2 In, 2 Out

After an international break that we could have all done without, it’s time to sort out our fantasy football teams and get promising players in and players out, that in my case have been injured during the international break. Here I’m going to give my opinion on 2 players I feel people should consider transferring in and 2 players I feel people should transfer out!


Danny Welbeck (Arsenal, Forward, 7.0m)
When Welbeck signed for Arsenal I was amazed at the amount of negativity aimed towards him, being compared to Sturridge all his career hasn’t helped his reputation but I really do think he’ll be a great asset for Arsenal. The brace Welbeck scored this week against Switzerland showed that with space and service he can make things happen and at Arsenal with the likes of Sanchez, Ozil and Cazorla behind him, I’m confident service shouldn’t be a problem. Welbeck is only 7.0m which in my opinion is very cheap for a striker that should be a consistent starter considering Giroud is expected back in January after an ankle injury and Sanogo not performing. Welbeck is only selected by 5.1% of teams and although this is likely to increase, you’ve got a good chance of gaining points above other teams as I feel the majority of teams will be bringing in Balotelli and Falcao instead. I firmly believe Welbeck will put many people quiet this season. He’s going to bring the pace up front that Arsenal have been crying out for for a while and hopefully he can flourish under Wenger. This is why he’s the first player I feel you should be transferring into your team for the next game-week!

Remy Cabella (Newcastle, Midfielder, 7.5m)
Admittedly, when Newcastle signed Remy Cabella I didn’t have a clue who he was. I just presumed he would be another average signing from France that will just be a squad player but when I watched him against Manchester City, I was very impressed with the flair he showed and the risks he took. Fantasy Football is all about scoring points and assists & goals are vital when you’re picking players. Cabella is the corner taker for Newcastle and has already claimed his first assist of the season from one and in my opinion there’s many more to come. He’s a player that is confident on the ball and is a natural at running at defenders, drawing fouls and creating chances. In Cabella’s first 3 games at Newcastle he has created 8 key chances and attempted 29 crosses which any fantasy football manager should look at and be tempted to bring the Frenchman in. Newcastle’s next 3 games are Southampton (A), Hull (H) and Stoke (A) which I feel are 3 games in which Cabella can shine and pick up some points. He’s only been picked by 2.9% of managers, including me, and I feel he is a risk that should be taken.


Bojan (Stoke, Forward, 5.3m)
When Bojan joined Stoke I was one of the few people that wasn’t interested at all, and my opinion hasn’t changed. I know the sort of things Bojan is capable of and the things he can do, you don’t make 100+ appearances for Barcelona for being an “Average Joe”! But I don’t feel the players around him will allow him to make as many assists and score as many goals as people make out. Stoke aren’t a high scoring team and this is one of the reasons he should be transferred out. I think Bojan’s reputation blinded people and made them forget that he’s got Steven N’Zonzi and Glenn Whelan in his team’s midfield instead of Xavi and Iniesta. Bojan is worth 5.3m which may make you feel there is no replacement for him but with players such as Steven Naismith and Steven Fletcher going for a similar price, taking Bojan out should be an easy decision!

Yaya Toure (Man City, Midfield, 10.9m)
This is a risky one, and it could come back to haunt me, but I started with Yaya Toure in my team this year and had him in my team all 38 games last year. In fact, he was the first player I put in my team this year for 11m and I was very confident he would hit the ground running. I thought I’d see him putting his free kicks in the top corners and making the bombarding runs from midfield we saw again and again last year, but Yaya Toure has had a very slow start this season and has hardly attempted any of his speciality runs. He has also sat quite deep for the majority of games, which I’m not sure whether this is something to do with Toure’s fitness or it may just be the way Pellegrini wants him to play, but as a fantasy football manager I want Yaya Toure to be scoring goals and getting assists and not playing the Michael Carrick role! In the opening 3 games Toure has only created 1 key chance and still hasn’t managed to get a goal or an assist to his name and for a huge price of 10.9m, I want a lot more. One of the main reasons I decided to suggest taking Yaya Toure out is because of the points he’s made for the price he’s worth, and I don’t feel it’s enough when you have players such as Fabregas (9.3m), Sanchez (10.4m) and the highest midfield point scorer at this present time, Sigurdsson (6.5m). Yaya Toure’s season is only going to get better from here but can he really do better than last season? Not in my opinion, and would it be better for my team to sell him, buy a cheaper replacement and use the spare money to strengthen the team? I think so. This is why I feel Yaya Toure is someone who should be considered to be transferred out.

Tom Mellor.

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