It’s definitely been one busy summer for transfers with various new players joining the Fantasy Premier League. As with any new addition, there’s always the potential for the FPL people to either get their pricing bang on or to completely miss the mark. With this in mind, we’re going to take a closer look at the 3 most expensive additions to the FPL this summer…
1. Mesut Ozil (£10.0m)
The undoubted star of transfer deadline day was the former Real Madrid maestro, Mesut Ozil. There was plenty of gossip surrounding this transfer throughout the day and it was finally confirmed in the final hours. This led to widespread shock with several important players and managers stating their reactions to the move.
It’s clear that Arsenal have got their hands on a world class player and this transfer has given their season a significant boost. With more assists than anyone else in the European leagues over the last 5 seasons, Giroud and Walcott could be on the receiving end of some delightful through balls.
FFA Guide – Coming in at £10m, he is a little on the pricey side and fantasy managers may want to turn their attentions to the beneficiaries of his talent. Both Giroud (£8.8m) and Walcott (£9.5m) are cheaper alternatives and are likely to have more chances to find the back of the net with Ozil feeding them. Although, if you are looking for a differential, Ozil could be the man for you.
2. Erik Lamela (£9.0m)
To help fill the gaping void left by Bale’s world-record breaking move to Real Madrid, Spurs have brought in one of the most talented young prospects from Serie A in Erik Lamela. At only 21 years of age, he has bags of potential and recently had his most productive season Roma, scoring 15 goals from midfield. With the bonus points system favouring goalscoring midfielders, this could benefit the young Argentinian.
Operating on the right, Lamela enjoys cutting in and unleashing shots, whilst troubling the opposition’s defence with his dribbling skills. Lamela was expected to stay at Roma to become a legend, where Totti claimed he would take up his mantle but things have transpired and Spurs now have this young star on their books.
FFA Guide – Spurs have some excellent fixtures coming up, starting with a home match against Norwich. However, navigating the Spurs attacking coverage has been tricky this season, with them struggling for goals. Soldado (£9.7m) has emerged as the number 1 choice for fantasy managers, with spot-kick duties helping the former record transfer to a kind start to the season. For those looking for an alternative, Lamela could prove to be a cheaper differential, although it remains to be seen how he’ll settle in the Premier League.
3. Willian (£8.5m)
Willian was another Spurs target who was snatched at the last minute by Chelsea, when they found out that he was available and heading to North London for a medical. This left AVB fuming at Chelsea’s actions and this is sure to spice things up when the two sides meet later in the season. Willian would have been a ready-made replacement for Bale as he enjoys to work down the left side of midfield, but he will now find himself fighting it out amongst the numerous Chelsea stars including current favourite Hazard.
FFA Guide – With so many attacking midfield options, we’ll have to wait and see how Mourinho chooses to utilise them. Champions League football returns in the week following Gameweek 4 and we should expect plenty of rest and rotation. With this in mind, there are much safer midfield options to pick for our fantasy sides than Willian. We’d only suggest bringing him in if he proves himself through performances to be a player that Mourinho simply can’t drop. However, for the time being he’s just another attacking option for the Chelsea manager to pick from.
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