Gameweek 18 Preview: Reece James Replacements

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๐ŸŸฆ Squaring the Reece James Circle ๐Ÿ”ต

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธWhat to do as a Reece James ownerโ“
๐ŸŽฒ Those of us who rolled the dice on ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟReece James now have a decision to make as the gamble on his fitness and high points ceiling didnโ€™t pay off. So be it. We went into that deal with the full knowledge ๐Ÿง  this scenario was entirely possible. Such is life ๐Ÿ’™
๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ Many will just give you the quick, lazy answer – โ€˜Sell him immediatelyโ€™. 67,000 have done so already at the time of writing (Wednesday 9am) ๐Ÿ•˜

๐Ÿง  My immediate thoughts ๐Ÿ’ญ are to consider the following 4 main options:
1๏ธโƒฃ Bench him for GW18 (most will be able to play a ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟBen White type like I can do) and reassess ahead of DGW19โ€ฆ

2๏ธโƒฃ Cut your losses and sell him ahead of GW18 (but after GW17 has finished) for a comparable price point player – a ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธCucurella type (mehโ€ฆbut gives you a fairly reliable route into the DGWโ€ฆwhich includes a game against Man City remember) or a ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ทGabriel type if you donโ€™t already have a Arsenal defender.

3๏ธโƒฃ Switch for a ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟRobbo type if youโ€™ve got money in the bank to go up a price point. Iโ€™ve got ยฃ2.2m itb so have got that option albeit Iโ€™d like to spend it down the line in midfield ideally I think. Liverpoolโ€™s lack of cleansheets remains a concern too.

4๏ธโƒฃ Take the opportunity to go down a price point – say to a ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟBen White if you donโ€™t have himโ€ฆor a ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จEsputinan type (perhaps Brightonโ€™s DGW will be confirmed if you wait a few days)โ€ฆor to a ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟKyle Walker type if you donโ€™t have Man City defensive coverage.
There are 2 main benefits if you go for an Option that includes waiting until DGW19 to make your decisionโ€ฆ

1๏ธโƒฃ Reece James may still make the DGW depending on the press conference ๐ŸŽ™๏ธupdates (unlikely and even if he does youโ€™d think his mins will be managedโ€ฆI do accept that heโ€™s very probably a sell now as canโ€™t be trusted for fitness or mins).

2๏ธโƒฃ Youโ€™ll get the power of 2 free transfers either way.
This latter point (ie having 2 free transfers in a GW) is one of the most underrated and underutilised skills & approaches in the entire game IMO. The majority of managers seem to be incapable of rolling a transfer so never get the benefit of 2 frees or a self generated โ€˜Mini Wildcardโ€™ of 3 transfers for a -4pt hit ๐ŸฅŠ
๐Ÿ›๏ธ What you definitely donโ€™t have to do is ๐Ÿ’ฉsh*t the bed and panic transfer him out before GW17 has even finishedโ€ผ๏ธSomething could easily happen in the Leeds v Man City game tonight that affects you thinking and your monetary options even if you do get rid of him before GW18 ๐Ÿง .

๐Ÿ’ท Even if your budget is extremely tight for a planned move you have in mind, no prices are changing between now and 1am UK time on Thursday anyway now. Itโ€™s therefore really daft to make a transfer today before the Leeds v Man City game has taken place. Zero logic to doing so at all. See the pinned ๐Ÿ“Œ article on price changes and creating squad value in a positive way if you donโ€™t understand how it all works ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿฝ

๐Ÿ˜ž I feel sorry for the ladโ€ฆa superb player but seems like a classic case of one injury leading to another. ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟChilwell and ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทFofana seem to be in the same boat ๐Ÿšค . Others at different clubs too.

โœ๏ธ EDIT: sounds like he may be out for 3 or 4 weeks judging from reports coming out 2pm ish on Wednesday UK time.

๐Ÿค” What are your own Reece James plansโ“

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