With some issues on Friday and no transfer decisions made, I left it for late, as I considered possible options ahead of GW6. I had a few players on the board I was considering transferring, but it came to a sticking point of being £0.1 short. At that point, I had to reconsider after seeing I was going to lose £0.2 on a few players, which wouldn’t of helped my situation.In the end, I was no better than all those managers who bandwagoned in Ryan Fraser. I was silly enough to follow suite, as he allowed me to make a lateral move and replaced Ben Mendy with Kyle Walker, knowing full well I wanted to keep Man City coverage at the back.
While I am a bit late to the starting XI party, many of my players have already finished, as I post this at the start of the Brighton v Spurs game. However, I set up in a 4-3-3 today, as Fraser gets his first start, as does Walker, both replacements for injuries. I held Henrikh Mkhitaryan for one more week…why? “Fucking hell, mate” I don’t know, because I didn’t want to take a -4 hit for a player who would occupy a bench spot, in anticipation he comes good for Emery and plays.
Defensively, it was a Man City double up, with Ederson, still in goal. I have been getting cold feet, as there have been a lack of clean sheets, but after today, I feel a bit better. He partnered with teammate, Kyle Walker, as he will remain a starter until Mendy returns.
Liverpool’s, Andrew Robertson and Chelsea’s, Marcus Alonso, round out my big money defense. It was interesting to see what other FPL managers did to solve the Mendy problem. For those who didn’t sell, many brought in Palace’s, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, as the Eagles play Newcastle.
The midfield three contains the Liverpool double of Mo Salah, who got the captain’s armband and James Milner, who has been one of the most consistent performers to date. Still feel he is a steal at £5.5. Final midfield spot, which feels a bit like bringing Richarlison in, a true BANDWAGON selection. I selected Ryan Fraser, against my better judgment. Remember how often I talk patience? This wasn’t one of those times.
Up front, I remain unchanged with Sergio Aguero, Marko Arnautovic, who is still flagged and Wilfried Zaha. All played very well last week and there are no intentions to shake up this front line in the foreseeable future. Questions surround Arnie, while I expect him to start on Sunday, if there is a real injury that will keep him out, then I will need to reconsider.
Feel very good about my team again, practicing patience and ahead of this week had made just a single transfer and activated my wild card. Let’s see how it goes this weekend.