The Premiership season celebrates its 21st birthday this season and supporters up and down the country are getting very excited but something that runs alongside the football season and gets them talking just as much is Fantasy Football.
‘The Sun’ has chosen me to represent Aston Villa on the Dream Team bloggers panel and to run alongside our very own Avillafan Fantasy Football League so I thought I would talk you through my team and how I came to my final decision.
When I begin to pick my team one of the first things I do is look at how many points players achieved last season and then I think about their current situation in their respective football teams.
Most people base their team on a good attacking line up and look to get really good value for money like myself – but I found out last season that not picking a strong defence could in fact become a downfall. I spent all my money in the midfield and striker departments, picking cheap defenders who I knew wouldn’t play too often – and of course it went against me as I just about survived, finishing at the bottom of my division. This season I have tried to spread the money out a little bit better and there are of course some bargains – as always.
I picked Simon Mignolet to be my goalkeeper because only seven goalkeepers achieved more points than him last season and that was in a struggling Sunderland side. Over the summer he made a big money move to Liverpool who are well known for the solid defending, which will help me on the clean sheet front.
The defence, as I already said, was my downfall last season so it is important I have got it right. I needed defenders who would be solid, could possibly score goals and again, like the goalkeeper, do well on the clean sheet front.
First up was Phil Jagielka who is a favorite of mine anyway and at £4.5million he was a steal. I then went for Swansea duo Ashley Williams and Chico for a combined price of just £6million. Between them they picked up 240 points last season and with the added extra of European football this year I am hoping they can do the business for me. To finish off the defence I chose Norwich City’s Sébastien Bassong. I feel Chris Hughton has made some shrewd signings in the summer so I expect the Canaries to improve on last season and look even tighter at the back.
The midfield area is very important in modern day football as many teams have goalscoring midfielders so this is something you have to take into consideration. I took a bit of a gamble by picking Gareth Bale at just £7.5million. It is strongly rumoured that he could be making a move to Real Madrid but I just don’t see it and if he does stay he will be determined to prove himself again in the hope of a move next summer. The Welsh winger scored 26 goals in all competitions last season, which contributed to his 304 points last season.
Theo Walcott is really maturing into a top player and Arsene Wenger is starting to really value him with him being such a crucial part of the Gunners’ setup. With a price tag of just £5.5million and 230 points last season, it was a no brainer. At this point I had one eye on my front three so I wanted to look for someone who was reliable but cheap and who is better than Kevin Nolan in that category. The West Ham captain will score a few goals this season and hopefully top the 129 points he got last season.
Finally, I move onto the strikeforce that really could define my team’s season. David Moyes has made it perfectly clear that last season’s top goalscorer Robin Van Persie is his number one striker and, like the new United boss, I decided to do the same. He does come at a costly £8million but only Liverpool’s suspended Luis Suarez scored more points last season.
To partner Van Persie I have gone with Belguim duo Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku. Both players want to be leading their country in the World Cup next summer so will do everything they can to be better than the other for their clubs, Aston Villa and Chelsea,and let’s be honest – being a Villa fan could I really leave out our star striker?
So that is my team and why I picked it. What do you think? Do you reckon I will struggle or do you have a team that could give me a run for my money at the top of the Avillafan Fantasy Football League?
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