GW Points: 143
Overall Points: 283
Overall Rank: 12,753
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GW Points: 102
Overall Points: 206
Overall Rank: 285,415
Transfers used: Ake out, Trippier in
Slightly delayed game week 4 review as I’ve been away on a short break. As a result, I’ll keep the review slightly shorter this week as we are already into game week 5. Overall game week 4 was a positive week with 102 points for the team and a big rise on the overall leaderboard. The team certainly isn’t where I’d want it to be but it’s a big improvement based on the start the team got off to. Hopefully, the team can continue to kick on through September and rise quickly up the leaderboard.
Here are my thoughts on each player:
Ramsdale: 0 points. Not a good week for Ramsdale with 0 points across two games. Will monitor for another week.
Alexander-Arnold: 15 points. Happy with 15 points from Alexander-Arnold, although Liverpool still don’t appear to be playing as well as they should be. One to monitor.
Saliba: 1 point. Not a good return from a double game week but can’t argue with the points he has returned so far this season. Stays in for now.
Trippier: -2 points. Disastrous first week in my team after a really strong start to the season. Little value in holding him now that we move into the European fixtures. Will keep for game week 5 but may come out after that.
Diaz: 13 points. Happy with 13 points from Diaz. Stays in the team.
Saka: 10 points. 10 points was a better return for Saka, however, I’m not sure he will play in the Europa League. I’ll leave him in for this week but if he doesn’t play, I’ll probably cash in on him at some point this month.
Coutinho: 0 points. Has to come out, another poor return, will be my first transfer in September.
Mbeumo: 0 points. Not ideal but given his value, I’m happy to keep for now. With the benefit of writing this blog late, I’m glad I held onto him given his 8 points this weekend.
Salah: 7 points. Staggering that he didn’t score against Bournemouth, glad he got some points during the week but should be picking up a lot more. Monitor for now but Kane really needs to come in at some point in September.
Haaland: 51 points. Huge return, season long keep unless he gets injured.
Jesus: 7 points. Not a big scoring week for Jesus but happy with his returns so far this season. Will need to monitor if he plays in the Europa League – my feeling is that he won’t.
Given that we’ve got a fresh set of transfers, here are the players currently on my watchlist for September.
Kane – top of my list for the month but I’m struggling to get him in at the moment. Spurs have started well and have good fixtures. I’m going to hold fire until the end of the game week to see how I might get him in and how other clubs line up in Europe.
Kulusevski – has been quiet in terms of points since the opening game week but could have a brilliant month given Spurs fixtures. Question marks against game time.
Cucurella – most of us would have snapped up a 3m defender for Chelsea at the start of the season and despite Chelsea’s form at the back, I still think Cucurella is good value.
Fofana – for the same reasons as above, 2.9m for a Chelsea defender seems like a bargain.
Emerson Royal – seems to have pinned down the right back position for Spurs, who have started the season well and have good fixtures. Definitely one to watch.
Sterling – had a big point scoring game week, given his value could be a great pick for September.
Plan for game week 5
My plan for game week 5 is to make only essential transfers. At the moment this only includes Coutinho. Even though Trippier and Mbeumo won’t be involved in Europe and I’ve got doubts against my Arsenal players starting in the Europa League, I’ve decided not to burn my transfers too quickly in September. As a result, I’m going to hold fire on Trippier and Mbeumo and see who starts in the Europa League for Man Utd and Arsenal before making too many changes. I could have easily made 5 transfers today but September is a long month and we’ve seen how quickly things can change.
If you’re interested in the fixtures for the clubs involved in Europe, you can check them out here:
My other teams
After a huge 143 points for my best team, it has risen to 12,753 on the overall leaderboard and finished the game week top of a cash mini league with over 100 players in. This can mainly be put down to big points from Sterling and Odegaard during game week 4.
My second best team also included Odegaard and a front three of Kane, Salah and Haaland which appears to be working quite well for that particular team.
I’m seeing a lot of fluctuation with my other teams but I’m finding myself leaning towards the same set of players as we move into the season further. I need to remind myself to take some risks on players who aren’t necessarily at the front of my mind in some of my less important teams.