We gave you a 5.5M attacking player from a team in the relegation zone last week – striker Victor Obinna of West Ham, and this week we choose another 5.5M rated player for a struggling squad – Jonathan Walters of Stoke.
Walters had a quiet game against Newcastle last week and has yet to score a goal or assist in his Premier League time with Stoke. He also hasn’t picked up a single bonus point.
That’s the bad news. He’s started 5 straight league games for the Potters, and has looked influential in providing service to the likes of Kenwyne Jones and Matt Etherington – that’s the good news.
Walters is dirt cheap, out of form, underrated, and unpopular (owned by 0.0% of managers according to the game). There are dozens of better purchases in the 5M – 5.5M midfield range (Nolan, Adam, Etherington, Parker, Barton, etc.) but those are well known fantasy commodities we’ve been writing about all year or for years…
Walters may not be someone you go out and buy, but putting faith in him is essentially another small bit of faith in his teammates Shawcross, Huth, Etherington, and Jones to string together a solid home performance against Blackburn.
You won’t buy him, but he did score 8 goals last year for Ipswich, so if he’s going to pick up a goal or assist in the Premier League, it may just be this weekend against Blackburn or next weekend against Bolton. Both winnable games for Tony Pulis’ men.
I’ll be keeping a close eye on his performance and will let you know how he gets on.
There you have it. Out of the blue. Jonathan Walters, your Funny Feeling Friday.