Friday, 23 March 2012

Recommended Player for Gameweek 30

Recommended Player for Gameweek 30 - Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)

 Gibbs in action versus Tottenham

Differentials count with points at a premium during this stage of the season. I have decided to endorse an up-and-coming England international for Gameweek 30 who is selected by a relatively small amount of FPL managers.  If he doesn't make the Euro 2012 England squad he will almost certainly play for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.  It's Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs.

Aged 22 and with two caps already to his name he should have played more matches for club and country had injuries not temporarily affected his nascent career.  In spite of this the left back has impressed many and could be Ashley Cole's natural successor in the England team.  Priced at 5.2 he is a steal when compared to other Top 4 teams' defenders.  Moreover Arsenal's decent upcoming fixtures put him in good stead as a credible defensive option in your team:

GW 30: Aston Villa (H) - Strong clean sheet potential*
GW 31: QPR (A) - Moderate clean sheet potential*
GW 32: Man City (H)
GW 33: Wolves (A) - Strong clean sheet potential*
GW 34: Wigan (H) - Strong clean sheet potential*

(*four of the five fixtures are winnable with a high clean sheet potential)

Of course you may be put off by his lack of games for Arsenal this season, but this was primarily due to injury not on poor performance.  I believe a fully fit Kieran Gibbs (as he is now) is Arsenal's first choice left back.  In fact he has started Arsenal's last four matches.  Arsenal have won all of those matches.  With no cup competitions to distract them why would Wenger decide to bench an injury-free Kieran Gibbs? 

He has only been selected by 1.2% of FPL gamers which naturally makes him a differential.  I would advise the purchase of Gibbs provided that you have at least three established defenders in your team.  It's not worth risking the sale of a decent defender for him.  But without a doubt his price, raw talent and Arsenal's upcoming fixtures make him a tantalising prospect!

I will post My GW 30 Blog Team (with confirmation of my selected captain and vice-captain for GW 30) a night before the Gameweek commences.