Team of the Month – September Review

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The scores are in, and September’s Team of the Month is a hypothetical XI we’d love to see in action.

But the returns on these players are not hypothetical, with Team of the Month – and its cash rewards – now into its third month.

Let’s explore who had a stunning September, and who might have an outstanding October…

Whilst there might have been some usual suspects in the line-up, there were also some more surprising names.

To paraphrase a famous British tabloid about another Frenchman…Romain who?

Even some followers of Ligue 1 would not have known too much about Brest’s 23-year-old left-back Romain Perraud, given he only made 10 appearances last season in France’s top flight.

But he has exploded into life this term, and it shows it doesn’t matter who you are – anyone can make it into the Team of the Month roster provided they perform strongly.

The rankings, naturally, value goals and assists, something that Perraud had in abundance in September – scoring twice and assisting twice in just three eligible fixtures.

Whilst it had something to do with other leagues being later to click into gear, Ligue 1 provided two further unexpected inclusions too in Teji Savanier and Gael Kakuta.

Savanier walked off with the much-coveted top midfielder prize of £0.10 per share, and it was richly deserved after a fantastic month in which he scored three goals, with one assist.

As such you’d have been sitting pretty if you held the French marksman in your portfolios, and not just from a Dividend perspective.

His performances clearly made other Traders want a piece of him, with his price rising from £1.54 at the end of August to his current value of £2.13, a jump of 33%.

It’s a similar story for Gael Kakuta, who was the third-most lucrative midfielder of the month.

His career – one of immense early promise – has been itinerant and inconsistent, but the ex-Chelsea wonderkid is threatening to have a prolific campaign on loan at his boyhood club, Lens.

The last of the September surprises is the presence of two Everton players in the XI.

Many thought the Toffees would be stronger in Carlo Ancelotti’s first full season in charge, but perhaps not this good.

James Rodriguez – the fourth-top midfielder in our monthly XI – came to England because of the Italian, and he has been a revelation in a front three alongside Richarlison, who picked up the second-top forward dividend for the month.

We come now to some of the more typical names from European superclubs that have been used to dominating their leagues, such as Sergio Ramos, Keylor Navas, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Ramos and Navas in particular – despite being 34 and 33 respectively – play for sides that are habitually dominant and concede few goals, meaning that they are likely to often register team win (+18) and clean sheet (+25) points.

The same is true for another Navas – Jesus – for whom the above dynamics are true, but who has the added advantage of essentially playing like a midfielder from his full-back position.

Looking at the XI as a whole, it’s notable to see how those players in the XI have seen capital appreciation too.

Considering the prices, age and form shown this season of all of them, Robertson and Rodriguez look the best value for money in the coming months.

And their battle during the Merseyside derby on October 17 should be one to watch…

Notable % Growth During September

PlayerTeamShare Price % Growth During September
Sergio RamosReal Madrid£1.5822%
Andrew RobertsonLiverpool£2.0236%
Romain PerraudBrest£0.9459%
Teji SavanierMontpellier£2.1228%
Gael KakutaLens£0.6049%
James RodriguezEverton£2.3222%

So if that’s September, what about October?

One game week has already passed, and the current Team of the Month looks as follows:

With the international break upon us, that gives time to reflect on the fixtures that remain towards the back end of the month.

Aside from the XI above, here are three players who we think could sneak into the roster:

Harry Kane

Kane has eight goals and seven assists in just eight outings so far this term in all competitions. Remarkable figures that he should add to this month.

The Spurs lynchpin has five games to get his teeth into – in just 14 days – but he won’t mind that given the form that he and his side are in (13 goals in their last two matches alone). Of those encounters, three are presentable Premier League fixtures against West Ham, Burnley and Brighton, with two coming in the Europa League against LASK and Antwerp, fixtures which should also give the prolific frontman plenty of sights of goal. 

Marco Verratti

The Italian schemer was largely absent from PSG’s run to the UEFA Champions League final with injury, but he is back making Thomas Tuchel’s midfield tick again. He’s also just outside the top four places in the current ToTM rankings, and with five eligible games to come in October, expect him to continue racking up those points.

Marcel Halstenburg

After their impressive 2019/20 campaign, RB Leipzig top the Bundesliga already, and Halstenburg registered a goal, an assist and a clean sheet in his side’s 4-0 win over Schalke on October 3 to put him high up the defender rankings for ToTM. Five more matches lie ahead for Julian Nagelsmann’s men this month.

*Share Prices, rises and falls are accurate at the time of writing.


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Rob is a football writer who has featured on MARCA, Crystal Palace and Mundial.

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