Every week here on Fanfeud, we will look at some of the players who featured among the best performers on Fanfeud.co.uk cash games over the past few weeks but may have been overlooked by the majority of managers on Fanfeud or season-long FPL. Is he a player who you should rely on in future to win the cash? Or if you do, would you be better throwing your £3 stake in the trash?
Is he cash or is he trash? This week Aaron Doherty looks at Watford midfielder, Etienne Capoue.
Etienne Capoue has started the season on fire for new Italian coach Walter Mazzarri, with two goals in the first two games. The French international is a powerful midfielder that covers every blade of grass and has fit right in at Vicarage Road since his arrival last summer. The Hornets paid just £6.3 million to acquire him from his awful spell at Tottenham Hotspur.
During his time at White Hart Lane, Capoue played just 24 games with 19 of them in the starting line-up. He also made just 7 appearances in 2 of Tottenham’s Europa League campaigns during his 2 year stay. The midfielder notched just 1 goal and provided 2 assists during this time with that solitary strike coming way back in 2014 when Man City demolished his side at home 5-1.
Andre Villas Boas was the man who signed him but that relationship didn’t last long as the Portuguese coach was sacked in December 2013 having giving the Frenchman just 6 games. He was replaced by Tim Sherwood who also gave Capoue just 6 games. That season went from bad to worse as he would eventually miss the last 2 months of the season through injury. The Englishman would also be shown the door at the end of the season and be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino who immediately give Capoue a chance to revive his Tottenham career.
The Argentine coach used Etienne as his defensive midfielder and he played in the first 11 games of the 2014/15 season, playing 90 minutes on 6 occasions. It was the Stoke defeat in November 2014 that would spell the end for his career with the London club. He made just one more appearance since that defeat, against Crystal Palace in January 2015.
He played over 100 times for Toulouse in the French Ligue 1, scoring 15 goals and providing 7 assists and came with a good reputation but it didn’t work out at Spurs as he would have liked and Watford paved a way for him to resurrect his career.
Last season he excelled on the pitch for then coach Quiche Sanchez Flores, who surprised everyone with a semi-final run in the FA Cup. The seven-times capped midfielder made 33 league appearances as he bossed the midfield with his energy and hard tackle ability. He picked up just 7 yellow cards last term, which for defensive midfielders is quite impressive. He was averaging 2.9 tackles per game while fouling just 1.6 times per game.
This season he’s already scored 2 goals against Southampton and then Chelsea. He got injured late on against Chelsea but is expected to be fit for this weekend game against Arsenal, and he will be needed. He’s already averaged 3.5 tackles per game while also making 3.5 interceptions so far this season.
He’s averaged 1.5 shots in his 2 games but despite his good start to the season, I can’t believe that this run will continue. Capoue’s goals will dry up and whilst he does possess impressive creative stats for a defensive midfielder, other options are likely to overtake his fantasy output once the goals stop going in. For that reason, for me the Frenchman is TRASH and a bandwagon to be avoided.
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