Scout Notes

Bowen and Fornals disappoint as Benrahma emerges at West Ham

WEST HAM 1-0 FULHAM

  • Goals: Tomas Souček (£4.9m)
  • Assists: Saïd Benrahma (£6.0m)
  • Penalty saves: Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m)
  • Penalty misses: Ademola Lookman (£5.0m)
  • Bonus points: Fabianski x3, Vladimir Coufal x2 (£4.5m), Soucek x1

TAKE A BOWEN

Most of West Ham’s attacking assets disappointed in their first match of an appealing fixture run as they beat Fulham 1-0 on Saturday evening.

Fantasy Premier League managers have been waiting for the Gameweek 8 fixture swing for some time, even a Michail Antonio (£6.2m) injury not putting off a wave of investment.

Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m) and Pablo Fornals (£6.4m) picked up roughly 150,000 new owners between them but neither one particularly impressed even against Fulham’s poor defence.

Of the two, it was Bowen who came the closest to an attacking return, his powerful first-half effort from the edge of the box deflected and turned over by Alphonse Areola (£4.5m).

After that, the former Hull man did rack up a few more shots on goal, almost all of them from outside of the box. And, apart from his speculative efforts, Bowen struggled to get into the game.

The local press has somewhat critical of his performances recently, highlighting that they have been on the decline since the Gameweek 4 3-0 win at Leicester.

Meanwhile, the closest Fornals’ came to an attacking return was in the first half when he got round the back of left-back Antonee Robinson (£4.4m) and his cross was deflected into the path of Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) who fired a close-range effort straight at Areola.

Neither player was allowed to finish the game either, replaced by Saïd Benrahma (£6.0m) and Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) in the 72nd minute.

While Bowen and Fornals’ owners are certainly likely to hold these assets for a plum Gameweek 9 trip to Sheffield United, who are still without a clean sheet this season, the fact that they looked so poor even against Fulham may be enough to put off further investment despite the favourable fixtures. 

“I think it says a lot about the players, it is a change. We are not going to try and be flakey to lose the game, we are going to stick at it and try to not lose. I wouldn’t say it was ugly, we dominated the ball in the opening ten or 15 minutes we had chances but the last 20 we tried too. What we didn’t have was the ability to beat somebody until (after the substitutions).” – David Moyes

LATE D-RAHMA

However, it was not all doom and gloom for West Ham’s attackers against Fulham.

Tomas Souček (£4.9m) finally delivered on his positive underlying statistics and got his first goal of the campaign.

Unsurprisingly, the midfielder’s penalty area presence characterised his latest performance, putting him in the right place at the right time to slot past Areola in the closing stages.

Those looking to invest in West Ham’s fixtures should also have Benrahma on their minds too, as it was his persistent determination that breathed new life into the Hammers in the last 20 minutes – and he got the assist for the winner too.

Admittedly, it was Benrahma who gave away a stoppage-time penalty for a foul on Tom Cairney (£5.3m) but Moyes did not seem concerned about that at full-time.

All things considered, such a display may convince him to start Benrahma against Sheffield United, which could see one of Bowen or Fornals drop out of the side, although it is hard to predict that with any degree of certainty. Either way, Benrahma’s emergence is sure to be a little frustrating for Fantasy managers assessing who the most nailed-on starters in the West Ham midfield are outside of Souček.

“(Asked about Benrahma’s impact): I hope you have seen Fornals and Bowen’s class as well in recent weeks so we have got really good competition in those positions. Saïd is a really good player, I have had lots of players from the Championship that I don’t expect too much from too quickly. He had an impact in both boxes but thankfully it went well for us.” – David Moyes

HAMMER BLOW

There was mixed news for West Ham’s defensive potential in their 1-0 win over Fulham.

A third clean sheet of the season was, of course, welcome news for the 120,000+ managers who signed Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m), who was unfortunate not to come away with attacking returns on Saturday.

Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) and Haller both saw efforts either saved or hit the crossbar from Cresswell’s corners in the opening exchange, and the left centre-back also had an effort denied by Areola too.

It was Vladimir Coufal (£4.5m) who top-scored among the FPL defenders though, taking home two bonus points for eight points. He now has 25 from five appearances now, averaging five points per game.

A reason for those extras against Fulham seems to have been his persistence in the cross, although the quality of his delivery did not live up to Cresswell’s, something even Moyes inferred at full-time.

“One small thing, I think our crossing tonight was terrible and our ability to get into positions like that, we didn’t do well enough. We either overhit it or hit the font man and that was one aspect but we thought we would have more of the ball, it panned out that way later in the game and we didn’t quite pass the ball well through the lines enough.” – David Moyes

As for long-term clean sheet potential, it was somewhat alarming to witness West Ham’s game management in the closing stages, especially after going 1-0 up.

They struggled to handle the driving runs of substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.9m) and looked likely to concede under Fulham’s attacking pressure. Of course, they would have done were it not for the fortuitous circumstances of Ademola Lookman‘s (£5.0m) awful penalty.

Meanwhile, Moyes will now be sweating on the fitness of Angelo Ogbonna (£4.9m), who picked up a muscle injury in the second half and has been the ever-present lynchpin in West Ham’s defence and could be missed sorely if his absence proves to be a long-term one.

“We’re a little bit worried about Angelo. Because it was a challenge in the box where I don’t think the player should have made the challenge on the goalkeeper and it has opened his groin up a bit so we’ll get him scanned and see what the outcome is.” – David Moyes

West Ham United XI (3-4-2-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna (Diop 63′), Balbuena; Masuaku, Souček, Rice, Coufal; Fornals (Benrahma 72′), Bowen (Lanzini 72′); Haller.

Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Areola; A Robinson, Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; Reed, Zambo Anguissa (Cavaleiro 90+3′); Lookman, Cairney, De Cordova-Reid (Loftus-Cheek 83′); Mitrović.

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2,364 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Get martial in for a hit and Captain??

    1. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Ballsy

    2. Lazy Martial
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Definitely

        1. Lazy Martial
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Not lol please don’t

        2. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          I wouldn't - no form Martial in a struggling at home United side.

        3. Labile
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Considering the same great move

          1. Your Man With The Hair
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

        4. caldracula
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Don’t even see him as an option

      • Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Anyone has stats on Kane and Son against the big teams?

        1. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Fantasy Football Hub

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            😆

        2. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Kane good, Son not so good

        3. The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Transfer market

          1. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Cheers all

      • MESSINHO
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Martinez
        Robbo - Chilwell - Coufal
        Salah - Son - Ziyech - Grealish
        Kane - DCL - Maupay

        Forster - Lamptey - Mitchell - Stephens

        1 FT, 1.0 itb

        A) Maupay -> Watkins
        B) A + Son -> Bruno (-4)
        C) Son -> Rashford

        I will probably get City assets in GW10/11 depending on their performance against Spurs.

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          How will you get KDB if you do Son to an United asset?

          1. caldracula
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            He never mentioned KDB?

          2. 2OLEgend
              3 months, 27 days ago

              If he wants KDB he could do Kane & Stephen to Brewster & KDB

        2. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Son to Bruno, followed by Kane Reguilon to Vardy Cancelo next GW?

          2FTs, 1.6ITB

          Martinez
          Robo/Reguilon/Chilwell
          Salah/Son/Hamez/Grealish
          Kane/DCL/Bamford

          Martin/Kilman/Mitchell/Stephens

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            No KDB plans?

            1. Atimis
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Probably not for now

          2. caldracula
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Sounds good, also going Bruno over KDB

        3. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          TAA/Son/Sterling/Wilson out
          Chilwell/Ziyech/Fernandes/JesusOrMartial in

          1. King Kohli
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Looks tempting doesn't it

            1. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Which striker? I could go Jesus and dbl up with de Bruyne the week after

              1. King Kohli
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Jesus for me but monitor Aguero.
                Martial has shown no form yet

          2. Buck The Trent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Decent, -8?

            1. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              No free..

              1. Buck The Trent
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Nice

          3. caldracula
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Don’t like Jesus or Martial

        4. Labile
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Most nailed City defender?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Ederson and Laporte

            1. Labile
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Thanks kap was Laporte missing for a while through Injury or something?

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                I believe so but first choice, Dias played every minute so far too

        5. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Any news about Trent? Think he had a scan today

          1. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            He’s overpriced

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              I have expensive tastes

          2. Labile
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Not sure but are you really gonna keep!

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Quite possibly as then I’ll have 2FTs for GW10

        6. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Predict Vardy scores for the next 4 fixtures:

          liv FUL shu BHA

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            2,10,6,6

          2. King Kohli
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            6 8 2 9

          3. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            6, 2, 13, 5

          4. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            2 13 9 6

          5. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            7,13,2,2

          6. dangdunc
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 27 days ago

            6,6,6,6

          7. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            2, 13, 7, 12

          8. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            2, 7, 14, 4

          9. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            32-36pts in total

          10. Whiskerz
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            -2 (sent off) 0, 0, 0

          11. Buck The Trent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Thanks guys .. looks like about 4 goals is the concensus

        7. dangdunc
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Wilson/Maupay for Adams? Good or sideway move?

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            If that's sideways nothing is not !
            They play for different teams so not sideways IMO

        8. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          0.1 itb of my planned moves so have to be tonight. Watkins or BAM Bam? Have Grealish already

          1. dangdunc
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Bam, Villa too hit and miss for double attack

          2. King Kohli
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Bamford set and forget mate

            1. Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              But next 3 fixtures for BAM Bam? I might get him after those 3too. Will have both probably at the end

              1. King Kohli
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Seen how Leeds play?
                They know only 1 way, fixtures don't seem to matter.

          3. LewanGOALski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Watkins now for the next 3-4 and then Bamford

            1. Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Thanks guys

        9. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Choose two from these to get in.

          A. Bruno
          B. KDB
          C. Vardy

          1. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            A b

            1. Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Sonce there are plenty of alternatives strikers and premium mids are must

              1. King Kohli
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Mid priced mids like Grealish and Ziyech are better than their striker equivalents though.

                1. Daniel - WC Active
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  But more expensive. 2 m is plenty in fpl

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            A and C

            1. King Kohli
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Cheers mate.
              Not feeling the KDB love with city's fixtures turning?
              Personally not sure what to make of City to be honest.
              They don't seem like the City of previous years.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Not really, but he is class. It’s the rest of the team that puts me off.

                If you went Bruno and kept a million in the bank you could always make the switch in GW10 if United and Bruno looked ropey against WBA

        10. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Evening...thoughts TAA and foden to cancelo and grealish - 4?

          And is it madness to make those moves now ahead of grealish increase?

          Those moves will give me leeway of 0.2m for kane and son to kdb and vardy - 4 for gw10

          Martinez
          Taa Chilwell James lamptey Mitchell
          Salah son ziyech Foden burke
          Kane dcl watkins

        11. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Not a fan of early transfers but Grealish and Ziyech rising and Foden maybe falling. Son might fall in few days. Risk it and pull trigger tonight or wait?

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Depends what you style is but in my opinion wait, there is always a way to get the player you want.

          2. The Big Fella
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            I am concerned about Ziyech too but he plays twice for his national team in this IB and is injury prone

        12. C_G
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          need a playing midfielder 5.5, getting rid of Podence

          1. Galza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Soucek or how about Armstrong?

        13. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Best move here?
          2m to spend and 1 FT.
          Martinez
          Chilwell,Coleman,Bellerin
          Salah,Son,Rashford,Grealish
          Kane,Bamford,Wilson

          Steer, Jorginho,Ayling, Ferguson

          A) Save
          B) Son > Bruno
          C) Son > KDB
          D) Son > Ziyech
          E) Kane > DCL

        14. C_G
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          I have 3 Chelsea already - Jorghino, Zouma, Cresswell

          Have 1 FT, should I do Son ----> Ziyech and Jorg ----> Soucek(-4)?

          1. C_G
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Soucek will be benched

          2. Whiskerz
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            No

          3. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Didn't realize Cresswell played for Chelsea.

        15. Doctor Evil
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Do one international breaks

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Plenty of other sport on this week.

          2. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Golf is on this weekend

        16. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Hey fam! Should I WC this or not?

          McCarthy (Button)
          Robbo Lamptey Dallas (Mitchell Ferguson)
          Salah KDB Son Foden Podence
          Kane DCL (Davis)

          1 FT 0 ITB

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            What needs changing?
            The bench. Non existent.
            Maybe Foden and Podence.
            Maybe cut one Spurs player.

            What would you be getting in?
            Chelsea,United,West Ham defence.
            It’s either a -4 this week I think to I’m prove Foden or Podence to Grealish or Ziyech or use the WC for a revamp.

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Great input! Cheers mate!

          2. The Sociologist
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Take a -4, Foden and Ferguson out

        17. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Is Martinez Grealish and Watkins too much Villa?

          1. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            I think so, but it’s tempting

          2. Whiskerz
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Nah

          3. Phlajo
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Don't think so. I don't mind double/triple with that run of fixtures..

          4. Alexis Nonsense
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            The fixtures are god enough imo

        18. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Last week everyone had plans for Rashford, now everyone has plans for Bruno.... The fact that ManUtd has a big fan base and they tend to overreact to their team's performances really helps me to climb on OR

        19. Heiro
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Hi all,

          Son to Rashford and keep for a while
          OR
          Sterling to Bruno but can't get City back anytime soon?

          Or keep Son and Sterling and downgrade Podence?

        20. Jack Burton
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Any reason not to get Jesus in for a punt any one know how long Aguero out for thanks in advance

          1. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            I think I am,

            1. Jack Burton
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Tempting isn't it I can do Kane to Jesus then Son or Rashford to KDB fixtures nice aint they

        21. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Best transfer plan here till gw 10?

          A. Sterling + Maupay + Son + Konsa > Bruno + Vardy + Grealish + Balbuena.

          B. Sterling + Maupay + Son + Robertson > KDB + Ziyech + Vardy + Coufal

          C. Maupay + Sterling + Son + Robertson>
          Vardy + Ziyech + Bruno + Cancelo

          Martinez Steer
          Robbo Chilwell Konsa Kilman Mitchell
          Salah Sterling Son JRod Anguissa
          DCL Bamford Maupay

          1 FT 0.5itb.

        22. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Who is the best pick to downgrade Kane except Bamford and Watkins?I own Werner and Dcl.

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Vardy.
            Depends how far you want to downgrade.

            1. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              cheers.Against Liverpool is a tough fixture.Maybe its better to get him next gw?

              1. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Yeh that’s sound although fancy Vardy to do something on a counter attack.

        23. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Checking Neco Williams price

        24. Boss Hogg
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Best TAA replacement?

          1. EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Chillwell
            Cresswell
            James
            Doherty
            Cancelo

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Digne

          2. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Walker

        25. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Early thoughts on this lot?

          Martinez
          James Chilwell Coufal
          Salah Son Grealish Fornals
          Kane Jimenez DCL

          Forster C.Taylor Anguissa Mitchell

          2.3itb 1ft

          Son > Bruno/KDB?

          1. EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            I have the same dilemma. Bruno is tempting because of WBA, but I want KdB from GW 10.

        26. Lucky Z
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Guys, need advices!

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

          Forster | Reguilon | Brewster | Mitchell

          1FT, 0.7ITB

          A. Son + DCL => Bruno + Watkins -4
          B. Son + Reguilon => Bruno + Coufal -4
          C. Son + Kane => Bruno + Vardy -4
          D. Son + Salah => Bruno + KDB -4
          E. Save FT

          1. EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            B

        27. AnfieldLad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          https://twitter.com/_pauljoyce/status/1325883318026571777?s=21

          Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold set to be out for up to four weeks following injury against Manchester City

        28. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          TAA injury makes everyone’s decision easy.