3 early transfer suggestions for Dream Team gaffers who got it all wrong in Game Week 1

DON’T worry if you had a shocker in Game Week 1.

Whether you ditched Erling Haaland (£7m) at the last minute or decided to back Manchester United to the hilt, all wrongdoings can be undone.

Dream Team is a marathon not a sprint but if you stumbled out of the blocks then here’s three early transfer suggestions that could help you make up ground in the coming weeks.


OUT: Mason Mount (£4.9m), IN: Jarrod Bowen (£4.4m)

Chelsea didn’t look quite right against Everton on Saturday.

They got the job done via a Jorginho (£3.1m) penalty but it was a bit of a grind against a team who narrowly avoided relegation last season.

Raheem Sterling (£5m) looked like the Blues’ biggest goal threat and so he’s probably worth sticking by.

Mount didn’t have a bad game by any means but with Thomas Tuchel’s side up against a resurgent Tottenham this weekend, it might be wise to pivot to Bowen, who has a favourable double Game Week to sink his teeth into.

West Ham travel to Nottingham Forest on Sunday and while the atmosphere at the City Ground is bound to be feverish, the Hammers will be favourites against a newly-promoted side who were comprehensively outplayed by Newcastle in their first game.

The England international will then be unleashed upon Viborg on Thursday in the Irons’ home leg of their Europa Conference League play-off.

David Moyes could spoil the party by resting Bowen against the Danish side in midweek but he may prefer to rack up an aggregate lead before rotating in the second leg the following week.

Forest and Viborg represents a tempting double header and as West Ham’s top scorer last season, Bowen appears best suited to capitalise.

OUT: Marcus Rashford (£3.4m), IN: Gabriel Martinelli (£2.8m)

Man United’s homegrown No10 was the eighth-most popular player in his position ahead of Game Week 1.

Following a decent pre-season, plenty of gaffers bought into the idea that the Red Devils would be instantly improved under Erik ten Hag but that theory was dealt a harsh blow by a Pascal Gross (£2.3m) inspired Brighton.

In fairness, Rashford was presented with two scoring opportunities against the Seagulls but he squandered them both – his blushes were spared by an offside flag on one occasion but replays suggested VAR would given the goal had he found the net.

The 24-year-old has looked low on confidence in the last year, something reflected in his lowly Dream Team returns.

After Man United’s display at Old Trafford on Sunday, how many people are expecting an impressive performance away to Brentford tomorrow?

In contrast, Arsenal were able to translate their pre-season positivity into an opening weekend win as they negotiated a tricky trip to Crystal Palace.

Martinelli scored the opener at Selhurst Park to cap a magnificent opening 20 minutes from the Gunners and the Brazilian banked eight points for his efforts.

Tomorrow he’ll be up against a Leicester defence who gave away a 2-0 lead to draw at home with Brentford last weekend.

And more broadly, Arsenal’s fixtures are favourable all the way up until the first international break at the end of September.

Martinelli could be the standout value-for-money forward until then.

If you’ve got a bit of extra cash then Aleksandar Mitrovic (£3.8m) could work as a replacement as well.

OUT: Jose Sa (£3.4m) IN: Aaron Ramsdale (£3.3m) or Hugo Lloris (£3.4m)

Wolves’ No1 produced the most erratic performance of the Premier League opening weekend.

A superb performer last season, he was at fault for Leeds’ equaliser at Elland Road as he allowed Rodrigo’s (£2.2m) shot to squirm under his body at the near post.

Then there was a hairy moment in which he came inexplicably close to dribbling the ball into his own net.

The hosts also had a great shout for a penalty turned down when Sa welcomed Rasmus Kristensen (£1.9m) to the league with a punch to the face after the ball had gone.

To complete the checklist, the Portuguese stopper produced a fantastic save in the second half to deny Patrick Bamford (£3m) from close range.

When all was said and done, Sa had incurred one minus point and with Conor Coady (£2.5m) revealing that he sensed something amiss at Wolves before his transfer to Everton, it seems Bruno Lage’s side may suffer a dip in 2022/23.

Sa was a Dream Team gem last term but at this very stage swapping him for one of the north London keepers looks wise.

Wait too long and price changes might make this switch impossible.

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