FPL Transfers – Part Two
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Fantasy Premier League Transfers – Part 2
So, yesterday we looked at the new Chelsea and Man Utd players but we stopped short of talking about Depay. We are almost so excited about the arrival of Depay to the Premier League that we had to save him for part 2. In fact… we could have written an entire article just on him but in the interests of fairness we will also be discussing Liverpool new boys Danny Ings, Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne as well as some of their other exciting players.
Before we do start, if you have not yet listened to our Fantasy Premier League Podcast then make sure you have a listen.
Memphis Depay – Man Utd - £8.5m
At the age of just 21, Memphis Depay has already proved himself to be a top player in the Eredivisie whilst at PSV last season, scoring 22 goals in just 30 games. Add to that his 5 assists and it is easy to see why he had an average rating of 7.92/10 per game. When you consider the fee that Man City have just paid for Raheem Sterling then it looks like Man Utd have had a bargain here.
The first thing to point out is that Depay is a set piece specialist and was one of the most prolific takers of direct free kicks in the whole of Europe last season so expect him to be challenging Wayne Rooney and co for the taking of free kicks. His goal scoring record really is phenomenal and although the Eredivisie is not the Premier League, it is still a decent standard.
Of course it could take Depay time to settle in at United and they certainly don’t need to rush the left sided winger given the attacking talent that they have at their disposal but we have a feeling that Depay will have an instant impact. At £8.5m he is the same price as the likes of Yaya Toure, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Raheem Sterling so it will take a certain leap of faith to go with him. However, we will track him in pre-season and probably have him lined up for gameweek 2 when Man Utd travel to Villa Park.
The Liverpool Transfers…
Liverpool have seen their prized asset move away from Anfield with Sterling going to the ‘more ambitious’ Manchester City (his words not ours) but they have invested some money in new purchases already and with Milner, Clyne, Firmino and Danny Ings they have at least improved their squad options. But the big question is – do you want any of these Liverpool players in your Fantasy Premier League team?
James Milner - £7m
Milner was one of Pellegrini’s go to guys last season when the big matches came up so there is no doubting he will be a good purchase for Liverpool. In fact, City wanted to keep him but the lure of guaranteed first team action was enough to sway Milner to sign for the reds. He is also going to move to the central mifield role and this could be crucial for an improved return on points (last season he gained 107 FPL points). At this stage, we prefer Henderson to Milner but he remains a decent option for the price tag and will bring some grit to a Liverpool team that desperately need it.
Nathaniel Clyne - £5.5m
Now here is a player who performed very well last term and we expect the same again. A right back who likes to really push forward will have the opportunity for plenty of assists, however we still have concerns over Liverpool’s defensive fragility and clean sheets may be few and far between – especially given the tricky away games that Liverpool have in the opening games.
Clyne will most likely make our team based on his form last season, but Liverpool were a lot leakier than The Saints last season, so we will be hoping he brings a big plug to stick in the Liverpool goal.
Firmino - £8.5m
Signed from Hoffenheim, the 23 year old Brazilian was an assist machine in the Bundesliga last season with 10 in 33 appearances and chipping in with 7 goals. We don’t think that the price tag of £8.5m is fully justified but we will be keeping a very close eye on him in pre-season and at the start of the EPL season. For now – he is one to watch. A cheap alternative could be Jordan Ibe, who at just £5m could be a really good one to put in your team as a cheap fourth or fifth midfielder. With Sterling moving on he could gain more game time and this looked like something he was being prepped for at the end of last season.
Danny Ings - £7.5m
Ings was the sixth best striker in the Fantasy Premier League last season and that was at Burnley who were relegated. The move to Liverpool looks like it could really suit him and we expect a good return from him in 2015/16. He is a top player who really proved his worth last season.
With Sturridge out for the beginning of the season and Balloteli still out in the cold the responsibility of goals could fall mainly down to Danny Ings. Of course, we might see Benteke move to Anfield and this would slightly change our tune but for now Danny Ings is a very good option at a very good price considering what he did last season at a club that performed poorly overall.
Before we wrap up the article, another outside top FPL pick would be Origi. He has already scored in pre-season after coming off the bench and he has kept Christian Benteke out of the Belgium side at times last season. He is one to keep an eye on and if he gets game time he could be a very cheap asset at just £6m. Watch this space.
Now you have checked out the tips, check out the fantasy football pre-season podcast for even more tips (with the odd bit of banter/drivel).
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