Bandwagon Watch - All aboard the Ramsey train
Welcome to a new feature, Bandwagon Watch. I’ll use this column to give my opinions on the latest transfer bandwagons – that’s players getting excessive transfers in because of stand-out performances in the previous Gameweek.
These transfers are sometimes sensible, but they can also be knee-jerk, with fantasy managers fooled into bringing players into their side that should be left alone.
I have also set up a new poll in your right side bar to ask which of these bandwagons you think is worth jumping on.
So please do vote for the player you think is most worth transferring in!
Phil Jones (£6m)
Over 32,000 people have already signed Jones this Gameweek, making him the second most transferred in defender.
Jones returned 8 points (clean sheet and 2 bonus) against Norwich last Gameweek, so his bandwagon inevitably gained pace.
I can’t endorse this bandwagon. Jones was slightly fortunate to get a clean sheet against Norwich. The Canaries squandered 2 or 3 guilt-edge chances as the Man United defence was carved open like a knife through butter.
Man United now face Liverpool (away), Man City (home) and Everton (away) so Jones’s chances of clean sheets are looking slim.
I also think Jones is a rotation risk, despite playing 90 minutes in every game since Gameweek 2.
Vidic and Ferdinand, players with big game experience, are closing in on returns so Jones could end up competing with Chris Smailling for right back.
Jones may become a better option from Gameweek 11, when Man United begin a run of fantastic fixtures.
We should also know more about his role in the team by then.
Jose Enrique (£5.2m)
Enrique has received almost identical transfers in to Jones after a couple of assists and 3 bonus points in his last 2 games.
He’s been threatening assists all season, and has set up 10 goalscoring chances for Liverpool. Only Leighton Baines has set up more for defenders.
Enrique is clearly a bargain, but he’s just about to face Man United, a side who’ve scored 24 goals in 7 games.
I think a lot of people who’ve signed him this week may be disappointed, but he’s looking a much better prospect for the next 3 games (NOR, wba, SWA).
Danny Murphy (£6.2m)
I must admit, I thought I’d end up dismissing Murphy when I started this piece, but he could actually be a decent option.
His bandwagon is rolling after a 12 point return in Fulham’s 6-0 rout of QPR, and his season stats suggest this could be more than a one-off.
Murphy has incredibly set up 22 goalscoring chances for Fulham, suggesting he’s every bit deserved his 3 assists.
No other player in the league has set up more chances, so Murphy is clearly thriving under Martin Jol in the heart of midfield.
Murphy has only had 4 shots on goal in 7 games, but 2 goals and penalty kick duties suggest he’ll find the net from time to time.
I wouldn’t recommend bringing in Murphy this week, so over 35,000 (and counting) people who’ve signed him could face disappointment.
He’s away at Stoke and that’ll be a very tough game. Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United all failed to win there.
I think he’s a pretty good option from Gameweek 9 onwards. He’s ideal to fit in around the likes of Silva, Nani and Van der Vaart.
Barry Bannan (£5.1m)
The young Scot has really delivered in the last 3 games, with 1 goal, 2 assists and 4 bonus points.
Bannan started the season as a bench player but has started every game since Gameweek 4 (when Heskey got injured).
In the last 4 games he’s averaged 2 shots per game and set up 2 goalscoring chances per game. Impressive.
Over 20,000 people have transferred in Bannan this Gameweek, but I would urge caution.
Let’s not forget Aston Villa face Man City at the Etihad Stadium this weekend, so Bannan’s prospects are looking bleak for that one.
Man City haven’t conceded at home yet and Villa’s attack away from home is blunt.
Bannan then faces West Brom (home), Sunderland (away) and Norwich (home), but I’m still not convinced about him.
He’s a young player who will get rotated. Bannan has only played 90 minutes once this season. Heskey is also back fit and McLeish is a fan.
Bannan is also suffering with a heel knock and I would not be surprised to see him benched at Man City if he plays both games for Scotland.
Aaron Ramsey (£6.3m)
I’m liking this bandwagon with over 23,000 transfers in for Ramsey so far. I think Ramsey’s recent performances can continue as form and fixtures fall nicely.
He’s excellent value into Arsenal’s attacking potential, especially as Ramsey is seemingly playing further forward than the pricier Arteta.
The Welshman’s 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 3 games have made people take note, and 2 home matches against Sunderland and Stoke now follow.
A tough trip to Chelsea awaits in Gameweek 10, but long term fixtures look good.
Ramsey is a good player but you don’t have to be special to earn goals and assists playing off van Persie in an Arsenal attack.
I’d be happy to jump aboard this bandwagon right now. People talk about rotation but Wilshire is out and I see Ramsey being an integral part of the Arsenal midfield.
Gabby Agbonlahor (£7.1m)
I do like this bandwagon, but it’s a week too early, just like Enrique and Murphy.
Agbonlahor will find it tough at Man City, who’ve yet to even concede at home.
He does look a fantastic option from Gameweek 9, and is excellent value at £7.1m.
Agbonlahor has scored, assisted or got bonus points in every game, and already has 4 goals, 3 assists and 9 bonus points.
You’d expect more of the same in upcoming home matches against West Brom and Norwich.
Daniel Sturridge (£6.5m)
Sturridge’s huge 15 points (2 goals, 1 assist, 2 bonus) against former club Bolton has seen nearly 30,000 people transfer him into their squads.
I’m still a little cautious on Sturridge but he could be a good option and I’d expect him to start against Everton.
Villas-Boas has started Sturridge in every game he’s been available.
He’s also recently said Sturridge will not be considered for the central striking position this season, and will play right wing. So he’s not competing with the likes of Torres.
I’m cautious because I’d like to see more matches to convince me Sturridge will get the minutes.
But a gamble on this bandwagon now could pay off big time as Chelsea do have favourable fixtures and you haven’t got much to lose at £6.5m.
Demba Ba (£6.2m)
It took a while for Ba to get going but 4 goals in 2 games has seen a bandwagon fire up.
I would personally avoid this one. Ba is nursing an ankle sprain and Newcastle’s upcoming opponents are tough (TOT, WIG, sto, EVE, mci, mun, CHE).
There’s an argument that Ba’s form could bring goals anyway, and he’s got a chance in those home games, but I’m not convinced Newcastle will score many goals and think there’s better value in someone like Sturridge.
Andy Johnson (£5.1m)
The Fulham man hit a stunning hat-trick and returned 20 points in Fulham’s thrashing of QPR.
But only around 15,000 people have signed him since, suggesting it’s a slow moving bandwagon.
I’m not convinced either, especially this weekend when Fulham visit Stoke.
Johnson’s been scoring for fun in Europe but has played a bit-part role in the league, and it’s his game time that still worries me.
He’s competing against the likes of Zamora, Ruiz, Dembele and Dempsey for a starting role up front and is bound to be rotated.