After a full fortnight of petty squabbles, promising signs that evaporated into empty promises and prominent figures making themselves look very, very silly, we can now say goodbye to COP26, pretend that the International break never happened and settle into a veritable orgy of FPL for the next 11 gameweeks.
For a quarter of the Premier League teams, it’s almost like a new season starts now as their new managers have had a bit of time to settle in. For us, it’s a nightmare scenario. Is Kane going to be good after pummelling San Minnows? Will Callum Wilson find his Bournemouth form under former gaffer Eddie Howe? Will it be time for a Pukki party after Dean Smith turns him into a prime Ollie Watkins? So many questions, so let’s speculate.
Defender: Tyrick Mitchell, Crystal Palace
Patrick Vieira, eh?
Turns out he may be quite a handy manager.
Palace travel to Turf Moor this weekend on the back of consecutive clean sheets against Manchester City and Wolves, which is damn impressive.
Mitchell himself has had three returns in a row, adding an assist against Newcastle to those aforementioned clean sheets.
If you can keep City and Jimenez quiet, you’ve got a chance against Burnley. At just £4.5m and 1.2% ownership, why not set this eagle free in your defence.
Midfielder: Jarrod Bowen, West Ham United
Since GW4, Bowen has been tearing it up for the Hammers, with two goals, six assists and only one blank in that time, including games against Liverpool and Manchester United. That’s sensational form.
This week he faces a trip to Molineux this weekend and in this kind of form, I can’t for the life of me understand how only 2.3% of players own him? James Maddison has ownership higher than that despite scoring 30 points less and costing more!
Forward: Callum Wilson, Newcastle United
With Eddie Howe now firmly ensconced in the St. James’s Park dugout, Callum Wilson is looking forward to teaming up with a manager who oversaw a 168-point, 14 goal, 12 assist season on the South Coast with Bournemouth.
Looking at the fixture list, it’s now or never for Newcastle to avoid becoming by far the wealthiest Championship club in history, as they face three home games in their next four fixtures against Brentford, Norwich and Burnley.
Nine points from those and the Toon will be in tune once more, and if they’re going to do that, Wilson will be front and centre. £7.3m and 2.4% ownership?
Mother may I!
Captain: Sadio Salah / Mo Mane, Liverpool
10 returns in 11 games for Mo Salah means he’s always going to be involved in this conversation, but this week my head has been slightly turned by the hugely (and puzzlingly) overlooked Sadio Mane as Liverpool face Arsenal at home.
Both Mane and Salah have sensational records against the Gunners. Salah has 7 goals and 4 assists against them, while Mane has 7 goals and 3 assists.
With over 70% owning Salah right now, if you’re looking for a gamble then Mane could be a cracking differential this week. He’s £1.1m cheaper and owned by less than 4%….
Outsider: Armando Broja, Southampton
Regulars to these tips will know I’ve been smashing the outsider tip in recent weeks with Trossard of Brighton bringing welcome returns in GW11 (in fact dear reader I was a VAR disallowed goal away from a full house of 5/5 returning tips last week).
Anyway, this week I see young Broja of Southampton may be back to full fitness, and after his two-goal salvo in GW’s 8 & 9 before injury, he is worth a punt away at Norwich this weekend.