Thursday, 5 September 2013

Last minute transfer window moves & their impact on #FPL

After a few stressful and worrying months of the transfer window being open, we were all glued to our iPads and computers to make sure that we were up to date with the latest transfer rumours going around. With the likes of Rooney and Suarez linked to various clubs, it looked to be a promising transfer window for all teams involved, yet how did your team end up finishing? Did you sign the right players for your squad and also were you able to hold onto the ones that you already cherish?

All in all, with the transfer window now being closed for this year until January, we have been left with many new headaches and decisions to be sorted out regarding our teams; whether we take a transfer hit to purchase the likes of RVP against Crystal Palace in GW4 or instead play the wildcard (and set our teams up for the long run). With the inclusions of magnificent players from overseas such as Mesut Özil and Jesus Navas, we also saw the movement of talented young players who have already proven themselves in the EPL such as Romelu Lukaku, who joined Everton on-loan minutes before the transfer deadline. With many of these striking transfers being completed on deadline day, our FPL options have been further enhanced. We have been thrown some fantastic new players to consider for the upcoming weeks, but will they make an immediate impression on the League like Michu was able to do with Swansea last year?

In my opinion I believe that the most exciting and interesting transfer that was completed late on deadline day was the signing of Mesut Özil to Arsenal for £42.5 million. Being an Arsenal supporter myself, I am excited at this massive coup by Arsene Wenger this year, with lots of creativity and attacking potential being pumped into the fairly young Arsenal squad. Even my partner admin on our twitter account, who is a passionate Manchester United supporter, is filled with joy about the prospect of Özil playing in the Premier League despite being disappointed himself of the poor attempt from David Moyes to show interest in a player of Özil's high calibre. The stats for Özil are simply nothing short of brilliance, creating 91 chances last year for Real Madrid, which was the most out of any player in the La Liga. The player who was second to Özil in creating chances for his team was the one and only Lionel Messi, who we definitely don't need to talk about. Özil is valued at £10.0 in FPL this year which we expect to rise rapidly after GW4, with Özil likely to slot into the first team straight away and be put in the role behind the in-form Olivier Giroud. Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott are also players to consider for your teams, with both of them likely to play out wide now that Özil takes up that central position. Goals will not be a problem for Arsenal this year, it is whether or not they can keep enough clean sheets.


Enough of the Özil chatter, I will continue on and discuss the impressing performance shown by Everton FC on transfer deadline day, proving that they are able to sign some quality players and also keep onto their highest prized asset in Leighton Baines at Left Back. With Everton signing the likes of James McCarthy (£5.5 in FPL), Gareth Barry (£5.3) and also Romelu Lukaku on loan for the season (£7.4), we have some great potential scorers to pick from the Everton team. The most intriguing player will be Lukaku, as he was able to score 17 goals last year with West Brom and return a massive score of 159 points whilst only playing 2,009 minutes out of a possible 3,420 minutes. 

With Lukaku looking very likely to take up the lone-role up front at Everton, he will be provided with plenty of scoring opportunities from the wide positions from players such as Seamus Coleman (£5.4), Leighton Baines (£7.5) and Kevin Mirallas (£7.5) who will give the big Belgian plenty of chances to finish and score. Although Everton were able to sign some solid personnel in the midfield with Gareth Barry and James McCarthy signing late in the window, we advise that you steer clear of these two as they will not provide you with many big scores throughout the season.

Finally, we would like to finish off with the one and only major signing by David Moyes and his Manchester United team in Marouanne Fellaini for £27.5 million. Although Manchester was able to sign 3 players in the window, it proved to be a disappointing transfer period for them with only the acquisition of Fellaini to highlight really. With an unlimited transfer budget being allocated to Moyes by the club, he wasn't able to lure those big names that United were linked with so often during the window. This is of course not to take anything away from the abilities that Fellaini possesses in his game style, proving that he will be enormously important for United at set pieces and corners which is something that United really lack in quality at the moment. 

Fellaini is priced at £8.5 in FPL which is quite reasonable for a midfielder of his class, but the burning question still remains about whether or not Fellaini will be playing in a deeper role or not, considering that United already have Carrick and Cleverely for defensive midfielders. This could push Fellaini higher up the pitch at United and provide even more points in a fantasy perspective, with goals and assists to RVP looking very promising for us managers!

Out of all these players that were desperately signed during the finals stages of the transfer deadline, I will be investing my money in Özil the most, as he looks the most likely to return a big score in his first few games at Arsenal.

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