Friday, 9 January 2015

Marco’s Maverick – GW21 – Joleon Lescott

A move across the city for this week’s maverick after Christian Benteke’s 2 point blank against strugglers Crystal Palace. A first for the maverick this week in picking a defender which may not be the direct route to lots of points, but this maverick could be a season keeper.

After Tony Pulis was appointed the West Brom head coach FPL managers rejoiced as the route to cheap clean sheet points could be alive and kicking once again. Whilst many own (including myself) Andre Wisdom @4.4m some managers may think that now could be the time to switch allegiances and go for someone different as the wildcard is upon us.

Many can reflect on the season keeper of a few seasons past that was Ryan Shawcross at Stoke who Pulis made a key figure in their defence and the same will be said of Lescott in the months and years to come. Currently owned by 1.0% of managers who if the stats are anything to go by will be due a goal or by the end of the season as when Lescott has played more than 3000 minutes in a season he has notched 4, 8 and 2 goals in those seasons, currently he’s played 1440 minutes and notched just the once.

Fixture wise the home visit of Hull this week just shouts out Pulis clean sheet to me although WBA’s record against Hull in the Premier league doesn’t make easy reading for the Baggies having not beaten their opponents in 5 outings. A trip to Goodison and then a home match against spurs aren’t ideal fixtures to follow but with the Toffees conceding goals for fun and Spurs love to throw a spanner in the most oiled of works there could be room for optimism. Couple that with the fact that the Baggies don’t face a top 4 opponent till they face champions Manchester City in GW30 and things suddenly don’t look all too bad.

So an attacking centre back who will eat up the clearance bonus points and now have a real chance of regular clean sheets and a definite attacking threat on set pieces, and he rotates with another find of the season Alan Hutton. What’s not to like?  

Maverick History:

Gw20 - Benteke 2 pts
Gw19 - Nasri 5 pts
Gw18 - Falcao 5 pts
Gw17 - Fletcher 2 pts
Gw16 -  Giroud 13 pts
Gw15 -  Carroll 16 pts
Gw12 -  Diouf 0 pts
Gw11 -  Austin 7 pts
Gw10 -  Adebayor 1 pt
Gw9 -  Brunt 8 pts
Gw8 - Lampard 7 pts
Gw7 - Hernandez 2 pts

Gw6 - Mane 4 pts