FPL Gameweek 28: Why Pogba and Lingard need to go
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Manager: Jack Green
Team: Lac of Klaassen
Five changes this week, which can only mean one thing: it’s wildcard time.
I made the decision in January to play just two big-name strikers and spread my budget across the midfield and defence, but that backfired with my worst run of form of the entire season.
So I’ve gone back to what works – bringing back Jamie Vardy to reform a front line that scored plenty of points in the first few months of the season.
To fund that move I’ve dropped Paul Pogba, and replaced him with the rich man’s Paul Pogba: Abdoulaye Doucoure.
The Watford midfielder slots in ahead of a defence that includes one expensive star in Cesar Azpilicueta, and is otherwise cheap but solid.
Manager: Tom Clee
Team: The Cleegulls
My team pretty much picks itself this week, with Phil Jones injured and/or out of favour and Jesse Lingard an unused sub against Sevilla.
I’m not convinced either would do much against Chelsea, anyway, while West Ham’s trip to Anfield means Adrian and Angelo Ogbonna are being taken out of the firing line.
I get the impression that my squad is just starting to go a little stale, but can do more to liven things up with a double sub next week.
Until then, this lot will just have to do.
Manager: Adam Drury
Team: Another New Dawn
After sacrificing eight points to get my team right in the last gameweek paid off, I’ve decided to repeat the trick.
Tottenham have lovely fixtures coming up, and after Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen were rested completely at Rochdale on Sunday, I expect them to play a big part.
Virgil van Dijk comes into defence for Phil Jones, who is struggling with fitness and form.
Oumar Niasse scored a brace in his last game so keeps John Stones out of the XI, while his strike partner Harry Kane regains the captaincy.
Manager: Will Rook
Team: Sheffield Old Boys
After a week off, I’m giving all my lads another chance to impress me before swinging any axes.
They notched 75 points last time out, which would have been decent had everyone else in the office league not also benefitted from Sergio Aguero’s four-goal haul.
Nick Pope and Ben Mee should both get me a clean sheet bonus this weekend, with a relatively kind fixture ahead.
I’m feeling pretty confident elsewhere, with a clutch of the Premier League’s top point scorers all set to play.
And if they don’t perform, I’ll have two transfers to shake it up next time.
Manager: Tom Bowles
Team: Pascal Vegan
No changes, although that’s not because I don’t want to make them.
Jesse Lingard’s hot streak has come to an inevitable end, but I can’t afford Marko Arnautovic, who I want to replace him.
That means waiting for two free transfers next week, with Paul Pogba the player most likely to go.
That could change if Pogba starts and flourishes against Chelsea on Sunday, but neither of those things are likely at this point.
Harry Kane wears the captain’s armband. Obviously.