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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. bobbyg
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    McCarthy/Button
    Cancello/Kilman/Justin/Zouma/Mitchell
    Salah/Sterling/Son/Soucek/Grealish
    Kane/DLC/Brewster

    Already taken -4

    Would you WC or take -8 for Salah to Bruno (C)?

    TIA

  2. Big Ronnie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    A or E short term, C long term

    1. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Reply fail to Jurgenaut

  3. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Vardy a must on WC? Currently on this:

    Mccarthy
    Cancelo Chilwell Targett
    KDB Bruno Grealish Ziyech
    DCL Vardy Bamford
    (Forster, Soucek, Coufal, Kilman)

    1.5ITB ready for Salah.

    1. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I think so. Good team, very similar to mine below.

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Not at all imo
      Team looks good tho

    3. Alex_thekid
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Mccarthy
      Cancelo Chilwell Targett
      KDB Bruno Grealish Ziyech
      DCL Kane Watkins
      (Forster, Soucek, Coufal, Kilman)
      My WC team from last week lol

  4. Big Ronnie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on WC team? Route to get Salah back would be Bruno & DCL to Salah & £6.1m forward in a few gameweeks (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. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Extremely similar to mine mate. Can i ask your reasoning behind Watkins over Bamford?

      1. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Mainly fixtures and feel Bamford's scoring will slow down

        1. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Fair enough. Im just hesitant to triple up on Villa.

      2. Alex_thekid
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Fixtures for me

  5. W
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Repost as didn't get any replies.

    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!

    1. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Saiss with Justin first on the bench if he doesn't play

      1. The Sociologist
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 days ago

        agree

  6. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Cmon Bruno overcome Ziyech in the most transferred in player race. I don't want my new buy to suffer the most transferred in player syndrome...

  7. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    I am on -8 for doing:

    Salah -> Kdb
    Son -> Ziyech
    Wilson -> Bamford

    Since Salah and Wilson could be back in gw10, doest it make sense to activate my FH and get 8 points back?

    Or do you think the moves are good long term? I would like to get Salah back potentially by downgrading Kane and upgrading Ziyech to Salah

    1. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I think just leave it as it is for now and cross your fingers nothing else comes up

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Son will punish
      Ziyech is a keeper for the season
      KDB lack of form

  8. sovietrockettes
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    In all seriousness, should I roll my FT? I could theoretically dump Foden for Jota or Wilson for Watkins/Bamford......but it doesn't feel urgent

    Martinez
    Robbo Chilwell RJames Lamptey
    (M)ane Son Grealish
    Kane DCL Wilson

    Foden Saiss Anguissa Forster 0.2 ITB 1 FT

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Dumping foden is urgent

    2. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I’d be moving on Foden or Wilson this week

  9. luk46
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    what are the chances for Robbo to start at the weekend?

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      High is my guess

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Not great if it’s hamstring surely

    3. luk46
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      ye, I would think hes out for couple games... but hes not ruled out 100%, so have to wait for pressers, right!?

    4. Alan The Llama
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      He's possibly playing tonight. Steve Clarke has said "everyone is fit".

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54898189

  10. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Who to place 1st on bench?

    A. Bissouma
    B. Dallas

    1. W
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      A

    2. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      B)

  11. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Seems like every WC has KDB Bruno Grealish Ziyech as a midfield four...

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Probably the best 4 mids right now. JRod could be back on everyone’s radar this weekend though

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Looks good on paper

    3. Stand By Mee
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      yeah, the problem is who makes way when Salah is back?

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Salah brace next gw incoming and lots of good FPL managers won't own him. You have to plan forward in FPL...

      2. Black Knights
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Bruno easiest price point.

        1. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          If Kdb is essential for more games.

    4. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Yeah. Many sold or will sell Son.

  12. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Best move here with 1FT, 0itb? Still got WC.

    A. Salah >> KDB
    B. Salah >> Bruno
    C. Saiss >> James/Lamptey
    D. Take a -4

    McCarthy
    Chilwell*, Saiss*, Cresswell
    Salah*, Son, Ziyech, Rodríguez, Grealish
    Kane, DCL
    (Nyland, Mitchell*, Justin, Davis)

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      A or B

    2. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      A or B

  13. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Martinez
    James - Cancelo - Chillwell
    Son - Rashford - Ziyech - Salah - Soucek
    Kane - DCL
    __________________________________
    Forster: Brewster: Dunne: Mitchell

    1.8 ITB

    All these great teams and here I am already on a -12 with FH played last week just to keep pace!
    Take another hit for Salah? Or just give up entirely now?

    Cheers

    1. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Ouch... just take this one on the chin I think.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Just another nightmare season, thinking of balls to it and taking a -32 or something

  14. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Does Salah's 10 day isolation period start from the first test he had or the latest test?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      What do think?
      Cannot travel back to UK until negative, two tests required.

  15. Le Bluff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    On wildcard. Who would you rather have (already have Chilwell):

    A) Martinez and Lamptey
    B) McCarthy and Reece James

    Think it'll be a unanimous A but always good to get opinions.

    1. Il Capitano
        3 months, 16 days ago

        It's A for me

      • The Sociologist
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 days ago

        A

    2. lindeg
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      People actually thinking salah will be back after this weekend, are you just in denial? Hes positive today, a negative test tomorrow would allow him to train again in 11 days, thats next weekend?? Without match form he might even be doubt for the following ucl match - and this is all assuming hes negative tomorrow.

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        If he tests negative and shows no symptoms he could play v Brighton. Sure he could be positive for weeks, no-one knows.

    3. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Current wildcard draft:

      Martinez / (Forster)
      Chilwell / Cancelo / Coufal / (Lamptey) / (J Lewis)
      Sterling / KDB / Bruno / Grealish / (4.4)
      DCL / Watkins / Bamford.

      1.7 in the bank to bring Salah back down the line (likely for Bruno).

      Thoughts? Want to attack the City fixtures.

      1. The Sociologist
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I’d potentially go Mane/Bruno over Sterling until he picks up some form. But can see why you’ve done it - looks decent!

        1. Le Bluff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Cheers! Already have Bruno. Not really considered Mane to be honest but certainly one to ponder. City's fixtures just don't get better than what they are!

    4. sirmorbach
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      On WC:

      1) McCarthy and Targett
      2) Martinez and KWP
      3) Villa double up?

      1. Black Knights
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        2

      2. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        2 for me

        1. sirmorbach
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Cheers, lads

      3. Le Bluff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        2 but are you not interested in other 4.5 defenders? KWP's fixtures take a turn.

        Consider Ayling/Coufal?

        1. sirmorbach
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Good point. I've got Coufal already. Ayling, Dallas, maybe Kilman even? Who would you suggest, if I may? Up to 5.2, already got Chilwell, Cancelo and Lamptey as well

          1. Black Knights
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            My looking at Dias, Cancelo, Justin, Coufal and C Taylor on my WC. Just don’t like Chelsea’s games and the latter 3 rotate nicely to cover 1/2 spots for the odd city rotation.

            1. sirmorbach
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Great ideas, thank you for that

        2. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          True. Without knowing, I’d also say Coufal. C Taylor has good games a DGW coming too.

      4. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        1 - I don't think there much between them. I would bank the difference

    5. bobbyg
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      TAA > Cancello
      Podence to Grealish and
      Salah to Bruno

      All for -8

      Or WC?

      1. Black Knights
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        If you have no other issues, -8. I had those 3 plus Saiss, Dier, Wilson so decided to WC to set everything straight.

      2. The Sociologist
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I’d leave Podence and do the other two.

        1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          +1 unless you are considering Bruno (C)

          1. bobbyg
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Thanks guys. If i was to get Bruno i would capt him

    6. George James
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Salah + Bowen >> Grealish + Bruno -4

      Yes or No

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        No.

      2. Bielsa Murderball
          3 months, 16 days ago

          yes

        • Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Yeah

        • Il Capitano
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Very tempted to pull a similar move myself for -4 (Salah + ASM > Grealish + Bruno). Would say yes.

          • UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Yes

          • Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Yes

        • JAYPEE
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Mitchell to Targett or Coufal?

          1. The Sociologist
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 16 days ago

            If you’ve not got any other Villa defensive cover, then Targett.

          2. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Targett

          3. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Keep Mitchell. He won't play but frees up funds.

        • yanky
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          havent pulled wc trigger yet but should i?

          Mccarthy
          TAA* Chilwell* Lamptey Cresswell Mitchell*
          Salah* Grealish Son Podence* Bissouma
          Kane DCL Maupay

          1. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            This week has now turned into a phenomenal week to WC. I had my doubts early on but with the mess of an IB, take advantage and hit this week with a strong team moving foward. There are people with no WC left and in deep trouble with injuries

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Nice one for rubbing it in, alright for some.

        • Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Trent, Salah, Mitro -> Cresswell, Bruno, Werner for -8?

          1. JURGENAUT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Yeah

        • JURGENAUT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Is Creswell worth the extra over Coufal?

          1. sovietrockettes
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            yes

          2. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Not so far.

        • Mane Mane Mane
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 16 days ago

          In a bit of a dilemma
          My team is
          Martinez 4.0
          Dallas Justin Coufal Cancelo Mitchell
          Son Grealish Zaha Mane Bissouma
          Watkins Maupay Kane.

          Do I
          A) Vardy for Maupay then following week Antonio for Kane + KDB for Son (-4)
          Or
          B) DCL for Maupay + Fernandes for Son (-4) then following week Antonio for Kane + KDB for Zaha (-4)

          Long winded I know but I’m really struggling whether to take the extra point loss or any other way to change the team about?
          Any help is appreciated, cheers.

        • BNMC
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Latest on Fofana?

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I’m already on a -4 with this as my team

          Mendy
          Cresswell Semado Konsa lamp
          Zaha son Bruno
          Dcl Kane bam

          Anguissa, Mitchell, salah

          I can stay here but it leaves me no route to kdb or a city mid without a -4 next week

          Would you bump up to a -8 and do salah to greilish ? (if confirmed to miss 2 games)

          That would leave funds for son to kdb next week

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            No. Can go Salah to De Bruyne next GW.

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 16 days ago

              That does mean I’m stuck with double spurs for 2 weeks tho at least

              COYS !

              1. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Stuck? Kane and Son are flying. So-called difficult fixtures against teams that concede plenty of goals though Chelsea defence is improving.

        • Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          G2G here and wc 10?

          McCarthy
          James Chilwell Coufal KWP
          Bruno(c) Son Grealish Bowen
          DCL Werner(wc)

          Nyland Salah Brewster Ferguson

        • CrouchDown
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Anyone going with Rashford over Bruno?

          Allows me to get KDB in next week but seems like a huge call as they will be captain this week.

        • davewg59
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Son to Ziyech or leave it guys?

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Leave. Any alternative to get Ziyech?

          2. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Yes I did already