Is it better to invest in strikers or midfielders?

With midfielders like Hazard, Sanchez and the Liverpool lot playing in basically forward positions and bagging a lot of goals and assists from that, this week we ask the question if it’s better to spend your transfer funds on forwards or midfielders.

Of course, midfielders do get treated better by the FL rulebook. They get an additional point per goal and also get a point for a clean sheet and all that helps but what about the key issue here – how many points per pound do you earn for each category?

We looked at the top 4 strikers and the top 4 midfielders and came up with the following analysis.

 

Name

Price

Points

Points / £m Spent

 

 

 

 

Strikers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costa

£10.5

73

6.95

Lukaku

£  9.8

69

7.04

Aguero

£13.1

61

4.66

Defoe

£  7.3

61

8.35

 

 

 

 

Total

£40.7

234

5.75

 

 

 

 

Midfielders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hazard

£10.0

82

8.20

Sanchez

£11.4

72

6.31

Coutinho

£  8.7

75

8.62

Firmino

£  8.6

67

7.79

 

 

 

 

Total

£38.7

296

7.65

 

Apart from what seems the obvious of what poor value Aguero & Sanchez offer and the fact that KdB has dropped out of the top 5 midfielders it would seem that we really are far better spending our cash on the top midfielders rather than the top strikers. In fact, we’re a third better off. Food for thought.

We’ll look at defenders and goalies next week.

In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:

Jay Egersdorff

Rob Smith

Andy Dunne

Adam Kaye

Chris McEnaney

Nathan Green

Bartley Hilliam

Ray Tully

Marc Cohen

Sam Lomas

Manager of the Week

Ray Tully.......

MDR Associates’ Ray Tully has broke the ton. Ray’s a complete newcomer to these pages and to the Top 10, but he’s put his City allegiances to one side (apart from his suicidal selection of Stones in defence) to go with Hazard as captain and no less than 3 Liverpool players in Firmino, Lallana and Coutinho. Chuck Costa and Azpilicueta in for good luck and you’ve got some team. Ray normally spends his time crown green bowling but we guess that the cold snap has put an end to that and he can concentrate on more important matters.

A superb week Ray.

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Sam Smith......

With 95 points in 57th place we’ve got Sam Smith. Liverpool fanatic, Sam couldn’t have that much faith in Kloppo because he only managed Firmino in his whole set up to represent his first love. At least he captained Hazard but we’re a bit worried about United defensive midfielder Carrick being on the bench (or indeed in the team).

Welcome to the newsletter Sam.

The Best of the Rest

Irfaan Hussain......

At 102nd place with 84 points we find Apply4U.com’s Irfaan Hussain. It’s nice to see a United fan who puts his money where his mouth is these days and actually selects one of his own team. Irfaan not only selected Ibra but captained him for a fantastic 24 points. What he’s going to do next time out with his hero being suspended is anyone’s guess.

What a fantastic week Irfaan. Welcome to the newsletter.

Taxi for...........

Leroy Fer......

The Swansea midfielder had a great start to the season scoring 4 in 7 games from a forward midfield position. The new manager doesn’t seem to rate him though and when he does play him, it’s in a more withdrawn role. He’s cheap but Joe Allen is only £200k more expensive.

Get him binned!

One to watch..........

Sam Vokes.........

If you scouted a striker who was 5th in the strikers’ total points table, 3rd in their form table, 2nd in their value season table and 1st in their value form table and yet only cost £6.1m with a 2.3% ownership, would you buy him?

No Brainer!

Team of the Week

The top manager of the whole league this week comes from England for a change in the form of John Kerry (even if he sounds a tad Irish). John scored 79 points this week to take him to an incredible 736 points. 

So what’s his team?

Heaton

Cresswell

Walker

Evans

Coutinho

Lallana

Hazard

Payet

Costa (c)

Lukaku

Austin

His subs were

Stekelenburg, Blind, Taylor, Marney

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