Punt of the Week – Gameweek 3 – Samir Nasri

Punt of the Week is our weekly article that puts forward a player with potential for big points but also represents an element of risk. Players who aren’t obvious picks.

The FPL Dugout team will take it in turns each week to choose their player, and put forward their reasons here. Third up is yours truly and at your service!

Before we begin though, a quick look at our previous two punts: Mladen Petric (16 points) by Aaron. He may not have had him in his team but Aaron got the ball rolling in impressive style with Petric.

Next up to the plate was Sleno with Rickie Lambert (2 points). Despite what I thought was a well thought out punt in Lambert, the Southampton striker failed to get any returns. As a result, Sleno was charged for misdirecting the innocent people and locked away in some old abandoned cell.

That’s exactly the encouragement one needs. Ok so maybe I made up the “old and abandoned” part but you get my drift!

Anyway I’ve decided to go for a slightly risky punt in: Samir Nasri, valued at £8.6m in Fantasy Premier League (FPL).

The Potential

Potential you ask? Well a home game against QPR is a start. We already know how unsettled they are at the back as they let in 5 against Swansea on the opening day. So far, QPR are in the top 10 for most shots conceded while Man City has the 4th highest shots per game.

In his first game Nasri showed exactly what he was capable of against Southampton as he played a gorgeous pass to Carlos Tevez for the opener and just when the game seemed like it was heading for a draw… he grabbed the winner ten minutes from time.

Against Liverpool, Nasri was City’s most creative player on the pitch and Mancini’s decision to take him off early in the 2nd half came as quite strange. Yes yes… ultimately it proved to be a good move as it allowed Yaya to be pushed up and score – but still!

With decent fixtures to come, he certainly has the potential to keep getting those points.

The Risk

One problem is whether he will actually start as Mancini seems quite insistent on his 3-4-1-2 formation. In this system Nasri slots in “the hole” behind the two strikers and is in direct competition for the spot with David Silva. So far this hasn’t been a problem for Nasri as Silva is still not 100% match fit.

Mancini said:

“David needs training and maybe to play, but not for 90 minutes.”

I hope that means another late cameo off the bench for the Spaniard.

I noted earlier that QPR have been leaky at the back but they have since added some new signings to their team. These include Inter Milan (well not anymore) and Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar… and after several howlers from Green he might prove to be a great signing!

Another point, maybe not as direct as a factor but still a factor nonetheless, is that the Rs are led by former United player Ji Sung Park. When asked if he had an added incentive for the upcoming game he said:

“Probably yes, but the most important thing is I play well for QPR. I still support Manchester United. It was a great time for me because I was there seven years.”

True Red! Top lad!

The final word

I’ll leave you with this: Man City (6) have only conceded (4) two more goals than QPR – I reckon there will be goals in this game.

Infact the last two games between these teams ended 3-2 (both in City’s favour) and so this shows that these games have their fair share of goals in them and Nasri is likely to be involved in any goals scored by City.

I’d very much want QPR to win this one but I hope Nasri does well enough for my sake, as I don’t want to end up being cell mates with a grumpy Sleno (as I suspect Fulham will beat West Ham)!