Steve Clift's GW4 League Review

Steve Clift is back with his outstanding Gaffer Tapes League Review. This week, there's tables. TABLES!!! Enjoy your namechecks...


The Gaffer Tapes mini-league GW4 round-up


There are two elements of FPL which always seem beyond my grasp: Team Value and Captaincy Success. With a current cumulative balance of £99.9m, and Wayne Rooney the only player to deliver any attacking returns whilst wearing my armband, I had hoped the reason for my team languishing well behind the early pacesetters would be easily defined.

But the below table indicates that my early season troubles cannot be excused by these two factors alone. And neither can I take solace from the fact that I have all Chips still in hand.

Of the current top twenty managers in The Gaffer Tapes mini-league, three teams are worth less than my sorry bunch of failures, and only four have a combined value greater than £101million. Whereas manipulating the weekly transfer windows can give you the buying power to sign the most expensive players, weeks in which Graziano Pelle, Callum Wilson and Bafetimbi Gomis outperform the established names make this tactic less significant.

In third place at present, Geir Mjelde has not had a single successful experience this season when awarding the captain’s armband to one of his players. In fact, five of the current top six boast a success rate of less than 50%. Cameron Hunt may lead the table with a comparatively impressive 75%, but it is Marcus T Lowery from whom we all need to take advice.

Finally, the one skill I had been hanging my hat on – the ability to withhold using any of my Chips – is one that is also shared by the elite players in The Gaffer Tapes table. Saidi Lugogo may find it hard to maintain his great start with just one Chip remaining until January, but four of the top six can be truly admired as their fine form has not been assisted in any way by the game’s new features.

It is still far too soon to predict which of the above names will be in contention come GW38, but Michael Cabrera is a name I am fully expecting to consistently feature in the top twenty this year.

Steve Clift (@CliftySport)