The Promoted

What to expect from Fulham manager Marco Silva in FPL

Fulham have made a swift return to the Premier League after claiming the Championship title in style.

The free-scoring Cottagers recorded 27 wins and racked up a whopping 106 goals, breaking a host of records along the way.

They join runners-up Bournemouth and play-off winners Nottingham Forest in the top-flight next season.

Our three-part look at Fulham will feature an in-depth examination of their defence and attack but we begin with a closer look at the man in the dugout, Marco Silva.

To help us with our research, we spoke to Fulham fan and co-host of the excellent Always Cheating podcast, Brandon Kelley.

WHAT IS SILVA’S BACKGROUND?

After hanging up his playing boots in 2011, he was handed the reins at Estoril, promptly masterminding the team’s promotion into the Primeira Liga as second-tier champions. Competing with the likes of Porto, Benfica and Sporting was always going to be a big ask, but his second season was another overwhelming success, as Estoril confounded all expectations by finishing fifth and qualifying for Europe for the first time in the club’s history. The following season, Silva then managed to go one better, leading his team to fourth-place in the Primeira Liga.

Those achievements secured a move to Sporting, when he joined as their head coach in the summer of 2014. Silva spent only one season at the Portuguese giants but made an impact, with a third-place finish securing Champions League football, while they also won the Portuguese equivalent of the FA Cup, the Taca de Portugal, their first piece of silverware since 2008.

After a season with Olympiacos in Greece in which he won the Super League, finishing a massive 35 points clear at the top of the table in the process, Silva was once more on the move, this time to England.

Silva’s first job in the Premier League was a tricky one, with Hull City sitting rock-bottom after 20 matches when he was appointed. An upturn in results followed – including a long unbeaten run at home – but they were eventually relegated with one match to spare, with Silva opting to leave his position shortly after.

A few days later, Watford announced Silva as Walter Mazzarri’s replacement at Vicarage Road. And he hit the ground running again, with the Hornets losing just one of their opening eight Premier League matches – form which had them sitting fourth in the standings. However, Silva wasn’t at Watford for long, departing in January 2018, but left the club in a reasonably healthy position in the Premier League.

His time out of work was brief, with long-time admirers Everton hiring him ahead of the new campaign. Silva’s first season in charge at Goodison Park saw him lead the club to eighth place, narrowly missing out on European qualification, but they parted ways midway through the following campaign, with the Toffees struggling to recover from the departure of Idrissa Gueye and stuck in the bottom three.

A lengthy break from football followed, before Silva returned to take charge of Fulham in the summer of 2021 following their relegation from the Premier League. And he led the Cottagers straight back to the top flight at the first time of asking, with his free-scoring side netting 106 goals on their way to the Championship title.

MARCO SILVA – CAREER PERFORMANCE (LEAGUE ONLY)
ClubSeasonDivisionGamesWonDrawnLostPoints per match
Fulham21/22Championship46279101.96
Everton19/20Premier League154290.93
Everton18/19Premier League38159141.42
Watford17/18Premier League2475121.08
Hull City16/17Premier League186391.17
Olympiacos15/16Super League 13028112.83
Sporting CP14/15Liga Portugal34221022.24
Estoril Praia13/14Liga Portugal3015961.80
Estoril Praia12/13Liga Portugal30136111.50
Estoril Praia11/12Liga Portugal 22515642.04

WHAT STYLE OF FOOTBALL DOES SILVA USE?

Marco Silva has primarily used a 4-2-3-1 formation at Fulham, favouring an attacking, possession-based style.

It resulted in a team that could dominate opponents – only Swansea City enjoyed more of the ball than Fulham in the Championship – but when needed, they were equally comfortable adopting a more direct approach.

“We want to start from the back, to build, and to have the right parts to attack as well. But in some moments, if you can reach the opposition box in three or four passes, why make 10 passes? I don’t need to make 10 if I have the chance to get there in four or five. We have to realise where the space is and to realise what the opposition is doing as well. And then we have to explore the spaces. If you can attack in 10 seconds, we don’t need to attack in one minute. It’s good for us that we have different ways to arrive (at the opposition box). Because it doesn’t give the opposition just one way to block us.” – Marco Silva

And that’s reassuring, because in the Premier League, Fulham will be pinned back for large periods and will be more reliant on their direct attributes, with the speed and ball carrying abilities of their wide players key.

However, their philosophy is unlikely to change.

“I will not change as a person, I will not change as a manager. Our philosophy will not change. If you ask me right now if we will have 70 per cent possession, I will tell you we will not. Of course, we have to prepare, we have to be creative, we have to be humble enough to understand what type of competition we will play. But our main idea, our philosophy, will not change.” – Marco Silva

Always Cheating’s Brandon Kelley echoed those comments:

“Silva favours a dynamic, attacking style of play, typically setting Fulham up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Mitrovic up top. Mitro’s general lack of mobility could challenge this formation against the more dominant teams. I had a biased view against Silva when he moved to West London, considering his failure to achieve anything of note (beyond grudging respect) during numerous stints in the Premier League. But considering his success last season, it’s safe to say he’s improved as a tactician and man-manager. I’m very interested to see if he can rise to the occasion in the coming year.

For a team that won with relative ease, it’s tricky to surmise just how flexible Silva has been at Fulham. However, there were a handful of notable matches in which Fulham’s attacking flair dried up due to some pressing tactics from the opposition. In those instances, Silva typically opted to give his starting XI and initial tactics time to work themselves out and made substitutions very late in the match. Match to match, though, there was rarely a need for Silva to tinker.” – Brandon Kelley

As a team, Fulham are comfortable creating chances from a variety of different positions on the pitch, whether it be from out wide or centrally, which isn’t a huge surprise given that they were the first team to score more than 100 goals in the second tier since Kevin Keegan’s Manchester City in 2002.

As the league table and their goalscoring reflects, they were dominant in open play, but they were also ruthless from set-pieces too, netting 19 non-penalty set play goals in 2021/22, 14 more than they managed in the previous campaign under Scott Parker.

ATTACKING STATS 2021/22
TotalRank v other Championship clubs
Goals1061st
Shots per game16.11st
Shots in the box per game9.41st
xG96.31st

Defensively, only Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest conceded fewer goals than Fulham’s 43, while they also allowed fewer shots per game than any other Championship side.

However, they may have issues dealing with opponents’ counter-pressing, especially the top Premier League teams, as they do sometimes lose the ball in dangerous areas inside their own half.

DEFENSIVE STATS 2021/22
TotalRank v other Championship clubs
Goals conceded433rd
Clean sheets176th=
Shots conceded per game8.81st
xGC44.01st

In terms of personnel, Aleksandar Mitrovic led the line and Silva’s tactics allowed the Serb to flourish, as he broke the division’s 46-game season goalscoring record, netting a whopping 43 in 44 appearances.

We’ll delve into Mitrovic’s numbers and role in greater detail in our follow-up article on Fulham’s attackers, but it’s safe to say he’ll be a popular target for Fantasy managers once the game relaunches.

Harry Wilson and Neeskens Kebano provided the width and were additional goal outlets down the flanks, scoring 10 and nine respectively, while the former also added 19 assists, a league-leading total.

What to expect from Fulham manager Marco Silva in FPL 5

Fabio Carvalho, meanwhile, performed as a number ten, but will now join up with Liverpool for pre-season. It leaves a big hole in the team and finding a player in his mould will not be easy. Depending on how they recruit, that could mean a possible shift in shape, which is something to monitor in the coming weeks and months.

Further back, a solid midfield screen was provided by Harrison Reed and Jean Michael Seri, although the latter has since been released, which poses another puzzle for Silva to solve ahead of Gameweek 1. Tom Cairney was an alternative option for Silva in midfield, starting 16 matches in the engine room.

The first-choice backline consisted of goalkeeper Marek Rodak, plus the on-loan Neco Williams, Tosin Adarabioyo, Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson.


DOES SILVA LIKE A SETTLED SIDE OR WILL HE ROTATE?

Rotation: the scourge of the Fantasy manager.

The likes of Pep Guardiola and Graham Potter make life a nightmare for FPL bosses and team news writers alike and many of us long for a top-flight full of Sean Dyches.

Silva, however, didn’t tend to rotate too much in 2021/22, often sticking with his best XI.

“Silva often sets out with the same starting XI, with changes happening every so often in the midfield pivot or full-back position depending on who is available. He rarely rotated at full-back, though, when his preferred options were fully fit.” – Brandon Kelley


HOW DOES SILVA HANDLE THE PRESS?

Press conferences form a big part of how Fantasy managers pick their team, so it is always important to assess what role Silva will play in that.

So, are Fulham going to be a team we can rely on for accurate injury information?

Always Cheating’s Brandon Kelley told us:

“Silva is subdued and generally a manager of few words. He’s not known for being transparent with the media.” – Brandon Kelley


WHERE MIGHT SILVA STRENGTHEN IN THE SUMMER?

Fulham are currently in the process of reshaping their squad ahead of their top-flight return, with Jean Michael Seri, Alfie Mawson and Michael Hector all departing the club earlier this week.

There are also rumours suggesting Anthony Knockaert, Ivan Cavaleiro and Josh Onomah are not in Silva’s plans, so plenty of movement is expected in the transfer market.

And they will absolutely need to add quality this summer, with key players like Fabio Carvalho already needing replacing, which isn’t ideal.

Brandon Kelley explains:

“A new goalkeeper and centre-back is needed, as well as a new no. 10 to replace Carvalho. For a while American Antonee Robinson looked to have locked up the left-back position, but his growth as a player has slowed and there are rumours the club is looking at other left-backs. Whether a new left-back comes in as a replacement for Robinson or a competitive back-up remains to be seen.” – Brandon Kelley

According to media reports, priority positions are thought to include centre-half, central midfield, wingers and a right full-back.

Brentford’s success last season shows what can be achieved with the right additions, and Fulham will be hoping they can follow that path rather than that of Norwich City and Watford in 2022/23.


Our huge thanks again go to Brandon for his time and insight.


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126 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Oscar Slater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    A Mitrovic Masterclass! : shock:

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      He'll be the only viable FPL asset, but he'll be too expensive for a 2nd/3rd striker option.

      1. Tomerick
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        You don’t think Harry Wilson could be viable?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          As a cheap benchie maybe, but think of him in terms of the more 'exciting' Norwich assets last pre-season.

          1. Tomerick
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Fair enough. Definitely on my radar as a cheap 5th

  2. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Fulham 2022/23: they came, they didn't conquer, they left

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      And got replaced by West Brom

  3. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Relegation.

    1. NorCal Villan
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Punks jump up to get beat down

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Fulham will stay up this season. Bookmark this!

      1. Brehmeren
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        You also said City wouldn't be champions 45 mins before they lifted the trophy.

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Burn!

          Good bookmarking fella.

      2. Slouch87
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        At long odds on to be relegated this is hardly an earth shattering prediction.

    3. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Any cheeky price releases yet guys?
      Can’t wait to get drafting!

      1. NorCal Villan
          1 month, 2 days ago

          https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmagzq

          I kid because I love 😎

      2. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Gelhardt of Riviera price prediction?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          More interested in a fully fit discounted Bamford!

          1. The Knights Template
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Prefer the Leeds Witcher!

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

          Why are you repeating this Knights?

          Very disappointed in you

          1. The Knights Template
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            The first one went through did it?

        3. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          150 Temerian Orens.

        4. RedRo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Is this really that important you needed to repost it after getting loads of responses last time?

        5. Run DCL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Gelhardt 5.0 max

        6. JRD
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          " of rivia "

      3. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        So if Spurs sign Persic presumably not good news for Sessignon. Is that right?

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

          There’s a lot of problems with picking Sess but I don’t see Perisic as being one of them.

          1. panda07
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            I got 99 problems but Perisic ain't one.

        2. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Wouldn't it be Kulusevski and Son?

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

            Yes. He’s a very versatile player but if you’re playing at wing back it’s out of desperation.

        3. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Correct, Perisic played at left wingback under Conte

      4. Run DCL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Mitrovic will flop, which is great as loads will have him. Silva’s inability to organise a defence will eventually erode confidence and he’ll be sacked probably when the WC break is on.

        1. Casualspotted
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Only casuals who will be spotted in GW will own him. Serbian Timo Werner

            1. Slouch87
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Plenty on here will get him I assure you as happened last time .

        2. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Mane to Bayern Munich, Gnabry to Arsenal, make it happen!

          1. Casualspotted
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Yeah. He will chose Arsenal ahead of Real, Liverpool or Leicester

          2. Zim0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Will Perisic be a defender in fpl? I assumed he's been playing winger since it was his old position but apparently he's been playing wingback for 2 seasons now.

            1. The Knights Template
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              He can extend his career if he plays keeper.

            2. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              I doubt it, he'll probably be a mid.

              Typical Conte signing that. Buying a 33-year old for instant results, not worrying about building for the future. Conte won't be staying at Spurs long then...

              1. Zim0
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                I mean he's getting him for free isn't he? And I'm sure instant results would be appreciated by the fans. Buying for the future can come later.

                1. Giggs Boson
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  It's more the contract. Assuming it's a 3-year deal on a sizeable salary, it could cause problems down the line. Seen this far too often...

                  I'm probably bring pessimistic though. In his prime he was a fantastic player. No idea what he's like now but his versatility would be a big asset to any squad.

                  1. The Mentaculus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Makes sense to me to sign a more experienced alternative to Sess (assuming Reguilon is leaving). You wouldn't necessarily want an even younger deputy.

                    Perisic 5G 5A in his last 10 games for Inter

                    1. Giggs Boson
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Fair, sounds good to me.

                      I think I'm trying to justify United passing up on Conte 😆

                  2. The Mentaculus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    ... & looks like 2 year contract

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Shame as I'd have been eyeing Sessegnon otherwise.

            3. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              I think there's a strong argument he should be a defender given where he's been playing. He played WB under Conte at Inter too right?

              1. FPL Virgin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Yes but he's 33 now. He will be rotated heavily with Spurs in the champions league.

                1. The Knights Template
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Keepers come into their own at 33.

          3. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Is it not in the interests of player and both teams for Liverpool to loan Carvalho back to Fulham for this season?

            Can hardly imagine that he is in the queue ahead of the likes of Curtis Jones and H Elliott who themselves struggled for decent game time.

            Unless he is that highly rated… in which case could be with a pop at 5.0.

            1. NateDog
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Wouldn't say it's impossible he'd be ahead of Jones soon enough, I've seen a lot of Liverpool fans criticising him in the last year or so and lamenting any time they've seen him in the starring lineup and he went from seemingly pushing for a spot in the first XI (injuries certainly helped, mind) to looking like he's firmly on the fringes. Elliot as well looked like he may be close to the first team but the injury hampered that, that being said while he looked quite good on the ball, his defensive weaknesses have been exploited and I think his presence was impacting TAA's influence as well as his ability to link up with Salah as Elliot likes drifting into the spaces that TAA would normally move into.

          4. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            This is an important moment. The first of "the promoted" article series. I refer back to these articles several times during the season. Now preseason has begun!

            1. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              However ... very disappointed that there isn't a section on how Silva handles the press. Big oversight. We need to know if he is honest and forthcoming with injury news. 🙁

              1. FPL Virgin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Could there BE anymore contradictions in this quote? You either stick to your philosophy or you have to change it. Which is it?

                Is Silva a bit of a clown who will get found out in the big boys league?

                "“I will not change as a person, I will not change as a manager. Our philosophy will not change. If you ask me right now if we will have 70 per cent possession, I will tell you we will not. Of course, we have to prepare, we have to be creative, we have to be humble enough to understand what type of competition we will play. But our main idea, our philosophy, will not change.”

              2. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                He's a relegation manager. Key question is what are the odds on him first to leave.

                1. FPL Virgin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Losing an influential number 10 is a big blow to them.

                  The key question is Mitrovic. He will be 40% owned and we'll all be forced to get him from an EO perspective. We'll all forget his last stint in the premier league and how poo he was.

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    As I implied above, I'm not up for FOMO. If he's 6m or under I'll take him, but I expect him to be priced nearer 7-7.5 in which case he'll be in the mix with proven PL scorers like Watkins, whom I'd plump for.

                    1. FPL Virgin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Official FPL will slash and discount forward prices next season.

                      They added £1m to £1.5m on Forwards last season (e.g. Antonio going up from £6.5m to £7.5m). They won't be making that mistake again.

                      1. Andy_Social
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        That's true, but Mitro will still be priced in the same bracket as mid-priced established PL strikers.
                        I'm looking at a structure of Haaland and 2 cheap but starting strikers - he won't be in that bracket.

              3. St Pauli Walnuts
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Virg, you're always disappointed about something or other. Chill out eh.

                1. FPL Virgin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  I demand perfection from the scout. Otherwise we'll all have to use hub and no one wants that. 😉

          5. Tic Tacs
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            I think I have an obsession... cannot wait until the FPL season relaunches for 22/23 lol

            1. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              As John McClane once said, "Welcome to the party, pal."

              1. Tic Tacs
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Yippee ki aye!

            2. RedRo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 1 day ago

              I’m particularly excited as I’m winning the whole thing this year.

              1. Tic Tacs
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Congratulations!

                1. RedRo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Thank you mate! I’d just like to thank everyone on here for all the help throughout the season. 1st is my best ever rank

          6. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Anyone tempted by Suarez at Villa next season? He has the pedigree in the premier league. If he's a nice price, he can't be any worse than the forwards we had last season.

            Aston Villa are exploring the possibility of signing Luis Suarez, 35, who is a free agent after being released by Atletico Madrid. The Uruguay forward is a former team-mate of Villa boss Steven Gerrard. (Telegraph - subscription required)

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              No no no - there are no points for history. Surely he's too over-the-hill for the PL now? Could make me doubt getting Ollie after what I just wrote though!

            2. Firminoooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Gerrard, Ings, Coutinho, now Suarez! They will probably make a move for Millner in the summer.

              1. Lovren an elevator
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                They'll go for Sturridge next

            3. NorCal Villan
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Nope, I’m not biting

            4. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Everyone's Go-To £4.5m keeper next season???

              Crystal Palace are in advanced talks over a move for England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. The 29-year-old is a free agent after leaving West Brom and has been interesting former club Manchester United and Tottenham in recent months. (Mail)

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                A possibility if he's a starter. I'd still go with Raya although both might work if the fixtures are kind.

                1. FPL Virgin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Would you go Raya and their back up £4.0m though?

                  You might need a third Brentford player if they are doing well.

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    I don't do 4.5/4m keeper - I'd be looking at a rotation combo.

                    1. FPL Virgin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Don't copy Jonty, m8. Do your own thing.

                      1. Andy_Social
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        I have no idea what Jonty's strategy is - I play my own way.

                      2. RedRo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Yes because Jonty is the only player to have ever rotated GKs.

                        1. FPL Virgin
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Jonty is renowned for two things:

                          1) price points
                          2) rotating goalkeepers

                          That's undeniable.

                          1. Rassi
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            Who is Jonty?

                          2. mynameisq
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            Don't think that's the part that's in dispute mate

                          3. RedRo
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            Oh mate 😆

              2. el polako
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                For me Ramsdale for the whole season, even if he's priced at 6m.

                1. FPL Virgin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  "Get out."

              3. NateDog
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 1 day ago

                I don't think he'll be 4.5 if he's expected to start

              4. Zim0
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Dubravka for me if he's 4.5-5

              5. mynameisq
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Henderson at Newcastle if he's 4.5, but reckon they'll make him 5.0. Might still be worth that

              6. NorCal Villan
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Some of you need an intervention

              7. Tomsk
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Could 5 subs coming in next season actually be beneficial to some of the big hitter wingbacks? Just thinking the likes of TAA can be subbed after 60 mins with clean sheet locked and also maybe less likely to be rotated completely.

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  WBs and strikers are most likely to be subbed, but the 'gains' you suggest need to be offset by the 30 mins they aren't on the pitch to get returns and baps. I might even be more inclined to invest in CBs who'll pay 90 mins and pick up more baps.

                  1. St Pauli Walnuts
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    About to say the same. I think the negatives outweigh the positives FPL wise.

                  2. el polako
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    All depends on pricing if WB are again in 5.5-7.5 bracket then I'm loading up on them.

                2. Tomsk
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Thanks both you’re prob right. I guess that if TAA, Robertson and Cancelo were subbed after 61 mins in each game last season they prob would’ve got less points.

              8. diesel001
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Teams I am 'high' on for 2022/23:

                Leicester: Finished the season strongly and had to cope with Covid, injuries and European football. This season they have no European football and their players (particularly defenders) are returning to full fitness
                Spurs: Conte improved them since he came in, being one of the best teams in the PL this calendar year. They can carry that form into 2022/23.
                Newcastle: The money has made a difference both to the quality of player they can buy and the squad morale. A team looking up the table rather than down makes a big difference to performances.
                Nottingham Forest: Subject to them making it to the PL. They are a very fast counter attacking team, which will suit them in their first season in the PL, where the established teams will see them as an easy 3 points and get caught in their counter attack traps.

                Teams I am 'low' on for 2022/23:

                Wolves: Their defence massively overperformed for the first 3/4 of 2021/22 season. Those games they were winning 1-0 won't happen as often this season.
                Arsenal: A squad that could not manage 4th place when it had no European football and were knocked out of cup competitions. This time they have European football and that will impact PL performance.
                Everton: Their squad needs an overhaul. The issue being that if the manager overhauls the squad, the team won't integrate together because they make too many changes.
                Chelsea: Disruption over their ownership and about to lose most of their defence as well as Thiago Silva being unable to play the majority of games due to fitness issues.
                Brentford: Eriksen leaves and it is second season syndrome time too.
                Southampton: A JWP sale away from relegation. One of the worst performing PL teams this calendar year.

                1. No Need
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Maddison price will be interesting.

                2. Firminoooo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Not high on ManC and Liverpool?

                  1. mynameisq
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    What have they ever done

                  2. diesel001
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    My comments are about relative value. Man City and Liverpool will be 1 and 2 - effectively perform as expected.

                    But I can't see Chelsea being 3 this season, for example, hence why I am low on them.

                3. Inazuma X1
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  United?

                  1. The Mentaculus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Low, very low

                  2. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    I think I'll load up on City, Pool and Spurs as much as I can and fill the rest with cheapies from the likes of Brighton, Palace and Brentford. I'm open to Leicester and Newcastle but I think they'll be more expensive.

                  3. diesel001
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    No idea about Man Utd. There is a lot of volatility there. A lot depends on what happens with the ego trio of Pogba, Ronaldo and Fernandes IMO. Only one can be the main man (I know who I would choose). I don't think Man Utd are far away, but I would be looking at buying Declan Rice and getting rid of Ronaldo, Cavani and Pogba. The Greenwood issue is bad and shameful. He has blown it as he was good enough to be Man Utd's CF given his finishing.

                    De Gea
                    Dalot Varane Maguire Shaw
                    Rice McTominay
                    Sancho Fernandes Elanga
                    Rashford

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      I started GW1 last season with Shaw, Maguire and Bruno. This year I'll start with no United and wait to see how they go.

                4. The Mentaculus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Maybe getting a bit ahead of ourselves on Forest, but do you reckon Brennan Johnson would be mid or forward?

                  1. diesel001
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Midfielder for me

              9. Tomsk
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 1 day ago

                If Man city can get Cucarella of Brighton how high up would he be on your fpl list for next season? I rate him very highly and think would be first choice on left with Cancelo first choice on right.

                1. The Mentaculus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  I like him a lot but wouldn't jump in too soon as Cancelo is better on the left than the right

                2. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Pep's rotated that LB spot far too much these last couple of years. IF he's nailed he's in for me but it's far too early to say.

                3. diesel001
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  I think with Zinchenko and Cancelo they have two attacking LBs. Pep prefers a pacey and more defensive RB (like Walker) to provide balance. Would be interesting if they purchased a backup RB for Walker in a similar mould to Walker.

                4. Lovren an elevator
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  He'll need a season to bed in to the Pep style. I imagine he'll be 2nd choice. Then I'm his 2nd season, he owns the LB spot and Cancelo permanently at RB, with a 33 Yr old Walker being sold/released

              10. CroatianHammer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Ivan Perišić, bound to be classified as a midfielder, almost certainly going to be occupying a wingback role of some description. But he gets a full pre-season with Spurs, so there's that.

                1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Third name on my team sheet if he goes!

                2. DavidBW
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Conte loves buying players in their mid 30s, next up Ashley Young or Victor Moses

              11. Camino Aleatorio
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Who gets relegated next season:

                (1) Huddersfield or Bournemouth
                (2) Fulham
                (3) Wolves

                Survivors

                (4) Leeds
                (5) Brentford
                (6) Palace

                1. Inazuma X1
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  New post

                2. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  For me the bottom four are the three promoted teams and Leeds.

                3. Old Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Huddersfield will be in the Championship (I hope), so do you mean to League 1?.

              12. bso
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Who to captain for the big game today?

                1. GreennRed
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Benzema.