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. dogtanion
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Jesus confirms start at weekend

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

      Was there doubt anyway?

  2. Ibra
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    My team:

    McCarthy
    Chilwell - Dias - Lamptey
    Salah - Son - Bruno - Grealish - Barnes
    Werner - DCL

    4.0 - Mitchell - Brewster - Balbuena

    I have 2 ft and my original plan was Barnes to Jota but is it smart to do Grealish to Jota? Then next week Barnes to Grealish. I might lose 0.1 or 0.2 in value.

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Get in a City attacker?

      1. Ibra
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I don't trust Pep. Only City player I'm interested in is KDB but I can't afford him.

  3. Tambling5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    I see Jota taken off. Not watched game. Do we think he'll start against old team Wolves at the weekend, or is it his turn for a rest and let the usual front three start a game for this potentially awkward reappearance against his old teammates.

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

      i think his turn to rest

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

      I don’t see him resting anyone after dropping points last week. I think he’ll go for the strongest lineup which is all 4 imo, Curtis Jones missing out

      1. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        One way of not stimulating the opposition to treat their game against you as a cup final, and flinging in a few dodgy tackles, is to not field one of their ex-colleagues against them. They will be determined to show him they aren't missing him, and I think Klopp will appreciate this more than most.

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

          I’d say that’s overthinking it

          1. Tambling5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            We'll see! Lots of other factors to consider I guess, like how fit they all seem by the weekend!

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

      Unfortunately the way this season is going I wouldn't be surprised if he was benched but I'm hoping klopp goes with all 4

  4. The Hunt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Jesus essential. Loves a goal against Fulham.

  5. fridge
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    What would you do with this lot? Dont think I've ever not had Salah and KDB and it scares me but can I get away with it?
    1 FT, 0.5 ITB

    McCarthy
    Chilwell. Taylor. Lamptey
    Son. Bruno. Ziyech. Jota
    Kane. Vardy. DCL

    4.0. McCarthy. Dallas. 4.0

  6. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Is Jota and Salah bad for the Christmas period in a 3-5-2?

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

      Nah its fine I think as Jota is cheap.

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

    Jesus goal disallowed

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

      He was miles onside ??

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

        Offside*

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

        He was, someone else earlier wasn't.

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

    Disallowed.

    1. The Hunt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      VAR confirms studs not checked before he came on.

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

    Firmino can't finish

  10. Puntillimon
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    What a save

  11. Alex_thekid
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    2ft but tripple villa has bambozeld my brain lol team is
    Mcarthy
    Cancelo chillwell Neco
    Bruno Kdb Ziyech souchek
    Kane Dcl
    Forster Grealish Watkins Targett
    Help please want Salah in also some how?????
    Any ideas

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

      Coufal in def also

    2. BeWater
        1 month, 22 days ago

        How much money ITB?

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

          0.1

          1. BeWater
              1 month, 22 days ago

              I think Cancelo is very unlikely to play. I would either get rid of him or Targett so you have another playing defender this week. Anyone you like the look of. Then roll the other transfer and try and get Salah in for free in two moves next week for Fulham. At least you already have the best captain choice in place. No rush to get Salah this week. Ziyech could easily do well.

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

        Phew, disallowed goal means Jesus is still due

      • Marc Jobling
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Struggling to find a way for Salah to get into my KDB, Bruno, Vardy, Son team.

        Would 3-5-2 with Salah, KDB, Bruno, Son and Grealish be a bit too much? It feels topheavy but it covers all my concerns (DCL, Bamford front two).

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

          That’s what I’m going with for GW12

        2. RED_ARMY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Thinking of doing the same but the defence will be too light IMO. What will you defense be with that front 8?

          1. Marc Jobling
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Either Dias or Zouma, plus three 4.5s.

            Some combination of Targett, Dallas, Coufal etc.

      • Parsnips
          1 month, 22 days ago

          How would you get Salah in with this team?

          Ryan
          Chilwell Coufal Robo Cancelo
          KDB Bruno Jota Anguissa
          DCL Werner

          Martinez Mitchell Watkins Barkley

          2.9ITB 1FT

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

            Wait until next gw, no point planning with current season.

            Personally Id sell KDB in gw12

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

          Grealish > Jota
          Son > KDB

          ?

          1. Puntillimon
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            No jota

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

              Only way to afford KDB!

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

          Not Salah's finest effort there.

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

          Salah not essential

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

            Rather have KDB over salah especially this gw

        • Nightf0x
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Martinez target cancelo barkley wilson, i think its time to take a mega hit and fix the team up

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

          Ouch. Sterling playing the whole game. I guess it has to be done. Sterling to KDB free transfer!?

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

            Yes I would

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

            You guys thinking you can second guess Pep with logic and reason

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

              Theres definitely a chance Sterling starts. KDB is 100% though

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

                Therefore using ft to much better player is no brainer.

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

              In this case, easily.

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

            Maybe now that logic suggests that he won't start he probably will start

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

              At least I want KDB anyway long term and cant have them both unless for a hit. Surely them Sterling gets a hattrick

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

            Has to be.

        • AlternativeB
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Got three Villa players (Watkins, Martinez, Grealish). 1FT. Planned to take out son for KDB, but should I go for something else. Is -4 inevitable?

            1. The Hunt
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              I suppose Martinez will effectively only be a -2 assuming your other goalie's a 4.0m.

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

            What to do here with 3.8m? 1FT

            A Podence -> Mahrez
            B Robbo/Podence -> KWP/KDB
            C Son -> KDB

            Martinez
            Chilwell Zouma Robbo
            Bruno Son Grealish Jota
            DCL Vardy Bamford

            Forster Podence Lamptey Mitchell

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

              B looks good. I'm considering dropping Robbo too I think he's gonna be rested or even injured soon

            2. AlternativeB
                1 month, 22 days ago

                I'm thinking of C myself. But got THREE villa players (same as you +watkins).

              • Rinseboy
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Would you do Grealish or Ziyech out for KDB in my situation? also losing Robbo.

                Martinez
                Robbo Chilwell Lamptey Dias Mitchell
                Son Grealish Ziyech Jota Bruno
                Brewster DCL Vardy

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

                  Cheers, Ziyech before the news so it depends how much you lose on Grealish and if you want him back.

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

                    I would lose a fair bit on Grealish but then when I look at their fixtures I'm not sure they are actually that good.

                    How come you going KWP over Dallas or Ayling?

            3. Puntillimon
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Salah is so one footed

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

              Good save Kelleher.

            5. The_FF_King
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Grealish to Jota before price rise?

              1. Captain Vantastic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Yes.

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

                Surely early transfers aren’t a thing anymore

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

              Salah subbed

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

              A Sterling winner here would really put the cat amongst the pigeons

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

                When cows fly...

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

              Thoughts on what to do?

              Martinez
              Chilwell • KWP • Masuaku
              KDB • Bruno • Son • Ziyech
              DCL • Bamford • Brewster 1.8ITB
              (Steer / Dallas / Semedo / Grealish)

              Happy to keep Martinez and bench Grealish but I’m considering Semedo to James and play over Brewster. Next week Chilwell and Ziyech to Salah and 3.9. Good plan?

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

              Klopp taking his most important players off in order, Jota first choice now!

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

              Looks like Jota and Salah rested again then, Mane no longer first choice.

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                It's not a rest when you're subbed at 90 minutes

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

              Come on Sterling score