For Premier League managers, international duty is at best a nuisance, and at worst a chronic debilitating hardship; rolling around every few months to wreak havoc on carefully laid plans and meticulous preparations. However, For fantasy football players it is a chance to examine which Premier League players may have found or lost form heading into their next Gameweek.
We’ve picked out some notable performers from the break and looked at who performed strongly, who didn’t, and which players may have given their club team managers some food for thought.
Gylfie Sigurdsson- Swansea, PlayON Price: £9.3m, GW7 1230 pts
Sigurdsson’s return to Swansea city had the feel of a homecoming during the summer transfer window and his return to South Wales has rekindled the kind of performances that made the Icelander so sought after during his first stint at the club. As the lynchpin and most high profile player for his country, Sigurdsson has translated his early season form over to the international stage, scoring twice in a massive qualifier against The Netherlands to put Iceland top of their group. He travel’s to Stoke on Sunday as player performing at the very peak of his powers.
Martin Skrtel- Liverpool, PlayON Price: £7.8m, GW7 0 pts
It hasn’t been a vintage start to the year for the big Slovakian centre half, but conditions look right for him to bounce back this week. Slovakia recorded a famous victory against the current European champions, Spain, in the qualifiers last week and Skrtel was the hearbeat of that performance. With Liverpool meeting a dispondant QPR this Sunday, the defender could well make his owners very happy.
Wojciech Szczesny- Arsenal, PlayON Price: £8m, GW7 150 pts
Szczesny showed the bravery and skill of a top international goalkeeper in Poland’s high octane qualification clash with Germany in Warsaw. Coming out 2-0 victors in an unprecendented result, Polish fans know a substantial portion of credit is due to their number one. Arsenal have had a less than resolute defence this season, claiming just one clean sheet thus far, but hosting Hull at The Emirates poses an ideal opportunity to buck that trend and a clock a first home win of the season.
Raheem Sterling- Liverpool, PlayON Price: £9.8m, GW7 850 pts
Poor Raheem Sterling. The Liverpool youngster has appeared to have landed himself in the middle of the ongoing Rodgers-Hodgson squabble while on England duty by suggesting that he may be suffering from early season fatigue. If this is indeed a worried complaint from Sterling, then Rodgers should take heed, but with Sterling now a indespensable part of this Liverpool side, can they afford to leave him out?
Hugi Lloris- Tottenham, PlayON Price: £12.6m, GW7 850 pts
Lloris picked up an injury in a friendly with Portugal over the week and it could not have come at a worse time for Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs coach, Mauricio Pochettino, will now be sweating over his condition in the lead up to Saturday’s early fixture away to Manchester City. The Frenchman has been in fine form this campaign and is the Premier League’s joint leader in terms of clean sheets. If unfit, he will be sorely missed.
Tim Krul- Newcastle, PlayON Price: £7.2m, 250 pts
Yet another international goalkeeping casualty, Krul sustained elbow ligament damage in The Netherlands’ 2-0 qualifier loss to Iceland. While looking less serious than first feared, any arm injury to a keeper is a cause for concern.Newcastle’s take Leicester City at home on Saturday having still failed to secure a win this season. A fit Krul will be crucial to the Magpies prospects of landing three points.