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FPL new signings: Who is Man Utd forward Wout Weghorst?

Halloween may be over nine months away but, if you want to truly frighten a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) manager, two words should easily do the job. Wout Weghorst.

You see, the question isn’t so much ‘who is Weghorst?’ but more ‘why does Weghorst want to keep causing pain?’

His half-season at Burnley ended in relegation, two goals and multiple Double Gameweek failures, although the subsequent loan to Besiktas has been productive enough to persuade Manchester United into a loan move until the end of the season.

So can the 30-year-old forward provide adequate cover and is there a realistic chance of FPL redemption?

We’ll attempt to answer those questions below.


THE HISTORY

كيف تخطط لـ الدوبل جيم ويك في الجولة 26؟ 6

Upon last year’s £12m transfer to Burnley, we provided a Scout Report on Weghorst’s career so far.

A spell at Heracles led to AZ Alkmaar, who he joined in the summer of 2016 before proceeding to score 35 times over two seasons.

SeasonTeamAppsGoalsAssists
2022/2023Besiktas16 (0)84
2021/2022Burnley17 (3)23
2021/2022Wolfsburg17 (1)61
2020/2021Wolfsburg33 (1)208
2019/2020Wolfsburg30 (2)163
2018/2019Wolfsburg33 (1)177
2017/2018AZ Alkmaar31 (0)186
2016/2017AZ Alkmaar27 (6)173
2015/2016Heracles36(1)14
2014/2015Heracles27(4)85

This tempted Bundesliga side Wolfsburg to sign the 6ft 6in giant and enhance his reputation further thanks to 59 goals and 19 assists over the next three-and-a-half campaigns.

His rate began to slightly tail off as 2021/22 progressed and Wolfsburg were hovering just above the drop zone. To mix things up, in came Jonas Wind and Max Kruse, enabling Weghorst to move to the Premier League.

Leaving one relegation battle for another, the Dutchman’s new club suddenly had a lot of Double Gameweeks on the horizon. Indeed, two were in succession.

One goal and 14 points arrived during Double Gameweek 26, meaning over 971,000 managers bought Weghorst and 676,000 captained him for Gameweek 27’s matches against Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

He blanked in both, bringing in a measly three points. It was part of an eight-match goalless run, although the upcoming Double Gameweek 31 ensured ownership barely dropped – in fact, he was the most-bought player heading into the double. Yet still nothing, just three points.

At this point, the FPL community ditched the now infamous Weghorst en masse. He naturally then scored in Double Gameweek 33, before ending the campaign as a Burnley substitute.

Still owned by the Clarets, Weghorst has had a good time in Turkey and came off the bench to score two dramatic goals against Argentina in their World Cup quarter-final.


PLAYING STYLE

Similar to the likes of Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll before him, Weghorst is initially judged on his height. Whilst it’s not entirely unfair to assume he succeeds because of aerial dominance, modern-day forwards can’t rely on that alone. Weghorst has other qualities.

“There’s little doubt that Weghorst is a traditional target man who can happily play with his back to goal if called upon, but he can also play as a very effective number nine too. His sheer physicality should help a lot in the Premier League. He’s also got an excellent eye for goal and is rarely wasteful in front of goal.

“It wasn’t so long ago that he was being linked with a move to Tottenham as a potential replacement to Harry Kane. And while I’m not sure he’s as good as the England striker, they are similar types of players. Or at least Weghorst is like the younger Kane, when he was still a number nine.” – Stefan Bienkowski, speaking to Lancashire Live in January 2022

“People see his height and presume he’s someone who flicks it on, wins the ball in the air and who you throw balls into the box for, but he’s better than that.

“He presses the ball really well – which is what everyone in the Bundesliga needs to do – and it feels like an excellent fit.” – Bundesliga journalist Matt Pearson, speaking to the i newspaper

His two Burnley goals were a lot less than the expected goals (xG) tally of 5.15. From his Gameweek 23 debut up until Gameweek 38, only three players underachieved by more.

At first glance, adding such a tall forward will please owners of Luke Shaw (£5.1m) and Christian Eriksen (£6.3m) but Man Utd are the league’s worst side for crossing the ball and having attempts from set plays.

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WHERE WEGHORST FITS IN AT MAN UNITED

So, although clearly not ten Hag’s preferred style, Weghorst now gives him a Plan B against more stubborn defences.

“I think in the balance of the offensive [players], he really fits in. I am really happy and I don’t think we had the type what he is. Most importantly, he can score goals from everywhere and he was always a surprise at every club, in every league.

“That is also what I expect here. For here, I expect a team player and someone who can link up, a player who will do his defending work and we are really happy to sign him.” – Erik ten Hag speaking to the Man Utd website

Such good hold-up play will also be good news for Marcus Rashford (£7.1m), although his FPL ownership is currently so high that only captaincy will provide a significant rank boost.

Weghorst will begin this loan spell as a backup to Anthony Martial (£6.6m) but the Frenchman is notoriously injury-prone and was even forced off at half-time during Saturday’s Manchester derby.

It’s an immediate reminder that Weghorst might see quite a lot of pitch time, especially as Man Utd are the only English side still in four competitions.


IS WEGHORST WORTH BUYING IN FPL?

Using the fixture planner of Legomane, which goes beyond the Premier League, we can see just how congested their schedule looks.

Carabao Cup semi-finals, FA Cup clashes and a two-legged Europa League tie with Barcelona are all imminent. Squad management will therefore be a factor, potentially ruling out Weghorst as an FPL option unless a significant injury crisis crops up.

All it would take, however, is a spell on the sidelines for Martial, at which point Weghorst may become a valid option for our frontlines.

Those at FPL headquarters have handed him a £6.0m price tag.

Haaland Foden


FPLMarc Newcastle fan that spends far too much time thinking about FPL.

351 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DLLM
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    kepa/ward
    shaw botman trippier/ gabriel bueno
    saka rashford almiron salah/ andreas
    haaland kane toney

    What's the priority for 1FT?
    1. ward > raya
    2. andreas > mitoma/march and bench almiron
    3. almiron > odegaard

    1. Steve Stiffler
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      What about Kepa to someone?

      1. DLLM
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        was thinking Ederson but i dont fancy city's defence now

        1. Steve Stiffler
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Raya possibly, if you Swap Ward to a decent second GK youll have a headache every week who to bench.

          Maybe 3, arsenal are hot atm

    2. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      3

      1. DLLM
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yes eyeing that move now.

    3. NZREDS
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      3

  2. banskt
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Next week target is Mitoma. I am thinking of selling KDB, as he has lower xG than Mahrez. What do you think?

    A. KDB (£££: every player at every position becomes affordable with single transfer - no hits needed)
    B. Mahrez (lower xMin)
    C. Someone else.

    Kepa / Ward
    Trippier, Shaw, White, Botman, Patterson*
    Martinelli, Rashford, Almiron, KDB, Mahrez
    Kane, Mitrovic, Haaland

    1. tbos83
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I wouldn't ship KCB before Wolves

      1. Dion D's Solo Shower
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Agreed. Keep KDB.
        Who would you want to transfer in, in the future, with all that extra money in the bank?
        Mahrez -> Mitoma still gives you plenty £ ITB to make future moves.

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          I think the transfer is the point, not the money itb. Mitoma is outscoring KDB. If City are still in a funk after Spurs I think its fine to sell either one

          1. banskt
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Exactly this. Everyone else in my team is scoring more points than KDB. I expect Mahrez to outscore KDB... hence he is the one I was looking to sell.

            Who do you think will score more: KDB or Mahrez or Mitoma?

            1. Dion D's Solo Shower
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              Yeah, but with KDB you get assured starts. And that's with DGW23 in mind, so another way of phrasing the question is:
              Who gets more minutes in the next few gameweeks; Mahrez or KDB?

  3. tibollom
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    1 FT 1.2 ITB.. what to do here guys? Thinking of Cucu to Botman perhaps?

    Kepa Ward
    Cucu White Trippier Bueno RLewis
    KDB Rash Almiron Kulu Martinelli
    Mitro Haaland Darwin

    1. NZREDS
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Would go schar over Botman since you have the funds. Higher goal threat (hit the post, chances etc in the last game)

      1. tibollom
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        yea was thinking of schar but wondering if worth that extra 0.5 or not.. regardless, you think cucu to newcastel defender the best move here? (considering Darwin and Kulu also need to go at some point)

        1. NZREDS
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          With their fixtures I would definitely consider a castle defender. Can rely on clean sheets and bonus points.you could also consider shaw, tough fixture against arsenal but then has a brilliant run. Will probably move back to LB from CB with Martinez getting more game time too.

          1. tibollom
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            thanks mate, appreciate it

            1. NZREDS
              • 10 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              No worries. Would go shaw to give you United cover since you already have trips

              1. tibollom
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 4 months ago

                damn just went with Schar.. oh well, good move regardless

                1. NZREDS
                  • 10 Years
                  1 year, 4 months ago

                  No stress at all, schar is a good shout and making the same move from walker this week

        2. NZREDS
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          To answer your question I think he’s worth the extra .5

  4. SpaceCadet
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Best James replacement here?

    a. akanji
    b. schar
    c. mee
    d. someone else?

    Kepa ward
    James Trippier shaw white Patterson

    1. Zenith UK
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'm looking at Burn

    2. NZREDS
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Schar for me as above. Akanji has little goal threat so only looking for clean sheets and City a bit leaky at the back. Newcastle have a good run of fixtures and equally likely to hold clean sheets imo with an increased goal threat with schar

      1. Float
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Just save the money and go Botman imo

  5. PartyTime
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Chelsea have like 7 attackers, what the hell are they doing? Instead of replacing Kante

    1. NZREDS
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      They signed Zakaria to cover Jorginho/kante for now although probably not the same calibre

      1. PartyTime
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yeah, he is actually a decent player but still young, they need a solid dmf. Kanté has injury issues & probably off in the summer

        1. NZREDS
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Yep! One to watch, they have to reign in the spending though, especially with financial fair play. Think they’ll ship a few players, possibly kante like you said and maybe Gallagher and co to gain some funds back

  6. Zenith UK
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    OR 2M. I have to wildcard to even stand a chance of top 100K, right?

    New team;
    Kepa, Ward
    Trippier, Shaw, White, Burn, Bueno
    KDB, Rashford, Odegaard, Martinelli, Andreas
    Haaland, Kane, Toney

    0.3 ITB.

    Players out: Cancelo, Robbo, James, MacAllister, Almiron, Darwin, Mitro.

    Annoying that I took on MacAllister after the WC WC thinking my team would tick me over until his return but I can't take this further collapse anymore. Rank 5.9M in the "second chance" league. Awful!

    1. Mirror Man
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I would advise against using your wildcard. Relax, take a hit or two. If anything, bank a transfer this week and mini wildcard next week when more dgw info is available.

      • tibollom
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        yea hold your WC mate

      • Fellaini's Fro
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I did a WC last week after a terrible week. In hindsight could have gotten away with a couple hits.

        I brought in MacAllister, think he's going to start returning.

    2. tibollom
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Just used my FT, g2g without taking a hit? Given im chasing about 70pts, should I look to KBD for captain rather than Haaland or too early for that?

      Kepa
      White Trippier Schar
      KDB Rash Almiron Kulu Martinelli
      Haland Mitro

      Kepa Darwin RLewis Bueno

      1. NZREDS
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Too early for that imo, will have to be pretty brave to captain KDB over haaland, KDB hasn’t been in amazing form. Risk reward though like you said if behind in points. Would wait in that regard however don’t think that would be the best way to claw back. Try and get some differentials (eg march over Almiron?) over KDB (C) over haaland

        1. tibollom
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          yea thanks mate, i actually did Rash C for the ongoing gameweek.. hoping im rewarded for that by the end of the week... Will need to differnetiate but probably not for a hit just yet right?

          1. NZREDS
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Definitely gtg without a hit, kulu is a great differential also

      2. NZREDS
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Could also consider Toney over mitro etc as a punt if they don’t make the same move. You also have Darwin who is becoming quite the differential at the moment so would start him as soon as he’s fit

      3. KeanosMagic
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Maybe consider Trippier? Consistent stream of 8 points and outscoring Haaland over the last 10 weeks

        1. tibollom
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          yea thanks mate he's been in my team since first feew gws

          1. KeanosMagic
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            As in consider captaining!

            1. Ze_Austin
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              I'm on Toney(C) Trippier(VC) for GW21

      4. GreennRed
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        No, though City's form is down on early season, poor value right now. Haaland still scoring a few goals though picking up a few yellow cards to diminish bonus potential. Opposition have him and City sussed more than early season. Their squad have more World Cup playing minutes than any other, possibly fatigue is a factor for those involved and Champions League around the corner. If City don't pick it up on Thursday then, after next GW, could look to ship De Bruyne to likes of Odergaard or punt on Mudryk or Gakpo.

        1. tibollom
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          yea im even considering weghoust as a differential.. 6m.. he could bang in a few i reckon

      5. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Decent timing for a non-City captain while they aren't so fluent. Mitrovic & Trippier are the ones I'm considering

      6. Hy liverpool
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        If darwin is fit, start him surely.

        1. tibollom
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          yea do we think he will be fit? Who would you start him instead of though? AlmiroN?

    3. Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Looking at Doosra's Deadly Assassins table: sorted by shots on target in their last 4 matches

      Surely capping Toney vs Leeds now, but I won't cap him against a team that sits back

      Fwiw, Darwin's actually leading for shots on target, with 9. Toney's second with 8. Five interesting names tied with 7, including JWP and the Arsenal man people aren't rushing for

      Haaland's next with 6, tied with Mitro and co. This is interesting because Haaland's shot volume is still high, but something's happened to the accuracy. Definitely a temporary blip, imo

      March seems marginally more accurate than Mitoma when both are playing as inside forwards, with March leading significantly for assist potential

      1. Ze_Austin
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Salah's a bit further down, with 4 on target. His shot volume is down a bit, so the persistent accuracy issue is showing itself. All his shots have been inside the box in those 4 matches and he still carries assist potential, so he's never too far away from a haul

      2. KeanosMagic
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Who is the arsenal player? Saka?

        1. Ze_Austin
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Nketiah

          Arsenal mids have at least 3 fewer on target in the last 4

          1. TheTinman
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Big problem hear is Nketiah struggles to finish his dinner never mind finish chances

            1. Dion D's Solo Shower
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              What? How so?
              He's scored four goals in his last 4 games for Arsenal, a season total of 7. That's the same as Martinelli, Saka and Odegaard, but in fewer matches.
              Eddie's usually very clinical in the box - the only blip was those two chances against Spurs, but he does so well to get in those positions.

              The biggest problem is the plethora of strikers you'd want in your team.
              Haaland, Kane, Mitro, Wilson, Toney and now maybe Eddie. (Darwin for some)

              1. TheTinman
                • 8 Years
                1 year, 4 months ago

                Well done for stats padding by adding 2 goals vs Oxford into the mix.

                He's not a Premier League player, or certainly not a good one anyway.

                1. Arteta
                  • 8 Years
                  1 year, 4 months ago

                  Tell me you haven't watched Nketiah play without telling me haven't watched Nketiah play.

                2. Dion D's Solo Shower
                  • 6 Years
                  1 year, 4 months ago

                  Well done for picking that as your key takeaway.
                  Doesn't it just show you that he's in form?

                  He did it at the end of last season as well. Replaced Lacazette and scored 5 goals towards the end. He's doing it again now and is an assured starter as long as Jesus is out.

                3. The Mentaculus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 2 Years
                  1 year, 4 months ago

                  Have to back up the Gunners here. "Not a PL player" sounds way off to me

        2. Rohirrims
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Nketiah

      3. Dion D's Solo Shower
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Regarding March vs Mitoma.
        Mitoma is definitely passing the eye test recently, but can we keep ignoring March's hauls?
        Especially keeping those numbers in mind you've referenced.

        1. GreennRed
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Both good right now. Think March could be a good Almiron swap. Get him on the rise as Almiron form is dipping. Wilson, Isaak and St Max gonna dip into his share of the spoils.

          1. Dion D's Solo Shower
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Very much agree!
            The thing that may swing me towards March is the added corner duties from March.
            Been keen on Mitoma for the past 4 gameweeks though, so it's tough to change that mindset. Does March have any proper rotation threat?

        2. Ze_Austin
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Goal threat is close. Very close. It's the assist potential that swung me towards March

          I don't think Mitoma's capable of losing the eye test against anybody outside, say, 10 world-class left-wingers on the planet atm

          So I'm treating this like the Arsenal mid situation: the "best answer" will change every few GWs, so I'll pick and stick until something becomes clear enough

          1. Dion D's Solo Shower
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Yeah, you're right. Next week could be Mitoma to haul, with March being more quiet.
            What's interesting is the possibility of a double-up for the coming gameweeks, especially if Almiron is a possible transfer out.

            I picked Rodrigo for this gameweek though, so sticking with him for next few matches. But either Mitoma/March is coming in for Andreas!

        3. Hy liverpool
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          March is more dangerous and his end product improved.. Mitoma is more exciting thought he is just electric.

        4. ameisin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          I checked their stats comparison over last 6 GWs yesterday and March blitzes it, especially in regard to chances created and baps. Would need to check how much that is swayed by last 2 games.

          Mitoma definitely looks more dangerous, but the numbers are heavily stacked in March's favour at the moment.

    4. JBG
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Did Pereira to Mitoma last night before the rise. Hopefully it pays off long term. Will probably bench Martial if injured or Martinelli.

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        At least you have martial, he is benchable unlike bruno imo.

    5. Bavarian
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Which transfer first?

      A- Mitrovic > Toney
      B- Almiron > Odegaard
      C- Andreas > March/Mitoma

      1. JBG
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        A or C, who would you bench if you do Pereira to March/Mitoma?
        I went for Mitoma because of funds.

      2. Hy liverpool
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        If C who are you benching?

      3. Rohirrims
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        B, C. Not sure on Toney as yet..

    6. Hy liverpool
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      KDB Rashford Martnelli Bruno (Andreas)
      Toney Wilson Haaland

      Andreas to Mitoma/March?

      This means benching Bruno vs arsenal and martnelli vs everton!!

      1. Dion D's Solo Shower
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Don't bench Martinelli vs Everton.

      2. Rohirrims
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Be careful of 25 blanks, you don't want to spunk your FH on 25. You have 4 blankers from this lot and probably a couple in defense. Do you want to add another?

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Yes that's another point in my consideration.. I have 2 newcastle defenders + Shaw too.

          1. Rohirrims
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Guess you need to bank this week and wait for results in FA Cup Round 4 + first legs of Carabao. If it looks like Newcastle are progressing you will need to take a call if you are using your FH in 25.

            1. Hy liverpool
              • 10 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              Yes save makes sense tbh.. FH 25 doesn't look good imo. May start getting rid of 3rd newcastle /united spots and may be toney too if ge got banned with FTs and save FH for another blanks/doubles.

    7. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Who is Man Utd forward Wout Weghorst?

      I think we all know.

      As they say on blackbox: "One, two, one, two, one, two..."

    8. Geriatric Unathletic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Wouldn't be benching MARTINELLI. At home and against potential title rival. See Goals in this game despite the on form defences.

      1. Geriatric Unathletic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Reply to earlier JBG.

      2. JBG
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yeah I know, but ESR is back and Martinelli has looked pretty exhausted lately, it's a wait and see either way, no decision made yet.

    9. TheTinman
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Almiron
      22/23= 9G 2A
      21/22 = 1G 0A
      20/21 = 4G 2A
      19/20 = 4G 2A
      18/19 = 0G 2A

      The position hasn't changed. As a Newcastle fan who has watched all of those matches I can tell you that Almiron has missed guilt edged chances regularly throughout his time here. He is an awful finisher. I took a risk he wouldn't continue firing after Xmas and didn't bring him in which has paid off quite well so far.

      March
      22/23= 4G 6A
      21/22 = 0G 2A
      20/21 = 2G 2A
      19/20 = 0G 1A
      18/19 = 1G 6A
      17/18 = 1G 3A

      March on the other hand appears to have moved from RM, to RWB, now to RW/RF. Being critical (of him as an FPL asset not a player) the first goal vs Liverpool was shoddy defending - very few teams will be so open vs a dangerous Brighton, 2nd goal was am unreal goal (good confidence builder but can't imagine many more like that going in) and the assist was luck rather than skill.

      I guess the question I'm asking is are there any Brighton fans who have watched him over the years who can shed a bit of light on the likelihood of him keeping this up as I admittedly don't know much about him as a player.

      1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I rarely go for these little run midfielders who go on the odd run.

        But somehow I've ended up with Rodrigo and Mitoma in my team, who you could argue fit the bill. But Rodrigo OOP (feels a little Nathan Redmond) and Mitoma will be on the bench a lot.

        To answer the question: I see March going the same way as Almiron - numbers will drop off in due course.

        1. TheTinman
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Rodrigo is different as he is OOP. Keep an eye on him though, Rutter signed and Bamford back getting mins.

          He will start to get 70mins or so per game and eventually could drop into the CAM role which I think doesn't suit him very well.

          1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            He'll be gone for Ode soon so I am not too concerned. He was a 2-3 week punt

      2. TheTinman
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Might have to try and catch Jonty and Az's views this week

      3. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        (Not a Brighton fan, but...) I certainly dont remember him as much of a goal threat at WB, more of an occasional assister. A quick look at previous season's stats show a shot every 80mins or so, 1-2 big chances per season & an xG around 1.5.

        But I'm a firm believer that you have to look at a much wider context that just these stats. The change in position, manager, and improvements in the BHA team over recent years are all big enough factors to shift these numbers. I would say the same for Almiron - I'm not really expecting a regression to "the norm" of past seasons, because he wasn't serviced with Trippier & Bruno

    10. Rohirrims
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Want to replace Digne for another defender. Have about 6.7 to spend, problem is aside of Newcastle, Arsenal and Shaw are there any defenses that appeal?

      Newcastle and Brighton potential blanks in 25 and 28 (in case of Brighton) dampen their appeal. The other alternative is to play all 4 of White, Shaw, Rashford and Odegaard in GW21 and roll a FT.

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Nope.. Double newcastle, shaw, arsenal defender, fifth could be anyone i would select someone based on specific need in gws like gw21 and bgw25... So may be city defender.

      2. TheTinman
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Newcastle and Arsenal defences are superb and super cheap.

        You won't have that many games where they're playing your attackers.

    11. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Wonder if RLewis plays on Thursday.

      As a City fan, I hope he does as I think he is possibly our best RB option currently. In FPL terms, I've got Botman on the bench so would rather he didn't.

      Can't see us keeping a clean sheet on Thursday. 3-1 win though.

      1. Count of Monte Hristo
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        As a City fan what do you think has happened with Cancelo?

        1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Besides a loss of confidence (see the two foul throws against SOU) but tactically we are playing very different this year. Foden and Mahrez are hugging the touchline in the wingers positions, rather than flooding the midfield and coming inside like they normally would.

          So the RB is playing as an inside midfielder but the RB is simply staying back or moving into midfield. There's no room for him (or Ake when he plays) to move forward as much as they have in the past.

    12. Arteta
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Spurs will beat Citizens on Thursday. You heard it here first.

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Tottenham will have one SOT, they will lose 3 or 4 nil.

        1. Arteta
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          You're seriously underestimating them, so you're in for a shock.

      2. Bavarian
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        You know they won't

        1. Arteta
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Why would I post this, if I didn't believe in it?

          1. FPL Brains
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Because as an Arsenal fan you're covering your bases.

            It's glaringly obvious...

            1. Arteta
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              I bought Kane and Son for one reason - I expected them to score in both games and these two could very much be involved. And they were close to getting more points, but Ramsdale was on fire.

              I thought they will do well in real life and that's why I got them in the game. Simples. I wouldn't take hits otherwise.

              1. FPL Brains
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                • 12 Years
                1 year, 4 months ago

                But isn't that still covering your bases? 😉

                By the way, it's obvious but still smart.

            2. The Mentaculus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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              • 2 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              Ooh, the rivalry is starting to kick off now that the Man Utd fans think they're in with a chance...

      3. LC1
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        0 chance

        1. Arteta
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          0 chance City will keep a clean sheet indeed.

      4. Ze_Austin
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        First half: City
        Second half: Spurs

        Game will be decided by the higher scoring half, if any

        This is the way of the Tottenham

        1. Arteta
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          You could be right. People with MCI triple-up are the most sensitive and annoyed users this week. Some just can't or won't accept different opinion, talk about negative result and blanks for their players. Haaland (TC) could be the fail of the season - as unreal as it seemed, it's still not out of the question.

    13. LC1
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Morning all,

      Is it Arsenal, Newcastle, Brentford and Brighton that are potential blanks for GW25? And what does their potential blank depend on?

      Thanks!

      1. Admiral Benson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Man United, Brighton, Brentford, Brighton are most likely (assuming ManU and Toon get to CC final)

        1. Admiral Benson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Newcastle we’re 4th in list - not Brighton twice!!

      2. TheTinman
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Not arsenal, Man Utd. But also Southampton, forest and their respective opponents at risk. (Most of the community are gambling on a United v United final though)

        It depends who qualifies for league Cup final.

      3. Count of Monte Hristo
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Replace Arsenal with Man United and that’s the four teams to blank.

      4. LC1
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Thank you all for your help.
        Bringing in another Arsenal player seems like a no brainer then!

        Cheers!

    14. Count of Monte Hristo
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Wolves to knock Liverpool out of the cup tonight?

      1. JBG
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Will Pool have a DGW if they win or get knocked out? Haven't been following DGW odds that much this season.

        1. Count of Monte Hristo
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Not sure actually. I was just considering putting a bet on Wolves to qualify.

          1. JBG
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Ah I see... Well the way Pool have been playing, it could be a good bet tbf.

          2. Botman and Robben
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Over 2.5

      2. Botman and Robben
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I think so.

      3. Piggs Boson
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Fingers crossed.

    15. Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Some good whispers about Danilo, Forest's new DM

      FPL significance is that he might improve the team like Bruno G did at Newcastle, and Casemiro at Man U, so it might be harder to target Forest as a bad defence

      Not saying the three players are at the same level, just a likely significant improvement on their respective teams

      One to monitor

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Neale seemed really keen on Forest last week, smuggled 2 into his scout picks. Not sure how much its down to the Leicester fixture or to Forest's improvement as I haven't watched them much lately

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Certainly a team to monitor with the new signing now bedding in. Probably still a team to target due to Henderson and Boly out injured

        1. Ze_Austin
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Yeah, this is more long-term

          Hendo and Boly are big misses for now

      3. jack88
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Not interested

        1. Ze_Austin
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Not sure you understood the post

      4. El Presidente
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        He's a great player and a huge potential going forward, only 21, but ofc coming from Brazil very different competitive context from the PL. Bruno G and Casemiro also Brazilians but already playing in Europe when came, different ball game.

        1. Ze_Austin
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Agreed. Just one to monitor. Was influential in his team's title + cup wins there, but EPL is a huge step up

          1. El Presidente
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Very influential and he's really really good. Modern n.6 knows how to move the ball around great passing, accelerates the tempo really well in that 1st phase of construction but also not shy of a good tackle. Very promising.

    16. Make Arrows Green Again
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Who is legendary fantasy asset Wout Weghorst? Come on!

      1. jack88
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Exactly this

    17. Ruudy Van
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Recommendations would be great. Have 2FT 0.4ITB

      Kepa
      T.Silva White Trippier Walker
      Salah KDB Rashford
      Haaland Mitro Martial
      (Ward Shaw Bailey Andreas)

      A) who to sell using 1 or 2 transfers.
      B) correct bench and order?

      I’d like triple arsenal by GW 22 but feels a week too early to buy them.

      1. JBG
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Downgrade Salah and upgrade Mitro to Kane?

        1. Ze_Austin
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          *Martial, imo

          Wouldn't lose Mitro until half time vs Spurs

          1. JBG
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Yeah could also do that, to get a different MU player for the DGW.

            1. Ruudy Van
              • 12 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              I can afford JUST.

              Martial & Salah to Kane & Saka.
              Saka just feels a week too early

    18. Piggs Boson
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Return of the horse! Got to be better than Martial!

      Hopefully a good stop gap before Kane in the summer 😉

      For FPL, definitely a wait and see though. Even Casemiro had to earn his place, so the Weghorse will likely have to too.

    19. EWH2020
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Anyone else think Haaland no longer Perma Captain?

      Surely will be dropped soon, not playing well and City look a lot better without him

      1. Dion D's Solo Shower
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Don't think he will be dropped, but once Champions League action returns he could face more rotation or 70-minute substitutions.

      2. JBG
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        What is very weird, that I have noticed with City matches, is that City haven't actually been playing to his strengths. Specially last 2-3 matches, they don't play him through or look for him with crosses etc. as much as they did at the start of the season. So I think that has much to do with his scoring form lately as well. Think he will be back to his best, sooner rather than later.

        The way they are playing atm, could also be down to Peps ego, trying to show they don't need Haalands goals to win matches etc. Usual Baldy arrogance.

        1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          This. Our midfield has been terrible since the WC.

        2. GreennRed
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Everton showed they were relying too much on Haaland and nullifying him is half the battle. Most of that squad are showing signs of fatigue after the World Cup. They don't have the fear factor for other teams that they've had in previous seasons. Their current level is not as far ahead of the rest. Need to improve a lot if they're gonna push for the league and Champions League.

      3. El Presidente
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Risky. Yes, City is not looking sharp at the moment and Haaland´s numbers have dropped but with him there's always that feeling that it can kick off again in any given match... its scary af.

      4. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Nothing is permanent.

        But dropped? Don't think so, even though City have reverted to more of a pre-Haaland style

      5. Letsgo!
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Wont drop. But yeah not a perm captain.
        Plus they always wont do well against wolves

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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          • 2 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          The home game against Wolves last season (1-0) was quite a struggle even with Jimenez sent off

          1. Letsgo!
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Yea so thats why. plus its more fun not captaining haaland isnt it!

            1. The Mentaculus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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              • 2 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              Oops I actually missed the "wont" in your previous post, but anyway....
              Fully agreed! Got me into some trouble earlier in the season but now is the time to whip out those differential captains

    20. JT11fc
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Any Darwin news?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        No news is good news

        1. JT11fc
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          I guess Ill see later anyways

    21. CABAYE4
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Totally ignoring price who do you think are the best midfield picks for the next few weeks?

      Considering selling Salah for KDB but not hugely convinced by him and thinking Saka or Odegaard could easily outscore him.

      1. JBG
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Atm it is Saka/Ødegaard. Even March and Mitoma are better options than Kdb and/or Salah.

      2. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Looking at KDB - Ødegaard next week, which will leave me with no midfield premiums:
        Ødegaard, Martinelli, Rashford, Almiron, Mitoma.

      3. JT11fc
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Rash Odegaard BrunoF March Saka

    22. Letsgo!
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Will cucu start against liv?

      1. Ze_Austin
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Priority sale, imo

        Hall has started too many in a row now and looked better, while Cucurella has clearly been fit. He's been dropped

      2. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        He seems to be out of favour so it’s a no from me.

      3. JT11fc
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Id say no, hel likely stick with the players that performed v Palace. Then again, what do I know?

    23. golfboy
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Hi chaps - thoughts on the below would be much appreciated

      Almiron > Saka or Odegaard?

      Do it now, or Save FT and do it next week?

      1. JBG
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Save IMO.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Save for now

    24. tibollom
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      In the case Darwin does play, who should I start him ahead of? Currently setup like this:

      Kepa
      Trippier Schar White
      KDB Rash Almiron Kulu Martinelli
      Haaland Mitro

      Kepa Darwin RLewis Bueno

      1. Letsgo!
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Sell or bench darwin.

        1. tibollom
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          yea thanks currenty on the bench, would you take a hit to get rid?