Kun does a Lewandowski, The Brodge gets the bullet but The Tinkerman steals the headlines.
How wrong were we to even suggest ditching Kun Aguero last week? Not only did he equal the 5 goals in a game record shared with Shearer, Berbatov, Cole and Defoe but he did it in just 20 minutes. Who does he think he is, Robert Lewandowski? Those managers who stuck with him and didn't swap him out for Lukaku were rewarded with 25 points, those who captained him an amazing 50 and some lucky chaps played their Triple Captain chip for a stupendous 75 points. If he hadn't been hooked on 66 minutes, it could have been more!
Going into the game, Aguero was without a goal in open play in 595 minutes in all competitions, and any Premier League goal in 424 minutes since City’s win over Chelsea on 16 August. The diminutive Argentinean’s first goal this weekend was his 80th Premier League goal and makes him the third-fastest player to reach this tally with only Shearer and van Nistelrooy scoring 80 Premier League goals quicker. Aguero’s 84 Premier League goals puts him on the same number as Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez, which is some exalted company to keep indeed.
However, it wasn’t just the Kun Aguero show, with Vardy, Lukaku, Sanchez, Payet, Ighalo, KDB, Walcott and Eriksen all doing well. Even Harry Kane scored although it was an OG.
But the biggest news of the week wasn’t anything to do with any of those players, nor was it Brodgers getting the tin tack (we all expected that anyway).
It was the Tinkerman doing what he does best and that’s doing everyone’s head in when he benched Riyad Mahrez for the game against Norwich. Its effect on us FL managers made the back page of the Daily Mirror and Twitter exploded especially from those poor souls who had him down for Triple Captain. The incredibly high scores this week would have been even more incredible had Mahrez played. We think the Tinkerman should be concerned about being knee-capped if he even attempts such a change ever again.
In our league the top 10 are as follows:
Luis Cruz, ConSol Partners
Jonathan @ PDA Search and Selection
Natasha Wilcox, Futura Rec2Rec
They used to say about Arnold Schwarzenegger, “He’s back” and we should be saying the same about the winner of the last two seasons, Jay Egersdorff. Last season, Jay made Walcott his captain for the last game. The out of form Arsenal man scored a hat trick and Jay went from 4th to 1st at the death. This week he’s scored an incredible 118 points without even playing any of his chips.
We haven’t seen sight or sound of ConSol Partners’ Luis Cruz since week 24 of last season when he was a mere 10th. Welcome back Luis for nailing 136 points with Kun as his TC. And welcome back also to PDA’s Jonathan and Jon Pheasant.Jay
Manager of the Week
Apart from his questionable team name, Rick has had a quite brilliant week playing his TC on Aguero and getting the bulk of the rest of his points from just 5 players in Cech, Cabaye, Sanchez, Pelle and Ighalo. We think that this is the highest ever points tally in a single week in our league so very well done Rick.
What chip are you playing next week Rick?
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With 121 points in 51st place, Spurs fan Lee Mitchell only managed a single Spurs player in his team and that was one-point Alderweireld. However, the usual mix of Vardy alongside North London rivals Sanchez, Payet and Walcott ensured Lee’s best ever week in the FL. Lee has been in higher places before and even finished 15th in our 2014 league and so we are hoping for better things ahead.
Page 1 for you next week Lee.
The Best of the Rest
With 106 points in 111th place we find City fan Gideon Radivan. Gideon actually finished joint 10th in last season’s league and so 111th place must be a tad disappointing for him especially after bagging 50 points for Aguero. Gideon had the presence of mind to have KDB as his VC and has used up his City allowance with David Silva.
Not a bad team, Gideon!
Taxi for Nathaniel Clyne......
Last year with Southampton, the ex-Palace defender was ripping it up with 2 goals, 2 assists and an incredible 13 clean sheets scoring 142 points by the end of the season. This season, the Brenda effect has kicked in and although he started well with 3 clean sheets in a row, he’s done diddly-squat since then. After his £12.5m transfer to Liverpool over the summer, many of us had high hopes for him and last week he was the second most owned player in the whole league with a 33.5% ownership. Alas, he’s only scored 24 points to date and that doesn’t even get him on the first page of the defenders’ table. Of course, the Klopp effect may change things, but for £5.5m you could get any one of 20 better players.
Get him binned!
One to watch..........
Are you looking for a defender with the fantastic differential of just 3.2% ownership, who only costs £5m, who has 34 points, who plays for a manager who is such a clean sheet expert he’s already notched up 4 of them, a defender who has scored a goal and who plays every game?
We wonder why more managers have not snapped him up.
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