Recommended Player for Gameweek 26 - Ashley Cole

After taking time out from Fantasy Premier League (FPL) due to the FA Cup weekend, I have decided to endorse a mildly surprising pick. My recommended player for Gameweek 26 is Chelsea’s Ashley Cole.

Ok, so Chelsea are going through a bit of a temporary slump and a crisis. We know that it’s not FPL 2009-2010 (when Cole scored 4 and assisted 4 during the season).

And we know that Chelsea are on a five game winless streak in all senior competitions, with Andre Villas-Boas (AVB) on the brink. We are also fully aware that Ashley Cole is a publicised love rat.

But let us put that all to one side and see the contemporary footballing facts at hand. Ashley Cole is only selected by 7.9% of FPL gamers and could be a differential for your team.

Amazingly a staggering 20% of FPL gamers have selected his teammate Gary Cahill even though he has only started one Premier League match for Chelsea.

The fact of the matter is that Chelsea are known for their squad rotation policy but Ashley Cole has been their nailed on first choice left back for years.

Of course he hasn’t scored a Premier League goal this season (or last season), but he still possesses attacking prowess with a credible 6 assists thus far.

Under Mourinho Chelsea were known for their regular maintenance of clean sheets, but AVB’s Chelsea have only kept 6 paltry league clean sheets out of 25.

I believe that despite them being under pressure they have a good chance to turn things around and keep a few more clean sheets, especially with the following upcoming fixtures:

Bolton (H)
West Brom (A)
Stoke (H)

The 31 year old is an accomplished international with 93 caps to his name. At £7.1 Ashley Cole is not cheap (though cheaper than his injured teammate John Terry).

But at least with him you have the peace of mind that he is less prone to be squad rotated than the mercurial likes of his other comrades – Ivanovic, Bosingwa, Luiz or Cahill.

If you already have another Chelsea defender in your team, don’t buy Ashley Cole. But if you are looking to purchase a Chelsea defender and willing to spend a bit, then do consider him.

I only purchased Ashley Cole as a like-for-like replacement for John Terry who according to media outlets is injured for up to eight weeks.

Don’t over think it and do ignore Chelsea’s recent poor form. Surely things can only get better for them?

The above article was originally posted on FPL Hints