This season’s Dream Team looks set to be the most open game in history. I’m really struggling to fix a front three which I’m firmly happy with. In previous season’s it’s been more straightforward with less prolific strikers available. With an abundance of strikers to choose from I’m torn between a few options. I’d imagine many other managers are facing the same issue. As a follow on to my post about the best strikers in this season’s game I’ve decided to look in a bit more detail at the handful I’ve narrowed it down to (in order of preference at this stage)
Club: Man Utd
Selected by (at time of publish): 60%
Pros: bargain price, has Champions League fixtures, should be the main striker at Man Utd, proven track record in the Premier League, easy fixtures to start the season, high selected percentage
Cons: none come to mind
The most selected player on the game at this point in time. Lukaku is in my opinion the must have player for the start of the season. He’s a bargain price, Man Utd have favourable fixtures to start and he’s already proven in the Premier League. He could well finish the season as the highest scoring player. I can’t think of a single reason not to have him.
Selected by (at time of publish): 45%
Pros: last season’s top goalscorer, has Champions League fixtures, main striker at Spurs, proven track record in the Premier League
Cons: very expensive, move to Wembley could disrupt Spurs form.
His goalscoring record speaks for itself and he’s certain to be the main man at Spurs next season. This does however come at a cost, he’s significantly more expensive than other strikers resulting in less funds to be spent elsewhere. I’ve got a slight concern that Spurs may struggle at Wembley as well. However when he’s selected by 45% of other managers it’s a very risky move to overlook him. Should he get off to a big point scoring start, there could be a lot of catching up to do. At the moment he stays in. Should his selected by percentage drop significantly before the start of the season I may look elsewhere.
Selected by (at time of publish): 30%
Pros: bargain price, should be the main striker at Arsenal, decent early fixtures for Arsenal
Cons: not proven in the Premier League, may be rested in the Europa League
Lacazette comes in at a real bargain price. He should be the main striker at Arsenal next season and they get off to a fairly comfortable start in the Premier League. Despite a poor campaign last time around for Arsenal, this was the very same position Sanchez managed to finish as the highest scoring player for the season. Should he feature in the Europa League as well he could pick up a lot of points. He is new to the Premier League though and it may take some time to adjust. At the moment he makes my team in the hope that he hits the ground running.
Selected by (at time of publish): 14%
Pros: bargain price, has Champions League fixtures, should be the main striker at Chelsea,
Cons: not proven in the Premier League, difficult early fixtures
Morata has only recently been added to the game and as a result is only selected by 14% of other managers. He is however a bargain price, with Champions League football and should be the main striker at Chelsea. He’s sure to get plenty of goalscoring opportunities and could well have a fantastic season with the current Champions. I see Chelsea as a stronger side than Arsenal, however I favour Lacazette at the moment as Chelsea have a slightly tougher start. I think Morata is slightly less of a proven goalscorer as well and will need some time to settle in the Premier League. At the moment he’s not making my front three unless his selected percentage rises dramatically.
Club: Man City
Selected by (at time of publish): 22%
Pros: bargain price, has Champions League fixtures
Cons: not quite proven in the Premier League, doubts over who will be the main goalscorer at City
At this point in time Jesus is the fourth most selected striker in the game. For me this is a bit of a risk. Aguero finished last season strongly and I can see him being the main striker at City at least for the start of next season. They may well play together but Aguero may overshadow the young Brazilian in terms of early point scoring. He will have Champions League fixtures to contend with however I’m personally going to see how things play out at City before including either striker.
Club: Man City
Selected by (at time of publish): 20%
Pros: has Champions League fixtures, proven track record in the Premier League
Cons: very expensive, doubts over who will be the main goalscorer at City
For me Aguero is way too expensive for a player whose selection was in question last season. As he’s not moved on from City, this suggests he will feature heavily during next season. However I’d prefer to wait and see how things pan out before opting for either Jesus or Aguero. It’s less of a risk to exclude him as he’s the sixth most selected striker at this point in time.
As always, share your thoughts/ideas in the comments below. I’d be interested to hear who other people have gone for as their front three.
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