He started his career at Bolton as a left winger (that explains the # 11 jersey), but was converted to left-back under former boss Sam Allardyce.
Why, oh why, did “Big Sam” employ the Jamaican speedster in his back four rather than galloping up and down the wings? It looks like we may have a new “Armand Traore,” for those Traore owners looking over your shoulders as Niko regains his fitness (and Portsmouth place).
Ricardo Gardner (4.3MM) featured as a left winger for Gary Megson’s Bolton on the weekend and caused headaches for Manchester City’s defense on the counter-attack.
Here at Never Captain Nicky Butt, we love “out of position” value plays. While Kompany’s tenure as an attractive bargain has run out, and Armand Traore’s value looks like it’s about to plummet, Gardner could offer an interesting, cheap option, if he continues playing in midfield.
Players like Traore and the currently 1% owned Gardner won’t win you a fantasy title, but they will offer decent returns at bargain prices and allow you to free up cash to spend elsewhere. Last year, Clinton Dempsey featured as Fulham’s main striker, but listed as a midfielder in the fantasy premier league game, he helped those owners who went for the bargain punt – at least for 2-3 months.
Keep a close eye on the speedy Jamaican, this may just be his 2-3 month window to come up with a few assists here and there and the occasional home clean sheet.
If you own Garrido and/or Traore, you may now have another decently priced option should you choose to drop one or both of those selections.