We are providing a weekly FPL transfer round up, highlighting all the player movements into the Premier League. In this article, we look at their existing Premier League stats, past season performances and FPL potential for the new campaign.
After 5 years Welbeck has been released by Arsenal after another season limited by injuries. The Englishman only played 146 minutes this season, scoring 1 and assisting 1 goal accumulating in 19 FPL points.
Welbeck has averaged only 1017 minutes per season over the last 7 league campaigns. Having not scored more than 10 goals in one season, Welbeck has struggled to add a killer instinct to his game.
Now a free agent, he will be a player to monitor for FPL managers if he chooses to stay in the Premier League. As mentioned, he does not have the most impressive goal scoring record, but priced at £6.5m last season he could be an interesting option.
At a smaller club being the main striker and a run of injury-free matches, he could be a great budget option for next season. Of course this is dependent on his transfer and injury situations, but we think he could be a surprising asset next season.
Aston Villa’s Dean Smith previously managed Jota at Brentford and saw enough to make him their first signing this summer. Jota played for Birmingham last season, scoring 3 and assisting 9 goals in 40 league matches. His time in the Championship at both Birmingham and Brentford has seen him play 144 matches, scoring 31 and assisting 22 goals.
A right winger by trade, Jota will be competing with the likes of Adomah, El Ghazi and Green for a spot in the team. Their isn’t enough data – especially in the Premier League – to predict whether Jota could be a success this season. We think that he is one to avoid at the start of the season, especially with the competition in the positions.
Anwar El Ghazi
El Ghazi featured regularly for Aston Villa last season during his loan spell from Lille. He impressed both the fans and manager, scoring 6 and assisting 6 goals in 34 Championship matches.
His form has led to Aston Villa signing the Dutch winger on a permanent deal. From a FPL perspective, we think El Ghazi could be a great budget pick if they are able to start the season strong. His attacking output will depend largely on what happens to last seasons top goalscorer Tammy Abraham.
Abraham’s loan deal has now seen him return to Chelsea and leaves Villa with a big gap to fill. If they are unable to find an appropriate replacement, it could affect the FPL value of the attacking players in the side. Certainly one to watch for managers, but unlikely to feature in many GW1 teams.
Aston Villa enjoyed a brilliant loan spell from Tammy Abraham last season, scoring 25 Championship goals. With the loan now ended, questions were asked about who was going to fill the void ahead of their return to the Premier League.
Villa have answered this by breaking their own transfer record, signing the Club Bruges striker Wesley for £22m. The 22-year-old has been crafting his trade in the Belgian first division for the past 3 seasons. Last campaign was his most prolific, scoring 17 goals in 48 matches including 2 Champions League goals.
His form was recognised this year, winning the Golden Schoen – the best young player in the Belgian Pro League. The Brazilian – standing at 1.91m – will bring qualities similar to that of Tammy Abraham. His style offers itself to holding up the ball bringing those around him into the game. Along with his 17 goals, Welsey also managed to register 10 assists throughout the campaign.
From an FPL perspective, price is important whenever a new player joins the league. The stats alone suggest that Aston Villa haven’t signed a goal scoring machine, and rather an all-round striker. We don’t think he offers the value to suggest owning him at the start of the season, but it will be interesting to see how he improves those around him.
The likes of El Ghazi, Grealish and new signing Jota all could become better FPL assets if Wesley adds to their attacking threat. One to watch for managers, but no consideration especially with Villa’s mixed opening league fixtures.
Lloyd Kelly was signed by Bournemouth from Bristol City for £15 million, with an eye on the future. The 20 year old left back impressed for Bristol City last season, featuring in 32 Championship games and scoring a single goal.
From an FPL perspective, Kelly will most probably be competing for the left back position. The past season has seen Smith, Daniels and Clyne feature in this role, highlighting the demand for a natural player in this position.
Howe’s encouragement for attacking football could see potential for Kelly to contribute in the final third. This being that he can compete with the current crop at the club, something preseason will offer further information.
Expected to be priced around the £4/4.5m bracket, he could be one to watch for those seeking a cheap option. However, Bournemouth’s defensive record over the years leaves little to desire, so an emphasis on his attacking returns would be the main source of points.
An interesting signing by Everton, bringing in Lossl as competition for the English shotstopper Jordan Pickford. Huddersfield’s main man in their first campaign, Lossl was rotated more regularly this season, playing 31 games. He managed to keep 5 clean sheets in a side that finished rock bottom of the Premier League.
Finishing the season priced at £4.4m, we can see him starting the season again at £4.5m. While a good goalkeeper, we cannot see him replacing Pickford as Everton’s number 1. Pickford enjoyed a good second half of the season, keeping 8 clean sheets in his final 11 league games.
Daniel James was one of the hottest young talents in the Championship last season, lighting up the league with his electric pace. The Swansea winger enjoyed a brilliant break-out year, scoring 4 and assisting 9 goals in 33 league games.
As mentioned his pace is his biggest strength, demonstrating this in his Carabao Cup match against Man City. His season earnt him a transfer to Man United, looking to inject some youth into their aging squad.
James will have competition for places, with the likes of Martial, Rashford, Lingard and Mata all capable. We think that James will be a budget price in FPL this season, most probably around the £5.5m range. At a big club and a manager not scared of playing youth, he will be one for managers to watch in the early stages of the season.
Roberts becomes the first signing of newly promoted Norwich, hoping to strengthen their side for Premier League survival. Our special guest FPL TheAdam wrote a brilliant article highlighting Norwich’s FPL potential, which you can read here.
Although only a loan deal from Man City, Norwich have signed an exciting winger which will only improve their front line. Roberts struggled last season on loan at Girona, playing 19 games and unable to get a goal. His potential was on full display the season prior to Girona, a successful period at Celtic on loan. After breaking into the side, Roberts scored 15 goals in 55 matches under Brendon Rodgers.
He will be coming into a side not shy of scoring goals – the leading scorers in the Championship with 93. If Roberts can get a run of games and regain some form, it could be an interesting prospect with the positive style Norwich play with.
We naturally don’t promote investing in promoted sides from the start of the season, and this is the same for Roberts. We have doubts over whether Norwich can adapt to the Premier League, so a player we think you should keep on your watchlist for many reasons.
Southampton have made their first signing of the season, bringing in promising winger Moussa Djenepo. Signed from Standard Liege on a 4-year contract, the 21-year-old scored 11 and assisted 6 goals in 39 matches. Impressively, he scored 3 goals in their 5 Europa League matches along with an assist in their Champions League qualifying game.
Hassenhuttel has stated, “He is an exciting player, with tremendous pace and good finishing abilities, who we have watched closely for some time.”
Southampton showed signs of FPL promise last season under Hassenhuttel. His playing style changed the side to a more aggressive, pressing team with more of an emphasis on attacking. This helped the likes of Redmond and Long who enjoyed some of their best goal scoring campaigns.
Djenepo will come into the side competing with the likes of Redmond, Sims and Ward-Prowse for the wing position. Southampton alternated their formation between a four and three at the back, so a close eye will be on this over preseason. The youngster could see himself playing in a very attacking line up for the new campaign depending on the formation, making him an attractive FPL prospect.
Southampton enjoy a decent start to the season, with matches against Burnley, Brighton and newly promoted Sheffield United. If they can enjoy a good start to the season, price dependent the new signing could be one to watch for managers.
West Ham have made an exciting signing, buying the Villarreal forward Pablo Fornals. The Spain under 21 international impressed last season, however his goal scoring has been underwhelming. Last season he only managed 5 goals and 6 assists in 50 matches in all competitions.
Fornals underlying stats don’t suggest that he was expected to score plenty more goals than he had. He managed only 2 league goals, while his xG for the season was 3.92. Assisting 3 league goals, his xA is again higher at 5.41 but still not a stand out figure. Along with these stats, Fornals averaged 2.06 sh90 and 1.67 kp90.
The Spain forward doesn’t suggest that he has the goal scoring potential to make a big case for an FPL option at the start of the season. We think that he is certainly a player to watch in the opening run of fixtures and how he competes with the likes of Hernandez and Arnautovic if they stay at the club. If he can break into the side, players such as Lanzini, Anderson and Arnautovic with their creativity might unlock the striker’s potential.
Keep an eye out for this article at the start of every week, where we will be updating with the most notable transfers and highlighting their FPL potential!