Sunday, 8 April 2012

Recommended Player for Gameweek 33

Recommended Player for Gameweek 33 - Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Coming of Age?

He has shown more consistency than usual in recent matches and is finally conveying his true class.  My recommended player for Gameweek 33 is Arsenal's Theo Walcott.  His shock inclusion into the 2006 England World Cup squad and shock exclusion from the 2010 England World Cup squad sums up the inconsistency that once surrounded his nascent career.

But with the departure of Fabregas and Nasri, I believe he has matured and truly come of age.  Of course he had a slow start to the season, with a paltry 1 goal and 1 assist in the first 9 matches in a transitional team.  But since Arsenal's emphatic 3-5 cricket score victory at Stamford Bridge, Walcott's proven skills have without a doubt converted into regular match winning performances.  This is evident with his 3 goals and 4 assists in his last 9 matches that has included him facing the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Man City.  It is interesting to note that Arsenal have won 8 of their last 9 matches and it's no coincidence that Walcott has aided their rejuvenation.

Aside from his form, Arsenal's upcoming two fixtures* are another reason as to why you should select him, as follows:

GW 33 - Wolves (A)
GW 34** - Wigan (H)

*I am planning to keep him in my team for the next two Gameweeks but may replace him with a player involved in a Double Gameweek in Gameweek 35 or Gameweek 36.

**GW 34 is a truncated gameweek where only six Premier League matches are taking place.

The 23 year old is still remarkably young enough to play for the British Olympic Football Team, despite obtaining his first senior cap 6 years ago as a teenager.  At 9.4 he is reasonably priced when compared to Lampard (11.0), Gerrard (9.9) and Silva (9.5).  Considering his regular attacking output and prowess of scoring and creating goals, he should probably be valued at 10.0+ easily, which makes him value for money.

In the unlikely event that he fails to perform in Arsenal's next two matches you could always replace him with a player that is involved with a Double Gameweek (GWs 35 or GW 36).  If you still doubt him, please don't.  I believe that Walcott will continue to perform in the remaining part of the season and will probably be one of England's integral players at Euro 2012.  Is that not reason enough for you to sign him?

I will post My GW 33 Blog Team (with confirmation of my selected captain and vice-captain) a night before the Gameweek commences.