A ton score two weeks on the bounce should have left me with a smile. But instead, I’m left ruing missed opportunities as all four of my captains failed to spark and a distinct lack of a City attacking talent saw my rank slip once again. There’s little time to reflect though, as the games come thick and fast.
Transfers remaining: 19
My defence continues to deliver. Otemendi appears to be a points-making-machine that has so far outscored everyone in the game bar Salah, D.Silva and De Bruyne. The Burnley double act are also proving canny investment, while Christensen looks an absolute steal at 6.4m. Bong on the other hand is not performing as hoped. Although I don’t expect much for 5.5m, there are other strong options around that price range and if I had more transfers, he would already be gone. As it is, I’m desperately trying to avoid delving into the kitty.
In midfield, Hazard picked up a very welcome MOTM award on Tuesday as captain, but otherwise failed to deliver on his promise. The Belgium won’t be going anywhere, though, as Chelsea’s fixtures remain strong and he offers a good captaincy option in the coming weeks. Free scoring Liverpool had a few stutters at home against well organised outfits Everton and West Brom. I’m hopeful this is just a blip and more than happy to hang onto Coutinho for now, while only a serious injury would see me even contemplate removing Salah.
Up top, although Kane isn’t hitting the heady heights I had hoped, he continues to tick along. Sanchez on the other hand has toiled since I drafted him in. This is especially painful as I chose him over De Bruyne, who continues to outscore him and almost everyone else. Still, his underlying stats are brilliant and Arsenal are required for future captaincy days, so I’m likely to stick with the Chilean for the time being.
Monitoring Richarlison injury
Although we don’t know much at this stage, Richarlison may have picked up an injury. I’m hopeful the Brazilian can make a speedy recovery as he offers excellent value and Watford’s fixtures have just turned a corner. Nevertheless, I’ll be keeping a very close eye on Watford’s press conference on Friday.
Silva and Kenny
If Richarlison is confirmed out for an extended period of time, my hand may be forced into the transfer kitty yet again. I’m currently contemplating a double swoop for Kenny and D.Silva that would also see Bong also make way.
Big Sam seems to have sorted out the Everton back line and Kenny come in at a rock bottom price of 4.3m, making him potentially one of the best value players in the game. With Coleman still sidelined, the young Englishman appears nailed on for the foreseeable future. Not only that, but he has also been catching the eye of Sky pundits having picked up the MOTM award in the Merseyside derby. If that’s still not enough to tempt you, Kenny also offers a great captaincy option on Monday night as Everton play host to Swansea.
Twinkle toes Silva is at the heart of everything City are doing right at the moment. The Spaniard appears transformed under Guardiola and, crucially for Sky Game managers, seems to have overcome niggling injuries that have plagued him in recent years. With bonus points galore, goals and assists, acquiring this Spanish maestro’s services seems like a no brainer.
Over the last four matches both Hazard and Salah have had 10 shots inside the box, that’s joint top amongst midfielders. As a result, I’m leaning towards Hazard on Saturday as Chelsea host a Southampton side that just shipped four against Leicester. On Sunday, it’s difficult to see past Salah as Liverpool travel to Burnley. Monday night’s captain could be Kenny if he’s drafted in. Otherwise, I’ll probably avoid it altogether.
Some useful Sky articles
If you haven’t already, check out Ian’s popular planning tool and Carl’s super clever forecasting tool – both very useful for members as we head into the busy Christmas period. Be sure to also check out Dan’s regular picks for the week. Having won the overall crown last year, he knows a thing or two about how to pick a player!
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