FPL Transfers Part One
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FPL New Players: The summer transfers so far… (Part 1)
There has been a flurry of activity at some of the top clubs in the Premier League already this summer with Manchester United, Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool already making some significant signings and it looks like it won’t stop there. There is talk of Man Utd taking their summer spending spree to over £300m and they have already solidified the spine of their team which should make them much more competitive in the race for the title next season – but what do these transfers mean for Fantasy Premier League? We assess the new boys and ask whether you should be considering them for your team.
Chelsea New Signings:
Chelsea have been quiet by their standards, although there is still time for them to make further moves. The signing of Begovic is not something to concern yourself with as he is merely the back up for Courtois, but the signing of Radamel Falcao could be something different altogether.
Radamel Falcao - £7.5m
Despite having a dreadful season in 2014/15, Falcao still managed to amass 76 FPL points which although is poor by his standards, it still put him in the top 25 strikers in the league. We certainly don’t expect Falcao to play every game, however if there are doubts over Costa’s fitness (which quite often there were last season) then he could be used – it may also be that Mourinho will adopt a more attacking approach to games at home like he did early last season. Seeing Falcao and Costa up front together could be a frightening prospect for some teams and a delightful one for FPL managers with Falcao in their teams. Ultimately, it is a risk to put Falcao in - but at the price it could be one worth taking. The alternatives at this price are Welbeck, Ings, Lukaku (0.5m more).
Man Utd New Signings:
United have been the team flexing their muscles the most in the transfer market and let’s not forget they added a good number of players last season too. With Robin Van Persie now departed it exposes their attacking options so we could see further investment in that department (with Lewandowski and Cavani linked) but they also still need more strength in central defence. Having said this, they have massively added to the core of the team with the addition of Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger and this could bring with it some defensive strength automatically.
Schneiderlin - £5.5m
The Frenchman had a terrific season with Southampton last term, but that didn’t really transpire into FPL points as he is a solid defensive player. We expect much the same this season so although he is cheap we would not really recommend putting him in your FPL team. We expect him to play and help bring more clean sheet potential to Man United but invest this in a defender as opposed to Schneiderlin. The alternatives who are similar would be Matic, Fernandinho and Coquelin – none of which you should put in your team.
Schweinsteiger - £7m
When Schweinsteiger initially signed for United we were skeptical about picking him in an FPL team as he can play the deep lying midfield role very well. However, with Schneiderlin coming in too it could be a different role for Schweinsteiger this season. He started his career as a winger and was very effective in the role. He has also played as a more attacking midfielder and certainly has an aye for goal. £7m probably just pushes our faith a little too far though, as we cannot be certain of the formation LVG will play and we certainly cannot be sure of the way he will deploy Schweinsteiger. Again, we are afraid that for now he is one to avoid.
Darmian - £5.5m
A player brought over from Italy, Darmian is a player that United were crying out for last season having played Antonio Valencia out of his preferred position in the right back spot all season long. Darmian is a raiding full back and will score goals as well as assist them next season. He is one to get in early and stick with as we expect his price to rise with his appearances.
Darmian will be able to play in either a back four or as a wing back if LVG goes back to his beloved three at the back… this where the addition of Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin (SAS) could really pay dividends as if the SAS pairing are deployed as defensive midfielders this will give the full backs licence to really make an impact going forwards.
Pick one Man Utd defender is our advice and if you had to press us for one pick – then Darmian would be it!
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We will be back tomorrow with part 2 of our transfer round up where webe looking at Depay and the Liverpool new boys… Also - our first pre-season podcast is out tomorrow so don’t miss it!