In this Whiff, we turn our attention to Gameweek 3 reviews, player and match analyses, new arrivals, deadline day deals, differentials, a wildcard example, opinion pieces, and the weekly whiffs.
I delivered my customary Review after Gameweek 3.
Fantasy Football Cheat reviews Santi Cazorla, concluding that he “deserves serious consideration”.
Never Captain Nicky Butt warns against the purchase of West Brom’s Garethc McAuley, arguing that his pace of points amassed is unsustainable.
PL Fantasy’s Window Shopping article analyzes both the new arrivals and their the effect on the established players.
Fantasy Football Scout looks at West Brom´s Morrison as a possible differential and report on new signing Pablo Hernandez, suggesting that he will oust Routledge on the left wing. Finally, they look at the promise of Berbatov at Fulham, an exciting budget forward pick who I’m looking at in place of Defoe.
Peacemaker-J reviews the deadline day deals.
The Fantasy Gaffer played his wildcard before Gameweek 3 and wrote an excellent post that explains his thought process on constructing a new team. He also examines the elite midfielders, noting that Hazard has created as many chances as Silva and Bale and fewer than Cazorla.
Four Four Two’s stat zone includes a profile of Esteban Granero, claiming that he is “their most astute purchase of a busy transfer window”.
Richard Jolly makes the case that Manchester City’s signings were not Mancini’s first choice. Jolly also writes a fine piece on Berbatov as one of the enigma’s of modern football. His takeaway? The Bulgarian is likely to fare better at Fulham.
Michael Cox, over at Zonal Marking, posted thoughtful analysis on Carroll’s effect at West Ham and the Liverpool v Arsenal game, noting how Cazorla “stays high up and exploits space between the lines”. Nick, at Footballistically, also notes Cazorla’s contribution, in addition to Arsenal´s defensive solidarity.
On Football’s Ravi Ramineni use of statistical analysis on Cazorla’s impact at Villareal and Malaga further supports the notion that the diminutive Spaniard will be an important player for Arsenal.
Miguel Delaney contributes the defensive struggles of the Premier League´s top teams to a lack of midfield cohesion.
Alex Keble, with an article at Four Four Two, explains Lambert’s job of transforming Aston Villa into a modern football club.
Vidic criticises Manchester United’s defending, noting that “we are not really pleased with the goals we’ve conceded”.
- …strange whiff: Apparently, Villas-Boas is too smart for his own good. He left Burnley bamboozled.
- …silly whiff: Footballers of the World.
- …surprising whiff: Michael Owen signs for Stoke.
- …funny whiff: “Christian Benteke: I’ve never heard of me either”.