We’re back after a hectic Christmas schedule which featured no updates, no team changes and, disappointingly, very few points. Here are the points Blurrton Albion did manage to garner over the Christmas period:
Week 19 – 48 points
Week 20 – 50 points
Week 21 – 47 points
Week 22 – 47 points
Week 23 – 46 points
Despite this incredible consistency, Blurrt finished week 23 in eighth place in the office league, just 2 points behind Brandon’s Boom Xhaka Laca in 7th.
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Week 23 Points
Captain Romelu Lukaku top scored this week thanks to his captain’s bonus, after he picked up 5 points with a goal against Stoke (and a booking). His 10 points overall made him the top scorer, but Marcos Alonso’s 8 points were the top score if bonuses weren’t included. A clean sheet and 2 point bonus made the Chelsea man a must-have in the team this week, just ahead of David de Gea (7 points) and Dele Alli (6 points). Tiemoue Bakayoko and James McArthur scored 3 points as Chelsea and Palace kept clean sheets, whilst Angelo Ogbonna and Arthur Masuaku both scored 2 points as West Ham conceded 1 goal in their demolition of Huddersfield.
Laurent Depoitre (2 points) and Alexandre Lacazette (2 points) both failed to get on the scoresheet but played the full 90 minutes as their sides fell to defeat. Willian only scored 1 point. Mesut Ozil and Victor Lindelof both scored 0 on the bench, whilst James Milner scored -1 thanks to Liverpool’s late capitulation when he came on the pitch against Man City.
James Milner (-1 points) was the lowest scoring player on the team and will therefore be substituted out. With a new rule introduced post-Christmas of not re-signing players we have previously sold, and of course adhering to the official rules of no more than 3 players from each club, we entered the transfer market with 6.8 million to spend.
Antonio Valencia would have been our first pick, but the Manchester United fullback would have been our fourth United player and therefore was ineligible. Instead, Andy Robertson replaces his Liverpool team mate after an impressive performance against Man City earned him 10,202 tweets and made him the second most talked about defender of the weekend. Costing only 4.7 million, it leaves us 2.1 million in the bank for transfers after the upcoming game week.
So Robertson goes straight into the starting 11 after his impressive performance against City and is joined by captain Lukaku (26,962 tweets) and vice-captain Ozil (15,914 tweets). Lacazette (12,774 tweets) and Bakayoko (9,064 tweets) start with Willian (2,660 tweets) and Dele Alli (1,212 tweets). David de Gea (4,828 tweets) starts in goal as always.
Alonso (524 tweets) and Masuaku (84 tweets) both go into defence alongside Robertson, with the final starting place going to McArthur (62 tweets). Lindelof (16 tweets), Ogbonna (34 tweets) and Depoitre (39 tweets) will take their places on the bench, listed there in reverse order of automatic substitution priority.
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