Gameweek 18 results

1 same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
43 1126
2 same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
56 1119
3 same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
52 1101
4 down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
50 1099
5 up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
87 1067
6 down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
51 1064
7 up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
70 1063
8 down Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
54 1060
9 down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
53 1047
10 down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
43 1042
11 up FTM
Stu Smith
76 1036
12 same King raggg
Steven Darling
68 1029
13 down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
53 1027
14 same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
61 1025
15 down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
44 1008
16 up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
53 997
17 down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
41 990
18 same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
53 985
19 up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
80 979
20 down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
59 978
21 down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
51 967
22 up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
80 967
23 down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
46 959
24 same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
59 959
25 down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
47 953
26 up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
85 949
27 down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
44 948
28 down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
58 947
29 up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
73 945
30 up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
67 940
31 down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
45 936
32 up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
70 934
33 up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
72 934
34 up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
64 932
35 down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
61 929
36 down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
50 928
37 up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
63 923
38 down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
42 923
39 up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
77 914
40 up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
84 906
41 down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
37 904
42 down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
57 901
43 up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
62 886
44 down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
58 885
45 down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
50 880
46 up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
51 839
47 down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
26 833
48 down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
36 829
49 up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
89 822
50 down The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
61 819
51 same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
54 758

Manager of the week – Atletico Chappers – Richard Chapman – 89 points

Another week for the Salah owners. And the Aubameyang owners. And the Kane owners. Not the Sterling owners or the Hazard owners. Or the Sane owners. Chappers’ hit the heights with an Auba/Kane forward combo and an early punt on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer getting the best out of Paul Pogba. So far so good. Who’d have expected City and Chelsea to get beat at home by the opposition they had to face this weekend? Evil fantasy league. There’ll be a lot of very frustrated managers kneejerking on Christmas night.
Player of the week – Heung-Min Son – Tottenham Hotspur – 21 points

He’s off to the Asian Cup in January, so this might mean Pochettino’s going to have him playing every game to get the most out of him until his departure. It could be a long time without him as well with South Korea very likely to reach the latter stages of the competition. So, until then – I think it’s maybe four more games – and they all pretty tasty and full of point scoring potential. If they can stick six past Everton, how may are they going to get against Bournemouth, Wolves, Cardiff and Huddersfield?
Bargain of the week – David Brooks – Bournemouth – 15 points

Sold him this week to bring in Hazard. Evil fantasy league. Might have to get him back in this week to facilitate Salah. Kneejerk. Hazard hat trick against Watford guaranteed.
Twat of the week – Lewis Dunk – Brighton And Hove Albion – -2 points

Christmas off. Well done Lewis.
Goal of the season – Andros Townsend.

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1 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 48 2,261
2 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 76 2,245
3 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 37 2,234
4 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 57 2,215
5 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 64 2,210
6 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 38 2,190
7 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 42 2,162
8 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 41 2,158
9 Init fc Mustafa khan 65 2,149
10 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 86 2,148
11 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 55 2,124
12 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 55 2,101
13 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 39 2,086
14 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 59 2,082
15 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 35 2,074
16 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 41 2,068
17 SS3 FC Paul Murray 44 2,055
18 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 47 2,054
19 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 52 2,053
20 Howayman Mark Bromham 38 2,052
21 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 38 2,036
22 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 41 2,024
23 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 37 2,016
24 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 42 2,005
25 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 26 1,993
26 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 15 1,990
27 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 32 1,983
28 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 47 1,957
29 Below Par Paul Bentz 32 1,945
30 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 36 1,943
31 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 54 1,936
32 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 16 1,928
33 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 29 1,905
34 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 42 1,902
35 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 49 1,883
36 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 47 1,872
37 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 21 1,870
38 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 39 1,801
39 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 27 1,792
40 Ciderheads Darren Pope 56 1,783
41 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 27 1,781
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 31 1,578
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 45 1,553
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 38 1,439

 

There’s your end of season table. FC Caligula are champions. Congratulations to them. Not only that – they’re also cup winners. They’re the first team to achieve a Buckets league and cup double. Add to that the fact that they’re a Leicester fan, and you might be forgiven for wanting to smash their face in. Much like Leicester, they started well, and basically got better. They never sank lower than eight place, rising to the summit in week 24 and staying there for all but one other week. In total they collect £405 in prize money, the highest in Buckets history.

At the half way point, The Kolarov Mane were 21st and had been rattling around in mid table for most of the first half of the season. Their rise began around gameweek 23 when they jumped 10 places from 14th to 4th. After a slight dip into the lower reaches of the top 10, they climbed gradually again up until week 34 when they hit 190 points in the first double gameweek and cemented their place in among the challengers for the league. That 190 points is another record. No team has scored more than that in one week in Buckets history. It’ll take some beating. If anything, it was their below average performance in double gameweek 37 that put them just out of reach of a title challenge, although they bounced back to post the second highest score of the last gameweek to clinch second.

Your Ad Here were third. The former cup winners went one place higher than their previous best performance, but will be disappointed not to have finished second – a position which they had held since gameweek 26. They’d also briefly held top spot in gameweek 25. A bad week 38, which saw only ten of their players take the field (in their flip flops) saw them give way to The Kolarov Mane.

Completing the top four are Shoelace, finishing in the prize money spots for the first time. It was another late charge following a slow start and a sluggish middle period. They were outside the top ten as recently as gameweek 29 and only appeared in the top four for the first time last week.

An honourable mention must go to the Golden Boys who eventually finished 8th. They never sank any lower than that position all season having taken the lead in gameweek 10 and holding it for 14 weeks. Unfortunately they go away empty handed having not managed to pinch a monthly prize. In fact they only won one weekly prize despite their early season dominance.

The manager of the week record remains intact – Romeo’s bagged seven two seasons ago. Walking With Memphis and SS3 FC both scooped three weekly awards, with a host of other teams managing a double. We had ten different managers of the month this season. I’m pretty sure we’ve always had one team managing a double or treble of manager awards – but then we’ve never had a 44 team league before.

In the real world Leicester (who else) dominated the player and team awards. They picked up eight player of the week awards across the two categories and only one donkey. Mahrez and Vardy finished first and second in the overall scoring charts. The highest scoring goalkeeper and defender both came from Arsenal – Petr Cech and Hector Bellerin. The Gunners had two other defensive players in the team of the season (jump to the bottom of this page).

Sergio Aguero scored the most single weekly points – 26 in gameweek 34. Several teams triple captained him to a 78 point total. That’s the new highest single gameweek score in Buckets history. Aguero also managed 25 points in gameweek eight, a total which was matched by Georginio Wijnaldum the following week.

Southampton scored seven player of the week awards, with both Manchester City and Sunderland managing six. No one player dominated the player awards. Kane, Aguero, Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne and the mighty Andy King all picked up two weekly awards.

Chelsea led the way in the donkey race with five – two each for Thibaut Courtois and John Terry. Kyle Naughton was the only player to sink to -4, somewhat unluckily, as he eventually had his red card rescinded.

Leicester also hit six contenders for goal of the season – three each from Vardy and Mahrez. Liverpool equaled that, including two each from Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. Dele Alli and Andros Townsend also appeared on the goal of the week list twice. Manchester United, incidentally, had no goal of the season contenders. Everyone will have their own favourite. I’ve got a soft spot for the Mahrez goals against Chelsea and Manchester City. The’re still trying to untwist Cesar Azpilicueta. Vardy’s record breaking goal was typical Vardy, but the pass from Christian Fuchs made it a million times better than it first appeared. The Vardy volley against Liverpool and the Alli volley against Palace seem to be the favourites of the pundits, but my choice is Cuco Martina’s bender for Southampton against Arsenal. There’s an angle from behind the strike where you get the full on Roberto Carlos-ness of it. It’s going out for a throw, then it’s in the net. And he can’t fucking believe it can he?

 

 

Team of the Season

  • GK – Petr Cech – Arsenal – 159 points
  • DR – Hector Bellerin – Arsenal – 172 points
  • DC – Toby Alderweireld – Tottenham Hotspur – 166 points
  • DC – Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal – 153 points
  • DL – Nacho Monreal – Arsenal – 152 points
  • DM – Mark Noble – West Ham United – 133 points
  • MR – Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur – 178 points
  • MC – Mesut Ozil – Arsenal – 200 points
  • ML – Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City – 240 points
  • CF – Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – 211 points
  • CF – Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – 211 points

 

Bargains of the season

  • GK – Heurelho Gomes – Watford – 157 points (starting price – £4.5 million)
  • DR – Craig Dawson – West Bromwich Albion – 124 (£5 million)
  • DL – Christian Fuchs – Leicester City – 150 points (£5million)
  • DC – Wes Morgan – Leicester City – 139 points (£4.5 million)
  • DC – Robert Huth – Leicester City – 140 (£4.5 million)
  • DM – Danny Drinkwater – Leicester City – 129 points (£4.5 million)
  • ML – Marko Arnautovic – Stoke City – 165 points (£6 million)
  • MC – Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur – 166 points (£5 million)
  • MR – Michail Antonio – West Ham United – 126 points (£6 million)
  • CF – Odion Ighalo – Watford – 175 points (£5 million)
  • CF – Troy Deeney – Watford – 166 points (£5.5 million)

 

 

 

Gameweek 36 results

1 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 41 2,141
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 32 2,129
3 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 54 2,110
4 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 50 2,108
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 78 2,093
6 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 43 2,056
7 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 48 2,040
8 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 49 2,027
9 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 39 2,009
10 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 31 2,005
11 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 32 1,984
12 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 58 1,983
13 Init fc Mustafa khan 46 1,982
14 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 33 1,974
15 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 43 1,970
16 SS3 FC Paul Murray 46 1,964
17 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 37 1,956
18 Howayman Mark Bromham 48 1,952
19 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 54 1,936
20 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 46 1,933
21 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 30 1,930
22 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 41 1,926
23 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 37 1,921
24 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 29 1,917
25 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 46 1,907
26 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 40 1,899
27 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 35 1,889
28 Below Par Paul Bentz 34 1,860
29 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 22 1,860
30 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 43 1,857
31 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 31 1,826
32 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 46 1,807
33 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 37 1,804
34 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 40 1,803
35 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 51 1,781
36 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 42 1,781
37 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 43 1,771
38 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 30 1,702
39 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 27 1,699
40 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 28 1,677
41 Ciderheads Darren Pope 29 1,669
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 29 1,500
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 38 1,476
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 17 1,350

 

The week that Leicester City won the league. Amazing.

Far and away our highest scorers of the week were Shoelace Untied with 78 points. The next highest scoring team didn’t even make it over 60 points. Shoelace now come into real contention for a top four prize and shouldn’t be ruled out of clinching the title given their ascent over recent weeks. The same can be said for The Kolarov Mane, who despite dropping a place this week, take the April Manager of the Month prize.

1 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 50 424
2 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 78 407
3 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 54 406
4 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 48 375
5 Init fc Mustafa khan 46 371
6 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 32 365

 

No-one could catch them once they’d posted their 190 point total in gameweek 34. It’s telling to see four of the top five in the mix for the April prize, all coming good at the right time and trying to haul Caligula back in. Caligula go into the penultimate week with a re-established 12 point lead. It’s still all to play for.

Shoelace’s outstanding week was helped massively by automatic substitutions and somewhat ironically, Sadio (The Kolarov) Mane. Squad rotation from our European semi finalists did play a part, with mixed results across the league. All three of Shoelace’s subs were used – but most notable was Sergio Aguero being replaced by Mark Noble. The West Ham captain scored two for the second consecutive week and added 16 more points to their total. Mane’s hat trick against Manchester City bagged him the player of the week award. That’s seven goals in six games without too many people realising – a run that’s accumulated 50 points.

 

Player of the week – Sadio Mane – 20 points. Coming up on the rails for Euro qualification

Bargain of the week – Karl Darlow – 15 points. A penalty save that might keep them up

Donkey of the week – Aly Cisshoko – -2 points. This should really be a Spurs player.

Goal of the week – Andros Townsend. Two contenders in four weeks.

Gameweek 33 results

1 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 55 1,907
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 87 1,902
3 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 90 1,858
4 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 73 1,834
5 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 71 1,833
6 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 65 1,821
7 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 72 1,810
8 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 67 1,807
9 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 62 1,799
10 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 55 1,796
11 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 87 1,794
12 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 78 1,792
13 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 63 1,783
14 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 79 1,781
15 SS3 FC Paul Murray 80 1,778
16 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 77 1,769
17 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 67 1,765
18 Init fc Mustafa khan 84 1,761
19 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 62 1,752
20 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 58 1,750
21 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 81 1,749
22 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 71 1,741
23 Howayman Mark Bromham 66 1,739
24 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 54 1,734
25 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 55 1,732
26 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 66 1,717
27 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 64 1,700
28 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 67 1,694
29 Below Par Paul Bentz 81 1,693
30 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 55 1,686
31 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 57 1,653
32 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 62 1,648
33 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 66 1,627
34 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 78 1,607
35 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 60 1,605
36 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 90 1,604
37 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 63 1,600
38 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 83 1,579
39 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 86 1,515
40 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 65 1,511
41 Ciderheads Darren Pope 63 1,501
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 45 1,366
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 57 1,287
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 47 1,220

 

Crystal Palace and Everton defenders were the way to go this double gameweek. Not, as was hoped by many, Romelu Lukaku. The Everton forward was made captain by more teams than anyone else, only to return a measly eight points. Not that that stopped Buckets teams posting some pretty impressive scores. As well as taking a punt on the right defensive double gameweekers, it helped not to be too hasty in ditching Leicester and Spurs players.

That was a tactic that almost backfired for FC Caligula, who played their second wildcard, and in doing so saw fit to transfer out Jamie Vardy (13 points), Toby Alderweireld (15 points), Dele Alli (7 points) and Harry Kane (2 points). As well as Mesut Ozil (7 points), Ashley Williams (6 points) and Lukasz Fabianski (6 points). After the weekend’s games they had lost their lead in the league and were trailing The Craggy Islanders in the Buckets Cup final.

Luckily for Caligula, The Craggy Islanders had the same idea and went all out for the cup win, bringing in five Palace or Everton players, and losing Vardy, Mahrez, Kane, Lloris and Dier. In our lowest scoring, yet most closely competed cup final, Caligula just came out on top by virtue of scoring more bonus points than the Islanders. The final score was 55-55. Both scored two goals. Caligula managed six bonus points to the Islanders three. It was Joel Robles, the Everton keeper, who courtesy of his clean sheet and maximum bonus score against Palace, clinched it for Caligula, and kept the dream alive of a league and cup double.

Your Ad Here haven’t played their wildcard yet. They weren’t tempted into any double gameweek movements at all. And they scored 87 points. The only double gameweeker present was Scott Dann who has been a mainstay in their defence since October. Vardy, Kane, Alli, Alderweireld, Mahrez and Huth all remained. They reduced the 37 point gap between themselves and Caligula to just five. On Sunday evening they’d overtaken their rivals.

It’s unlucky on Caligula in a way. The idea behind ditching the Spurs and Leicester players, who don’t take part in any double gameweek action, and bringing in players to compete in this and next week’s bumper fixture lists, is probably the right one. Who’d have guessed that Jamie Vardy would rediscover his form, and Spurs would thump Manchester United? Great intuition by YAH though – and the title race is back on.

Also closing the gap and moving up into third are Rocky Ba Bauer. Their 90 point score was the joint highest of the week. Sweet Cherry Pie also managed 90 but lost out on the manager of the week accolade by scoring less goals – four to Rocky’s five. Rocky’s second wildcard was played back in January so they had little choice but to hang on to their Leicester and Spurs players. They played two free transfers last week in preparation for this, bringing in Joel Ward and Ross Barkley, who amassed a combined total of 23 points to add to the Vardy, Alli, Alderweireld, Mahrez, Schmeichel and Kane contributions.

 

Player of the week – Wayne Hennessey – 18 points. Two clean sheets and managed four bonus points too.

Bargain of the week – Jose Holebas – 10 points. 0.2% ownership worldwide – none of them Buckets.

Donkey of the week – Matteo Darmian – -1 points. With dishonourable mention for Lukaku.

Goal of the week – Andros Townsend. Every cloud.

 

 

Gameweek 24 preview

02 Feb 19:45 Arsenal v Southampton
02 Feb 19:45 Leicester v Liverpool
02 Feb 19:45 Norwich v Spurs
02 Feb 19:45 Sunderland v Man City
02 Feb 19:45 West Ham v Aston Villa
02 Feb 20:00 Crystal Palace v Bournemouth
02 Feb 20:00 Man Utd v Stoke
02 Feb 20:00 West Brom v Swansea
03 Feb 19:45 Everton v Newcastle
03 Feb 19:45 Watford v Chelsea

 

February begins with the end of the transfer window and some midweekers. It ends with our first reduced gameweek. Only 16 teams will compete in gameweek 27 due to the Rumbelows Cup Final between City and Liverpool. As well as the finalists, Newcastle and Everton miss a week. As yet, those games are unscheduled, but look out for some upcoming double gameweeks – probably sometime in March or April.

You may have noticed Sergio piling on the pounds again. It hasn’t taken long, but there has been a rush on the Argentinian since his return to the starting XI. And with good reason if you look at the stats for his last four appearances. For a player that’s only completed four 90 minute appearances in the league all season, it shows how highly thought of among fantasy managers he is. His value to has increased by half a million from it’s original starting price. There’s a good chance he’ll add to his goals total against a Sunderland side who haven’t kept a clean sheet since November.

And you can afford it. Well you’ve got a good chance if you’ve got Kevin De Bruyne in your team. The Belgian looks set to miss at least two months of the season after picking up a knee injury in the Milk Cup semi final victory over Everton last week. A little bit of tinkering is required to make way for Aguero, but in this season of the bargain, your cheaper midfield options are plentiful.

All of the new signings have been assigned prices. The most expensive signing will actually cost you £13 million less than his real life fee. Gianelli Umbula suffers from being a holding midfielder, so is unlikely to feature too highly on many fantasy radars. Oumar Niasse will cost you £7 million, but will probably only play second fiddle to Romelu Lukaku at Everton. Seydou Doumbia may be an instant starter in place of the misfiring Aleksander Mitrovic at Newcastle. A flying start could cement a place in his new team’s line up and could be a tempter in fantasy world. Leroy Fer posted good returns for a £5 million midfielder in his QPR days. His 25 yarders found the target a little more regularly than Andros Townsend’s – another who could make an instant first team appearance in black and white. Another likely starter could be Wahbi Khazri. He could be the attacking midfielder Sunderland have needed since the season started. Alexandre Pato will probably have to work his way into the Chelsea starting XI. Can you see him being anything other than an expensive gamble who’ll be back in Brazil in August? And Emmanuel Adebayor could go either way. Surely his experience is a better bet than the group of third choice strikers Palace are relying on at the moment?

All of these moves were outshone by the news that Pep Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as City manager from next season. It’ll be interesting to see how the FPL administration deal with the pricing of Lionel Messi when he rocks up in August.