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FPL Gameweek 4 Manager of the Week

The Scout 13 Sep 2016
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Romelu Lukaku fires Patrick Kennedy to Gameweek 4 glory with huge 131-point return

Monday night’s Stadium of Light encounter proved to be a Fantasy Premier League game-changer. 

Romelu Lukaku’s (£9.1million) 11-minute hat-trick turned mini-leagues upside down and eventually decided the prize for manager of the week. 

Patrick Kennedy was one of the 2% who went into Monday’s match with the armband on the Everton striker. 

With Ashley Williams (£5.0m) also part of his three-man defence, he was reliant on the Toffees earning a result – and they duly obliged. 

The 40 points gathered via Everton’s 3-0 win proved decisive as Patrick’s XI stormed to a 131-point tally. 

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Patrick Kennedy was one of the 2% ownership who captained Lukaku, earning 34 points via the striker

That achievement was all the more remarkable given that, back in Gameweek 3, his line-up had slumped to 22 points

Despite that difficult weekend, Patrick resisted deploying the Wildcard and turned instead to two transfers to reverse his fortunes. 

The decision to bring in Lukaku on Saturday morning was the start of the transformation. 

Patrick swooped for the Belgian at 8.58am BST in a swap with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (£13.0m).

With Southampton’s Shane Long (£6.3m) also making way for Chelsea’s Diego Costa (£9.9m), Patrick sacrificed four points in pursuit of a big Gameweek 4 score.  

That move was vindicated as both Lukaku and Costa combined for 46 points. 

But it was Patrick’s midfield that laid the foundations for success. 

All four contributed double figures, demonstrating some admirable foresight.

Firstly, Patrick showed patience in keeping Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino (£8.4m).

The Brazilian had tallied only 12 points ahead of Saturday’s deadline, but Patrick avoided the lure of Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho (£8.2m) and kept faith.

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Firmino scored two goals against Leicester, earning him 15 points

That was repaid with Firmino’s 15-point haul in Liverpool’s convincing win over Leicester City at Anfield. 

Patrick’s decision to double on Jurgen Klopp’s attacking midfield three with the acquisition of Sadio Mane (£8.9m) also paid dividends. 

He also avoided being one of the 269,366 Etienne Capoue (£4.8m) owners who benched the Frenchman for Watford’s victory at West Ham United

But a previous swoop for Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (£10.5m) was perhaps Patrick’s key decision.

The Manchester City man arrived as one of four transfers and an eight-point spend in Gameweek 3. 

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Patrick's decision to bring in Kevin De Bruyne as one of four transfers last time out paid off spectacularly in Gameweek 4

That looked folly when Patrick’s trades fell flat, leading to a 22-point total that saw him rank 3,269,405th for the Gameweek. 

Riding out that disappointment, De Bruyne was to play a key role after the international break. 

His 13-point return in City’s derby triumph at Old Trafford completed a powerhouse performance from Patrick’s middle men. 

Tottenham Hotspur’s clean sheet at Stoke City saw Hugo Lloris (£5.4m) and Kyle Walker (£5.7m) boost Patrick’s tally further; Lloris’ return from injury was timely given that he was previously unable to field an active goalkeeper. 

Patrick turned his season on its head by showing patience and making key Saturday morning transfers, earning him a richly deserved manager of the week title. 

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