We’ve known it for weeks – if not months – but it’s finally setting in as a reality.
What does this mean for us Fantasy Premier League managers? Will Rooney or RVP be able to co-exist? Have the Golden Boot odds changed? I should get to the best football betting site and find out. But before I give away my hard earned Euros/Dollars, let’s take a look at the implications to star Arsenal and Manchester United attackers:
- Podolski [8.5m] and Giroud [9m]: The Arsenal forwards now see their stock increase as they look to be guaranteed starters. In Podolski’s case – he could even take over penalty kick duties. The only potential competitor for penalties would be midfielder Mikel Arteta [8m] - who was Everton’s regular penalty taker before coming over to Arsenal last season.
- Santi Cazorla [9m]: The Arsenal playmaker scored today for Spain and with RVP out of the picture, he should see his fair share of free kicks and corners, along with the aforementioned Arteta. It never made any sense to me whatsoever that RVP took corner kicks [he's tall and good in the air - he should be in the box] but now that he’s gone, Arteta and Cazorla should have an increased free kick load.
- Wayne Rooney [12m]: This is of course the biggest question mark of all. Will he retain penalty kicks? Will RVP steal some of Rooney’s goalscoring thunder [a la Hernandez or Berbatov a few seasons ago] or compliment the Manchester United stud? We can speculate until the cows come home, but what we really just need is to watch these guys in action – side by side – check out the positional set up and tactics – and then go from there.
- Welbeck [8.5m] Hernandez [8m] and Berbatov [7m]: Not worth acquiring in the Fantasy Premier League game unless RVP and/or Rooney are seriously injured.
And what about RVP himself? Last year’s player of the season in the league, he costs 13m from a fantasy perspective, but without penalty kick duties and corner kicks, and sharing the spoils with Wayne Rooney, at first glance he seems to be a bit over-priced. We’ll continue to monitor the situation, as always. Good luck to all fantasy managers.