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January Transfer Window Deals & their FPL Implications: Part 1

Alexis Sanchez

With the winter transfer window firmly shut, we look at the major transfers that took place this January in the Premier League analyze their impact on our ongoing FPL campaign.

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Alexis Sanchez

Position – Midfielder

Price – £11.7

Transfer – Arsenal to Man Utd (Swap Deal)

After stealing Sanchez from right under the noses of Manchester City, Manchester United have shown that they are ready to pounce on any slip-ups from Pep Guardiola’s men. Alexis is a proven match winner and can bring both goals and assists to the team. However, Sanchez hasn’t yet reached the heights of last season, which saw him top the FPL charts, which can be attributed to his frustration of not getting a move to City in the summer. In spite of being not at his best, the Chilean has still managed 7 goals and 5 assists and that tally is only going to increase more rapidly now that he has got his transfer. Even at £11.7, Sanchez can be worth the money if he can get back to his best and can also be a great differential with a selected %age of just 3.5%. Sanchez’s arrival might also mean reduced playing time for Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and even Martial if Mourinho decides to play Sanchez on the left wing but Romelu Lukaku stands to benefit from his creativity and ability to provide that killer pass.

 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Position – Midfielder

Price – £7.6

Transfer – Man Utd to Arsenal (Swap Deal)

The other half of the swap deal, which might work out well for all the parties involved, Mkhitaryan has been on the sidelines since November after going out of favour with Jose Mourinho. The former Borussia Dortmund player hit the ground running at the start of the season with a goal and 5 assists in the first 5 matches but has failed to give any good returns since then. A move to Arsenal can work well for Mkhi as he will enjoy more freedom under Wenger, who can help the Armenian reach the heights of his final season in the Bundesliga. Working alongside Ozil, Lacazette, Wilshere, Ramsey and potentially former teammate Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan can create havoc in attack for the Gunners.

 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

SWANSEA, WALES – JANUARY 30: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal warms up prior to the Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on January 30, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

 

Virgil Van Dijk

Position – Defender

Price – £5.5

Transfer – Southampton to Liverpool (£71m)

It took a world record fee for a defender for Liverpool to finally get their man from Southampton. After all the attempts of making a transfer happen in the summer went in vain, the Reds finally gave in to the Saints demands. However, Jurgen Klopp has now addressed one of his team’s most glaring weakness. VVD offers the potential for points on both ends of the pitch. He is the only nailed on defender in the Liverpool line-up and has already opened his account after scoring the winner against Merseyside rivals Everton. 5 of Liverpool’s next 7 fixtures are rated just 2 on the FDR and VVD can take this opportunity to show that he can be worth the world record sum.

 

Cenk Tosun

Position – Forward

Price – £7.5

Transfer – Besiktas to Everton (£20m)

Everton have signed Cenk Tosun from Besiktas in their attempt to replace Romelu Lukaku. The Turkish international scored 41 goals in 96 appearances for the Turkish Champions since the 2014-15 season, more than anyone in the division including 12 in all comps this season. The Turk has not opened his account yet but has already shown that he can work as a good target man for Sam Allardyce. He is quick and good in the air and can thrive for the Toffees if he gets good service from his teammates. On the downside, Dominic Calvert Lewin, who had been a good budget forward option till now, has lost his place in the team.

 

Cenk Tosun of Everton

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Cenk Tosun of Everton during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) |

 

Moritz Bauer

Position – Defender

Price – £4.5

Transfer – Rubin Kazan to Stoke City (£5.5m)

With their season faltering and the threat of relegation looming large, Stoke City have wasted no time in trying to steady the ship. Mark Hughes has been replaced by Paul Lambert and they have also brought in some additions, especially at the back. Moritz Bauer looks like the one who has had an instant impact as he already has a clean sheet to his name, Stoke’s only 4th of the season. The 25-year old right back has slotted straight into Paul Lambert’s setup and will most likely keep his place for the near future. The pacey Austrian loves getting forward and Stoke’s upcoming fixtures make him an enticing option. 5 of their next 7 fixtures are rated just 2 on the FDR. Paul Lambert has had a good start at Stoke and his pragmatism mean that Stoke will be hard to break down.

 

Jurgen Locadia

Position – Forward

Price – £6.0

Transfer – PSV Eindhoven to Brighton and Hove Albion (£15.3m)

With Brighton sitting second bottom of the scoring charts in the league with just 17 goals in 24 matches, the Seagull’s have splashed the cash for some much-needed firepower upfront. Club-record signing Jurgen Locadia helped PSV win the Eredivisie in 2015 and 2016 and used to play alongside his new teammate Davy Propper. Locadia has a total of 45 goals and 34 assists from 82 Eredivisie starts and 45 substitute appearances. He has already netted 9 times this season and provided an impressive 6 assists in 15 league appearances. He is a solid all-around player, adept with both feet and a good finisher and passer. Glen Murray and Tomer Hemed stand to suffer from the Dutchman’s arrival. Both of them will most certainly be pushed back in the pecking order and it is highly unlikely that Chris Hughton will shift to 2 strikers upfront. Locadia is currently out with a hamstring injury for 2-3 weeks but is certainly one to watch out when he is available.

 

Alex Pritchard

Position – Midfielder

Price – £5.5

Transfer – Norwich City to Huddersfield Town (£11m)

Ranked 19th for shots on goal (219) and chances created (154), Huddersfield Town clearly struggle to unlock rival teams in open play. This lack of creativity in the final third is highlighted by their low number of assists: no Huddersfield player has more assists than Collin Quaner’s three. The arrival of Alex Pritchard from Norwich can help David Wagner address this issue. Alex is a skilful, attack-minded midfielder who can operate in the number 10 position or on either flank. The Spurs academy graduate has had an ankle surgery this season which has restricted his playing time. He has played just eight times for Norwich in the Championship assisting 2 and scoring a single goal. Huddersfield have some hard upcoming fixtures with trips to Old Trafford and Wembley, so it will be wise to avoid any Huddersfield players until their fixtures ease off.

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