Week 3 – Performance players slowing down?

With the amount of money going into the Index this week, you could pick players out blindfolded and still make money. So I was a little concerned that the Performance fund only rose by around £56 this week, or roughly 1.6%.

I’ve done a little bit of chopping and changing this week. I decided to get rid of Griezmann as I didn’t fancy the combination of the likely dip after the bonus period of 1st July, combining with his transfer announcement. It’s almost certain he’ll go to Barcelona and I can see the positives of him playing in a more offensive team. But he’s likely to lose set pieces and will have more competition for PB so I’m just not sure I fancy it.

With the money raised from that sale, plus the left over from last week, I’ve gone into 4 new players. Thorgan Hazard is a bit of a punt at £1.67 as this relies on him quickly finding his feet at his new team, Dortmund. But if he can replicate the form that he showed for most of last season he could be explosive (10 goals, 11 assists, 3 PB scores over 200), especially as Dortmund start the season with some easy looking fixtures.

Alongside him, I’ve gone for some bargain basement picks. Lainer has just completed a £12m transfer from RB Salzburg to Borussia Monchengladbach. At Salzburg he had a PB average of 92 last year. If he can do as well at Monchengladbach, he looks appealing priced at only 42p, especially looking at his teammates in defence – Elvedi (£1.12) and Ginter (66p).

Kampl at RB Leipzig sticks out as a player who is just too cheap for his stats. He had 4 PB scores over 160 last year, plus 2 goals and 5 assists. Not amazing but at 28, with Champions League action next season and only 40p, I thought he was worth a punt.

My last bottom-feeder is Mollet at Montpellier. His PB average last year was 101 and he scored 6, assisted 4. For those stats, at 27 years old, he feels a little undervalued at 50p. Plus with Savanier transferring to Montpellier next season, I’m hoping that the whole team will have more creativity in possession.

Nothing major to report from the rest of my holds, just a general increase almost across the board as the whole of the Index continues to grow. The only real exception to this was Suso, taking a dip on the news that AC Milan would be banned from the Europa League next year. I got the news too late so I’m continuing to hold him, based on his decent PB stats.

You can view the updated profit and loss in more detail on the Performance assets page.

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