Who are the promoted bargains?
Last night at The Emirates saw one of the most thrilling 0-0 draws that we've ever witnessed but now that's over and most of the Premiership issues are now settled bar who gets the "coveted" Europa League spots and who gets the final relegation place, we turn this newsletter's focus onto next season and the promoted sides.
We’ve all had great success this year with bargain basement players from the promoted teams. Forwards such as Danny Ings and Charlie Austin have been brilliant value alongside Burnley’s goalie, Tom Heaton to mention just a few. So who are the possible bargains coming up this year?
The promoted teams are Bournemouth and Watford with Middlesbrough and Norwich contesting the play off finals at Wembley this weekend – quite rightly billed as the richest game in world soccer.
Bournemouth scored 98 league goals to win the division with Watford on 91, Norwich on 88 and Boro scoring just 68. In the goals against column, Bournemouth conceded 45, Watford 50, Norwich 48 whilst Boro only let in a miserly 37. You can see at a glance that Boro manager, Aitor Karanka used to be Jose’s assistant at Real Madrid! We sense that should they win at the weekend, Boro will be a top choice for defensive bargains next season with Greek keeper, Dimi Konstantopoulos a possible choice for reserve goalie.
In terms of players, these will obviously change when the promoted clubs get their hands on the Premiership riches but Watford’s Troy Deeney & Odion Ighalo along with Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson all bagged 20+ with Norwich’s Cameron Jerome and Boro’s Patrick Bamford not far behind. Also keep an eye out for Bournemouth’s Matt Richie who scored 15 from midfield.
In our league Camino Partners’ Matt Newman extended his lead over most of his rivals and with just one game to go. Matt’s team contained all the usual suspects and with lots of the final week’s games being dead rubbers, it would be unthinkable that anyone could catch him now. However, that choice of captain could just propel one of the chasing pack into the top spot and that £500 prize. There are 4 contenders for the £100 2nd prize with only 2 points separating Marcus Francis, Meridian’s John West and Jay Egersdorff. At the bottom end of the Top 10, we have 5 managers vying for that last spot currently occupied by new kid on the block, Bauhaus’s Ben Wilcox with 1,908 points but any one of Dawid M, David Star, Gideon Radivan or Phu could pip Ben to the post and claim that £50 runners up prize.
The top 10 are as follows:
John West – Meridian
Oli Ottey – Goodman Masson
Ben Wilcox – Bauhaus
Claiming your prize
We’d just like to remind everyone that to claim your prize you must actually be employed in a trading recruitment agency on the final day of the season and be able to prove it. That does exclude managers who work in related support areas such as umbrellas. You must also have the name of your agency in your FL name. To do this you go to User Profile at the bottom left of the screen, then log in and go to Update Your Account. You can then add your agency’s name to your Lastname and press submit. We need you to do this so that we can verify that the person claiming the prize is the same person who is on the league table.
To claim your prize, email email@example.com by Monday June 1st, 2015. Futura will run through some ID and other checks, take your bank details and then send your prize money out shortly afterwards.
If you don’t claim by that time you will forfeit your prize so please make sure it’s done on time and that you set your email for a sent and read receipt. Futura will acknowledge all claims with 24 working hours of receiving them. If you don’t get an acknowledgement please call Futura on 0161 923 9000.
Manager of the Week
Eddie Dowling has been a fixture in the Top 10 for most of the last half of the season. It’s a shame he had a blip along the way or he could have been challenging for the top spot itself. This week, he’s scored 84 points to take him to 6th place and a guaranteed runners-up prize. This week Eddie has made some top team choices such as Pantilimon (14), van Aanholt (15) and Bellerin (10). With Arsenal’s double gameweek, Sanchez wasn’t a bad choice as captain (he’s got to come good eventually) but it wasn’t to be.
Well done for a great season Eddie.
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Back in October, Gareth Davies not only won Manager of the Week, but he was 9th in the table. What a fall from grace to now lie in 68th spot but he has won something this week with a superb 75 points. Gareth’s best players weren’t the usual crew which might explain his tumble however, every dog has its day and when van Aanholt, Puncheon and Rose chip in with 39 points and when your captain (Rooney) is injured and your VC is Benteke you just know you’re on a run.
A great start and a great finish Gareth. Try a little harder in the middle bit next year please.
The Best of the Rest
Rick Foster’s done it again! He won this same prize last week with 100+ points and he’s only gone and scored another 72 this week. Of course, loyal Sunderland fan that he is, he was always going to get something out of their double gameweek coupled with their usual Houdini end of season performances.
For a man who’s not made a single transfer since Mar 2nd, the boy’s done well.
“Natasha fully understood exactly what I wanted when I was looking for a new role and within a day of receiving my CV had set up numerous interviews for me. By really understanding what I wanted she managed to secure me a fantastic new job within a week - with a payrise! Natasha is a fantastic recruiter and I have already recommended her to my friends.”Futura candidate