The last batch of transfers for Dream Team 2020/21 drop tomorrow (Friday) morning.
Depending on the situation in your mini-league, these five final transfers could mean the difference between an agonising near-miss and unregulated glory.
With the potential for two all-England European finals (depending on how Arsenal respond this evening) this season is set to go down to the wire.
We’ve thought up three hypothetical, realistic transfers we believe would improve a Dream Team in preparation for the campaign’s climax.
It’s unlikely all three suggestions will be precisely relevant to your team but hopefully you can extrapolate the logic take something useful from this exercise.
OUT: Jesse Lingard (£3.8m), IN: Kai Havertz (£2.5m)
West Ham’s loanee has lit up the Premier League since his temporary switch but the Hammers have just four games remaining to Chelsea’s six.
Thomas Tuchel has tasked his compatriot with fulfilling a false nine role in recent weeks and Havertz has responded with his best form since joining the club.
Exhibiting a keen eye for goal, the 21-year-old scored against Crystal Palace and bagged a brace against Fulham in two eye-catching displays before an impressive showing against Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.
Not only would this transfer maximise the schedule, it would free up an additional £1.3m in budget…
OUT: Ilkay Gundogan (£4.2m), IN: Riyad Mahrez (£5.2m)
And you could use that extra budget to make this box-office switch.
Man City’s German midfielder has arguably enjoyed the best season of his career but his goalscoring streak seems to have come to an end.
He’s still playing very well but he’s contributed zero goals and just one assist in his last eight outings for Man City whereas Mahrez has scored nine goals and provided four assists in his last 16 games.
The Algerian scored three times across City’s two Champions League semi-final legs which is surely enough to secure him a spot in Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up for the final in Istanbul.
Juggling City’s superstars has been the theme of the season and right now Mahrez has an ownership of just 11%.
OUT: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£3.8m), IN: Edinson Cavani (£3.5m)
DCL has been a Dream Team favourite since the first month of the season but there’s no room for sentiment with mini-leagues in the balance.
Everton are without a win in their last eight games in all competitions and have trips to West Ham, Aston Villa and Man City to fulfil before the end of the season.
Man United have six more games to play (assuming they don’t catastrophically collapse against Roma tonight) and will be relying on their experienced Uruguayan striker to lead the line.
His body may not be capable of playing every minute of every game but he’s demonstrated an understanding with Bruno Fernandes (£5.2m) and Paul Pogba (£4.1m) that should produce enough goalscoring opportunities in the coming weeks.
Cavani has banked 44 points in his last five games – Calvert-Lewin has taken 13 points from his last five outings.
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