not always

      1. The White Pele
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Cheers mate

      1. The White Pele
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Thanks!

  3. F4L
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    The bonus point system was made for Ziyech. That'll be an extra 20-30 points this season, converting 5s into 7s, 8s in 10s etc. Really tempted by him.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      He would have got 1 bonus without the 2nd assist.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        More about no clean sheet also.

        1. F4L
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          3-0 last week with 2 involvements and still came out top of the bonus even with Zouma scoring.

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            A goal + an assist would do that.
            Would have been 1 if 2 assists.

            1. F4L
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              😀 He's good with the bonus, that's all I've got to say.

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                The 14 and 11 is an eyeopener for sure.
                Would have needed to lose triple Wolves for a hit to have got him in.

  4. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    I have not owned an Everton player yet this season. Is it too late now?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Yes

      1. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Will probably continue without, thanks.

    2. The White Pele
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Dcl not bad for next 3

      1. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yes, I have Wilson who might be out...

  5. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Top 5 LMS EO left

    Kane 136, Son 124, Salah 92, Grealish 52, Martinez 43

  6. zøphar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    thoughts on this WC draft? Very tempted to play it

    McCarthy/Forster
    Chilwell / Cancelo / Targett / Coufal / Bernardo (dead 3.9 def)
    Fernandes / Salah / KDB / Grealish / Ziyech
    Bamford / DCL / Brewster

    Could go PVA over Cancelo potentially

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Looks pretty good, TAA vs Leicester upcoming.

      1. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        yeah its something like Zaha + Taa vs Fernandes + Targett , pretty close

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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          • 11 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Hmmm, guess it depends on if you'd captain Bruno sometime. You'd be hiding Targett anyway.

          1. zøphar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            targett has good fixtures in 5/8 games coming I'd be playing him more than Coufal I think

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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              • 11 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              He'll be injured by then 😛

      2. Liberate HK - antichinazi
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        24 points haul lol

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Love it!

    3. Weeb Kakashi
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Its a very good team on WC. Pva over Cancelo.
      Probably Lamptey over Targett

  7. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Dont know what to do with Maupay!
    Wilson in injured and I dont like Newcaslte anyway
    Bamford Leed next fixtures: Arsenal EVerton Chelsea hmm

    1. The White Pele
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Wait for antonio maybe

      1. Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Can get Abraham for free

    2. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Get Abraham?? Will he get minute when Pulisic returns though

      1. The White Pele
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Nah, avoid

    3. zøphar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I'd go with Bamford hes a long term set and forget pick

      1. abhirup780
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Bamford is a great pick. I have him as a placeholder for Antonio. Keeping 0.3 in bank for a direct switch after IB.

    4. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Watkins has decent run of fixtures.

      1. Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Got Grealish so it's enough for Villa

        1. Emp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Thats illogical wattkins is a great pick

  8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Would you rather have Bruno or Vardy on WC?
    I know Bruno is probably the better pick but Vardy just gives that flexibility

    1. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Bruno

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      On WC, I would try to fit both which probably won't be that tough.

      If only one, Bruno would be my pick

    3. Must.Go.Faster.
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Kevin De Bruno for me

      • abhirup780
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Vardy

    4. Weeb Kakashi
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      That Areola cs with max bonus gone hurt.

    5. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Not even a single rise this season

      * Bruno Fernandes has scored more goals (13), scored more non-penalty goals (7) and registered more assists (10) than any other PL midfielder since making his debut in the competition.

      * Bruno Fernandes has still not blanked in an away game since joining Man Utd 104 points in 10* games with 10 goals and 4 assists for the Man Utd midfielder

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Unfortunately his next 2 away games won't be easy 😉

        1. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          It suits United style though

      2. Must.Go.Faster.
          2 months, 12 days ago

          You had me at, “not even”. Getting Bruno now!
          Oh wait, already have it. Never mind. Goodnight

      3. SuperDan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yay or nay?
        Werner, Son, J. Rodriguez > Bamford, Bruno, Ziyech

      4. Liberate HK - antichinazi
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Did TAA + Pulisic + Mitchell --> Zouma + Bruno + Coufal this week at -8, looks like good transfers?

        1. Must.Go.Faster.
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Yes, apparently, since it paid off..
            Friendly question: Would you have posted this had this not been the case?

            1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Of course not 😀

              1. Must.Go.Faster.
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Lol, fair enough. Good moves!

            2. Mile Plankton
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Meh

              1. Mile Plankton
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Should've got Fabianski for -12

          • davies
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            A) Kane Soucek

            B) Bamford Son (-4)

            1. SuperDan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              A

              1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                B

            2. Mile Plankton
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              A all day

            3. Must.Go.Faster.
                2 months, 12 days ago

                A

            4. Silent Friend
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Just watch the Brighton game highlight, wtf wrong with that ref? Maupay was stolen 2 clear penalties ffs

              1. Must.Go.Faster.
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Who was the ref? Kevin ‘Friend’? Apparently he’s a bit of an introvert and prefers to stay ‘Silent’ rather than speak up or something. Who knows these days.
                  Goodnight

              2. Chandler Bing
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Is Soucek actually playable every week?

                1. zøphar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  with the fixtures they now have yes very much so

                2. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Expect a lot of 2s and 3s.

                3. FPL ElasticO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Yeah an occasional goal for 5 mil mid.... I will take that with decent upcoming fixtures.

              3. Mile Plankton
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                I thought everyone was going to buy Eze for a hit, but Soucek stole the show.

              4. FPL ElasticO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Who should you transfer in for next 4 GWks??

                A. Bruno with 3 away fixtures & WBA home looks good.
                B. Ziyech with 3 of the most leaky defences in LEE, EVE & NU

                1. Silent Friend
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Bruno

                2. FPL ElasticO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Thanks

              5. FPL ElasticO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Who should you transfer out to afford Bruno??

                A. Kane
                B. Son

                1. SuperDan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  B

                2. Must.Go.Faster.
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    B seems to be the only possible option here

                3. Ray In Bruges.
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  SOS, bit stuck here...

                  McCarthy (Nyland)
                  TAA Zouma Justin (Kilman, KWP)
                  Fernandes JRod Grealish Son (ASM)
                  Werner Ings*** DCL

                  1FT, 0.5ITB

                  a) Ings > Bamford
                  b) Ings > Adams
                  c) Ings + ASM > Brewster + Ziyech (-4)
                  d) WC to this:

                  McCarthy (Nyland)
                  Cancelo Chilwell Lamptey (Kilman, KWP)
                  Fernandes JRod Grealish Ziyech KDB
                  Werner DCL (Brewster)

                  1. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    C

                    Changes that you are making are not really worth WCing.

                4. The Knights Template
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Went to a very nice restaurant recently and after looking at the menu ordered 9pts. Souchef was on it right away and boy it tasted good! I'll be going back for sure.

                  1. fish&chips
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    I bet that went down Eze-ly

                  2. Mile Plankton
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Lookman, be happy it wasn't ruined late by Pane(nka)

                5. Lucky Z
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Mendy
                  PVA | Chilwell | Targett
                  Son | Salah | JRod | Ziyech | Grealish (C)
                  Kane | DCL

                  Forster | Reguilon | Brewster | Mitchell

                  1FT, 0.7ITB

                  Guys, in fact Bruno is the only player I want for next GW, without hit it can be done only for Salah. Please advise.

                  A. Salah => Bruno this week, Son => KDB next
                  B. Save FT and assess next week

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Gotta be B

                6. Mile Plankton
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  a) Zaha -> Rushford
                  b) Son -> Bruno
                  c) Zaha & Son -> Hames & Bruno (-4)

                  Can't do Zaha->Bruno

                  1. Lucky Z
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    B out iof these

                  2. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Souchek?

                    1. Mile Plankton
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Salah -> Soucek for -8

                7. KingZZ
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  I transferred Fornals in before the Fulham game but now i am worried he might lose his place. Would it be crazy to do this for -4?

                  Fornals + Son - - > Ziyech + Grealish

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Do it, nobody wants to feel worried all the time.

                  2. Lucky Z
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Not crazy, but I am fancy Son vs ManCity. Would have Grealish instead of Fornals though.

                8. Lucky Z
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Guys is DCL a season keeper? He has 3 nice fixtures ahead of him, then "red line". However he already scored this season vs Spurs and Liverpool, why he can't produce against any defence in the league. Thoughts?

                  1. fish&chips
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Depends on the service he's getting. Hasn't been great the past few weeks but might improve when rich is back. I'll keep him for the next 3 at least

                  2. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Will keep as long as he keeps ticking. Have other issues and no standout replacement.

                  3. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    For me he is. Bought for 7.0 and currently 7.8. If I get rid I likely won’t get him back

                  4. Mile Plankton
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    He might be.
                    And I expect him/them to get better again when they are done with suspensions. He gets a lot of service from Hames, Digne and others. He was in a few good positions today, but Maguire was a beast in arial duels.
                    I am defo keeping and maybe getting Hames too.

                  5. WE GO FOR IT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    He's a really good pick at his price point. I would prefer Ings/Jimenez if budget allows but otherwise, he looks good. He still managed to get attacking return with limited supply today. I do think switching between him and Richarlison could prove good, if you pick the right one when they are on a streak.

                9. fish&chips
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  John Egan's having a shocker this year isn't he. 3 points from 7 gameweeks + one week missed through suspension

                10. Weeb Kakashi
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Areola
                  PVA Lamptey KWP
                  Salah(C) Son Rashford Ziyech
                  Kane Jimenez Watkins

                  1 FT 0.1 ITB

                  Thinking of saving and doing

                  Kane Son Jimemez> Vardy KDB Antonio (-4) for GW 10

                11. Sanchit
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Money no issue, who'll you replace for Reguillon?
                  Already have Chilwell, Robbo and Digne

                  1. WE GO FOR IT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Chilwell

                    1. Sanchit
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      I already have gim

                      1. WE GO FOR IT
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 12 days ago

                        Oh, sorry. I thought he was one of the options. With those 3, I'd go super cheap. Coufal maybe or Kilman if he keeps his place.

                12. fish&chips
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  One of its those weeks where you feel like you're doing well and then realize everyone you don't own scored points!

                13. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Pulisic, Foden, Saiss to Ziyech, Grealish, Coufal for -8 looking good so far!

                  1. Lucky Z
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Done for this GW or planning for next?

                    1. WE GO FOR IT
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Done for this GW

                14. Weeb Kakashi
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Going forward whod you pick?

                  A Werner
                  B Vardy
                  C Jesus/Aguero(GW10)

                  Have Ziyech and KDB