December manager of the month AND manager of the week – Shoelace Untied – Caroline Strong – 477 points AND 83 points
It might be the biggest manager of the month total ever. It’s the biggest monthly prize ever and it goes to Shoelace, who seemingly piled every effort into winning it much like they did with the Buckets Cup last season. To make extra sure, although it wasn’t needed, they played their bench boost in the last gameweek. That did guarantee them of the manager of the week prize and should earn them a bye into the first round proper of the cup. They took an almighty risk with a 16 point hit, particularly as the five players that came in only scored 11 points between them. A poor week for We Are Ayling, Shoelace’s nearest challengers and long time leaders of the December table, meant that net loss didn’t matter either.
|2||We are Ayling
|3||The winnings R mine
|4||Emergency Gap Jumper
|5||Game of Throw-Ins
|6||Queen of the north
|7||The Craggy Islanders
Player of the week – Willian – 17 points
A bad week for Hazard holders was exacerbated by the fact that Willian ended as the week’s top scorer whilst the Belgian warmed the bench. Those opting for Hazard as captain might have had better luck elsewhere as he didn’t even take to the field. I doubt that’d be much consolation as Chelsea ripped through a poor Stoke team with Willian claiming a goal and two assists. Hazard is bound to have been in among the points – guaranteed in fact – as Willian’s goal was from the penalty spot.
Bargain of the week – Ryan Fraser – 15 points
Popped up with two goals to claim Bournemouth’s first win since Gameweek 12. Bournemouth aren’t offering much this season. The fact that Asmir Begovic is their top scorer with 69 points says a lot. He comes out on top only by virtue of having played every minute and not by the countless clean sheets he’s kept (4). The goals and assists seem to be being spread around a much changing team. Fraser wasn’t able to follow up this brace due to picking up an injury, but hardly any team have escaped the punishing festive schedule, no matter how hard they’ve tried to rotate, without picking up injuries to key players. Salah, Silva, De Bruyne, Kane, Lukaku and Coutinho are all doubtful for the first fixtures of the new year.
Twat of the week – James McLean – -1 points
McLean is surprisingly low on twat awards over the years. This might be his first. He’s easily one of the most wind-up-able players in the league and likes a tasty meaningless challenge. His crime this time was to come on with 18 minutes of the game remaining, pick up his obligatory yellow, then score an own goal.
Goal of the week – Danny Drinkwater. £35 million apparently. 59s in.