Deadline Day Transfers and Your FPL Team
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Deadline Day Signings for Your FPL Team
Transfer Deadline Day came and went as it always does with Sky Sports ensuring that every piece of drama was milked until it was bone dry. Dramatic music accompanying fax machines aside, there was a fair bit of actual drama this year and some interesting deals completed (or not completed in some cases) in the last couple of days that should cause Fantasy Premier League managers to sit up and take note. The aim of this article is to answer the most common questions that we think will arise from the deadline day dealings.
Will Saido Berahino play for WBA again?
In reality it is most likely that Berahino will play for WBA again this season, but perhaps the bigger question should be whether West Brom would want him to. With Rondon and Lambert they certainly have adequate cover for the petulant youngster and it seemed like Tony Pulis had planned to cope without him. There is no doubt that Berahino is a class act on the field, but his antics off the field have landed him in bother in the past and this latest outburst might be too much to come back from. He is contractually obliged to play for the club and so if they want him to he will play or be in breach of his contract.
If Berahino was in my FPL team then he would be dropped and I would strongly advise you to do the same as we cannot justify a £6.3m striker who is a risk.
Will Joleon Lescott play at Villa?
The Lescott move was on-off throughout the window as WBA wanted to ensure they brought in a defender before releasing the ex-Man City, Everton and Wolves man. His return to the West Midlands has been received positively amongst the Villa fans and he looks set to bring some real experience and stability to the heart of their defence. Lescott played at Stoke away in game week 4 and gained an impressive 8 points (including 2 bonus points and a clean sheet) and at £4.9m could be an attractive proposition. For now though, we sill prefer Micah Richards for £4.6m as he should now be allowed to return to his attacking right back position, but will benefit from the added stability that Lescott will bring. This was a very good buy for Tim Sherwood, but we can reap the rewards for less with Richards.
Virgil Van Dijk – Celtic to Southampton
A big money move on deadline day saw Van dijk move south of the border and the player who was voted Celtic’s player of the season in the 2013/14 campaign looks set to partner Jose Fonte in the central defence – those of you with Yoshida beware! Following a £2.6m move to Celtic in June 2013 from FC Groningen he made 75 starts for the Scottish giants in 2 seasons, scoring 9 goals along the way, interestingly he also scored 4 goals from 7 games in the Scottish Cup!
He will bring some much needed stability to a defence that lost Toby Aldeweireld but at £5.5m he will test the budgets of even the most frivolous FPL managers. If you want a Saints defender then we prefer Cedric at £5m or perhaps look to his predecessor Alderweireld at Spurs for a £5m fee.
Nathan Dyer at Leicester
A loan move for Natahan Dyer was pretty shrewd business by Leicester City and he will add some good depth to their squad. We are not convinced that he will start each game for The Foxes though and a price of £4.8m might just be too good to be true. Remember, he only scored 3 goals and gained 2 assists last season gaining a total of 85 points and we expect his game time to be just as limited at Leicester. Time will tell with this one and if he gets game time he will fit in well to this free flowing Leicester team – but for now it is wait and see.
Will Anthony Martial Start for Manchester United?
At £8m in FPL money, the Frenchman is a lot cheaper than the £32m initial layout Manchester United laid out to prize the teenager away from Monaco but the big question is whether or not he will play. In our opinion there is no way that LVG will not play the youngster given the outlay and they obviously have massive faith in him. However, despite Martial saying that he doesn’t feel the pressure, the Old Trafford powers that be will be keen to keep him wrapped in cotton wool as they will know what a poor start could mean for his career in English football. We expect him to be making substitute appearances initially and perhaps the odd start in carefully chosen fixtures – he is one to watch and one for the future, but to expect him to come in and score 15+ goals is not feasible.
Martial was yet to score this season for Monaco and scored 9 goals in 35 appearance last season (16 apps from the bench). The very fact that Arsene Wenger has raised his eyebrows at the move makes us question how good this bit of business is for Man Utd but again – time will tell.
We will be back on Sunday with another round up of transfers so check back then – for now, sit tight on your transfers and pray for no injuries during the international games.
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