While news of Philippe Coutinho’s eye-watering £142m transfer is still ringing in the ears of many football fans, for me, the moment I read the headline i had immediately starting assessing my FPL options.
Thankfully for me I don’t have the brilliant Brazilian in either my Classic or Draft squads but nevertheless I had been eagerly awaiting development on this long running transfer saga.
And the weeks of pain I have endured, may finally be rewarded.
While many talk of Liverpool making a move for Thomas Lemar or Riyad Mahrez I’m hanging my hopes on the fact they won’t make an immediate move for a replacement and will instead look within.
For the past few weeks, actually it may be months, I’ve had a permanent spot in my draft squad allocated to Adam Lallana. He’s yet to complete 90 minutes this season but it might finally be his time to shine.
Last year Lallana was something of a revelation in my FPL teams. 139 points at 4.5 points a game for a player that cost less than £7m. He was my little star in my draft team and while he wasn’t a bargain like Junior Stanislas or a mammoth points hauler like Christian Eriksen, I had many a week where he saved my bacon.
And now I hope he might do the same again.
Last year I ran a draft league for my colleagues and sat atop it for the entire season, this year it’s been very different. I’m well off the pace. I’ve taken too many risks and rotated far too often but there’s still time to turn the ship around and I’m putting Adam Lallana at the helm.
The earliest of indications point to the fact Lallana is finally ready to return to full time action after a lengthy injury lay off. And that he may be ready to start bagging points on a regular basis once more.
When injury ruled Coutinho out of Liverpool’s last Premier League game it was Lallana who slotted in and were it not for some wasteful finishing for his teammates he would’ve bagged at least one assist.
In Friday’s FA Cup merseyside derby he started once again and this time did claim an assist, winning a penalty for Liverpool’s first goal of the game. He didn’t complete the full 90 in either fixture but I’m putting that down to caution on the part of Herr Klopp.
And while at £7.3m I’m not suggesting you should dump Salah he’s certainly worth considering as a differential as he’s currently selected by just 0.3% of teams.