Friday, 8 February 2019

FPL: Five deadline day signings assessed

Manchester City took advantage of their double game week to go top of the Premier League on Wednesday. Their win over Everton brought the curtain down on an extended gameweek 25. Already, it is time for fantasy football managers to turn their attention to another round of games.

At least game week 26 is just a single set of games. The only extra point to consider is that next game week Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and Brighton will all not have a fixture. Any move for players from those teams should be considered a one week wonder! It will start to get very complicated around week 31, but we'll worry about that when the picture becomes clearer following the FA Cup 5th round.

This week we're looking at five players who moved on deadline day. Some of them may offer a cheap route into your FPL team whilst also acting as a differential due to low ownership.

1) Miguel Almiron (Newcastle, Midfield, £6.0m)

Newcastle's record signing slots into the FPL game as a £6m midfield option. Almiron arrives with a glowing reputation having been selected in the MLS All Star team for both 2017 and 2018. A creative type, Almiron typically plays as a number 10 but can also operate as a winger. It seems likely in Newcastle's current 5-2-3 formation that Almiron would operate as one of the two attacking midfielders behind Salomon Rondon. Newcastle are the second lowest scorers in the league - though you could argue that is what Almiron has been bought to alleviate.

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