So in my review of this gameweek there is really only one place to begin. Despite waiting for seven weeks for the arrival of a certain Argentinean, he finally came good in extraordinary fashion. At this point many will be talking about waiting for buses, but to have five arrive all at once is almost unheard of. Of course I am referring to Sergio Aguero’s antics against an exceptionally poor Newcastle side. The Magpies initially took the lead, only to undo all their hard work by self-destructing and conceding six goals. Any Aguero owners will have been over the moon. Any people who captained him will have been delirious.
Elsewhere in the league it was generally a bad week for defenders. The only exceptions were Crystal Palace, Stoke and Arsenal who all managed to keep a clean sheet- the latter effectively putting a stop to high-flying Manchester United’s run by scoring three goals early on. While this did not have a great impact in terms of defensive points, it did mean that there were plenty of high-scorers amongst the attacking players.
- Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 25 points– Well words cannot really describe Aguero’s performance against Newcastle. I knew that this week the City striker would finally score but I never expected it would be in such prolific fashion. Aguero always has the skill and potential but it is very rare to see a player score so many on a single occasion. I am somewhat disappointed to not have him in my team and I’m sure many will be clamouring to try and squeeze him in theirs over the International break now that he has re-discovered his scoring form.
- Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 16 points– Another player that has continued his impressive form into gameweek 8 is Sanchez. While he was not able to score as many as Aguero on this occasion, his two goals helped Arsenal on their way to what was ultimately an easy win against Manchester United. As he is classed as a midfielder in the fantasy game, his goals are more than welcome to anyone who has come to include him in their team. At a couple of million less than Aguero and as a midfielder he may be the more likely inclusion over the next week.
- Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) 15 points– Many were not convinced that De Bruyne would not be able to justify his price-tag when Manchester City signed him but if his performances to date are anything to go by, it would seem that he is well on his way to doing just that. Scoring a peach of a goal and assisting on a couple of occasions saw him finish on fifteen points for the week and if he continues his recent form he will arguably be a better addition than the impressive David Silva.
- Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) 15 points– Eriksen has been somewhat of a lost figure in the Tottenham team so far this season, despite his copious talents, having missed out on three fixtures entirely. His two goals against Swansea, however, earned his side a point in a difficult fixture and reminded many of what he is capable of. Now the Spurs midfielder just needs to find a sense of consistency in order to assist a team within which Harry Kane is struggling.
- Johan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) 14 points– Cabaye has not been prolific so far this season, but he has popped up in the vital moment in the past two gameweeks. This week his efforts earned Crystal Palace a home victory against West Brom- a result that saw them maintain their position towards the top end of the table. Cabaye can be underrated in the fantasy game and is certainly worth consideration.
- Graziano Pelle (Southampton) 14 points– Pelle has had impressive few weeks, taking his overall goal tally and assist count to five a piece. His goal and two assists against Chelsea this week demonstrated the talents he possesses. Now going into the International break Pelle’s strong form may be stunted, but he has the potential to continue for weeks to come.
- Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) 13 points– Ozil is another that has not been prolific this season, despite being part of a squad of considerable stature. His performance against Manchester United, however, was the first of the season that really showcased his capabilities. A goal and an assist gave him a total of thirteen points and subsequently made him one of Arsenal’s strongest performers this week.
- Glen Johnson (Stoke City) 12 points– Stoke against Aston Villa was never going to be one of the more exciting games of the week and reality lived up to expectation. Defender Glen Johnson earned himself a nice points haul, however, with a clean sheet, assist and three bonus points to his name.
- Sadio Mane (Southampton) 11 points– Another of Southampton’s best performers was Mane. A goal and an assist gave him a total of eleven points this week, making it his third great score in a row. Mane now seems to be coming into his stride and subsequently there will probably be many considering his addition over the International break.
Despite not having Mr Aguero in my team, I still managed to finish well above average and improve my overall rank.
Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) 2 points– Playing against Norwich, I thought there was no better opportunity for Leicester to get their first clean sheet of the season. Once again, however, the side conceded.
Cedric Soares (Southampton) 2 points– It was a somewhat risky move choosing to play Cedric against Chelsea, but based on the recent form of the home side I believed it was one worth taking. Southampton were able to take all three points, but a Willian goal prevented the clean sheet.
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) 1 point– With Zabaleta out through injury until recent times, his transfer into my team in place of Vincent Kompany was also risky. Playing against Newcastle, however, having a City defender was a decision that I believed to be fairly straightforward. Despite Zabaleta playing from the off, Newcastle surprisingly managed to score and my team took another hit.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) 0 points– The inclusion of Cresswell was another decision that I felt was fairly straightforward. West Ham were playing Sunderland away from home so I thought it was only going to go one way. It was ultimately a close run affair, however, and ended as a 2-2 draw. For whatever reason, West Ham seem to struggle against the smaller teams so it may be best to leave out defenders in those games.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) 7 points– Having expected both Arsenal and Manchester United to score, I chose to put both Bellerin and Darmian on my bench. With Mahrez not playing a part, however, Bellerin came on with his seven point haul in tow. It was a nice, if not somewhat surprising, addition to the team.
David Silva (Manchester City) 8 points– My main struggle prior to the start of the gameweek was deciding whether to stick with Silva or opt with De Bruyne. This would come at a cost, however, so I went with Silva. The Spaniard brought a nice number of points to the table, but his fellow midfielder is currently bringing more.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 16 points– As already mentioned, Sanchez had a highly impressive week. His contribution early on made it impossible for United to make an impact and he will surely be hard to ignore following the International break.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) (C) 20 points– With West Ham playing Sunderland, I was expected big things from the London club. As a result, I chose to captain Payet. In comparison it was not the best choice but his ten point score was a nice addition. While it was not prolific, the midfielder continues to add great value to my team and I’m sure many will continue to include him in their teams too.
Graziano Pelle (Southampton) 14 points– When I chose to transfer out Aguero a few weeks ago, the additional finances allowed me to bring in Pelle. At times I feel that Pelle is amongst the most underrated in the game, but as long as he continues to score goals I am happy for it to remain that way.
Odion Ighalo (Watford) 9 points– As I have said in previous weeks, I am very happy about the recent form of Ighalo. Having backed him since the beginning it is always nice to see him come good and his goal this week saw him continue his recent run of good form. The real test, however, will come after the International break when Watford take on Arsenal.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) 2 points– Martial’s impressive start to life in Manchester had to come to an end sooner or later and it was this week that he failed to make an impact. With Manchester United struggling to create many chances against Arsenal, it was never going to be Martial’s day.
- Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) 3 points
- Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) 0 points
- Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) 0 points
- Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) 0 points