The Scout

Winners and Losers…..

The rarely seen goal celebration of Papiss Cisse

Whilst most people live their lives by the motto that “You get what you pay for”, it could also be said that “All that glitters isn’t gold”?  Especially in light of the Jimmy Saville revelations, all that glitters should also come with a health warning.

With the season now 6 games old it is a good time to assess the pluses and minus from the Managers who have delved into the transfer market. Who has proven real value for money and who has been a complete waste of money?  Who has unearthed the cheap hidden gem and who has been taken to the cleaners?

Looking at the positions within the team, let’s first have a look at the Goalkeepers. From players purchased by managers, Peter Cech (The Wait is Not Over) is the stand out keeper, fully justifying his £12m price tag with 41 points earner so far. Tim Howard (The Deaf Offenders), an unchallenged purchase for list price of £4.8m has been great value thus far with a respectable 27 points.

At the other end of the scale, £7m was lavished on Hugo Lloris by Gordon’s Alive and he has yet to trouble the scorers as he has been unable to depose the elder statesman of the Premier League in the shape of Brad Friedel. The £8.5m spent on David De Gea (EFVs Five Times European Champions) is also not looking like money well spent as he finds himself staring at the back of Sir Alex Ferguson’s head from the bench.

For any managers thinking of a new man between the sticks, there are one or two rough diamonds playing for so-called unfashionable clubs who have been accumulating points who are still unattached. Ben Foster of West Brom at £4.6m has so far ran up 30 points, Jussi Jaaskelinen of West Ham at £4.2m has 24 points and Simon Mignolet at Sunderland at £4.5m has 21 points.

For Defenders, look no further than Branislav Ivanovic of The Wait is Not Over who despite his lofty price tag of £9.1m has 64 points. His Chelsea team-mate and serial knob Ashley Cole (AFC The Rod) at £6.3m has 54 points and Leighton Baines of The Deaf Offenders at the massive price of £12.1m has justified his Manager’s faith by returning 46 points so far.  It should be noted that despite the top points earners being dominated by tried and trusted players, Managers who have taken a risk on untried players have generally found decent value. As the table shows, Michael Kightly (EFVs Five Times European Champions) of Stoke has proven to be a real hidden gem.

For every success though, there is a dud, good money has been spent on some big stars with little or no return. Hang your heads in shame those who bought Agger, Enrique or Coloccini.

Player

Price Paid

Points Scored

Success / Dud

Regulars

Ivanovic

9.1m

64

Success

Cole

6.3m

54

Success

Baines

12.1m

46

Success

Agger

5.1m

0

Dud

Enrique

8.5m

1

Dud

Coloccini

5.4m

2

Dud

Newcomers

Kightly

4.3m

34

Success

Jenkinson

3.5m

29

Success

Vertonghen

6m

26

Success

Maicon

7m

2

Dud

Midfielders, often the basis for a strong team but what value has been unearthed this year? Ron Atkinson, another lover of all things gold, said many things during his sometimes less than illustrious career, some offensive, some nonsense but some times true. Ignoring his comments about Marcel Desailly, he once said that if your team isn’t working, have a look at your midfield and this still rings true. A functioning midfield means your team are solid defensively and creative going forwards, in Fantasy Football circles, this is where you separate the men from the boys.

The Belgians dominate the point scoring in Midfield. Regular player Marouane Fellaini of Gordon’s Alive and newcomer Eden Hazard of John Terry’s European Champions both scoring 52 points whilst Swansea’s Michu of Club Athletico Bastardo has so far notched 47 points in his debut season at the cost of £6m and has proved the value signing of the season in this correspondent’s eyes.  It also needs to be pointed out that relying on long time points scorers is not an exact science as for every Damian Duff, there is an Adam Johnson or a Charlie Adam.

Player

Price Paid

Points Scored

Success / Dud

Regulars

Fellaini

9.2m

52

Success

Duff

6.6m

49

Success

Bale

16.1

48

Success

Benayoun

5

4

Dud

A Johnson

7.9m

7

Dud

Adam

6.4m

7

Dud

Newcomers

Hazard

18m

52

Success

Michu

6m

47

Success

Cazorla

10.4m

34

Success

De Guzman

3.8m

16

In the Balance

Sterling

9.2m

17

In the Balance

Up front is where the big money is spent in an effort to get you big points as even an average team can be kept afloat with a striker who can regularly find the Onion Bag. Take Sunderland this season as an example. Fletcher (The Wait is Not Over) has scored Sunderland’s last 5 goals since his arrival and despite playing for a generally poor team, they find themselves mid-table thanks in no small part to his goals. Back in the Fantasy World, the tried and trusted have had mixed fortunes. Demba Ba of Team Skin has proven real value for his 48 points whilst his team-mate Papiss Cisse has given no value to The Deaf Offenders Manager with a paltry 13 points for the sizeable outlay of £16.8m.

For players new to the league, again we see mixed success. Lukas Podolski at Gordon’s Alive has taken to the league like a duck to water with an impressive 31 points, however plaudits to The Next Big Thing Manager who took a gamble on Rickie Lambert for £6.5m who has returned 38 points in a debut season in the top flight.  Big money gambles on Fabio Borini (EFVs Five Times European Champions) with 8 points for £12m and Olivier Giroud (Luis Suarez’s Negrito’s) with 17 points for a fee of £9m have had managers on to Trades Descriptions as they appear to be masquerading as strikers at present.

Player

Price Paid

Points Scored

Success / Dud

Regulars

Ba

12.8m

48

Success

Torres

16.7m

46

Success

Van Persie

22m

46

Success

Rooney

15m

10

Dud

Cisse

16.8m

13

Dud

Ballotelli

14m

15

Dud

Newcomers

Lambert

6.5m

38

Success

Podolski

8.8m

31

Success

Mirallas

12.9m

26

Success

Borini

12m

8

Dud

Giroud

9

9

Dud

Naismith

7.5m

18

In the Balance

Whilst some of the players thus far labelled Duds may come to life, how long can Managers hold on in the hope that they start to click? On the transfer list there is a host of players who have earned big points but for no manager to take a punt.  Here is a list of the top unattached player.  Who’s finger will get itchy on the trigger first?

Position

Player

Price Tag

Points Earned

Goalkeeper

Foster

4.6m

30

Goalkeeper

Jaaskelinen

4.2m

24

Goalkeeper

Mignolet

4.5m

21

Defender

McCauley

4.9m

43

Defender

Ridgewell

3.8m

34

Defender

Reid

3.2m

32

Midfielder

Dyer

6.4m

34

Midfielder

Sidwell

4.1m

33

Midfielder

Routledge

5.1m

32

Striker

Dzeko

8.6m

37

Striker

Rodellega

5.9m

29

Striker

Long

7.3m

28

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