As Fantasy Premier League managers glance in Sunderland’s direction this weekend – the focus is surely on potential big name acquisitions like Sessgnon, Fletcher, Larsson, and Johnson.
But there’s one man lurking in the shadows – cheap, out of form, and perhaps ready to contribute. That man is James McClean.
The 23 year old Ireland international has had a difficult few months – receiving death threats off the pitch and failing to score a single league goal on it – despite playing over 1,000 minutes thus far this season.
Here’s the bad news: He’s only started two league games in the last six for Sunderland – so he’s far from nailed on. He has not scored a goal in the league this entire season. And he has just one assist. He’s owned by just 1% of fantasy managers.
The good news? One of those starts was last week against Norwich in a 2-1 loss, so perhaps he can keep his place for the upcoming double gameweek. His price is down to an affordable 5.8m after starting the season at 6.5m. He scored 5 goals, picked up 3 assists, and gathered 18 bonus points in just 1,800 minutes played last season – so he has obvious quality.
The big question – will he start both games during this double gameweek?
If McClean does start both games – and I believe he will – then he could surprise fantasy managers who may not be able to afford the likes of Larsson, Sessegnon or Johnson.
The winger has pace, power, and technical ability. With the focus primarily on Fletcher & Sessegnon, he is my funny feeling to fly under the radar and grab a goal or assist over the next two games – returning a potential double figure gameweek score.
There you have it – last year’s Sunderland revelation. This year’s disappointment. With a chance to redeem himself over the next week. Sunderland’s James McClean.
Good luck to all fantasy managers.