As documented in previous posts, I find myself in a position where I’ve got 39 points to make up to catch the leader of a mini league I’d like to win. As our teams are so similar I’m being forced into making a move for some different players. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone follows these transfers if you’re winning your mini league. I’ve decided to go gung ho and use all of my transfers straight away – simply because I can’t accommodate the players I want without taking others out.
With Liverpool looking likely to go out of the Champions League, I don’t need two of their strikers. As a result I’m taking Firmino out, who is an injury concern anyway. I want to bring in Lacazette with his potential for goals in the Europa League and against Brighton this weekend.
I also need to remove Rudiger but this doesn’t leave me with much in the bank. Looking at the rest of my team – I don’t want to take out Man City players as they have the FA Cup final to play and I want to keep Hazard. This basically leaves Van Dijk or Robertson. As Liverpool need goals against Barcelona it’s hard to imagine that they won’t be caught on the counter attack at some point. Van Dijk is worth the most so I’m going to take him out. Huge risk considering I can’t see Newcastle scoring against them but I can’t simply have the same players as my rival.
As a result my transfers are:
Firmino out, Lacazette in
Rudiger out, Azpilicueta in
Van Dijk, Zinchenko in
Basically I’m relying on a couple of factors. Clean sheets for Man City (which I don’t think are a certainty with Leicester and a cup final to play) and goals from Lacazette (again he’s not a player that I’ve owned this season and that’s probably for a reason). I can’t see any other real route to go down – no midfielders stand out which are affordable and I don’t want to risk taking Salah out as well to double up with Lacazette and Aubameyang. In simple terms – points on the board. I can’t say that I see these transfers as an improvement. I think it’s just going to be a case of hoping to get a big slice of luck. As the players I’m taking out play today and the players coming in play tomorrow I’m just going to make these transfers now. If any injury news comes in, then I’ll be reversing them.