GW Points: 63
Overall Points: 1,244
Overall Rank: 142,328
Transfers: Salah out, Sterling in
Lukaku out, Morata in
Overall the game week was a good result as we once again climbed in the overall leaderboard. Having said that I think we’ve wasted a transfer by bringing in Morata, he didn’t get much game time in the FA cup and drew a blank in the EFL cup. On top of that Lukaku picked up 10 points against Derby in the FA cup. This was a complete disaster, we would have been 10 points better off by sticking with Lukaku and also a transfer better off. Bringing in Sterling for the injured Salah has been more successful as Sterling picked up 8 points over the week and the transfer was left over from December and was not really needed. I was also very happy with the team as it stood going into January so felt the transfer was almost a free one.
Kane grabbed a couple of goals in the FA cup, a game which I wasn’t even sure he would start in.
Aguero picked up 21 points over the game week. Another positive result.
Sane and Sterling both did well over the game week. A decent result considering both games were cup games.
Pickford scored -1 point but I don’t see this as a big issue as we plan to stick with him regardless.
Pieters didn’t play as he was injured. However I think it’s more of an issue when he does play so I wasn’t overly bothered by this.
I was very disappointed with the Chelsea player. Hazard and Morata hardly got any game time in the FA cup but also didn’t pick up many points in the EFL cup either. Cahill played in the FA cup but missed out on a clean sheet in the EFL cup.
I think our main issue for the month is knowing what to do with our final two transfers. We could swap Sterling back to Salah and Morata back to Lukaku. This would put us back to where we were at the start of the month (a team that I was happy with). Or we can risk holding Morata for the return leg of the EFL cup semi final. My concern is that Man Utd play Stoke at the weekend and it would just be our luck that Lukaku grabbed a hat trick. I’d be interested in everyone’s thoughts on this, so my questions are:
Do we swap Morata back for Lukaku, if so, when? Here’s their upcoming fixtures:
Morata could potentially feature in four games while Lukaku only has two. I think it’s more likely that Morata will play three though.
We probably all agree that we need to put Salah back in for Sterling, but again when should this be done? I’d hope that Sterlings price will rise this week and Salah’s should stay the same. Here’s their upcoming fixtures:
With Sterling having an extra game over the next two weeks, it makes sense to me to risk keeping him in. The question is, who will score more over the course of these games? Salah is one of those players who could easily score big in any game.
The difficulty with both decisions is that Lukaku or Salah having a good week (when we’ve not got them) could price us out of bringing them back in. It’s already inevitable that Lukaku will rise in value this week and Morata could drop.
Tips for Game Week 20
I’d be tempted to look at Chelsea players with an FA cup replay coming up during the next game week. Although they are likely to rotate quite heavily and a lot of their big names had a poor week this week. I’d avoid moving for Man City or Liverpool players this week as they face each other. Man Utd play Stoke which could be a big point scorer. Spurs play Everton which should be a relatively straightforward game for Spurs despite Everton’s recent better form.
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