@FPL_Fly's COMPLETELY MEANINGLESS PRE-SEASON AWARDS

9:23am Aug 10 2018

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, it’s time for a night with @FPL_Fly and his meaningless FPL awards ceremony

As the excitement builds prior to embarking on another Fantasy Premier League campaign, I, @FPL_Fly thought I would break with tradition and present some awards BEFORE the season has even kicked off.

The Steve Mounie “Couple of good weeks then disappears without a trace until the end of the season” Award

Presented to the player who has a couple of stellar weeks, fooling us all into making an early transfer, before promptly being dropped until re-emerging once there’s nothing left to play for.

The FPL equivalent of that guy who initially puts the effort into a new project at work when he knows the Boss is watching, but then skives off until right near the end, then reappears to take his share of the credit.

Last season Mounie announced himself to the Premier League with two back-to-back goals in Gameweek’s 1 and 2.

Then proceeded to do nothing until a brace in Gameweek 16 and then went back to sleep until the following year, when he cropped up with a final 3 goals.

This season, I predict Mounie’s title will be stolen by 17 year old Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Having started the majority of Chelsea’s pre-season games, I predict by Gameweek 3, he will be sent back to the reserves for some “development” and only reclaim his place once Spring is in the air next year.

The Luis Suarez “If he’s playing at home captain him; if he’s playing away also captain him” Award

As Liverpool’s most recent title challenge fades into the past, to join all of the other seasons in which “it has been their year” since 1990, no FPL manager will ever forget Luis Suarez.

Equally as devastating at Anfield or away at Stoke, Cardiff or Norwich, his 31 goals in 2013-14 made him a true, FPL “must-own”.

With just under half of those coming away from home, the general rule of thumb that season was just to keep the armband on the Uruguayan.

This season, from the forwards, Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane stand out as viable picks. Despite his recent successful surgery, I predict Aguero will still miss a fair few games due to injury.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The jury is still out as to whether Kane was suffering with burn-out or an injury in the latter stages of the World Cup. Has he had enough rest? Is there really an “August Curse” that prevents him scoring?

With that in mind, is there even a viable 30 goal forward in the league this year, let alone one who can do it home AND away?

This is the criteria for the Luis Suarez award, so with that in mind I am going to take a punt and dish this year’s accolade out to a striker who will hopefully thrive under a new management era in North London.

Yes, of all of the forwards in the Premier League this season, only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will get anywhere near the 30 goal mark (Kane and Aguero aside) and if his supply line consists of a resurgent Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, then captaining him both home and away could be a successful ploy.

The Harry Kane “Where the hell did HE come from?” Award

We all like to think we saw the rise of Kane coming in the 2013-14 season, and regale each other with exaggerated tales of how early we had him in our FPL team.

But the truth is, none of us predicted his exceptional season, and how could we?

On the opening day he came on as a sub and provided the assist for Eric Dier’s goal, but who could have seen what an impact he would have on our FPL teams at that point?

Even a hat-trick (and a cameo appearance in goal) in the Europa League in late October didn’t give any indication of what was around the corner.

On November 2nd, in Gameweek 10, he came on as a late sub against Villa and scored the winning goal in the 90th minute.

phil-foden - FPL

Arguably it wasn’t until Gameweek 16 at the start of December 2013 that he started to emerge as a “must-own” which was luckily when I took the plunge on bringing him into my own squad when he scored in a 2-1 away win at Swansea.

21 league goals for a season in which he wasn’t even a regular starter is the stuff of FPL legends. But who – if anyone – can replicate that this season?

The player I am awarding this to is not a household name yet, but he could well “do a Kane” – and then some!

He’s in a better team than Spurs were that season, surrounded by better players with a better supply line. At just 18 years old, Manchester City’s Phil Foden could be the next big thing.

He’s been promised his chance by Pep Guardiola too – just wait and see…

As always, thank you for reading and be sure to drop me a follow or comment on Twitter @FPL_Fly

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