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Diary of a Fantasy Gaffer: Robbie Brady is not just Ireland's loss -- he's ours too

Have you picked your fantasy football team yet? Here’s how we’re getting on.

Brady: brought in 22 points for us last week.
Brady: brought in 22 points for us last week.
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I DON’T LIKE cats. Never have, never will.

I don’t even like cat GIFs.

It’s a pretty rational dislike for a dog but on this occasion, I fear it may have cost me some valuable fantasy football points. I’ll get back to that though…

Last week was a good week — and it’s not often you can say that when Robin van Persie isn’t scoring. Thankfully the decision to hand set-piece wizard Robbie Brady the captain’s armband more than made up for it.

He chipped in for a whopping 22 points and with Yaya and Ramsey pulling their weight too, it was 69 points for a team that didn’t actually perform that well.

As the man whose team is 221,181 places higher than TheScore Machine — overall leader Mark Burke from Sligo — reminded us when we spoke yesterday, getting your captain right is half the battle.

Unfortunately a whim of the hernia gods means that we will have to do without Brady for most of the next month, so reluctantly he’s been shipped out. For now. You’ll be back Robbie, we promise.

If you hadn’t already noticed, our squad budget is pretty tight as things are. We could do with abolishing a Seanad or two to bulk up the investment fund. After selling Brady for £5.3m, the list of affordable replacements was a short one.

And that was when the mistake hit me.

Remember Dick Whittington? Poor little English lad who used to wander the streets with his famous cat until eventually he became Mayor of London?

Yeah well, he’s not the same guy as Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham. Completely different fellas. For all we know, Whittingham doesn’t even have a cat.

Easy mistake to make, right? Whatever.

Mistaken cat grudge aside, this Whittingham lad has been one of the bargain midfielders of the season: a goal, two assists and a couple of bonus points all for the low low price of £5 million. Can’t say much fairer than that.

It’s not a long-term fix but we’ve had a good few weeks and at this stage it’s all about the Status Quo.

Bet you they didn’t like cats either.


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