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.


Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99. A FREE trial is now available during December.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

Az Follow me on Twitter : @ffscout_az” Follow him on Twitter

1,114 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Voodoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Wildcarders unite.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      o/

    2. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Hear hear!

    3. Saïss doesn't mat…
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Aye

  2. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Can't wait to save my FT 🙂

    Mccarthy
    Chilwell Konsa Coufal
    Son Greal Hamez Bruno
    DCL Werner Vardy
    (Martin, Podence, KWP, Mitchell)

  3. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Salah positive again after today's yeast according to NBC

    1. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Test*

    2. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Will drop further 0.2 before the Brighton game then

      1. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah i'd imagine so

      2. NateDogsCats
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Might actually consider going for him for the first time this season if it looks like this will happen, lower ownership and not continuously rising

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

      Thoughts on this plan for next 2 GWs?

      GW9:
      Salah + Foden > Rashford + Zaha

      GW10:
      Son + Kane > KDB + Vardy

    4. Totti
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      who should i sell for grealish for -4?

      A) son
      B) barnes

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        B

      2. Latetotheparty
          3 months, 8 days ago

          b

      3. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Salah has tested positive again. Do I sell?

        Currently got this line up:

        Martinez
        Chilwell Ayling Coufal
        Son Grealish Zyiech Rashford
        DCL Brewster Kane

        1. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Salah to Bruno / KDB

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Yep. Probably gonna do this. I have Rashford already and double United is scary. Got to be KDB...

        2. Totti
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          yes to bruno or de bruyne
          this what i will do

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Can’t decide between the 2

      4. zLaTaN@uNiTeD
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Thoughts on aubameyang as gw9 captain?

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

          No answers guess answered but so Due hey

        2. NateDogsCats
            3 months, 8 days ago

            1 shot on target in last 4 (that was a penalty). I can't say I don't see Arsenal getting chances against Leeds but with them scoring only that penalty in the last 4 games I'm not convinced they'll score

        3. The Rumour Mill
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Attention mods, fixture ticker is broken.

        4. Big Ronnie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Thoughts on WC team? Route to get Salah back would be Bruno & DCL to Salah & £6.1m forward although fully expect things to change. Could move Soucek to Bissouma to give myself a bit more leeway when bringing Salah back.

          Martinez, £4m
          Chilwell, Cancelo, Coufal, Justin, Lamptey
          Ziyech, KDB, Grealish, Bruno, Soucek
          DCL, Watkins, Vardy

          1. DK_13
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Wasn't the text scheduled for Thursday?

            1. DK_13
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              *test

            2. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Apparently not! Confirmed by the Egyptian FA.

        5. Werner Bremen
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Salah to Ziyech for another hit? Then he'll play instead of KWP

        6. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          "You get a flag! You get a flag!! Everybody gets a flag!!!"

        7. JURGENAUT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 8 days ago

          McCarthy
          Chilwell / Justin / Lamptey
          Salah / Son / Grealish / Zaha
          Kane / Werner / DCL

          Forster / Saiss / Mitchell / Stephens

          0.4itb.

          Salah to?
          A) Bruno
          B) Ziyech
          C) KDB
          D) Sterling
          E) James Rodriguez

          Thanks

        8. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Captain:

          A. DCL
          B.Grealish
          C. Bruno
          D. Ziyech

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Bruno imo

          2. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            B

          3. W
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            A

        9. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Son to Fernandes (C) for a hit?

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

            If you're captaining then I would

            1. FC Hakkebøf
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Other Captain options are Kane, Grealish, Ziyech and DCL

          2. Dexters Laboratory
              3 months, 8 days ago

              If you plan on (C) it's always worth a hit.. whether it pays off is that other thing. Lining up something similar myself

          3. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Salah >

            A: Bruno
            B: KDB

            1. Werner Bremen
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Bruno

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

              A

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

            There is no doubt that as at this moment Chelsea are the best attacking team out there . Yet and if Man City click soon it's a no contest with the upcoming fixtures. Hmmm I see some big rank swings in the next few GWs

            1. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Sterling owners in GW35: 'If Man City click soon he'll haul this week!'

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

                lol I like

          5. BellyKlopp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Jesus or Werner?
            Have ziyech, no city mid

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Werner

            2. FC Hakkebøf
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Werner for sure. Personally keeping Kane for one to toy more gameweeks

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

            Rumours Bruno picked up injury last night before being subbed at HT

            1. JURGENAUT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Tactical sub.

            2. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              where

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

              Rumours ? but ok we wait

            4. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 8 days ago

              rubbish

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

                I like

            5. FC Hakkebøf
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Source?

          7. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Mane time?

            1. FC Hakkebøf
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Half of the liverpool team is out.. Not sure he is worth 12 mil atm

          8. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Given Everton's next 3 fixtures, is going Hamez over Ziyech a good idea?

            1. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Maybe

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

                Yep who knows which way the wind gonna blow

            2. W
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              I already have Hamez so sticking with him for these fixtures, seems silly to get rid at this point especially with so many other injury concerns

            3. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Over Ziyech. No. With him? Yes

          9. The Mighty Whites
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            1FT, 4.0 ITB:

            Martinez, Peacock-Farrell

            Chilwell, *Saiss, Lamptey, Coufal, *Mitchell

            Salah, Son, Rodriguez, Grealish, *Alzate

            Kane, Calvert-Lewin, Bamford

            A - Saiss out and play 4 at the back
            B - Salah to Bruno / KDB
            C - Something else

          10. W
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            With Salah sat on my bench, who replaces him in my starting 11?

            A) Brewster (WHU)
            B) Saiss (SOU)
            C) Justin (liv)

            Rest of team:

            Martinez
            Chilwell Coufal Lamptey
            Son Grealish Zaha JRodriguez
            Kane DCL

            Cheers!

          11. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Things getting a bit dicey for salah benchers

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 8 days ago

              not sure how people expected a magical recovery tbf

              1. tbhogal
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Yeh, squeaky bum time now 2 games out then he must go

            2. W
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              I'm just hoping to get through this GW with only one more price drop and then reassess for next GW...

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Yeah, pretty much my plan, not enjoying the prospect of hedding into Gw10 with 1FT and no city, no Leicester and salah with Covid

                1. W
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Certainly not ideal, although if Salah is definitely out for GW10 as well it makes Salah -> KDB much easier

            3. Sous Chef
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Must be out for 2 games at least. WC now seems the best option again

          12. No Salah
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Have 2 FT, 0 ITB and below team

            Martinez
            Chilwell Justin Robertson
            Grealish Bruno(c) Rashford(vc) Son
            Kane DCL Maupay

            Steer Bissouma Davies Mitchell

            A. Davies Robertson to Cancelo Cresswell
            B. Davies Kane to Cresswell Vardy

            1. Basil1977
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              b i wouldn't bring in cancelo this week city are playing spurs

            2. FC Hakkebøf
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Davies to Creswell and save?

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Scratch that.. Do Maupay to Watkins

                1. No Salah
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  One last east game for Maupay, other issues are more pressing.

                  Not enough fund to do David to Cresswell alone.

          13. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Think a - 4 or - 8 wont be to bad this week

            1. FC Hakkebøf
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              -8 might give you a minor green arrow before first game is even played lol

              1. drughi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Atleast wont be a massiv red as most weeks

                1. Finding Timo
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    I am thinking of holding son Now for this week then using him & delap to get jota and Vardy next GW but for -4

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

                Sure most on a -4 at least so time to get creative

                1. drughi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Exactly, thinking Salah and son out for Bruno and KDB for a - 8 to cover all wildcarders

                  1. FC Hakkebøf
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Same plan exact

            2. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              I hear that you are not gonna captain Kane between gw9-gw15 but I could easily captain him Vs LEI(H) his favourite opponent

            3. caldracula
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Salah to Bruno is the most uninspiring transfer but looks like it’s going to have to be done.

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                It's a shield

                1. caldracula
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  It is but it’s the move that most people will make, the split decision of benching or selling was what was exciting and could have made a big difference.

              2. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                says who? You can buy lots of alternatives.

                1. caldracula
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  There aren’t really many alternatives considering Son will be going to KDB/Sterling the following week and then Zaha to Ziyech after that. Grealish is my other midfielder and playing 343.

                  1. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Up top? Vardy? Werner?

                    1. caldracula
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Currently Kane, DCL, Watkins. Was looking at benching Salah and doing Kane to Vardy (c). May just do that move anyway.

              3. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Yep

            4. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              People not being able to make up their own minds regarding Salah.
              Very funny.

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Why? Can't blame them, can you?

                1. Christina.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  they need to grow some balls. It's a game. Everyone is guessing. Not like someone needs to get a brain transplant.

                  1. FC Hakkebøf
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    One of the most hot topic in every FPL stream for a reason.

                    1. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      🙄

              2. drughi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Its easy for me now with him missing 2 gameweeks, will get him back for fulham

                1. Christina.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  its always been easy, considering his replacement will prob be your (c) this week

                  1. FC Hakkebøf
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Some people already have Bruno 😉

                    1. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      I'm not even sure I want to own him.
                      lol

                  2. drughi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Still DCL captain for me

                    1. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      nice, should do well

                2. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Who is your replacement?

            5. Labile
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Kane ➡️ Werner -4 (-8)?
              Can afford any striker and have Vardy and DCL.

              Hear me out.. need to get Mo back in GW 12 and was planning to do Kane ➡️ Jesus -4 next week anyway to fund this ( also only keeping Werner/Jesus for GW 9,10,11)

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Nope..

              2. FC Hakkebøf
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                And Jesus is still not a good option..

              3. NateDogsCats
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Not for -4