Nearly though the festive period, as we are look ahead to ringing in the new year, for me I will just be waking up to go to work early, so any transfer I have planned will need to be sorted out today. Recently, it hasn’t been failed transfers, gaining 30 points in the last four game weeks. Season lows of 45 and 40 points kicked off a negative trend in game week 16. On 68 points for game week 19, I was unlucky not to have a small green arrow, but the top 100k was in excess of 70 points. Talk about frustration. As I noted in my retrospect, 50 points isn’t good enough as I end the year on a red arrow.
To start 2019, I have £2.0 ITB and a free transfer to spend. We also have our second wild card available, but I am doing my best to hold this until the DGW/BGW period to give me the best chance to implement a strategy with all my chips in tact. It’s about prioritizing transfers. Players I am looking at with renewed vigor include Eden Hazard, Mo Salah, Raul Jimenez and Danny Ings. Unfortunately, £2.0 million isn’t enough to do much with, looking to transfer Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Felipe Anderson and Paul Pogba.
A few weeks back, the fall guys were to be Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but both have ticked on with some good production that I’ve tied my hands, leaving myself short on getting Hazard in for the next two home games Chelsea have. Based on their lucrative match ups, I have no intention of moving the big men to improve my midfield.
Defensively, Marcos Alonso (109 points) isn’t going to be transferred. Many FPL managers continue to look upon the Chelsea wing back in a negative light with no attacking returns since game week 11. Since that time, Chelsea has posted just four clean sheets and he’s lost £0.3 since. Let’s add into the equations the five times he’s hit the goal post. Just one or two of those go in, FPL managers are right back on the Alonso train. Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk are set and forget defenders I have no intentions of moving.
So where does that leave me? Without taking a hit this week, Hazard isn’t a possibility. At home against Southampton, this Saints team is still poor defensively, which means Aubameyang could be a strong play, owned by 30.6% of managers across the top 1000 and 49.2% across all FPL. The same goes for Kane, even though you would think Twitter moved him out after the “lack of touches” yet he still returned for Spurs this past weekend.
It appears I will back another £0.2, as I finally move Callum Wilson out in favor of an overpriced (£6.3) Raul Jimenez. Wish this were a move I made before hit crack £6.0 but Wilson was still ticking along with some consistency. Jimenez could easily fit in as a second forward for those 2-man forward formations and give me a bit more ITB out of game week 21.
In all honesty, it’s one of those weeks I really don’t know what I want to do. That means nothing should be the direction I go, setting me up a potential big move next week on the back of 2 FTs.