Fantasy Premier League Tips - The Top 5 Premier League New Signings
Posted by FFPundits
7:27pm Aug 3 2017
Premier League players from Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham and Liverpool go under the knife ahead of Gameweek 1
Some big names have been signed up by Premier League teams this summer, but which of them should be considered for your Fantasy Premier League team?
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Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez – West Ham [£7.5m]
West Ham snapped up the former Manchester United forward for a fee of around £16m, after his tally of 28 league goals during two seasons in the Bundesliga, with Bayer Leverkusen.
The biggest concern with new signings is usually how well they’ll adapt to the Premier League, but this shouldn’t be an issue with Hernandez. During his time with Man Utd, Chicharito scored 37 Premier League goals over the course of 4 seasons, being used primarily as an impact sub.
He made over 100 league appearances in the Premier League but more than half of them were from the bench, due to the wealth of forward options at Man Utd.
With a generous price tag of just £7.0m, the Mexico international is competing against the likes of Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle (£6.5m) and Southampton’s Charlie Austin (6.5m) and Manolo Gabbiadini (7.0m), within the budget forward category.
West Ham’s opening fixtures are less than ideal, with 4 away games during the first 5 Gameweeks but the forward will return to Old Trafford for his West Ham debut, where he’ll be hoping to remind his former club exactly what he’s capable of.
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool [£9.0m]
Liverpool signed Egypt international, Mohamed Salah, for an initial fee of around £34m.
The attacking midfielder was directly involved in 26 league goals for Roma last season, scoring 15 times himself and providing 11 assists, during his 31 appearances.
The 25-year-old was ranked 2nd in Serie A for assists, last season, behind only José Callejon (12), while his goals tally was beaten only by Lorenzo Insigne (18), amongst Serie A midfielders.
Salah is expected to lineup in Liverpool’s front 3, alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané, with Philippe Coutinho moving into a deeper midfield role to accommodate the Egyptian.
With a price tag of £9.0m; equal with Philippe Coutinho, it may be wise to allow time for the new signing to settle in at his new club by opting for his Brazilian teammate initially.
However, with a number of goals under his belt already in pre-season, Salah may well make an impact right from the off, if you’re prepared to take the risk.
Alvaro Morata – Chelsea [£10.0m]
With Antonio Conte in need of a new striker to replace Diego Costa, it was Alvaro Morata who eventually became a Chelsea player, signing from Real Madrid for a fee of around £60m.
The Spain international made 26 league appearances for Real Madrid last season; starting on just 14 occasions. Despite his limited game time, the forward contributed to 19 league goals; scoring 15 times and providing 4 assists. Only Cristiano Ronaldo managed more goals, amongst Real Madrid teammates (25).
Only 6 La Liga players were able to beat the Spaniard’s goal tally, including Lionel Messi (37), Luis Suarez (29) Antoine Griezmann (16) and the aforementioned, Cristiano Ronaldo (25).
The 24-year-old achieved an average of: 1 goal, 2 shots on target and roughly 1 attempted assist, per 90 minutes of football last season.
With the forward likely to receive much more game time at Chelsea than he was given at Real Madrid, it will be interesting to see if he can keep up those impressive numbers.
But the form of Michy Batshuayi could present a small risk for Morata, during the opening games of the season. With the Belgian having bagged a number of goals during pre-season so far, in addition to his strong end to last season, Conte may not be in such a rush to drop the 23-year-old.
However, in the absence of Eden Hazard, who will miss the start of the season through injury, we could see Chelsea begin the season with both Morata and Batshuayi in the starting XI.
Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal [£10.5m]
Arsenal were also in the market for a forward this summer; in the form of Alexandre Lacazette, who joined for a club record fee of £46.5m.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a number of successful years with Lyon; reaching a double figure goals tally for 4 consecutive seasons. In the 2016/17 season, Lacazette’s tally of 28 goals in League 1 was beaten only by Edinson Cavani (35).
The France international recorded a total of 47 shots on target; an average of 1.6 per game, which was beaten by only 2 players in League 1. Comparatively, Olivier Giroud managed a total of just 13 shots on target during his 11 starts for Arsenal last season, with an average of 1.2 per game.
It is, however, worth noting that 10 of the 28 goals scored by Lacazette last season came from the penalty spot. Whilst the forward is expected to take over penalty duties for Arsenal, the Gunners were awarded just 6 penalties last season and only 2 in the previous season.
Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United [£11.5m]
Romelu Lukaku completed a £75m move from Everton to Manchester United earlier this summer; taking over the no.9 shirt, left vacant by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Belgian will be no stranger to FPL managers, having fired double figure goal tallies in the last 5 Premier League campaigns. His wealth of experience in the Premier League should give him an advantage over the other new signings, some of whom may need time to adjust to a new league.
The 24-year-old recorded an impressive tally of 25 goals last season; only Harry Kane managed more in the Premier League. Similarly, Lukaku’s 55 shots on target where 2nd only to the Spurs striker, who produced 58 efforts on target.
With an ownership of almost 48% ahead of the Gameweek 1 deadline, Romelu Lukaku is comfortably the most selected player in the game at present and with that comes a big risk for those without the Belgian in their teams.
Jose Mourinho’s side face home fixtures against West Ham and Leicester in the opening 3 Gameweeks, either side of a trip to a Swansea team that narrowly avoided relegation last season.
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