View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 26

Friday, February 8 2019

 

No surprise that Man United centre-back Phil Jones signed a new contract this week. Except perhaps that it was with Man United…

No doubt he arrived a little late for his meeting and clattered into the back of the club secretary, throwing his hands into the air and looking pleadingly to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He has signed until 2023, with the option of another year. I’d suggest 1999.

Oops, there it is.

Goalkeeper

Total Pts

GW 25 Pts

Alisson (LIV)

112

2

Defenders

 

 

Robertson (LIV)

133

2

Alonso (CHE)

126

6

van Dijk (LIV)

121

2

Luis (CHE)

118

13

Midfielders

 

 

Salah (LIV)

181

2

Hazard (CHE)

163

15

Sterling (MC)

155

1

Mane (LIV)

132

8

Forwards

 

 

Aubameyang (ARS)

150

2

Aguero (MC)

132

2

 

Just two changes to tell you about this week, pop-pickers. One in midfield and one up top…

Re rewind…

The crowd says ‘No, select… tion changes?’ No, doesn’t work. Oh well.

The usual suspects fill the line up again. The only movement of note comes in the alternative back four (that is, five to eight). Laporte (MC), Doherty (WOL), Azpilicueta (CHE) and Pereira (LEI) all strengthened their cases. But not quite enough.

Red letter day…

Just a single digit change in our midfield four. Sane (MC) slips out and Mane (LIV) steps up, thanks to three in his last three. Salah and Hazard light (never gets old) the way. Only 20% of the FPL universe remain uninterested by the deadly duo. 

A late Serg…

After a languid spell – including injury – Aguero (MC) has darted into the Top Two, following his hat-trick v Arsenal. With Kane (TOT) still crocked and top gun Aubameyang (ARS) a slight doubt, the squat one might be ready for a surge-io.

In other news, lone wolf hhhhimenez (WOL) looks more like the subject of frenzied transfer speculation at the end of the season with every match.  

The Watch List: A bench of five.

If you haven’t got, or can’t get, or don’t fancy any of the above – this lot are handy alternatives. 

GK: Foster (WAT) – is my pick this weekend. Crouch or no Crouch. 
DEF: Doherty (WOL) – a frustrating brace in the wrong competition in midweek. Eyes roll.
DEF: Laporte (MC) – has even added goals to his game. Well, one. 
FOR: Rashford (MU) – is it me, or has he suddenly all grown up?  
FOR: Jimenez (WOL) – wonder what the Mexican restaurants are like in the Black Country.  

That’s how it looks from here.

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