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January Transfer Window Deals & their FPL Implications: Part 2

Aymeric Laporte in action for Man City

In part 1 of our series, we looked at some January movers in the Premier League who have the potential to shake up the FPL template. The concluding part of our series looks at the prospects of 9 more players and their FPL implications.

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Position – Forward

Price – £10.5

Transfer – Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal (£56m)

Arsene Wenger finally has his big-name signing, both literally and figuratively. After summer arrival Alexandre Lacazette failed to light up the Emirates, Wenger has turned to last season’s Bundesliga top scorer. Aubameyang scored 40 goals in all competitions last season and has scored 13 and assisted 3 in 16 appearances this season. The Gabonese has a record of .97 goals per game this season, more than Spurs talisman Kane (0.91).

Auba will also surely be the favourite for spot-kick duties. It is not yet known where Wenger will fit Auba in his line-up- he could replace Lacazette as the sole striker, play on the wing or even in a 2 man strike force. With Ozil and Mkhitaryan pulling the strings from midfield, Auba only responsibility would be to put the ball at the back of the net. Arsenal won’t be facing any blank GW’s as they are already out of the FA Cup and they face just 3 of last season’s top 6 until the end of the season. Auba can be a great replacement for Aguero when Jesus comes back from injury and pushes Aguero back in the vicious cycle of Pep Guardiola’s rotation.

 

Fantasy Premier League on Twitter

Aubameyang’s arrived in #FPL…

 

Olivier Giroud

Position – Forward

Price – £8.2

Transfer – Arsenal to Chelsea (£15.3m)

£8.2 is too high a price for a 2nd choice striker who has only started a single PL game till now. Even though Alvaro Morata is out with a back injury, Antonio Conte will not throw Giroud straight into the starting XI at Chelsea. He usually allows his new signings to gradually settle into the team. However, that doesn’t mean that Giroud is not worthy of consideration at all. Conte prefers having a target man who can hold up play in the final third, the qualities which Giroud is adept in. The Frenchman will surely have more trust from Conte in comparison to Michy Batshuayi, who was loaned off to Borussia Dortmund, and will get enough minutes to make an impact, be it after coming off the bench or due to Morata’s chronic injury problems. If Giroud can make the best of his opportunities, he can not only be a great differential but can also give Morata good competition for a place in the team.

Kenedy

Position – Midfielder

Price – £4.7

Transfer – Chelsea to Newcastle United (loan)

Newcastle United acquired energetic and skilful Brazilian Kenedy on loan until the end of the season. Kenedy spent most of the season on the fringes of the Chelsea squad with just 5 appearances in cup competitions against lesser sides but now has the opportunity to become a regular for Rafa Benitez’s side. Kenedy can play in any position on the left wing and could be a great FPL asset if he nails down his spot as the left winger. He gave a man of the match performance on his debut, which included an assist to club captain Lascelles, returning a tally of 8 points including 2 bonus points. With Matt Ritchie out of the side, Kenedy is also on set-piece duties which adds to his potential as a 5th midfield option priced at just £4.7.

 

The Sportsman on Twitter

🎯 Kenedy since joining Newcastle… – Games: 2 – Assists from corners: 2 Making an impact! #NUFC #CRYNEW

 

Aymeric Laporte

Position – Defender

Price – £5.5

Transfer – Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City (£58.50m)

At £5.5, Aymeric Laporte is kindly priced for a new signing of the league’s favourites. Laporte can be the cheapest way into the City defence alongside John Stones, however, it is unlikely that both of them will play together. Laporte can be a great option if he can establish himself as the first choice left sided CB alongside Otamendi. Being a left-footed player gives him the advantage over Stones but with City still contesting across 4 fronts, both of these young ball-playing centre-backs are likely to be rotated heavily. City have a difficult set of fixtures coming up and with the uncertainty regarding Laporte’s place in the team, it will be better to see how the team lines up in the next few games and then make a decision.

 

Lucas Moura

Position – Midfielder

Price – £8.0

Transfer – PSG to Tottenham (£25m)

Tottenham’s only signing of the January window – Lucas Moura – adds great pace at the right wing to Pochettino’s team, something which gives the Spurs’ frontline another dimension. Moura scored 33 goals and supplied 27 assists during his time with PSG but has spent the current season much on the sidelines due to the high profile arrivals of Neymar and Mbappe at PSG. Moura will be in direct competition with Son Heung Min but can even replace Dele Alli given the Englishman’s massive drop in form this season. Lucas is a much more creative option on the wing, he created 56 chances last season compared to 43 for Son and also exceeds Son in terms of the number of crosses per game. If Lucas can nail down his spot, he can be worth a punt given Spurs’ rather easy run in after GW 28.

 

UEFA Champions League on Twitter

✍️🤝 @SpursOfficial sign @LucasMoura7 from Paris Saint-Germain. Would he make your Tottenham starting XI? If so, who should he replace? 🤔 #UCL

 

Theo Walcott

Position – Midfielder

Price – £7.2

Transfer – Arsenal to Everton (£20m)

With 2 goals and 1 assist in his two appearances, Theo Walcott has had a fantastic start to life at the Merseyside. After his brace against Leicester last GW which saw him give a 15 point return, Theo was the most transferred in player for Gameweek 26 with more than 169k managers adding the former Arsenal player to their squads. With Sane, Arnautovic and Mahrez all needing a replacement, Walcott can be a good mid-priced option in midfield. Fixtures also work in favour for the newly turned Toffee- after facing Arsenal at the Emirates, 4 of Everton’s next 5 are rated just 2 on the FDR and Walcott would just love to get one over Wenger at the Emirates.

 

Daniel Sturridge

Position – Forward

Price – £7.9

Transfer – Liverpool to West Brom (loan)

Fitness is the major issue which comes to the fore when considering the prospects of Daniel Sturridge for our FPL teams. The English striker could have been one of the best strikers in the league if not for his persistent injury problems. Sturridge has made just 9 Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season, with 2 goals and 1 assist. A fit Sturridge can be a great asset with his tally of minutes per shot even surpassing Harry Kane.

 

West Bromwich Albion on Twitter

📷 Alright then… Signed. Sealed. Sturridge. Welcome to the Albion, @DanielSturridge 👍🏼 #WBA

 

With a World Cup spot also on his mind, Sturridge will be looking to give one last go at the chance of catching the plane to Russia. West Brom have decent fixtures up until GW 33 and given Pardew’s attacking mentality, Sturridge is good enough to single-handedly pull the Baggies out of the relegation battle and also provide FPL managers with a good mid-priced forward option – IF he can keep himself fit for the remainder of the season.

 

Guido Carrillo

Position – Forward

Price – £6.5

Transfer – AS Monaco to Southampton (£19.80m)

Southampton have added Argentine forward Guido Carrillo to their rooster in the hope that he can add some much-needed goals to Mauricio Pellegrino’s team. The Saints have scored just 25 goals in 25 matches till now, an average of just 1 per game- the reason why they find themselves stuck in the relegation zone. Not a very mobile or pacey striker, Carrillo is, however, a beast in the air. All 4 of his goals this season for Monaco have been headers. Carrillo will need a lot of help from his teammates if he is to prove successful for the Saints, both Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse will have a major role to play in providing good service. Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares can also add to Carrillo’s output with crosses from the wings. 4 of Southampton’s next 6 fixtures are rated just 2 on the FDR, a good enough window for Carrillo to get a foothold in the Premier League.

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