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The Dream Team Coach eyes up the new lad and hails our first double-centurion

The calendar has once again conspired against us, gaffers.

This Friday has fallen at the end of the month, meaning we have to wait until next Friday (6th) for March’s transfers.

While frustrating, let’s try a positive spin: we get another weekend of observations to inform our strategy.

Bruno or Bru-yes?

I, for one, would like another look at Bruno Fernandes (£3.4m).

The Portugal international has settled in nicely at Old Trafford and now that he’s on penalty duties, the temptation to use a transfer on him has increased.

Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£4.7m) scored more points in Game Week 26 than Fernandes.

Flavour of the month

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Flavour of the month

The only thing that puts me off is Man United’s short-term fixture schedule.

The ex-Sporting midfielder imposed himself against Watford and Club Bruges, but he may find it tougher against Everton, Man City, Spurs and Sheffield United.

However, while United’s league fixtures pose a stern test, they will fancy their chances against Derby in the FA Cup and LASK in the Europa League.

This next month will give us a better gauge of Fernandes’ quality and, if he continues to impress, he could well give your midfield a boost at the back end of the season.

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Mine’s a double

Mohamed Salah (£7.1m) became the first player to reach 200 points in Dream Team 19/20 this week.

The man they call the Egyptian King has been in great form since the turn of the year and with the chance of a treble still very much alive, there’s plenty more games for him to build upon his mountainous tally.

HOT TAKE: Salah is good

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HOT TAKE: Salah is good

Kevin De Bruyne (£6.2m) is not far behind; the Belgian’s Madrid heroics took him to 195 points for the season.

You’d back him to bring up his double-century at Wembley this weekend as Man City aim to retain the League Cup against Aston Villa.

Sadio Mane (£7.0m) is Dream Team’s third best performer at this stage with 190 points.

Weekender

First things first when it comes to Weekender, the League Cup final is included so feel free to stock up on City players if you’re that way inclined.

Sergio Aguero sat out the fun at the Bernabeu so he may be unleashed on Dean Smith’s underdogs but you know as well as I do that second-guessing Pep Guardiola is a mug’s game.

Close quarters

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Close quarters

Burnley are in decent form while Newcastle are, well, not.

For all Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron’s fun, the Magpies’ attack isn’t particularly productive.

I’m tempted to select Nick Pope and James Tarkowski and hope for a Clarets’ clean sheet.

With all due respect to Eddie Howe’s men, Bournemouth are not Bayern Munich.

Chelsea should bounce back from their Champions League humbling despite their injury issues.

Olivier Giroud and/or Mason Mount are worthy of consideration.

Finally, in blindly obvious news, Liverpool are heavy, heavy favourites to beat Watford at Vicarage Road.

Salah scored four goals in a game against the Hornets in 2018, if you believe such things are important.


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