Robin van Persie has now played in an amazing 71 straight Premier League games.
Yes, you read that correctly. The formerly injury prone, horse placenta hamstring massage recipient credits this run of consecutive games played to a positional switch, and he’s spot on. At Arsenal – RVP operated as a #10 – exerting energy to create attacks, set up his teammates, and make deep runs a la Luis Suarez did on Saturday against Norwich. All-action performances like that require more stamina and more running, and thus, put more strain on the body. Now, RVP is operating as an out and out #9 striker, and he has played 28 of Manchester United’s 33 games this season.
After 8 injury plagued years at Arsenal, the world class Van Persie can finally avoid the tough tackling defensive midfielders you encounter when playing as a #10 and focus on creating space for himself in the penalty area – and the tweak has paid off dividends – for Manchester United and Fantasy Premier League managers alike.
You won’t win your mini-league this year without Van Persie, that’s for certain, but somehow he is just selected by 44% of fantasy managers. 56% are taking an awfully big risk, then, continuing without the Dutch legend, but to each their own.
4 years ago – on this website – we claimed “RVP is the next Ronaldo.” Many mocked us and brought up RVP’s injury prone nature – but his class has come through – and he’s beat the injury bug and never looked back. He is truly world class.
As for the Bugs Bunny pajamas on the way to Qatar? Not sure we could classify those as “world class” too.
Good luck to all fantasy managers.