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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. timawflowers
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Play hames or bamford?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Lads, it's Fulham

    2. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Both

    3. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      both

    4. Captain Scarlet
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      How is not playing JRod even a consideration?

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

    Declan Rice to Chelsea on January 90% completed. Don't @@ me they are serious title contenders now...

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      That might well be true, but negative effect on WHU much more than any positive on Chels surely.

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

        I hope they invest their money to something that's worth if this transfer goes ahead

    2. Brehmeren
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I very much doubt that, tbh.

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      lol they dont need rice. They need better CBs that arent 35 years old and better than Zouma and Rudiger

      They have Kante and Kovacic and Jorginho why do they need Rice....

      1. caldracula
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Jorginho will likely be off but we still have RLC and Gilmour so no need for Ruce.

    4. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Don’t even want him

  3. The Head-Ake
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Salah to Bruno and save? 1FT and 0.1ITB 🙂

    McCarthy
    Lamptey | Zouma | Kilman
    Grealish | Salah | Ziyech | Son(c)
    Werner | DCL | Kane

    Martin | Mitchell | Walker-Peters | Bissouma

    1. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Yep

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      For sure

    3. The Head-Ake
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Thanks guys

  4. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Be like Salah. Stay Positive.

    >.

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      .

  5. The Mighty Whites
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 18 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?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      A looks ok

    2. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Monitor Wolves presser

  6. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Wait for Press Conf on Salah to see of he's out for 1 or 2 games. If it's 2 games then even a hit to bring in KDB or Bruno seems sensible.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Still waiting to see if Kev or Bruno haven't picked up anything nasty on their travels

    2. NateDogsCats
        3 months, 18 days ago

        You won't find that out for sure in a press conference before this weekend

    3. Kingtekkerz
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      The question now: is it worth doing Salah to Bruno for a hit?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Not for me - what else can you do?

        1. Kingtekkerz
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          I can save the hit and play Cancelo instead

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Sounds okay. Captain?

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Yes if you aren't planning to get him back

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Salah out for 2 GWs for sure?

        1. Kingtekkerz
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Definitely out for 1 GW, could possibly be back the week after

      4. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Yes imo.

      5. Tango74
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Why not mane or jota ?

          I have Salah too 🙁

          1. Kingtekkerz
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Fancy Bruno against WBA, but Mané is under consideration aswell

        • Henrik Larsson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 18 days ago

          I think Mane is the best option. Don't fancy Bruno and already planning KDB next GW. Swapping for Mane at least gives Liverpool cover and offsets futures transfer bringing Salah back in.

      6. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I guess Kevin will be incoming 2 weeks earlier than expected...

      7. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Imagine if FPL did Black Friday sales. Limited time 25% off Salah while he's out with Covid, 10% flash sale across the entire Liverpool team

      8. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Anyone concerned West Brom will be Bruno's 3rd start in a week, having travelled to Portugal and Croatia prior?

        1. Long ago I drew a walrus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          no

          1. JJeyy
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            just me then

        2. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          He always look tired to me, it's probably normal for him

        3. sledger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Played 46 and 72 minutes will be fresh as a daisy.

      9. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        If Salah is out 2 weeks or more, I am tempted by a WC9/BB10 strategy. Downgrade Salah, use the Salah money to fund a more expensive keeper on WC, keep McCarthy as the other keeper, roll FT and BB in GW10, then in GW11 or 12 do something like Ziyech + expensive keeper -> Salah + 4.0 keeper.

        Anyone else tempted?

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Sounds great, but as they say, everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth

        2. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Not at all

      10. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Salah + Barnes + Jimenez -> Bruno + KDB + Richa 😎

        1. Long ago I drew a walrus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Out of the outgoing players the one I'd be inclined to want to keep is actually Barnes - I think he'll haul in Leicester's upcoming easy fixture run

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I refuse to have a rotation risk in my team

        2. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Good tranfers

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Double everton after their next three fixtures is not ideal though.

        3. Captain Scarlet
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Don’t love the Rich part of that if I’m honest...

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            🙁 just saw the flag

        4. caldracula
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          As boring as it is just Salah to Bruno and save the points.

      11. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Will you capt Bruno in wk 10, 11 or 12?
        Prob no.
        Do you have an alternative (c) in wk 9? DCL? Grealish? Kane? Auba?
        😉

        1. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          At 10.6 you don't really need to Captain him in those weeks.

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            ...you prob dont even need to own him.

        2. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          If one do think Bruno is the best captain this gw, the question is rather do you have alternative captain to Salah in gw10-12, in which case one can hold Bruno for a couple of gw's and then switch back.

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            10: Sterling/Vardy
            11: Sterling/Kane/Ziyech
            12:Vardy/get Salah back

            1. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Looks like a cunning plan yeah. Maybe KDB for Sterling. I guess Salah is required for GW12.

        3. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Unfortunately same can be said for Salah.

          At that price he doesn't need to be perma captain though.

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            ofc, selling Salah is a no brainer.

        4. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Have Kane and DCL Cpt Bruno but likely KDB Cpt gw 10 and thats it no Cpt for Bruno 10 11 or 12

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Bruno could go for Sterling GW 11 then Sterling to Mane GW 12
            But yeah still have WC so can play around a little

        5. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          KDB GW10-11

        6. xHaTr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Bruno hasnt blanked in any of the 10 league away games he has played so far

      12. Bennyboy1907
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Current team : 2FT’s 1.1ITB

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

          Son/Salah/Saiss >>> Bruno/KDB/Coufal (-4)

          Then plan for Salah back is to drop Kane for cheap forward

        • Bring the Cavalry
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Is coady going to play this weekend after the positive covid result in the Ireland squad? If so Saiss > James -4 worth it? Bench is looking poor the now with Saiss Mitchel and another non starter

          1. Long ago I drew a walrus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Not sure what the Ireland squad has to do with anything. Word is that Coady should be fine - he was neither injured nor positive himself, just isolating due to contact with someone else.

            1. Bring the Cavalry
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Sorry got mixed up. Nice one mate will do the -4 need to sort the bench out. Cheers

          2. Hart-ake
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Wouldn't bring in James for a -4, got a feeling he might not play this weekend. How about a West Ham defender?

            1. Bring the Cavalry
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Thought about them but james looks like he has made the position his now. And with chillwell maybe out Azpi will go in there

        • Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          0.1m off of Salah + Foden > KdB + Ziyech.

          Joy. That would have been so clean.

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Blessing in disguise Foden coming good soon

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Nah. I'm looking to swap him for Torres come GW10. Let's see.

              After all this faff I might end up doing just Salah > KdB this week.

        • Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Vassilev to Watkins or Salah to Bruno with the FT? I'm leaning towards both for a -4

          3.5itb 1ft
          Martinez
          Chilwell Taylor Ayling Cancelo Justin
          Grealish Son Rodriguez
          DCL Kane
          (Peacock Bissouma Salah* Vassilev*)

          1. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I like both moves

        • Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Salah tested positive again

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            *sigh

          2. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Yay !!!!!

          3. Pino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Yes its confirmed in norwegian media too. If that means that he needs to be in quarenteen for 10 days after he tests negativ, he might be out for 14 days.

          4. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Ohh damn,should have sold before drop.

          5. Pukkipartyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I was hearing thath the next test would be at thursday?

        • Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 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

          1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Moves look good

            1. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Cheers.

          2. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            There's been a lot of talk about Watkins or bamford.
            Is it too much to go for both + DCL?
            Would have Mané, kdb, Bruno and grealish in midfield

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Sorry, reply fail.
              Your moves look good

              1. Catastrophe
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Cheers.

            2. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              No problem. I am considering Kane -> Watkins for the same reason but not sure about the Villa double up. I think I would prefer Ziyech to Watkins in a 3-5-2 and then spend the spare $ in defence.

        • Parsnips
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Team
            Martinez
            Coufal Robo Chilwell (Dunne Mitchell
            Salah* Zaha Barkley Fernandes (Anguissa)
            DCL Watkins Werner

            Got 3mil ITB should I do Salah > De bruyne??

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              yes bring him in early

          • StayoutheSpiceZone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Injuries and COVID permitting...!

            Martinez
            Taylor Lamptey Chilwell
            Son Mane Grealish Son Hames
            Abraham Vardy (c)

            Steer, Saiss, Brewster, Mitchell

            Thanks guys - you reckon gtg?

            1. StayoutheSpiceZone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              One Son = Rashford!

          • Thewonderfulgame
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Best DEF at £5m or under for the next 3 or more GWs?

            1. Sous Chef
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Coufal

          • JP\'s
              3 months, 18 days ago

              De Bruyne, Fernandes and Wilson or Fernandes, Vardy and Rodriguez?

              1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Are you bringing in a City mid later? If not, go with the first option

              2. Holmes
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                I guess Dr Bruyne, Rodriguez, Vardy is not possible?

                FVR out of those

                1. JP\'s
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    A Man City midfielder seems so tempting with the run of fixtures they have at the moment though. So finding it hard to keep KDB out of my team.

              3. Holmes
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Salah to Ziyech, Brewster to Vardy :0

              4. waltzingmatildas
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                There's been a lot of talk about Watkins or bamford.
                Is it too much to go for both + DCL?
                Would have Mané, kdb, Bruno and grealish in midfield

                1. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Nope, not too much as long as they keep ticking.

                2. Free Hat
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  My idea. But rather watkins now, bamford from gw12 and on.

                3. Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Well if I WC GW13 will have both Bamford and Watkins. Not sure about DCL with fixtures at that time but had him from gw 1 so will see

                4. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  There is good value in the cheap strikers this season. I would go with both and DCL to allow more budget in midfield,

              5. El Fenomeno R9
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Cmon Southgate finish us,start Kane,DCL,Grealish,Chilwel.l

              6. Tango74
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  echo reporting he be out for 3 games. He has to isolate now till next Saturday which is morning of game . Do you really think he play first day back with team?

                  I will sell as I 12m on bench for 2 weeks is a waste . KDB or Mane or get Kane ?

                  Have Bruno already

                  1. Hart-ake
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Even if back for Brighton, he won't have trained much and may not even start. Then it's Wolves....

                • Hart-ake
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Anybody thinking of captaining Ziyech or another Chelsea player this week?

                  1. Debauchy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    If I had a Chelsea attacker I would yes

                    1. Hart-ake
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      Yeah, thinking of bringing one in and capping.

                  2. lindeg
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Werner (C), Ziyech (VC)

                    1. Hart-ake
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      nice!

                • DAZZ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  You feel Bruno will be brought in by the masses, and will no doubt be the most captained. Going without him could be risky.

                  Regardless of wether you’ll captain him in GW10/11 he’s a great option for both them games.

                • Cometh The Aouar...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Hi guys, how are we today?