Fantasy Preview – Match Week 4

After a long international break, a very busy deadline day, and a Sergio Aguero suspension, fantasy football is back!

That Aguero issue has led many to use their wildcard chip this week and, for most, that’s probably the right call. Do not feel pressured to wildcard if you like your team however. If you can make it through the muddied waters of suspensions, injuries, and transfers through MW7, there will be an excellent opportunity to use your wildcard then.

For those that have been forced into making many moves, like myself (thanks to Cesc Fabregas not getting minutes, Riyad Mahrez not knowing how to take a penalty, and Aguero wantonly elbowing people) let’s look at the top five new signings, buys, and sells for fantasy!

NEW SIGNINGS

Wilfried Bony – Forward, Stoke City, 8.3

Arguably the best intra-Premier League fantasy move of the window, Bony will bring a much needed focal point to Stoke’s attack. While his time at City failed for many reasons you should not hold too much of a grudge considering his shot accuracy dropped just one percentage point from his prolific time at Swansea. A supporting cast of Bojan, Arnautovic, and Shaqiri should see Bony finish with ten or more goals from here on out.

David Luiz – Defender, Chelsea, 6.0

Frankly Luiz is much better in other formats and is probably too expensive at 6.0. That having been said, his price may help keep his ownership fairly low making him the rare high price differential. His mindless runs forward should see him earn more points and bonus points than, say, Shkodran Mustafi whose small size will likely see him amount to nothing more than a clean sheet gamble every week.

Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Bromwich Albion, 6.4

Last season was disappointing for sure, but let’s not forget his eleven goal and six assist effort from 2014/15. Chadli is a terrific attacking player and he should constantly be one of the two furthest players up alongside Salomon Rondon who has been thirsting for a more talented and/or consistent provider. It’s always possible that Tony Pulis sees Chadli as a perfect left back or some nonsense, but he’s definitely worth a gamble at such a reasonable price.

Bruno Martins Indi – Defender, Stoke City, 5.0

Indi walks into Stoke as an immediate improvement on the departing Philipp Wollscheid. There are definite question marks surrounding this Stole defence as Butland looks set to miss over a month setback due to injury so this may be a better option in the long term than the short. Indi is very athletic and can be a menace on set pieces so he’s at least worth keeping on the radar.

Markus Henriksen – Midfielder, Hull City, 5.5

The Henriksen deal was one that snuck in just under the wire of deadline day and, weirdly, no one is talking about it. He was terrific in the Eredivisie with twelve goals and seven assists in twenty-eight matches and is an incredible talent. He is immediately one of the eleven best players at Hull and it’s a matter of when, not if, he’ll make it into their starting side. His creativity should see him form a deadly goal/assist pairing with the equally underrated Abel Hernandez.

BUY

Eden Hazard – Midfielder, Chelsea, 10.2

Now on 2 goals and an assist in this young season, Hazard is clearly back to his former “Player of the Year” self. With so many other big fantasy names failing to deliver the goods Hazard is a shining light even if it is a high price point. He’s a must own and just about a must captain against a wallowing Swansea defence.

Harry Kane – Forward, Tottenham, 10.9

I realise this is a bit of a gamble but Kane has several things going for him: He is out of the month of August (in which he’s never scored), Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen both showed signs of life during the international break, and Tottenham face a Stoke side who have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season. I wouldn’t buy up on Kane at the moment, but he’s a terrific downshift from the briefly unownable Aguero.

Roberto Pereyra – Midfielder, Watford, 6.0

He is an absolute steal at just 6.0. This is a player that was a regular player for Juventus last season and he walks into a Watford side that was desperately crying out for a creative influence. He already has a goal on the books and his terrific vision should help get Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo firing again. The matchup with West Ham does little to temper my excitement.

Scott Dann – Defender, Crystal Palace

Finally managed to work a Crystal Palace player into this article on a Crystal Palace website! This is no charity however, as Dann has proven a lethal attacking option finishing just second in goals scored by defenders last season. The next three matchups look very kind (Middlesbrough, Stoke, Sunderland) and, with Mandanda finally in net, Palace should finish with plenty more clean sheets than last season’s paltry 8.

Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Brom, 6.4

Is it too early to hop on the Chadli hype train? I hope not as I have already brought him into my team. I will try to refrain from rambling as I already mentioned him in “New Signings” but I really do believe he could thrive at the Albion. This week he is up against Bournemouth who have yet to even slow an attack let alone stop one.

Sell

Sergio Aguero – Forward, Manchester City, 13.0

He stupidly lashed out at Winston Reid and will now be suspended until the 24th of September. Holding onto him is unwise as, added to your current bench, you would be spending over 25% of your budget on inactive players.

Erik Lamela – Midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur, 7.1

Unfortunately it has already been announced that Lamela will miss out on Saturday due to a late return from international duty with Argentina. This is only a sell for people who are wildcarding as using your chip and keeping a player that is not playing is just foolish. I am just dropping him for this week and will bring him back in soon as I still stand by my ‘Lamela will be a top fifteen midfielder’ sentiment.

Riyad Mahrez – Midfielder, Leicester City, 9.5

His missed penalty last match week was his third of his last four attempts. If Vardy takes over penalty duty or, you know, Mahrez keeps taking them and continues to miss, his value drops significantly. A lateral move to Ozil or Payet is likely the best course of action.

Christian Fuchs – Defender, Leicester City, 5.5

I still like Fuchs but he is just not worth the money right now. The performances of Dann, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, and Kyle Walker at the same price point just make owning Fuchs difficult. If you need convincing, bear in mind that Leicester face Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea in their next five matches.

David de Gea – Goalkeeper, Manchester United, 5.5

David De Gea is the best keeper in the Premier League, but that does not a must own player make. I hate to say it, but De Gea is just a lazy own. Yes he will finish as a top three keeper but at 5.5 there is definitely better value out there and if you play the match ups right or are just willing to use a 4.5/4.0 or even 4.0/4.0 committee you should be able to get similar returns. Spend that 1.0 elsewhere in your squad.

 

 

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Fantasy Preview – Match Week 4

After a long international break, a very busy deadline day, and a Sergio Aguero suspension, fantasy football is back!

That Aguero issue has led many to use their wildcard chip this week and, for most, that’s probably the right call. Do not feel pressured to wildcard if you like your team however. If you can make it through the muddied waters of suspensions, injuries, and transfers through MW7, there will be an excellent opportunity to use your wildcard then.

For those that have been forced into making many moves, like myself (thanks to Cesc Fabregas not getting minutes, Riyad Mahrez not knowing how to take a penalty, and Aguero wantonly elbowing people) let’s look at the top five new signings, buys, and sells for fantasy!

NEW SIGNINGS

Wilfried Bony – Forward, Stoke City, 8.3

Arguably the best intra-Premier League fantasy move of the window, Bony will bring a much needed focal point to Stoke’s attack. While his time at City failed for many reasons you should not hold too much of a grudge considering his shot accuracy dropped just one percentage point from his prolific time at Swansea. A supporting cast of Bojan, Arnautovic, and Shaqiri should see Bony finish with ten or more goals from here on out.

David Luiz – Defender, Chelsea, 6.0

Frankly Luiz is much better in other formats and is probably too expensive at 6.0. That having been said, his price may help keep his ownership fairly low making him the rare high price differential. His mindless runs forward should see him earn more points and bonus points than, say, Shkodran Mustafi whose small size will likely see him amount to nothing more than a clean sheet gamble every week.

Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Bromwich Albion, 6.4

Last season was disappointing for sure, but let’s not forget his eleven goal and six assist effort from 2014/15. Chadli is a terrific attacking player and he should constantly be one of the two furthest players up alongside Salomon Rondon who has been thirsting for a more talented and/or consistent provider. It’s always possible that Tony Pulis sees Chadli as a perfect left back or some nonsense, but he’s definitely worth a gamble at such a reasonable price.

Bruno Martins Indi – Defender, Stoke City, 5.0

Indi walks into Stoke as an immediate improvement on the departing Philipp Wollscheid. There are definite question marks surrounding this Stole defence as Butland looks set to miss over a month setback due to injury so this may be a better option in the long term than the short. Indi is very athletic and can be a menace on set pieces so he’s at least worth keeping on the radar.

Markus Henriksen – Midfielder, Hull City, 5.5

The Henriksen deal was one that snuck in just under the wire of deadline day and, weirdly, no one is talking about it. He was terrific in the Eredivisie with twelve goals and seven assists in twenty-eight matches and is an incredible talent. He is immediately one of the eleven best players at Hull and it’s a matter of when, not if, he’ll make it into their starting side. His creativity should see him form a deadly goal/assist pairing with the equally underrated Abel Hernandez.

BUY

Eden Hazard – Midfielder, Chelsea, 10.2

Now on 2 goals and an assist in this young season, Hazard is clearly back to his former “Player of the Year” self. With so many other big fantasy names failing to deliver the goods Hazard is a shining light even if it is a high price point. He’s a must own and just about a must captain against a wallowing Swansea defence.

Harry Kane – Forward, Tottenham, 10.9

I realise this is a bit of a gamble but Kane has several things going for him: He is out of the month of August (in which he’s never scored), Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen both showed signs of life during the international break, and Tottenham face a Stoke side who have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season. I wouldn’t buy up on Kane at the moment, but he’s a terrific downshift from the briefly unownable Aguero.

Roberto Pereyra – Midfielder, Watford, 6.0

He is an absolute steal at just 6.0. This is a player that was a regular player for Juventus last season and he walks into a Watford side that was desperately crying out for a creative influence. He already has a goal on the books and his terrific vision should help get Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo firing again. The matchup with West Ham does little to temper my excitement.

Scott Dann – Defender, Crystal Palace

Finally managed to work a Crystal Palace player into this article on a Crystal Palace website! This is no charity however, as Dann has proven a lethal attacking option finishing just second in goals scored by defenders last season. The next three matchups look very kind (Middlesbrough, Stoke, Sunderland) and, with Mandanda finally in net, Palace should finish with plenty more clean sheets than last season’s paltry 8.

Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Brom, 6.4

Is it too early to hop on the Chadli hype train? I hope not as I have already brought him into my team. I will try to refrain from rambling as I already mentioned him in “New Signings” but I really do believe he could thrive at the Albion. This week he is up against Bournemouth who have yet to even slow an attack let alone stop one.

Sell

Sergio Aguero – Forward, Manchester City, 13.0

He stupidly lashed out at Winston Reid and will now be suspended until the 24th of September. Holding onto him is unwise as, added to your current bench, you would be spending over 25% of your budget on inactive players.

Erik Lamela – Midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur, 7.1

Unfortunately it has already been announced that Lamela will miss out on Saturday due to a late return from international duty with Argentina. This is only a sell for people who are wildcarding as using your chip and keeping a player that is not playing is just foolish. I am just dropping him for this week and will bring him back in soon as I still stand by my ‘Lamela will be a top fifteen midfielder’ sentiment.

Riyad Mahrez – Midfielder, Leicester City, 9.5

His missed penalty last match week was his third of his last four attempts. If Vardy takes over penalty duty or, you know, Mahrez keeps taking them and continues to miss, his value drops significantly. A lateral move to Ozil or Payet is likely the best course of action.

Christian Fuchs – Defender, Leicester City, 5.5

I still like Fuchs but he is just not worth the money right now. The performances of Dann, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, and Kyle Walker at the same price point just make owning Fuchs difficult. If you need convincing, bear in mind that Leicester face Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea in their next five matches.

David de Gea – Goalkeeper, Manchester United, 5.5

David De Gea is the best keeper in the Premier League, but that does not a must own player make. I hate to say it, but De Gea is just a lazy own. Yes he will finish as a top three keeper but at 5.5 there is definitely better value out there and if you play the match ups right or are just willing to use a 4.5/4.0 or even 4.0/4.0 committee you should be able to get similar returns. Spend that 1.0 elsewhere in your squad.

 

 

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Fantasy Preview – Match Week 4

After a long international break, a very busy deadline day, and a Sergio Aguero suspension, fantasy football is back!

That Aguero issue has led many to use their wildcard chip this week and, for most, that’s probably the right call. Do not feel pressured to wildcard if you like your team however. If you can make it through the muddied waters of suspensions, injuries, and transfers through MW7, there will be an excellent opportunity to use your wildcard then.

For those that have been forced into making many moves, like myself (thanks to Cesc Fabregas not getting minutes, Riyad Mahrez not knowing how to take a penalty, and Aguero wantonly elbowing people) let’s look at the top five new signings, buys, and sells for fantasy!

NEW SIGNINGS

Wilfried Bony – Forward, Stoke City, 8.3

Arguably the best intra-Premier League fantasy move of the window, Bony will bring a much needed focal point to Stoke’s attack. While his time at City failed for many reasons you should not hold too much of a grudge considering his shot accuracy dropped just one percentage point from his prolific time at Swansea. A supporting cast of Bojan, Arnautovic, and Shaqiri should see Bony finish with ten or more goals from here on out.

David Luiz – Defender, Chelsea, 6.0

Frankly Luiz is much better in other formats and is probably too expensive at 6.0. That having been said, his price may help keep his ownership fairly low making him the rare high price differential. His mindless runs forward should see him earn more points and bonus points than, say, Shkodran Mustafi whose small size will likely see him amount to nothing more than a clean sheet gamble every week.

Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Bromwich Albion, 6.4

Last season was disappointing for sure, but let’s not forget his eleven goal and six assist effort from 2014/15. Chadli is a terrific attacking player and he should constantly be one of the two furthest players up alongside Salomon Rondon who has been thirsting for a more talented and/or consistent provider. It’s always possible that Tony Pulis sees Chadli as a perfect left back or some nonsense, but he’s definitely worth a gamble at such a reasonable price.

Bruno Martins Indi – Defender, Stoke City, 5.0

Indi walks into Stoke as an immediate improvement on the departing Philipp Wollscheid. There are definite question marks surrounding this Stole defence as Butland looks set to miss over a month setback due to injury so this may be a better option in the long term than the short. Indi is very athletic and can be a menace on set pieces so he’s at least worth keeping on the radar.

Markus Henriksen – Midfielder, Hull City, 5.5

The Henriksen deal was one that snuck in just under the wire of deadline day and, weirdly, no one is talking about it. He was terrific in the Eredivisie with twelve goals and seven assists in twenty-eight matches and is an incredible talent. He is immediately one of the eleven best players at Hull and it’s a matter of when, not if, he’ll make it into their starting side. His creativity should see him form a deadly goal/assist pairing with the equally underrated Abel Hernandez.

BUY

Eden Hazard – Midfielder, Chelsea, 10.2

Now on 2 goals and an assist in this young season, Hazard is clearly back to his former “Player of the Year” self. With so many other big fantasy names failing to deliver the goods Hazard is a shining light even if it is a high price point. He’s a must own and just about a must captain against a wallowing Swansea defence.

Harry Kane – Forward, Tottenham, 10.9

I realise this is a bit of a gamble but Kane has several things going for him: He is out of the month of August (in which he’s never scored), Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen both showed signs of life during the international break, and Tottenham face a Stoke side who have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season. I wouldn’t buy up on Kane at the moment, but he’s a terrific downshift from the briefly unownable Aguero.

Roberto Pereyra – Midfielder, Watford, 6.0

He is an absolute steal at just 6.0. This is a player that was a regular player for Juventus last season and he walks into a Watford side that was desperately crying out for a creative influence. He already has a goal on the books and his terrific vision should help get Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo firing again. The matchup with West Ham does little to temper my excitement.

Scott Dann – Defender, Crystal Palace

Finally managed to work a Crystal Palace player into this article on a Crystal Palace website! This is no charity however, as Dann has proven a lethal attacking option finishing just second in goals scored by defenders last season. The next three matchups look very kind (Middlesbrough, Stoke, Sunderland) and, with Mandanda finally in net, Palace should finish with plenty more clean sheets than last season’s paltry 8.

Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Brom, 6.4

Is it too early to hop on the Chadli hype train? I hope not as I have already brought him into my team. I will try to refrain from rambling as I already mentioned him in “New Signings” but I really do believe he could thrive at the Albion. This week he is up against Bournemouth who have yet to even slow an attack let alone stop one.

Sell

Sergio Aguero – Forward, Manchester City, 13.0

He stupidly lashed out at Winston Reid and will now be suspended until the 24th of September. Holding onto him is unwise as, added to your current bench, you would be spending over 25% of your budget on inactive players.

Erik Lamela – Midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur, 7.1

Unfortunately it has already been announced that Lamela will miss out on Saturday due to a late return from international duty with Argentina. This is only a sell for people who are wildcarding as using your chip and keeping a player that is not playing is just foolish. I am just dropping him for this week and will bring him back in soon as I still stand by my ‘Lamela will be a top fifteen midfielder’ sentiment.

Riyad Mahrez – Midfielder, Leicester City, 9.5

His missed penalty last match week was his third of his last four attempts. If Vardy takes over penalty duty or, you know, Mahrez keeps taking them and continues to miss, his value drops significantly. A lateral move to Ozil or Payet is likely the best course of action.

Christian Fuchs – Defender, Leicester City, 5.5

I still like Fuchs but he is just not worth the money right now. The performances of Dann, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, and Kyle Walker at the same price point just make owning Fuchs difficult. If you need convincing, bear in mind that Leicester face Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea in their next five matches.

David de Gea – Goalkeeper, Manchester United, 5.5

David De Gea is the best keeper in the Premier League, but that does not a must own player make. I hate to say it, but De Gea is just a lazy own. Yes he will finish as a top three keeper but at 5.5 there is definitely better value out there and if you play the match ups right or are just willing to use a 4.5/4.0 or even 4.0/4.0 committee you should be able to get similar returns. Spend that 1.0 elsewhere in your squad.

 

 

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Fantasy Preview – Match Week 4

After a long international break, a very busy deadline day, and a Sergio Aguero suspension, fantasy football is back!

That Aguero issue has led many to use their wildcard chip this week and, for most, that’s probably the right call. Do not feel pressured to wildcard if you like your team however. If you can make it through the muddied waters of suspensions, injuries, and transfers through MW7, there will be an excellent opportunity to use your wildcard then.

For those that have been forced into making many moves, like myself (thanks to Cesc Fabregas not getting minutes, Riyad Mahrez not knowing how to take a penalty, and Aguero wantonly elbowing people) let’s look at the top five new signings, buys, and sells for fantasy!

NEW SIGNINGS

Wilfried Bony – Forward, Stoke City, 8.3

Arguably the best intra-Premier League fantasy move of the window, Bony will bring a much needed focal point to Stoke’s attack. While his time at City failed for many reasons you should not hold too much of a grudge considering his shot accuracy dropped just one percentage point from his prolific time at Swansea. A supporting cast of Bojan, Arnautovic, and Shaqiri should see Bony finish with ten or more goals from here on out.

David Luiz – Defender, Chelsea, 6.0

Frankly Luiz is much better in other formats and is probably too expensive at 6.0. That having been said, his price may help keep his ownership fairly low making him the rare high price differential. His mindless runs forward should see him earn more points and bonus points than, say, Shkodran Mustafi whose small size will likely see him amount to nothing more than a clean sheet gamble every week.

Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Bromwich Albion, 6.4

Last season was disappointing for sure, but let’s not forget his eleven goal and six assist effort from 2014/15. Chadli is a terrific attacking player and he should constantly be one of the two furthest players up alongside Salomon Rondon who has been thirsting for a more talented and/or consistent provider. It’s always possible that Tony Pulis sees Chadli as a perfect left back or some nonsense, but he’s definitely worth a gamble at such a reasonable price.

Bruno Martins Indi – Defender, Stoke City, 5.0

Indi walks into Stoke as an immediate improvement on the departing Philipp Wollscheid. There are definite question marks surrounding this Stole defence as Butland looks set to miss over a month setback due to injury so this may be a better option in the long term than the short. Indi is very athletic and can be a menace on set pieces so he’s at least worth keeping on the radar.

Markus Henriksen – Midfielder, Hull City, 5.5

The Henriksen deal was one that snuck in just under the wire of deadline day and, weirdly, no one is talking about it. He was terrific in the Eredivisie with twelve goals and seven assists in twenty-eight matches and is an incredible talent. He is immediately one of the eleven best players at Hull and it’s a matter of when, not if, he’ll make it into their starting side. His creativity should see him form a deadly goal/assist pairing with the equally underrated Abel Hernandez.

BUY

Eden Hazard – Midfielder, Chelsea, 10.2

Now on 2 goals and an assist in this young season, Hazard is clearly back to his former “Player of the Year” self. With so many other big fantasy names failing to deliver the goods Hazard is a shining light even if it is a high price point. He’s a must own and just about a must captain against a wallowing Swansea defence.

Harry Kane – Forward, Tottenham, 10.9

I realise this is a bit of a gamble but Kane has several things going for him: He is out of the month of August (in which he’s never scored), Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen both showed signs of life during the international break, and Tottenham face a Stoke side who have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season. I wouldn’t buy up on Kane at the moment, but he’s a terrific downshift from the briefly unownable Aguero.

Roberto Pereyra – Midfielder, Watford, 6.0

He is an absolute steal at just 6.0. This is a player that was a regular player for Juventus last season and he walks into a Watford side that was desperately crying out for a creative influence. He already has a goal on the books and his terrific vision should help get Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo firing again. The matchup with West Ham does little to temper my excitement.

Scott Dann – Defender, Crystal Palace

Finally managed to work a Crystal Palace player into this article on a Crystal Palace website! This is no charity however, as Dann has proven a lethal attacking option finishing just second in goals scored by defenders last season. The next three matchups look very kind (Middlesbrough, Stoke, Sunderland) and, with Mandanda finally in net, Palace should finish with plenty more clean sheets than last season’s paltry 8.

Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Brom, 6.4

Is it too early to hop on the Chadli hype train? I hope not as I have already brought him into my team. I will try to refrain from rambling as I already mentioned him in “New Signings” but I really do believe he could thrive at the Albion. This week he is up against Bournemouth who have yet to even slow an attack let alone stop one.

Sell

Sergio Aguero – Forward, Manchester City, 13.0

He stupidly lashed out at Winston Reid and will now be suspended until the 24th of September. Holding onto him is unwise as, added to your current bench, you would be spending over 25% of your budget on inactive players.

Erik Lamela – Midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur, 7.1

Unfortunately it has already been announced that Lamela will miss out on Saturday due to a late return from international duty with Argentina. This is only a sell for people who are wildcarding as using your chip and keeping a player that is not playing is just foolish. I am just dropping him for this week and will bring him back in soon as I still stand by my ‘Lamela will be a top fifteen midfielder’ sentiment.

Riyad Mahrez – Midfielder, Leicester City, 9.5

His missed penalty last match week was his third of his last four attempts. If Vardy takes over penalty duty or, you know, Mahrez keeps taking them and continues to miss, his value drops significantly. A lateral move to Ozil or Payet is likely the best course of action.

Christian Fuchs – Defender, Leicester City, 5.5

I still like Fuchs but he is just not worth the money right now. The performances of Dann, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, and Kyle Walker at the same price point just make owning Fuchs difficult. If you need convincing, bear in mind that Leicester face Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea in their next five matches.

David de Gea – Goalkeeper, Manchester United, 5.5

David De Gea is the best keeper in the Premier League, but that does not a must own player make. I hate to say it, but De Gea is just a lazy own. Yes he will finish as a top three keeper but at 5.5 there is definitely better value out there and if you play the match ups right or are just willing to use a 4.5/4.0 or even 4.0/4.0 committee you should be able to get similar returns. Spend that 1.0 elsewhere in your squad.

 

 

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Fantasy Preview – Match Week 4

After a long international break, a very busy deadline day, and a Sergio Aguero suspension, fantasy football is back!

That Aguero issue has led many to use their wildcard chip this week and, for most, that’s probably the right call. Do not feel pressured to wildcard if you like your team however. If you can make it through the muddied waters of suspensions, injuries, and transfers through MW7, there will be an excellent opportunity to use your wildcard then.

For those that have been forced into making many moves, like myself (thanks to Cesc Fabregas not getting minutes, Riyad Mahrez not knowing how to take a penalty, and Aguero wantonly elbowing people) let’s look at the top five new signings, buys, and sells for fantasy!

NEW SIGNINGS

Wilfried Bony – Forward, Stoke City, 8.3

Arguably the best intra-Premier League fantasy move of the window, Bony will bring a much needed focal point to Stoke’s attack. While his time at City failed for many reasons you should not hold too much of a grudge considering his shot accuracy dropped just one percentage point from his prolific time at Swansea. A supporting cast of Bojan, Arnautovic, and Shaqiri should see Bony finish with ten or more goals from here on out.

David Luiz – Defender, Chelsea, 6.0

Frankly Luiz is much better in other formats and is probably too expensive at 6.0. That having been said, his price may help keep his ownership fairly low making him the rare high price differential. His mindless runs forward should see him earn more points and bonus points than, say, Shkodran Mustafi whose small size will likely see him amount to nothing more than a clean sheet gamble every week.

Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Bromwich Albion, 6.4

Last season was disappointing for sure, but let’s not forget his eleven goal and six assist effort from 2014/15. Chadli is a terrific attacking player and he should constantly be one of the two furthest players up alongside Salomon Rondon who has been thirsting for a more talented and/or consistent provider. It’s always possible that Tony Pulis sees Chadli as a perfect left back or some nonsense, but he’s definitely worth a gamble at such a reasonable price.

Bruno Martins Indi – Defender, Stoke City, 5.0

Indi walks into Stoke as an immediate improvement on the departing Philipp Wollscheid. There are definite question marks surrounding this Stole defence as Butland looks set to miss over a month setback due to injury so this may be a better option in the long term than the short. Indi is very athletic and can be a menace on set pieces so he’s at least worth keeping on the radar.

Markus Henriksen – Midfielder, Hull City, 5.5

The Henriksen deal was one that snuck in just under the wire of deadline day and, weirdly, no one is talking about it. He was terrific in the Eredivisie with twelve goals and seven assists in twenty-eight matches and is an incredible talent. He is immediately one of the eleven best players at Hull and it’s a matter of when, not if, he’ll make it into their starting side. His creativity should see him form a deadly goal/assist pairing with the equally underrated Abel Hernandez.

BUY

Eden Hazard – Midfielder, Chelsea, 10.2

Now on 2 goals and an assist in this young season, Hazard is clearly back to his former “Player of the Year” self. With so many other big fantasy names failing to deliver the goods Hazard is a shining light even if it is a high price point. He’s a must own and just about a must captain against a wallowing Swansea defence.

Harry Kane – Forward, Tottenham, 10.9

I realise this is a bit of a gamble but Kane has several things going for him: He is out of the month of August (in which he’s never scored), Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen both showed signs of life during the international break, and Tottenham face a Stoke side who have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season. I wouldn’t buy up on Kane at the moment, but he’s a terrific downshift from the briefly unownable Aguero.

Roberto Pereyra – Midfielder, Watford, 6.0

He is an absolute steal at just 6.0. This is a player that was a regular player for Juventus last season and he walks into a Watford side that was desperately crying out for a creative influence. He already has a goal on the books and his terrific vision should help get Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo firing again. The matchup with West Ham does little to temper my excitement.

Scott Dann – Defender, Crystal Palace

Finally managed to work a Crystal Palace player into this article on a Crystal Palace website! This is no charity however, as Dann has proven a lethal attacking option finishing just second in goals scored by defenders last season. The next three matchups look very kind (Middlesbrough, Stoke, Sunderland) and, with Mandanda finally in net, Palace should finish with plenty more clean sheets than last season’s paltry 8.

Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Brom, 6.4

Is it too early to hop on the Chadli hype train? I hope not as I have already brought him into my team. I will try to refrain from rambling as I already mentioned him in “New Signings” but I really do believe he could thrive at the Albion. This week he is up against Bournemouth who have yet to even slow an attack let alone stop one.

Sell

Sergio Aguero – Forward, Manchester City, 13.0

He stupidly lashed out at Winston Reid and will now be suspended until the 24th of September. Holding onto him is unwise as, added to your current bench, you would be spending over 25% of your budget on inactive players.

Erik Lamela – Midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur, 7.1

Unfortunately it has already been announced that Lamela will miss out on Saturday due to a late return from international duty with Argentina. This is only a sell for people who are wildcarding as using your chip and keeping a player that is not playing is just foolish. I am just dropping him for this week and will bring him back in soon as I still stand by my ‘Lamela will be a top fifteen midfielder’ sentiment.

Riyad Mahrez – Midfielder, Leicester City, 9.5

His missed penalty last match week was his third of his last four attempts. If Vardy takes over penalty duty or, you know, Mahrez keeps taking them and continues to miss, his value drops significantly. A lateral move to Ozil or Payet is likely the best course of action.

Christian Fuchs – Defender, Leicester City, 5.5

I still like Fuchs but he is just not worth the money right now. The performances of Dann, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, and Kyle Walker at the same price point just make owning Fuchs difficult. If you need convincing, bear in mind that Leicester face Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea in their next five matches.

David de Gea – Goalkeeper, Manchester United, 5.5

David De Gea is the best keeper in the Premier League, but that does not a must own player make. I hate to say it, but De Gea is just a lazy own. Yes he will finish as a top three keeper but at 5.5 there is definitely better value out there and if you play the match ups right or are just willing to use a 4.5/4.0 or even 4.0/4.0 committee you should be able to get similar returns. Spend that 1.0 elsewhere in your squad.

 

 

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We’ve Come A Long Way To Townsend

In the last of the articles looking at Palace’s summer signings, it is time to take a brief look at the history of players flying down the wings at Selhurst Park.

It seems odd to have to pay good money for Andros Townsend.

For years it seemed, he was the torchbearer for a new breed of footballer – a guy with a nice contract at a big club, who couldn’t get into the first team, and therefore was sent to the far reaches of the football league or bottom half of the Championship to get a game.

Sorry for that long sentence. What I meant to say was that for years he wasn’t as good as Aaron Lennon.

I’m fine with the signing, particularly now that Yannick Bolasie has left. Townsend is a good player, an exciting player, and plays in a style that Palace fans are familiar with.

We love a winger down at Selhurst. A bit of pace to nip either side of the full back, a sharp cross, a fierce shot. We are all over that.

We’re all over the scuffed cross into the Holmesdale, the intercepted pass, and the shrug instead of the effort to get the ball back as well, but it’s the start of another season so let’s be positive.

The thing with the Townsend signing is that it feels we have never had to splash out that sort of money for a winger. We can produce one of our own thanks.

The truth is that we have been spoilt by some exceptional talent and we have selective memories of periods where we have had no Hilaire, no Salako, no Moses and no Zaha.

Since November 1972, Palace have been associated with having wingers with flair.  That period began with the signing of two exceptional players, but after Peter Taylor was sold to Spurs in 1976/77, we have been able to produce several of our own flair players.

Let’s be honest though.

The Don was the Don.

My Palace history begins with Don Rogers and I still watch in awe at his skills. Never mind the skills, look at the pitches he played on (and let’s be honest Selhurst has rarely been confused for a croquet lawn).

But rather like the embodiment of Bruce’s Generation Game, Palace had a conveyor belt of wingers. After Don Rogers, came Peter Taylor, poster boy of the 1976 Cup run and England international from the Third Division.

After Peter Taylor came Vince Hilaire, a focal point of that ‘Team of the Eighties’ period, and someone who had to deal with the most unimaginable nonsense.

And Hilaire had to fight off the best efforts of the wonderfully named Neil Smillie, with the spectacular possible permed curls, who had to shuffle off to the supermarkets of the south coast for a bit of first team action (and a Cup Final losers medal).

After Hilaire fled in despair to Portsmouth, the conveyor belt slowed down for a few years.  We signed the dour but efficient Alan Irvine and the rather more interesting Neil Redfearn as part of the mid-eighties revival. Both would return north before long.

Eddie McGoldrick was a classic old school jinky winger, who we signed just as John Salako began to break through.  McGoldrick impressed enough to generate a decent transfer fee from his surprise move to Arsenal.

John Salako made his debut for the club aged about twelve but flourished during and after the epic 1990 cup run, emerging from the shadow of Wright and Bright to become an international player, before his knees went.

The mid to late nineties brought us the most flamboyant winger since Don Rogers. Lombardo was one of the most recognised stars of European football when he mysteriously signed for us in 1997.  Like Don Rogers and Peter Taylor before him, he was not around for as long as we like to remember but what a player.  Those goals against Leeds United and Everton in his first few games for us were in a different league.

Later overseas signings like Andrejs Rubins were not quite in the same class!

It took a while to find a home grown winger after Salako, but at least the conveyor belt seems to be back in operation by the end of the noughties.

Victor Moses made his debut in 2007 aged sixteen and took about five minutes to become a crowd favourite and the victim of never-ending abuse from Neil Warnock on the touchline. Moses was an inevitable casualty of the 2010 administration but we had a replacement waiting literally in the wings for him.  He is still only twenty-five!

That replacement was Sean Scannell.

Just behind Scannell though was Wilf. It looked like we could have two home grown wingers on the flanks using considerable pace and skill to destroy the Championship. Scannell never looked quite good enough but Bolasie came along at the perfect time to join Wilf.

The very same Wilf we have today (just!), albeit with the peculiar interruptions that we seemed to profit nicely from.

So Andros Townsend has a lot to live up to. He is off to a quiet start – Lombardo had scored two great goals by this stage of his Palace career, but let’s hope that Townsend turns out to be a better long-term bet.

 

 

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We’ve Come A Long Way To Townsend

In the last of the articles looking at Palace’s summer signings, it is time to take a brief look at the history of players flying down the wings at Selhurst Park.

It seems odd to have to pay good money for Andros Townsend.

For years it seemed, he was the torchbearer for a new breed of footballer – a guy with a nice contract at a big club, who couldn’t get into the first team, and therefore was sent to the far reaches of the football league or bottom half of the Championship to get a game.

Sorry for that long sentence. What I meant to say was that for years he wasn’t as good as Aaron Lennon.

I’m fine with the signing, particularly now that Yannick Bolasie has left. Townsend is a good player, an exciting player, and plays in a style that Palace fans are familiar with.

We love a winger down at Selhurst. A bit of pace to nip either side of the full back, a sharp cross, a fierce shot. We are all over that.

We’re all over the scuffed cross into the Holmesdale, the intercepted pass, and the shrug instead of the effort to get the ball back as well, but it’s the start of another season so let’s be positive.

The thing with the Townsend signing is that it feels we have never had to splash out that sort of money for a winger. We can produce one of our own thanks.

The truth is that we have been spoilt by some exceptional talent and we have selective memories of periods where we have had no Hilaire, no Salako, no Moses and no Zaha.

Since November 1972, Palace have been associated with having wingers with flair.  That period began with the signing of two exceptional players, but after Peter Taylor was sold to Spurs in 1976/77, we have been able to produce several of our own flair players.

Let’s be honest though.

The Don was the Don.

My Palace history begins with Don Rogers and I still watch in awe at his skills. Never mind the skills, look at the pitches he played on (and let’s be honest Selhurst has rarely been confused for a croquet lawn).

But rather like the embodiment of Bruce’s Generation Game, Palace had a conveyor belt of wingers. After Don Rogers, came Peter Taylor, poster boy of the 1976 Cup run and England international from the Third Division.

After Peter Taylor came Vince Hilaire, a focal point of that ‘Team of the Eighties’ period, and someone who had to deal with the most unimaginable nonsense.

And Hilaire had to fight off the best efforts of the wonderfully named Neil Smillie, with the spectacular possible permed curls, who had to shuffle off to the supermarkets of the south coast for a bit of first team action (and a Cup Final losers medal).

After Hilaire fled in despair to Portsmouth, the conveyor belt slowed down for a few years.  We signed the dour but efficient Alan Irvine and the rather more interesting Neil Redfearn as part of the mid-eighties revival. Both would return north before long.

Eddie McGoldrick was a classic old school jinky winger, who we signed just as John Salako began to break through.  McGoldrick impressed enough to generate a decent transfer fee from his surprise move to Arsenal.

John Salako made his debut for the club aged about twelve but flourished during and after the epic 1990 cup run, emerging from the shadow of Wright and Bright to become an international player, before his knees went.

The mid to late nineties brought us the most flamboyant winger since Don Rogers. Lombardo was one of the most recognised stars of European football when he mysteriously signed for us in 1997.  Like Don Rogers and Peter Taylor before him, he was not around for as long as we like to remember but what a player.  Those goals against Leeds United and Everton in his first few games for us were in a different league.

Later overseas signings like Andrejs Rubins were not quite in the same class!

It took a while to find a home grown winger after Salako, but at least the conveyor belt seems to be back in operation by the end of the noughties.

Victor Moses made his debut in 2007 aged sixteen and took about five minutes to become a crowd favourite and the victim of never-ending abuse from Neil Warnock on the touchline. Moses was an inevitable casualty of the 2010 administration but we had a replacement waiting literally in the wings for him.  He is still only twenty-five!

That replacement was Sean Scannell.

Just behind Scannell though was Wilf. It looked like we could have two home grown wingers on the flanks using considerable pace and skill to destroy the Championship. Scannell never looked quite good enough but Bolasie came along at the perfect time to join Wilf.

The very same Wilf we have today (just!), albeit with the peculiar interruptions that we seemed to profit nicely from.

So Andros Townsend has a lot to live up to. He is off to a quiet start – Lombardo had scored two great goals by this stage of his Palace career, but let’s hope that Townsend turns out to be a better long-term bet.

 

 

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We’ve Come A Long Way To Townsend

In the last of the articles looking at Palace’s summer signings, it is time to take a brief look at the history of players flying down the wings at Selhurst Park.

It seems odd to have to pay good money for Andros Townsend.

For years it seemed, he was the torchbearer for a new breed of footballer – a guy with a nice contract at a big club, who couldn’t get into the first team, and therefore was sent to the far reaches of the football league or bottom half of the Championship to get a game.

Sorry for that long sentence. What I meant to say was that for years he wasn’t as good as Aaron Lennon.

I’m fine with the signing, particularly now that Yannick Bolasie has left. Townsend is a good player, an exciting player, and plays in a style that Palace fans are familiar with.

We love a winger down at Selhurst. A bit of pace to nip either side of the full back, a sharp cross, a fierce shot. We are all over that.

We’re all over the scuffed cross into the Holmesdale, the intercepted pass, and the shrug instead of the effort to get the ball back as well, but it’s the start of another season so let’s be positive.

The thing with the Townsend signing is that it feels we have never had to splash out that sort of money for a winger. We can produce one of our own thanks.

The truth is that we have been spoilt by some exceptional talent and we have selective memories of periods where we have had no Hilaire, no Salako, no Moses and no Zaha.

Since November 1972, Palace have been associated with having wingers with flair.  That period began with the signing of two exceptional players, but after Peter Taylor was sold to Spurs in 1976/77, we have been able to produce several of our own flair players.

Let’s be honest though.

The Don was the Don.

My Palace history begins with Don Rogers and I still watch in awe at his skills. Never mind the skills, look at the pitches he played on (and let’s be honest Selhurst has rarely been confused for a croquet lawn).

But rather like the embodiment of Bruce’s Generation Game, Palace had a conveyor belt of wingers. After Don Rogers, came Peter Taylor, poster boy of the 1976 Cup run and England international from the Third Division.

After Peter Taylor came Vince Hilaire, a focal point of that ‘Team of the Eighties’ period, and someone who had to deal with the most unimaginable nonsense.

And Hilaire had to fight off the best efforts of the wonderfully named Neil Smillie, with the spectacular possible permed curls, who had to shuffle off to the supermarkets of the south coast for a bit of first team action (and a Cup Final losers medal).

After Hilaire fled in despair to Portsmouth, the conveyor belt slowed down for a few years.  We signed the dour but efficient Alan Irvine and the rather more interesting Neil Redfearn as part of the mid-eighties revival. Both would return north before long.

Eddie McGoldrick was a classic old school jinky winger, who we signed just as John Salako began to break through.  McGoldrick impressed enough to generate a decent transfer fee from his surprise move to Arsenal.

John Salako made his debut for the club aged about twelve but flourished during and after the epic 1990 cup run, emerging from the shadow of Wright and Bright to become an international player, before his knees went.

The mid to late nineties brought us the most flamboyant winger since Don Rogers. Lombardo was one of the most recognised stars of European football when he mysteriously signed for us in 1997.  Like Don Rogers and Peter Taylor before him, he was not around for as long as we like to remember but what a player.  Those goals against Leeds United and Everton in his first few games for us were in a different league.

Later overseas signings like Andrejs Rubins were not quite in the same class!

It took a while to find a home grown winger after Salako, but at least the conveyor belt seems to be back in operation by the end of the noughties.

Victor Moses made his debut in 2007 aged sixteen and took about five minutes to become a crowd favourite and the victim of never-ending abuse from Neil Warnock on the touchline. Moses was an inevitable casualty of the 2010 administration but we had a replacement waiting literally in the wings for him.  He is still only twenty-five!

That replacement was Sean Scannell.

Just behind Scannell though was Wilf. It looked like we could have two home grown wingers on the flanks using considerable pace and skill to destroy the Championship. Scannell never looked quite good enough but Bolasie came along at the perfect time to join Wilf.

The very same Wilf we have today (just!), albeit with the peculiar interruptions that we seemed to profit nicely from.

So Andros Townsend has a lot to live up to. He is off to a quiet start – Lombardo had scored two great goals by this stage of his Palace career, but let’s hope that Townsend turns out to be a better long-term bet.

 

 

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We’ve Come A Long Way To Townsend

In the last of the articles looking at Palace’s summer signings, it is time to take a brief look at the history of players flying down the wings at Selhurst Park.

It seems odd to have to pay good money for Andros Townsend.

For years it seemed, he was the torchbearer for a new breed of footballer – a guy with a nice contract at a big club, who couldn’t get into the first team, and therefore was sent to the far reaches of the football league or bottom half of the Championship to get a game.

Sorry for that long sentence. What I meant to say was that for years he wasn’t as good as Aaron Lennon.

I’m fine with the signing, particularly now that Yannick Bolasie has left. Townsend is a good player, an exciting player, and plays in a style that Palace fans are familiar with.

We love a winger down at Selhurst. A bit of pace to nip either side of the full back, a sharp cross, a fierce shot. We are all over that.

We’re all over the scuffed cross into the Holmesdale, the intercepted pass, and the shrug instead of the effort to get the ball back as well, but it’s the start of another season so let’s be positive.

The thing with the Townsend signing is that it feels we have never had to splash out that sort of money for a winger. We can produce one of our own thanks.

The truth is that we have been spoilt by some exceptional talent and we have selective memories of periods where we have had no Hilaire, no Salako, no Moses and no Zaha.

Since November 1972, Palace have been associated with having wingers with flair.  That period began with the signing of two exceptional players, but after Peter Taylor was sold to Spurs in 1976/77, we have been able to produce several of our own flair players.

Let’s be honest though.

The Don was the Don.

My Palace history begins with Don Rogers and I still watch in awe at his skills. Never mind the skills, look at the pitches he played on (and let’s be honest Selhurst has rarely been confused for a croquet lawn).

But rather like the embodiment of Bruce’s Generation Game, Palace had a conveyor belt of wingers. After Don Rogers, came Peter Taylor, poster boy of the 1976 Cup run and England international from the Third Division.

After Peter Taylor came Vince Hilaire, a focal point of that ‘Team of the Eighties’ period, and someone who had to deal with the most unimaginable nonsense.

And Hilaire had to fight off the best efforts of the wonderfully named Neil Smillie, with the spectacular possible permed curls, who had to shuffle off to the supermarkets of the south coast for a bit of first team action (and a Cup Final losers medal).

After Hilaire fled in despair to Portsmouth, the conveyor belt slowed down for a few years.  We signed the dour but efficient Alan Irvine and the rather more interesting Neil Redfearn as part of the mid-eighties revival. Both would return north before long.

Eddie McGoldrick was a classic old school jinky winger, who we signed just as John Salako began to break through.  McGoldrick impressed enough to generate a decent transfer fee from his surprise move to Arsenal.

John Salako made his debut for the club aged about twelve but flourished during and after the epic 1990 cup run, emerging from the shadow of Wright and Bright to become an international player, before his knees went.

The mid to late nineties brought us the most flamboyant winger since Don Rogers. Lombardo was one of the most recognised stars of European football when he mysteriously signed for us in 1997.  Like Don Rogers and Peter Taylor before him, he was not around for as long as we like to remember but what a player.  Those goals against Leeds United and Everton in his first few games for us were in a different league.

Later overseas signings like Andrejs Rubins were not quite in the same class!

It took a while to find a home grown winger after Salako, but at least the conveyor belt seems to be back in operation by the end of the noughties.

Victor Moses made his debut in 2007 aged sixteen and took about five minutes to become a crowd favourite and the victim of never-ending abuse from Neil Warnock on the touchline. Moses was an inevitable casualty of the 2010 administration but we had a replacement waiting literally in the wings for him.  He is still only twenty-five!

That replacement was Sean Scannell.

Just behind Scannell though was Wilf. It looked like we could have two home grown wingers on the flanks using considerable pace and skill to destroy the Championship. Scannell never looked quite good enough but Bolasie came along at the perfect time to join Wilf.

The very same Wilf we have today (just!), albeit with the peculiar interruptions that we seemed to profit nicely from.

So Andros Townsend has a lot to live up to. He is off to a quiet start – Lombardo had scored two great goals by this stage of his Palace career, but let’s hope that Townsend turns out to be a better long-term bet.

 

 

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We’ve Come A Long Way To Townsend

In the last of the articles looking at Palace’s summer signings, it is time to take a brief look at the history of players flying down the wings at Selhurst Park.

It seems odd to have to pay good money for Andros Townsend.

For years it seemed, he was the torchbearer for a new breed of footballer – a guy with a nice contract at a big club, who couldn’t get into the first team, and therefore was sent to the far reaches of the football league or bottom half of the Championship to get a game.

Sorry for that long sentence. What I meant to say was that for years he wasn’t as good as Aaron Lennon.

I’m fine with the signing, particularly now that Yannick Bolasie has left. Townsend is a good player, an exciting player, and plays in a style that Palace fans are familiar with.

We love a winger down at Selhurst. A bit of pace to nip either side of the full back, a sharp cross, a fierce shot. We are all over that.

We’re all over the scuffed cross into the Holmesdale, the intercepted pass, and the shrug instead of the effort to get the ball back as well, but it’s the start of another season so let’s be positive.

The thing with the Townsend signing is that it feels we have never had to splash out that sort of money for a winger. We can produce one of our own thanks.

The truth is that we have been spoilt by some exceptional talent and we have selective memories of periods where we have had no Hilaire, no Salako, no Moses and no Zaha.

Since November 1972, Palace have been associated with having wingers with flair.  That period began with the signing of two exceptional players, but after Peter Taylor was sold to Spurs in 1976/77, we have been able to produce several of our own flair players.

Let’s be honest though.

The Don was the Don.

My Palace history begins with Don Rogers and I still watch in awe at his skills. Never mind the skills, look at the pitches he played on (and let’s be honest Selhurst has rarely been confused for a croquet lawn).

But rather like the embodiment of Bruce’s Generation Game, Palace had a conveyor belt of wingers. After Don Rogers, came Peter Taylor, poster boy of the 1976 Cup run and England international from the Third Division.

After Peter Taylor came Vince Hilaire, a focal point of that ‘Team of the Eighties’ period, and someone who had to deal with the most unimaginable nonsense.

And Hilaire had to fight off the best efforts of the wonderfully named Neil Smillie, with the spectacular possible permed curls, who had to shuffle off to the supermarkets of the south coast for a bit of first team action (and a Cup Final losers medal).

After Hilaire fled in despair to Portsmouth, the conveyor belt slowed down for a few years.  We signed the dour but efficient Alan Irvine and the rather more interesting Neil Redfearn as part of the mid-eighties revival. Both would return north before long.

Eddie McGoldrick was a classic old school jinky winger, who we signed just as John Salako began to break through.  McGoldrick impressed enough to generate a decent transfer fee from his surprise move to Arsenal.

John Salako made his debut for the club aged about twelve but flourished during and after the epic 1990 cup run, emerging from the shadow of Wright and Bright to become an international player, before his knees went.

The mid to late nineties brought us the most flamboyant winger since Don Rogers. Lombardo was one of the most recognised stars of European football when he mysteriously signed for us in 1997.  Like Don Rogers and Peter Taylor before him, he was not around for as long as we like to remember but what a player.  Those goals against Leeds United and Everton in his first few games for us were in a different league.

Later overseas signings like Andrejs Rubins were not quite in the same class!

It took a while to find a home grown winger after Salako, but at least the conveyor belt seems to be back in operation by the end of the noughties.

Victor Moses made his debut in 2007 aged sixteen and took about five minutes to become a crowd favourite and the victim of never-ending abuse from Neil Warnock on the touchline. Moses was an inevitable casualty of the 2010 administration but we had a replacement waiting literally in the wings for him.  He is still only twenty-five!

That replacement was Sean Scannell.

Just behind Scannell though was Wilf. It looked like we could have two home grown wingers on the flanks using considerable pace and skill to destroy the Championship. Scannell never looked quite good enough but Bolasie came along at the perfect time to join Wilf.

The very same Wilf we have today (just!), albeit with the peculiar interruptions that we seemed to profit nicely from.

So Andros Townsend has a lot to live up to. He is off to a quiet start – Lombardo had scored two great goals by this stage of his Palace career, but let’s hope that Townsend turns out to be a better long-term bet.

 

 

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