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Paul Robinson has said that the team leaks that are happening through the Fantasy Premier League game have taken things to “another level”.
He said that it was very clever and that teams might have to start monitoring rivals’ fantasy teams ahead of matches.
News of the Jack Grealish injury leaked after multiple Villa players and their physio transferred him out of their sides.
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said that reprimands would be coming.
⚠️🔻 [AVL] Multiple insiders transferred OUT Grealish!
— FPL Insider (@insider_fpl) February 19, 2021
Liam Cooper was name-checked in an article on The Athletic about the controversy after he transferred out Gjanni Alioksi ahead of the game against Wolves.
The left-sided player was dropped by Bielsa.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “It’s just another way of social media influencing things and people having access to and being clever with information.
“The abuse that’s so rife on Twitter is obviously awful but if people are using it for team news then it’s just very clever when you think about it.
“If you know the physio from Leeds or any of the first-team players have got FPL teams and you look at what they’re doing, you’re going to get the info.
“There’s a lot of due diligence done on teams ahead of games and we know how much stock Marcelo Bielsa puts in preparation.
“Maybe they need to start studying other people’s FPL sides as well. It’s taking it to another level completely.”
We can see the mind games starting now, with players and physios throwing some disinformation out, taking out players who are actually fit to play.
From what Dean Smith was saying, we think that the Villa players might well be banned from FPL entirely, or at least from having any of their teammates in their side.
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