FPL Transfer Market Movers - Two IN, Two OUT - Gameweek 8 Midfielders

8:16am Oct 12 2017

Players from Liverpool, Man City, Spurs and Man United dominate our Two IN, Two OUT top midfield transfers for Gameweek 8

As Fantasy Premier League managers scramble to ready their teams for Gameweek 8, today, our eyes were drawn towards the FPL transfer market movement for MIDFIELDERS ahead of the weekend’s action.

Sure, it’s clear for all to see why Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata (-480,120) and Man City’s Sergio Aguero (-208,923) are the most transferred out forwards for Gameweek 8 due to their injury status’, but I (@FFPundits_Drew) was shocked to see who FPL bosses had been ditching from their midfields this week.

Two IN

David Silva – Manchester City [£8.5m]

Total transfers IN for Gameweek 8: 181,080

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With Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy, FPL managers are looking for some stability and in my opinion, David Silva offers this without the hefty price tag, carried by Kevin De Bruyne (£10.0m).

Silva has been a solid performer, scoring 44 points so far this season, which have come mainly from the 6 assists and 8 bonus points he has recorded in 7 games.

With the attacking threat in this Manchester City side, Silva is the man to unlock a defence for his team mates and looks set to continue being an assist machine.

The Spaniard’s returns could have been even higher, having created an additional 6 big chances, as well as missing 3 big chances to score himself – but let’s not be greedy hey FPL bosses.

The stats suggest there’s more to come as with upcoming fixtures against Stoke (h), Burnley (h) and West Brom (a), it’s easy to see why he is leading the way with the number of transfers in for a midfielder this week.

Arguably an unlikely captain pick compared to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, however, a season keeper who will continue to chalk up regular returns from that City midfield, at a practical and affordable price.

Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool [£9.0m]

Total transfers IN for Gameweek 8: 125,680

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After sustaining the all too common ‘potential move away injury’ during preseason after being linked with Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho made his long-awaited return to the Premier League in Gameweek 5.

Since then, in Gameweeks 6 and 7, the Brazilian has recorded back-to-back, double-digit returns, made up of 2 goals, an assist and 6 bonus points.

It’s easy to see why so many have moved quickly to bring him in and with Sadie Mane now out injured whilst on International duty with Senegal, I expect this number to rise as managers search for a suitable replacement.

Up next are 2 difficult fixtures at home to Manchester United, followed by Spurs at Wembley. After this though, Liverpool’s fixtures are favourable, which could see FPL managers taking advantage of Liverpool’s attacking assets once again.

 

Two OUT

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Man United [£8.5m]

Total transfers OUT for Gameweek 8: 155,719

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A must have pick for many for the first few gameweeks, so why are FPL managers turning their back on the Armenian?

3 blanks in the last 4 Gameweeks, that’s why!

Add to that the fact that Manchester United’s fixtures are taking a turn for the worse , it’s no wonder he’s on his way out.

How fickle we all are!?

So are we being fair? Well yes, we probably are.  Against a poor  Crystal Palace side in Gameweek 7, despite the Red Devil’s winning 4-0, Mkhitaryan only managed 1 shot, he made 2 key passes but created no chances.

It was a similar story away to Southampton in Gameweek 6, where greater returns were expected of him – see, this is what happens when a player hits a purple patch of unexpected form.

The key to being a successful FPL manager is hitting players while they are hot and Mkhitaryan is certainly not hot right now.

Dele Alli – Tottenham [£9.5m]

Total transfers OUT for Gameweek 8: 137,949

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2 goals and 2 assists for Alli so far this season, as well as hitting the post in Gameweek 7 vs Huddersfield, are not strong enough returns for a player of his value (£9.5m)

Many would have expected more, but is a home tie against Bournemouth in Gameweek 8 really the right time to be selling the England international?

So why is Dele Alli on the hit list? This appears to be more the lust for Harry Kane than the dislike for Dele Alli.

Kane is now the top transfer in this week, with over 336,000 fantasy bosses bringing last years Golden Boot winner into their lineups for Gameweek 8 – and no doubt captaining him.

Removing a Spurs midfield asset for an enabler in midfield, may also help to explain why Fellaini and Doucoure have been so popular this week, but will Alli cause FPL managers to regret their decision? Time will tell.

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