Hallelujah! The Premier League is back in our lives.
However, the unpredictability of genuinely competitive football meant that some of us may need to make slight adjustments to our Dream Team fantasy football outfits already.
Plenty of managers sprung surprises on us with their tactics and line-ups for the opening weekend and it’s important to get on the same wavelength of the Prem gaffers if you are to dominate your mini-league as expected.
Remember, you get three transfers a month and they don’t carry over so you should have plenty of resources to fine tune your team now Mourinho, Wenger, Klopp and co have showed their hands.
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Allow us to make some observations…
First of all, Wilf Zaha was suitably roughed up by Huddersfield and was left unable to drive home sue to a knee injury.
He posted a photo of his knee in a brace before swiftly deleting it and rumours are the Crystal Palace winger may be out for the next two or three games.
Factor in the fact that Frank de Boer’s men suffered a demoralising 3-0 defeat to the Prem’s newcomers and those of you who splashed out £4.0m on Zaha may be wise to consider other options.
Mo Salah (£4.0m) perhaps?
Next up, the game’s equal most expensive defender, Gary Cahill, is facing a three-game ban already after his costly red card against Burnley.
The £5.5m centre-back is a popular pick among fantasy football managers, appearing in over 10% of teams.
Just think, for £1.0m less you could have Eric Bailly (£4.5m), rock at the back for an already-favoured Man United side.
Excuse us for stating the obvious here but if you have Philippe Coutinho in your team then we suggest an immediate transfer.
The wantaway Brazilian is taking up £6.0m of thousands of managers’ budget, not to mention a place in their midfield.
Liverpool’s midfielder has been conveniently injured while speculation of a move to Barcelona has grown day by day.
Other players in Coutinho’s price bracket include Dele Alli (£6.0m), Paul Pogba (£6.0m) and Sadio Mane (£6.0m) — all three already have a Premier League goal to their name after just one game.
Jose Mourinho has admitted that Victor Lindelof (£4.0m) may need time to adjust to the Premier League.
The Swedish centre-back was left out of Man United’s squad altogether for the club’s 4-0 win over West Ham and is unlikely to feature anytime soon.
9.3% of managers thought the £31million new boy would be Bailly’s partner at the back — Jose had other plans.
If an early reshuffle is required, don’t delay, otherwise you risk falling behind in the first month.
Most of you will receive a message saying transfers can’t be made now because we’re in a Game Week — don’t panic!
The transfers will go through on Friday before the weekend’s action.
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