Saturday, September 27, 2008

Torres Time?

It looks like Fernando Torres is back which throws more problems up for those trying to accommodate Ronaldo in their team. After a slow first half Torres looked sharp in the second taking his two goals well (especially the second) and having a sweet finish disallowed for an off the ball foul. At 12m he is still costly but with bargains like Zaki (6.6m) Cole (5.5m) to be had he is not too hard to fit into your side. He had a run of eight straight games at Anfield with a goal last season and you wouldn't bet against a similar run this year.
If you're carrying a player like Anelka (9.5m) or Rooney (10.8) then you almost certainly going to benefit by getting Torres and saving 2.5m or 1.2m by bringing in blog favourites Valencia (6.1m) or Ireland (5.9m) or even a real budget option like Delap (4.7m) or Marney (4.5m).

Torres faces a tricky three games at City, at home to Wigan then at Chelsea before embarking on the potential points bonanza of Portsmouth (H), Spurs (A), WBA (H), Bolton (A), Fulham (H), West Ham (H), Blackburn (A) and Hull (H). All those matches are very winnable and if Gerrard, Keane and Torres all hit form then the goals and fantasy points could certainly start flowing.

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