Just thought it would be useful to make it clear that I won’t be making any transfers for this weekend – just in case anyone is looking out for any.
There’s a few reasons for this. We’ve spent weeks planning our teams and we’ve only given them one week to accumulate points. I can’t see any major problems with my team going into the game week so I’m happy to stand by my initial choices. I may however make some changes before the prices change again next Friday (more on price changes below). I’d like another week to get some answers to questions from game week 1. Such as:
Will James start this week for Man Utd? Worth a punt at his value if he does but not sure I’d be keen on him if he doesn’t (despite the goal from the bench last week).
Can Rashford get on the score sheet again or will Martial start down the middle again?
Will Pogba put in another good performance?
Will Pepe start? Will he get anywhere near Aubameyang in terms of points?
Will Barkley start again and look more likely to get on the score sheet?
Will Pulisic start and does he look good value for 3m?
Can Man Utd keep another clean sheet? Thought they were lucky to get one against Chelsea.
Can Liverpool get a clean sheet against Southampton? It was a concern that they leaked a goal against Norwich.
Does Mane start? And is he ‘essential’?
How do City and Spurs get on against each other? Worth considering another City defender if they can grab another clean sheet? Is it time to move Moura on or does he perform against Spurs? Does B. Silva start or get any game time? Is Walker-Peters worth a punt at 2m?
For me there’s too many questions that still remain unanswered. As a result I’m happy to wait this week out. I’m also tied up for most of Saturday so there’s next to no chance that I’ll have the opportunity to check line ups and publish a blog about transfer decisions. Either way it’s early days so after a steady start I’m going to sit tight for another week. This includes if the likes of Gomez or Silva are starting on the bench. I’ll still be leaving them in for this week at least.
Specifics on each player are as follows:
Patricio – keep but monitor how he gets on against Man Utd and Torino. If City keep another clean sheet consider going with Ederson.
Robertson – keep
Gomez – keep unless he starts to get dropped to the bench
Zinchenko – keep
Maitland-Niles – keep but if Arsenal fail to keep a clean sheet against Burnley he could be one to move on before their fixtures get tough. Potential replacement being Walker-Peters
Sterling – keep
Moura – consider moving on for Pepe, Barkley or James (need to be evaluated)
B. Silva – consider moving on if he’s benched again. This won’t be until after the weekend but players such as Mane, De Bruyne or Pogba could be an option.
Salah – keep
Kane – keep
Aubameyang – monitor against Burnley. If he doesn’t score well consider replacing with Rashford (if Rashford plays well against Wolves). This would free up funds to upgrade B. Silva.
A quick note on price changes. I was under the assumption that these would rise/fall by a maximum of 0.3m after game week 3. I’m fairly sure it worked like this last season but apparently price changes are happening straight away this season. This was news to me but I’m fairly sure this is what they will stick with.
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