As we digest all the news from last night’s european fixtures there is one major stand out story as far as strikers are concerned and that is of course the news that Fernando Torres finally managed to find the net, the former Liverpool striker has been struggling for goals recently and it was thought that the resumption of his partnership with Rafa Benitez could help him rediscover his goal scoring touch and well it may be just be beginning to work out that way. Torres grabbed a brace as Chelsea beat Nordsjaelland 6-1 on the night but were ultimately knocked out of the Champions League after Juventus beat Shakhtar 1-0 which was enough to see the Italian side go through and the defending champions sent packing into the Europa League.
But result aside many fantasy premier league managers will now be wondering, is it time to bring in Torres, has he really rediscovered his goal scoring form? or is it once again another false alarm and simply a case of even a broken clock is right twice a day?
At the moment it is certainly too early to tell whether El Nino is back, but fantasy managers would do well to monitor his performances over the coming weeks as he now has two goals and an assist in his last two games in all competitions.
Talk of Torres aside let’s turn our attention to round 16 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League and some forward options for fantasy managers looking to freshen up their attack ahead of this weekend’s action.
Wayne Rooney (Man United) £8.0 million Fixture: Man City (Away)
The Manchester Derby rolls into town this weekend as United make the short trip across to the city to the Etihad to face their so called “noisy neighbours” in what is sure to be a hotly contested game and one that neither side will want to lose. Wayne Rooney is once again back on our radar after he picked up 2 goals and an assist against Reading last time out, the United number 10 has been off the boil so to speak in recent weeks but this return to the score sheet could be exactly what he needs. United go into this one with the best attacking record away from home in the league this season having scored 18 goals on their travels, while City on the other hand have the second best defensive record at home having only conceded 6 goals at the Etihad all season, it is certainly going to be a tight game of that we can be pretty sure but as we all know Rooney does love a good goal against City.
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) £6.4 million Fixture: Everton (Away)
The Tottenham front man is at present the most in form striker in the premier league with 9 goals and 4 assists to his credit so far this season and after a 5 minute brace last time out there is little doubt that the interest in the England striker is sure to rise. Tottenham go into this one with the Toffee’s having won their last three games and confidence is sure to high. Adebayor is available for selection after serving his three match ban but it is unlikely that AVB will drop Defoe in favour of the former Arsenal and Man City man. Everton of late have not been so solid at the back this term having only kept 1 clean sheet against United on the opening day and this will certainly play into the hands of Tottenham despite the fact they make the trip to Merseyside without Gareth Bale who picked up a hamstring injury against Fulham last weekend. Tottenham have broken into the top four and will be keen to stay there are despite Goodison Park being one of the more trickier grounds for sides to visit he is sure to get chances to convert and on his current form it would be hard to back against him.
Adam Le Fondre (Reading) £5.5 million Fixture: Southampton (Away)
After Reading’s spirited performance against Man United in round 15 fantasy premier league managers will have gained a new respect for the newly promoted side and as such the Reading forward will have registered on quite a few fantasy managers’ radars following his goal last weekend. Le Fondre was instrumental in Reading promotion last term with 12 goals during the campaign and having picked up a goal on the opening day of the season he was somewhat unlucky to then be jilted by injury over the preceding weeks. Since his return to the first team he has looked sharp and has notched up 3 goals in 4 games for the Royals. Brian Mc Dermott’s side travel to fellow newly prometed side Southampton on Saturday and with the Saints having one of the leakiest defences in the league Le Fondre is sure to get chances to add to his goal tally in a game that many are already calling a relegation dog fight. If he and Reading can produce the same high intensity performance that we saw from them last weekend then Le Fondre is sure to be back among the points this weekend.
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