It has been another busy day in the January transfer window as clubs ramp up their activity in a bid to get their deals done before the close of the window, Tottenham were first to strike today as they announced the signing of Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby. Everton were another side who dipped a toe into the transfer market as they announced that they have agreed a deal with Dutch side FC Twente for the transfer of midfielder Leroy Fer. With only days left to go until the close of the window fantasy managers can expect a flurry of activity over the coming days with the end result being a number of new fantasy prospects for them to consider when using their unlimited transfers come the 12 of February.
But for now it’s back to the business at hand and with round 24 kicking off tomorrow night it is time to take a look at strikers for your consideration during the midweek week fixtures.
Robin Van Persie (Manchester United) £8.5 million Fixture: Southampton (Home)
Robin reliant is back in our selection once again and in truth there probably isn’t much need at this point in the season for us to be telling you about the merits of having him in your side, but hey, that’s what we do. Van Persie has been the difference for United this season and were it not for his 18 goals so far this season United would actually be some way off the pace at the top of the table, but thankfully for both Manchester United and fantasy managers that is not the case and he is scoring goals at a rate of knots.
At this point the mammoth task ahead of the Saints as they head to Old Trafford has been well documented and there is little point in us banging the drum to0 hard on this one. Southampton simply put will have it all to do if they are to stop United from gaining all three points at home and an even bigger task will be limiting the amount of opportunities Van Persie gets in front of goal, which of course won’t be easy. The former Arsenal man bagged a hat-trick in the reverse fixture back in September in only his third game for the Red’s and it certainly isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that he could do it again in front of the Old Trafford faithful.
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) £5.9 million Fixture: Swansea (Home)
Having started off his time at Sunderland with a bang scoring five goals in his first four appearances, the Scottish International unfortunately seemed to have peaked too soon as he then struggled to find the net managing a lonely three goals in the following 17 games.But things could very well be on the up for the former Wolves man after he bagged a brace away at Wigan and as we all know Fletcher is a striker very much in the vein of Wayne Rooney he tends to go on scoring runs over the course of a couple of weeks and this could very well be the start of that run.
This week’s opposition sees the Swansea make the trip to Teeside in a game that is surely going to produce goals, Swansea of course have had a rather hectic schedule of late with their cup commitments and will undoubtedly have been glad of the 6 days rest ahead of this one. In fairness to Michael Laudrup’s men their away stats are rather impressive, they have actually conceded the fewest goals on the road this season and have kept as many clean sheets on their travels as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Stoke but with the Black Cats looking to continue their charge up the table Fletcher could well get another goal to add to the nine he as already with one of those picked up earlier in the season down at Liberty Stadium.
Demba Ba (Chelsea) £6.4 million Fixture: Reading (Away)
Rest and rotation seem to be the bigest obstacle facing Demba Ba this weekend, but with the Senegalese international sitting out much of the weekend’s forth round clash with Brentford it looks likely that he will get the nod ahead of Fernando Torres despite the fact that the Spaniard clinched the equaliser for the Pensioners in that 2-2 draw. Assuming that our assertions are correct a trip to the Madejski could be just the ticket to get Ba back on the score sheet and back in pole position to be the number one striker at the Bridge.
This weekend’s trip to the Royals will actually be Ba’s second of the season in the league after he traveled there with Newcastle back in round six and fantasy managers will certainly be looking for more of the same from the big center forward after he bagged a brace against Brian McDermott’s side for the Magpie’s during that game. Rafa Benitez’s penchants for rest and rotation is still a cause for concern for fantasy managers with Ba getting just over 20 minutes in the last two games in the league and cup, but if he can bag another two goals this week we could well see more of him and less of Torres over the coming weeks.
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