I MAY not be in David Moyes or Jose Mourinho’s league just yet, but as the author of Goaltastic I do take in more football than the average man.
Hell, I’m even the reigning Hinckley Times Official Fantasy Football League champion.
So as you can imagine, I’ve been thinking quite a lot about my team for the forthcoming season.
Now you don’t need me to tell you that the likes of Robin van Persie and Juan Mata are probably going to score well this season – their double figure price tags tell you that – but what a canny manager needs to find is value for money, cheaper chaps that might make a mockery of their prices.
Here are my top five…
Simon Mignolet was a solid stopper at Sunderland last year, and this season despite moving to Liverpool – who are far more likely to keep their opponents at bay – remains relatively kind in price as the levels were set before Pepe Reina was transferred. This means for just £5.5m you can grab a slice of the Liverpool clean sheets, plus save points.
He’s getting on a bit, granted, but Nicola Anelka is as lethal as ever judging by his pre-season form for West Brom, and he was one of the fittest in the Juventus squad last season according to the Italian side’s coaches. Plus he’s cheap as chips too, at just £5.5m for a proven Premier League goalscorer.
Yeah yeah, we all know how much of a red herring being a scoring sensation in the Dutch leagues can be, myself more than most being a Middlesbrough supporter having to endure Afonso ’30 goals last season’ Alves, but it’s a real miracle that Swansea snaffled up Ivorian hitman Wilfred Bony to lead their line ahead of some of the continent’s bigger guns.
There’s always a bargain to be had in finding a player out of position – midfielders playing up front, defenders playing in midfield, goalkeepers playing in defence… Okay, scratch that last one, but Irishman Seamus Coleman, listed as a defender for Everton, has been playing as a winger in some formations for his team this season, leaving him dangerously close to being a defender playing UP FRONT. For £5m, how can you not go for that?
Now I know £9.5m isn’t exactly cheap, but… Roberto Soldado is World and Euro champs Spain’s number one striker at the moment, he’s been a 20 goal a season man for the last three campaigns, and he’s without competition for places at a Spurs side burgeoning with midfield talent. If I were a betting man, which I am, I’d be laying a cheeky punt on Soldado for this season’s Premier League Golden Boot.
Agree? Disagree? Leave me your bargain spots in the comments, and put your money where your mouth is by signing up to our free league at fantasy.premierleague.com and then join the competition by using the code 148075-41877.
THE shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year Award has today been leaked.
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, West Ham’s Scott Parker, Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri, Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez, Blackpool’s Charlie Adam and Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic make up the shortlist, chosen by thier professional football peers.
The PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist sees Bale and Nasri alongside Arsenal’s Jack Wilshire, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, Manchester United’s Nani and Everton’s Seamus Coleman.
Goaltastic is plumping for an Adam/Wilshire combination – any thoughts?
MISFIRING Everton are looking to borrow a new strike force to replace current frontmen Yakubu and Louis Saha.
So far this season, midfielders Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta and Seamus Coleman and even defender Leighton Baines sit ahead of the strikers in the scoring charts.
And with club top scorer, midfielder Cahill, heading on an Asian Games jolly with Australia, boss David Moyes is eyeing a couple of loan transfers in and out of the club – with Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela and Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz all Goodison targets.
Should any of the deals come off, it is expected that Saha could make a move back to his native France, with Portugal’s Benfica rumoured to fancy Nigerian hitman Yakubu.
God I love the January transfer window, don’t you?