Scout Notes

Saka + Maddison injury news as Son presents compelling Gameweek 36 case

We round up the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points from Sunday’s three Gameweek 35 fixtures in our Scout Notes summary.

The graphics below are taken from LiveFPL, Ragabolly’s excellent and ever-improving website, and our own Premium Members Area.

GOALS, ASSISTS AND BONUS

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INJURIES AND BANS

Richarlison (£7.5m) made it four goals in five matches with the winner against Chelsea on Sunday but his afternoon ended a little prematurely, with the Brazilian seemingly unable to shake off an injury.

Frank Lampard allayed any fears after full-time, however.

“Cramp! He’s a hard one to communicate with. I wasn’t sure how bad it was or not and the way he was moving… it was cramp.” – Frank Lampard on Richarlison

Influenced by the distraction of a Europa Conference League semi-final, Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers made eight changes to his side for their defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Not included in the squad were Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (£4.4m) and James Maddison (£6.9m), who Rodgers claimed were omitted as a precaution – so there’s every chance that these injuries are as serious as the short-lived ones that force players out of international duty.

“We have to assess it. Both couldn’t be involved today, they’ll be getting treatment. Kiernan has played a lot, felt tightness, so we’ll assess it . James Maddison with his hip, we just have to monitor it.” – Brendan Rodgers

Ben White (£4.6m) was absent from Arsenal’s squad in the late-afternoon kick-off at West Ham United, meanwhile. The Gunners cited a “tight hamstring” as the reason for his no-show.

Also limping from the field of play in east London were Takehiro Tomiyasu (£4.5m) and Bukayo Saka (£6.7m) but the news was positive from Mikel Arteta on those two.

“Ben got injured against Manchester United, he felt a muscular problem and we checked him, and we will have to access him in the next few days to see how he is. Bukayo was fine, he was really fatigued and he has been through a little injury as well. Tomiyasu is just that he had been out for so long and could not continue. No, hopefully, he’s fine.” – Mikel Arteta

FPL TALKING POINTS

KULU SHAKE-UP

What a rollercoaster afternoon it was for owners of Dejan Kulusevski (£6.3m), who would have been fearing for the Swede’s game-time, not just today but also in Double Gameweek 36 after a first benching since Gameweek 25.

Ninety minutes later, however, the picture was looking much rosier.

His replacement in the starting XI, Lucas Moura (£5.9m), turned in a poor showing, being hooked for Kulusevski just 10 minutes into the second half.

As if fired up by that omission from the line-up, Kulusevski sparked a humdrum Spurs into life and he claimed two assists for Son Heung-min‘s (£11.0m) superb brace.

“Sometimes it was a pity because we have only the league to play and for this reason, you can’t make a lot of rotation when… it’s not simple to give chances to play. I think this week Lucas deserved to have this chance, also because don’t forget Lucas Moura is an important player for us and I decided in this way, and then when Deki came in I think he played really well. In the same way, Lucas did in the 55 minutes. I repeat we have to think about a team not individual players if we want to reach something important for this club.” – Antonio Conte on Dejan Kulusevski’s benching

Surely now, despite Antonio Conte’s positivity about Lucas’s performance in the quote above, Kulusevski will return to the Lilywhites’ line-up at Anfield next weekend.


Since his first start for Spurs in Gameweek 26, Kulusevski has claimed 12 attacking returns in as many appearances (see above image). Only his two much more expensive teammates can better that tally in that time.

SUPER SON

The narrative around Kulusevski was a mere sub-plot at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, of course.

Son Heung-min stole the headlines and 19 points from the victory over Leicester, taking his total to 223 for the season. He’s also now just three goals behind Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) in the Golden Boot race, not that the modest South Korea international is the type of player to fixate on such individual achievements.

His finishing has been underappreciated for some time, as he had routinely overachieved his ‘expected’ goals tally since coming to England.

Only Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) of the 10 FPL assets costing £10.0m or more has required fewer xG to score an actual goal (see below) this season; essentially, the Belgian and Son are pretty bloody excellent at converting half-chances.

What to do with Son now will be a question on many managers’ lips ahead of Double Gameweek 36. Is he a no-brainer ‘hold’ after today’s display? Should be moved on to another premium midfielder with easier fixtures, like De Bruyne?

Matches against Liverpool and Arsenal might not look good on paper but Son has scored against both sides already this season. The Reds’ higher defensive line, indeed, was something he exploited when finding the target at Anfield earlier in the campaign.

EVERTON’S HOME COMFORTS

What a curious team Everton have become. Abject on the road, they have been much more solid on home soil – especially since Frank Lampard took charge.

Everton under Frank Lampard
HomeAway
Played76
Won40
Drawn10
Lost26
Goals scored74
Goals conceded317
Clean sheets40

The effect of a home crowd’s raucous backing is one of those factors that we can’t really quantify but Frank Lampard was in no doubt that the Goodison faithful were the key reason for Sunday’s win:

“Today was a huge game for us and when you see the fans turn up before this game and what they did to this game – they were people of the match. Men, women and youngsters, all Everton crazy, they love this club and they pushed us over the line.

“It was amazing and I can only thank them. I have been through a lot in football but it was a goosebumps moment on the way in. It is not the norm, driving up and seeing the fans like that, it is special, and it makes a big difference when you feel pushed on by the ferocity and nice aggression of the fans’ support.

“The great discipline and work ethic stemmed from the great support.” – Frank Lampard

Everton play twice away in Double Gameweek 36 but twice at home in Double Gameweek 37, so it’s the latter where the form guide is steering us with regards to FPL investment in their players – even if a distracted Leicester and a Championship-bound Watford are very decent opponents in the upcoming Gameweek.

As well as Richarlison and the budget-freeing Anthony Gordon (£4.6m), the defence and Jordan Pickford (£4.8m) are now starting to increase in appeal too.

CHELSEA’S BLUES

Unless you snapped up Marcos Alonso (£5.6m) ahead of Double Gameweek 34, this past fortnight has been one to forget for owners of Chelsea assets.

A tired-looking Blues side turned in an insipid display against Everton, with Thomas Tuchel defying pre-match predictions that he would rotate heavily and making only one enforced change; there’s no guarantee that the second string would have done any better but a lack of freshness did look to be one factor at Goodison Park.

Kai Havertz (£7.9m) and Timo Werner (£8.4m) were both poor up top but it was the collective defensive effort that Thomas Tuchel turned his ire towards after full-time, with Chelsea now having kept just one clean sheet in their last four matches.

“If there is something I can do I will try it but if I knew about it I would have done it before. I think, for me, the key is to have a clean sheet. Manchester United was a different game, more open, fluid, more spaces, and we finally scored late and conceded straight away.

“For me, this is more like the game against West Ham. The opponent defends deep, we struggle to find space in the first half, but against West Ham, we had a clean sheet and played without any big mistakes. That gives us the chance to score late. If you run behind against an opponent like this, in this atmosphere and install emotion and belief in a stadium like this and the opponent’s team, you struggle.” – Thomas Tuchel

Reece James (£6.4m) being deemed able to start two matches at wing-back in the space of 72 hours was one positive but the question now has to be asked over how many minutes the key Chelsea assets will get in Gameweek 36, as the second of their two matches – against Leeds – falls three days before the FA Cup final.

STEADY EDDIE

His finishing still needs work but Eddie Nketiah (£5.5m) was a lively presence in attack for Arsenal in their 2-1 win over West Ham United, earning plaudits from the watching media.

He was responsible for over half of Arsenal’s shots from open play (six of 11), flashing one effort centimeters wide and spurning at least one opportunity he should have scored from.

Budget forwards are usually cheap for a reason, and Nketiah isn’t some clinical Son-esque finisher; his historical shot-to-goal conversion rate is in the low teens (as a rule of thumb, the top players tend to be nearer the 20% mark).

‘Liveliness’ doesn’t get you FPL points either.

But the standard of forwards is pretty shocking this year anyway and as a budget enabler, or perhaps as a Bench Boost option in Gameweek 36, Nketiah has worked his way into late-season contention.

Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m) wasn’t even brought on as a substitute against the Hammers and his game-time amounts to one minute in the last three Gameweeks, so Nketiah still seems to have the edge going into Double Gameweek 36.

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936 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JorisLa
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Got 2 FTE and BB for 36, FH 37. Considering a risky move.
    Team:
    Scheichel / Foster
    TAA / Robbo / James / Cancelo / Davies
    Salah / Son / Mount / Havertz / KDH
    Pukki / Dennis / Nketiah

    A) SON & Havertz to KDB and Bernardo
    B) SON & Harvertz to KDB and Saka
    C) Havertz to Foden
    D) None of the above

    1. DARWIN'S DINOSAURS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Now that is going against recency bias!

  2. JBG
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Gordon+Zinchenko+Richarlison or D.Gray+Laporte+Nketiah

    Which one?

    1. DARWIN'S DINOSAURS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Not fond of Zinny

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        He could be a shrewd pick if Aké is out

        1. DARWIN'S DINOSAURS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Ifs buts and maybes. I look at him and say, apart from his price, will it improve Citeh defense? The caveat to that is it puts all CIteh defenders at risk. One thing for sure, with the goal difference being what it is, there will be no sitting back on a lead from either side.

          1. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Caveats, caveats....

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Wait for Richarlison news could be a three match ban for throwing flare back into crowd.

      1. DARWIN'S DINOSAURS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        This^ Who knows?

      2. JBG
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Oh yeah, totally forgot about that. Good call.

  3. kanuforpresident
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Rams
      Rudi Cash Matip Bavies
      Mount Saka Salah (C) Son Cout
      Kane
      Subs - San Mateta Kilman Gelhardt

      Full 11 of double GW, but worried I have 3x spurs tough fixtures, 2x che out of form, and no city players

      A) FH now
      B) FH 37

      All my other chips are gone

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        FH37. Kane & Mount - KDB & someone?

    • Atimis
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Which option?

      1. Sterling Havertz/Mount to KDB (c) "Someone"
      2. Sterling Havertz to Son Foden

      If 2, would you (c) Son or Salah?

      1. Rhys85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Tough one, leaning towards 2 and captain Salah.

        1. Atimis
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Yeah been set on KDB (c) but now not sure what to do

      2. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        1

    • drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Weghorst >

      A. Richarlison
      B. Nkethia

      1. Danstoke82
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Would say A but wait on news regarding any potential injury or ban for the flare incident

        1. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Have the exact cash though so gotta go early or take a hit if any price rise

      2. Rhys85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A

        1. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Cheers

    • waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Which one for 36?
      A) Son
      B) KDB
      C) Kane +4

      1. Danstoke82
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A.

        In red hot form

      2. aapoman
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        C

      3. Rhys85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        It's tough, but I think if you went Kane over Son, you may as well stick now. At least that's what I'm telling myself, haha!

      4. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Son over Kane for a -4 feels wrong.........

      5. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        B

    • Rhys85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Hi guys, play one?

      A) Toney (SOU)
      B) Ramsey (bur/LIV)

      Currently on Toney.

      1. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Toney

    • NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      What do you think about these 2 FTs? Good upside?

      OUT : Kane (liv + ARS) + Odegaard (LEE+tot)
      IN : KDB (NEW+wol) + Nketiah (LEE+tot)

      Probably need Madrid & City to reach conclusion in 90 minutes.

      1. Rhys85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        If you already have Son then could be good moves. You'll want a Spurs attacker for 37 and 38 I think.

        1. NATSTER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Yes, Son will be my only Spurs attacker on GW37 & 38.

      2. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yep I like it

        1. NATSTER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Thanks.

    • Jones Kusi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Best option for BB? ML rival has Son and I’m 1 point ahead
      A. Kane, Cucho, Thomas, Mount > Richarlison, Nketiah, Cash, Son (-12)
      B. Kane, Cucho, Thomas > Watkins, Richarlison, Dias/Laporte (-8)

      1. DARWIN'S DINOSAURS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        The one thing you don't do IMO is concern yourself over you ML rival. Make the call that you think will get the most points in the last GW's. Can you recover -12 in 3 weeks?

    • Bishopool
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      What would you do?

      a) -8pts BB with 15 players who have DGW and (potentially) start
      b) TC Salah
      c) TC KDB

    • Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      What do you think about these moves for a -4?

      Kane + Martinelli + Mount to Nketiah + KDB + Foden.

      I don’t own Son but I’m free hitting in 37 so will have him for that week. Can also move KDB to Son in 38 if feeling it.

      1. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Sounds like a good plan with that FH and Son in 38.

    • Jeremy Corbyn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Would you keep or sell Mason Mount?

    • Bleh
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Who is the bigger problem to sort out?

      A. Maddison
      B. Broja

    • Finding Timo
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Guys looking at options to keep Kane bit is this stupid.. Robo, havertz, raph,Werner to matip, saka, salah & gelhardt -8? Or just take out Kane to fund salah but still be -8?

    • Finding Timo
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Robo, havertz, raph, Werner & Broja to Dias, salah, KDH, Nketiah & Dennis-12?Thanks