Friday, 3 October 2014

Marco’s Maverick GW7 – Abel Hernandez


After last gameweeks’ opening success story of Southamptons Sadio Mane we continue the hunt for Fantasy Premier League points in the low ownership saloon with another deadline day signing from a team eagerly trying to push on into the top third of the league.

Hull have somewhat in my opinion pulled off a major coup in signing this player, and I think he could propel them with his goals easily into the top half of the league. It’s the Uruguayan forward Abel Hernandez. Kept out of his international side by the likes of Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani and Diego Forlan, Hernandez still has 16 caps to his name and has 8 goals for his country means he has the ability to produce at the highest level. Spending the last 4 years of his career at Palermo, Abel produced 31 goals in 111 appearances but his last season proved his best return for goals where he achieved a 1 in 2 ratio with 14 goals in 28 starts along with 2 appearances off the bench.

A successful world cup and a 10m move to the KC followed with immediate impact scoring a cracker against West ham on his home debut. 55 minutes against Newcastle in his second match and a 1 point showing made some managers jump ship but those who kept the faith in Hernandez were rewarded with another goal against the champions Manchester City albeit via the penalty spot. This however bodes well for the future if the Uruguayan is assigned spot kick duties from now on.

Hernandez’s inability to complete 90 minutes so far will scare off some with only 73, 55 and 78 minutes completed in his 3 starts thus far coupled with the fact that Ulloa and Pelle are strong contenders for the third striking spot and also in good form. The maverick is all about being different and with an ownership of 0.3% per cent that equates to around 6,800 managers having the faith in Hernandez and a nice home fixture against Crystal Palace he has the perfect platform to justify the price tag and bag himself plenty of FPL points.

Priced at 6.9m he’s not a cheap third striking option if you already own the likes of Costa and Aguero but if you are only playing one big hitter and two smaller options then he definitely could slot straight in.  Hull rotate fixtures with Burnley so there may not be an obvious foil for him but Swansea only clash on a few fixtures so Gylfi Sigurdsson could provide his near perfect rotation partner.

The fixtures ahead over the next six are a bit of a mixed bag, Home against Palace tomorrow followed by trips to the Emirates and Anfield aren’t the most desired trips but certainly won’t scare the tigers who could at least nick a goal, then saints at the KC then a trip to Turf moor brings a greater chance of returns and a home game with Spurs to round off the next six games.

So there is this weeks’ gamble, are you looking to replace Rooney? Abel Hernandez may not have been at the top of your thoughts but it’s all about doing something different to climb those leagues, are you Abel?