With reports suggesting that Alli has accepted his FA charge, he’s out for the season. Frustratingly, I would have welcomed this news last week, as I had 4 transfers left (more than most). But now with just 2, it’s effected my planned captaincy decisions and made my head hurt with possible replacement options. I’m hoping putting down my thoughts on paper will help clarify the decision.
Let him rot
The first option, and one I’m seriously considering, is to stick with my planned captaincy strategy and leave Alli to rot on the bench. Not ideal, but captaincy is so important in Sky that this is certainly an option.
Well not quite so cheap for me. With 3.1 banked I can look at slightly pricier options. I’m looking to target someone who has an extra fixture. Budget buys Iwobi, or possibly even Watmore, look options if you’re strapped for cash. With my extra budget, the likes of Barkley, Noble or Milner come onto the radar. To be honest none of these appeal, I’ll be looking elsewhere.
Having 3 forwards already, this isn’t an option for me. But this would be my preferred route with Defoe and Carrol top of the list.
Here I can go with more premium options, including Monreal and Smalling. With the extra game, United defensive solidity and fairly easy opponents, Smalling seems like a good option for me. He’s currently top of the list, if I choose to go with a straight swap. If you’re short on funds, Van Aarnolt or Kirchhoff are my preferred options in the budget bracket.
Im strongly considering removing Sanchez (my current captain) to Firmino who squares up to Swansea on Sunday. This releases some extra funds and allows me to do Alli to Fabregas. This is a bonus, as I can then use my switch to make Fabregas captain for Sunday (Tottenham home) and the following saturday (Sunderland away) in the penultimate gameweek.
With Liverpool playing on the Sunday and Wednesday in the penultimate week, I can use my switch to get another 2 captains out of Firmino. The only problem is I doubt Firmino will play in all of his remaining matches.
Getting my thoughts down on paper has helped. I’m now leaning towards Smalling or the alternative strategy. I fancy United to get 2-3 clean sheets (out of 4), which should mean an extra 15-20 points. However, the alternative allows me to keep a pretty good captaincy strategy and get rid of Alli, hopefully the best of both worlds.