Sam is an old hand at Fantasy Football, a champion of many mini-leagues. This year he takes on a new challenge in the form of the European Super League on Goal Fantasy Football.
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First of all thanks for taking time out of your schedule to talk about your Fantasy Team, I know there are some big transfer stories to cover so I really appreciate it. Let's talk about your team, you have made some bold choices.
Kurt Zouma from Chelsea is an interesting choice, Terry and Cahill appear to be Mourinho's preferred defensive partnership and there has been talk of signing John Stones from Everton. Do you think Zouma will get enough games?
Having already been used frequently last season in his breakthrough campaign - most notably as a starter in midfield for Chelsea's League Cup final win over Spurs - I think this could be a big season for Zouma. With doubts over Gary Cahill, John Terry a little older in the legs, and a proposed deal for John Stones no nearer reaching a conclusion I think the 20-year-old will get plenty of minutes this season.
Zouma’s Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard is less of a surprise, many people are picking him for their Fantasy team. He was player of the year last season in England, what do you expect from him this season?
I expect big things from Hazard this campaign. Most of what Chelsea did well last season went through Hazard, especially after Cesc Fabregas's early season form fell away a touch after Christmas, and he will be the Blues' fulcrum for their title push again.
You have chosen Manchester United’s new-boys in midfield, Schneiderlin and Depay. How will they improve United?
I regard Morgan Schneiderlin as one of the leading midfielders in the Premier League. His all-round game is phenomenal and, alongside either Bastian Schweinsteiger or Michael Carrick, could be given a little more freedom to get up the pitch. If so, I expect goals and assists.
Memphis Depay was a leading light in the Eredivisie for some time, he arrives at Old Trafford under a manager he knows, into a system that should suit him, and with an eye for goal, an assist and a wicked free kick. I think he could rejuvenate United's attacking line beautifully this campaign.
Finally lets talk about the attack, you have selected a formidable forward line-up, Ronaldo and Messi will guarantee points but why did you pick Bale ahead of Neymar or Suarez.
It doesn't get better then Ronaldo, Messi, Bale does it? The best two players in the world alongside a player in Gareth Bale who I rate higher than any other in terms of potential in behind them. Rafa Benitez will surely get more out of Bale this campaign than Ancelotti did last and, if he does, we'll see him recapture his debut-season form for Real - that, alongside the Ronaldo-Messi fulcrum, means points-aplenty.
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