With green arrows finally returning, we look for more progress into the New Year for the Gameweek 21 team.
There’s one free transfer available, injury worries, a big captain decision and a benching dilemma.
Gameweek 21 Squad
Here’s the Gameweek 21 team and squad prior to the transfer deadline.
The team currently lies at 17.8k, with 1,251 points. Team value lies at 103.9 million, including 0.4 million in the bank and one free transfer available.
The biggest concern going into the Gameweek 21 team is potentially having no Manchester United players, with Marcus Rashford currently flagged with a slight knock. A move for Paul Pogba is very tempting given his form, but it would either involve selling Hazard or Salah, or taking a points hit.
We were surprised to see Rashford start last time out and expect him to keep his place up front for now, fitness permitting. Jimenez and Kane are also rotation risks, given the congested schedule and short rest times.
We expect the midfield to all feature, Chelsea have enough injury woes that they can’t rest Hazard. Richarlison has had a recent rest. Fraser was benched last time around and Salah is simply undroppable. The substitutes Camarasa, Bennett and Wan-Bissaka all have form and are ready to feature if rotation hits.
Gameweek 21 Team
Positive news came from the Manchester United camp regarding Rashford ahead of the deadline. Even if he only features as a substitute, he could cause damage so the decision was made to hold the free transfer. There’s over a week before Gameweek 22, with two free transfers being valuable after a round of FA Cup and EFL Fixtures.
Here’s how the Gameweek 21 team lines up. Rotation could easily hit this week but we have a strong bench and had some dilemmas. Fabianski starts over Button for the home fixture and save point potential. Laporte or Bennett was considered: we would be too nervous heading into a City game without any cover, plus it was 0-0 earlier this season.
The other issue was captaincy, with a strong argument for a lot of our players. The main ones were Kane, Hazard and Salah. Kane’s rest time and lack of big hauls put us off, so it was between Hazard and Salah. Hazard has the biggest potential given the fixture so he is given the nod, with Salah a very safe vice captain option. It could be a tough week for the armband, with no Aubameyang or Pogba.
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