01/11/2018 Planet FPL

For the first time under Nuno, Wolves have lost back to back games. This was always going to happen at some point in the season but it for to happen against Watford at home and then Brighton came as quite the surprise. Our form going into those two games were very good and people expected much more from the likes of Matt Doherty and Raul Jiminez to deliver those sweet FPL points. The performance against Watford was poor and against Brighton we dominated and was extremely unlucky to not score. I have seen a few comments from people on social media saying it is time to sell their Wolves players, to me this is madness.

Unless you are selling to fund for a significant upgrade then I do not see why you would sell some of our best performers so far this season. Wolves players prices on FPL are incredibly cheap for what they have managed to produce so far especially defensively. We may have Spurs and Arsenal in our next two games but given how we have performed against the better sides so far this season there is still reason for optimism. Spurs have just played Manchester City and must play again on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup before travelling to Molineux for a 7:45 kick off on Saturday. This is a lot of games in a short period and could prove to increase the chances of Wolves players returning some points.

Doherty especially will be looking to return as his marauding runs from wing-back could really stretch a leggy Spurs defence. The Irishman has no doubt been our FPL player of the season so far and surprisingly did not return any points given his stats against Brighton. He recorded his personal best shot tally in the game producing six efforts on goal, one which should have resulted in a penalty, one which should have been scored and the other was superbly saved from Matt Ryan. The way he plays will never change no matter who we play against so why get rid? Doherty will always be a consistent threat and at just 4.9M with games against Cardiff and Huddersfield on the horizon now is not the time to be selling Doherty.

Jiminez (5.7M) is another who like Doherty more was expected of in the last two games. The Mexican forward was subbed before the hour mark against Watford and shortly after sixty minutes against Brighton. The substitution against Watford was not surprising given he had arrived late back from international duty and was clearly suffering from fatigue. The substitution against Brighton however, was more of a surprise. Without Jiminez we lack a focal point upfront and a lack of aerial presence, even if he wasn’t on his top game I feel he should have been kept on. He has been our most involved player for goals this season with five involvements in ten games so is clearly crucial to our chances of scoring. Jiminez created Doherty’s best chance against Brighton which shows he can still be involved whilst not at his best. So, if you have the Mexican in your side I would hold fire for now, as he is still very likely to start games and if we score then it is likely that he will have been involved. We have not had a penalty yet this season but I believe that Jiminez would be our designated taker if on the pitch so there is another reason to keep him around. For 5.7M you must expect blanks from time to time so unless It is a significant upgrade keep hold of Jiminez.