Season Pick and Punt - Marco


In a new series of articles from the FPL Dugout contributors, we each give you our Season Pick and Punt. The Season Pick is a free choice whereas the Punt is limited to players with ownership of under 4%. First up, then, is Marco…

After several very good hits and very poor misses in the punt articles from last year, I’ve continued in that vein for this season with a seasoned pro who is a guaranteed points magnet and the other an up and coming youngster who will no doubt be linked with bigger and better things before Gameweek 38 comes around this season.

In the red corner I give you the FPL’s top scorer with 262 points from last season: Robin van Persie. In the blue corner I give you the young prizefighter from Waltham-stow flying high for the attack of the Eagles that is none other than Dwight Gayle.

Season Pick – Robin van Persie

When you think of the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) one name over recent seasons has stood tallest amongst men. The first name on the team sheet for two of the proudest clubs in the land and the most constant stream of points since the days of Ronaldo. I bring you my pick for the season – Robin van Persie.

Your nan could probably pick Van Persie and have a decent season such is his prowess. Only one of a couple of players in FPL history to have managed a 14.0 starting price tag, what other player could you put the armband on away at the Bridge and expect to come home with a double digit points haul? There’s maybe one other.

That’s what FPL is all about, finding consistency. Some of course have a higher consistent score than others but surely the highest point scorer playing in the most attacking team is a good way to start.

Going back to the Dutchman’s price tag, many will ask “can you afford him?” I merely ask “can you afford not to have him?”

Moyes has already stated publicly as if it ever needed to be said that RVP is his number one striker, and in the early games as teams will be finding themselves, the lethal Dutchman will be there to pounce should any frailties in opposition defences come to light.

At the time of writing 36.4% of managers own Van Persie and as the season progresses that will only rise.

If Man United hit the ground running as we only can assume they will, the Dutchman will be the figurehead of that and the starting 14.0 will soon be 14.1, 14.2 and so on. I’m sure many a wildcard will be gambled on early doors as they can’t believe they never picked the outstanding Dutchman.

Season Punt – Dwight Gayle

For many of you, you will not of heard of Crystal Palace’s recent 4.5m signing from Peterborough and of course you will be forgiven.

Just 1.6% at the time of writing own Ian Holloway’s prized goal threat and again as the season progresses this ownership will surely rocket.

So who is Dwight Gayle I hear you ask? Well to sum him up he is an “energetic, pacy and strong striker”.

A product of the Arsenal youth system he found his footballing career head over to Dagenham and Redbridge in 2011 where in 18 games scored 7 goals.

He then was loaned out to Bishop Stortford where he amassed 29 goals in his 42 appearances. In the 2012/13 season he earned himself a loan deal with Peterborough where he grabbed 7 goals in 9 appearances and later that year made the move permanent.

A further 6 goals in 20 appearances followed before Ian Holloway’s charm and the lure of Premier League football was enough to convince the lad to move to the Premier League newcomers.

A gamble you may say? Yes indeed a gamble but a risk worth taking at 5.0 for a striker who is guaranteed to start, especially if you splash 14.0 on my Season Pick.

If we take a look back at Holloway’s previous reign at a Premier League club Blackpool, they were prided on their swift counter attacking style of play and Dwight Gayle could be just the ticket to become Holloway’s Charlie Adam. Maybe not so much of a gamble now?