So with West Ham talisman Dimitri Payet ruled out through injury, let’s have a look at some alternative replacements.
5. Jonjo Shelvey – £5.4m
I talked about Swansea’s favourable run of fixtures in a recent FanFeud podcast and, needless to say, his ownership hasn’t increased…
Up next for the Swans, though: Bournemouth at home (should be straight forward), Liverpool away (Shelvey with a point to prove?), Leicester at home (that’s Leicester ‘goal-fest every game’ City).
4. Gerard Deulofeu – £6.2m
If it was nearly good enough for Barcelona, it’s probably good enough to bring in FPL points. The Spanish starlet bagged a hat-trick while on Under-21 duty during the week, too, and with the Toffee’s sweet fixture list to tuck in to, this £6.3m midfield option looks to be a good one to me.
3. Scott Sinclair – £4.7m
Perhaps this is more out of hope rather than careful consideration. But Villa looked solid enough against City, and with Sinclair playing more like a striker these days, the Rémi effect could well see Scotty as a potential hidden gem.
Remember when he scored twice against Sunderland? Remember when Villa were half decent? Remember, I’m a Villa fan.
2. Matt Ritchie – £5.6m
Another sentimental selection as, for those who followed my team from day one will recall, he was once a captain contender of mine.
Bournemouth’s prospects look pretty bleak when it comes to beating the top teams in the league. But if they’re going to put up anything of a fight, then I’d be snatching the guy Ritchie. The way he directs play with that left foot could have you racking up plenty of points. Lock, stock and barrel.
And after all this deliberating, debating and dubious puns to determine a Dimitri Payet replacement, I look to a like-for-like switch.
Here’s who I’m bringing in…
1. Manuel Lanzini – £5.3m
The Argentine has already shown glimpses of what he’s capable of, despite being relatively over-shadowed by the prowess of Payet.
Dimitri’s departure lends Lanzini further creative license to push forward and grab a goal or two from midfield.
If you still can’t think of someone to pull in for Payet, then maybe this gif will help:
Who’s your Payet replacement? Just pause the gif and go for it! pic.twitter.com/r9F3sz5lvl
— Joe Ryan (@JoeRyan365) November 9, 2015
What do you make of this list?
Feel free to comment below with who you’re bringing in.
Oh, and remember, have fun!