I’d argue Spurs at home isn’t a terrible game. All four of their starting defenders played in the knockout stages of the Euros…and that was off the back of Spurs’ 2013901238129038912 game season last year. If Everton can grab someone like Mata or a non-fraud winger then I’m sold.
Initially I really wanted another £4.5m keeper + Hull’s Robertson who I rate as a player, but for now I think it’s sensible to take Jakupovic + a different £4.5m defender in order to save £0.5m for elsewhere (for example, the quality of forwards below £6.5m really drops off).
Yeah, I’m not saying the Spurs game is terrible just one of the harder games you could start with although the point about the Euro’s could play a part. There fixtures beyond that; West Brom, Stoke, Sunderland, Boro, Bournemouth and Palace are hard to look by, you’d expect goals.
Mata would be a good way to save cash if he does go to Everton, 7.5 is good value. I like Tadic’s prospects as well but I’m not feeling a double up in attack, especially with the new manager, just yet.
At 5.5 the options I can see are Fischer, Gradel/Ibe and Tore/Feghouli. The West Ham one I’m interested in as its a cheap way to get into there team especially with Payets price and the lack of a top tier striker. Carroll did decent for them towards the end of last season but I don’t think I’d trust him all the time .
Töre had a couple of bright sparks against England in that pre-Euro friendly, other than that I don’t really know anything about him. I’m not sure how West Ham will line up now, given that Sakho looks to be on his way out, and their only RB is Sam Byram (I’ve picked him up for now). I know Antonio played a few games there last season but he’s listed as a midfielder.
Well, the West Ham subreddit is slaughtering Antonio for his performances so far this pre-season lol. I think a lot of them are panicking because they sold Tomkins and now Antonio at RB is being found out against bakers and dentists.
I’m fairly sure City will sign a CB by the end of the window. Demi’s gone, Mangala and Otamendi were utter frauds last season and even Kompany looked a little washed with all his injuries. It’s a shame Clichy/Kolarov tend to rotate, Kolarov was excellent at the start of last season when Clichy was injured.
I have also tried to avoid Spurs and Arsenal players in initial thoughts. Only thinking is Cech. Arsenal do well with clean sheets, and he is the cheapest guaranteed starter (5.5) although Mert and Gabriel are 5.0 but there’s a rotation risk.
Agree completely with City picking the defence is a big problem. Sagna almost made RB his own last season with injury & poor performances from Zabaleta, Kolarov started at LB due to Clichy being injured but it wasn’t long until he was dropped to the bench for Gael. The fullback rotation at city is always worrying. Kompany can’t get more then a few games. Stones at 5.0m will be good value if he plays and is not rotated with Otamendi. Nothing worse in FF when your defender is left out and the team get a clean sheet.
I’m finding it quite difficult to justify picking any Watford players at the moment. Not only do they have a tough schedule on paper, but they sacked Flores who got the club promoted. The only reason they stayed up last season was because Flores set the team up to concede as few goals as possible – they were very difficult to beat at home. Without Ighalo’s good form, they basically didn’t score, I think the picked up something like 5 points in the final 10 games of the season.
I’ve personally bottled Lukaku for now due to just how frustrating a player he is…the streakiest premium striker in the league bar maybe Giroud. However, I can see why people have picked him. Wimmer could be a steal if Vertonghen is indeed out for the first 3/4 games and you plan on using an early WC.