GW Points: 94
Overall Points: 1,850
Overall Rank: 5,499
Transfers: Robertson out, Laporte in
On the surface, game week 41 looked like a very positive game week for me. Some decent points all around, even from some of my more budget players. However, when looking at my mini league positions and the overall leaderboard, the reality is that the game week was nowhere near as successful as it seemed. I’d dropped a few places in mini leagues and around 2,000 places on the leaderboard. For me, this is disastrous at this stage of the season. The transfer I made also reinforces how well my patient approach to the season has worked – Robertson was benched so I hastily took him out for Laporte. This is the first time this season I’ve made a quick transfer decision – this cost me a valuable 6 points this week with Robertson picking up 10 points later in the week. When I saw Robertson on the bench, and due to us being so close to the end of the season, I was desperate to try and gain a quick advantage. It backfired.
2 clean sheets for Patricio. There was a lot of debate at the start of the season about this position in the team. Many thought a premium keeper was the only way forward and that Patricio was cheap for a reason. He’s currently the second highest scoring goalkeeper – ahead of both Ederson and Alisson. For me, he’s been a great season long pick.
21 points for Alexander-Arnold was a positive, although I’d imagine most other people own him anyway.
8 points for Lindelof was welcomed. I wasn’t sure he was a certain starter and he’s cheap so any points from him always go down well.
Double figure points for Mane, Fernandes and Salah. I was tempted to remove Salah so it was good to see him back in the points.
The big problem with the team is who to replace Aguero with. His injury is far from ideal and ironically he would have probably taken the penalty that he earnt, had he stayed on the pitch. For me there’s only three realistic options:
Rashford – has fixtures in his favour. Man Utd are still in the FA Cup, have a Champions League place to play for with their remaining Premier League fixtures and are still in Europe. He’s the obvious choice on paper. The drawbacks are that he’s not playing through the middle at the moment with Martial taking that place and his point scoring form can be a little patchy.
Jimenez – he’s the in form striker in terms of points on the board after lockdown. However, Wolves don’t have that FA Cup fixture at the weekend. Wolves also have a couple of more difficult fixtures in July, but are still in Europe.
Kane – got back on the scoresheet during the game week but has some big drawbacks in terms of fixtures. Spurs aren’t in the FA Cup or Europe. However, we all know what Kane is capable of and he could be the most explosive point scoring player until the end of the season.
I still don’t know who to go for. It will probably depend on who starts in the FA Cup for Man Utd. If Rashford start, it’s tempting to pick for him for the rest of the season as Man Utd have good fixtures. I know many people will be thinking “what about Martial?”. I doubt many people opted for him before his hat trick – it would have been a massive punt if anyone did. He hasn’t consistently scored points this season and has picked up injuries along the way. I think his hat trick was his peak and that’s now been missed – although I could be completely wrong.
Tips for Game Week 42
My plan for game week 42 is to only make one transfer. Which will be to remove the injured Aguero. As mentioned above – I’m not sure who for yet. Ultimately, by the end of July, I’d like a team completely made up of players still in Europe. This is going to require a few transfers:
Patricio – keep
Lindelof – keep while he’s still starting
Laporte – keep
Alexander-Arnold – remove at end of July (potential replacements – Doherty, Maguire)
De Bruyne – keep
Sterling – keep
Fernandes – keep
Mane – remove at end of July (potential replacements – Pogba, Traore)
Jesus – keep, although questionable current form
Salah – remove at end of July (potential replacements – Jimenez, Rashford)
Aguero – remove now
That’s at least 4 transfers that I need to use between now and the end of July. At the moment, that only leaves me with 1 transfer to play with. We’ve seen a number of injuries this week so I’m very cautious that I might run out. I’d ideally like to leave my three transfers for August until later in the month to optimise my team for players who progress to the later stage of the European competitions.
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