Punt of the Week - Gameweek 16 - Nicky Shorey

After last week’s disappointment of Adel Taarabt, FPL Dugout have dusted themselves down and are ready to go for another week’s punt. It’s a first this season as we pick a defender and Nicky Shorey from Reading is this week’s choice.

The Potential

Swayed by the obvious double gameweek ahead, Sunderland and Reading’s fixtures shone bright, and with Sunderland facing Chelsea, it was Reading with games against the Mackems and the Saints this week and there is plenty of optimism for returns.

Of the Reading team there is no one more on form than the full back Nicky Shorey. Four assists in his last four matches including two against Manchester United is the best return of any Premier League player in that period. With Reading facing Southampton at St. Mary’s, who have been by far the leakiest team in terms of goals condeded, coupled with a trip to wearside where Sunderland are potentially without Fletcher, will be even more impotent. After this week Reading face 3 home games in four so the potential for points will remain.

At 4.1m, 0.4m lower than his original starting price, many have relinquished Shorey but with a good spell of fixtures for the Royals ahead, many managers will fall in love with Shorey yet again.

The Risk

With two away games in this double gameweek, many managers will be uneasy to pick such a player, with good reason as the Royals have only a single clean sheet all season with that coming at the Majedski a few weeks back against Norwich. Games against Man City and Arsenal up next will not on paper prove very fruitful either, so should Reading not perform they could be in for a long few weeks for McDermott’s side.

The Verdict

Many of you will be tempted to gamble on several double gameweek players and there’s no one more on form than Shorey. The fixtures aren’t excellent for the Royals but the old form versus fixtures debate will rumble on. The poor mans Baines offers a set piece alternative at bargain basement price and should he produce the goods this week I wouldn’t expect him to stay at 4.1m for long!