GW Points: 61
Overall Points: 1,733
Overall Rank: 1,326
Transfers: Foden out, De Bruyne in (at the end of the game week)
I was reasonably happy with my progress during game week 23. I scored lower than previous game weeks but managed to climb around 200 places on the leaderboard. I’m slowly working my way back to a top 1,000 finish which I’d be happy with. The main decision I got wrong this week was not putting De Bruyne in for Foden on Saturday. I’d be 10 points better off had I made this transfer (which I’ve done tonight anyway). My biggest issue across the game week was Barnes getting injured. Replacing an injured player is part of the game but at that point Barnes was the 4th highest scoring midfielder on the game and only worth 3m, I found that staggering. This makes him difficult to replace despite how well he’s done for my team. Not ideal, but I’m not going to have to look at either Mount or Moura. Not great as Mount misses the Champions League fixture and Moura is often benched. More on my potential transfers later in the post.
20 points for Maguire and 10 for Wan-Bissaka. Can’t argue with that, both have done OK for me since bringing them in.
A solid 8 points for Dias in a week where Man City struggled for a clean sheet.
6 points for Schmeichel is better than nothing when Leicester didn’t manage a clean sheet either.
8 points for Kane was OK but I’d have liked little more.
I’ve solved the problem of not having De Bruyne by putting him in for Foden last night. This creates another problem as I’d like Foden as well. I mainly made the swap because I was going to lose the transfer and thought De Bruyne would go up and Foden would go down so it was worth making. In an ideal world, I’d have swapped Barnes for De Bruyne but funds wouldn’t allow this.
My biggest problem is who to bring in for Barnes. The shortlist is pretty small due to budget and a lack of options. I’m currently considering Mount and Moura. I can’t consider a defender as I’ve already got 4 at the back. Mount and Moura both have their downsides but I’ve got a feeling Moura might do OK in the Europa League. Mount misses the Champions League fixture and Chelsea could still well go out.
I also need to take Schmeichel out really. Mendy appears to be back amongst the points with Chelsea keeping another clean sheet last night against Liverpool.
Tips for Game Week 24
Fresh transfers are now available, and as always I’d suggest not rushing into anything. I’m personally looking at teams who are playing in Europe and still in the FA Cup. This includes Man City, Man Utd, Spurs and Arsenal with the most fixtures. I’ll probably stick with Schmeichel for another game week as Leicester face Brighton, whereas Chelsea play Everton. This will give me one more week to monitor who might be the best replacement. I’ll definitely take Barnes out this weekend, as I mentioned above, I’m considering Moura, Mount and maybe even Saka or B. Silva. I’d like it to be Foden but I don’t think funds will allow this. I’m almost certainly going to take Salah out after this game week though. If we look at the fixtures – Liverpool only play once after the first game week in March due to the way their fixtures have fallen and because they are out of the FA Cup. They haven’t been great recently either so I’ll probably take a punt on Son who might get some game time in the Europa League. This does present another option for Barnes as well – I could take the drastic decision to keep him for this week and hope that I can put Foden back in when I take Salah out. This would give me a very strong team going into the end of March.
As always, I’d suggest studying the fixtures for the rest of the season before making any changes. The link is below: