Koeman dispels the Manager of the Month curse
So much for the Barclays Manager of the Month award being a curse. Ronald Koeman collected the award before the Sunderland game and then went on to watch his team destroy the Mackems with his refreshingly swish style of football and no less than 8 goals This week they beat Stoke to go second in the table having conceded a mere 5 goals all season. Being keen aficionados of Barcelona, Koeman was always a hero of ours ever since his blockbuster free kick won the 1992 European Cup at Wembley, but we've never rated him as a manager before with most of his previous jobs lasting less than 12 months.
Maybe he’s been on a training course, because he certainly seems to have bought extremely well in the transfer window and has then integrated his new players and what was left of Pochettino’s team into a viable top 6 outfit. Graziano Pelle scored an amazing 50 goals in 57 appearances for Feyenoord and is continuing his run with The Saints with 6 in 8. £8m for this goal machine? Yer aving a bubble baff mate. Why didn’t the other 19 EPL managers see this one? He also bought Dusan Tadic, the best midfielder in the Eredivisie for a mere £11m and England goalie, Fraser Forster for £10m. Add to that the loan signing of Champions League winner Ryan Bertrand from Chelsea and keeping hold of Morgan Schneiderlin (we bet he’s glad he didn’t go to Spurs now!), Koeman and his brother Erwin have done an amazing job on the South Coast. And he’s still got Jay Rodriguez to come back yet.
For FPL managers, that means cheap players who can gain you points week in, week out. We can already see many of the top teams in the league filling up with Saints and Hammers players supplementing a few big names. In fact, in our league all of the top 5 managers have their full complement of Saints players.
That man Oli Ottey is still first but coming up fast is a true challenger in the shape of Ryan Roberts who is now only 15 points behind him. Last week, Ryan had only just squeezed into the Top 10. This week, he’s in second place with a stunning 68 points and that was without his star striker, Diego Costa!
Watch your back Oli. We also welcome back into the Top 10 old stager, John West of Meridian. Long time, no see John. Other new names are Simon McFarland and Keith Sammons.
The top 10 are as follows:
John West – Meridian Business Support
Manager of the Week
The other go-to value side for FPL managers is West Ham. After last season’s woes, it seems incredible that the Hammers are sitting in 4th place and bossing City at the weekend. After all, this is the side that lost 9-0 on aggregate to City last year in the Capital One Cup semi final. The Hammers’ improvement has not been lost on West Ham fan Simon McFarland who’s filled his squad up with 3 Hammers and 3 Saints players to gain an incredible 69 points when the league average is just 38. Hmmm, maybe something in that?
Very well done this week, Simon.
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With 68 points in 68th place (that’s got a nice ring to it) we find Paul Brogan. We have to say that Paul’s selection this week looked a tad uninspiring until you see the 32 points he gained by choosing Sanchez as his captain. The Arsenal man is a midfielder playing as a striker and has scored 29 points in his last two games. but when you’ve got a strike force comprising Ulloa, Welbeck and Falcao, these are the midfielders you need in your side!
Great week, Paul.
When City won their final 5 games at that end of last season, Dzeko scored 5 goals in 3 of those games to effectively take the Premiership title back to The Etihad. This season hasn’t gone quite as well for the £27m Bosnian who has scored in only one match all season and has provided just a single assist. At £8.4m he looked a bargain at one point but not now. On Saturday at Upton Park he was a picture of listless disinterest with no work rate, a lack of touch and control and with very little threat in front of goal. Time to say goodbye as Sarah Brightman once sang.
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