Don’t you just love it when the first of the month falls on a Friday?
As a consequence, Dream Team transfers will be refreshed tomorrow morning, allowing gaffers to make changes before Game Week 7 gets underway.
Since it is our duty to dish out sage advice, we have thought up three transfers that we believe would seriously improve a hypothetical XI.
As always, it’s unlikely all three suggestions will be relevant to your Dream Team but hopefully you can apply the same logic to your specific needs.
OUT: Harry Kane (£7.0m), IN: Romelu Lukaku (£6.3m)
Spurs’ No10 actually has a respectable points tally of 29 but that’s only because he cashed in against Pacos de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League and a much-changed Wolves outfit in the Carabao Cup.
Kane has blanked in every single league game this season and looks visibly below par – many seem to think he’s demotivated after failing to secure a transfer in the summer.
He’s lagging way behind the other premier options up front – Mohamed Salah (£6.7m) is already 45 points ahead!
It goes without saying that if you haven’t got Liverpool’s in-form Egyptian then you need to rectify that quick sharp but his ownership of 63.5% suggests the majority are already aware.
Lukaku is arguably the must-have player for Dream Team bosses this October.
Chelsea have very favourable fixtures – they play three of the current bottom five in the league before Halloween – and are expected to bounce back from consecutive defeats to Man City and Juventus.
If you’ve already got the hulking Belgian and Salah then you should replace Kane with Cristiano Ronaldo (£7.8m) – if you can’t afford that upgrade then Michail Antonio (£4.4m) is your man.
OUT: Harry Maguire (£3.7m), IN: Thiago Silva (£4.0m)
We would be recommending this transfer even if Man United’s captain hadn’t picked up an injury that is expected to sideline him for a few weeks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have only kept one clean sheet in all competitions this season – hence why Maguire is stuck on a measly nine points.
The 28-year-old features in 24.3% of teams so plenty of gaffers will be shopping around for a replacement this week.
Assuming you’ve got some budget in your favour (after switching Kane for Lukaku perhaps?) Chelsea’s experienced Brazilian seems to be the best option.
The Blues have kept more clean sheets than any team in Europe’s top five leagues since Thomas Tuchel took charge and so their defenders should make light work of their aforementioned fixtures.
Those with even more budget to work with would be wise to consider Antonio Rudiger (£4.5m) or Cesar Azpiliceuta (£5.0m).
If you can’t afford to upgrade Maguire to a Chelsea asset then Joel Matip (£3.0m) is very reasonably priced.
Arsenal’s upturn has also increased the viability of Kieran Tierney (£2.6m) and Ben White (£3.2m).
OUT: Kasper Schmeichel (£2.9m), IN: Aaron Ramsdale (£2.8m)
Leicester’s No1 is the fifth-most popular goalkeeper at the time of writing despite the fact he’s mustered just five points this season.
The Foxes have conceded two or more goals in game four times already this season and Schmeichel owners have suffered as a consequence.
22 keepers have more points than the Denmark international at this stage!
Schmeichel can always come back in later if Leicester sort their defence out but bosses need to get rid ahead of October’s fixtures.
No keeper is averaging more points per outing (six) than Arsenal’s new signing right now (minimum two appearances).
Ramsdale has raced to 24 points and will fancy his chances of catching David de Gea (£2.8m) fairly soon to become the fourth-best asset in his position.
The Gunners face a tough test away to high-flying Brighton this weekend but the rest of their fixtures in October aren’t too intimidating: Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Leeds, Leicester – Dean Smith’s side are the only one of the four currently in the top half.