Many are contemplating whether to save the Wildcard for later, mostly to pick up any latecomers at the January transfer window. My reasoning is that if you are one of the established player who is in the top three of the sub-leagues at the least, then you are better off holding that sledge hammer.
But for those NOT in the above category can play the wild card, and try and get it perfect as much as to 90 percent of the players on your wishlist. If you can, there will always be the gameweek free transfer to tweak that structure then.
I wanted one of the Manchester City and Chelsea midfielders. As it turned out, both my picks Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott are injured and necessitated the wildcard play. So here is my team for Gameweek 21:
Goalkeepers: It was tempting to get in Sunderland’s Vito Mannone in, but he is owned by many compared to the other two cheap options. Clean sheets have been unpredictable and few so one would rather hedge his bets on a strong midfield than at the back.
Defenders: With Seamus Coleman (Everton) and Per Metesacker (Arsenal) staying strong, I have replaced Lovren (Southampton). The choice was between someone like Dawson (Spurs) or Glen Johnson (Liverpool), but Manchester City’s Nastasic and Kolarov present the opportunity of an odd goal and clean sheet bonus given their strong run of results. The cheaper Nastasic, having missed out on a few games, is lot more fresher too after the holiday rush.
Forwards: Midfielders will have to wait, for a reason. With Luis Suarez already there, I shunted out Wayne Rooney so I can free up more cash and get a sense of what direction was possible. This was done before Rooney’s unavailability was confirmed. Mourinho’s interest and the World Cup coming up towards the end part of the league also means he could be cutting back the physical effort to preserve himself at the business end. I have gone for Jay Rodrigues (Southampton), who is the cheapest striker with maximum points on the descending order. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) hasn’t sizzled exactly for his 8.7m price so he had to make way for Danny Welbeck (Man United), with Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs) an option too. Welbeck remains a confirmed starter while only law of averages worked against Adebayor. We have 0.5 million in the bank to get him in, if we have to next week.
Midfielders: Having the forward line sealed, I managed to overhaul the complete row. At the cost of compromising on Eden Hazard with his Chelsea colleague Oscar, I have avoided one or two cheapie options as in with most managers, with Ross Barkley the lowest at 5.3m. I must say that I am reluctant though, and preferred him only and only because Everton was not being represented with the removal of Lukaku. They have much easier fixture list. Barkley has flattered to deceive mostly so hopefully the rub of the green is due to change. But if not, there are many options: Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea, 5.4m), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff, 5.3m) and his cheaper colleague Jordon Mutch (4.6m), Steve Sidwell (Fulham), Tom Huddlestone (4.9m, Hull), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, 5.3m) and Januzaj (Man U, 5.1m). Christen Eriksen has shown a good turn of foot and could be a timely buy, if Spurs continue their spirited performance of late. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle) can be an alternative if you don’t like Eriksen. Watch out for Stoke’s Ousamma Assaidi, who is injured but could make this list of price differentials.
PS: If you need more money, look at Saido Berahino (West Brom) who scored two goals in the last game. At 4.6m, he is the cheapest striker you can get.
Captain’s pick: No price for guessing. Luis Suarez
Let me know what you think?