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- Position: Forward
- Price: £7.0 million
Avoid signing Bryan Ruiz.
Last season, he played 16 games as a right-sided midfielder and for me, it seems more logical to play Bobby Zamora and Clint Dempsey as a forward partnership.
A few years ago, I was burnt badly when I stuck with Afonso Alves. He wasn't scoring goals and I didn't have any money to replace him because I had Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in midfield.
So week in, week out, I watched Alves do nothing for my fantasy team.
Since then, I've gone with three gun forwards.
Ruiz strikes me as a player who'll play good in real life but isn't much use to fantasy managers. It will take him a while to adjust.
I thought Moussa Dembélé would transition easily into the Premier League, but so far, he's been okay. I fear Ruiz may be like Dembélé.
Not world-class, but not horrible enough to get the fans on his back.
If you're a risk-taker, go with Ruiz, but be open to the possibility that he may burn you.
Plus, £7.0 million? Nah. Take a punt with Nicklas Bendtner who is £0.6 million cheaper.