Top 5: New signings to include in your Fantasy Football team
8 August 2019 • By - Harry Thompson
It’s that time of the year again, the start of the Premier League is just hours away. Everyone is scrambling to get their fantasy football teams completed before the season curtain raiser between Liverpool and Norwich on Friday evening. Now the transfer window slams shut before the start of the Premier League campaign, fantasy footballers can have a settled team without having to worry about any potential new signings that you need to try and squeeze into your team with just a £100m budget.
Have you missed any of the new signings during the window? Perhaps the distraction of the Women’s Football World Cup, Cricket World Cup, Netball World Cup or The Ashes caused you to miss a key transfer. Not to worry, Playfinder will run the rule over 5 new Premier League signings that could score big points for you this season.
Transfer: Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea
Fantasy Football Price: £7.5m
The man given the almost impossible task of replacing Eden Hazard at Chelsea. The 20-year-old American became the club’s third most expensive signing ever – behind Kepa Arrizabalaga and Alvaro Morata – when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund back in January (before Chelsea’s transfer embargo). He was immediately loaned back to his former club but is now in west-London and looking to make a big impact.
The winger comes with a sparkling reputation from Germany and has been highly rated for a number of years. He will be looking to improve on his tally of eight goals and assists combined from last season and his impressive pre-season form suggests he may well do so. He netted twice in The Blues recent 5-3 victory over Red Bull Salzburg, exemplifying his finishing ability. With a fantasy football price of £7.5m, Pulisic is definitely worth a place in your side as he looks to embrace the pressure of replacing Chelsea’s talismanic Belgian.
— Christian Pulisic (@cpulisic_10) May 21, 2019
Transfer: Lille to Arsenal
Fantasy Football Price: £9.5m
A transfer that came out of the blue for the Gunners. After seemingly being on his way to Italian outfit Napoli, Arsenal swooped to make the Ivory Coast international their club record signing for an eye-watering £72m. Alongside Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal have established one of the most formidable front-lines in the Premier League and are sure to bag plenty of goals.
Pépé had a stunning campaign in France last season with Lille, netting 22 goals with a further 11 assists. His combined tally of goals and assists was second only to French superstar Kylian Mbappe. Pépé doesn’t come cheap in this years fantasy football with a price tag of £9.5m, however, if he can replicate the form he showed last season he will rack up a mammoth amount of points for your team.
Welcome to The Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe 🤩
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2019
Transfer: Juventus to Everton
Fee: £28m (potentially rising to £36m)
Fantasy Football Price: £7m
Everton has surely pulled of one of the coups of the window after securing the signature of Italian youngster Moise Kean. The former Juventus striker burst onto the scene last season after netting six times in just 13 appearances for the Serie A champions. Kean is still only 19-years-old so it is somewhat surprising that the Italian champions were willing to let one of there most exciting prospects depart the Allianz Stadium.
Juve’s loss is most certainly Everton’s gain as they may well have captured the striker that could end the goal-scoring woes. Since the departure of Romelu Lukaku, the Toffees have struggled for a number 9 with Oumar Niasse, Cenk Tosun, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin amongst others failing to score prolifically. Kean, at £7m in fantasy football, represents a relative bargain if he can take his game to another level on Merseyside.
👤 | Does Moise Kean go straight into your @OfficialFPL team?
— Everton (@Everton) August 5, 2019
Transfer: Lyon to Tottenham
Fantasy Football Price: £6m
Despite Tottenham missing out on attackers Philippe Coutinho and Paulo Dybala, they did manage to capture central midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for a club record fee of £53m. The powerful Frenchman had been linked with the likes of Real Madrid so it was a real statement of intent from last season’s Champions League finalists to fend of competition from some of Europe’s elite.
Ndombele comes priced at just £6m, which is a very reasonable price. He was played in a deeper midfield role whilst playing for Olympique Lyonnais last season, which is why he managed just one goal. However, he did bag seven assists which can gain valuable fantasy league points. If played in a more orthodox central midfield role at Spurs, the Frenchman could well increase his goal tally and prove to be one of the bargains of the season.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Olympique Lyonnais.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 2, 2019
Transfer: Hoffenheim to Newcastle
Fantasy Football Price: £6m
Newcastle fans finally got their wish as owner Mike Ashley decided to splash the cash and break the club’s long-standing highest transfer fee. Michael Owen’s £22m deal had stood since the 2005/06 season which is remarkable considering the inflated prices of quality players in the modern day. However, the Magpies nearly doubled that fee to bring Brazilian forward Joelinton to the club from German outfit Hoffenheim.
The 22-year-old showed promise in the Bundesliga last season, netting seven times and providing a further five assists during his 28 league appearances. Magpies fans were worried following the departure of Salomon Rondon who netted 11 times in the Premier League last season, fears should have now been allayed after Joelinton’s arrival. With a fantasy football price of £6m, the youngster doesn’t represent much of a gamble but certainly has the potential to return big numbers.
We are delighted to welcome our new club record signing – Joelinton!
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 23, 2019
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