4-time top 1k and top 10k finisher Abdul Rehman brings to light some the most significant Premier League summer deadline day transfers and what they mean to us from an FPL perspective.
There were a number of summer deadline day transfers in the Premier League but only a few really which would interest us Fantasy Premier League managers. Manchester United made a big marquee signing, but not the one they were expecting. Instead of 20 year old Jadon Sancho, they signed 33 year old Edinson Cavani, a move which seems to have ruffled a lot of Man United fan’s feathers. Arsenal, Sheffield United, and Leeds United look to have done a bit of good business both in real and fantasy football terms. In this article, we will look at some of the biggest and most relevant transfers for those of us playing the Fantasy Premier League game.
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Edinson Cavani (£8.0m) – Manchester United
Manchester United confirmed the signing of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani on a one-year contract. He left Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and was a free agent. He arrives after scoring 341 goals and 65 assists in 556 club games, a quite phenomenal record which he achieved with Palermo, Napoli, and Paris Saint-Germain. I have to admit I was quite surprised to see him come in at only £8.0m. These sort of numbers warrant more of a £10.0m price tag but I guess with the wealth of attacking options at Manchester United and the fact he is now 33 he won’t be guaranteed a lot of playing time. If he somehow manages to nail down a starting a role then he could be an absolute bargain.
His best seasons came at PSG in 2016-17 where he managed 35 goals and 4 assists in 36 appearances and 28 goals and 6 assists in 32 appearances in 2017-18. Many will make the argument of the French League being far inferior in quality to the Premier League and they may have a point, but with his record of 35 goals and 6 assists in 62 Champions League games for Napoli and PSG its clear he can perform in the most difficult games too. I think Cavani can do well in the Premier League and may have one or two seasons at an elite level left in him. His output did decrease last season however that was more due to the fact he was no longer a first-team player and only managed 14 appearances in which he scored four goals and one assist. It’s not clear if the Uruguayan is match fit yet though as he has been a free agent since the summer so it’s maybe best to wait and see on him. However, with Anthony Martial (£8.8m) suspended for three games he may get a start from the off so it’s one to keep an eye in the press conferences.
Alex Telles (£5.5m) – Manchester United
This signing of the Brazilian International is one Man United fans were happier about. The left-back has racked up an impressive 26 goals and 57 assists in five seasons with FC Porto. He already notched two goals and 2 assist in the three games he played for Porto this season. He will surely come straight in for Luke Shaw (£4.9m) and claim that left-back spot as he seems to be superior to Shaw in almost every department especially attacking and creativity-wise.
Also if we look at his heatmap for Porto for last season we can see clearly how attacking he is down the left side and why he gets so many goals and assists.
In the 2019-20 season, he scored 11 goals and eight assists, with 1.0 shots per game and 0.4 goals per game. He also created seven Big Chances and averaged 1.9 Chances created per game. It’s important to note that the Brazillian was the penalty taker at Porto and eight of those 11 goals were penalties. It is unlikely he will oust Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) as the number one penalty taker at Manchester United but he will surely be the second choice and should get them if the Portuguese is not on the pitch. If United can shore up their defence and get their act together then he is definitely an option at £5.5m with his attacking threat and chance of clean sheets.
Thomas Partey (£5.0m) – Arsenal
The 27-year-old Ghanaian won both the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup in his time at Atletico Madrid. He comes in at £5.0m which for a defensive midfielder is probably fair. He does have some attacking threat in him as he managed 18 goals and 12 assists in 188 games for Atletico which is pretty decent for a defensive midfielder. He has clearly been brought in by Mikel Arteta to strengthen up and protect the defence but also provide help in turning defence into attack. He averages 5.15 interceptions per 90 and has an aerial success rate of 70%. He also makes 7.81 progressive passes per game which shows he knows how to find a pass and transition play. It’s too early to tell where Arteta will deploy him and he will surely have a positive impact for the Gunners’ defence which may make their defenders more attractive. For FPL though he shouldn’t be bought in as any more than a fifth midfielder. I feel he will be a player that will make other Arsenal assets more attractive, defenders especially. Again I feel he is one to watch and I will be curious to see how he beds and affects Arteta’s team.
Raphinha (£5.5m) – Leeds United
Leeds United under Marcelo Bielsa have been an absolute joy to watch this season. They seemed to have strengthened their squad overall with previous signings of Rodrigo (£5.8m), Robin Koch (£4.5m) and Diego Llorente (£4.5m). Raphinha is a right-winger and with attacking prowess but also brings some defensive attributes which Pablo Hernandez (£5.8m) does not currently provide. Judging by his goals and assist records he has come in fairly priced I feel at £5.5m with 44 goals and 26 assists in 177 club appearances. More recently for Rennes in the last two seasons, he has scored eight goals and made seven assists in 36 games. He averages 2.16 shots per game and 1.95 Chances Created per game according to Understat and has also created eight Big Chances last season. There is quite a wealth of options in that £5.0m – £5.5m bracket so maybe he is another one we have to wait and see on although Leeds have a decent run of fixtures (WOL, avl, LEI, cpl. ARS) next so it’s a good time for him to hit the ground running. Looking at his heatmap we can see not only does he attack down the wing but gets back quite a lot too.
Rhian Brewster (£4.5m) – Sheffield United
Sheffield United’s signing of 20-year old Rhian Brewster is probably the most significant move from a fantasy football perspective. He penned a five-year deal with the Blades for a reported £23.5m. As a £4.5m forward he now becomes by far the best forward in that price bracket and opens up the option for managers to plump for a power midfield in a 3-5-2 or a 3-5-2/3-4-3 hybrid. The advantage of having a playing £4.5m forward is also that you can pump that money in other areas and this season it looks to be wise to invest in the midfield with all the wealth of firing option just now.
As he only played four games for the Liverpool senior team there isn’t much to go on so we will look at his loan move to Swansea last season in which he managed an impressive 11 goals from 22 appearances (21 starts). Eight of his 11 goals came from inside the box which shows his goal-scoring and poaching instinct, something which Sheffield United are in need of now more than ever after only scoring one goal in their first four games. He also managed a goal every 167 minutes, 0.5 goals per game, and 2.1 shots per game. All extremely good stats for a £4.5m forward. His goal conversion is also really high at 20.4%. It’s too early to tell I feel whether he has been lucky so far or he is indeed a clinical finisher but at his price, I guess it’s worth the risk. Both Jurgen Klopp and his new manager Chris Wilder have lauded him on his ability of being a ‘natural goalscorer’ so the signs are good. It’s clear to see why the Blades went for Brewster in this window; they only managed to score 39 goals last season with their top two scoring strikers only managing to bag six goals each. Although its too early to say he is nailed with Oli McBurnie (£5.8m), David McGoldrick (£5.4m), Lys Mousset (£5.8m), Billy Sharpe (£5.8m), and out of position Oliver Burke (£4.5m) in contention, he should still see a lot of game time initially as Mousset is out with a toe injury and both McGoldrick and Burke picked up injuries during the international break. It would seem if you are going to plump for him then now is the time, hope he hits the ground running and keeps his place as once everyone is fit he has stiff competition. Overall it’s a very low-risk move as you could bench him every game and the money he saves allows you to upgrade other areas in the squad as I stated earlier.
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Hopefully this has helped you assess the new option and whether any are candidates for your FPL team. Good luck for Gameweek 5 and onwards!