GW Points: 128
Overall Points: 1,610
Overall Rank: 102,318
Transfers: Hazard out, Salah in
Overall it was a decent game week, 128 points were picked up and a jump on the overall leaderboard is always good to see. It’s obviously still not a position I want to be in however climbing from over 300,000 on the board a few months ago is definitely progress in the right direction. I believe the team is too far behind to finish anywhere near the top 1,000 but the only thing to do is keep plugging away.
Aguero picking up 43 points is a huge positive. He’s a player I wanted right at the start of the season (when many others didn’t have him) unfortunately due to Jesus picking up an injury I believe most other managers now have him so it almost makes these points useless. Having said that I’d still rather have him than not.
Kane getting a couple of goals was another good result. Especially considering Spurs were 2-0 down in a game I didn’t expect them too get much from.
Salah grabbed 18 point, in a similar way to Aguero this is almost pointless because most other people have him. However I believe if he’s going to carry on scoring more than anyone else it’s worth having him regardless of this.
Eriksen picked up 11 points, this was probably the most satisfying points out of the lot. I couldn’t decide who to bring in to replace Sane. I felt going for Eriksen was a bit risky with Spurs having a difficult Champions League tie so it was great to see him get a goal.
Two clean sheets for Van Dijk and a clean sheet for Walker was another positive.
I don’t overly have any potential issues with the team. Obviously it’s not ideal to have Pieters but that’s been covered in the past. It’s also not ideal to have double coverage for Everton defensively. However I did think they were unlucky not to get a clean sheet at the weekend. I obviously looked at potential replacements for these players when bringing in Salah as I appreciated this move would leave me with no budget. However I couldn’t see any real better options even with a bit of budget for swapping Keane. I’d only really want to swap him for a defender playing for one of the top 6 clubs who I think will progress in Europe and this simply wasn’t on the cards. I do however have one transfer in the bank for February, I’m currently looking at Mkhitaryan as an option. I noticed that he played in the Europa League last night, should he continue to get this amount of game time he could be a very good cheap option and worth taking a big risk on at this stage of the season. This would free up enough funds to upgrade Keane to one of this more premium defenders. The problem would be who to take out for him, from looking at the team it can only be Eriksen, Sterling or Lukaku.
Tips for Game Week 25
Chelsea and Man Utd benefit from the extra game in the Champions League during game week 25 so they could be ones to look out for. I’d probably favour Man Utd players over Chelsea players as they face much easier opposition. Arsenal could also be a team to keep an eye on, they fielded a fairly strong team in the Europa League last night. They have the return leg during game week 25 and also have the EFL cup final shortly.
As always, feel free to share your own progress, suggest any players to look out for or provide any other useful comments below.
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