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LOVS Fantasy Football: GW9

The week the most transferred in player sat on the bench.

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

I was one of many who brought in Raheem Sterling this week. It was a toss up him or Leroy Sane. I went for the cheaper option. One sat on the bench and the other hit double figures.

Anyway, enough of my moaning.

This week belong to Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane was the highest scorer thanks to his assist and brace as they ran out 4-1 winners against Liverpool. What happened to their bright new ear under Jurgen Klopp? Anyway I should stay on point.

West Ham United v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League
Murray celebrating bagging a penalty at the London Stadium
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He was joined in the weeks best team by Glenn Murray who also bagged a brace at West Ham United and by the self styled Batsman Michy Batshuayi who apparently has the best goals a minute in Premier League history. Just a shame he never starts isn’t it, probably helps that too with the old stats, but anyway I digress.

The midfield contained two Gunners after Arsenal’s dismantling of Everton. Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey gained 13 and 12 respectively by bagging goals and assists on Merseyside. Junior Stanislas was perhaps the surprise inclusion in the midfield. I had forgotten that the Bournemouth player even existed and if it proves to be more than a flash in the pan he could be a good cheaper option.

Pedro was the final entrant in the midfield. He often hits double figures, but then also often just gets points for turning up. If he could hit a consistent spell though he would be a very valuable asset.

Southampton v Newcastle United - Premier League
van Dijk in action against Newcastle
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At the back Nicholas Otamendi was once again in the team off the back of a goal and another clean sheet. Virgil van Dijk of Southampton and DeAndre Yedlin of Newcastle United made up the defence with Newcastle’s Robert Elliot between the sticks.

An in form van Dijk will greatly improve the Saint’s defensive capabilities and Newcastle’s solid start to the season back in the top flight makes many of their players attractive prospects, and cheap ones at that.

Swansea City v Newcastle United - Premier League
Elliot diving after Abraham
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Elliot was the only £4 million keeper to start the season at number one. He doesn’t cost all that much more now making him at least a good bench option.

The best team created by a player hit 119 points in no small part thanks to captain Kane. The team was let down by Henrik Mkhitaryan and Marcus Alonso, who cost a fair amount and only brought in 2 points.

Fraser Forster picked up another clean sheet making him a solid pick in goal. Tying into the above about Van Dijk an in form Forster makes clean sheets at St Mary’s all the more likely.

Everton v Arsenal - Premier League
Monreal celebrates his goal against Everton
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Nacho Monreal of Arsenal was also in the defence. Arsenal may have conceded twice but Monrael still racked up 7 points. A useful investment perhaps. Fun fact his two goals so far this season matches Alex Oxlade-Camberlain’s best ever haul for a season, how much did he cost Liverpool again? Anyway where was I?

Jelly was the best in the LOVS league this week with 92 points.

Captain Kane was once again key. We might be saying that a lot this season.

Chelsea v Watford - Premier League
Richarlison looking dejected when he thinks he is stuck in a giant net
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Jelly had two of the more interesting cheaper midfield options. He had Stoke City’s Erik Maxim Choipo-Moting and Watford’s Richarlison. Both gained a useful 5 points and have been picking up points through the opening weeks. Warning time though, I just brought in Richarlison so he will probably be benched next week.

The defence was helped out by more of those Southampton defenders. I mean there was also Otamendi.

The other end of the LOVS spectrum was Bolton Squanderers, I like that name, who gained 28 points.

Chelsea v Watford - Premier League
Not a good week for Chelsea’s expensive striker
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He was let down all over the pitch. Captain Alvaro Morata only brought in 2 points along with Tammy Abraham, West Ham’s Pedro Obiang and Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld. It got worse from there as Sterling didn’t make it onto the pitch, Joel Matip failed to score any points and Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt gained only 1.

The team was further let down by David de Gea not keeping a clean sheet in Manchester United’s hilarious loss to Huddersfield Town. Time will tell if United can regain that defensive solidarity.

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - Premier League
Salah giving chase to a spherical object
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Mohamed Salah and Romelu Lukaku were the two bright spots along with Kevin De Bruyne. There are useful players in that team, and it would seem unlikely that a score as low as 28 will happen again next week.