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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. BNMC
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    5.1 to spend on one more player in the backline, who should I go for?

    Chilwell Konsa Dallas Coufal ?

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

      James

    2. Plonatron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      do you mean Cresswell?

      1. BNMC
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        No that's a list of who I have now,

    3. Phlajo
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Bellerin is being overlooked imo.

    4. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Someone as cheap as possible. No reason whatsoever to spend the full 5.1 here.

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

    McCarthy
    Chilwell Cancelo Kilman
    Son Grealish Soucek Bissouma
    Kane Werner DCL
    (Steer, Salah* Shaw* Ferguson*
    0FT 1.2ITB

    Went early on TAA, Podence -> Cancelo Grealish which I don’t regret tbh

    Currently playing Bissouma, Kilman may not play.

    A) Shaw -> ? (-4)
    B) Salah -> Bruno (-4)
    C) WC

    Leaning towards just taking a hit but feel like it still leaves my team close to needing WC and likely another hit next week, thoughts ?

    A) Shaw -> ? Play over Bissouma

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

      Dunno what happened at the bottom

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Kilman will miss this GW then?

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

      Hard to say, my complete guess is that it’s 50:50 at best, maybe more toward not playing

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

      People handle grief in different ways and theres no right or wrong way. He could still play but of course increased chance of absence now.

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

      What's this about? Source?

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Lost his father, post on his insta page.

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

          Cheers

    4. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      My dad would want me to play, not risk losing his spot to Saiss.

      I would tell my son to play. Win one for the Gipper.

  4. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 8 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)

    Thinking:

    Now/GW9 - Salah -> KDB
    GW10 - Zouma -> Cancelo
    GW11 - Barkley & Son -> Ziyech & Grealish
    GW12 - Kane & Bissouma -> Salah & Brewster/5.8 FWD

    Assumes/hopes Salah is out GW9 and GW10. Gets KDB & Cancelo in for good City fixtures, Ziyech in for Leeds at home and Salah back for Fulham.

    Cheers

    1. djoker_nole
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Why not do Salah to Grealish now and then get Kdb for Son next week?

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

          Cheers. Already have 3 Villa.

    2. Olson
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Once these internationals are over and depending on further Salah news... If he DOES need to go, I think I've settled on

      Salah to James Rodriguez.

      Free up a tonne of money ready for next week. Watch Kane, Son and KdB in GW9 before making any rash moves. The Spurs assets could turn out to be keepers, City could not show up or even lose a player to injury. I'm not convinced there isn't a bit more going on there than meets the eye

      Cautious approach is guess. Has taken a week of thinking and monitoring

      1. zman575
          3 months, 8 days ago

          would you still go rodriguez if you already had lewin? im thinking of jumping on bruno. still a 2 mil saving

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

        Martinez
        Robo* Chilwell* Semedo Mitchell* Dunne
        Salah* Grealish Son Zaha Burke
        Wilson* DCL Jiminez

        0 FT and 2.4 itb
        What Should I do here?
        5 Flags no idea what to do

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Also Salah to Bruno or KDB?

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Bruno.

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Should I take another hit too?

              1. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                No.

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Bruno

      3. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        So Fofana is flagged now saying it's a knee injury. What happened and what's the latest on this?

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

          Heard at the end of last week from the France u21 he was having a scan - not sure what the results of that were

          If it’s a knee and he’s had a scan then been flagged that doesn’t sound great but have to wait for more

        2. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Bound to happen, playing rugby on his days off 😉

      4. The Fantasy Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        On WC, Jota and Vardy for Salah and Bamford? Aim to get Salah back in near future.

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

        How does this plan look?

        GW9:
        Salah + Foden > Rashford + Zaha

        GW10:
        Son + Kane > KDB + Vardy

        Leaving me with this team going into GW10:

        Martinez (Steer)

        Chilwell Saiss Justin (Taylor, Mitchell)

        KDB Rashford Grealish Zaha (Bissouma)

        Werner Vardy DCL

        1. djoker_nole
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Do you really want Zaha long term?

        2. Il Capitano
            3 months, 8 days ago

            1FT 1.6m ITB WC available

            McCarthy (Button)
            Chilwell Zouma Taylor (Justin Mitchell)
            Salah Son Sterling ASM (Bissouma)
            Werner DCL Watkins

            Will wait until Friday pressers, but Salah + ASM > Bruno + Grealish worth a -4 or just Salah > Bruno?

            1. djoker_nole
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Not worth a hit

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

                  Absolutely worth a hit

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

              Pick the best replacements for Robbo + Ferguson (mitchell will be 5th defender)

              A) Cancelo + Coufal

              B) Cresswell + Lamptey

              C) James + Dier

              1. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                C.

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

                A

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

                  My issue is cancelo being nailed

                  1. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    And City conceding goals. Nice attacking threat if he is nailed on though.

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

                    Dias is a safer choice

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

                      Sporting Lisbon fan, I'm not adding Dias lmao

              3. Il Capitano
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  A

                • djoker_nole
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    A

                  • Hansel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    A

                  • Twisted Saltergater
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    A

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

                      You think cancelo is nailed even with mendy back to training?

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

                        I think he's preferred over Mendy, yes. Nailed, no, but don't care too much. I'd rather have a non-nailed Cancelo than a lot of nailed other defenders.

                • sovietrockettes
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Who do I transfer out?

                  A) Robertson
                  B) Saiss
                  C) Foden
                  D) Wilson
                  E) No Transfer

                  1. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    C

                  2. djoker_nole
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      B

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

                        So I've just logged on to FPL for the first time since last gameweek to see a multitude of coloured flags on my players. I absolutely despise international football. Why on earth are we playing friendly matches in times like this? Madness.

                    • Hansel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      B

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

                    A) Bissouma, Mitro, Grealish (C), keep Salah
                    B) Bruno (C), Werner, Grealish, sell Salah (-8)

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

                      -8 is way too much for me

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

                    From gw11 onwards:

                    A)Robbo + Watkins/Antonio

                    B)Any 6.0- Def + DCL

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

                      Maybe B with chilwrl

                  5. King Kohli
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Thoughts on this plan for next 2 GWs?

                    GW9:
                    Salah + Maupay + Robertson > Bruno + Vardy + Coufal (-8)
                    GW10:
                    Son + Konsa > Grealish + Dias/Cancelo (-4)

                    Martinez Steer
                    Robertson Chilwell Konsa Kilman Mitchell
                    Salah Sterling Son Jrod Anguissa
                    Dcl Maupay Bamford

                    1 FT 0.5 itb

                  6. Captain Vantastic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Chilwell on the bench for England. He's fine then?

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

                      woop woop

                  7. gooberman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    So I've just logged on to FPL for the first time since last gameweek to see a multitude of coloured flags on my players. I absolutely despise international football. Why on earth are we playing friendly matches in times like this? Madness.

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

                      Good thing you waited until now to log on and haven't been tracking the madness everyday!

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

                      Because national teams have a tournament in a few months ?

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

                    Am loving the Richarlison yellow flag. Should put off a few.

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

                    Hi Guys, what are the chances of Saiss starting at the weekend?

                    1. NateDogsCats
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        I'd imagine fairly high given Coady might still be self isolating and Kilman may not play due to personal reasons

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

                      In for Salah for the next 3 weeks:

                      A) Ziyeh (new, TOT, LEE)
                      B) Bruno (WBA, sou, whu)
                      C) Rashford (WBA, sou, whu)
                      D) Mane (LEI, bha, WOL)
                      ..?

                      1. djoker_nole
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Mane

                        • Labile
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Magnifico

                        • Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Bruno

                        • Major League Shocker
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          I've got B already and will probably add A in place of Salah.

                      2. Gun gun
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        Gt two FT, sell salah for bruno? And see how son do for this week, if he do nothing then sell son for mane next week?

                        Also shld i use another FT to sell saiss for cresswell/digne?

                        1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Use only 1FT. I expect Saiss to start

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

                            Rlly?”

                            1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                              • 2 Years
                              3 months, 8 days ago

                              Maybe "expect" is a bit strong. Kilman a doubt due to family bereavement and Wolves were poor on the left side when both Kilman and Nouri start against LEI. I think Nuno will want to tighten up that left side with Saiss

                          2. Gun gun
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 8 days ago

                            But i got kwp and saiss to start then. Or shld i start dallas instead of kwp?

                      3. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 8 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*)

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

                        Best striker for the next 3 games?

                        Thinking Jesus?

                        1. djoker_nole
                            3 months, 8 days ago

                            Vardy

                          • Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 8 days ago

                            Probably vardy. Aguero close to being back from injury

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

                              Sorry all my bad have Vardy and DCL already

                              1. djoker_nole
                                  3 months, 8 days ago

                                  Werner/your Display

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

                              Richarlison

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

                            Does Salah miss one or two prem games?

                            1. djoker_nole
                                3 months, 8 days ago

                                No one really knows

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

                                  Thanks, very difficult because if it’s 2 I’d sell but with just 1 think I’ll keep

                              • Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 8 days ago

                                At least 1

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

                                  Cheers

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

                                2

                              • NejiHyuuga01
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 8 days ago

                                If test is made tomorrow and he is positive, he is out for 2 GWs. Would need to isolate for 10 days according to UK COVID rules.

                                1. NejiHyuuga01
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 8 days ago

                                  He tested positive today. 10 days from today is 28th November vs Brighton so it is unlikely that he plays there too

                                2. GreennRed
                                  • 9 Years
                                  3 months, 8 days ago

                                  Yes. Could be out for a few weeks, nobody knows.

                                  Could test negative and then if he's symptom-free can play against Brighton. But nobody knows.

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

                                    Thanks all

                            2. Gun gun
                              • 4 Years
                              3 months, 8 days ago

                              Kwp saiss chilwell dallas lamptey, choose 3 to start this week?

                              1. NejiHyuuga01
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 8 days ago

                                Chilly Saiss and Lamptey/Dallas, leaning towards Dallas maybe because ...Arsenal

                                1. Gun gun
                                  • 4 Years
                                  3 months, 8 days ago

                                  So u think wolves will win saints?

                            3. Inazuma X1
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 8 days ago

                              So Chilwell hasn't trained rip

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

                                He’s on the bench for England

                              2. Inazuma X1
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 8 days ago

                                Nvm he's on the bench but wasn't part of the training?

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

                              Anyone got some inside info on Rashford's injury? Think he plays at the weekend?

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

                              Noticed that my captain really succeeded when his team scored 3+ goals so I will try to understand which of Chelsea Everton Aston Villa is gonna score 3+ goals this gw and then I will captain one of Ziyech DCL Grealish.
                              It's Chelsea probably... right?

                            6. Gazza2000
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              3 months, 8 days ago

                              a) Vardy, Ziyech
                              or
                              b) Bamford, Sterling

                              1. djoker_nole
                                  3 months, 8 days ago

                                  Too close to call

                                  1. Gazza2000
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    3 months, 8 days ago

                                    I know 🙁

                                • GreennRed
                                  • 9 Years
                                  3 months, 8 days ago

                                  A

                                  1. Gazza2000
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    3 months, 8 days ago

                                    cheers