With the fixtures picking up and teams beginning to find form fantasy premier league managers are becoming ever reliant on having a strong midfield that can chip in with goals and assist, with this of course come the question when is it time to sell those players who just haven’t lived up to their billing? Many fantasy managers will be wondering is it now time to sell Gareth Bale? With poor returns of late and tougher fixtures on the cards for Tottenham Bale’s time looks to be up, similarly Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla has flattered to deceive over recent weeks and many will be wondering is it now time to off load the Spanish international? It’s not all bad news when it comes to midfielders however with some strong performances from a number of players last weekend it seems that there may just be some viable options to replace those who are failing to produce the points.
With that said here are our early thoughts on midfielders for round 12 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League.
Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) £3.7 million Fixture: Sunderland (Home)
The Swedish international burst on to the scene with a goal against Norwich on the opening day of the season and looked to be one for the season, however when Fulham bought Kieran Richardson Kacaniklic was relegated to the bench and had to be content with substitue appearances, however after Richardson was forced off last weekend after pulling his hamstring Kacanicklic came off the bench and immediately impressed and set up a goal for Dimitar Berbatov. Kacaniklic now looks set for a run in the side and with a home game against struggling Sunderland coming up this weekend, the 21 year old is a viable option for fantasy managers looking for a cheap differential. Sunderland go into this one having only won one of their last 6 games and have yet to find a win on the road. Fulham’s recent form has caught the eye of many in particular their home form, so expect this to continue and for Kacaniklic to be a part of it.
Marouane Fellaini (Everton) £4.0 million Fixture: Reading (Away)
Everton travel to the Madejski Stadium this weekend unbeaten in their last 8 league games, the Toffee’s have finally shaken off the label as a side that don’t get going until after christmas and have shown great form over the past 12 weeks. Fellaini has been key to this success as was evident last weekend when he turned the game around for Everton with a goal and an assist with in minutes of each other bringing his tally to 6 goals and 3 assists this season. Fellaini is fast becoming a fantasy must have and at £4.0 million is a real bargain. Reading’s fortunes are on the opposite end of the scale to those of the Toffees as the the newly promoted side struggle to come to terms with life in the premier league. Brain Mc Dermot’s men find themselves in the relegation zone and are fast earning the label of “Draw Specialists” having drawn 5 of their last 6 games and despite keeping a clean sheet last time out against Norwich, Everton are a completely different prospect and there is little doubt that the Belgian with the unmistakable hair style will be looking to get among the goals.
David Silva (Manchester City) £5.7 million Fixture: Aston Villa (Home)
The Spanish international has been missing for a number of weeks due to injury and as a result has fallen of the radar of many fantasy premier league managers, but with his return to City’s line up on Saturday and although he wasn’t fully match fit and City didn’t overly impress he still popped up at the end with a wonderful scooped pass for Dzeko’s winner. The champions are the only unbeaten side left in the premier league and although they are yet to light the touch paper this season and have seemed to be stuck in second gear at times, but with the return of Silva City have a player who ca turn a game on it’s head in a moment and if Silva can regain his fitness he will be the man to make Man City’s attack start ticking over again. Villa have only one win to their name in the last 6 and have lost all of their last five encounters at the Eithad conceding 11 and only scoring twice so this could have a City win written all over it with Silva sure to be in the mix.
James Morrison (West Brom) £3.9 million Fixture: Chelsea (Home)
The Baggies midfielder has been instrumental in their good start to the season that currently see’s them sitting in 5th spot in the league 7 points behing the leaders Manchester United. The Scottish international has been tipped for a big money move to a top six club over the last few months and based on current form he wouldn’t look out of place either. Morrison has 3 goals, 3 assists and 35 points to boot. After missing out on West Brom’s 2-0 win over Southampton in round 10 he wasted no time making his mark in round 11 with a goal against Wigan to help secure a 2-1 win away from home. Steve Clarke’s side welcome Chelsea to the Hawthorns this Saturday and there is little doubt that Morrison will have to be on top of his game if the Baggies are to beat the European champions, but with news that Chelsea are likely to be without David Luiz, Ashley Cole and John Terry West Brom’s chances of a result increase as do the prospects of the talented midfielder.
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