The scouting report – Game Week 20

The scouting report – Game Week 20

The first games of 2014 brought very few shocks as the Top Four continued with their winning ways as the challenges of those in the Europa League spots continued to falter (with the exception of Spurs who stopped the recent run of bad form that saw the end of AVB with a much-needed win at Old Trafford. No big transfer news yet, which means its sticking to the tried and tested for the time being.
The prodigal son
Emmanuel Adebayor
Somewhat of a forgotten man under AVB (managing just 45 mins in the first 16 games of the season), Adebayor appears to have been rejuvenated since the appointment of Tim Sherwood. A proven goalscorer in the Premiership, the Togolese centre forward has notched three goals and a couple of assists in the last four games. At just £7.7million, he could prove to be a bargain buy.
The quiet man
Bacary Sagna
Arsenal’s ascent to the top of the Premiership pile has been largely built on a tight defence, and Sagna’s contribution has often been overlooked as Per Mertesacker has been gathering most of the plaudits. Always good for the odd assist and goal, it’s the three clean sheets in the last four games that have paid a major part in his recent haul of 26 points.
Our American friend
Brad Guzan
The big American stopper is Villa’s top performing player in Fantasy Football so far this season, which emphasises the difficulties the Birmingahm-based side have been having and his importance to the cause. Six clean sheets have undoubtedly been a massive factor in his success, but the sheer volume of saves he’s making (58 so far this season) is also ensuring his amongst the Prem’s top keepers.
Back to his best
Steve Sidwell
Another player who is his team’s highest points scorer, Sidwell’s consistent performances are reminiscent of when he first burst onto the Premiership scene with Reading (134 pts in 06/07). Four goals already for a notoriously shot-shy Fulham team means that he continues to offer a great points-to-price ratio that should see him picked by more managers in the coming weeks.
Budget option
Aleksandar Kolarov
The left-back role at Man City has been well contested this season, but the last few weeks seem to show that Kolarov has currently got the nod over his French colleague – doubtless helped by his goal against Swansea in GW 20. His swashbuckling style brings a steady supply of goals and – especially – assists (four already this season), and at £5.3 million, he’s easily the cheapest of City’s regular defenders.