Who has replaced Aguero in your team?
What a blow for those many FL managers who were so relieved that Kun Aguero had broken his goalless spell with 5 against Newcastle last gameweek to be faced with him being out for the next 6 weeks. At £13m he's just too expensive to have on the bench but who to replace him with?
The obvious candidate was Vardy who has scored 9 in 9 and only blew one blank in that time and at £6.9m, we can’t believe that he still has just a 36% ownership. Bony is Kun’s replacement at City but we were at the Bournemouth game and we thought his two goals and an assist flattered him. We’d certainly be surprised if he did that well against better opposition, but he is in a very good side and with Sterling playing with him and causing all sorts of panic, he may just keep it up.
At around the same price as Bony are Lukaku and Pelle. Everton have a tough ask this week with Arsenal away who haven’t conceded a home goal since the first weekend of the season, but after that they have got a beano. Pelle not only has the same number of goals as Lukaku but comes in with 5 assists as well. Southampton’s fixture list isn’t quite so benign as Everton’s for so long and he did fall out of form for a bit last season.
After that, we think we can look no further than Watford’s Ighalo who has also scored 5 goals but is in a much poorer side and doesn’t do assists. He is, however considerably cheaper and with goal scoring midfielders taking up 50% of the fit players in the top 10 goalscorers list he would free up lots of cash to buy whoever you want.
In our league the top 10 are as follows:
Luis Cruz, ConSol Partners
Jonathan @ PDA Search and Selection
Natasha Wilcox, Futura Rec2Rec
Adam Grainger hasn’t been seen on these pages for over 2 years, but he’s snuck into the Top 10 in joint 10th by playing his BB chip. Not that it did him that good mind, with Richards and Barkley only getting 3 points between them. Another name we haven’t seen for a couple of seasons is Mark Cohen when he won the MOTW award with 94 points. Mark has just played his WC and the boy’s done well with it like Adam, sneaking into joint 10th.
Manager of the Week
Last week, City fanatic Gideon was in 11th place and winning the Best of the Rest award. This week he’s the highest scoring player on Page 1 and has risen to 15th place. The lesson from this is don’t lose heart. With all the chips you can play this season, a quick move up the rankings is always possible. Gideon’s team name is My Little Bony and he’s as good as his word as he TC’d him to gain 48 points from him alone. We’re not sure about having Chris Smalling in the side though Gideon. Call yourself a City fan???
Page 2 Pacesetter
With 88 points in 64th place, Newcastle fan Miles Anderson-Smith knows a thing or two about players bubbling under and scored an amazing 25 points off the man of the moment, Georgino Wijnaldum. Miles also got a little lucky in that he captained the injured Kolarov and Jamie Vardy stepped in as his VC to bag him a nice 26 points.
Let’s hope that Wijnaldum can keep scoring Miles – for yours and McLaren’s sake.
The Best of the Rest
With 81 points in 116th place we find Terry Smith who, judging by his team name of Ninja Skrtels, could be a Liverpool fan who didn’t dare admit it when Brenda was in charge. We wonder if Terry will come out now Kloppo has arrived? Terry’s front line up of Pelle, Vardy, Costa, coupled with his midfield of Sanchez, Payet, Mahrez and KDB looks impressive enough but we wonder if there’s enough differential to get him beyond Page 2 when everyone else has the same players?
Great week Terry!
Take your pick......
The international matches have caused devastation amongst our teams with some managers having 4 or 5 injuries having already played their wildcard. There is actually an argument next season, to play your wildcard after the October internationals. Aguero, Silva, Kolarov and Krul are all out for varying amounts of time and the question is, are they worth transferring out or grinning and bearing it?
One to watch..........
His 4 goals from midfield against Norwich on Sunday might be seen as some sort of fluke but this boy has form. Not only is he the 3rd most expensive signing ever for Newcastle after Shearer and Owen, but last year he was the captain of the PSV side that cruised to the Dutch championship with 17 points to spare. Not only was he the captain, but he scored 16 goals from midfield into the bargain. We wonder why more managers have not snapped him up.
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