Talked up by the enigmatic Fantasy Premier League tipster that is Paul Caffrey on the latest FantasyPremierLeagueTransfers.com podcast, Jean Beausejour lived up to his billing and brought home attacking rewards for his owners in the form of his assist in Wigan’s potentially crucial away victory against a heavily inconsistent Bolton side.
This was the second game in a row that the January transfer window signing from Birmingham has returned attacking points in and, considering this was only his third game in The Latics colours, he has certainly hit the ground running. If his name were to be Keane or Henry then perhaps his arrival might have heralded much louder and more persuasive Fantasy Premier League endorsements but, as it is, the 43 time capped Chilean international has flown well below the radar.
So much so, that his current ownership- as listed on the official gamesite- is an astonishing 0.0%. When you look at players such as Jack Wilshere, for example, and see that he is sitting in 2.6% of teams despite not having played a minute of the season to date, it’s a quandary as to why Martinez’s new man is not being more popularly supported. (Yes, I know there are a lot of dead teams out there but you get the point right?)
Perhaps then, you say, the answer lies in the potential of the speedy left-winger. Many, many Fantasy Premier League managers like to do their homework on new signings and give them time to settle in to their new surroundings before drafting them into their teams. And, fair enough I say. That sounds perfectly reasonable and logical. The only trick that you might miss by doing it that way though is that you may end up waiting just that little bit too long and miss out on the points on offer until it’s so obvious that all your mini-league rivals are making space for him too. Differential gone, catch up opportunity gone and probably 0.2 or 0.3 from your transfer kitty gone too.
Fear not my friends, for that’s why we are here at FantasyPremierLeagueTransfers.com. This article intends to spray mind-opening light across your screens in the form of glaringly obvious Differential Potential. Whether yours is a money mini-league or a bragging rights one, this will give you a little bit extra on your competition- and of course in the overall standings considering his 0.0% or approximately 700 player-strong (at the time of writing) ownership!
I have, and most probably we have, waited 3 Gameweeks already to see how he’ll do. So the question has to be, how has he done? Exceedingly well is the simple answer. Coming into a struggling team is never easy but Jean has been instantly entrusted by management down at The DW Staudim and has played every minute of the games for which he has been available. And rightly so it would seem.
Despite having 2 out of 3 away from home the flying wideman has amassed a very credible 15 pts in that 3-game stretch, giving him an average of 5 per game.
Add to the fact that of those 3 games, 1 was away to free-flowing football Tottenham and another was home to current Premier League giant slayers, also known as Everton, and the 2 assists and 3 bonus points under his belt already becomes even more impressive. It leaves ‘The Beau’ (can I call him that?) in an elite group of 3 5.0 and under priced Fantasy Premier League midfielders. He, along with James McClean and Gylfi Sigurdsson, are averaging 1.4 or more above that of all others within their price bracket.
Clearly last years experiences with Birmingham in the Premier League, and this years with the same outfit in the Championship, have served the 2010 World Cup goalscorer very well. Indeed, it has been very much as expected as his manager anticipated, saying the following upon his capture for an undisclosed fee;
“Now Jean has 18 months of experience in the British game and his dynamism, technical ability and tactical concepts will bring a different dimension into our squad.”
Is this all just a flash in the pan or is he just getting lucky?
The 2011-2012 Fantasy Premier League season brought with it a big change in how bonus points are allocated to our players. Many of you may be very well versed in this fact already so I’ll be blunt. No longer does a random bloke sit in the stands- or perhaps in front of his TV set- and watch on through his oft-England International tainted glasses and say “Yes, Rooney 3, Carrick 2 and Ferdinand 1.”
They’ve introduced a whole science to the matter of these crucial points. Having grabbed the full 3 bonus on offer in what his only home game to start to date Beausejour’s potential for ‘baps’ seems high and as he really grows into his new surroundings you’d have to expect this to only increase.
Versatility gets you a long way as a football player and Beausejours ability to seamlessly slide into a defensive winger of even wing-back role can help us out even further. Not only does it solidify his minutes per game potential to near certainty but, with clearances, tackles won, key passes, shots on target, successful crosses some of the primary ingredients to a high PPI (Player Performance index; it’s from this that they assign bonus points) this player is a shoe in for high influence statistics on a weekly basis. After all, his team are bottom of the table and don’t exactly have the ball retention potential of Arsenal. Tracking back and busting a gut into the dying minutes of games looking for last ditch equalisers and winners in their efforts to avoid relegation, Beausejour appears primed by Martinez as his main artillery in the inevitable fight ahead of them.
After mentioning the fact that I’m recommending player in a team sitting 20th of 20, I feel the need to add a bit more credence to my argument. Yes, Wigan have only won 1 of their last 10 games. Yes, they have failed to keep a clean sheet since Gameweek 17 and yes, they have only managed to score more than 2 goals in a game once (at home to Blackburn in Gameweek 12) all season. This only aids my point though. These boys will be scrounging and scrapping in every single game from now until the end of season in a battle to avoid the drop. Although parachute payments have nowadays made relegation a little easier for clubs to manage, Chariman Dave Whelan will certainly be demanding the proverbial blood, sweat and tears from Roberto and his players.
To their, and probably our, delight the DW Stadium faithful will see their team turn out at home in 4 of the next 6 Gameweeks. The fans delight will turn to unbridled joy when they see that the teams paying them a visit will be Villa, Swansea, West Brom and Stoke- only Fulham and Man Utd boast an easier fixture list over the same period! Sandwiched in between are trips to Norwich and Liverpool. Add it all up and the potential for table climbing will be all too clear for the Catalonia born manager and you can be in no doubt that he’ll be telling his players that it’s now or never if they’re going to save their Premier League status.
Of course we wouldn’t be hoping for defensive returns, although Al-Habsi is doing a very good job of rivaling Vorm for budget keeper options in spite of the aforementioned lack of clean sheets. But it’s in attack that Wigan will have to put their efforts and right now there’s no player in their whole squad in better form than Beausejour, wins are required and they won’t get them camping on the edge of their penalty-saving specialist keepers 18-yard box.
Basically, if you’re chasing your mini-league leader or you are he/she and don’t want to be caught, now is the time! Bring him in and thank me later.
As if you need it after all that, let me offer you one more reason to draft him into your squad. By now we all know of the great Swansea success story to date and while Vorm has been picking the ball out of his net more than he had been, goals have kept flowing and have even been arriving with a bit more regularity.
One of the main reasons for that has been the arrival of Gylfi Sigurddsson. The Icelandic international has taken over creative responsibility in The Swans midfield and has wrestled most of the set pieces for himself too. Most of you will at least have him on your watchlist by now but many (including me) have yet to transfer him in- his ownership stands at a mere 0.8%. What has this got to Beausejour? Simply put, rotation.
With a favoured and oft most beneficial system of 3-4-3, Fantasy Premier League managers are faced with a difficult dilemma every week; who to bench? Factor in the January Wildcard influx of the power 5 midfield (Silva, Bale, Dempsey, Valencia and Sessegnon) as hype, form and good fixtures dictated, this bench conundrum has reached mind-aching proportions for many.
Here may lie the answer.
What if I said you could have 2 players for less than the price of David Silva, who are both in excellent form and not only do they rotate nicely to ease your weekly selection headache, they provide you with a run of games from now to the end of the season that reads as follows:
Aston Villa (Home), Swansea (Home), Norwich (Away), West Brom (Home), Everton (Home), Stoke (Home), Newcastle (Home), QPR (Away), Blackburn (Home), Bolton (Away), Wolves (Home), Blackburn (Away), Wolves (Home).
Honestly, can it get any better than that?
Not for me.
Written By: Barry Grimes
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