Pro Pundit Teams

My FPL Gameweek 9 transfer plans and whether I’ll be keeping or selling Salah

Three-time top 5k finisher Az reveals his current Gameweek 9 plans in his latest Pro Pundits column.


So after my article last week, I’m back to give my thoughts about the, quite frankly, chaotic international break and what it means for my own team going forward.

I’m writing this on Tuesday evening and I currently have three “flags” in my team: Ben Chilwell (£6.0m), Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) and Tyrick Mitchell (£4.1m). This could all change in the next few days but I’m feeling quite lucky, as I know plenty of managers have the likes of Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), Marcus Rashford (£9.6m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) and even Andrew Robertson (£7.1m) and are sweating on their fitness and availability for the weekend.

It’s a difficult time, and if you’ve made early moves, don’t beat yourself up. While it is generally advisable to wait as long as possible to gather as much information as you can, sometimes price fluctuations mean that you have to take a risk to avoid being “locked out” of the moves that you want to make.

In the October international break, I made some early moves that made me a tidy profit of £0.6m on my team value. Okay, it meant that I had to play the Wildcard the same week when issues started to arise, but I still think that it was an acceptable risk for that kind of team value. It was only the late injury to Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) that really forced my hand, and without that, I’d probably still have it in my pocket.

Those without Wildcards or even Free Hits need to factor this into their decision making, but as always, sometimes the early moves can pay off and set you up nicely for the weeks ahead. I cannot say I wouldn’t have moved early to dump the likes of Alexander-Arnold, Callum Wilson (£6.6m), Mitchell or Danny Ings (£8.3m), who we are all fairly sure aren’t going to make miraculous recoveries for the next Gameweek.

Is now the right time for some restructuring? 2

Armed with only one free transfer this week, I have shown patience over the international break. In my previous article, I talked up the upcoming potential of the likes of De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes (£10.6m) but have yet to make an official move for either player.

Salah’s fitness status is weighing on my mind.


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1,114 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Thoughts on this team after doing Salah to Rashford? Leaves enough money to get KDB (Son) or Vardy (Jimenez) next GW

    Martinez
    *Chilwell Coufal *Kilman
    Rashford(c) Son Rodriguez Grealish
    Kane Werner Vardy

    Button Justin Bissouma Ferguson 0FT 2.7 ITB

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Vardy is Jimenez this week currently

    2. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I like Salah>Rashford(c)

    3. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Aye like it. I am looking at doing something similar I think.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah, going for Rashford over Fernandes opens up a few more possibilities in GW10 liek going directly from Son to KDB or getting Cancelo and Vardy for Coufal and Jimenez.

        Also, Rashford is a decent captaincy option next GW against the Saints high line where pacy left sided forwards have done well this season (Zaha, Son, Werner)

    4. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      What's your thinking with rashford over Bruno?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        See above

        1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          If you ignore price and subsequent moves for later GWs, do you still think Rashford is the better option for GW9?

          1. ppv
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Bruno is much better option

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I think it's 50/50 between Rashford and Fernandes this week. Neither has been particularly good at home this year (small sample size) but last season Rashford was a lot stronger at home than Fernandes.

  2. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    If you are transferring out Salah, would you bring in KDB one GW earlier or bring in Bruno for a hit?

    1. JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Bruno if you intend to captain

      1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Is Bruno a better captaincy pick than to DCL?

        1. JJeyy
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          yea imo

    2. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Mane

    3. Jack Burton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I think I'm bringing in KDB one week early

  3. JJeyy
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Salah to Bruno then? Need a captain.

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Yeah

  4. Bennyboy1907
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Current team : 2FT’s 1.1ITB

      Martinez (Forster)
      Robbo Chillwell Lamptey (Saiss, Mitchell)
      Salah Son Zaha Grealish (Bisouma)
      Kane Bamford DCL

      Clueless on what to do, any help please?

    • Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Hmm Salah positive again.
      I guess its Salah to KDB now (double up with Sterling) and then before GW12 Sterling to Salah.

      1. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Not mane?

        1. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Maybe, or even Bruno

    • ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Salah/Foden -> Rashford/KDB worth a -8?

      Will have funds to go for Son -> Raz next week

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah looks good

    • wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      So with the latest news what's the most possible scenario?Salah is out for Leicester and Brighton?

      1. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        100% out for GW9, that's not in doubt. I'd suspect GW10 too now, as he'll lack some fitness, plus he might not even be back in Liverpool for another fortnight... three tests positive, so he has it. That'll need to run its course and requires two negatives.

        1. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Do you know when he will do the next test?

          1. CroatianHammer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            At this stage I assume every 24 hours? But that's just guessing.

    • Ronnies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Bench 1 of these;

      A) Justin - away to Liverpool

      B) Brewster - home to West Ham

      C) Ayling - home to Arsenal

      Thanks.

      1. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Ayling...

        Brewster hasn't had a great start to his season, but look, play the 2 points.
        Justin, facing a team of red flags? Play him.

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Play Dallas or Lamptey?

      1. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Lamptey, he's basically a winger now, so maybe he nicks a goal and you don't care about clean sheets after that.

      2. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Lamp

        1. Ronnies
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Lamptey

      3. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I plan on starting Lamptey against Liverpool even

    • HaffNanner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Help please!

      A. Salah Bruno KDB

      B. Salah Bruno Vardy

      C. KDB Bruno Vardy

      D. Salah KDB Vardy

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        C

      2. MESSINHO
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Need more context to answer that.

        C this week.
        A long term.

        1. HaffNanner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Sorry, which three premiums to target for the long term. Will take a couple weeks of moves to get there

    • abhirup780
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Kilman lost his father yesterday. RIP. So he may not play this GW. Or he may and put up a brilliant performance.
      His emotional instagram post
      https://www.instagram.com/p/CHtI_VWp1cm/?igshid=1c1vr758yyfl4

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Sad news for anyone losing a father ,many of us on here have endured such a loss , likely out though

    • OLLY G
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Thoughts on Jota please?

      Too risky with rotation?

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Risky but cheap with a huge upside . Your call

    • Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Would you do Salah to Bruno for a hit. Already have Rashford and KDB.

      Ziyech instead perhaps?

      1. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        tough one......Rashford is already a good candidate for captain, I would maybe go Ziyech to diversify

    • Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Salah has returned a second positive test

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        This must jeopardise his gw10 availability, right?

      2. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I believe this was his 3rd.

    • wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Which two?
      a)Fernandes
      b)Ziyech
      c)Rashford
      d)Rodriguez

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        A B

        1. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          cheers

    • Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Looks like a -8 then

      Salah, Foden & Wilson out

      Bruno/Rash, Grealish & Vardy in

      Thoughts?

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Sometimes you just have to do it mate.....

        Similar to me. I've already done taa and foden to grealish and cancelo

        And now I think ill end up doing salah to bruno for - 8

      2. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Great moves, could recover the hit and some this week itself.
        I'm planning something similar:
        Salah + Maupay + Robertson > Bruno + Vardy + Coufal(-8).

      3. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I. would not lose Foden now . Really expect Pep to have realised he's the link they need in attack. May be wrong but Im holding

        1. DannyDrinkVodka
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Me too, rocking a KDB/Foden/Cancelo triple-up from GW11

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Yep something similar here

        2. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          You are definitely wrong

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            lol time will tell mate

    • Sir Edo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Hi, regarding members statistics (Player Stats).
      Filter All games 2020/21 Season, but can only find one Laptey assist, should be three.
      Someone have an idea what I did wrong?
      Worried that i view incorrect data when picking an attacking defender. 😉

      1. NateDogsCats
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Maybe winning penalties doesn't show up?

          1. Sir Edo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Thanks, seems right since Martial who won a pen vs. Spurs have 0 assist.. Thanks!

        • Better off with a pin and a…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          There's a column for assists, another for fantasy assists (e.g winning a pen) and a third for total. Lamptey has 1 'real' assist + 2 'fantasy' assists for a total of 3.

        • SH@KTIMAAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          They are under fantasy assist

      2. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Who scores more this week?

        A. Son + Konsa
        B. Maupay + Robbo

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Give us a C

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          A

      3. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        How is this looking for GW9 ?

        Mendy
        Chilwell, Coufal, Targett
        Salah, Bruno(c), Ziyech, JRod, Grealish
        DCL, Kane

        Justin in for Mo from bench

        1. Werner Bremen
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          You can get Mo out now, he won't play

      4. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Any epidemiologists in the house?

        Does salah now need to isolate for a further 10 days, given he is still testing positive?

        Is he likely to miss gw10 too?

        Feeling that I may have to make the salah to bruno switch....

        1. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          The big problem is that he is still in Egypt with a positive test. If I understand the FIFA rules and the UK government correctly he will not be allowed back into the UK until he test negative and then he must do 10 days isolation.

          1. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Yeah chances of him acting gw10 must be reduced by this.

      5. Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Salah, Barnes Kane and Son to Rashford Grealish Vardy and KDB for -8?

        1. Totti
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          why kane-> vardy this week
          postpone it to the next week and play kane this week

          1. Captain Vantastic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Yeah thinking about the last 2 transfers to do next week.

          2. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Vardy is gonna bang. Exactly the type of game he thrives in. Arguably, if you don't buy him this week, you've missed the boat.

      6. xHaTr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Trent, Foden, Salah --> Coufal, Bruno, Mane (-8)?

      7. Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Liverpool echo reporting Salah to miss 2 gws!

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          GTFO Mo

      8. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Help appreciated chaps - 1 FT, 2.5 ITB.

        Martinez
        Chillwell*, Zouma, Kilman
        Salah*, Son, Fernandes, Barkley
        Kane, DCL, Bamford

        (Steer, Justin, Bissouma, Mitchell)

        Salah -> KDB and then Son -> Salah when Salah is back? Will probably then look at Zouma -> Cancelo/Dias for City's nice fixtures.

        Cheers

      9. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Time to move on from Salah.
        😎

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          That was yesterday , never too late though Christina

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            No rush.

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              lots of flags in my team

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Aye sit tight

      10. CrouchDown
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Salah + Foden > Bruno + Ziyech (-4) ?

      11. Totti
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        salah second PCR still positive
        so, keep or sell?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          what do you think?

          1. Totti
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I mean if he will miss one gameweek then we might keep him
            but now i don't know he'll miss 1 or 2 Gameweeks
            if 2 then we should sell for sure

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              there is no way he misses only 1

        2. Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Sell sell sell

          1. Totti
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            will miss 2 Gameweeks?

        3. xHaTr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Got to sell surely. Cant imagine how he can be playing in 9 days when he is currently testing positive in another country

          1. Totti
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            but we want a confirmed news that he'll miss brighton match as well

      12. Voodoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Shame about Richarlison, I fancied him as a decent alternative to DCL and a good differential... Did anyone see if it looked serious?

        1. Totti
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          what happend?

          1. Voodoo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Cavani caught his ankle apparently and got sent off.

            1. Totti
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              but he's not flagged in FPL

              1. Voodoo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                He is.

        2. Must.Go.Faster.
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Check out Cavani red card vs Brazil on YouTube.

            I just got RichArlison for Ings the other day, oh FFS!!!! I think he could be ok, but you never know.

            1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Same here...Ings --> Rich before Ings' price drop

        3. CrouchDown
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          My provisional plan for next 2 GWs:

          GW9:
          Salah + Foden > Rashford + Zaha

          GW10:
          Son + Kane > KDB + Vardy

        4. Werner Bremen
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Salah to Ziyech for -8? He will play instead of KWP

          1. Werner Bremen
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            For another hit I mean