World Football’s Transfer Culture

Modern football has always revolved around money, where the world’s massive clubs roam the globe like heavy storm clouds looking for potential/skill and stealing it with a strike of lighting.

“Who can we buy? It doesn’t matter how much for.”

“Who do we fancy? It doesn’t matter how much talent our club already possesses.”

How can any club grow with the blossoming players they’ve developed when all its talent gets absorbed by a $100M+ paper towel?

Football is a cold-hearted business, I get it. But as a fan of the beautiful game and someone who wants to see competition in every league, where does this ‘money flinging to solve your footballing ebbs and flows’ come to a head? Will this outrageous transfer-spend trend continue to rise?

Neymar goes to PSG for about $500M and now he wants to leave again? Loyalty is dead. Football is corrupt and dying. Where is the love? Where are the boys playing the beautiful game in their neighbourhood streets? Who have these kids become?

Aaaaaaand, end rant.

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Yours truly,

– Fro

FPL GW24 Review | GW25 Preview

Spurs 1 – 1 Saints

Spurs never got into the groove against the Saints, and it cost them a top-4 spot. Kane had a glorious chance in the last minutes, but he and the squad never looked convincing to get a victory. Wipe away the OG and maybe this could’ve been a different story, but Son was absent, Alli never looked threatening, and when Eriksen and Lloris are out ill… good luck.

Next up: United. This will be a much-needed test for both squads. Alexis will be licking his chops after his last performance against them as a Gunner. Kane will most likely be given the space he needs to dominate, but it should be a tight match.

With the Lucas Moura move seemingly about to come to fruition, Spurs need that pace to inject a new attacking option into their arsenal. His services will hopefully be available by Liverpool on Feb. 4.

Prediction: Spurs 1 – 1 United

Spurs FPL Guidance

This is tough because a lot of people are thinking about minimizing their Spurs options due to the club’s next three fixtures: United, Liverpool, Arsenal, then Juventus in UCL—aka the gauntlet of their season. It will be a testing period for them. I’ll take the glass-half-full approach with you here, though.

1. Must swap: Kane (£13.0)

  • Kane shows up in the big matches. However, his record against Mourinho’s men isn’t stellar. I’d suggest (if you can afford to do so) swapping him out for Agüero for this gameweek and then bringing him back for Liverpool, who he dominated last time he played them.

2. Differential: Dier (£4.7 at 2.6%)

  • Best bang for your buck for a Spurs player under 10% selection. I wouldn’t suggest bringing in a defender due to the unlikelihood of clean sheets. Dier possesses the potential for the odd goal and he’s a cheap option.

3. Avoid: Eriksen (£9.2)

  • Coming back from illness against United, I really don’t see him making an impression on the match (if he plays). He was in decent form before he fell ill, so maybe hold off until this storm of fixtures subsides.

As always let me know our thoughts! Comment here or tweet me, @LuizsFro.

May all your arrows be green for Gameweek 25!

Cheers,
– Fro

FPL Podcast – 3 Bonus Pints | Episode 5: Ned’s Flying High

We’re back! In this episode, we scratch our FPL-riddled heads and wonder how Ned is doing so well (13th in Canada? Top 1,000 in the world?!) No wrong answers with Ned this time around—only “right” ones.

But I’ll let Sage prime you before you get into a half an hour of FPL enlightenment:

“After the festive fixtures, and a lacklustre double gameweek we have forged our way into the second half of the FPL season. The lucrative wildcard button is available and some managers have already activated. The #3BonusPints podcast is reviving their recording to discuss the best time to use the wildcard, bench boost, triple captain, and free hit chips.

We will also look at which players you need to bring into your team over the next 3 gameweeks and who you should avoid. As always, we will provide comedic relief amidst the stressful highs and lows of FPL drama. Gameweek 24 sees some favourable fixtures for the big clubs, so we will address the ever-important captaincy pick! Tune in and enjoy.”

Fro’s FPL New Year’s Wish

First off, I’d like to announce that our 3 Bonus Pints hiatus will be coming to a close very soon. We are finding a diplomatic way to settle our creative differences. Ned wants more credit, Sage wants more volume, and I just want us all to get along.

Over the holidays, we hung up our boots (we’re too poor to have speciality stockings) and wished for Big Sam (Allardyce) to shuffle down our chimneys and fill our boots with green arrows. I’m afraid it didn’t happen. Well, I shouldn’t say that… because it happened for Ned.

I’m afraid Ned cannot be caught in FPL. While we were watching the acrimonious Spurs vs Hammers draw, Ned (a Spurs fan) was inexplicably and figuratively forever blowing bubbles. He turned his phone screen toward me and I saw that he was ranked 20th overall in Canada. I was taken aback and a tinge of jealousy glistened through my pint.

It will now be my New Year’s wish, resolution, and mission to catch Ned in the FPL overall rankings. A lofty goal, no doubt. Wish me green-arrow luck.

p.s. Ned, I think you’ve now earned the credit you’ve long sought after.

Cheers,
– Fro

FPL Spurs GW 18 Review | GW 19 Preview

Spurs 1–4 Man City

Man City is a class above the rest in England. They are untouchable and I really don’t see them slipping from their invincible form. At the halfway point, many believe they’ve already won. *Shaking my head in disbelief and forlorn… and agreement*

Spurs got understandably frustrated with how inferior they were and were ultimately lucky not to go down to nine men. If Kane and Alli got sent off, it might’ve been a miserable Christmas in North London. Thankfully they didn’t and it’s time to move on.

Burnley is up next to start a run of relatively easier fixtures. Spurs mustn’t lose sight of a top-four finish now. I predict a messy bounce back against Burnley. With Lamela back in the side as an option, Spurs finally look like a team that can run at and attack their opposition. Lamela will draw in defences, which will open up lanes for his teammates to take advantage of.

Spurs 2–1 Burnley

FPL Guidance:

1.     Must-Have: Eriksen (£9.3 at 14.6%)

  • With almost a third of the ownership as Kane, Eriksen is back in form and has a four-match scoring streak. Kane’s form is spotty and many people are jumping off the expensive Kane train.

2.     Differential & Bargain: Son (£8.0 at 3.8%)

  • In a season where prime midfielders reign supreme, Son is a bargain and affordable. I picked him up against City based on the fact that I thought he could nick a goal like he did last year, but I picked him up one week too early. He’s getting starting minutes now and proving he’s deserving of it. Look for him to have a great holiday period. He’s now surpassed Alli for third in FPL scoring on the team.
    • p.s. I’d be willing to bet that Alli would be sacrificed for Lamela, not Son (if you’re sweating about it).

3.     Avoid: Alli (£9.0 at 11.9%)

  • The fiery youngster is not performing up to his standards. Hopefully it comes over this holiday season, but for now, I’d watch from a distance. He hasn’t scored in 10 gameweeks and has only two assists in his last nine matches. Not good enough.

Enjoy the holiday fixtures and may all your arrows be green this season!

FPL Gameweek 12 Review | 13 Preview

First off, here’s a little write-up I did for @FPLMyClub on Twitter.

Spurs 0 – 2 Arsenal

The North London Derby didn’t go as many people expected it to. Hats off to Arsenal. They had a game plan, stuck with it, defended well, and finished their chances. Spurs looked flat. Kane and Alli were apparently fit according to Poch, but I think he’s just shielding them from the media.

Take the loss and move on is just what Spurs did. They exceeded expectations and won their group-of-death in Champions League, and now they will carry that momentum into the weekend versus the manager-less West Brom.

Predicted Scoreline: Spurs 3 – 0 West Brom

It’s time Spurs put more than 1 or 2 goals on the board. I can see it happening against a broken club like West Brom.

1.     Must-Have: Kane (£12.8)

  • He bagged a pot shot against Dortmund to get the monkey off his back. Look for him to push hard for maybe a brace this weekend.

2.     Differential: Rose (£6.4 at 2.0%)

  • Hear me out. He’s back, he’s fit, and only 2.0% of the game has him. If he plays, and that’s a BIG IF, he may get some big returns. Here’s hoping.

3.     Avoid: Son (£7.9)

  • He’s stepping up huge in the Champions League, but he still doesn’t play enough big minutes to be an effective FPL asset.

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Hopefully, Chelsea and Liverpool light up the scoreboard. After Liverpool’s collapse against Sevilla, they may just focus on tightening up overall as a team. Chelsea is flowing after scoring 8 goals in their past two games.

Who do you have bringing in some juicy returns this gameweek? I’ve yet to think about my free transfer, but despite the tilt between Liverpool and Chelsea, I can see Morata scoring a couple.

Best of luck in your decisions, and remember, it’s a Friday deadline! May all your arrows be green this gameweek.

Cheers,
– Fro

 

 

 

FPL Podcast – 3 Bonus Pints – Ep. 4: A Slack Baker’s Dozen

Fresh off the international break, the Premier League is back and ready to swing into its jam-packed holiday stretch. To get you settled back in, episode 4 of the 3 Bonus Pints is UP.

We have exciting news about the podcast: we’re now listed as an Apple podcast, so subscribe and fret no more!

Heading into Gameweek 12, Sage, Ned and I venture into our FPL lineups and how they’re shaping up for the holiday fixtures. We talk about some icy insights from The Fantasy Football Pundits and FPL Él Statto weighs in with a few tips of their own.

Pull up your squad, crack a tall boy, and settle in for some FPL banter and laughs.

May all your arrows be green this gameweek!

Cheers,
– Fro