When you are struggling in the Fantasy Premier League and Gameweek 12 is upon us, you have a lengthy wish-list of transfers.
And frustration levels are more given the kind of season so far, where there has not been any consistent returns in performances from the usual suspects.
Halfway in the Gameweek 11 weekend one FPL manager, who has finished among the top 1,000 consistently over the years, tweeted this:
More than a quarter of managers have given up already.
You get the picture.
Also halfway through Chelsea’s game on Saturday, it was obvious what the next transfer will be for those not having Eden Hazard yet. Alexis Sanchez was going out to make way for Hazard. The next fixture also justifies the urgency.
And yet, the cloud of doubt over Hazard’s fitness after the internationals has muddied the waters a bit.
And with a heavy heart, I have decided to stall taking the bite and use my two transfers to rack up my defence, a long-ignored aspect of my team.
It is now as under:
Goalkeeper: Ben Foster
Defenders: Lovren, McAuley, Koscielny, Morgan, Kingsley
Midfielders: Gundogan, Allen, Capoue, Coutinho, Sanchez
Forwards: Rondon, Lukaku, Aguero
But it would be worth to make a note of the names that came up for consideration.
Chris Brunt in the defence will be used as a midfielder but I have three West Brom players already and until I swap out Salomon Rondon and / or Gareth McAuley later. It may be a problem you may not have.
Returns for Sanchez have dipped, Arsenal are up against Manchester United and Chelsea are better off on their trip to Middlesborough instead.
Another thing to consider for those on the fence with Hazard is Diego Costa’s injury which makes more attacking chances for the latter.
Philippe Coutinho, in all likelihood is going to be rested, and he will be on the bench accordingly.
Once again the popular captain choice is Sergio Aguero and again, I am ready to flow in the other direction on this. This is the second time Aguero is coming from a hectic trip after playing for Argentina.
The fatigue factor is high and Pep Guardiola has conceded he will be shuffling against Crystal Palace, the team with the worst record across four divisions in England in 2016. Last time he did play Aguero but this time the threat is more serious. Which would be a good time for Kelechi Iheanacho and Kevin de Bruyne to strike hot.
Aguero may come come off the bench but not enough for me to trust the armband with. Romelu Lukaku may have been invisible in the 4-0 thrashing by Chelsea but he is known to bully the smaller teams. Against the lowly Swansea City, Lukaku has the perfect chance to correct the record.
Who would you be going for? There is a captaincy poll on my Twitter timeline @kumarshyam