Guest post by Ian Dennis
So that time has arrived, hours after the prices have dropped, like children on Christmas Eve, we Dream Teamers are now busy scrambling around putting teams together for the new season.
For me I genuinely love this bit, Scrolling through lists of players trying to find the ones who you think are a bargain and represent value and then trying to fit them into your 11 alongside the so called premium players.
I think most of us agree that the majority of points generally come from the front 6/7 so trying to maximise potential in the attacking area whilst hoping for clean sheets from possible cheaper bargain defenders is the way I usually tend go.
I like to have one reliable premium defender in my 11 (say TAA) along with 2 mid priced or cheap defenders so that I can then blow the majority of my budget on the front 7.
I look particularly at goal scorers and penalty takers as this is where the points are. Then it’s the dilemma of sticking to trusted performers like Aguero & Kane or risking new players like Werner who could prove great value but are unproven.
Trying to pick a balanced team just from the top 2 or 3 clubs is doable but sometimes you just need that cheaper nugget from a mid division team ala Traore last season, who will this seasons hidden gem be?
Game time comes into the equation as you don’t really want players in your team who aren’t guaranteed minutes.
I’ve seldom gone down the blocking defence route as I find especially with LFC defenders they’re now too expensive, although this route can definitely work and bring big points. I think for me if I were to go down the block defence route now I may gamble and do it with say a Wolves block as this wouldn’t necessarily blow too much of the budget, still allowing money to get a couple of the higher priced much sought after ‘goal machines‘ into your side.
Everyone has there own preferences when it comes to building teams and there’s no right or wrong – that’s the beauty of selecting your new team, no one knows at this stage what will work and who will out preform their peers.
I wish you all luck in finding the right formula whether that’s based on stats, gut instinct, previous successes or just asking the kids there favourite Liverpool players.
Here’s to an enjoyable, pandemic free 2020/21 season…