As fantasy football grips the nation once more, one of the Premier League’s most popular names has joined the furore. David Ginola - the ex-Everton, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle man - has spoken about his love for the game (the fantasy version that is).
The 47-year-old said: "It’s all about arranging a team around the money you’ve got and making sure it’s going to be a very complimentary team which works very well together and link together well as players.”
The most popular players for this year’s fantasy football are Wayne Rooney, Diego Costa, Dejan Lovren, Daniel Sturridge and Aaron Ramsey.
David Ginola has picked not one of those names. But who has the flamboyant Frenchman picked? Here is his 11:
Hugo Lloris; Seamus Coleman, Jon Flanagan, Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta; Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Erik Lamela, Yaya Toure; Emmanuel Adebayor, Bafetimbi Gomis.
Not a very conventional starting lineup to say the least, but who really knows what is the best team?
“I picked players like Sterling because I thought he was the young player of the year last season. Yaya Toure is obvious," he added.
"Ross Barkley is a very interesting player, he has to confirm this season how good a player he is. Lamela, I thought he had a very good pre-season, last year he was a bit of a disappointment for him at Spurs so he needs to improve on that.”
It’s easy to see the French connection going on Ginola’s team. He also had something interesting to say on his use of substitutes.
He said: "On the bench I had to pick the guy who cuts the oranges for the players at half time.”
“I know him well from Lyon,” he said on Gomis, Swansea City’s new signing. "I am just waiting for him to do well in England. Adebayor because Spurs need a striker to score goals.
"Lloris because I like Hugo, Zabaleta because he had a great season with Demichelis at the back and Flanagan and Coleman as well.”
Before you start slobbering over you keyboard over these suggestions, Ginola has asked people to go easy on him.
"This is my first fantasy team ever,” pleaded the Frenchman. “So I hope i’m not going to have 0 points.
“Hopefully i’ll be top!”
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