Punt of the Week - Gameweek 28 - Stephane Sessegnon


Well here we are again and it’s time for this week’s punt (or recommended player, bandwagon player or whatever you wish to call it). This week I have picked an under acheiver in an underacheiving side. It’s the Black Cat, Stephane Sessegnon.

The Potential

With the raft of missing matches in gameweek 29, managers will be looking at players with guaranteed starts and players who can bring home the bacon over successive matches as we start to head into the final stretch of the FPL season. Sessegnon is a key part of the Black Cats side and with a short term fixture list of FUL, qpr, NOR, it could prove fruitful.

The inclusion of Danny Graham has given Martin O’Neill the option of playing more than one front man and this has pushed Sessegnon into a slightly wider role on the right. This is good news as at the end of last season this was where Sess produced his best and earned him his 8.0m starting price tag this time around.

He is not at anywhere near that price now, he is currently sitting at 6.9m and rotates perfectly with last week’s pick, Moussa Sissoko. It also provides a different option for those wanting to ditch a Fellaini/Puncheon combo and who are after something slightly different. Just 1.5% of managers own Sessegnon and a player with that kind of low ownership could really help anyone rise up the table if he comes good.

The Risk

Let’s be honest, Sunderland have hardly been the most free scoring side in the league and this season has been as hard as any for the Black Cats. They find themselves 5th least scorers this season on 29 goals.

A point to note is that they have conceded the same as West Brom which some may find surprising, and sit joint 9th if the league was decided on that.

Sessegnon hasn’t set the world alight with just 4 goals and 4 assists and 100 points so far this season. Other options are the slightly more expensive Fellaini, the in form Sissoko and the cheaper Snodgrass, who offer differentials and are safer options. The fixtures are a mixed bunch as I’ve mentioned, decent over the next three but then a home game against Man United and then trips to Chelsea and Newcastle, and then back home to Everton will hardly install confidence should the next three not go to plan.

The Verdict

It’s that time of the season where you’re either winning a league by 50 points, or chasing a leader down needing 50 points. Everyone likes a gamble and the odds make this a longshot. Sessegnon has a proven pedigree though and surely will not finish the league on his current 4 goals and has more than enough talent to put a run together to change that. With poor travellers Fulham up next we will soon see!