Stag's Take - World Cup Final

Stag's Take - World Cup Final
With just two games left at the World Cup, FPL Stag looks at tactics behind you team selection in the final round of World Cup fantasy 2018.
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On July 1st, Bournemouth completed the signing of 21 year-old David Brooks from Sheffield United.

Over two weeks later, he remains the only addition Eddie Howe has made to his squad this transfer window. The highly rated Welshman reportedly required a transfer fee in excess of $13 million. Since his August 2016 debut, Brooks made 37 appearances for the Blades in total, however he completed just four 90 full games in the Championship last term. Brooks is priced at 5.0 in the Official FPL game, which would usually be very encouraging for an attacking-midfielder or shadow striker Unfortunately, given Brooks' lack of first-team experience previously as well as his paltry 3 goals and 5 assists in 30 league appearances (albeit averaging a return every 143 minutes) it is unlikely that he will be a good FPL asset early in the season. I expect him to be slowly introduced to the first team throughout the campaign as Lewis Cook was last season.
Source: SI.com
Jul 16 - 2:56 PM

Manager David Wagner confirmed centre-back Christopher Schindler is in clear after limping off during the 3-0 pre-season defeat at League One side Accrington Stanely on Saturday.

Huddersfield manager David Wagner used 22 different players in the second game of pre-season clash, with one side playing the first hour and the second the final half hour. Despite the majority of the squad getting minutes, it was an overall lacklustre performance. Centre-back Christopher Schindler and midfielder Sean Scannell were both forced off, but Wagner confirmed neither injury was serious. "Sean Scannell and Christopher Schindler (both came off with knocks) have dead legs; that is all," said Wagner. "It’s nothing serious." New signing Erik Durm wasn't involved but will begin training next week, while Danny Williams is still recovering from a fractured fibula.
Jul 15 - 7:51 PM

West Ham United have completed the signing of Felipe Anderson from Lazio for a club-record fee.

The 25-year-old joins the Hammers on a four-year contract in a deal worth up to £42 million with add-ons. Anderson scored eight goals and provided ten assists in 32 appearances for Lazio in the Serie A last season, and led the league in dribbles with an average of 5.4 per game. In total, the Brazilian supplied 25 goals and 33 assists in 137 league appearances for the Italian club. Anderson becomes the club's seventh signing of the summer window and breaks the club record fee set when Issa Diop completed his move (£21.9m) earlier this month. Said the attacking midfielder: "I want to thank the owner, David Sullivan, because he made a big effort to bring me here. I know how difficult it was, so I have to thank him a lot, and I hope I can repay his faith in me on the pitch with goals and winning games."
Jul 15 - 6:11 PM

Jamie Vardy and World Cup sensation Harry Maguire could miss Leicester City’s opening Premier League fixture following their involvement in Russia.

Vardy was nothing more than a bit-part player during the tournament, starting just one game [157 minutes], as Gareth Southgate entrusted captain Harry Kane with England’s goal scoring responsibilities. However, Maguire, came to prominence on the world’s biggest stage following a string of outstanding performances with the centre-back starting every game, bar one, during the tournament. Both players will be given additional time-off to recover from their summer exertions. "It will be difficult to manage all of the international players when they come back because it will be important to find again the good focus and good concentration," manager Claude Puel told LCFC.com. "For some players with England [Vardy and Maguire], perhaps they will come back just 15 days before the beginning of the season, we will see." Leicester kick-off their campaign at Old Trafford as part of Friday night football on August 10.
Jul 15 - 3:56 AM

Robbie Brady was forced to sit out of Burnley’s first pre-season friendly, however, the Republic of Ireland international insists: "I’m feeling really good."

Brady has been sidelined for the past seven months after suffering a serious knee injury at Leicester, but the midfielder is close to a return after taking part in the club’s southern Ireland training camp: "I’ve got a few more weeks before the season starts so I’ll be doing everything in my power to get myself in the best condition and hopefully I’ll be ready to go." Speaking ahead of the game against Cork City, manager Sean Dyche decided not to risk the 26-year-old: "We will have to be careful with Robbie. He’s going really well but it is still early in his progress." Steven Defour was also missing from the Clarets line-up after suffering a minor setback; the Belgian is recovering from knee surgery but picked up a minor calf injury. Matt Lowton [groin] was another absentee but James Tarkowski played 45 minutes for the first time since surgery to remedy a Hernia problem.
Jul 15 - 3:31 AM

Brighton face an anxious wait while they determine the extent of the injury sustained by striker Glenn Murray during Saturdays 1-1 draw with Swiss side FC St. Gallen.

Last season’s top scorer was replaced shortly after the half-hour mark having failed to shake off what appeared to be a right ankle injury. The Seagulls first pre-season friendly brings to a close their training camp in Austria: "It’s been a very good week and the weather has been very hot. The facilities were excellent, and we were really well looked after," said manager Chris Hughton. Brighton were missing the likes of Mat Ryan, Jose Izquierdo and Leon Balogun who have been given additional time off due to their involvement in Russia while new signings Jason Steele and Florin Andone had minor issues and were not risked. Centre-back Shane Duffy is recovering from groin surgery after aggravating the problem on international duty. Murray will be assessed but initial reports suggest the problem "didn’t look too serious, and [was] perhaps, due to the strains of a week of intense fitness work."
Source: The Argus
Jul 15 - 2:37 AM

Marko Arnautovic scored the lone goal of the match as West Ham United claimed a 1-0 friendly victory at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini made seven changes to the starting XI from the 3-2 defeat against FC Winterthur. Andriy Yarmolenko, who made his debut just four days after signing as a Hammer, fellow summer signing centre-back Issa Diop and midfielder Robert Snodgrass were among the changes. Also making his first appearance of the pre-season was Arnautovic, who fired home the winner after 34 minutes. Adrian retained his place in between the sticks and made a pair of saves late on to secure the club's first win of the pre-season. West Ham's next pre-season match is next Saturday against Championship side Preston North End.
Jul 14 - 4:35 PM

Chelsea have announced its first signing of the summer with a permanent move for Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

The 26-year-old has signed a five-year deal to join his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, who was appointed at Chelsea earlier today, at Stamford Bridge. Jorginho was a crucial piece in Sarri's midfielder during their time together at Napoli. Between 2015 and 2017, the deep-lying playmaker provided four goals and 11 assists in 108 appearances in all competitions. A deep-lying playmaker known for his technical qualities, Jorginho is expected to be a regular alongside N'Golo Kante given his prior success in Sarri's fast-paced, possessioned-based style of play. Jorginho told Chelsea's official website: ‘I am absolutely ecstatic to be here at Chelsea. It is not easy to become part of such a big team, so I am very, very happy. I am excited to play in such an intense league, for a team that gives everything to play and win."
Jul 14 - 4:11 PM
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