Sometimes the secret of beating your fpl targets lies in not signing the new arrivals in the league, but in knowing how the new arrivals will impact the input of the players who were available in fpl last season. Some of these players have been given a low price, thanks to failing to meet the expectations of fpl managers last season e.g. Mkhitaryan (£7.0),Lovren (£5.0) etc.
This list is not conclusive and you may have others, feel free to let us know in the comments section.
- JORGINHO/ SARRI.
Listening to Maurizio Sarri’s first press conference as Chelsea manager, I couldn’t help but notice how his plans for the blues is a departure from Conte and Mourinho days. He simply said, “Call me Sarri”, clearly evading the side shows of “The Special one”, “The normal one” and “The Chosen one” that have seen managers set themselves for failure by talking big.
It’s no coincidence that his first signing happens to be his trusted midfield lynchpin from Napoli, Jorginho. The 5 ft. 11 inch midfielder isn’t known his goal scoring prowess, having scored just 28 in 289 appearances, but what puts him here is his enabling power for what Chelsea fans now call “Sarriball”. This is in reference to Sarri’s ultra-attacking play implemented at Napoli.
Jorginho partnering General N’golo Kante can bring glorious returns for fpl managers. Napoli partnered Jorginho with Allan and Marek Hamsik in their Engine room in a 4-3-3 formation, with the front 3 of Callejon, Mertens and Insigne accumulating 36 goals and 27 assists with the other half of their 77 goals spread across the team. Granted the EPL is more competitive than Serie A and Sarri might struggle to replicate his system in England, Chelsea boast a far more superior front line than Napoli.
The obvious candidates to monitor as beneficiaries for “Sarriball” are the front 3. Chelsea so far have Willian, Pedro and Hazard as the most likely beneficiaries of the fluid attacking play while there are Giroud and Morata in the striker position. By the close of the transfer window, we’ll have a clearer picture of how Sarri will utilize his front men, keep a close eye on his transfer business and preseason games.
- JEAN MICHAEL SERI.
The story of Jean Michael Seri is a fascinating one. In the aftermath of his barnstorming performances the season before last, he was almost guaranteed of a move to Barcelona, a move which only failed as a result of his club Nice demanding too much money from Barcelona. Before moving to Fulham in the on-going transfer window, Seri was linked with big clubs all over Europe, including Chelsea, but Fulham are the ones who ultimately won his signature.
Serri operates as prominently as a Central midfielder and sometimes as a defensive central midfielder, though he has really made his name as a box-to-box type of player in the no.8 role. In his last 3 league 1 seasons, he has played 99 league games, scoring 12 goals and providing 20 assists, not the kind of numbers we want for an fpl player.
Like Jorginho, his enabling power is what appeals to you as an fpl manager. He made an average 86.3 and 83.4 passes per game in the last 2 years with a pass accuracy of 90.4% and 89.5% consecutively. Clearly, he’ll be laying a foundation for the more attacking midfielders in the team, talking of attacking midfielders, my mind goes directly to one man, Tom Cairney (£5.0).
Fulham played mostly with a 4-3-3 formation, with Kevin McDonald, Stefan Johansen and Tom Cairney, with the midfielders contributing 3 goals 1 assist, 8 goals 9 assists and 6 goals 5 assists in that order. Stefan Johansen is the midfielder with more goal contribution but it remains to be seen who drops out for Seri and who ends up playing closer to the opponents box, Cairney is a massive enabler for your budget and can come off your bench occasionally with a threat of good returns.
- ALLISON BECKER/NABY KEITA/FABINHO.
In recent Fantasy Premier League seasons, Liverpool have been a hot bed for attacking fpl assets with the like Coutinho, Salah, Firmino and Mane offering handsome rewards for managers. This coming season promises to be different though, the Kop have made massive defensive investments, they now boast world record transfers for a defender (Virgil Van Dijk) and goalkeeper (Allison Becker).
Liverpool last season, for all the stick they receive, kept a combined 17 clean sheets between Karius (10) and Mignolet (7), just 2 clean sheet less than the highest clean sheets kept by any team, Manchester United, De Gea (18) Romero (1). Already it seems managers missed out on Liverpool defenders due to the age old theory, that Liverpool and clean sheets just don’t “see eye to eye.”
Now with Liverpool boasting a top goalkeeper in Becker, top center back in Van Dijk and a world cup finalist CB Lovren to partner him as well as top cover in midfield from Keita and Fabinho, Liverpool defensive assets never got more appealing than this. Allison made 109 saves in Serie A last season, a 79.3% save percentage, form 406 shots allowed by Roma, Liverpool allowed just 268 shots on goal last season.
While you might want to get Allison (£5.5) for his 17 clean sheets last season as well as 2 penalty saves, it is the members of their defensive line who are poised to reap big from having Allison, Keita and Fabinho protecting the defense.
Robertson (£6.0) didn’t play all the games last season but collected 5 assists and 1 goal from defense, expect that to improve this season with him knowing there is enough protection behind him to move forward. Lovren (£5.0) the world cup finalist collected 110 points last season with 11 clean sheets, 2 goals and 1 assist, his price is certainly too tempting. Trent Alexander Arnold (£5.0) in his breakthrough season, he didn’t manage to get as many minutes as the rest of Liverpool defenders but he comes back from the world cup a better player. Though he has the fit again Clyne (£5.0) to contend with, his price makes him worth the risk.
As the transfer window rolls on, we expect more signings and more knock on effects on the potential of other underpriced fpl assets, keep your eye on this domino effect.
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