Pardew repays the vote of confidence
At the end of September, Alan Pardew was the bookie's favourite to lose his job. Newcastle had just 3 points on the board and hadn't managed a single victory in the Premier League and had been thumped 4-0 by Southampton into the bargain.
The tide turned at the beginning of October with a very respectable 2-2 draw away at The Liberty and since then they haven’t stopped with 6 wins in a row in all competitions including beating City 2-0 away in the Capital One Cup and only conceding a single goal in that run.
They remind us of the Newcastle of a few seasons ago whom we all turned to for great value defenders. Tim Krul is now the most in-form goalie in the FPL and 3 Newcastle defenders are in the top 4 defenders in the Value/Form table with Daryl Janmaat right up there with one of the best Value / Season scores and yet only owned by 7.1% of managers. Something tells us that it’s time to beat the rush.
In our league Newcastle defenders are conspicuous by their absence. We wonder how that will change in the weeks to come?
The top 10 are as follows:
Oli Ottey – Goodman Masson
John West – Meridian
Manager of the Week
Bartley Hilliam has shot up into 12th place with a fantastic 64 points this week. Bartley’s team is built around his magnificent defence of Krul, Dummett, Bertrand, Terry and Clyne who together gained him 35 points. Add to that the ever-dependable Fabregas and Costa and you can see why Bartley might be threatening the Top 10 next week.
A superb effort Bartley.
Page 2 Pacesetter
With an incredible 68 points in 75th place we find Mike Sutton whose majestic defence of Schmeichel, Dummett, Fonte and Clyne gained him 23 points by themselves. Add to that Spurs’ 21-year-old sensation Harry Kane and Hazard as his captain you wonder why Mike is on Page 2 at all. Kane, by the way has a similar goals per minute played ratio to none other than Luis Suarez. One to watch for the future.
Well done Mike.
The Best of the Rest
It really is one of those weeks when the second highest scoring manager in our whole league is in 164th spot but that shouldn’t take anything away from Stewart Roberts’ achievement of scoring a massive 66 points in a week when the average was only 44 points. Stewart has done so well that he’s leapt up the overall rankings by 336,484 places and is now firmly in the top 2 million.
Excellent work Stewart. Keep it up!
After Saturday evening’s debacle at The Emirates when Arsenal committed suicide against Manchester United, the words on everyone’s lips were that Van Gaal was absolutely right to sell the in-form England striker. When we say, “in-form” we actually mean in-form for England. For Arsenal, he’s been a disaster scoring just 2 goals in 11 matches. With Olivier Giroud now fit, he’s got no chance of retaining the No 9 shirt and all he can hope for is to return to the wide position where United played him. For FPL managers he’s no use at all and with Berahino, Austin and Sakho all miles cheaper, who on earth would hold onto him?
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