Welcome to the week’s wrap up of all the fresh meat making it’s way to the Premier League. Whilst most of these guys may not be great fpl options themselves, their arrivals may affect others we have on our radar. Time to take a look!
Brayford (4.0) – 1.0%
Cardiff have secured the signature of the 25 year old full back for a reported fee of £1.3m. Even though Matthew Connolly was so successful at right back last term, he is probably more suited to the centre half position. Brayford is expected to come into the Bluebirds line-up and be an immediate first XI regular. Whilst we can’t be sure of this until the season kicks off, Mackay (Cardiff’s manager) was not sparing in his praise to the new boy. With Cardiff’s difficult early fixtures I’d hold back on selecting any of their defenders, however as a 5th defensive cheapie he certainly looks to be good value!
Sagbo (5.0) 0.0% (Not joking)
A striker for Hull? Nothing to see here… Steve Bruce is clearly desperate to increase Hull’s firepower after they notched a mere 61 goals in 46 games last season, in the Championship! Also bear in mind that Hull have scored just once in their last three pre-season games, and that was courtesy of a spot-kick. There’s no need for me to point out the weakness. I highly doubt they will improve on that, so I’d be looking to avoid most if not all their attacking options until they prove otherwise. Great news for those defenders playing Hull though! *cough* Chelsea *cough*
Redmond (5.0) 0.9%
The exciting youngster is another signing of Norwich’s, in their attempt to improve on that pathetic goal tally of 41 last term. He is extremely flexible and could play either out on the wings or ‘in the hole’ behind a lone striker. With Hughton opting for what looks to be a 4-4-2, I’d expect him to share game time with guys like Snodgrass and Pilkington on the wing. He is certainly a talented prospect, however at 19 game time must be questioned. Pass.
Boateng (4.5) 0.6%
Whilst he looks cool, and his names well known… Well that’s about where the fpl positives end. Yes he should be a first team regular for Fulham, but he’s priced at 4.5 for a reason. Going forward is not his strong point. Another defensive minded midfielder arriving in the Prem, can we expect goal tally’s to drop? Let’s hope we’re not going down that path… The EPL is the most watched league for a reason! No, no, no for this guy!
Lugano (5.0) 0.3%
Steve Clark has identified that the Baggies defence dropped off towards the end of last season, and has signed the experienced centre half from PSG. You would think he’ll replace one of McAuley or Olsson, priced at 5.5 and 5.0 respectively. McAuley’s threat in the air is well known, however his defending last term was questionable. Which of the 3 will start is anyone’s guess at this stage. I wouldn’t look at start with him, however with a favourable rotation with Southampton for the first 12 gameweeks (SOT, SUN, SWA, WHM, SUN, CPL, SWA, sto, FUL, CPL, HUL, AVL) we must bring a Baggies defender into consideration. A pass for now, however watchlist for sure.
Chadli (7.5) 0.5%
The 24 year-old Belgium adds to Villas-Boas’ summer spending spree, arriving for a fee in the region of £7m. Let’s presume Bale goes (Which I still believe will happen, they are spending like it) then there is a gaping hole on the left wing which was obvious last season. Whilst Lennon dominates the right side of their attack, Chadli will surely find no problems in securing his spot on the left in Spurs first XI. Basically job security shouldn’t be an issue. So what are the prospects? His first two years at the club harvested 13 goals and 11 assists from 56 Eredivisie matches, before he once again improved during his third season with 12 goals and five assists from 26 games. He also bagged 6 goals and 6 assists in just 10 Europa League games, showing he is capable of competing at the top level and his keen eye for goal. A front 3 of Chadli, Soldado and Lennon could be exactly what Spurs need to take them back to the Champions League. I expect him to have a great season and if you’re struggling to find a second mid priced midfielder behind Mirallas, then this guy could be your best bet. A worthy risk.
Soldado (9.5) 4.6% (And rising)
I cannot really contain my excitement. With the season yet to start my boner is only at 25%. Ok that was a lie, I’m raging f***ing full blown out of my mind hard. It was only a matter of time before this beast made his way to the EPL. To put it plain and simple, he is a goal scoring machine. 25 goals and 4 assists in 36 games for Valencia last term show what he can produce. He has gone at an average of better than a goal every 2 games throughout his career. His job is to find the back of the net, no ifs or buts. He will be Tottenham’s first choice striker, that there is no doubt. Add in some very favourable early fixtures and you have yourself a recipe for success. Spurs didn’t pay £26m for nothing, this guy is incredible and is locked in my team at this stage! Cue Bale to stay…
That’s it for this week, hopefully I’ll have another final edition just before the season starts as the new purchases continue to flow! Expect to see the player analysis of the mids and forwards to come very soon. Until then! Cheers.