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

    Is Ziyech a better pick than Son and is he gonna score more than Jrod in the next two?
    (I doubt it)

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

      Fulham and Leeds are dreadful, I believe Rodriguez will outscore him. Richarlison returning is a major boost to their attack, they were freescoring with him in the team.

      From the Big Man: Everton have created just four big chances in their previous four games as opposed to creating 13 big chances in their opening four fixtures.

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

      Nobody knows. It's all advanced guesswork

      All three are good players who can pull tricks out of the bag any day, any time... But, as humans, they can have bad days too

      Pick based on your FPL style, and roll with it

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Yes
      No

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

    Bottomed

    Kane bowen to Bamford bruno for free?

    Martinez
    Lamptey chilwell PVA
    Salah son grealish zaha bowen
    Kane DCL

    4.0 brewster regulion mitchel

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

      Yup

      None of 'em are must-sell or must-buy. But it should work out for free, especially since you can cap Bruno

      Reguilon has to go soon, though. And what's the City plan, if any?

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

        City is a wait and see for me, whilst they aint blowing teams away and other options performing, I can leave it a week at least. Maybe son to KDB/sterling week after

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

    RMWCT?

    Martinez Steer
    PvA Lamptey Justin Taylor Lewis
    Salah KdB Rashford Grealish Soucek
    Werner Richarlison Brewster

    1.3 ITB

    1. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Get Chilwell.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Pva to Dias and you’re set

  4. Rasping Drive
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Out of interest, how many do you all have still to play this gameweek?

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

      7 including (C)

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Yes, me too. Hoping it’s more than most and I can get a green arrow this week. 3 out of 4 have returned for me so far, so not a bad start.

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

          Lamptey, DCL and Chillwell all doing well by me. Just hope the rest can do just as well

          1. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Sounds like we have similar teams. Super Sunday ahoy!

    2. Abra Dubravka
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      8 but only on 12 points so far. Massive red arrow

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Good chance you will end up with a fat green arrow, I’d say. Good luck!

  5. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Lack of fans is imo a big reason for Burnley, Sheff Utd, Fulham, and West Brom performing so poorly. I remember Norwich being able to pull out a result once in a while at home purely through the atmosphere, but they were horrible after the restart. Most of it is them being crap but the 12th man is important

    1. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I was thinking about it yesterday. Besides massively missing being there myself, I was reminiscing about Everton’s often decent home performances against United. The atmosphere in the big games can be intense.

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      City should be smashing it this season then, business as usual for them.

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Tired trope that

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

    As things stand, there are three nailed City defenders who have no real competition, just cover for the occasional rest or flag: Walker, Laporte and Dias

    It's been a while since this happened, right?

    Not even sure Mendy's form before injury allows him to compete with Cancelo when he's fit, as there's been a clear gulf there too

    1. HODGE
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      See how the next 2 games go, but if he's a sure starter he will be in my team.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I wonder if Dias will very occasionally be rested for Stones. That'll be the issue for most players in general though

    3. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Agreed, there is clear strongest back four there which hasn't been the case for a long time. With CL pretty much sorted, I expect the rotation to mainly come in that and other cup competitions. I'm looking at getting Cancelo for GW10.

  7. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Priority of players to get?

    Fernandez
    Ziyech
    Grealish
    Cancelo/Dias
    Vardy

    So many players I want that could haul next GW and are fixtures proof

    1. NoSalah'd
        3 months, 29 days ago

        I think you have listed them in the right order tbh. I am gonna get Fernandes in for Son.

      • HODGE
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Swap Ziyech and Grealish places, other than that id say the order is correct

    2. HODGE
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Podence not in the Portugal squad is v odd. Think there maybe a chance he misses out today with Covid and Wolves have kept it under wraps so far.
      Thoughts?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Is he needed to play for Portugal?

        1. HODGE
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          He was called up last time has been playing well since then and they also have other players out. So seams odd he didn't make the squad this time, just a theory not heard anything

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Neto gets a go this time. Podence subbed on for 15 minutes last time so it's a pointless exercise. Surely Wolves would announce something that big.

            1. HODGE
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Maybe, but Why would Wolves give Leicester a heads up? Don't think they would. I have no info I'm just speculating think there's a chance I think

    3. Abra Dubravka
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Martinez
      Robbo, TAA, Zouma (Taylor, Mitchell)
      Salah, Son, Zaha, Grealish, Podence
      DCL, Jimenez (Brewster)

      A) Save FT
      B) Son to Bruno
      C) Trent and Podence to Coufal/Lamptey and Bruno (-4)?

      1. NoSalah'd
          3 months, 29 days ago

          C, as you don’t have any other spurs cover bar Son.

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        On WC...

        A. Bellerin + Werner
        B. Robbo + Antonio + 1.0m

        1. NoSalah'd
            3 months, 29 days ago

            B

          • My neck my back my Saed Kol…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            A for me. But maybe bellerin and Antonio and use the money elsewhere

          • St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            A

        2. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          How’s it look?

          McCarthy
          Chilwell Zouma Cancelo
          Salah KDB Bruno Grealish
          DCL Richarlison Bamford

          Forster Soucek Kilman Mitchell

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Are WBA that bad?

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              They are awful and as they say, if you can’t beat them, join them. He’s a terrible player to watch but is bringing in the points undeniably

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

                Is it Bruno you are talking about ?

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Correct

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

                    How exactly is he a terrible player to watch 🙂

                    1. Third Eye Vision
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      The constant cheating? Don’t get me wrong, I think he is an amazing talent, but deffo hard to watch at times.

                    2. IRBOX ⚽
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Diving and carrying on. Should have been red carded on multiple occasions against my boys

          2. Third Eye Vision
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Love it. Reckon I’d have something similar if I was on WC. Only player I’d want that you haven’t got is Ziyech. I’d prefer him over Grealish, but obviously some sacrifices needed to accommodate that.

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

            Super!

          4. yash
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Looks Great

        3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Long term
          A) Cancelo+Leno
          B) Chilwell+McCarthy

          1. NoSalah'd
              3 months, 29 days ago

              B

            • Third Eye Vision
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Yeah. Deffo B. Chilwell is the best defender in the game this season.

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

            Arrange them in the order of who you think would get the most points in total for next 6-8 GWs.

            A) Kane
            B) Son
            C) KDB
            D) Sterling
            E) Salah
            F) Bruno
            G) Rashford
            H) Ziyech
            I) Werner

            1. NoSalah'd
                3 months, 29 days ago

                DCFEHAIGH

                1. NoSalah'd
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    B at the end, I don’t think Son will get many points, as his record against next opponents isnt very good.

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

                    Exactly what I wanted to see 🙂

                2. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  C
                  D
                  E
                  F
                  A
                  G
                  B
                  I
                  H

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

                    Thnx

                    I am exactly looking to have the first 4 as my MF from GW10 onwards

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

                Who is the priority?

                A) Ziyech
                B) Bruno

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  B

                2. Third Eye Vision
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Bruno then Ziyech, but both looking like my next moves.

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

                  Cheers guys!

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

                Ok, I think I am ready, for this Trent 20 pointer

                1. HODGE
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Haha I sold him this week so would't surprise me

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

                    I think everyone did except me!

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

                Loved Werner’s finish yesterday! The lack of celebration was a bit strange though

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

                  I inferred he was just frustrated having missed a very recent sitter (and generally being on periphery of the game)

              • yash
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                2 FT, 0.3 in the bank
                what would you do?

                McCarthy
                Chilwell Lamptey Robertson
                Salah Son Rashford Grealish
                DCL Kane Bamford

                Button KWP Stephens Branthwaite

                Keep on benching the wrong defender every week 🙁