FPL New Signings
It’s been 5 Gameweeks already and FPL has been full of surprises.
Marquee signings such as Havertz or Werner are gradually settling into the league and they have broken the hearts of FPL managers who were not patient with them.
Some others lost faith in the former, an ex-Bayer Leverkusen highly-rated youngster straight after two gameweeks and ever since he’s been consistent though not explosive.
The latter is a former Leipzig striker and became the most sold asset in the game before his haul against Southampton.
They have shown what they are capable of and those who sold them have learnt a lesson. Before signing players who are new to the Premier League it’s always positive to delve into some of his previous numbers and track records. I’ve selected 4 players whom I believe will have an influence on their teams from an FPL perspective.
Ruben Dias (5.5)
Manchester City’s principal weakness last season was the central defensive position.
Laporte missed most of the season with a serious injury. As a consequence, the defensive organisation was not optimal and Manchester City lost what was arguably heir most important game of the season (versus Lyon in the Champions League quarter finals) due to, among other reasons, the lack of a good centre-back partnership.
This season the game against Leicester was a kind of déjà vu as they lost 5-2 at home.
Ruben Dias is a solid addition to a club that needs consistency in their defensive displays. But is he really an FPL option? Last season he scored 2 goals and kept 17 clean sheets in 33 games with Benfica. Now the Premier League is a more demanding competition than Liga NOS because of the fixture congestion players have to face at some point.
However, his injury record is quite good as he hasn’t been out for more than 11 days in more than two years, so this is good news for a City side that suffers from injuries in the back line. If we add that Dias is very decent at winning aerial duels and has a great passing distribution, he is definitely posed to be the perfect partner for Laporte once he’s back, so expect clean sheets if the chemistry between the two defenders is good.
VERDICT: Can consider
Sergio Reguilón (5.5)
It took only two Premier League games for Reguilón to deliver his first attacking return having previously impressed in a Carabao Cup game versus Chelsea in which he also assisted one goal.
The highly-rated Spanish left back arrived in North London after a good spell at Sevilla. The sample size is quite small but he’s offered an attacking flair that Spurs were missing on the left-flank as he’s bombed forward on more than one occasion and he’s proposing an attacking football even though both his dribbling and crossing completion have been anything but impressive, 40 and 20 respectively.
While he is a good option given the fact he’s a differential (owned by only 2.8% of the FPL players) playing for an explosive team, it remains to be seen whether he can offer returns in both ends of the pitch as Spurs have struggled to keep clean sheets for a while now, so from an FPL perspective it’s better to wait until they start keeping clean sheets.
VERDICT: Wait and see
Ferrán Torres (6.9)
Arguably signed as Sane’s replacement, the Spaniard has had a quiet start to life in Premier League.
Having already started in the league, Feran Torrés hasn’t shown what he has to offer as he’s a talented youngster whose ability to link with other attacking players is unique as he enjoys creating spaces for players to cross or to shoot. So in that sense he covers, fill the gap left by David Silva in one way as he’s supposed to feed attackers with key passes as well as to create space for them.
Such ability can be translated into FPL assists and while I don’t expect him to be an explosive asset, the 20 year-old midfielder will eventually become a great assister having players who are excellent finishers such as Sergio Agüero and Riyad Mahrez. I don’t think now it’s the time to buy him but he is certainly a promising asset for the future.
VERDICT: Not now
Edinson Cavani (8.0)
Unlike those players mentioned above, Cavani is an experienced asset who requires no introduction.
Yet, he’s rarely described as a word-class striker in spite of his scoring consistency over the past few years. On the one hand, he’s an experienced player with an incredible record. On the other hand, he is showing some signs of old age and fatigue.
Doubts have risen over his fitness as he’s suffered from injuries of late and that was one of the reasons he was used as an impact sub last season. However, his mere presence will boost the appeal of other FPL assets like Bruno Fernandes or Rashford and maybe even Martial as the Uruguayan ace is so versatile that he can be deployed on the flanks to create space for the centre-forward as he’s done in the past while playing for PSG along with Ibrahimovic and while playing for his national team.
I believe he will be deployed centrally most of the times
Often criticised as a poor finisher, Cavani has the ability to get himself plenty of chances nonetheless, and it is this trait what makes him a very promising FPL option as I think he will have scoring streaks once he’s fit enough to start matches. After all, we have enough evidence of his goal scoring ability having won the Golden Boot in two competitive leagues.
VERDICT: Consider when he starts regularly
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