Thursday, 20 June 2013

Liam's take on the latest PL managerial merry-go-round

As we eagerly anticipate the start of the new season, all of the Premier League teams from last term have their new managers in place.  In this post we are going to look at the impact these new managers could have on their teams and, more importantly for us FPL managers.  The four managers we are going to look at are Jose Mourinho, David Moyes, Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Martinez.  

Jose Mourinho

Now that Jose and Roman have kissed and made up, the Special One will be looking to add another Premier League crown to his collection of throw away medals. Mourinho is going to need his captain more than ever this season, John Terry. JT may have missed most of last season under Benitez but he is all but guaranteed to start most of Chelseas this season and, with his added goal threat, is definitely one player to consider. The trio of Mata, Oscar and Hazard remains to be seen whether they will start together, this season I am expecting big things from Oscar and hope that he gets a run of games under Mourinho, with him being considerably cheaper than Mata and Hazard anticipate the start of title contenders all have new managers, this makes him a potentially brilliant differential. The impact of Mourinho’s return, along with Lukaku, will surely put the futures of Ba and Torres into doubt. I for one can’t see Torres or Ba starting and would love to see Lukaku start the season as Chelsea’s main striker and I think Mourinho might just give the big man a go.  

David Moyes

Probably the most watched managerial job out the lot will be that of David Moyes and whether he will be able to handle the pressure of being the new Man Utd manager.  One thing David Moyes will bring to the team is that ‘never say die’ attitude that he instilled at Everton.  This means the futures of Nani and Anderson are up in the air but one man that could relish playing under Moyes is Shinji Kagawa, after his bedding in season I expect him to feature a lot more this season and is definitely worth considering when building your team.  With the whispers getting louder that Ronaldo could return to Old Trafford and Rooney possibly leaving this only means one thing for you fantasy Managers if it happens... get Ronaldo at any cost or get left behind! 

Manuel Pellegrini

What Manuel Pellegrini brings to the team is similar to that of Mourinho in the way that the players all seem to want to play for him with Isco, his former player at Malaga, calling him his ‘footballing father’.  With Isco also being linked with Manchester City he is an unbelievable talent and, playing alongside the likes of Silva and Aguero, would improve him more and he could turn out to be a must have for all FPL managers.  Under Pellegrini I don’t think you’ll see as much swapping and changing as that of Mancini but who he picks remains to be seen and because of this I would only consider the obvious starters,  Hart, Kompany, Toure and Aguero. I also expect Aguero to be more like the player we seen in his first season, barring any injuries in pre-season he will more than likely be in my team come August.

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez loves to play attacking football, as we’ve seen with Wigan over the last few years. If he plays the same formation as he did with Wigan, which was a 3-5-2 formation (which I think he will), he couldn’t have two better wingbacks than Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman.  This season should see Coleman reinstated as a defender and not as a midfielder, and if so he will be going straight into my team ahead of Baines, as for me Baines at £7m+ isn’t going to be worth it. 

Quick mention regarding the release of yesterday’s fixtures... I’ll be planning my team no further than the first three game weeks and, with the potential of another double game week for Chelsea.  I’ll be sure to have three Chelsea players in my team this time round as I didn’t buy into the whole double game week in week 1 last year.  I made the mistake of captaining Aguero who went off injured after five minutes into the season, much to my annoyance, only to see Hazard go on rip it up! 

Thanks for reading.