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.
Although Chelsea signed Pulisic back in January, the American officially became a Chelsea player this month. Pulisic joined from Borussia Dortmund in a £58m deal, which has become an important purchase after their 1 year transfer ban was sanctioned.
Chelsea lost their most influential player, Eden Hazard, at the hands of Real Madrid this summer after 7 great seasons. With big shoes to fill, the purchase of the 20 year old looks to be a long term buy to try and replace their talisman. After agreeing the deal in January, it had a negative impact on Pulisic’s gametime in his final 5 months at Dortmund.
He only managed 916 minutes in the Bundesliga last season, scoring 4 goals and assisting 4. While these figures are low in comparison to the likes of Hazard, it seems like Pulisic hasn’t developed the goalscoring touch yet. In fact, in his 90 league matches he has scored only 13 goals and assisted 18 – nothing out of the ordinary. His stats suggest he is a creative player that offers both goalscoring and chance creation – averaging 2.65 sh90 and 2.06 kp90 in the league last year.
Pulisic’s FPL price of £7.5m surprisingly makes him the most expensive Chelsea player on the game – a reflection on the emphasis of Hazard. At the price, we think Pulisic could prove to be a decent FPL asset for managers if he can establish a starting position under Lampard. It is clear that he isn’t a deadly goalscorer, but he does have the stats to suggest a creative spark that might improve in a better side.
Chelsea face a mixed bag of fixtures to open the 2019/20 season, with an away match against Man United in gameweek 1. We think that this period is the best time to monitor Pulisic’s performances, and avoid taking an unnecessary risk.
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.
Rodgers decided to bolster his Leicester side with the purchase of Newcastle attacking player, Ayoze Perez. After a turbulent campaign for Newcastle, Perez was one of their stand out performers over the season, scoring 12 and assisting 2 goals.
Previously a forward, the Argentine has now been reclassified as a FPL midfielder, to the joy of managers. This change of position adds an additional point for goal scored, including a point for a clean sheet, arguably making him better FPL value than last season. Priced at £6.5m, he falls into a competitive price bracket for managers to make decisions over.
Perez averaged 1.68 sh90 and 1.37 kp90 in arguably a defensive-minded Newcastle side. Joining the ranks at Leicester, Rodgers enjoys playing an attacking style of football that will suit both Perez and the existing players. In fact Rodgers’ side scored 17 goals in the 10 league games he managed, offering a glimpse to what is to come this season.
We think that Perez could be a great FPL player at his price bracket, however a wait-and-see asset. Preseason will provide more information but it is unclear what position he will be deployed and whether he is in Rodgers thoughts as a guaranteed starter every week.
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.
After weeks of rumours, Aaron Wan Bissaka finally secured his move to Manchester United from Crystal Palace in a £50 million move. 2018/19 proved to be an incredible debut season for the right back, consistently producing great performances throughout the campaign.
The signing of Wan Bissaka is a move that will no doubt improve Manchester United in their full back position. He won the most tackles of any defender in the Premier Legaue with 129, which is incredible considering he only attempted 139 tackles – 92.8% success rate. After the previous season, nobody questioned his defensive duties but rather his influence in the attacking area of the pitch. Wan-Bissaka finished with the second most successful dribbles by a Premier League defender (67), only 1 less than Leicester City’s Pereira.
From an FPL perspective, Wan-Bissaka joins his fellow full back Luke Shaw priced at £5.5m. He was last season’s FPL budget pick when he was priced at £4.0m, proving to be a popular player among managers. While we think £5.5m is steep after only one season, his move to Man United does both justify the value and offer further potential as an FPL asset. AWB only registered 3 assists last season, however playing in a side with more possession you would expect him to have more opportunities at Man United.
Man United only kept 7 clean sheets last season, the worst of any ‘top 6’ side and less than the likes of Cardiff and Burnley. With a mixed run of opening fixtures – including Chelsea at home in GW1 and Wolves away in GW2 – we don’t think owning Wan-Bissaka early is wise.
Man United have a lot to improve defensively, including their centre back partnership before we would recommend owning a defender. However, this is a step in the right direction and if Solskjear steadies the ship at the start of the season, Wan-Bissaka is certainly a player to consider in a world full of premium defenders.
For the past few seasons it has been clear that for all the wealth of talent at Pep’s disposal, he has never had a replacement for Fernandinho. Step forward Atletico Madrid’s Rodri who has displayed 3 impressive seasons in La Liga playing as a defensive midfielder.
During last season in La Liga, Rodri finished 1st in tackles (103), 2nd in possession won (280) and 2nd in aerial win (67.8%). His strengths lie in the defensive and possession aspect of the game, however he also scored 3 goals, 1 assist and created 17 chances. His underlying stats highlight the lack of attacking potential, averaging 0.88 sh90 and only 0.56 kp90.
Rodri’s FPL price comes in at £5.5m, the same as fellow midfielders Gundogan, Fernandinho and Foden. While it appears to be a cheap price for a midfielder in the reigning champions side, his FPL potential isn’t necessarily great. His attributes can only be best compared to Fernandinho, who totalled 79 points, 1 goal and 3 assists.
While we think Rodri will become an important part in the Man City midfield, his abilities won’t transition into high scoring points. His defensive and possession skillset unfortunately doesn’t get rewarded in FPL, therefore managers should not consider Rodri based on his previous stats at Atletico Madrid.
An interesting purchase by Man City this summer was the £14.4m signature of Angelino from PSV. He has featured 43 times for PSV in all competitions last season, scoring 1 goal and assisting 12. The surprising aspect of the purchase is that he is predominately a left back, an area of competition at Man City.
City already own Benjamin Mendy, Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko – Zinchenko recently signing a new 5-year deal. Guardiola has clearly identified his left back position as an area that needs either improving or strengthening for future rotation.
It is no secret that Pep has had his problems with Mendy, while Mendy has also had to deal with 2 long term injuries. With all 4 players available, you would expect Mendy to be the first choice pick due to his attacking abilities and price tag Man City paid for him. However, managers need to pay extra attention over the preseason period to see how this situation plays out and which player Pep decides to trust.
Priced at £5.0m, Angelino could become an essential FPL pick if he can break into the starting 11 and become a regular. However, the position is clearly competitive and without any assurances, we would advise managers to avoid Angelino and spend the opening weeks of the season monitoring Man City.
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.
Tottenham fans couldn’t quite believe their eyes when Ndombele was announced in a club record £62 million deal. After a number of inactive transfer windows, Spurs have signed a promising 22-year-old midfielder that their squad has been crying out for.
The Frenchman spent last season at Lyon operating as a defensive midfielder, gaining a reputation as a potential heir to Kante’s throne. Ndombele played 49 matches in all competitions last season, scoring 3 goals and 8 assists. While he notably is a defensive midfielder, he has shown that he can create goals for both himself and the team. His underlying stats also suggest this, averaging 1.04 shots per 90 and 1.57 key passes per 90.
He has been priced at £6.0m in FPL, £1.0m more than other central midfielders such as Dier, Wanyama and last season’s club player of the year, Sissoko. While his stats suggest he has a creative side to his defensive duties, we think his price is slightly too high to be in early consideration. He is expected to operate as the main defensive midfielder of the Spurs defence, and while we see him being a success his skills might not transfer well to FPL.
Spurs have a great player in their ranks, however a one to watch in regards to FPL potential.
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.