The Expert: My team after Fantasy Upgrade

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There is still time to take advantage of unlimited transfers during the international break and give your Official Fantasy Bundesliga squad a makeover.

This week, our insiders reveal how they used Fantasy Upgrade to overhaul their team from Matchday 1 to the line-up they’re sending out on Matchday 7.

First up, Matt ‘The Expert’ Howarth.

“Mario Gomez of VfL Wolfsburg could be a great asset as one of my forwards…”

It hasn’t quite worked out that way, has it? To be fair to Gomez, I am still convinced he will have a successful season at the Volkswagen Arena. Once he opens his account for the club the goals will start to flow, but his failure to find the target in any of his first six Bundesliga appearances has forced me to eat those words – typed with such confidence at the beginning of the season – and find a swift replacement.

Gomez is not the only player in my original Official Fantasy Bundesliga squad to have been shown the door, as you’re about to find out…

Barring injury, Manuel Neuer will keep his place between the sticks until the end of the season (Fabian Buntic will remain his understudy). It’s been all change in front of the 30-year-old, however: Of the five defenders in my original squad, only Nico Elvedi has survived. Raphael Guerreiro, Mitchell Weiser, Willi Orban and Ashton Götz (I know, but he frees up funds) have all come in, with David Alaba, Marc Bartra, Paul Verhaegh and Fabian Schär going the other way.

Alaba and Bartra departed due to injury, but I had hoped Verhaegh and Schär would prove more of a goal threat this season. Their direct replacements, Weiser and Guerreiro, are not only two of the highest-ranking defenders in the game, they have netted three goals between them already this term. With Borussia Dortmund taking on Hertha Berlin on Matchday 7, though, one of them may have to settle for a place on the bench this weekend!

Three-fifths of my original midfield is no more. Arturo Vidal, Patrick Herrmann and Pablo de Blasis have come and gone, with Franck Ribery, Vincenzo Grifo and Sebastian Rudy coming in in their stead. My hand was forced with Herrmann, who suffered a groin injury in September, but de Blasis was unlucky to be culled after scoring three and assisting a further two in his six appearances for 1. FSV Mainz 05. Football is not always fair, and neither is the Fantasy Bundesliga!

After watching him score in the first round of the DFB Cup and the DFL Supercup, I was hoping Vidal would be start banging in the goals in the Bundesliga at some stage. He has yet to score in the league, however, and given Ribery’s scintillating form it was only a matter of time before I substituted one Bayern player for the other. Grifo and Rudy, meanwhile, are two of the steadiest sources of points in the game. If only they weren’t up against each other on Matchday 7. Decisions, decisions…

If you’re not scoring often enough as a striker, you can’t expect to keep your place in my Fantasy Bundesliga side. That goes just as much for Robert Lewandowski, who hasn’t registered in the league since Matchday 3, as it did for Gomez and Alfred Finnbogason, who were both sold after failing to hit the heights I was expecting them to in the early part of the campaign. Lewy, you’re on borrowed time!

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Müller now partner the Pole in my attack. Neither need much introduction – Aubameyang and Müller finished second and third respectively behind Lewandowski in last season’s top goalscorers’ chart, and although the Germany international has yet to open his Bundesliga account the season, I’m convinced it’s only a matter of time before he does so. I know, you’ve heard that one before…

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