31 August 2017 was no different for English football as we faced the so- called nail-biting “Deadline Day” of the summer transfer window. With big rumours of Sanchez moving to City, Arsenal fans had a good night sleep with their Chilean staying back at the Emirates. The International break being still on, a lot of you Fantasy managers have activated your wildcards and are looking for newer options to get in. In this piece, we look at three big deadline day transfers and what they could add to your FPL sides.
by Nekzad Bajan
Wilfried Bony, Manchester City to Swansea
The Ivorian signed for the Swans after failing to convince at Manchester City and spending last season on loan to Stoke City.
However, Bony delivered 25 goals and seven assists in 54 league appearances for Swansea previously. This serves a reminder of his abilities if handed regular game time.
Last season’s two main men for the Swans- Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente made their moves elsewhere. As a result, the upcoming schedule could see a new hero emerge. Paul Clement has started this season with a two-man frontline with both of his front men, Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew getting a goal each. As a result, considering the Ivorian’s lack of match sharpness he would probably be on the bench for now.
Bony has a bargain pricetag of £6m but it’s the £5.5m priced Abraham who piques our interest for now ahead of eight excellent home matches between now and Gameweek 19. However, with Bony’s ability to do layoffs and shooting from distance, he can prove to be a good third striker option in the later gameweeks, provided he gets those minutes on the pitch.
Fernando Llorente, Swansea City to Tottenham Hotspur
Fernando Llorente was a nailed-on starter when fit at Swansea City. The Spaniard’s deadline day move to north London seems set to deprive us of a very viable mid-price forward in Fantasy Premier League. Llorente thrived in his debut season for the Swans, netting 15 times and had a shot accuracy of 60% creating 24 chances. He was the top value FPL forward in terms of points per million in the 2016-17 season.
But with Mauricio Pochettino playing the lone striker system with his Spurs side, Llorente priced at £7.4m in FPL will either play as a Plan B off the bench or a fresh pair of legs late on to give team-mate Harry Kane a breather. Standing six feet four, Llorente is a great header of the ball and can win most aerial duels. With close-range finishing being one of his strengths, the Spaniard may get a few starts in the later part of the season when Kane would be used for the Champions League and could possibly make his way into a few Fantasy squads.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal to Liverpool
Just as he finally started regularly for Arsenal, he has departed Liverpool to feature under Klopp. The England international’s versatility gives the Reds’ manager options in midfield as well as on the flanks. As a result of this, the likelihood of rotation increases should Liverpool progress through the Champions League.
With Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah securing pole positions in Liverpool’s 4-3-3 formation, Chamberlain may be able to get a spot in the centre of the park. Considering that Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana managed to get 149 and 139 FPL points respectively from these positions last season, Chamberlain priced at £6m in FPL is definitely worth monitoring.
The England international has pace and skills and can hold on to the ball really well. With a powerful attack ahead of him, he can possibly grab some assists with his key passes. The front three of Liverpool are difficult to ignore in FPL but if rotation comes into perspective later on in the season, Chamberlain is certainly worth a punt. With the deadline day having a few more big signings including the likes of Serge Aurier and Renato Sanches, Fantasy managers should probably wait a week or two to monitor the newcomers before getting them in their squads.