Scout Notes

Pogba making case for FPL inclusion as United face more appealing fixtures

FULHAM 1-2 MAN UNITED

  • Goals: Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) | Edinson Cavani (£7.8m), Paul Pogba (£7.7m)
  • Assists: André-Franck Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) | Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m)
  • Bonus points: Pogba x3, Zambo Anguissa x2, Cavani x1

POG IN THE WHEEL

Paul Pogba‘s (£7.7m) latest Fantasy Premier League return has installed him on many a radar ahead of Gameweek 20.

The Frenchman netted the winner in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory at Fulham on Wednesday night and has involved himself in three goals since Gameweek 17.

No member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad has matched Pogba’s attacking returns over the last four matches, in which he has produced an average of seven points.

By comparison, the more expensive Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) has a goal, assist and five points per game during that period and Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) has a solitary assist to his name.

“I would like to say so (Pogba is at his fittest and most focused). He is happy, physically in good shape and we know all about his talent. Today we played him in midfield and it was worth it.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Whether Pogba can sustain this form beyond Double Gameweek 19 is certainly worth monitoring.

It must be noted, pinning down his favoured position in Manchester United’s formation remains a challenging prospect.

After starting on the left-hand side of attacking midfield against Aston Villa and Burnley, he has returned to the holding roles for the last two matches.

And some cynics might point out that his stunning out-of-the-box goal at Craven Cottage came from his only shot of the game.

DEFENSIVE POTENTIAL?

According to the Fantasy Football Scout Season Ticker, no team has better fixtures for defensive potential over the next six Gameweeks than Manchester United.

They face Sheffield United (home), Arsenal (away), Southampton (home), Everton (home), West Bromwich Albion (away) and Newcastle (home) between now and Gameweek 25 – encouraging indeed.

Their preparation for that run of matches has been relatively positive. Since Gameweek 16, only Arsenal (four) have more clean sheets than Manchester United (three).

However, their start at Fulham might have worried owners of Harry Maguire (£5.4m), Luke Shaw (£4.8m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m).

With the Red Devils producing some sloppy passing and poor defending early-on, the Cottagers exposed their high line in the fifth minute when Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) ploughed through the middle to open the scoring.

And some might argue that United’s defence is not as strong without Victor Lindelöf (£4.8m) next to Maguire, the centre-back missing out at Craven Cottage.

“(Lindelof) is not bad, it’s still his back we’ve got a few issues with, I felt it was better he stayed home, trained a bit and can be ready for the weekend,” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

TAKE A LOOK

A third Premier League goal of the season for Lookman is sure to increase attention on the player for differential potential.

His Wednesday-night opener was his second attacking return of the last three matches and it is possible he could find himself deployed out-of-position from now on.

With Aleksandar Mitrović (£5.5m) still fit enough only for cameo appearances from the bench and Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£5.3m) missing out through suspension, Scott Parker used Lookman as the centre-forward in a 3-4-2-1 formation.

“(Deploying Lookman through the middle) worked to a tee in the first goal. His finishing was deadly. I thought that worked well. He’s vital, everyone has seen he is quality and he proved that tonight. For sure (Lookman will relish the pressure). He needs to relish. A young player who is thriving and getting a run he’s not had over the last couple of years. Huge player and he’s going to be a difference-maker for us.” – Scott Parker

His positioning is, of course, something to monitor in the next few matches although some Fantasy managers could benefit from jumping early.

When sorting the Season Ticker by attacking potential over the next six Gameweeks, Fulham rank second best with Brighton (away) and West Bromwich (away) their next two opponents.

Fulham XI (3-4-2-1): Areola; Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina (Mitrović 83′); Bryan, Reed, Zambo Anguissa (Lemina 79′), Tete; Cavaleiro (Kamara 71′), Loftus-Cheek; Lookman.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Bailly, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, Pogba; Martial (McTominay 85′), B Fernandes (Matić 90+5′), Greenwood (Rashford 85′); Cavani.

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1,587 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Kane or Vardy ? Got Son.

    1. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Kane easy.

    2. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Vardy on paper should do well. Has been unlucky

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        He was totally invisible last two games I watched

        1. NateDogsCats
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Didn't he have the most number of shots on goal without scoring he's had in a game in the first match?

            1. Whiskerz
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              He didn't say which 2 were the last 2 he watched

    3. Hazardous1983
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Start 2.

      Coufal dallas soucek mitchell

      1. Fiqz Fariss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        soucek, coufal

      2. Die Hard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Coufal, Dallas

    4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      6.7 ITB! Let the games begin.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 7 days ago

        6.6, one off 😆

        Going to get Vardy next week with that cash

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Hahaha! And I am getting Kane. KDB to?

    5. Hazardous1983
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      best 3 strikers for game week 20 to 23.

      Own watkins bamford antonio.for now

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Balance of points isn’t it ; suspect Bamford and Watkins are just passengers.

    6. Hazardous1983
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      What to do

      Mcarthy (steer)
      Dallas dias cancello (mitchell coufal)
      Salah kdb bruno soucek (podence)
      Bamford antonio watkins

      4.4m in bank

      What is my priority here

    7. Sz21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Definitely need to give up on the Liverpool triple up.
      Thinking Mane-> Gundogan or Robbo -> Cancelo.
      Kane in the GW after then.
      WC'ing in 25 likely so going without KDB seems fine to me.

      Anything else standing out?
      McCarthy.
      Robbo, Stones, Coufal.
      Salah, Son, Mane, Fernandes, Soucek.
      Antonio, Bamford.
      Forster, Dallas, Brewster, Ferguson.
      1ft, 0.8m ITB. WC, BB left- Prob 25 and 26 for those chips.

    8. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Anyone gone from Sane->Mane->Salah TC?

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Don't know how but ive managed to avoid all 3.

    9. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Has the Zambian witch doctor added into pro pundits??

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I now trust him more than all the pro scouts combined

    10. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      You guys getting son / kne back now that kdb is injured?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Can't bring back what you already have.

        1. andres
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Good decision to stick

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        maybe, maybe not. depends on whether I want Vardy or not.

        1. andres
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          I think barnes is better for that money

      3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Son is next on the Zambian Witch Doctors list. Avoid like the plague

    11. NateDogsCats
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Vardy or Maddison for Leeds game? Have Vardy currently so sticking would help but can't help but feel Maddison being back in the side and pushing more forward than previously is somewhat nullifying Vardy's effectiveness.

      • yalala
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Now that the curse is over, has to be Salah (c) for me.

        1. Bielsa Murderball
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Yes me too!

          • Holmes
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Would be funny if anyone actually believes this and go for Salah(c) 😆

            1. yalala
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              It's about time Spurs do a Spurs anyway.

        2. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Who do you consider the best captain for GW21? Not GW20, GW21.

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Kane or Vardy

            Son could be decent too.

          2. yalala
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Gundogan

          3. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Son or Richarlison

          4. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            It's got to be a Man City pick home to Sheffield Utd

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Or even a Leicester player home to an adventurous Leeds?

          5. Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            I'll be going for Vardy

        3. Bielsa Murderball
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Did the Zambian Witch Doctor just say 'no more curses' ?
            https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/23260331

            1. Bielsa Murderball
                1 month, 7 days ago

                So no curse on son?

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Even if Salah had a spell the whole Liverpool team have been in the pot doing very little too.

            2. Chandler Bing
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Is Zaha back? Palace's fixtures looks crazy good

              1. yalala
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                It's Palace

                1. Chandler Bing
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  They've scored 4 more goals than Newcastle and Wilson is still somehow owned by many non-casual managers. Moreover, Zaha's goal involvement for Palace is over 50%. I think he's worth considering.

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    Zaha like Grealish has had a strong first half.

                    Their normal goal return is around one in 5 so they are a player you have to be patient with and hold.

                  2. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    Zaha has more competition as a mid (4th or 5th spot really) and is more expensive than Wilson ... shame he is not a forward.

                    The trick is to catch points from the likes of DCL, Wilson, Watkins, Bamford etc. ... but don't get too attached to them

                    1. ivantys
                        1 month, 7 days ago

                        He won't be a good forward as he loses the ball a lot hence will never get the 3 BPs with a goal.

                2. NateDogsCats
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    I'm definitely bringing him in for Newcastle and Leeds unless Mateta hits the ground running

                3. Eat my goal!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Play 1

                  Bellerin
                  Bamford
                  Soucek

                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    any of them penalty takers ?

                    1. Eat my goal!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 7 days ago

                      Valid point but Leeds have been so poor, I guess palace are strong at defensive set piece tho which limits soucek - he scores when I bench him!

                  2. Bielsa Murderball
                      1 month, 7 days ago

                      Bamford can haul easily against NEW and last time Leeds put 5 past them.

                      1. Lazaretti
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 7 days ago

                        Very much this. Both in poor form but Leeds some how seems to be better maybe bcs of Bielsa have "bit" better reputation than Bruce.

                        I have Wilson and Bamford and think I play both of them. Maybe play Dallas too. Klich stays on bench.

                  3. THE KING CANTONA
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    Play 2:

                    A) Holding (SOU Away)
                    B) ESR (SOU Away)
                    C) Soucek (CRY Away)
                    D) Coufal (CRY Away)
                    E) Struijk (NEW Away)

                    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 7 days ago

                      C,D

                    2. Bielsa Murderball
                        1 month, 7 days ago

                        B, D

                    3. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 7 days ago

                      KDB + Wilson to A or B?
                      A. Rashford, Antonio
                      B. Gundo + Vardy

                      Cheers

                      1. AC/DC AFC
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 7 days ago

                        B

                      2. Bielsa Murderball
                          1 month, 7 days ago

                          A imo

                          1. Bielsa Murderball
                              1 month, 7 days ago

                              i feel gundo is a trap

                              1. Gun gun
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                11,9,3,8,10 pts for last 5 games. surely a trap LOL

                            • Gun gun
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 7 days ago

                              i think rash is more of a trap

                        • Jafalad
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 7 days ago

                          I wonder how many TC'd KDB or Salah this week?

                        • McSauce
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 7 days ago

                          KDB -->

                          A) Maddison
                          B) Gundy
                          C) Rashford

                          1. Lazaretti
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 7 days ago

                            I would ad D) Pogba but not sure he might be bigger trap than Gundogan. Rashford bit so and so too. All three have good fixtures imo.

                        • Flair
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 7 days ago

                          https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2021/01/12/kane-son-and-the-value-of-attacking-double-ups/

                          Nice article from Kroos Kontrol, even more useful now in this FPL environment. Give it a read.

                          1. Bielsa Murderball
                              1 month, 7 days ago

                              Had Bruno and Rashy for the last 4 games, it has been pretty underwheming.

                              1. Bielsa Murderball
                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                  underwhelming*

                            • Azathoth
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 7 days ago

                              How many games KDB will miss?

                              1. Bielsa Murderball
                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                  Consensus here is 3 games, although there hasn't been any official timescale put for his return.

                                  1. Azathoth
                                    • 6 Years
                                    1 month, 7 days ago

                                    Thanx mate

                              2. DagheMunegu
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                Help needed please guys. 1 ft 0.1 itb

                                Martinez
                                Robbo Dias Coufal
                                Salah Bruno Kdb* Raphina
                                Werner* Bamford Watkins

                                Button Zouma* Fodder fodder

                                1. Bielsa Murderball
                                    1 month, 7 days ago

                                    KDB and Werner to Kane/Vardy and Son?

                                    1. DagheMunegu
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      -4?

                                      1. Bielsa Murderball
                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                          yes, I would do it

                                          1. DagheMunegu
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                            Thanks

                                    2. Bavarian
                                      • 3 Years
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      Robbo to Cancelo

                                      1. Bielsa Murderball
                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                          for that you need a good bench i feel

                                    3. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                                      • 8 Years
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      What to do for a -4 hit ?

                                      1. Kdb and Brewster out for Rapinha and Vardy
                                      2. Kdb and Neto to Madison and Rashford

                                      ?

                                      1. Lazaretti
                                        • 3 Years
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        1. But not sure on Rapinha

                                      2. Miguel Sanchez
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 4 Years
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Do you have Gundogan? Would do KDB to Gundogan and Brewster to Vardy if not/possible

                                    4. Shark Team
                                      • 3 Years
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      Soucek or Cancelo -4 ?

                                      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                        • 6 Years
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Soucek

                                    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                                      • 4 Years
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      5 3 2 the way to go on WC?

                                      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                        • 6 Years
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Not for me. Things move too fast and I feel this set up lacks flexibly

                                        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                                          • 4 Years
                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                          Agree. 4 4 2 better? With decent cheap options like Mitchell and ESR on bench.

                                          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                            • 6 Years
                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                            I will still go with 3 ATB ( not on WC by the way)..it s up to.you really, 4 4 2 could work of course, if Smith Rowe keeps his spot this could facilitate this system. Gl 🙂

                                      2. Phil's Stamps
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 10 Years
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        4-4-2 for me. Mainly because of the lack of decent forwards in the game -basically Kane & Bamford are the only two worthwhile picks for me. It also allows a powerful midfield while taking into account that there's a lot of good picks in the defence at the mo (built around the core of the City double-up).

                                        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                                          • 4 Years
                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                          My thought too. I am planning to WC around 23 but would go for Kane + Ings up top (based on Ings' fitness) and double City defense. The rest based on fixtures/ form.

                                          1. Phil's Stamps
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 10 Years
                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                            Yeah good plan; if Ings' double is confirmed I plan to switch out Salah and upgrade the 3rd fodder forward to Ings for one GW before WCing in 25. I would like to have Vardy for 21+22, but trust Kane more and don't think it's worth spending the transfers on the hokey kokey when I could use them to bring in GW23 doublers (again if confirmed).

                                            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                                              • 4 Years
                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                              Yes, Kane is a much better option. I tried the Kane to Vardy option for DGW. Ended up losing 16 points!

                                    6. g40steve
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      How can I improve this lot?

                                      Robbo & Soucek > Shaw & 9m Maddy/ Pogba

                                      Watkins > Antonio

                                      Martinez
                                      Robertson, Stones, Dias
                                      Bruno, Son, Foden, Salah
                                      Kane, Bamford, Watkins

                                      Johnson, Soucek, Coufal, Mitchell

                                      1.5

                                      1. Magic Zico
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Justin Pogba could work well?

                                    7. CasaBanter
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      Funny that just as people were starting to moan there was too much of a template, the game opens up with many options again.

                                      Liverpool - Salah drops off with contract talks ongoing and Thiago playing a different brand of football to the rest of them.

                                      Man City - KDB probably out for several fast approaching GWs. Who does Pep nail on for appearances at a time when they should be banging them in?

                                      Man Utd - Are Pogba and Shaw really becoming FPL options...???

                                      Leicester - Goals being shared around by more than just Vardy?!

                                      Spurs - You mean people other than Kane and Son are allowed to score attacking points...? (Ndombele an option?)

                                      Arsenal - Saka and Smith-Rowe great budget options, but Aubameyang has decided to turn up again!!!

                                      West Ham - Antonio fit and firing.

                                      Chelsea - Surely they’ll turn it around and Mount and Ziyech will come good. Zouma, and then stability in defence, to return?

                                      Villa - Must have some DGWs soon and the laws of probability say some of Watkins efforts will end up hitting the target soon.

                                      Lots of options and looking forward to making many more wrong decisions in this rollercoaster of a season.

                                      1. Magic Zico
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Exciting second half of the game

                                      2. g40steve
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Antonio has ruined Soucek

                                        Thiago, Oz, Origi, Shaqiri between them ruin Mane & Salah, Trent has become lazy & non productive

                                        United & City have emerged

                                    8. g40steve
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      Klopp got cocky & lost the unbeaten run to ‘Burnley’
                                      Not winning title this year

                                      1. Magic Zico
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Too much injuries and Salah unsettled as well

                                    9. Ha.
                                      • 5 Years
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      KDB >

                                      1. Keep, do Dier > Cancelo
                                      2. Salah
                                      3. Maddison

                                      1. AC/DC AFC
                                        • 5 Years
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Have you got Kane?

                                        Pivot midfield to premium attack...

                                        1. Ha.
                                          • 5 Years
                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                          I do

                                          Just Salah of the premiums that I don’t have

                                    10. LIARS POKER
                                      • 4 Years
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      Any ideas what to do here? 1 ft 0.0 itb

                                      Meslier (Johnstone)
                                      Dias Cancelo Justin (Coufal, Taylor)
                                      Salah Bruno Son, Raphina (Soucek)
                                      Kane Antonio Bamford

                                      1. Ha.
                                        • 5 Years
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Change from double Leeds attack

                                      2. Magic Zico
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Save FT and replace GK next week by Soucek > ESR funds?