Although FPL and FPL Draft managers acrross the world tend to wallow in the doldrums of the International Break, the fact still remains that the players in your Draft squad have still played over the weekend – just not for their clubs.
Most of of players in the Premier League have represented their country in some way or another, and often play in more advanced or senior positions for their country. Especially when you look outside the top 10 ranked countries.
There is always the argument that you can’t compare a players’ international form to their club form because the tactics and level of competition is so different, but football is football and we will try and evaluate the key players in any way we can to gain an advantage going in to GW 5 of the EPL season.
This article will just point out the standout players we have noticed from the EPL;
The Liverpool centre midfielder had a very impressive turnout for the Netherlands over the past week, who won both of their fixtures, beating Germany 4-2 and smashing Estonia 4-0. Against the Germans Wijnaldum registered a goal and an assist, playing an integral role in what is one of internatinal football’s biggest rivalries.
He then got in on the fun against Estonia, notching another goal. He has yet to register an attacking role for Liverpool this season but we recommend that he has it in him. It is worth noting that Wijnaldum playes in a more advanced role for his country – but it stands to reason the Jurgen Klopp will need his midfield players to contribute more towards Liverpool’s goals as the season goes on.
He only featured in Belgium’s first game, the 4-0 drubbing of San Marino but took his starting chance by putting away 2 goals. The reason we are keeping an eye on Batsyuahi is that it does seem like he scores almost every time he plays.
For Chelsea, the striker hasn’t featured in a single game as yet, not even coming off the bench. He has played in a couple of U23’s games so possibly there is a fitness issue.
Chelsea have documented issues up front, if there is any doubt in Tammy Abraham then we can see Batsyuahi getting some game time. Initially we will see him playing cup games, then his performances can take him from there.
The forward had a good week with Wales, who recorded a 2-1 win against Azerbajan in their qualifier, then a 1-0 win against Belarus in a friendly.
The second game against Belarus had Gareth Bale starting on the bench, and Daniel James proved his starting spot was justified by scoring the winning goal. It was a ‘classic’ Daniel James goal, cutting in on his right foot and smashing it into the back of the net.
It is good to see that his club form has carried on with his country, proving that this may be more than just a flash-in-the-pan. If you have him in your FPL Draft team, we would recommend holding on for a while, as we could see some more attacking returns.
The Newcastle forward, featuring for Paraguay played a full 90 minutes in their 2-0 defeat to Japan.
He then had a game away against Jordan when he came on as a late substitute and opening his account with a goal. The gossip is that he looked very sharp when he came on He has no attacking returns for Newcastle as yet, but we have seen glimpses of his technical skill and dribbling ability and have now seen that he can score goals.
If he strikes a partnership wit Joelinton then both strikers could go on a run of rich returns.
The Newcastle defender played a full 180 minutes for Switzerland this week, drawing 1-1 with Republic of Ireland and winning 4-0 against Gibraltar.
A game against Gibraltar is never the toughest, but Schar managed to register a goal, which seems to be becoming a habit for him. He tends to find himself in and around the box, carring his form from the end of last season where he scored 4 goals.
Apart from Joelinton and Almiron, Schar seems to be the next most likely player to pick up goals for the Toons.
A revelation for EPL Draft players this year, being amongst the top scorers in the EPL so far. On duty for Finland he scored the winner against Greece from the Penalty Spot in a game that ended 1-0.
Finland then had a more difficult test against Italy in which they lost 2-1. Finland held their own against the former World Cup winners, and Teemu Pukky scored again, so no sign of the Pukki Party getting pooped just yet!
The Denmark midfielder played in both games. Smashing Gibraltar 6-0 before stuggling 0-0 against Georgia.
As previously mentioned, Gibraltar is not the biggest test, but Eriksen registered 2 goals and 2 assists in this game.
The transfer window is shut and he is still a Spurs player! He is likely to try and prove his worth this season in hope for a move next year, so if you own him, either hold on or trade him for soemeone very good!
Also, Lo Celso has picked up an injury, meaning Eirksen’s only competition in the number 10 role is Dele Alli, who gets played deeper or on the wings anyway.