Discussion in 'football' started by Lord Camomile, Jun 27, 2019.
...who takes penalties
OK. No money.
Just a week left until the period where everything is still possible is over.
I'm sure it wont be long until my performances resemble this:
edit - Oh balls the embedded media doesnt work for me.
Some of my team choices seem to have stabilised. I wonder how many more dilemmas I can squeeze into the next week.
Maguire to Man Utd. Does that change much? Still feel like I'd want to see them playing a bit first...
Their first few fixtures probably invites a 'wait and see' approach, although if I had the spare funds there is a part of me that would like to give Wan-Bissaka a go from the start.
I dont have the spare funds though. I think there is a chance that in midfield and up front, we might get lucky with a plethora of £6.0-£7.5 options performing well. But it will only take the odd £8.0 or £9.5 player to turn my head, or too many £11-£12.5 players going on points rampages, for me to struggle to make this season one of spending big in defence.
My preference is for this to be a season where I can keep the expensive forwards and midfielders to a minimum, and have great points with fresh, affordable talent, via both new and rejuvenated teams. With a couple of exceptions that I'll be only too happy to make, still leaving me with lots of money to throw at defence.
I suppose I'm trying to make my initial team a blend of several different approaches. Probably erring towards going for one more real expensive player in attack than ideally want, and hoping to be able to swap them for an on-form bargain, freeing up all funds possibly needed to deal with eventualities elsewhere in the team in one single transfer. I know I'm not going to get everything right on week one, so I'm trying to maximise future funds flexibility at the expense of not properly committing to a particular strategy for the entire opening period of the season.
It's also just occurred to me it goes against my general principle of "never get a centre-back when the full-back is the same price".
I seem to be quite wildly excited about the prospects of rather a lot of teams in the prem this coming season. The rejuvenation of Leicester and Southampton in terms of attacking potential that emerged in the 2nd half of last season. Arsenal evolution. New Chelsea era. Wolves looking to have fun in Europe and build their exciting play further. Bournemouth being rather exciting when they actually turn up, Brighton with a new manager who wants more attacking football. All the unknowns about the new teams, and the interesting players they bring. To what extent Everton build on their potential. Even things like Spurs settling in at home (or not), the continuing Man Utd saga, Burnley recovering from their wobbles, Watford not being short of goals, and a gazillion questions about how the likes of Crystal Palace and West Ham will perform are of interest.
No wonder I will skimp on defence a bit, my mind is full of wild ideas about the variety and quantity of goals we could see this season.
I'm hoping that playing three strikers in midfield (with one premium player) and three up front (with no premium players) will get me enough points to add to perhaps the best back five I could have picked.
Leicester mids are interesting. I'm currently on Pérez but Maddison and Tielemans are interesting. And even Albrighton. Is two leics mids too many? Probably.
Tielemans I considered hard. Had him for the last bit of last season. I just fear he's the guy that assists the assister. Madison takes the free kicks and is a fine, improving player but he's the same price as Zaha so I can't really find room for him, at least at the moment.
Fair enough. I expect Zaha will score against Everton in opening game now we've failed to sign him.
I think you're safe tbh, because as I've gone Zaha/Vardy rather than Tielemans/Firmino, Vardy will have a stinker and Zaha will get sent off for diving. After a VAR.
If we all make sure to cover different variables, our collective misfortune will ensure no-one succeeds
Maddison is a good player. He'll do well I think.
Perez scored more than I thought last season in a Newcastle team not known for their free-scoring style. Good support for Vardy, and classed as a mid he's certainly one to consider.
Hmmm, yeah, he scored 12. That's surprised me too
I'm set now, and barring transfers, injuries or Pepe being a 6.5m midfielder I'm starting the season with what I have now. Agonising over it won't help.
Pepe was added to the game pretty much straight away, he is £9.5m midfielder.
I watched footage of their final pre-season game against Atalanta last night in order to help with the dilemma. Because I loved Tielemans when he arrived last season. My dilemma continues.
I'm glad that I'm nearly done with pre-season.
Everton continued to suffer from an extreme lack of goals.
Ings scored a penalty and missed a penalty today.
I believe Haller scored an own goal in 90 seconds today but I havent double checked my facts on that one.
Crystal Palace conceded rather a lot today.
My only dilemma is Lanzini or Fornals in midfield.
Watching Zaha to Everton news intently. He's the main man at Palace but at Everton he might not be.
3 places still left, which cunning plan are you going to go for?
I'm surprised at this. Please hold off a bit longer so league code harvesting bots don't nick the last spots.
Yeah, I'm surprised as well. It usually fills up instantly...
Surely there's 3 actual forum users in the main league that we can tempt in here?
Well I've held off because I'm pretty shit and always stop updating my team after a few weeks...
Happy to be in though if there's space.
two spots left
the deadline looms.
who can i select who will get injured in the warm-up / fall out with their manager / get a last minute transfer out of the english game?
Not being able to finalise your team on a friday night/saturday morning is a real pain in the arse, especially at the start
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