In this article we are reflecting on our game week 4 performance, and look ahead to the FPL gameweek 5 preview of the squad.
Gameweek 4 Review
Gameweek 4 points: 50
Overall points: 283
Overall Gameweek rank: 44,183
Gameweek 4 proved to be a difficult week for many FPL managers, with only a 44 point average across the game. We finished the week with a respectable 50 points which has given us our first red arrow, now sitting at an overall rank of 44,183. For those that can’t remember, our GW4 team article discussed why we decided to keep Richarlison and keep our free transfer for over the international break. The decision we avoided was transferring Richarlison to Walcott, and it seems like we made the right call with Walcott’s 1 point return and potential injury worry.
Our premium defenders once again returned us with decent points, especially Alonso who looks like he could score or assist in every match. It seems like Alonso is thriving as much under Sarri as Conte, and turning into a must-own for many managers.
Mendy should of registered a clean sheet if it wasn’t for Newcastle’s rare attack. To put it into consideration, Newcastle had an xG of 0.55 and only had 3 shots throughout the match. Monreal couldn’t repeat his heroics from the previous gameweek, and instead highlighted the flaws that the Arsenal defence currently have.
Our midfield had a week to forget, with both Salah and Mkhitaryan returning awful scores. It took a substitute goal from Pedro to salvage the situation, and hopefully put himself in the starting 11 for the next gameweek. Morata’s ineffectiveness against Bournemouth could see Hazard, Pedro and Willian all play in the same team, dispelling any worries over Pedro’s game time.
Zaha’s shock injury was softened by the automatic substitution of Danny Ings into our team. Ing’s is proving to be a great transfer in for the squad, especially at his initial £5.5m price tag. He’s currently having an average 4.3 shots per 90 and has an xG90 of 0.71, amazing statistics for a budget forward.
Gameweek 5 Transfer Thoughts
As mentioned previously, we have 2 free transfers to use over the international break and are hugely grateful for them after the Zaha news. We have a few players including Zaha that we are considering transferring this week or in the near future.
Robertson seems like an unthinkable transfer out for many FPL managers, and we are still not sure whether we have lost our minds. But our thought process is based around the fixtures that Liverpool have coming up. They play Spurs (A), Chelsea (A) and Man City (H) in their next 4 fixtures and we think that there could be better value elsewhere. He isn’t a priority right now but we are looking at potential options.
Mkhitaryan was reduced to the bench against Cardiff and only came on with 2 minutes to play. Emery has thrown a massive spanner in the works as Miki was planned to be our budget entry into the Arsenal attack over the favourable fixtures. It seems like it might be a bit quick to transfer out Miki after one match on the bench, especially after his excellent stats prior to this.
Ozil seems to be his direct competition and it doesn’t look like he has done anything special to cement his spot. If we were to go for a transfer, Ramsey is a name that we keep heading back to, and if he cements his spot he could become a target for us in the coming weeks. He had the highest xA90 against Cardiff at 0.31 and registered 4 key passes, and on another day could of scored big.
Our stance on Richarlison so far hasn’t changed, and after holding off for one week we don’t see anymore reason in doing a transfer now. Walcott didn’t show anything that justified a value swap for the Brazilian, and with Walcott’s potential injury it has made the decision a lot easier for us.
Fraser and Zaha are the final two players that are transfer options for us and potentially will be taken out together. Zaha’s injury hasn’t been finalised but it sounds like it could be around a month, and with Richarlison already on the injury list, our squad can’t afford two injured players. Fraser on the other hand hasn’t done anything bad to consider his transfer out, but instead a player has shown their stripes.
Adama Traore was one of our picks for GW4, and rewarded our trust with a goal against West Ham. Traore’s underlying stats drawn us to him and his goal made the case for him even stronger. We can’t sit here and write that he is a brilliant, world class player. But his pace and directness is a threat to any team and more importantly a bonus points dream. Wolves too have favourable fixtures coming up and we think that he could be a great 5th midfield option for our squad.
With £0.5m in the bank, it has given us some options along with time in the volatile price changes this season. We haven’t come to any decision yet but the mentioned players will be on our radar.
We will be posting a few team article in this 2 week international break, so be sure to check out those for further thoughts and changes. We will also be releasing articles about our favourite differential picks and looking at some popular player comparisons for those managers that are struggling to choose. Comment below in this article if their are any players you’d like us to write about, we are striving to create a community and would love to start conversations with our readers.