Hey lads, Matt here to bring you the summary of this week’s breaking EPL news. I will analyse how this may affect our early team drafts and which potential bargains may have emerged during the pre-season, so let’s begin!
Firstly I will look at the transfer news – Big news has broken today that Carroll has been loaned to West Ham for a £2m loan fee. This will create a stir in the world of FPL as it means he should get the number one role at The Hammers which could return him to his best form that we saw with Newcastle. Priced at 8.5 he could turn out to be a bargain but we must remember newly promoted clubs do not score to well. Expect him to be a part of a lot of West ham’s attacking play and will produce decent results, but at 8.5 there are better options in more productive teams (Bent and Jelavic).
Sunderland have reportedly bid £10m for wolves striker Steven Fletcher. This affects me as a Wolves fan but it is hard to tell how he would fare fantasy wise. He was very solid while at Wolves, scoring at least 15 goals in each season he plays. Whether he can become the main striker at Sunderland and what price he would be entered at is unknown, so I can’t really tell you any more there.
Another breaking news story last night was Everton’s successful bid to return Pienaar to his old club. Priced at 6.5 due to his lack of game time at spurs he was a bargain towards the end of last year as he stormed home on loan at the Toffees. With a permanent deal seemingly agreed and his cheap price tag, he is a must watch. Expect him to get regular first team game time and return to his best form. Definitely considering him for my team and so should everyone else.
Junior Hoilett has completed his move from Blackburn to QPR. Priced at just 6.5 he seems an absolute steal so definitely keep an eye out for him! Other editions include Snodgrass (6.0) at Norwich and Boselli (5.5) at Wigan. Boselli burnt a lot of managers last season (including me) with his great pre-season form. He is producing similar results this time round so he could be a great POD if you want to take the risk.
Chelsea has continued their spending spree bringing in Brazilian young gun Oscar. He joins both Hazard’s and Marin in the fight for the Chelsea midfield. Mata must also be thrown into the GW1 mix now as Spain have surprisingly crashed out of the Olympics, although you can still expect Hazard to be a part of the first team so no worries there. I don’t think Oscar will be used straight away so perhaps not a starting option.
There is now talk that Dempsey is trying to push through his move to Liverpool. If this were to happen his fantasy potential could significantly decrease with penalty duties uncertain and he will have to get used to the new game style also. Steer clear if this move goes through.
Modric seems to have finally got his dream move to Real Madrid for a supposed fee of 36 million pounds. If this goes through it shouldn’t affect any managers too greatly as he was never really an option anyway.
The RVP saga is continuing, which must be worrying for fans of Arsenal as it is becoming a lot like last season already. Reports suggest Juventus are preparing a 20 million pound bid and are hoping to get their man. This will be best for both arsenal fans and fantasy managers as it will assure the new boys in Podolski and Giroud get the best possible chance to shine in the EPL. Keep an eye of them.
United seem to be no closer to signing Everton left back Baines. It will be interesting to see how Baines would fare at United but at the moment the deal is looking unlikely. Having said that United are re-considering a higher bid, and if they do he will produce similar returns as Patrice Evra at the same price of 7.0. He will be one to watch if this move eventuates, if he isn’t anyway.
So that finally rounds up the transfer news, lastly a look at any injury scares coming through. The main worry is with Bale (9.5) and his ankle injury thanks to Charlie Adam and his un-necessary, cowardly challenge on Bale. The scans have come through without any sign of a serious injury, which is great news for spurs fans and us fantasy managers! No other standout injury concerns, although Vidic seems on track for return. If he doesn’t make it back keep an eye out for Phil Jones as a cheap way into United’s backline (6.0).
Keep an eye out for Adzman’s upcoming wrap of the latest pre-season games but if you haven’t heard Aguero was back in form with a goal and 2 assists last night. Tevez (9.0) amongst the scorers also as he stakes his claim as a bargain pick. Worryingly most of the EPL clubs have been struggling during their pre-season matches so it is hard to get a read on their fantasy assets. With no one player really standing out as yet we must wait patiently before making our final team selections.
So that wraps up the news from around the world of football, and in particular the EPL. I will be bringing you more news wraps as we edge closer to deadline day, so in the meantime keep an eye out for the next big issues article coming tomorrow morning, focusing on some tactics you may use throughout the season. Until then you can leave a comment in the section below to have a chat, or just tweet me @MattCraigDT. Don’t forget to keep up with the news by following us @FPLaddicts. Until then just keep tweaking your squads and countdown, only 18 days to go!