Monday Manager: Talking Points

Remy Cabella of Newcastle United celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KC Stadium on January 31, 2015 in Hull, England.

Every week we bring you our take on some of the big talking points from the Barclay’s Premier League.

Remy Cabella coming good for Newcastle

After an extremely slow start to his Newcastle career Remy Cabella has, in recent weeks, begun to show signs of promise. Hull City represented a coming out party of sorts for the French midfielder, as he announced himself with a match winning performance.

The beautiful left footed strike with which he opened the scoring was just one of a number of moments that showcased his talent, and he provided a constant threat to a ramshackle Hull defence. It appears we are now seeing the emergence of the player Alan Pardew deemed worthy of a £12 million investment.

For fantasy football managers, now is the time to buy low on Cabella. His performances and stats have been steadily improving in recent weeks, but this was the first time it manifested itself in his points total. Expect that to become a more regular occurence in the coming weeks.

Liverpool’s defence suddenly a strength

The one criticism of Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool tenure has been an inability to put together a solid defensive line up. Last season, it cost his side a league, and before Christmas there was little to suggest any improvement in their performance.

To his credit Rodger’s switch to a back three appears to have transformed the unit’s performance. Four clean sheets in their last six games is a record that was unthinkable a year ago. Simon Mignolet has gone from being banished from the line up, to being one of the top fantasy football keepers around. For the moment, Liverpool look as complete a side as they have been under Rodger’s tenure.

Aston Villa look head for the drop

Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa side produced yet another abject display against Arsenal at the weekend. The Gunners demolished Villa with some scintillating football, but some of the defending they faced was downright pathetic.

Villa have scored a paltry 11 goals this season, and have failed to score in their last five games. They have usually been difficult to break down, but Arsenal cut them to shreds at will. If this becomes a regular team Villa will find themselves playing in a different league next year.

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