After all the merry excitement provided by the Champions League, it’s time to forget about European competitions and group stages and focus on the bread and butter that is the Premier League.
As December looms large, those who have forfeited their social lives and girlfriends to keep their fantasy teams going look forward to the January transfer window to grab that bargain that could swing (dream on, lads) the fortunes of their fantasy team around.
Before the winter transfer window malarky, though, here’s four players you should include in your team for this weekend.
1) Tim Howard
Every Premier League fan’s favourite beard, even though he let three in against Liverpool last week, Howard has been impressive for Everton this season.
No other keeper in the Premier League has scored more than Howard’s 60 points this campaign and at £5.6m the American stopper represents an absolute bargain, particularly given that Everton host Stoke this weekend, who haven’t won away in 31 of their last 34 away games in the Premier League.
2) Martin Olsson
Norwich’s season might have been less uninspiring than cold and empty pie so far, but the Swede has been a revelation for the Canaries.
With Robert Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington sidelined, Olsson could be deployed in midfield as Norwich host Crystal Palace, which should limit the potential points loss were Palace to breach Norwich’s defence.
Beside, at £4.2m, Olsson could be a perfect one-week emergency buy.
3) Samir Nasri
Nasri’s smugness and arrogance have made him as likeable as waking up to find out that your girlfriend as done a runner with your best friend, but fantasy managers know they have to look beyond these technicalities (Nasri’s arrogance, not the runaway girlfriend).
The City midfielder has made the most of David Silva’s injury, creating goalscoring opportunity every 27.3 minutes – roughly the same amount of time that goes without the words “Joe Hart” and “dandruff” being mentioned in some hilarious joke – and, while he remains pricey at £8.1m, the Frenchman could run riot against Swansea.
City have scored 26 goals at home in the Premier League so far, surely Nasri will grab an assist on Sunday?
4) Loic Remy
Three goals in the last three games propelled Newcastle to their best run of form since Kevin Keegan was in charge (they didn’t, actually, Newcastle won three in a row 18 months ago).
The Frenchman – undoubtedly labelled a “t’riffic player” by ‘Arry when he signed him for QPR – is Geordieland’s new hero and at £8.1m represents a much cheaper option than the likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero et al.
If that’s not enough, the last eight league games between Newcastle and WBA haven’t seen a clean sheet on either side, so surely Remy will have chances to add to his tally, right?