A quick turnaround this week as the holiday fixtures have officially begun with GW15 commencing Tuesday. Lots to discuss so let’s get right into the thick of it!
Player to Buy – Dele Alli (£8.5m)
It’s not a secret that Tottenham have been rejuvenated as a club under Jose Mourinho and one of the players that’s really improved is Dele Alli.
With 3 goals and 1 assist in 3 games under the new manager, Alli is showing signs of improvement on the pitch.
The 23 year-old is more forward than before and Mourinho is allowing him to be aggressive on the offensive side of the field. See the image below for a frame of reference –
‘For me, Dele is not a midfield player,’ said Mourinho. ‘We want him to have the freedom to associate with the attacking players, this is the best position for him.’https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7742345/Jose-Mourinho-tells-Dele-Alli-embrace-strike-role-double-Tottenham-win-Cherries.html
As Spurs continue throughout December, look for Alli to become a major focal point of the attack. The upcoming fixtures are going to be tough, but I expect the same energy as they push for a top 4 spot.
Dele’s current price is £8.5m, which is reasonable given his form and with his ownership being at 3.8%, he could be the differential player FPL managers are looking for. I’m definitely backing Alli and so should you!
Honorable Mentions – Heung-Min Son (£9.8m), Lys Mousset (£5.1m)
Player to Sell – Mason Mount (£6.6m)
Last week I wrote about holding Mount as an FPL asset and this week I have changed my mind on the idea.
Frank Lampard has tinkered around with his midfield as the league schedule is beginning to increase in volume and I just see better options in the squad and around the league.
Mason Mount is still a good player, but with Christian Pulisic also looking to claim a starting position that means Mount could be either, out of position or on the bench to start matches. From an FPL standpoint, that just seems too risky for me.
Over the past 4 GW’s, the production just doesn’t justify holding the Chelsea winger. Alternative options at a similar price have become a little more reliable and relevant, they include – Wilfried Zaha (£6.6m), and Jack Grealish (£5.9m).
I do expect things to turn around for the Englishman, but with the busy schedule already here and the uncertainty of him starting every GW, I suggest letting go of Mount.
Honorable Mentions – John McGinn (£5.9m), Bernardo Silva (£7.9m)
Player to Hold – Anthony Martial (£7.8m)
Anthony Martial is one of the top players to be transferred out this week after another quiet performance against Aston Villa on the weekend.
As performances go, his output has been underwhelming over the past few games in the EPL, but in European competition he is still productive.
Lots can be said about the Frenchman, but the next two fixtures will be crucial for him. I think if he doesn’t perform this week, we could see Ole experiment with Mason Greenwood as a striker.
Pressure is building at United as wins have been hard to come by, so these next few weeks are crucial.
The Reds have Tottenham and Manchester City this week, 2 huge match ups that I believe will come good for Martial.
His relationship with Mourinho was littered with problems and that is exactly why I think, at Old Tratford, Martial will be on a mission to prove himself.
The derby match in GW16 could be full of drama and provide FPL managers with an unexpected result as derby’s often do. Anything can happen especially since both managers are struggling at the moment and both Spurs and Man City are conceding goals.
I would hold Martial for the next 2 games and see what comes out of it. I feel that his FPL performance could surprise, as United are dangerous on the counter attack and they will undoubtedly be put on the back foot by City and Spurs.
Honorable Mentions – James Maddison (£7.6m)