It was a hectic deadline day, and it’s hard to track the FPL implications of the last-minute deals. We’ve taken a look for you.
Djibril Sidibe – Everton – £5.5m
Sidibe looks like a depth signing by Marco Silva, but one that throws a spanner in the works for many FPL managers. Sidibe played every minute he was available for in the second half of the season for Monaco, the vast majority of minutes coming at right back.
While Coleman should still be the first choice, the £0.5m saving over Digne now doesn’t look quite so tempting. Coleman’s xGI was above Digne’s in fewer minutes in the second half of last season, so he still might be worth the risk if you’re planning an early wildcard.
Romelu Lukaku – Inter – N/A
Lukaku finally making his move to Italy leaves Rashford and Martial as United’s most senior forwards. Martial and Rashford shared the most minutes played in United’s pre-season – 62% of available minutes played – mainly rotating the centre forward spot with each other. It’s likely they will both start the season with Martial pushed out to the left and Rashford centrally.
Martial had an expected goal involvement every 160 minutes last season, one of the best in the league. It does also increase the likelihood of Greenwood getting minutes, who at £4.5m could be a great bench option for those going with 2 up top.
Kieran Tierney – Arsenal – £5.5m
Tierney renders Kolasinac and Monreal at left-back impossible picks (if they weren’t already) and you would expect the ex-Celtic man to take the lion’s share of first-team minutes.
He averaged an assist every 4 games at Celtic last season, and with the window Arsenal have just had, coupled with a front three of Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe to feed, we could have a budget Andy Robertson on our hands.
Alex Iwobi – Everton – £6.0m
A slightly confusing signing, but one that throws up some surprising numbers nonetheless. He operates primarily in Richarlison’s neck of the woods, so it’s hard to imagine where exactly he’ll fit in, but he’s also capable of playing on the right.
He may have been brought in to share minutes with Richarlison who has notoriously dropped off after Christmas in both of his Premier League seasons. Last season he had 10 goal involvements in less than 2000 minutes, but was involved in 36 of 38 games. Great numbers for a £6.0m midfielder. He’ll definitely affect the minutes of Richarlison, Bernard, Walcott et al.
Ismaila Sarr – Watford – £6.5m
Picking up 13 goal involvements in 35 Ligue 1 games last year, Sarr is probably not in our thinking initially. Nonetheless, he’s worth taking a look at.
Gracia employs a 4-4-2 so Sarr could fit in at his natural position on the right-wing, meaning Deulofeu will almost certainly play centrally. He might even slip in OOP in the front two in games where Deulofeu is more suited out wide.
He played up top a handful of times for Stade Rennais last season. In fact, 3 of his 8 goals came from there. A punt at this stage though.
David Luiz – Arsenal – £6.0m
Sideshow Bob at Arsenal. Who would’ve thought?
Luiz seems to have dropped his error rate in old age and played 36 games under Sarri last year. Unfortunately, it makes Chambers at £4.5m, who played the most of any Arsenal player in pre-season, a much harder pick.
Mustafi (I know) and Sokratis played the most minutes at CB for Arsenal last season, so he may pair with one of them or occasionally sit in a back three. He loves a free-kick banger but feels overpriced at £6.0m. He does improve the Arsenal defence though.
Giovani lo Celso – Spurs – £7.5m
Spurs are another team that had a great window. Lo Celso is probably a long term replacement for Eriksen, but he can play anywhere in the middle of the park and will definitely get a lot of minutes.
With 9 goals and 5 assists for Betis last season, he seems like a bargain at £7.5m but may fall into the Lamela category of ‘great when he plays’ as he’ll be subject to rotation at times. One for the watchlist and early wildcarders.