Fantasy Football: Why you should keep faith with Lukaku
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Manager: Jack Green
Team name: Lac of Klaassen
It’s now been three gameweeks since I had a goalkeeper that actually started a game and, to be honest, I’m panicking a bit.
Unfortunately, injuries to both Alberto Moreno and Matthew Lowton mean I just haven’t got the transfers required to fix my problem in goal.
Instead, I’m focusing on the defence, with Jonjoe Kenny – who’s started eight successive games for Everton – coming in for Moreno.
The 20-year-old picked up an assist against West Ham a fortnight ago and should benefit from Sam Allardyce’s arrival at Goodison Park.
Bring on another evening of praying for a Rob Elliot or Wayne Hennessey recall.
Manager: Adam Drury
Team name: Another New Dawn
I was pretty proud of the £4.3m capture of Stoke’s most expensive defender, Kevin Wimmer, in September.
It turns out there’s a reason he was so cheap.
Stoke have kept just one clean sheet in 10 league matches with the Austrian in the side, so he is replaced by Watford’s Christian Kabasele.
The Hornets are not the most secure defensively, but have a nice run coming up, and the Belgian always plays and is good for a goal every so often.
Elsewhere, Dominic Calvert-Lewin will come into the side as a sub, assuming Alvaro Morata misses out. Shane Duffy would replace Ben Mee.
Manager: Tom Clee
Team: The Cleegulls
My renaissance continued at the weekend with a solid score of 69.
That was despite not making any changes, so I’m using the double sub at my disposal to address a couple of weaknesses in my squad.
Ahmed Hegazy has finally been given the boot after only two clean sheets in a 14-game winless run, a record I don’t imagine will improve too much under Alan Pardew.
Only Manchester United have kept more clean sheets than Burnley this season so, at £4.6m, James Tarkowski represents much better value for money.
I’m also big enough to admit that the Callum Wilson experiment hasn’t worked, having gone four games without a goal since his hat-trick against Huddersfield and started the last two on the bench.
In comes Charlie Austin who, has four goals in his last four games and is easily the best option I can afford despite a tricky run of fixtures coming up.
Harry Kane keeps the armband for the visit of Brighton after his brace at the weekend.
Manager: Tom Bowles
Team: Pascal Vegan
I should be taking out Romelu Lukaku, after the striker’s poor run of form culminated with a lamentable display at home to Manchester City on Sunday.
However, Alberto Moreno’s long-term injury has handed the big Belgian a reprieve.
Joe Gomez replaces his Liverpool team-mate in defence, while Lukaku gets the captain’s armband, with Manchester United at home to Bournemouth.
United have got a generous run of fixtures between now and February, meaning there’s still time for the misfiring Lukaku to turn things around.
Manager: Will Rook
Team name: Sheffield Old Boys
Given that two of my defenders sat out on Saturday, I was pretty pleased with me 44-point haul.
It’s for that reason, I’m deciding against any changes for this round of fixtures.
Ben Foster’s unlikely to keep a clean sheet at Anfield but, at £4.4m, he’ll do for now.
Eden Hazard made a bit of a stuttering start against West Ham, so I’m expecting him to put that right at Huddersfield.
Up top, Charlie Austin is proving an inspired purchase and Harry Kane is continuing to be Harry Kane.
As I said at the weekend, though, I need a big performance from Romelu Lukaku soon if I’m not to completely lose faith in him.