Is Di Maria The Fantasy Real Deal?

Is Di Maria The Fantasy Real Deal?


With Falcao (11.0m) stealing all of the attention thanks to his surprise Deadline Day transfer to United, Di Maria seems like old news. So it was only right that he served a timely reminder by destroying the World Cup champions in Argentina’s friendy with Germany.

In the 4-2 victory, Di Maria was on fire, creating the first 3 for Argentina before dinking the ball over the keeper to get his own name on the scoresheet. It was a majestic performance that gave us a glimpse of what could be to come this FPL season…

Twice The Price of Sanchez

In pre-season, all the talk was of how essential Sanchez could be following his star performance at the World Cup and the Fantasy Premier League gods laid down the high price of 10.5m, considering him a potential out-of-position player. He’s glittered here and there but has failed to justify his pricetag and there are question marks over him starting up top due to the lack of physical presence he brings to the leading line.

Chances are that Welbeck will be given his opportunity and if he takes it, expect everyone to jump on board with a pricetag of just 6.9m! However, Arsenal have a few tricky fixtures coming up starting against City so we have time to assess the lay of the land before getting on the Welbeck Express.

Anyway back to Di Maria, despite becoming the English club record signing and costing twice as much as Sanchez in reality, the FPL gods adjusted their pricing to bring Di Maria in line with other stars such as Ramsey, Silva and Mata. Priced at 9.5m, he could yet prove to be a bargain if he takes his international form into the Premier League.

Di Maria: The Assist Machine

As we mentioned in our last article on United’s winger woes, Di Maria has been an assisting machine in La Liga. Last year, no one in Spain created more goals than he did, with 22 in all competitions. According to Opta, over the last 4 seasons in La Liga only Messi has accrued more assists. The list reads: Messi 57, Di María 49, Mesut Özil 47. A closer look at his returns shows the following:

  • 2010/11 – 6 goals and 11 assists
  • 2011/12 – 5 goals and 15 assists
  • 2012/13 – 7 goals and 6 assists
  • 2013/14 – 4 goals and 17 assists

With finishers like Falcao (11.0m), Van Persie (12.5m) and Rooney (10.5m) to aim for, you can bet your bottom dollar that Di Maria is likely to continue his unerring ability to rack up assists. In a season, where United have no European concerns too, Di Maria could be set to plunder the points and could very well become a season-keeper, starting at QPR in Gameweek 4.

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