After a great start to my FPL career this season, GW-5 was massive blow to me. I missed the deadline to replace suspended Michail Antonio, but it wouldn’t have made much of a difference to me with bench players Daniel Amartey (Leicester) and Ferran Torres (Man City) not playing at all.
On top of that, Lucas Digne’s own-goal was something I certainly didn’t expect. To be honest, the French international has been a massive disappointment so far, given his role of taking set-pieces and delivering dangerous crosses, but it seems his style of play has shifted a bit more defensively since the arrival of Rafa Benetiz.
Everton has decent fixtures coming up, and Digne has zero goal contribution so far, so pressure is mounting on the Merseyside club for not delivering, especially after their exit from the EFL Cup at the hands (and PKs) of Queens Park Rangers.
I expect Luke Shaw and his fellow Man United back line partners to eventually gain momentum for clean sheets. His approach moving forward will also deliver decent points for the long-term. But it’s Cancelo who is a risky choice. The Ferran Torres and Cancelo rotation risk will always be a question for me, given Pep Guardiola’s reputation.
The surprise in the previous two game-weeks is Southampton’s Tino Livramento. At such an affordable price (£4.2), the defender delivered back-to-back clean sheets against West Ham and Man City which is impressive. He may not be a long-term solution, but he’s still attractive given his price and consistent performances.
When it comes to midfield, I’m starting to worry for Mason Greenwood’s minutes, but he has been arguably the Red Devils’ best attacking threat apart from Ronaldo. With Jaden Sancho still “adapting” to the Premier League and Marcus Rashford probably not a regular since his shoulder injury, the teen sensation has to be nailed on for the next three game-weeks.
And, then comes Liverpool’s Diogo Jota who has been playing sensationally for Jurgen Klopp and Co. Goals shall flow eventually despite having zero contributions in the past three fixtures.
Of course the real fantasy stars Mo Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo are probably staying in my teams for the long term. I had a feeling to switch my captaincy to the Egyptian forward, but I’m still quite happy how it worked out with the Portuguese, even though he should have been awarded two clear penalties. Oh well, I will probably continue to keep my trust with the Red Devils’ talisman against Aston Villa this week.
I have two transfers for this week. I’m quite satisfied with my front line and midfielders; it’s my back line that needs adjusting, which is why I want to buy someone like Shane Duffy with Brighton being solid at the back. I’d also like a Chelsea defender, either Marcos Alonso or Antonio Rüdiger. I could drop Cancelo and Digne to help balance the squad. That’s my plan for now, but anything can happen later.
How are your teams doing? What advice do you have for me? How do you rate my Fantasy teams? What are your transfer plans for the upcoming GW? Any plans you have in mind? Please share your thoughts (and your own RMT request) in the comments section.