One In, One Out: Gameweek 29
Alright, Holly is on form now. Her impressive debut of 28 points was improved upon in Gameweek 28 when Nick Pope (10 points), Jonny Evans (2 points), Bruno Fernandes (10 points) and Diogo Jota (12 points).
Her total? A massive 34 points.
Surely she’s reached the peak of her powers? Let’s find out…
OUT – David Button (£3.9)
IN – Alex McCarthy (£4.5)
There’s an anomaly when it comes to goalkeeper ownership in FPL. The most popular option all season has been Brighton’s David Button, with his ownership still over 20%, despite failing to play a single minute of action. He was the go-to £4.0 million backup to the popular Mat Ryan at the start of the season and has been languishing on our benches ever since.
However, with many FPL managers still to play their Bench Boost chip, it’s a good time to upgrade that spare goalkeeper slot to a playing starter. Top of the list is Alex McCarthy, currently one of the cheapest playing goalkeepers in the game, at £4.5 million. It’s a good time to bring him in, given Southampton play Newcastle this weekend, who have failed to score in four consecutive Premier League games. Add him to your Footstock portfolio for just 66p and lock-in a clean sheet in this weekend’s tournaments.
OUT – Lucas Digne (£5.8)
IN – Marcos Alonso (£6.0)
Lucas Digne has failed to start Everton’s last two Premier League games, with Leighton Baines rolling back the years on the left of the Toffees defence. It’s not been a great period for Everton defensively anyway: they are without a clean sheet in six games and appear to be trying to outscore their opponents to pick up vital Premier League points.
It’s probably time to look elsewhere and one player who has caught the eye is Marcos Alonso. Frank Lampard has played three at the back in his last two games, with Alonso earning a start in midfield as an out-of-position option. He’s delivered three goals in this short time, with ten shots and six chances created in two games: they are outstanding numbers. He’s classified as a defender on Footstock too, and at his 1 star rating, he is a fantastic enabler from the Beginner tournaments up, priced at just 96p.
OUT – James Maddison (£7.5)
IN – Nicolas Pepe (£9.2)
James Maddison has been stinking out my FPL midfield for weeks now, and with Leicester in such a poor run of form, I have to concede defeat. He has created 13 chances in his last four games, but none of those have converted to an assist, with Leicester scoring just two goals in this spell.
Now, I’ll probably be replacing him with Bruno Fernandes, but I was banned from writing about him for a third week running and I’m not going near his £60+ Footstock price at the moment. Nicolas Pepe is a worthy candidate for replacement and will be a popular move now that news of Arsenal’s Double Gameweek 29 has materialised. Pepe has been impressive in his last two games, with one goal and three assists: he is coming to life under Arteta. It’s a good time to invest, with West Ham next to visit the Emirates: they’ve conceded nine goals in their last four games.
OUT – Danny Ings (£7.2)
IN – Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.4)
Danny Ings has been in a barren patch of form for a number of weeks now, with just one goal in six games and two appearances from the bench. News of a knock is never a good sign for a player with his injury record and at this stage in the season, we have to back form over fixtures.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has three goals in his last four games and is unlucky not to have more, having had six big chances over this spell. He’s had a mammoth 16 shots in his last four games and his relationship alongside Richarlison is growing all the time. His excellent performance against Manchester United was watched from the stands by England manager Gareth Southgate, with his presence at the game no coincidence. Should we see Dominic in an England shirt at the Euros this summer, then his Footstock price is only going to increase from the £4 mark. He’s a bargain.