Just because it is the international break it doesn’t mean you should forget about fantasy football.
There can be brilliant performances that inspire form in the league, unfortunate injuries and of course a couple of stinkers.
For David De Gea most of this season comes under the ‘underwhelming’ category, international games included.
De Gea should be avoided by Dream Team managers this season at all costs.
The Spaniard’s woes started way back at the World Cup when his wrists became as weak as rice crackers and he was giving away his clean sheet bonuses for fun.
However, back in the familiar environment of Jose Mourinho’s Man United regime, the majority of us thought De Gea would return to the points machine he was last season.
It hasn’t quite turned out like that.
Behind a back four including the likes of Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones it won’t come as that much of a surprise that De Gea has struggled this season.
A lot of the chances he’s conceded this term have been due to defensive errors in front of him.
But you Dream Team managers have to be ruthless when it comes to getting rid of dead wood.
De Gea is the third most-selected keeper on the game, behind only Alisson and Ederson, with over 13% of managers plumping for his ‘stability’ between the sticks.
In any recent season that would have been a sensible choice, but times have changed.
De Gea is the second most-expensive goalkeeper at £4.1m and he is taking up significant amount of resources but failing to deliver on the investment.
His total of 20pts for the season puts him way down at 7th in the points charts and his recent scores make for ugly reading.
In his last three games De Gea has averaged 0.7pts, compare that with Alisson’s last three average of 3.7pts and Ederson’s of 4.3pts and you can see the disparity.
De Gea has kept just three clean sheets all season and it doesn’t get any easier with the forthcoming fixtures.
United face Chelsea, Juventus twice, Everton, Man City and Bournemouth in their next six games with even Bournemouth away looking a game they could concede in.
Conceivably De Gea might not pick up a single point in the next six and if you’re being optimistic it is a maximum of 16 points with possible clean sheets and 7+ ratings against Everton at home and the trip to Bournemouth.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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