GW Points: 53
Overall Points: 1,513
Overall Rank: 6,361
Transfers: Sterling out, Traore in
Soyuncu out, Lindelof in (both transfers made at the end of the game week)
Game week 23 was another good week with further progress up the overall leaderboard. The team now sits just outside the top 5,000 and is in decent shape going into February. I decided to use my final January transfers to try and capitalise on people who are going to use all three of their transfers for February straight away. This has allowed me to take out injured players but with a fall back plan to get them in. I’ve taken out Sterling as he’s unlikely to play at the weekend and then City don’t have a fixture the week after – Traore has two. I’ve also gone for Lindelof who is fixture heavy with Man Utd and very cheap. He’s not really a player I wanted and I’m expecting very little from him but this leaves a huge sum in the bank which will allow me to bring back both Mane and Sterling without any problems. I’m hoping this is the bit that catches out other managers – if they don’t have a plan for getting these two back in.
Clean sheet for Patricio, given his value any points are welcome.
Clean sheet for Roberton and Alexander-Arnold.
13 points for Moura. I’ve held onto him for the time being as he’s getting a lot of game time.
18 points for Salah.
I can’t see any issues in the team at the moment. I’m obviously not overly happy with Lindelof but he’s simply an enabler for bringing Sterling and Mane back in. I’ll need to address having both Jesus and Aguero at some point but I’d mainly put my progress over the past couple of months down to having both players – as a result I’m not in a huge rush to change them at the moment. Especially given that there aren’t many other strikers worth looking at right now.
Tips for Game Week 24
Looking at this week’s fixtures – I wouldn’t be taking any Man City players out. Not even Sterling just yet. Only City play out of the teams we should be looking at so you’ve got nothing to lose by leaving them in for now. Unless of course you’re using the funds from Sterling to make another transfer. However, I’d imagine this could even wait until game week 25. I’m personally not touching my February transfers as I’m fairly heavy on City players. The problem becomes when they aren’t playing in game week 26 and many teams have a double game week. If Mane returns for Liverpool during that week, I’ll be bringing him in for Mahrez. I’m also going to face the difficult decision about holding onto Jesus or not that week. For me it will depend how Aguero and Jesus get on this weekend and who starts. I can see game week 26 being a difficult one for me but it’s risky taking out players just because of one week.
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