In this week’s The Good, The Bad and The…. Rooney we showcase the winners and losers of game week 2, whether it’s a goalscoring full back or an own goal scoring striker.
Paul Pogba £8.1M
Many fans doubting if Paul Pogba would live up to his price tag. The signing of Matic will be a revelation for Man United fans, this has allowed Pogba to roam free in the midfield.
For Fantasy Football owners their was a mix case of emotions, stupidly picking up a yellow card midway through the game would have caused anger, and another stupid foul later on in the game left FPL players fearing that he would have been sent offwould have lead to a sigh of relief that he was not booked again.
The game was coming to an end and many thought Pogba would pick up just the 2 points. A strong spell of 5 minutes from Man United saw them score 3 goals in 4 minutes. Pogba being influential in both bagging and getting an assist for sub Martial. It’s looking like a double up of Lukaku and 1 United midfielder could be absolutely essential if they keep up this goalscoring form.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez £7.1M
A loser last week, but a winner this. Chicharito was a controversial choice last week due to his performance and enthusiasm being one of the only highlights of the Hammers play. Chicharito did what he did best, scoring two goals that Gary Linekar would have been proud of. Both goals came from Chicharito following up a missed shot from fellow team mates, a true poacher’s finish.
The fox in the box, almost ensured West Ham clawed back a draw after going 2-0 down and also having 10 men, unfortunately it wasn’t enough. A late penalty scored by Charlie Austin ensured that The Saints won 3-2, but Javier Hernandez was without a doubt the man of the match.
Marcos Alonso £7.0M
The most expensive defensive player in the game proved his worth on Sunday. Alonso opened up the scoring with a terrific free kick kick. Owner’s were hoping that a clean sheet would be gained along side the goal. An Own Goal by Batshuayi and then 5 minutes later a yellow card for Alonso looked like it would just be 7 points for Alonso with the hope of some bonus points. Late on when the Spaniard was looking leggy, he ghosted into the box and found acres of space to smash the ball at Lloris.
The Frenchman for some reason chose to save with his hands instead of his feet and was unable to get down to stop it. 2 goals, 3 bonus points. This game showcased why Alonso is the only 7m defender in the game, his upside is absolutely massive.
A nice stat for all Marcos Alonso owners:
Last 10 free kicks taken:
Hit the woodwork 5 times.
Aaron Mooy £5.6M
Aaron Mooy was always going to be the best baldy in Huddersfield due to Shelvey suspended, even if he wasn’t banned it would have been hard to accomplish what Mooy did. What a goal by Aaron Mooy. Huddersfield signed Moy in the summer after a loan spell which saw him bring Huddersfield to promotion. Mooy dominated the midfield defensively and offensively, with just about every play being orchestrated by the Aussie. Mooy’s performance was defined by the disguised one-two with Kachunga which opened up the space for a lovely curling shot into the top for corner.
Huddersfield now have 2 wins from 2 games, and were one of the trending bets on oddschecker to win the league. That won’t happen but there is an air of positivity around the club.
Wayne Rooney £7.5M
A moment for Wayne Rooney’s England career. Rooney, one of England’s greatest ever footballer’s has retired from international football to focus on his club career, and after his restart to his Everton career, the decision looks a smart one.
United fans were happy to see the back of Rooney this season, yet here he is. 2 goals in 2 games for the premier league veteran. With Everton fixtures very difficult, many wisely chose not to have any Everton player in their team. Rooney has now netted in both games and has the average fantasy football owner questioning themselves if he’s worth it.
It’s early days yet but at £7.5M and Everton due a good run of fixtures soon enough he could be a bargain to free up funds for the even bigger hitters. Rooney did however get a yellow card against Man City, but was arguably the best player on the pitch, the move back home to his swamp has seemingly rejuvenated him.
Jose Fonte £5.0M
The ex-Southampton defender may have forgotten he left the Saints, in a performance which could have rung alarm bells with match fixers worldwide. Fonte was defensively poor throughout the game gives little hope to West Ham fans who hoped his experience would shore up their defensive issues. With a European Championship runner up, in Ogbonna, a European Championship winner, in Fonte, and 2014 New Zealand Footballer of the Year, Winston Reid, you would think that the Hammers would be less leaky than Jose Mourinho’s Madrid, but alas they are not.
Jose Fonte has gone from winnings the Euros to giving away 5 penalties in a year. The Portuguese centre back said he moved for silverware at the time, but he also must have known he was moving to West Ham. It seems that the paycheck is more important than performances, and West Ham could be lining up without him sooner, rather than later.
Harry Kane £12.5M
‘’Harry Kane never scores in August’’ ‘’ Harry Kane always scores in London Derbies’’. One of these phrases would have to be wrong over the weekend.
The curse continues for Harry Kane who just cannot seem to bag in August. At 12.5M his returns in 2 games has been just 2 points, both games Kane has received a yellow card infuriating owners even more. With Spurs up against Burnley next (Burnley also have a midweek game) will see many people looking to captain Kane and break his curse. Another blank here could prove devastating, with many relying on a high scoring week against Burnley to save their opening week blushes. The shots, and the chances have been there, the fine margins have not been though for the Englishman.
The shock amongst Fantasy Football owners that Salah didn’t start will cause some owners agony. Mane was a possible injury risk , and while many thought he may be rested due to this, it was Salah who was rotated. Salah came off the bench and played for 29 minutes returning 1 point. With Coutinho looking more and more likely to stay, this could lead to Salah looking even less appealing due less minutes being guaranteed.
Gabriel Jesus 10.5M
‘’Pep prefers Jesus to Aguero’’ Well guys evidently not, in a team which tends to be heavily rotated many thought Jesus would be a safe option and it would be Aguero being rotated. Up steps Kyle Walker to receive his marching orders for a second yellow card and it’s Jesus that was subbed. Whilst it was Jesus who was unlucky to score last week, it was Aguero this week.
Jesus has now returned a total of two points in two games. Those who opted for the Jesus/Kane duo up front will be left seething.
Michy Batshuayi 8.3m
What an impact Michy made coming off the bench.
79′ Michy Batshuayi comes on
82′ Michy Batshuayi scores an own goal
Super sub. At least he owns up to it.
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) August 20, 2017