What a round of A-League action. Several all time crowd records broken and no shortage of on field drama.
Despite a hefty price tag of $290K, Victory’s new Socceroo signing James Troisi attracted a lot of attention from fantasy owners, with an ownership of around 28.4% before injuring himself on Friday night.
During the 1-1 draw with the Brisbane Roar, the 28 year old injured his collarbone, thankfully he played 89 minutes of the game and managed 3 points for our fantasy sides.
He then underwent surgery on Saturday and is now expected to miss 3-4 weeks.
With one free transfer this week, Troisi owners will need to think about their midfield replacement.
Here are a few options for you to consider:
DIEGO CASTRO, Perth Glory ($320K)
If you currently don’t have this man then GET HIM IN. The injury to Troisi is an excellent opportunity to bring in the Perth Glory midfielder, despite coming at a cost, he is definitely worth every cent.
Last seasons’ second highest fantasy scorer behind Bruno Fornoroli was back in action on Saturday night, notching a goal and assist on his way to accumulating an excellent 13 point start to the 2016/17 campaign.
He is currently owned by over 37% of the competition so isn’t much of a POD; but he’s one of the most reliable options available.
MILOŠ NINKOVIĆ, Sydney FC ($290K)
Many were wary of Ninković after a stunning 2015/16 season but after the injury to Troisi, he comes into calculations as a smart replacement.
He started well, with six points in the Sky Blues’ 4-0 derby win, despite not registering a goal nor an assist.
The main reason I’m advising that you consider Miloš is Sydney FC’s upcoming draw. Coming off a 4-0 derby rout, they are high on confidence and play the Central Coast Mariners, Wellington and Newcastle in the next three weeks. With Sydney FC’s high scoring game style, expect Ninković to play a huge role.
JUMPEI KUSUKAMI, Western Sydney Wanderers ($210K)
If your looking for a cheaper option with a Point of Difference, then the Wanderer’s new Japanese signing is your man.
Tony Popovic’s new winger was named third best player on field despite his team losing 4-0.
He was dangerous around goal playing the entire game and registering two shots on target on his way to 5 fantasy points for the night.
The wanderers play Newcastle and Central Coast following Friday’s visit to the City of Churches and will be looking to bounce back after a poor start to the season.
If you’re a Troisi owner, which one of these three are you leaning towards? Anyone else who deserves a mention?
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