With two transfers remaining for November but only this weekend’s fixtures left, I thought now would be a good time to use my final transfers. On the condition that the players coming in are a significant upgrade. Here’s what I’ve decided to go for:
Schmeichel out, Kepa in
I see this as a significant upgrade and Chelsea have some decent fixtures coming up this week and during December. I can’t see a budget keeper that I have much faith in doing overly well in the next month or so. Pickford would be a keeper I’d probably be happy with long term as I see Everton comfortably finishing in the top half of the table. However their fixtures don’t look so good at the moment. I may revisit this should Everton have a good run in the new year. This transfer then has a knock on effect for my final transfer of the month…
Maddison out, Shaw in
I’m already aware that this isn’t ideal. However bringing in Kepa only left with me 2.7m to upgrade Maddison. Who has been a little disappointing. Looking at it from a probability point of view my logic is that Shaw would hopefully pick up more clean sheets than Maddison will goals over the next few weeks. Man Utd have some decent fixtures approaching – especially towards the end of December. I think this move is a bit more risky but I still see Shaw as a slight upgrade on Maddison.
All in all, I’m taking out two Leicester players (who will probably finish just inside the top half of the table) for two players who should be pushing for top 4 finishes. I can only see this as an upgrade but whether this pans out can only be left down to luck. I think it will send the team into December in a strong position though. I’m pretty much happy with the rest of the team and this is probably the first season where I’ve felt like I’m ahead of the game in terms of transfers – I’m yet to find myself in the position where I’m waiting for new transfers. Most months I’ve had transfers left over which I’ve almost struggled to use.