Hello again! It’s been a bit of a dull week unfortunately, with the market experiencing some pullback after the huge rise following the deposit bonus (affecting a lot of premium holds that I have sadly), but luckily I managed to sell off another 100 Pogba before his price really tanked, so the week has been all about reinvesting that money for me.
PAUL POGBA X100
JULIAN BRANDT X120
RODRIGO DE PAUL X200
ANDREJ KRAMARIC X150
NIKOLA MILENKOVIC X60
FEDERICO CHIESA X110
RAHEEM STERLING X20
FABIAN RUIZ X90
ANTOINE GRIEZMANN X50
JUAN FOYTH X40
GELSON MARTINS X40
KEREM DEMIRBAY X50
THIAGO ALCANTARA X20
HARRY KANE X10
So I’ll start off with the sells- Pogba I’ve covered in recent weeks, there is an emerging feeling in the community that opening media dividends to the squad will hurt MB players more than initially expected, coupled with less triple media days due to the qualifiers and MB players are suddenly seeming a lot less valuable, which doesn’t look good for Pogba. It’s a shame because the relative ease you could guess MB winners with last season has diminished slightly, which is good for the market as a whole imo but is bad for a passive trader like I wanted to be!
Julian Brandt I’ve gotten rid of simply down to his start at Dortmund. When he arrived I thought he was gong to be a lot more involved with the Dortmund team than he currently is but his substitute stats don’t make for good reading. Dortmund have a lot of forward quality right now and I can’t currently see him making a permanent 90 minutes a game claim for his spit this season. I may revisit this trade over the Euros as he is still young and has time to become a regular starter there, but I was sitting on a decent profit on him and want my money to be used more actively with players that are playing full games.
In contrast, I’ve sold De Paul not because he’s not the strongest player in a strong team, but because the team he is in are not looking good this season. I’ve been sat on a decent profit with De Paul for a while too, but so far this season Udinese haven’t impressed and neither has De Paul.
It is still early in the season and a move may materialise for him over the summer but with no Euros involvement and limited chances of winning PB at the club, again I want the money to be used a little more actively. Both of these sells are examples of me playing the short game instead of the long game, as both still have bright futures to me, but the market at the moment is a rollercoaster of big rises and falls and these 2 players have became ‘predictable’ holds to me, with no huge rise or drop in sight.
Onto the purchases and as per usual, I won’t go too into detail with the players I’ve topped up on. I’m confident in them all for the same reasons I was when I bought them, the only changes in my mind are a little bit of worry about Demirbay as he seems to have been replaced by Amiri in the first team, but I’ll top up on the drop in the hope that he will reclaim a spot later in the season as an experienced head, and a small shout out for Milenkovic who won me PB the week I bought him!
Chiesa is a player I’ve brought in with the hopes of him being my new De Paul in a way. The story is similar, he’s in a mid table Italian side with potential transfer prospects over the summer, the key difference being that he is playing in the Euros, and is already in and around the Italian team. This provides him with a lot more chances to win this season and his Pb stats are not terrible (no scores over 200, but with it’s easier to win PB as a forward than a midfielder with less competition), though his price is a tad high. I’m going to be expecting a PB win or 2 from him this season at the price I bought at, though I’m confident he’ll provide that.
The other new addition to the port is Andrej Kramaric. He’s had a sizeable rise recently but I believe in the current market he’s still value for price. Having researched him it seems like he’ll benefit from the new PB system, and had quite a prolific scoring record, scoring 1 every 2 games domestically last season. The cons are obvious with him being in his peak years as well as the risk that he won’t come back the same player following a serious injury, but I’m willing to bet that if he does come back and score hatfuls he will experience another big rise and with some Croatia involvement for the Euros he could be a key player for me over the summer- it’s now just a case of playing the waiting game as he returns from injury.
As I’ve been typing up this blog, FI have announced they’re changing their dividend policy on the 29th October, which may serve to change my perspective in MB dividends! The market has just rocketed, as have some of my key premium holds so the market seems to believe it’s Mb related- I’m looking forward to the speculation over the next few weeks!