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24 Jan 2019 by TSZ

FPL – New Signings In January

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This page will be updated regularly throughout January and will list all players who have:

  • Been added to the official FPL website after signing with a Premier League club.
  • Already existed on the official FPL website but have made a permanent/loan move to another Premier League club.

    ARSENAL

    Name
    Denis Suarez

    Position
    Midfielder

    FPL Price
    £6.5m

    FPL History
    N/A

    TSZ Scout Analysis
    Spaniard Denis Suarez played for Unai Emery at Sevilla on loan from Barcelona in 2014, and does so again here with a loan deal to Arsenal with an option to buy. Essentially he’s come to audition for Aaron Ramsey’s place, and while he is certainly a good player, his stats fall into the 'engine-room' portion of the field. He scored two goals in 31 appearances for Sevilla, and three in 46 at Barcelona. At £6.5m, he is a costly pass-and-mover, with the likes of Ryan Fraser (£6.1m) and Luka Milivojevic (£6.2m) making him look expensive as an option.

    BOURNEMOUTH

    Name
    Nathaniel Clyne

    Position
    Defender

    FPL Price
    £4.4m

    FPL History

    TSZ Scout Analysis
    Nathaniel Clyne’s injury troubles throughout 2018 have paved the way for Liverpool starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold to take his place on the right-flank, both at the Reds and for England. Despite a mere 108 minutes of playing time this season, Clyne played the full 90 against Manchester United and was impressive considering his lack of practice. His low price and his likely game-time at the Cherries makes him something of a positive gamble for many. Clyne’s stats in previous years make for a tempting budget full-back. Although one can expect few clean sheets in a Bournemouth set-up, the former Southampton full-back could amp up his assists quota for Eddie Howe's - at times - attacking outfit.

    Name
    Chris Mepham

    Position
    Defender

    FPL Price
    £4.5m

    FPL History
    N/A

    TSZ Scout Analysis
    Signed from Brentford, Chris Mepham will most likely not be on many FPL managers' radars. Mainly deployed at centre-half during his career, the 21-year-old Welsh international looks more like a signing for the future, with the player unlikely to oust Steve Cook and Nathan Ake for a starting spot at the heart of the Bournemouth backline in the short-term. Furthermore, his price of £4.5m puts him as the second most expensive Bournemouth defender behind Ake (£5.0m). However, Mepham gives Howe the option to revert to three central defenders as he has frequently done. His playing time is worth monitoring as is transfer speculation surrounding Ake over the coming weeks, as his potential departure would mean an easier route into the first XI.

    Name
    Dominic Solanke

    Position
    Forward

    FPL Price
    £4.7m

    FPL History

      TSZ Scout Analysis
      Dominic Solanke’s limited playing time at Liverpool might put some managers off, but his bargain-basement FPL price of £4.7m could potentially make him the most value-for-money striker in the game. The Under-20 FIFA World Cup champion is yet to show what he can do in the Premier league, but his consistent scoring at youth level had earned him a senior England cap in 2017, a year before his new strike partner Callum Wilson. At his price range, his FPL peers are the likes of Watford’s Isaac Success (£4.6m), Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara (£4.5m) and Southampton’s Shane Long (£4.7m), who are all often substitutes and are hardly firing on all cylinders. With transfer speculation surrounding Callum Wilson, this big-money move looks like a pre-emptive replacement, and so Solanke could be about to feature prominently for the rest of the season. A word of warning for any investors though... Solanke is currently suffering from a hamstring injury and is not expected to be available until February.

      BRIGHTON


            BURNLEY

            Name
            Peter Crouch

            Position
            Forward

            FPL Price
            £4.5m

            FPL History

            TSZ Scout Analysis
            Burnley have outdone themselves this time by making the most Burnley-esque last-minute January window transfer they could possibly think of. In Sam Vokes, Sean Dyche has swapped a 29-year-old tall, slow-moving target man for a 38-year-old taller, slower-moving target man - Peter Crouch. It’s a symbiotic move, as Burnley receive a player with true Premier League pedigree, unlike anyone else, and Crouch finds a club left in England he is yet to have played for. Listeners to Crouch’s celebrated podcast That Peter Crouch Podcast will be excited to hear Season 2’s take on this Premier League campaign, with 'Crouchy' surely captained in the presenters’ FPL teams from now until May. On a serious note however, Crouch is a member of the Premier League 100 club, and has never relied on youth, pace, or flashy skills to score his goals. His movement in the box is instinctive, his height unique, and he is a much better player technically than he has ever been credited for. Scorer of one of the best ever goals in the Premier League against Manchester City back in 2012, he is an absolute steal at £4.5m as an enabler who has the ability to bag a couple of last-minute goals and provide knockdown assists for his team mates. A third-choice striker for those of you who like a bit of nostalgia.

              CARDIFF

              Name
              Leandro Bacuna

              Position
              Defender

              FPL Price
              £4.5m

              FPL History

              TSZ Scout Analysis
              Leandro Bacuna returns to the Premier League for a second stint, as the former Aston Villa utility player joins Cardiff City from Championship side Reading. Bacuna offers an interesting option; he is first and foremost a central midfielder, but was often used at right-back for Villa, where in his first season he scored a total of 104 FPL points in 2013/14. So far he has made two substitute appearances for Cardiff, tending to sit in front of the defence where he is unlikely to score many points. However, as an FPL-registered defender who plays in midfield, he qualifies for maximum clean-sheet and goal/assist points, which could come in handy as a differential.

              Name
              Oumar Niasse

              Position
              Forward

              FPL Price
              £5.0m

              FPL History

              TSZ Scout Analysis
              Oumar Niasse's biggest positive for FPL managers willing to take a punt is that he is near certain to play as first choice striker above Bobby Reid (£5.2m), Kenneth Zohore (£4.6m) and all-purpose Callum Paterson (£5.1m). At £5.0m, he seems an excellent cheap-and-cheerful third-choice striker considering his competition; Southampton's one goal a season man Shane Long (£4.7m), Fulham's frozen-out penalty thief Aboubakar Kamara (£4.5m), Watford's unfortunately-named Isaac Success (£4.6m) and Brighton's back-up striker Florin Andone (£5.0m). Niasse needs some love after a lack of opportunity at Everton, and proved he can score for clubs in need when he bagged four goals for 2016/17 strugglers Hull City.

                CHELSEA

                Name
                Gonzalo Higuain

                Position
                Forward

                FPL Price
                £9.5m

                FPL History
                N/A

                TSZ Scout Analysis
                Costing £9.5m, new Chelsea signing Gonzalo Higuain will be an attractive option for FPL managers to consider for the remainder of the season. With Alvaro Morata expected to join Atlético Madrid on loan and Sarri not particularly fond of Olivier Giroud, there would seem to be little keeping Higuain from assuming the main role up top. While it may take some time for the Argentine to adapt to a new league, he will already have the trust of Chelsea boss Sarri. The two worked together at Napoli and it was during this time Higuain enjoyed the most prolific league season of his career, scoring 36 goals and recording two assists throughout the 2016-17 season. His arrival will also likely mean Eden Hazard will shift back to his more favourable position on the left wing, where he can drift in and create chances. All things considered, the 31-year-old could well represent a shrewd investment over the coming months.

                  CRYSTAL PALACE

                  Name
                  Lucas Perri

                  Position
                  Goalkeeper

                  FPL Price
                  £4.0m

                  FPL History
                  N/A

                  TSZ Scout Analysis
                  Signed on loan from Sao Paulo amidst a brief goalkeeper injury crisis, Perri is simply not worth considering as an FPL option now that those injuries have cleared up. Palace now have five keepers registered on FPL, and Perri is somewhere near the bottom of the pecking order. Even writing about him has been pretty much a waste of time. Next!

                  Name
                  Bakary Sako

                  Position
                  Midfielder

                  FPL Price
                  £4.9m

                  FPL History

                  TSZ Scout Analysis
                  Crystal Palace fans will be getting a sense of déjà vu with Bakary Sako back at the club he left in the summer. The Malian was in fact on the FPL player list at the start of the 2018/19 season before being removed in October after signing for West Brom. Now back at Palace, he’s on the FPL active player list once more and will set FPL managers back £4.9m to acquire his services. Whether anyone will transfer Sako in is another question. In his first spell at the club, Sako was hardly a regular, playing just 43 Premier League matches over three seasons and mustering just five goals in that time period. The signing by Hodgson looks like a case of bringing in someone who is familiar with the club who can increase his midfield options and will most likely not interest FPL managers.

                  Name
                  Michy Batshuayi

                  Position
                  Forward

                  FPL Price
                  £6.5m

                  FPL History

                  TSZ Scout Analysis
                  After the departure of Ben Affleck, Michy Batshuayi has returned to once again become the Premier League’s caped crusader. Signing for Crystal Palace on loan from Chelsea for the rest of the season, the Belgian forward will set FPL managers back £6.5m for his services. At this price, Batshuayi is an intriguing (upper) budget option for consideration by the FPL community. While never really setting the world alight during his time at the Bridge, the Belgian registered seven goals and two assists during 605 minutes of Premier League action over two seasons - figures that equate to an attacking return every 67 minutes. Despite only managing one goal in his 15 league appearances this season (at Valencia), Batshuayi walks into a Crystal Palace side that is begging for a striker to lay claim to the No. 9 role. If he can come anywhere near to replicating his current EPL hit-rate, Batshuayi could be a steal for the second half of the season.

                  EVERTON


                    FULHAM

                    Name
                    Havard Nordtveit

                    Position
                    Defender

                    FPL Price
                    £5.5m

                    FPL History

                    TSZ Scout Analysis
                    Norwegian international Harvard Nordveit scored 31 FPL points for West Ham United in the 2016/17 season in what was a defensively frail year for the Hammers as they moved into the London Stadium. He joins Fulham on loan, becoming the 1000th player to do so this season, from German side Hoffenheim. At £4.5m, he’s relatively cheap, but he's best avoided as the Cottagers have been leaking goals at an alarming rate all season.

                    Name
                    Lazar Markovic

                    Position
                    Midfielder

                    FPL Price
                    £5.0m

                    FPL History

                    TSZ Scout Analysis
                    Lazar Markovic joined Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool for £20 million from Benfica in 2014, but far from lived up to his price tag and promise. He possesses some silky skills, but was perhaps a victim of his own hype at such a young age. Including his season on loan at Hull City in 2016/17, he has scored four goals and provided one assist. Fulham have signed him for free, which is a good piece of business for the East Londoners, and he is priced at £5.0m on FPL. Presently there are more favourable options in that price bracket, but if Markovic can finally live up to some of the hype that has surrounded him in his career, he could emerge as a late-season gem.

                    Name
                    Ryan Babel

                    Position
                    Midfielder

                    FPL Price
                    £5.5m

                    FPL History

                    TSZ Scout Analysis
                    Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel holds a rare record in having a 100% win percentage in Premier League games in which he's scored (11/11). Whilst this stat may take a hit now he's moved back from Turkish side Besiktas to a club second-from-bottom, he does seem a choice differential in a Fulham side who are many things if not goal-shy. His performance against Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 23 was impressive, if a little hectic. He almost scored on his debut, and he could prove an excellent FPL substitute if he can develop a connection with Aleksandar Mitrovic up front. At the same price as fellow Premier League returnee Samir Nasri (£5.5m), he can't compete with the likes of David Brooks at £5.1, but his listing as a midfielder makes him a potential false statistic, and a bit of a gamble, in predicted goals.

                    HUDDERSFIELD

                    Name
                    Karlan Grant

                    Position
                    Forward

                    FPL Price
                    £5.0m

                    FPL History
                    N/A

                    TSZ Scout Analysis
                    Huddersfield Town completed the signing of 21-year-old striker Karlan Grant from Charlton Athletic during the January transfer window. The forward will be hoping to take his opportunity when afforded minutes on the pitch and has shown an eye for goal in League One this season – scoring 14 goals in 28 appearances. However, the young talent looks more like one for the future as Huddersfield start preparing for life in the Championship next season. This could result in minutes for the Englishman. Costing FPL managers £5.0m, Grant should be seen as a cheap enabler as opposed to a player expected to regularly make your starting XI.

                    Name
                    Jason Puncheon

                    Position
                    Midfielder

                    FPL Price
                    £4.2m

                    FPL History

                    TSZ Scout Analysis
                    Jason Puncheon’s loan to Huddersfield Town offers the Premier League stalwart a chance for first-team football, and at £4.2m he looks to be great value as a cheap midfield option. With an eye for the spectacular in front of goal, his position at Crystal Palace has been usurped in the last few seasons by Andros Townsend, but his goal and assists tally has been strong in seasons in which he’s featured heavily. It is likely Puncheon could be a starter for Huddersfield, who desperately lack the kind of creative work he can provide.

                    LEICESTER

                    Name
                    Youri Tielemans

                    Position
                    Midfielder

                    FPL Price
                    £6.0m

                    FPL History
                    N/A

                    TSZ Scout Analysis
                    In what was something of a coup for the club, Leicester beat Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle to the signing of Youri Tielemans on deadline day. The 21-year-old was once touted as his country's next biggest star when he became the youngest Belgian to ever play in the Champions League, featuring for Anderlecht aged jusy 16 years and 148 days. A goal-scoring record for Anderlecht of one goal every six games saw him move to Monaco for a fee of around £20m. It was there that Tielemans' career stalled slightly but he has still found the net five times in his 20 appearances for Monaco this season. Being priced in FPL at £6.0m, the Belgian international could be quite the differential if he can rediscover the form he showed at Anderlecht.

                    LIVERPOOL


                      MAN CITY


                        MAN UTD


                          NEWCASTLE

                            Name
                            Antonio Barreca

                            Position
                            Defender

                            FPL Price
                            £4.5m

                            FPL History
                            N/A

                            TSZ Scout Analysis
                            Antonio Barreca (£4.5m) comes to Newcastle United on loan from Monaco for the remainder of the season to slot in at left-back, a position Rafa Benitez has wanted to address for more than a season now. While he is unlikely to pull up any trees, he might do more for other FPL budget options such as Salomon Rondon (£5.7m) and Matt Ritchie (£5.8m). If his delivery proves effective, he could really benefit a counter-attacking side spearheaded by the hard-working Venezuelan, while his position liberates Ritchie from a more defensive role on the left. The Italian full-back is reasonably priced, but for an extra 0.1m you can select goalscoring defenders like Cardiff’s Sol Bamba, Brighton's Shane Duffy and Wolves’ Willy Boly.

                            Name
                            Miguel Almiron

                            Position
                            Midfielder

                            FPL Price
                            £6.0m

                            FPL History
                            N/A

                            TSZ Scout Analysis
                            For the first time in 14 years, Newcastle have broken their transfer record with the signing of Paraguayan playmaker Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United. Being priced at £6.0m in FPL, Almiron is in a similar price bracket to the likes of Ryan Fraser (£6.1m), Roberto Pereyra (£6.2m) and fellow Newcastle midfielder Matt Ritchie (£5.8m). Capped 13 times by his country, the 24-year old was instrumental in helping guide Atlanta United to their first MLS Cup in 2018, being voted into the MLS best XI. In addition to this, he was one of only six players to record double figures for both goals (12) and assists (11) in the MLS last season. FPL managers would be wise to keep an eye on Almiron to see if he can demonstrate the same form in the Premier League that he displayed in the MLS but given the step up in quality, it is worth waiting to see how he adapts. Almiron will not feature in Gameweek 25 due to visa issues, but is expected to be available in time for Gameweek 26.

                            SOUTHAMPTON


                              TOTTENHAM


                                WATFORD


                                  WEST HAM

                                  Name
                                  Samir Nasri

                                  Position
                                  Midfielder

                                  FPL Price
                                  £5.3m

                                  FPL History

                                  TSZ Scout Analysis
                                  Nasri's return to the Premier League is an intriguing one for FPL managers, particularly given his budget price of £5.5m. Veterans may well harbour fond memories of the Frenchman from his days at both Arsenal and Man City, where he was a frequent source of both goals and assists at his best. However, an 18-month doping ban has interrupted Nasri's career and - until his debut for the Hammers in the FA Cup - he had not had any pitch time since November 2017 when he plied his trade with Turkish side Antalyaspor. Time will tell if the 31-year-old can be the attacking asset he once was, but now that he can return to the field, he will look to inject new life into his career at an attacking West Ham side. Definitely one to monitor.

                                    WOLVES

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