Official Fantasy Bundesliga managers have been left with plenty to ponder following a flurry of activity towards the end of the summer 2016 transfer window, but which players are worth a punt on Matchday 2? ‘The Expert’ Matt takes a look…
I touched on this in my previous column, but I’ve been poring over the list of Matchday 1 absentees since then and have pinpointed six stars with with the potential to score big this weekend…
1) Douglas Santos, Hamburger SV (defender, 10m)
Following in the footsteps of Paulo Rink, Marcio Amoroso, Giovane Elber, Ailton, Ze Roberto and Lucio to name but a few, Samba star Douglas Santos moves to Hamburg fresh from Brazil’s Olympic Gold medal triumph in Rio de Janeiro. Like all good full-backs, the 22-year-old loves to get forward and can be expected to ruffle a few Bayer 04 Leverkusen feathers if given the chance on Matchday 2.
2) Renato Sanches, FC Bayern München (midfielder, 13.9m)
An explosive midfielder with the musculature of a WWE superstar and an end product resembling Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, Renato Sanches has joined Bayern with all the attributes needed to become one of the world’s best players. The 19-year-old was only fit enough for a place on the bench in the 6-0 rout of SV Werder Bremen last time out, but will be quietly confident of at least chalking up some appearance points in Friday night’s game against FC Schalke 04 at the VELTINS Arena.
3) Mario Gomez, VfL Wolfsburg (forward, 11.9m)
In terms of value for money, look no further than Wolfsburg’s Mario Gomez. The 31-year-old has proven Bundesliga pedigree and, having scored in a recent friendly win over SG Dynamo Dresden, has not lost an inch of his sharpness in front of goal following a groin injury. The former VfB Stuttgart and Bayern striker has also scored more goals (132) in his last 197 Bundesliga appearances than any other player currently on the Bundeslgia roster, including Robert Lewandowski (127 in 195 games). 1. FC Köln, you’ve been warned.
4) Mario Götze, Borussia Dortmund (midfielder, 13.9m)
Mario Götze will be hoping recent wins on the international scene with world champions Germany are a sign of things to come back at boyhood club Dortmund. Despite largely being on the periphery of the first team at Bayern, the 24-year-old still managed to register 36 goals and 24 assists in 114 appearances; imagine what he could do playing regular football alongside best pals Andre Schürrle and Marco Reus.
5) Serge Gnabry, SV Werder Bremen (forward, 10m)
Serge Gnabry found regular first-team opportunities at a premium at former club Arsenal FC, but he could be just what the doctor ordered for a Bremen side still without a competitive win this season. The 21-year-old finished top scorer on six goals at this summer’s Olympic games and is a logical choice to start against FC Augsburg on Sunday afternoon.
6) Yevhen Konoplyanka, FC Schalke 04 (midfielder, 11m)
It is over six years since Schalke last got the better of Bayern in the Bundesliga, but who better to help than break the cycle than three-time Ukrainian Player of the Year, Yevhen Konoplyanka? A skillful winger capable of playing on both flanks and with a keen eye for goal, the 26-year-old Sevilla FC loanee is not like any player at Markus Weinzierl’s disposal and will cause problems for even the most watertight of Bundesliga defences – Bayern included.
I hope you’re all looking forward to Matchday 2 as much as I am!
Best of luck to you all,
About Matt: Official Fantasy Bundesliga Expert Matt has always been a bit of a numbers geek. As a kid he had a giant poster of Sesame Street’s The Count above his bed, while his current ringtone is Hip To Be Square by Huey Lewis and the News. Our resident number cruncher will provide you with key facts and stats throughout the season.
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