Three Wise Men - Gameweek 7
In a change from the Punt of the Week article, I have opted for a Three Wise Men piece – essentially three punts for the price of one to take us into the international break.
Here are my three wise men who could deliver the goods this weekend, and beyond, while flying under the radar of Fantasy managers focussing on the more obvious picks.
Overshadowed by the likes of Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe, Lennon has chipped in with two assists so far, tormenting opposition left-backs with his trickery and pace.
Lennon’s 7.0 price tag is over 2.0 cheaper than Bale’s 9.3, and with AVL, sot, WIG in the next four, Lennon is a cheap route into Tottenham’s attacking potential.
Lennon’s game time isn’t fully secure, despite playing all but 4 minutes of Tottenham’s first six league games. Lennon’s role wide right of a three behind Defoe could be filled by Clint Dempsey, with Gylfi Sigurdsson moving into Dempsey’s central role behind Defoe.
However, Lennon’s pace is crucial to Andre Villas-Boas’s approach, and with Dempsey and Sigurdsson seemingly vying for the central role behind Defoe, the risk to Lennon’s position appears small enough to make him worth a punt.
Roy Hodgson certainly agrees, with Lennon receiving an England call up today for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, the first time Lennon’s been involved with England since the 2010 World Cup.
Gaston Ramirez came into my thoughts, but I already tipped him in last week’s 5-a-side team, so I’m opting for Adam Lallana as our second wise man.
The Southampton captain returned twelve goals and ten assists in last season’s promotion campaign, and with three assists already this season, with two in the last two games, Lallana has quietly racked up the points.
Priced at 6.0, Lallana is a set-piece taking alternative to the likes of Kevin Nolan and Nathan Dyer, and with Southampton’s tough opening fixtures now out of the way, Lallana could step up even more, starting at home to Fulham this weekend.
Southampton players carry risk, due to the inconsistent nature of being a newly promoted team, and Rickie Lambert is considered the safer target from the Saints. But if you want something different, Lallana could be worth a punt, with a goal surely around the corner.
I nearly went for Raheem Sterling, but he’s actually quite popular now, so plumped for 19 year-old Andre Wisdom, who really is a punt!
The young defender, originally a centre-back but utilised as a full-back by Brendan Rodgers, made his debut in the Europa League against Young Boys on 20 September, and opened his scoring account with a header in the 5-3 win. Wisdom then went on to start the League Cup win over West Brom, and 5-2 league win over Norwich.
With Martin Kelly injured and Jose Enrique struggling, Wisdom has taken over the right-back role, with Glen Johnson remaining left-back.
Wisdom, priced at 4.5, and with three home fixtures in the next 4 (STO, RDG, NEW), is an interesting prospect ahead of this weekend’s home clash with Stoke.
Of course, if it was that simple, Wisdom wouldn’t be a punt. Unfortunately, Wisdom’s starting role in the side is far from secure, so he is a big risk.
Wisdom’s inexperience could see him lose out in games, with Enrique or Stuart Downing coming in at left-back, and Glen Johnson switching back to right-back. But the recent revelation from Enrique that’s he’s struggling with a knee injury could put doubt over him coming straight back into the team.
Brendan Rodgers isn’t afraid of giving youth a run in the side, and his recent comments praising Wisdom’s abilities at full-back show his faith in the 19 year-old.
We’ve seen it with 17 year-old Raheem Sterling, who has started the last five games, and I’m backing Wisdom to retain his place in the first XI against a goal-shy Stoke this weekend.