With the UK’s COVID-19 travel restrictions still in force, the Premier League’s international break is even more unpredictable for FPL managers.

Jian Batra outlines exactly what managers need to know when weighing up the likelihood of their FPL players starting in Gameweek 4.

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This article will be continuously added to, as and when we are given developments on the “political war” between national football governing bodies and the Premier League. These are the current state of affairs.

Red List Countries

Anyone arriving in the UK from a red-listed country must quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved quarantine hotel.

The Premier League have strongly opposed this blanket-rule, first looking for exemption for their players and then mandating that none of them travel to play for their countries if that country is on the red-list.

The Spanish FA employed a very similar tactic, however it was unsuccessful. They went to the Court of Arbitration of Sport to “block” the release of red-listed players but were denied. This has given FIFA confidence that the same will occur with English clubs, and they will ultimately be able to get the players released.

FIFA have threatened a five day ban for all players who don’t travel who were selected, however this is still advantageous for Premier League clubs as it’s five less days their players will have to quarantine.

The players who would be going to the countries below, providing the Premier League’s “block” falls apart, would be missing up to two Premier League gameweeks, a UEFA club competition matchday and the third round of the EFL Cup. You can understand why the Premier League is so strong in its reluctance to compromise.

A list of the UK’s red-list countries (in the FIFA top 50 rankings):

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Egypt
  • Mexico
  • Paraguay 
  • Peru
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela 

The FPL Players Affected by the Travel Rules

There are up to 60 Premier League players who could be affected.

To clarify, all players below will travel to a “red list” country at some point:

Arsenal

  • Mohamed Elneny (Egypt)
  • Lucas Torriera (Uruguay)
  • Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast – who are due to play in Mozambique on 3 September)

Aston Villa

  • Emiliano Buendia (Argentina)
  • Emiliano Martinez (Argentina)
  • Marvelous Nakamba (Zimbabwe)

Brentford

  • Halil Dervisoglu (Turkey)
  • Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Ghana – who are due to play in South Africa on 6 September)
  • Frank Onyeka (Nigeria – who are due to play in Cape Verde on 7 September)
  • Yoana Wissa (DR Congo)

Brighton

  • Steven Alzate (Colombia)
  • Yves Bissouma (Mali – who are due to play in Uganda on 6 September)
  • Moises Caicedo (Ecuador)
  • Enock Mwepu (Zambia)
  • Percy Tau (South Africa)

Burnley

No players affected.

Chelsea

  • Thiago Silva (Brazil)

Crystal Palace

  • Jordan Ayew (Ghana – who are due to play in South Africa on 6 September)
  • Jeffrey Schlupp (Ghana – same as above)
  • Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast – who are due to play in Mozambique on 3 September)

Everton

  • Alex Iwobi (Nigeria – who are due to play in Cape Verde on 7 September)
  • Yerry Mina (Colombia)
  • Richarlison (Brazil)
  • James Rodriguez (Colombia)

Leeds United

  • Helder Costa (Angola)
  • Raphinha (Brazil)

Leicester City

  • Daniel Amartey (Ghana – who are due to play in South Africa on 6 September)
  • Patson Daka (Zambia)
  • Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria – who are due to play in Cape Verde on 7 September)
  • Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria – same as above)
  • Caglar Soyuncu (Turkey)

Liverpool

  • Alisson (Brazil)
  • Fabinho (Brazil)
  • Roberto Firmino (Brazil)
  • Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

Manchester City

  • Ederson (Brazil)
  • Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)

Manchester United

  • Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast – who are due to play in Mozambique on 3 September)
  • Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)
  • Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast – same as above)
  • Fred (Brazil)

Newcastle United

  • Miguel Almiron (Paraguay)

Norwich City

  • Onel Hernandez (Cuba)

Southampton

  • Moussa Djenepo (Mali – who are due to play in Uganda on 6 September)

Tottenham

  • Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast – who are due to play in Mozambique on 3 September)
  • Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina)
  • Davinson Sanchez (Colombia)
  • Cristian Romero (Argentina)

Watford

  • Emmanuel Dennis (Nigeria – who are due to play in Cape Verde on 7 September)
  • Peter Etebo (Nigeria – same as above)
  • Francisco Sierralta (Chile)
  • William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria – same as above)
  • Ozan Tufan (Turkey)

West Ham

  • Arthur Masuaku (DR Congo)

Wolves

  • Willy Boly (Ivory Coast – who are due to play in Mozambique on 3 September)
  • Yerson Mosquera (Colombia)

 

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The Notable Fantasy Premier League Implications

Emi Martinez (£5.5m) Missing for Gameweek 4 Fixture Against Chelsea

Aston Villa have looked very poor so far both going forward and defensively. Their poor attacking form has lead to them having less possession high up the pitch. In part, this is probably due to Jack Grealish (£8.0m) leaving.

They’re conceding a high number of chances. Losing Martinez’s shot-stopping ability against the likes of Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) is going to make life even harder for the Villains.

I expect it to be an ugly score line for the Villa faithful.

Brazilian Players

Of all the FA’s, the Brazilian division is putting up the largest fight to get their players released from their clubs.

If they are to play for their country, Liverpool would be hit hardest. Losing Allison (£6.0m) and Fabinho (£5.4m) is a huge loss: Allison, in particular, has no like-for-like replacement a the club.

The distribution and composure at the back facilitates more attacks on the transition. His shot stopping ability has saved Liverpool numerous times. Losing Fabinho would be a huge loss: his ball retention, ability to circulate and move the ball quickly combined with his intelligence of passing on an attacking transition are vital to Liverpool.

If Mohamed Salah were to leave as well, Liverpool would be in big trouble against Leeds.

Losing Ederson (£6.0m) for Manchester City would have similar affects but to a lesser extent given how good they are. Gabriel Jesus (£8.6m) could easily be replaced in the side by Riyad Mahrez (£8.9m).

 

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Other FPL Implications

Brighton, Palace, Everton and Leicester are the other sides that would be majorly affected if their players were to be released.

Brighton depend heavily on Yves Bissouma (£4.6m) for the defensive safety he provides them with. I expect Brentford to take advantage of his potential absence.

Palace without Wilfred Zaha (£6.9m) going forward are very poor, full stop.

Everton and Leicester are missing such a volume of quality players that it depreciates the standard of the starting eleven and the squad depth, ensuring they will likely both suffer some form of negative affect.

Travel Restrictions and FPL Advice

Very simply, be patient with FPL transfers. You don’t know what will happen and if players are released you will most definitely want those transfers to restructure the team.

Aligning with the point on patience, don’t play your Wildcard yet in anticipation of future events. Circumstances are out of your control and losing a bit of money on price changes isn’t worth it for a guaranteed productive Wildcard.

As I said, I’ll update the article as and when the news breaks!

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Updates:

Argentinian players

Emi Martinez and Emiliano Buendia have travelled to Croatia. Croatia is on the UK’s green list which means, once they have finished training there, they are allowed to return to the UK without quarantining in a room for 10 days. Croatia’s political rules allow the players to train and this ensures no further disruptions will occur for Villa.

The quarantine period in Croatia means both are very likely to miss the Chelsea game, however will be back for Everton.

The situation surrounding Lo Celso and Romero remains unkown.

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