The red arrow refuses to go away. But it was heartening to read that one of the top FPL manager’s observation that rewards for a set of players will be shared with another and it is just a matter of showing patience with some and yet being on guard to identify the early bandwagons and sinking ships.
This season’s trend can be seen best from two examples from my team:
Philippe Coutinho: Failed to score but he was plainly unlucky not to be among the points. Unfortunately for me, I had a collective failure in the midfield department since the season began.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: He got just a point and picked up a yellow card but Ibrahimovic was unlucky to have four shots at the goal.
As per the official FPL site, last week was the joint second-lowest week in points and with two-thirds of FPL players around the world ending up disappointed with investments in the trio of captaincy choices – Ibrahimovic, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez.
The highest scoring side in Gameweek 7 was 133 points from United99, a first-timer in FPL who has invested heavily in defence with more than half of her £100m in that area – a complete contrast strategy to the majority. That, more of less, underlines the unpredictability factor this season.
Now, I had said Aguero will make way for Ibrahimovic this week. But Aguero is a doubtful after the hectic stretch of internationals. So is Sanchez.
The retired Swedish Ibra is rested and gets another chance even though he is up against Liverpool who are not strong at the back either. He gets to stay another week. Even if he scores, he wold make way for Aguero in Gameweek 9.
Like Ibrahimovic, another player with diminishing returns is Michail Antonio given West Ham’s slide. He certainly is on his way out given so many options in the midfield staring at me in the worst department in my team. But with Raheem Sterling turning doubtful and the form of Heung-min Son has prompted the inclusion of the Tottenham No 10.
There is Leroy Fer, Theo Walcott and Nacer Chadli waiting to get in and so do forwards Troy Deeney, Stuani, Jermain Defoe, Charlie Austin, Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku. If you are okay with Diego Costa just one yellow card away until December from getting suspended, he is an option too.
If only I could use the wasted wild card in hindsight!
As mentioned earlier, if the latest reports stay with Aguero and Sanchez under a cloud over a starting place, Son for a captain’s choice may not be a bad punt, in my opinion.
Last season, I was in a similar position and gambled with my chips to catch up ground, and things rolled my way when others left them late and turned out that it misfired for them.
I am not using them, yet, and hoping some unusual captaincy choices will make do. However that will be a very late call on Saturday afternoon.
PS: An article I read – too late since I did my transfers – lists out four players with maximum travel during the internationals. And all four are in my team – Son, Sanchex, Antonio Valencia and Salomon Rondon.
Now that is not a positive outlook, either.