Thursday, 19 January 2012

Recommended Player for Gameweek 22

Recommended Player for Gameweek 22 - Stephane Sessegnon (Sunderland)

Being a staunch Newcastle United fan, I don't have much good to say about our neighbours and arch-rivals - Sunderland.  However, without partisan bias, my recommended player for Gameweek 22 is Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon.  Though listed as a midfielder, he plays in a quasi second-striker role for Sunderland that has allowed him to bag 4 goals and 7 assists thus far.  He probably would have had more goals to his name this season had he been given the right guidance and encouragement by Steve Bruce.  But following his departure, Sessegnon has flourished under his replacement Martin O'Neill.  In fact the ex-PSG player bagged an amazing 31 points from 4 consecutive games prior to the Chelsea match.  It must be noted that Sunderland's upcoming fixtures will not be as difficult as Chelsea (A) - see the following:

Swansea (H)
Norwich (H)
Stoke (A)

While some may think of Swansea as being tough league opponents, the truth is that the Swans are a completely different outfit when playing away - with 6 defeats out of 10 and only 8 goals scored by them on their travels.  The same can be said of Norwich when they play away (only 3 wins out of 11), where as Stoke have only won 33% of league matches at home this season.  Thus Sunderland are not only capable of winning in their next three matches, but should score a few goals along the way also.  At 6.6, Sessegnon is still relatively cheap for a first-team player listed as a midfielder in FPL, especially considering the attacking nature of his play.

On a side note, I decided to sell Yakubu after he incurred a three match ban.  I replaced him with a cheaper alternative - Danny Graham (4.7), with the intention of deploying him in Swansea's home matches and benching him for their away matches.

My captain for GW 22 will be Steven Gerrard and vice-captain will be Stephane Sessegnon

Transfers:  Yakubu (OUT) / Graham (IN)

My team for GW 22 can be found here.