With Gameweek 19 coming up it is the last Gameweek before Christmas. A time of family and joy, the time also means a lot of Premier League fixtures are coming up.A trend has already developed in the transfer market, following the players’ escapades in the midweek games.
In this article, we will outline the Herd Purchases [Players most transferred in] and Lost Causes [Players Most Transferred out] in FPL. We will also give our viewpoint, on whether the transfers are justified or not.
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Let’s start with the Herd Purchases.
Kevin de Bruyne:
One of the most consistent players in Manchester City and the league this season, there is a reason that Kevin de Bruyne currently has the second highest points in the Midfielders group. He has started every game so far this season and is the only player more or less likely to play, given Pep Guardiola’s wheel of rotation. The last five games he played, he managed to collect, 13, 4, 2, 10 and 10 points respectively.
Manchester City has a couple of lighter games in the coming weeks, given that they face Bournemouth, Newcastle and Crystal Palace. Given his consistency, Manchester City’s amazing form, and lighter fixtures coming up, it may be the best move for FPL managers to make the expensive but worthwhile transfer of Kevin de Bruyne into their clubs.
Wayne Rooney started the season well for Everton with two decent point hauls in the first two matches. His performances since then failed to be anything to write home about at all. Recent fixtures have finally seen Everton regain some sort of form, and their performances have been mimicked by Rooney. In the last five games, he started each one and contributed in a big way bringing in 15, 5, 8, 8 and 13 points respectively.
Everton has a test facing them this game week in the form of Chelsea. Never the easiest opponents, Conte’s team will look to gain momentum heading into the New Year. If Everton’s form should hold, then Rooney might definitely be the one to contribute the crucial goal that makes the difference. The next two games against West Brom and Bournemouth are comparatively lighter fixtures, and having Rooney in your team might prove to be a huge blessing.
Although he is selected by 24% of managers, Roberto Firmino has gone slightly under the radar in recent weeks. Liverpool’s form this season has been on and off, but the performances of the attackers has not. Firmino may not have always started this season, being in a team with a number of options for the manager to choose from, but he has still managed to contribute. He started in three of the last four matches and managed to get 13 points in one, and 12 in another.
Although Liverpool’s upcoming fixture against Arsenal looks tough on paper, they have a brilliant recent record against the Gunners. Liverpool’s next two matches are against Swansea and Leicester City. Serviced by Salah, Mane and Coutinho, Firmino is a good attacking option to have on your team, and FPL managers transferring him in are not making the worst mistake.
David Silva was omitted from Manchester City’s matchday squad against Tottenham last week due to personal reasons. The Manchester City midfielder was looking in good form and was one of the Herd Purchases just last week, with people rushing to buy him on the back of his 3 goals in 2 matches. Now the clock has turned and Silva is being sold yet again. Before his omission from the squad against Spurs, Silva contributed 9, 8 and 16 points respectively for his FPL managers.
Manchester City’s current form means that their players are in line for big point hauls in the coming weeks. At this juncture, with Silva’s family situation unknown, the best thing to do is to wait and watch before transferring him in or out of your team. Tune in here this Friday for the Updated Team News ahead of the Premier League weekend.
Doucoure is suspended for one gameweek after he received his 5th yellow card against Huddersfield last weekend. He will return to action on Boxing Day. His last few games were not spectacular but did not give a reason to sell him either. The previous five games saw him get 7, 2, 2, 2 and 7 points respectively.
Watford’s next few fixtures are not the easiest, but nor are they the toughest. They face Brighton, Leicester City and Swansea in the next three weeks. At his price, Doucoure is a good low-cost midfielder to have on your team, and if you have him, it would be wise to hold on to him.
A lot was expected from Jamie Vardy at the start of the season. While Vardy has not disappointed, he has not terribly impressed his suitors either. His major contribution to the team has been his goals, and he has scored seven of them so far. The previous five fixtures have been mediocre at best, as he collected 8, 2, 2, 5 and 2 points from them respectively.
Leicester City face Manchester United this Saturday, followed by Watford at Boxing Day. Their troubles do not end there, as they face Liverpool after that. Given the coming fixtures and Vardy’s on and off form, at the moment it is impossible to say whether he should be bought or sold. Status quo may be best, i.e. don’t buy him if you don’t have him, and if you do hold onto him for another week before deciding.