Getting there now…. almost at the end! Sunderland and Swansea get examined under the microscope in this edition. Swansea especially have a few signings that look set for first team football. Who are they? I’m glad you asked. It’s Fresh Blood time!
Sunderland have been relatively boring too, only signing Carlos Cuellar from Villa for free. As a 4.5 defender he has value, but there are far better out there, considering he’ll be facing competition for spots with Brown, Kilgallon, O’Shea, and Bramble. He also limped off in the last friendly, as did Wes Brown. For now, I’ll pass, but as their draw clears up in the first few weeks have a look to see if he’s the starting CB. If he is, he may be an option.
Swansea’s three signings so far are Chico (5.0) from Genoa, Jonathan de Guzman (6.0) on loan from Villarreal, and Michu (6.5).
Let’s start with Chico. In what seems to be a replacement for Caulker, who has gone back to tottenham following his loan spell, Chico has been picked to slot right into the starting XI. He will be solid this year. With little competition for spots, he looks assured of a spot week in week out. The only thing that puts me off is if you pick him, you’ll probably be doing so at the expense of Hangeland or Shawcross, who play for much better sides in a better defence. BUT if you are using a cheapie backline strategy (as I am) He certainly should be considered at 5.0!
The second signing has been de Guzman. A dutch u21 international, the kid has talent. And bags of it. The only problem is that he hasn’t really done anything with that talent. Take this for example. In his season last year at Villarreal, he had 20 appearances for a return of ZERO goals. If some of you have stopped reading, I don’t blame you, those numbers aint pretty. I’d be staying away UNLESS he looks dangerous in the first few weeks.
Finally Michu (6.5) looks to be set to take Sigurdsson’s mantle as attacking mid, sitting just behind Graham. His fantasy potential remains to be seen though, and at 6.5, will he really score more points than Noble, Guthrie and Davis? My thoughts are no… but Swansea’s early fixtures mean you can afford to sit back and assess his role in the team.
That does it for another episode. Next up with our second to last edition we check out Tottenham and West Brom’s new boys. Stay tuned!