Hope everyone had a great gameweek and their FPL teams don’t require too much surgery ahead of gameweek 23 – looking at you Kane.
Gameweek 22 Review
A small 900 place red arrow 🔻
Sir Harold Kane 🤕🤕🤕
— FPLFootballAdvice (@FootballAdvice5) January 15, 2019
After 4 consecutive red arrows, the team was so close to its first green arrow until the automatic subs dropped me slightly into the red! Hopefully though, this can be the start of a great run going into the back end of the season.
No better place to start than in goal and after 8 blanks, Ederson finally kept a clean sheet and returned some points. While he is still on the chopping block, I can see City possibly keeping clean sheets in their next 2 games too.
The defence were the big returners, including a brilliant 12 point haul from Digne – his 3rd this season. With further great fixtures coming up, Digne could prove to be a brilliant budget option over the coming weeks. Robertson got his customary clean sheet and a welcoming 3 bonus points. While Wan-Bisakka somehow got himself 3 bonus points even though his team lost and conceded 2 goals. Still scratching my head on that one!
The big disappointment once again was Alonso, who finally will be leaving my team this week. While he has the potential to keep clean sheets at Chelsea, his price tag is far too expensive for the attacking returns that he is creating.
Although Hazard didn’t return the big captain haul that i was hoping, the lack of points from other players soften the blow in choosing him as captain. Hazard looked isolated at times and the general lack of creativity at Chelsea right now is a worry for owners unless they buy over the transfer window.
Pogba looked great against Spurs, creating 6 shots, 3 key passes and an assist during the match. Glad to own him and looks a season long hold for the United midfielder. It was disappointment in Richarlison, however with the upcoming fixtures i still think there is value in the Brazilian. 11 shots in his last 3 league games, i sense a goal is coming for him.
The major blow for the team was both the blank from Kane and then the injury that sounds like it could be for up to a month. With the brilliant fixtures coming up for Spurs, it will be such a shame if Kane doesn’t feature in any of these and instead I have to transfer him out of the team.
Gameweek 23 Transfer Thoughts
As mentioned in previous team articles, my plan was to always bring in Salah ahead of GW23 after predicting a tricky match against Brighton. The decision was based around whether to sell Hazard or Sterling to fund the transfer, and whether I can avoid a points hit!
While both have their worries, I felt that Man City would have a much stronger finish to the season than Chelsea. Pep doesn’t have the luxury of casually resting his star players, and Sterling is one of those players. While I do expect the occasionally rest, I feel that he will be an integral part of City’s title charge.
Hazard on the other hand again frustrated owners, while registering an assist, both the team and player performance was underwhelming. Hazard shown glimpses of brilliance but it is clear that the creativity is lacking as a team currently and is screaming out for a goal scorer at the club.
So Hazard became the man to make way. These transfers were all made on Saturday evening after knowing that Salah’s price was to rise that night. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the money in the bank to make a straight transfer, therefore I had to find another transfer to fund the move.
After owning him for far too many weeks, it seemed the perfect time to finally transfer out Marcos Alonso. While he may pick up the occasionally assist until the end of the season, he has been seriously underwhelming at his price tag.
I wanted to double up on the Liverpool defence alongside Robertson, and TAA currently priced at £5.2m was too good value to pass on. Liverpool’s fixtures look amazing and as well as offering attacking potential the defence have been as consistent.
In order to again fund the TAA transfer, I had to reluctantly dip into a 4-point hit. Although having great fixtures, Danny Ings was the only viable option to be replaced. I expect Ings to do well after he returns from his injury, however he is still a rotation risk and clearly hampered by injuries.
So Ings to Kamara was the final change for the team.
Now the big problem
While I thought it was wise to move early in order to beat the Salah price rise, the Kane injury has created a few problems. Firstly, its fair to say that I will be waiting until the end of the week to make any sort of decision on holding or selling Kane. But if it does prove that he is injured for a number of weeks, then I might be tempted by a wildcard for the squad to avoid taking serious hits. Not ideal, and probably unlikely, but the choice is on the radar.
Recently I tweeted about my views on the best alternative for Kane below:
Wouldn’t recommend rushing to any decisions on shipping Kane until the injury news is clear!
However, if it is bad news, then it’s worth checking out some of these alternatives
— FPLFootballAdvice (@FootballAdvice5) January 13, 2019
For the team, the choice seems to be between Aubameyang or Rashford. Having already taken a 4 point hit, I can’t bring myself to take a 12 point hit and bring both in, therefore sparking the possible wildcard debate for my team.
Loads to think about and it feels like a season defining week for my season with the decisions I make. Exciting times and hopefully I make the right call, I will update the team throughout the week.
So here is the team after the current transfers:
Alonso ➡️ Alexandar Arnold
Hazard ➡️ Salah
Ings ➡️ Kamara
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