This Friday morning brings a welcome transfer restock.
As with any other month, Dream Team gaffers are able to make five changes throughout March.
Here we’ve identified three theoretical transfers that we think would be wise given the current state of play.
As always, these suggestions may not apply to your specific team but the logic can help inform your strategy in other ways.
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OUT: Harvey Barnes (£3.0m), IN: Mason Mount (£3.1m)
This swap requires you to find a slither of extra budget from elsewhere but that shouldn’t be a problem for the majority.
The Leicester winger was flying for his 16.5% ownership before he was stretchered off during the Foxes’ defeat to Arsenal last weekend.
Barnes is expected to miss at least six weeks of action, putting a lot of bosses in a predicament as very few midfielders in the same price bracket have been able to provide the same healthy returns.
Chelsea’s golden boy is one such player who comes close.
Mount is just 16 points shy of Barnes and with the Blues seemingly in a favourable position to progress in Europe, he looks like a great alternative.
For what it’s worth, Mount has five Star Man awards this season to Barnes’ two.
OUT: Ben Chilwell (£3.5m), IN: Marcos Alonso (£2.9m)
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Thomas Tuchel tossed a spanner in the works by reinstating Chilwell at wing-back for Chelsea’s goalless draw with Man United but the fact Alonso started against Atletico Madrid suggests he’s still first-choice in the German’s mind.
The England international is probably a better footballer than his Spanish contemporary but Alonso seems to thrive in the formation Tuchel has implemented — he succeeded in a similar role for Antonio Conte a few season back.
Chelsea are once again a regular source of clean sheets but you have to make sure you’ve got the right players.
Incredibly, Chilwell is still more popular than any of Man City’s defenders.
OUT: Jamie Vardy (£5.1m), IN: Gabriel Jesus (£4.6m)
It’s just not happening for Leicester’s talismanic striker at the moment.
Vardy has blanked in seven of his eight outings since returning from injury.
Leicester’s form has been negatively impacted by an injury crisis and with no more European fixtures in 2020/21 it’s increasingly difficult to justify the Foxes’ No9 presence in a decent Dream Team forward line.
Jesus is perhaps not as prolific as he should as a centre-forward who plays for such a dominant team but he could earn his keep in the season’s latter stages.
Man City are pursuing trophies on four different fronts which should ensure the Brazilian gets plenty of minutes, despite Pep Guardiola’s penchant for rotation.
Jesus has added 44 points since Game Week 20 — Vardy has mustered just eight points in the same time frame.
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