Gday guys, Seags here, time for another addition of Fresh Blood, a post where we look at the new additions to each team so far and how they’ll fit in! This time we look at Fulham and Liverpool.
Fulham’s main signing so far this window has been striker Hugo Rodallega (6.0) from Wigan Athletic. They have also acquired another loanee, in Sascha Riether (5.0) from FC Cologne, following Pavel Pogrebnyak‘s successful loan spell last year. In short, Riether looks like he could overtake Stephen Kelly (4.5) at right-back, given Kelly’s contract running out at the end of last year. Riether has made two appearances for the German team, and at 29, looks like he was signed to slot straight in. At 5.0 though, there looks to be a greater pool of defenders to choose from, rather than picking an unknown quantity in Riether. You could do a lot worse though. Not for me.
Rodallega signed a free transfer from Wigan, and given Clint Dempsey‘s imminent departure to Liverpool, Fulham need someone experienced up front. At 6.0, Rodallega is a cheap option, although his inconsistency has infuriated me as a Fantasy Footballer over the years, so I will be looking elsewhere.
So far, the only player officially signed is Fabio Borini, (8.0) an Italian striker from AS Roma. At 8.0, he aint cheap, and the main concern with him this year is the fact that essentially there are three spots in the team for any of fsix players. The front three could be occupied of any of Luis Suarez (9.5), Stewart Downing (6.5), Craig Bellamy (6.5), Andy Carroll (8.5) and potentially Clint Dempsey (9.5). This means if Borini does get the initial starting spot, he better play well because if he doesn’t there is plenty of options to roll off the bench and take his spot. He’s not for me, especially with the abundance of cheap strikers.
Although the deal hasn’t been finalised, Clint Dempsey (9.5) may also find himself at Anfield before the transfer window is over. As a midfielder, he also isn’t cheap, and is priced in the top echelon of mids. If he does get a move to Liverpool, I just can’t see him scoring as freely as he did at Fulham. At Fulham, his success was largely mirrored by his positional move to a CF. He saw a lot of action here, but if he moves to Liverpool, will he play in the same situation? Suarez is an obvious threat, but I can see him being used in tandem with Dempsey. Carroll shouldn’t be an issue, as he will really struggle to fit in with Brendan Rogers’ passing game. If he plays up front with Luis, lock him in. If not, avoid!
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