It’s that point in the season where many FPL managers are seeing out their respective seasons. Some good, others not. It’s also a time that we can see some younger players possibly get a run out, as end of season games can have the ability to produce some good scores. After back to back failed double game weeks, I am not so inclined to take a punt on these players, with the possibility of a start and even a return. Two weeks left, hopefully these final transfers will be enough to end the season on a small run of green arrows.
We’re all looking at Huddersfield and contemplating United players. Those same United that looked “invincible” earlier in the season, can’t seem to string a few passes together and #DaveSaves has become a sieve. This was a team I was looking at for the final two weeks of the season. Not doubt their poor play against the Terriers will be enough to see them to victory, but does that mean we ignore their form and bring a player like Paul Pogba back in?
He’s nowhere to be seen when looking over the last 4 game weeks. Just seven chances created over that period. Two goals both from PKs, just 9 penalty touches and 9 total shots. Well off the form we saw when “Old Gunner” took over earlier in the season.
Fixtures also tell me that David Brooks won’t be a good selection, as Spurs have dominated the Cherries in recent memory, lost six out of seven, including the last four by a combined score of 22-3! Callum Wilson looked good, but going back in on this club hasn’t produced consistent returns. I look for another poor showing for Bournemouth this week as they travel to White Hart Lane.
Another option, would be to buy back in on Diogo Jota, a player I brought in on my GW34 wild card, but moved the following week on a 16 point hit. He scored 11 points in GW35. Compared to some of the options I am looking at, he’s in form and Wolves are in good form three wins from five games and four attacking returns over that period. Final fixtures, home to Fulham, but away to Liverpool. One week punt? Should I be worried Fulham have three clean sheets in the last 3 games?
I’m still on Fernando Llorente and not because “there was something in the air that night” or because “the stars were bright” but I have decided to run with a single forward formation after the doubles, but am looking up top for a replacement. Initial plans, as I mentioned were to bring in Romelu Lukaku but that was weeks back when they were playing well and their forwards were health. That is no longer the case, even though their fixtures are good.
To combine with Luca Milivojevic, I am looking at Wilf Zaha as my second forward. Interesting that I started with him this season, lasting just 7 games and scoring 29 points (4.1 PPG). Not surprisingly, he was dropped just as he went on a poor run of form. The driving force behind him, the fact he is one of the best when it comes to diving, so see it as a double shot with him and Mili on board.
Another option, Troy Deeney. He SHOULD walk back into the starting XI for Watford, feel they have missed him and he is a better starter then Andre Gray, but that move could backfire, I’ve heard nothing from Javi Gracia on the team captain, but this late in the season I want to avoid undo risk and with Gray’s two in two games, Deeney might come off the bench. Still, I feel Gray is a bigger impact player off the bench, we miss Deeney’s presence and leadership on the pitch.
The short list for my starting XI: Zaha, Jota. Will wait to confirm on Friday, after we hear what managers say in their pressers.