We’ve already discussed how van Dijk might fit well into our fantasy squads given his attributes and Liverpool’s potential. The January transfer window and inevitable rumour mill and gossip columns had me wondering which players that could be on the move might make them appealing to our FPL teams.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil spring immediately to mind. If Sanchez moves to Man City as expected, he could become a devasting purchase with all that City possess up front. Equally, though the Pep rotation policy and depth of squad would leave a hanging doubt over his points total and consistency.
Now if Man Utd or Liverpool could pull off a coup and convince the Chilean that they’d provide him with a real opportunity for trophies then he’d likely be a regular first teamer and bag plenty of points.
Özil again is another name that more than likely would see an upturn in form in a new team and under new management. Assists, set-pieces and goals would probably follow… Watch this space.
Other names that we should consider as realistic targets now include:
– Walcott to Southampton or Everton? If he stays injury free, he has shown in the past that he can go on goalscoring streaks if allowed a decent run in the team
– Mahrez to… Liverpool? The loss of Coutinho would be somewhat dampened if Mahrez turned up at Anfield. His points-scoring velocity in recent weeks with Leicester has seen him reach as high as the fifth highest scorer overall in FPL and this could only get better surrounded by the likes of Salah, Mane and Firmino.
– Sakho moving to Palace from West Ham? He hasn’t exactly been a prolific striker but at a cheap price and with Zaha and Townsend looking in the mood he might be more effective than Benteke.
There are of course many potential new players coming into the Premier League during this window. However I think waiting for them to get used to the English game and their new team might be prudent before throwing them in too early into your FPL teams, as there’s always the risk of a low initial score whilst they’re breaking their way in. A good example would be for those who bought Lindelof earlier this season, who will remember his early promise fail as a fantasy asset.
So this month I think the tactic would be hold off using your wildcard until February or even March and if you look carefully at the transfers between EPL clubs you might be able to bag yourself a bargain.
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