GW8 Stick or Twist – Depay vs. Clyne
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For GW8, I believe that it is a make or break week for Manchester United and Liverpool new-boys: Memphis Depay and Nathaniel Clyne. Showcasing again that FPL can be a cruel mistress at times.
Reasons to Dump Depay:
We were all fools, to believe that Memphis Depay was the greatest young talent to be signed by Louis van Gaal for Manchester United, at least those of us who have him in our Fantasy Teams, all 16% of us. He is definitely more suited to the Champions League. For this upcoming week, Memphis is certainly under threat of being dumped out of my squad in favour of a player like Payet or Lanzini - West Ham are on a roll. Also, one goal so far in the Premier League and only one assist means that if Memphis Depay doesn't do it in the next couple of games - he's gone.
Reasons to hold onto Depay:
There aren't too many reasons why you would want to hang onto Memphis Depay, but I am going to try to sway you to do so. Even though this weekend sees Manchester United square off against their London rivals Arsenal, I can see Memphis doing well in this fixture. Now, hold on a minute, but it's Arsenal. Yes, I know but at least hear me out. Arsenal like to play attacking football, which will allow Manchester United to play their normal game as well. Manchester United like to play on the wings and this will give Depay "license to roam", get crosses into the box for Martial and run at defenders with the likes of Mertesacker and Gabriel looking suspect for the Gunners at the moment.
Reasons to dump Clyne:
Another Summer transfer how even though he has had a good start for Liverpool, does tend to go in and out of matches, example against Manchester United away. If you compare Clyne's first three GW's to his second three, it looks as though he is a shadow of his former self. 19 points in his first three games, which included games against Stoke City and Arsenal with Bournemouth sandwiched in between, actually made for good reading. That is until you look at his next three opponents, a (let's face it) spectacular West Ham side, Manchester United and Norwich City. Two blanks against the Hammers and United - he wasn't the only one in the Old Trafford debacle and two points against a Norwich City side, will this mean that some of the colossal 34% of us managers who have him, will now be pressing the panic button.
Reasons to keep Clyne:
Let's get real for a moment shall we, looking at Liverpool's next five fixtures:
Crystal Palace (H)
It doesn't make for good reading for Nathaniel Clyne and anyone that has him, three away fixtures against three clubs that will be either vying for Champions League places or challenging Liverpool to get into the Europa League. Also, according to Paul Merson - Crystal Palace under Alan Pardew are vying themselves to be the Southampton of last season. Southampton and Ronald won't like that, neither will "The Tinker Man", Claudio Raneiri and his Leicester City side.
For Liverpool I see, draws against Everton and Tottenham, a narrow win against the Saints, a loss against Chelsea and a comfortable win against Crystal Palace. So, what's that 8 points from 5 matches, doesn't make good reading's for FPL managers with Clyne in their sides, I am certainly thinking of getting rid, maybe you should too.
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