Scout Notes

Frustrating Watkins shows promise as Grealish hauls despite Barkley absence

West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa

  • Goals: Angelo Ogbonna (£4.9m), Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m) | Jack Grealish (£7.7m)
  • Assists: Bowen, Saïd Benrahma (£6.0m) | Matty Cash (£5.0m)
  • Bonus points: Bowen x3, Grealish x3, Ogbonna x1

U WAT?

Owners of Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) were treated to a torturous Monday evening as the Aston Villa striker registered a zero-point score in Gameweek 10.

It was not for the lack of trying though, quite the opposite, as Dean Smith’s men were arguably the better side in their 2-1 defeat at West Ham. 

Watkins missed a second-half penalty, watched Trézéguet (£5.3m) spurn his square ball from close-range and had a goal ruled out for offside in stoppage time, which would have provided Matt Targett (£4.5m) with an assist.

The last of those incidents left the sourest taste in the mouth considering how close he was to being onside, as well as the fact that Angelo Ogbonna‘s (£4.9m) robust contact with the forward was a key factor in the position of his arm.

Following two blanks in a row, Watkins’ 9.8% ownership might be getting itchy fingers right now, with several factors at play.

The former Brentford forward has now missed three of his last five penalties, which could be enough to see Jack Grealish (£7.7m) step in and take the next one.

That said, a Gameweek 11 home fixture against Newcastle did initially feel like the wrong time to sell a player who was still unfortunate to blank on Monday night and will surely be fired up to put things to right as soon as possible. The Magpies have conceded in three of their last four away matches too.

But, in this exceptional season, the plot thickens further with news coming out of Newcastle’s training camp over the last 24 hours.

Steve Bruce’s club has been hit with a fresh wave of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests, four unnamed players and one member of staff contracting the disease in the latest round of testing.

That has seen the game postponed from its Friday-night slot. It might remain in Gameweek 11 but right now, things are very up in the air for Villa assets.

READ MORE ABOUT NEWCASTLE AND VILLA’S POSTPONEMENT

THE GREAL DEAL

There was more positive news for owners of Grealish who registered his third double-digit haul of the campaign thanks to his first-half goal and securing of maximum bonus points.

The big score was especially welcome considering the feared impact of Ross Barkley‘s (£5.9m) absence from the team after he sustained a hamstring injury in Gameweek 9.

Against Brighton, Villa were noticeably jarred by losing Barkley so soon into the match, his replacement Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m) lacking the same level of understanding with Grealish, whose output suffered accordingly.

It seems as if Traoré was turned to in the wake of Barkley’s injury as he was the closest way of replicating the shape and patterns Smith had prepared for that Brighton game.

However, as already mentioned, Villa were the better side at the London Stadium on Monday night as Smith had the time to prepare a different approach in midfield during the week. He selected the set-piece specialist Conor Hourihane (£6.0m) to play a deeper role and asking John McGinn (£5.5m) to fill in at number 10.

The former Plymouth Argyle and Barnsley midfielder cannot match Barkley for cut and thrust on the counter but his set-play delivery, the threat from direct free-kicks and an eye for a killer pass were important, while McGinn replicated some of the energy and dynamism we have seen in the number 10 role recently.

“Hourihane knows the league, he was with us last season, he knows what’s required of him. He’s an outstanding technician, very good with set play delivery but he’s got a great understanding of the players he’s playing with.” – Dean Smith

Knowing that Villa are not a lost cause without Barkley after all is encouraging news for those considering Grealish. That said, the all-action midfielder could potentially benefit from Villa’s postponement and miss fewer games accordingly.

HEY MICKY

Fantasy managers may have to wait a little while before Michail Antonio (£6.2m) is ready for serious consideration again.

The West Ham forward made his return to the team on Monday night starting as the lone centre-forward in David Moyes’ 3-4-2-1 formation, displacing last week’s match-winner Sebastien Haller (£6.1m).

“It is a big boost for us (to have Antonio starting again). It was a tough decision for us because Haller got a goal at the weekend but (Antonio) just gives us something different.” – David Moyes, speaking pre-match

However, a rusty Antonio offered very little in the opening 45 minutes, isolated from West Ham’s midfielders and struggling to keep pace with those around him. The Hammers resorted to lumping long balls forward, hoping Antonio could run onto them and hold play up. Unable to fulfil that role with much success, it made for a very flat opening period, despite Ogbonna’s early set-piece goal.

Therefore, Moyes chose to replace him at half-time, as well as Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m), Haller and Saïd Benrahma (£6.0m) adding more to West Ham’s cause after the break.

“We made a big call tonight but I think to play Michail Antonio was the right call. He’s just not quite fit 100 per cent. If Seb can keep his form up then it will be useful for us.” – David Moyes, speaking post-match

It only took a few moments for Benrahma to have an impact, as he played in a low cross for Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m) to head beyond Emiliano Martínez (£4.8m).

The signs remain very promising for the Algerian international considering that in just three substitute appearances since joining West Ham, he already has three assists.

With Villa pushing West Ham so much even in the second half, Benrahma operated as a left wing-back but what he has produced going forward is sure to trouble Pablo Fornals (£6.5m) for his starting spot on the left-hand side of attacking midfield soon.

“(Benrahma and Haller) came in and done quite well, I don’t agree the full game we played well, but I think that look we are introducing Saïd gently, there were signs there you could see why we are doing that.” – David Moyes

Meanwhile, Bowen registered a double-digit haul from his goal and assist, his first attacking returns since Gameweek 4. His services for the coming weeks are still worth considering though.

80% of the former Hull man’s goal involvements have come at home this season while Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Brighton are the next three to visit the London Stadium this season, combining for just one clean sheet on the road between them thus far.

West Ham United XI (3-4-2-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Balbuena; Masuaku (Benrahma 46′), Souček, Rice, Coufal; Fornals, Bowen (Noble 79′); Antonio (Haller 46′).

Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash (El Mohamady 88′); Hourihane (B Traoré 74′), D Luiz, McGinn; Grealish, Watkins, Trézéguet (El Ghazi 73′).

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 10

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2,045 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Jota nowhere to be seen today. I'm afraid that his involvement will scrap away during the season

    1. kime67
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      yeah could be benched for next game

      1. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I also think he'll be benched. My mate thinks salah will be given a rest the weekend instead.

    2. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Don't talk rubbish.

  2. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Despite the issues, a postponement like this makes FPL even more challenging and enjoyable.

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I disagree with the 'and enjoyable' bit

    2. kime67
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      enjoyable
      no challenging yes

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yes!

  3. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Excellent, Jota off early

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Doesn’t mean he start next game

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        It helps though that's for sure

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Not really.

          He started most recent games and Salah Mane and Bobby got their rests

          I wouldn’t be surprised to see him benched vs Wolves

          1. Rinseboy
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Happy with him off the bench though. He seems fired up.to score even when off the bench

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Yeah he has done well either way anyway

          2. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            It definitely helps mate, if he played the whole 90 he'd be more tired and less likely to start v Wolves, I wouldn't be surprised if he was benched either but I think it's more likely he plays his best team, Wolves are very good!

      2. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        One of those players that even when he comes on as a sub, he seems to nick a goal or an assist

    2. AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      After dropping points last week he has to go for the strongest possible lineup. Highly doubt who has had more or less rest recently will cross his mind when picking the team.

      I’m still pretty sure Jota starts though

  4. Traction Engine Foot
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Grealish, Ziyech to KDB, Mahrez for free?

    1. La vida FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Just Grealish > KDB for me

  5. JIMMY764
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    So it’s go keeperless or reluctantly use a FT switching keepers or having two playing gks. Which will mean I’ll have to take a hit next week to make my planned moves.

    So I’d effectively be taking a hit to transfer a goalkeeper in this week who doesn’t have any doubles lined up. Can’t justify that surely?

    Or do I need to change perspective on this? Hmm.

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I would probably just just go without a keeper this week

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Dont waste a FT on a keeper.

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I am in the same boat as you and I think I'm going to bring in Johnstone for Steer so I have two playing keepers in case something similar happens again as a precedent has been set now. Also you may not be able to make your planned transfers next week, anything could happen between now and then!

      1. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Fair points sc*mmer, he’s got a good fixture this week too tbf. Worth considering for sure.

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Only problem it takes a valuable 0.5 off your budget so might still not be worth it for a gk who's likely to give you 2 pts if coming off the bench

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Agree but other option is Martinez to Mendy which also takes 0.5 off the budget. The good thing this season is budget ain't really a problem with good value forwards and defenders

    4. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Same situation. Will not transfer goalkeeper.

  6. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Is there a consensus whether it is worth keeping Martinez?

    Been thinking about getting McCarthy.

  7. dogtanion
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Sterling watch : scuffed shot from 12 yards.

  8. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Watch how much better we will play with Firmino up top

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Agree

  9. Mweene
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Going to replace Jorginho with someone to come into my team when I bench Targett and Grealish.

    5.7 max, options are:

    Neto
    Podence
    Armstrong
    Djenepo
    Soucek
    March

    I'm actually considering March just for a 1 week punt...

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      One of the Wolves boy's

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Was really impresssed with Neto, but fixtures aren't too kind.

  10. kime67
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    watkins to bamford no brainer?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Vs Chelsea?

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Does well away and against bigger teams

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          So sell after this week?

    2. kime67
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      i only have 6.2 m

    3. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      che adams?

    4. kime67
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      i dont want che long term

  11. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Sterling close, looking sharp!

    1. dogtanion
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      He is looking sharp but Pep comments about scoring goals looming over him seemingly

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Exactly, Fulham a good chance to get him some goals and confidence 🙂

        1. Troll hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Like he would start 😉

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Bad man management from Pep. Sterling has always dealt very poorly with pressure. For instance; Always played bad against Liverpool and was horrible for a long period of time when he had added scrutiny after the England bust up with Gomez.

        Contrary he performed very well when the season was already lost for City after lockdown last season.

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I sold for KDB , expect haul incoming this gw.

    3. aborg
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yes but he did not get subbed off yet. Starting to worry for the weekend.

      1. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Sterling will be benched the weekend you watch.

  12. BeWater
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Dias forgot which end he was at.

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Sterling to Kdb gotta be good move

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        What could go wrong.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Nothing. No brainer move

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      City with the greatest English attacking talents of last generation and this generation and they cant beat a bunch of dock workers...

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Salah sloppy

    • dogtanion
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Torres off , Jesus on

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Jesus on for Ferran

    • Robson-Canoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Is Bellerin to Chilwell worth a hit for the long-term?

      1. Troll hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Si

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Not necessarily, given the price difference.Would go with James instead, and use £1.1 elsewhere

    • AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Dias owners - should we be worried about his start vs Fulham?

      1. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        defo

      2. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        After missing from like afew inches out I would be

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Torres off first, interesting...

      1. Tinmen
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        What do you take from that ?

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          likely same front 3 v Fulham as it was v Burnley.

      2. Alan_T
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Joins Jesus and Mahrez in front 3 at weekend

        1. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          This

    • Dr. Ante Pavlovic
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Mahrez in for Grealish for a punty hit?

      1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Would have KDB(c), Bruno, Mahrez, Ziyech, Jota midfield

        1. Jack Burton
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Yeah why not

    • AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      If they decide this weekend that the Villa Newcastle game is to go ahead midweek next week, would if then be added to GW11 or 12?

      1. Troll hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        The question is whether they play vs Wolves.

        1. AnfieldLad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Villa? Surely they do, it’s only Newcastle that all have Rona right?

    • Tinmen
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Folks, how did Ferran Torres play tonight ?
      I see he got took off tho

      1. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        looked pretty rubbish to me but pretty poor performance all round

      2. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Did nothing. Nowhere near as dangerous as Sterling

    • Kasper the ghost keeper
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      2ft. Exact cash to do the following, yes or no?
      This week: Cancelo -> Bednarak/Dallas
      Next week: Richarlison and Ziyech -> Wilson/Antonio and Salah

      1. AnfieldLad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        You’re counting on no price changes before next week? I definitely wouldn’t be doing the moves early

    • Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      So how was Sterling tonight and chances of him starting now the weekend I wonder ?

      1. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Let's put it this way I thought if he looked good tonight I might punt on him. There is no chance I'm getting him now after watching it so far

      2. Troll hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Subbed off after hattie 😉

      3. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Imo he won't start the weekend

    • Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Dias maybe be the defender that pep never rotates (I’m hoping), similar to klopp with Van Dijk.. He has seriously improved Mcy defensively..

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Slight risk with Stones, Garcia and Laporte but Dias did come off early for a rest v Burnley for Garcia.

      2. AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I hope so.

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Not sure city v Fulham will be all that plain sailing

      Burnley basically gave up before the game and rolled over

      Happy to be proven wrong as a Kev owner tho

    • Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Hi....likely to do watkins to Bamford with ft. Anything here for a hit? Happy to go keeperless..... 0.7m to play with

      (Martinez)
      Chilwell james cancelo lamptey (Mitchell)
      Kdb bruno ziyech (burke grealish)
      Vardy dcl bamford

      A.....upgrade Mitchell to 4.5m (kwp, dallas, taylor)

      B.....get rid of cancelo (to one of the above)

      Thanks

    • Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Still a chance Villa game is rescheduled right so hold off selling?

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Jesus!