Hard to believe it’s Friday afternoon again, isn’t it? Except that it isn’t really, for we’ve spent a week slogging it out at work, endured abused from our colleagues all week long – actually, that only happened if your allegiances are rooted in Manchester’s red half – and even negotiated two nights of Capital One Cup!
Thankfully, though, it’s Friday again and in just over 48 hours we’ll be waking to do it all over again but, meanwhile, allow us to get your weekend off to a flier by politely pointing out four players you should include in your fantasy team.
The smart ones among you – of which, we’re sure, there are plenty – will be quick to remind us that last week’s selection was rather poor as our striker didn’t score and our keeper conceded three goals.
Well, nobody’s perfect.
1) Aaron Ramsey
For weeks now, we’ve tried to avoid selecting Ramsey in our fantasy team, mainly as we don’t want to be held responsible for the death of somebody famous.
However, our patience has grown thinner than Ashley Youngs’s chances of staying on his feet in the box and we’ve taken the bold step of picking the Arsenal midfielder, a rather mainstream choice considering his current form, but we’ve had enough of football hipsters and beards.
Furthermore, at £6.2m Ramsey represents excellent value for money but, realistically, don’t expect him to score against Swansea now that we’ve picked him.
2) Artur Boruc
The Saints might have splashed the cash on Pablo Osvaldo, but they owe their current seventh place to their defensive solidity, as their back four, together with Chelsea’s is the tightest in league behind Spurs’.
Boruc has been superb in goal this season, averaging 2.4 saves per game – go on, show your mates in the pub how much of a football geek you’re – and has proved an excellent signing for the 13.4% of fantasy managers who selected him.
Southampton face Palace at home on Saturday and considering the last three games between the sides have seen the home team winning 2-0, we feel rather comfortable in picking Boruc.
3) Sone Aluko
With Christian Benteke out for six weeks and Piers Morgan’s favourite Dutchman unlikely to feature against West Brom, many of you might need a striker this weekend and since we all love an unheralded name playing for a newly-promoted side, Sone Aluko fits the bill just nicely.
The Hull striker scored a cracker against Newcastle last week, bringing his point tally to a more than respectable 18 after five games, not bad for a £5m man.
Hull host West Ham on Saturday in what should be a winnable game for Steve Bruce’s men, and with Danny Graham struggling to hit the proverbial barn door at the moment, Aluko could come up with the goods again.
4) Sascha Riether
Fulham haven’t exactly been a joy to watch this season, in fact the best moment of the Cottagers’ season so far was removing the Michael Jackson statue, but Riether has been one of the few positives.
The German is still to open his account this year but he was Fulham’s mister reliable last season when he contributed to six goals and got one for himself, proving excellent value for money at £5m.
With Cardiff visiting Craven Cottage this weekend a clean sheet could be on the cards given that Malky Mackay’s side have scored once in the last three games.