Jerome has been busy behind the scenes with a write up on all the movers and shakers late in the transfer window and on deadline day!
Deadline Day Transfers: Jese Rodriguez (6.0)
One of the greatest treasures in FPL is being able to own an out-of-position (OOP) player and in Jese’s case, we have another opportunity to do just that, basically. Jese is playing in a similar to position to Rooney at Everton, as part of a two-man support cast right behind the striker, interestingly Jese though is that he has been able to get up the pitch and play on the same line as the striker, exciting.
Jese started out his career as part of the Real Madrid’s academy but he struggled to get regular game time in the Madrid first team (I mean a couple of years ago Bale couldn’t get off the bench) so he moved to PSG in search for greener pastures and he was met with the same barren and empty field, then another loan attempt out to Las Palmas where he failed to shine despite being given regular starts.
When you look at Jese’s attacking record, it doesn’t look all too enticing, if you dig deeper you’ll notice he has only ever started 33 times combined in the Madrid first team, at PSG and finally at Las Palmas, while making a grand total of 109 appearances at those clubs, playing at an average of 36.4 minutes a game. In this time, he averaged 124 minutes per attacking return (18 goals and 14 assists) which is a good figure considering he never really had any job security whatsoever.
Now at Stoke and with limited data to go on, Jese has had four shots in total, netting one of them against Arsenal and is averaging 1.5 key passes per game, not mesmerising stats to say the least but it’s still early days.
What I’ve noticed from watching Jese playing for Stoke is that he has talent but he seemed a bit like he was lacking match fitness, which may be the reason he has been substituted in both games. Jese is definitely on my watchlist and I’ll be keeping a close eye on him as the season progresses especially if the demand for cheaper midfielders increases.
Deadline Day Transfers: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (5.5)
Yet another OOP player and he also plies his trade with The Potters. Choupo-Motingcame to Stoke as a free agent having been released by Schalke at the end of last season.. In his final two seasons at Schalke, he only managed nine goals and six assists in the league 40 starts and 11 sub appearances.
At Stoke in two starts and one 18-minute sub appearance, he has totalled six shots (four inside the penalty area) to go with two chances created, with four of these shots being in the penalty area.. Despite his impressive start at Stoke (stats-wise) I wouldn’t invest in Choupo-Moting, yet as there are better alternatives at cheaper prices. It would be worth lightly monitoring him due to him being OOP (listed as a midfielder, plays as a striker), but I wouldn’t go bringing him in until he shows something, he did look very lively against West Brom but there wasn’t enough to convince me, yet, there are better options.
Deadline Day Transfers: Timothy Fosu-Mensah (4.5)
What a bright future this kid has, he showed it at United but at Palace he is showing even more of what the future holds. Although his inexperience still shows as at times he can make small errors, but he is decisive, strong and not afraid to put a challenge in (hasn’t been booked yet). Unfortunately, these impressive footballing qualities won’t translate into note-worthy returns as a defender. I wouldn’t be wasting my time with a Palace defender (at this moment in time), trust me, I tried it with Van-Aanholt (who I picked over Davies, not my best move), as they look absolutely shocking at the moment. With the signing of Sakho I think Fosu-Mensah won’t be starting, don’t waste a spot in your FPL side with him.
Deadline Day Transfers: Chris Wood (6.5)
The 2016/17 Championship top scorer has come to ply his trade in the Premier League, a big step up from Leeds making it a risky buy for Burnley. The year before his big break-out year in the Championship, he scored 13 goals in 33 starts, he went on to more than double that tally (27 goals) in just eight more starts, a very impressive improvement.
Unfortunately for Wood he won’t find it as easy going in the Premier League but his impressive goal-scoring record last season can’t be ignored, he averaged one goal every 3.9 shots, an equally impressive strike rate, he will need to translate that form into the Premier League if he is to succeed. It’s not only adapting to the change that will be the challenge, Wood will have to work his way past Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes to lock in that starting spot up top and honestly, I think he can do that. Wood is more clinical and brings more to the team than either of the other two options, he is tall, strong, can move fairly well and most importantly he is always in the right place at the right time, basically a poor man’s Harry Kane (obviously, I’m not implying he is as good as Mr. August 😉 but he plays in the same mould).
At 6.5m, Wood comes in at a premium price for promoted strikers and rightly so, he is probably the best of the bunch this season. He looked incredibly dangerous against the league’s best defence from last season in Tottenham, firing off three shots in only 33 minutes, scoring the 92nd minute equaliser. Wood is one I’m watching very keenly to see how he adapts, 12-15 goals is certainly not too much to expect from the New Zealander IF he gets the starting role, which I’m predicting he will.
Deadline Day Transfers: Wesley Hoedt (5.0)
Another 5.0m Southampton option and one that will hopefully, sure up the Saints defence. With their incredibly enticing fixtures over the next two months, FPL coaches will be hoping that at 5.0m we could lock in a Southampton defender and hope for another four or so clean sheets over that period of time. Hoedt doesn’t offer much attacking-wise but this isn’t what we are interested in. The Dutchman will be replacing one of Stephens/Yoshida, my money is on Stephens, but that’s beside the point, the point is that he will be coming straight in and hopefully working his magic, tightening up the Southampton defence by adding some presence in the air, on the ground and some added stability.
If you don’t have a Southampton defender already, with their upcoming fixtures and Hoedt’s addition, it would be best advised if you did.
Deadline Day Transfers: Joselu (5.5)
Coming over from Stoke for a mere five million pounds, Joselu was awarded his first start on the weekend and he made the most of it, impressing on debut and netting one goal in place of the injured Dwight Gayle and the troublesome Alexsandar Mitrovic. The 27 year old Spaniard made a substitute appearance in the second gameweek as well, in total, he has managed six shots and three key passes in just 110 minutes of football, showing his attacking threat. The main issue with Joselu is the doubt around his job security, Newcastle have three talented and capable strikers at their disposal and with their current formation, there is only one starting spot available.
Joselu could be value if he starts, at only 5.5m he won’t break your bank but he could break your heart if he doesn’t start, one-point substitute appearances are gameweek killers and he might be prone to those if he doesn’t start. It’s difficult to make a prediction on whether or not he will start with Gayle still injured and we won’t know more until after the international break. Keep an eye on him and if he gets regular starts then he is one of the better options under 6.0m, could be value.
Deadline Day Transfers: Andre Carillo (5.5)
Over his six years in Portugal, Carillo failed to make a start in the Primera Liga up until last season where he only started three games, all his other starts for the first team came in European games, he has been absolutely starved of opportunities while still earning a handy wad of cash each week. Considering all this and the fact that he has made 34 appearances in 6 seasons for his clubs before his loan move to Watford, it’s fair to say he is an unknown quantity. What we do know is that he is a very, very pacey winger and has skills to flaunt, but other than that, there isn’t much purely because most of his appearances were extremely short bench cameos.
Based on this we can’t really make an educated judgement and anything we do will be guess-work, therefore all I can tell you to do for now is just to wait and watch. Does he even get regular starts at Watford? Who knows, but what is encouraging to note is that in his first game available for the club he played 43 minutes off the bench, we will definitely have more to go on over the next couple of game-weeks. At best though, I can’t see him being more than a rotatable bench option. Still best to monitor his progress.
Deadline Day Transfers: Oliver Burke (5.5)
The talented Scot now finds himself at West Brom after stints of various lengths ranging from one month to two years in his senior career. He spent 11 years in the Nottingham Forest system before leaving at the start of the 2016 season after showing some incredible potential during the pre-season and at the beginning of the season for a club record fee of 15 million pounds.
His scoring record for a young kid at an average club (Forest is nothing like it was all those years ago) is quite impressive: as an 18-year old he managed 2 goals in 735 minutes in the league (total of 18 appearances) in 2015/16, in 2016/17, he accumulated 4 goals and 1 assist in just 372 minutes (5 appearances) with 3 goals in 6 matches during the pre-season that year. This impressive form led to attention from Bayern, United, Liverpool and Arsenal but RB Leipzig was the club that took action, picking him up as part of their rejuvenation as a club. At his new club he scored a goal and an assist in two starts over three weeks, showing exactly why Leipzig picked him up, his pace his natural skill and talent with the ball but his match awareness let him down and for the majority of the rest of the season he barely made it onto the starting sheet, appearing mostly from the bench.
His first appearance for West Brom was another cameo from the bench, just two minutes this time, with not much to go off it just looked like he lacked match fitness, he wasn’t as sharp on the ball as he usually is but hopefully we’ll be able to see more than two minutes of him the next time we see him. I can’t see him displacing Rodriguez or Phillips on the wings either way, he will need an injury to see him get any regular starts.
Deadline Day Transfers: Max Gradel (5.0)
The man, the myth, the legend, Matt’s prized possession, he’s been loaned out Toulouse in France, if you still have him you probably haven’t logged on since the news broke. Maybe next season, Matt. Lel.
Deadline Day Transfers: Zlatan Ibrahimović (10.0)
The beast is back, after uniting heaven and hell by signing his new contract, is there anything this man can’t do in football? There’s not really much more I can say about Zlatan that you already don’t know, everyone who follows football knows of his ability to dominate any field he steps on and the fields of England different, he was a beast last season. The only potential problem that can arise from his arrival is how it will affect Lukaku’s output and his, I’m assuming they both start because Zlatan wouldn’t stay for a spot next to Jese Lingard and Chris Smalling on the bench. With his absence set to continue for the foreseeable future we don’t have much to worry about just yet but when he does come… Beware.
Deadline Day Transfers: Sam Clucas (5.5)
He will start for Swansea but he isn’t FPL relevant, plays far too deep to be of any relevance. Three goals and one assist in 36 appearances last season says it all, don’t even bother.
Deadline Day Transfers: Gareth Barry (4.5)
Another one not to bother with. Never forget this guy almost got into double figures for goals and assists in one season in what seems like an eternity ago, I didn’t even know FPL existed back then, nor was I old enough to know what algebra even was. Thanks for the memories though, Gareth. Avoid. Could be indirectly relevant though, hopefully, his presence means more West Brom clean sheets.
Deadline Day Transfers: Bruno Martins Indi (5.0)
Stoke are building a tidy defence here, Martins Indi joins Kurt Zouma, Shawcross and Geoff Cameron with Kevin Wimmer’s arrival also confirmed. It remains to be seen who will start, maybe they start nine centre-backs with Shaqiri up top? Who knows. Their cheapest asset at the moment is Geoff Cameron at 4.5m but it seems unlikely he will get consistent starts with the new arrivals, Wimmer is at 4.9m and Martins Indi at 5.0m. If Cameron does start, he could be a good rotation option (beware, games against United, Chelsea and City are separated by a visit to Newcastle and a visit from Southampton). Would I go for Martins Indi at 5.0m though? Probably not at the moment with the premium midfielders requiring attention.
Deadline Day Transfers: Marco Lemina (5.0)
A solid centre midfielder and a good buy for Southampton but not a good buy for your FPL sides plays too deep to be relevant. Pass.
There are plenty of players that didn’t get discussed in the article above they include Drinkwater, Krul, Bony, Llorente, Dragovic, Zappacosta, Zeegelaar, Vlasic, Schelotto, Renato Sanches, Aurier, Ox, Krychowiak, Gibbs, Sigurdsson and the non-movement of Sanchez.
If you have any questions about the above, let us know in the comments below if not we will return next week when they have a game under their belts.