Yesterday we saw the new defensive options to move within the Premier League, today it’s time to take a look at the forwards and midfielders. Down to business!
Elmohamady (5.0) – 0.9%
The Egyptian born midfielder who had been on loan at Hull City for the past year has finally put pen to paper and signed with the club for a further three years. The deal reportedly worth £2m will see Elmohamady in action for Hull in this year’s upcoming season. Having made only 18 appearances for Sunderland in the 2011/12 season and managing just one goal, consistent game time seemed to be missing at the Black Cats. In the 2012/13 season Elmohamady played in the championship, making 41 appearances, assisting 9 times and scoring 3 goals. Although these statistics don’t show prolific point scoring it does show that he will be an influential, consistent starter and a key player for Hull during the season. With a serious lack of budget options in midfield, Elmohamady gives us a safe, cheap option with the ability to both score and assist. Definitely consider as a bench option.
Kone (7.0) – 14.8%
Another player departing a newly relegated team and following a former coach. Kone joined Everton from Wigan for £6m over three years. Last year he had a stellar season, finding the back of the net 11 times with 5 assists to boot. Kone played 2932 minutes with an output of 140 points. Scoring 11 times at a relegated club in Wigan is a fantastic achievement and can only make us ponder what he can do at Everton. With the likes of Fellaini, Pienaar, Osman, Mirallas and Baines feeding him through balls one would think his scoring and points scoring will increase. Kone has already been given the number 9 shirt in somewhat controversial circumstances. With former goal scoring machine Dixie Dean making it such a famous number. My only concern with Kone is the strike force Everton already have. Experienced Everton players in Nikita Jelavic and Victor Anichebe all fighting for the number one striker position. Kone is in the same boat as Alcaraz, in that playing under former manager, Martinez at Wigan, will do his chances of first team selection no harm. Keep an eye out for Everton’s pre-season friendlies as to who is getting a regular start. With Everton’s dream run in the first month (Norwich away, West Brom home, Cardiff away, Chelsea home) goals and points should not be a problem, so Kone could potentially be a steal. If Kone is getting regular starts then look to bring him in, he could be in for another stellar season. I just don’t like the doubt surrounding his job security.
Andy Carroll (7.5) – 2.1%
After not living up to the hype at Liverpool, Carroll sought a loan to West Ham last season and was frustrated through niggling injuries. Carroll managed just 1953 minutes for a return of 94 points, which included 7 goals and 5 assists. Over the summer Carroll has officially signed permanently with West Ham with a fee around £15m for 6 years, making him West Ham’s most expensive signing in the history of the club. Currently Carroll is battling a heel injury which is expected to keep him out until just before the September international break. With West Ham having a dream first month and if Carroll was 100% fit I would be all over him like rash. West Ham’s opening month (Cardiff home, Newcastle away, Stoke home and Southampton away) smells of goals and fantasy relevance. If Carroll can get himself right for the start of the season then think about bringing him in. If he is to be back before the international break West Ham have a rather difficult month (Everton home, Hull City away, Tottenham away and Manchester City away) so if he is going to be fit at the start of the season he may be a sneaky P.O.D at just 2.1% ownership. So keep an eye out for him and contemplate brining him in – only if he’s 100% fit though! Edit: He won’t be. Definitely consider when fit, bargain.
Jerome Thomas (4.5) – 2.7%
Matt chiming in here, but I couldn’t resist Thomas. Not much has been said about this little beaut, however it could provide managers with the perfect 5th midfielder to provide bench cover. Ignore what he did in the epl last season, however he proved his ability to gather goals and assists with 3 goals and 8 assists over the previous 2 seasons. His move to Palace will give them some much needed Premier League experience and Holloway has seemingly given him the nod for consistent 1st team minutes. He will be fielded either out on a wing in a 4-2-3-1, or possibly even the much admired role ‘in the hole’ behind the striker. If Holloway is true to his word then we should have ourselves the perfect bench warmer. Keep an eye out on Crystal Palace’s pre-season matches to give us more of an idea. I like what I see!
Well that’s all the players that have moved clubs over the summer so far. I will be back to update any names I have missed later in the season as there could still be a few more big, big names in Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez possibly seeking a trade after fall outs with Manchester United and Liverpool respectively. Keeping track of all the clubs’ friendlies this time of year is a must as we can see which players are getting a run and those that aren’t. Particularly keep an eye on Kone to see whether or not he gets regular game time and if he makes an immediate impression at Everton. That’s it from me for today. Hopefully I will get some info from Around the Grounds as the pre-season friendlies kick into gear.