There are still a couple of fixtures before the official end of the game week, however I wanted to have a quick review of the first weekend.
Points scored: 57
Player by player review
Foster – after a last minute change of keeper, I was delighted to see Foster pick up a clean sheet and 7+ rating on the opening day of the season.
Valencia – another clean sheet and 7+ rating. Couldn’t have asked for much more. Little disappointed that he picked up a booking.
Matip – complete let down, Liverpool were a shambles at the back. Hopefully this can be turned around with the Champions League qualifiers. Will be replaced if not.
Baines – another clean sheet. Slight disappointment that he didn’t get a 7+ rating.
Ogbonna – I expected 0 points for the first game week, to finish on -4 was annoying. The only positive to take from this was that at least he started the game, I’m hoping this means he could be a regular for the season.
Mane – a goal and 7+ rating. Couldn’t ask for any more from a midfielder. Playing almost as a striker, very happy with his selection.
De Bruyne – disappointed that De Bruyne didn’t pick up a few more points against Brighton (who never looked a threat). A goal or a couple of assists would have been a bonus.
Salah – a goal and 7+ rating. Couldn’t ask for any more from a midfielder.
Lukaku – made the start I’d hoped for. 2 goals and 13 points.
Kane – I felt like Kane was going to make or break my weekend. He wasn’t player I overly wanted to pick but felt like I had to in case he got off to a flyer. Disappointed he didn’t get on the score sheet and got booked. Could argue that he was unfortunate not to open his account as he hit the post late on. However I’ve already got a feeling that Aguero could outscore him in terms of points this season by some margin.
Lacazette – on the score sheet within minutes, couldn’t have asked for much more.
I’d say the team has made a steady start. I’m a little surprised I’m not higher up in the league already with:
3 out of 5 defensive players picking up clean sheets
4 out of 6 attacking players grabbing a goal
After the first weekend of fixtures, I couldn’t really have asked for much more. My only real disappointments were Matip and Kane. I hadn’t expected much from Ogbonna as West Ham travelled to Old Trafford.
Areas of concern
I don’t feel the need to rush into any transfers, nothing has really made me think that my initial plan has gone out of the window. I’m still happy to keep my team as is, with the additional european fixtures coming up. However a few players did catch my eye:
– Firmino – could rack up a huge number of points over the additional qualifying games. Despite having 2 Liverpool midfielders I kind of wish I’d stuck with Firmino as my third striker (just for August).
– Aguero – he was never in my plans but I still felt uneasy about leaving him out. Having watched the Man City game, I’m now more concerned that he’s going to be one of the biggest point scorers this season.
– Kompany – at 3.5m he looks a much better option than Matip. Some Man City defensive coverage could be important this season. Should Kompany stay fit he could be a great option.
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