All aboard the Michu wagon - early thoughts from Gameweek 1


In a week where it’s become apparent that people exist more to criticise and highlight people’s mistakes, instead of recognising their achievements, it’s hard to muster the enthusiasm to write this, but I will anyway.

Sportsmanship also seems to be a rarity these days. If you’re lucky enough to have won your mini-league against your mates last season, I hope they said well done, or at least recognised it.

Unfortunately some of my mates just ignored mine, after 9 months of competition. Just a game, yeah, but really? Now those who failed to even mention the achievement are now out in force again with their jibes and bravado. Class.

The opening weekend of the season was as unpredictable as ever.

Who saw Swansea hitting five past QPR? Michu’s brace has got the bandwagon rolling (45,000 fantasy managers already on board) and logic says jumping on board could be worth it, with two home games against West Ham and Sunderland up next.

Danny Graham owners will be less sure about doubling up on Swansea’s attack, and those who don’t jump on board the Michu wagon will be hoping it’s Graham who scores the goals next time round after the striker somehow failed to register a goal or assist in a 5-0 romp!

The Mladen Petric bandwagon is rolling after his brace against Norwich, but unlike Michu, I’m not sure it’s time to hop on, with a trip to Old Trafford next weekend! Currently 14,000 fantasy managers disagree and have snapped him up.

I was amazed to see the negativity towards Fernando Torres today. Yes he wasn’t at his best, but he wasn’t that bad. Is it fashionable to slate Torres? With an effort cleared off the line today and a home clash against Reading to come, I am not giving up on the Spaniard this week just yet!

Fantasy managers with the likes of Rickie Lambert, Rafael van der Vaart, Jan Vertonghen and James Tomkins will be concerned at their players starting on the bench this weekend – but I wouldn’t panic here.

Lambert clambered off the bench to curl in a delicious strike around Joe Hart, a strike which should give him a great chance of starting against Wigan next weekend.

Van der Vaart owners will be less confident of their man returning to the starting XI, but home games could see the Dutchman come into his own, and I personally think that he’ll start at White Hart Lane against West Brom this weekend.

Whether that is alongside Glyfi Sigurdsson or not is another matter. Sigurdsson would be expected to drop deeper if Van der Vaart starts, like in pre-season, but Van der Vaart replaced Sigurdsson in yesterday’s game, suggesting a dreadful scenario of one or the other is a possibility. Gareth Bale seems the safe choice then!

Sergio Aguero owners were dealt a cruel, cruel blow inside the first 10 minutes of Man City’s win, with the Argentine sent rolling in agony after catching his knee in a clash with Nathaniel Clyne.

Aguero is set for scans and Roberto Mancini is expecting a prognosis within the next 48 hours.

A likely absence for Aguero is a nightmare for fantasy managers who built their teams around the diminutive hitman.

Exit plans are being formed, with a switch to Carlos Tevez, or upgrade to Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie on the cards. Hits will be taken elsewhere to raise funds, the last thing we needed so early on.

Congratulations to those who had immediate faith in Eden Hazard. Taken off early on 63 minutes, Hazard only needed the first 10 minutes to demonstrate his worth, with 2 assists earned at Wigan, one a sublime through ball for Branislav Ivanovic to slot home from right-back.

Some of the under achievers this weekend include Luis Suarez, Adel Taarabt, and Santi Cazorla.

Suarez and Taarabt had 8 goal attempts each, the most from the weekend, and in the case of Taarabt, double any other midfielder in the league. Unfortunately it was a case of same old story though!

Cazorla’s debut was very promising, with 7 chances created for his teammates, more than any other player in the league. Incidentally, Taarabt created 5 chances, the second most.

So that’s the first weekend done, and we begin dissecting things and looking at our squads for next week.

I would also finish with this: people are here to advise and offer their opinions, but ultimately the decision is yours!