Manager of the week AND December manager of the month – Rip Roaring Reds – Sean Whyton – 375 points
Last update I posted a league table of the runners and riders for the December manager of the month prize. It was the top 12 from Frostee Rucker who were out in the lead on 335 points down to Fake Madrid on 300 points. The Reds weren’t in that twelve. They were probably about 15th or 16th. They’re in at number one in the week that matters. With a bullet. Taking the manager of the week accolade to seal the monthly prize makes it even more impressive. And it’s boosted them 10 places in the overall rankings from 30th to 20th. It’s rare to jump that many places at this point in the season. You need a very, very good week to achieve that. Ousting one misfiring City asset in Leroy Sane and replacing him with Paul Pogba and then captaining him was the catalyst. A brave move that paid off handsomely.
Player of the week – Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 18 points
City players out. United players in. Not least the one player in red whose caused the most controversy, been the biggest talking point, been the most divisive, been the most disappointing. Not any more. Under Solksjaer, Pogba has hit three double figure scores in succession. That’s Salah-esque. For 5 million less. Can you afford to be without him? And his mates. It reminds me of Leicester’s championship winning season when everyone could afford to have Vardy and Mahrez because they were so damn cheap. You can have a triple pick of Pogba, Lingard, Martial and Rashford for the same price as Sterling and Aguero.
Bargain of the week – Neil Etheridge – Cardiff City – 15 points
Joining Callum Wilson as the only player to gain two weekly high scores, Neil Etheridge has risen to the second highest scoring keeper, keeping five clean sheets, saving three penalties, including one in this game, and making a shitload of saves – more than any other stopper. He’s way ahead of any other keeper in his price bracket, but still, more of us feel safer with the greasy gloves of Joe Hart and Lukasz Fabianski.
Twat of the week – Shkodran Mustafi – Arsenal – -1 points
What happened to the North London derby Arsenal? Only PEA seems capable of keeping up his pace of scoring. I’m not sure there’s ever been a more untrusted Arsenal defensive collective in fantasy league history. There is no Arsenal player on the first page of defenders.
Goal of the week – Victor Camarasa.