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FPL Gameweek 6 Manager of the Week

The Scout 27 Sep 2016
Joe Allen, Stoke City

A hands-off approach, a triple captaincy and faith in a Potters playmaker earns Jamie O’Neill the FPL accolade

Having made six transfers over his previous two Gameweeks, Jamie O'Neill decided on a change in policy.

He resisted making further tweaks, remaining loyal to his "John Bonjella" line-up, content that the chosen XI could bring about a transformation in his season.

Ranked outside of the top two million ahead of Gameweek 6 it was a leap of faith that was to pay off rather dramatically.

A member of the Liverpool fan League, Jamie demonstrated unshakable faith in Jurgen Klopp's charges, recruiting Philippe Coutinho (£8.2m) in Gameweek 4 to sit alongside Adam Lallana (£7.2m) and Sadio Mane (£9.0m) in his midfield.

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That trio combined to deliver 36 points, an impressive total but one that was surpassed by a single player in his team.

Sergio Aguero's (£13.0m) brace of goals and three bonus points earned against Swansea City were boosted by Jamie's triple-captain chip to return 39 points.

Elsewhere, Arsenal's Hector Bellerin (£6.5m) belatedly repaid the faith shown by his 24.6% ownership by returning a second clean sheet of the campaign, together with an assist against Chelsea.

Perseverance was the key factor behind Jamie benefiting from the Arsenal full-back's points, but Joe Allen's (£4.8m) 11-point haul called for pure inspiration.

Found in only 1.2% of squads ahead of the weekend, the Stoke City midfielder became an unlikely hero for both Mark Hughes and his FPL owners - Jamie included.

The eventual Gameweek 6 tally of 115 points boosted Jamie's rank by almost two million places - he's now sitting 148,321 overall.

Had he not decided to trade out Jermain Defoe (£7.2m) for Alvaro Negredo (£6.6m) in Gameweek 5, the current picture would have been ever rosier.

The Black Cats striker returned 13 points at the weekend to Negredo's single point against Tottenham Hotspur.

Another reminder that sometimes resisting transfers and opting for a settled line-up can reap big rewards.

Jamie's Gameweek 6 triumph is a testament to stability.

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