As we speak, we are still a few days away for some last minute transfers waiting to be announced, but with not much time left to the first game of the season, we look at the best transfer buys thus far this season that you could select for your FPL team.
- Lucas Digne (EVE | 5.0)
Having not played his first competitive game for the Toffees, Digne has already courted attention at Merseyside with his comments, claiming he has twice rejected moves to the Reds before. Beyond that though, Digne has looked impressive during the short pre-season he has had and comes with pedigree having played for both PSG and Barcelona. He is listed as a defender but might potentially be playing both as an attacking full back as well as further up on the wings, so might be a good option for goals and assists.
- Max Meyer (CRY | 6.0)
A relatively cheap pick at £6 million, Max Meyer came into Palace on a free transfer and left everyone scratching their heads as to why he would join Palace. Once touted as one of the best young talents in the world alongside Julian Weigl and Leroy Sane, his stardom has taken a free fall in the past 2 seasons after being played only sporadically by his previous coach Markus Weinzierl and moved to a more defensive midfield role under Domenico Tedesco. Hence, the big question here will be which Max Meyer is going to turn out for Palace. With Loftus Cheek having left his loan spell at Palace and Milivojevic occupying the more defensive midfield position, we believe that Max will be given more freedom to roam and therefore can be a very good fantasy pick come the end of the season.
- Jean Michael Seri (FUL | 5.5)
A bit of a coup for the Cottagers, Seri was a transfer target for Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City just a year ago when he exploded into Ligue 1 with Nice. He finished that season with an impressive 7 goals, 9 assists, 1.1 tackles and 2.2 key passes per game. If he can reproduce that form with Fulham, he will be a great value pick this season as well and we think he might potentially be the next Pascal Gross!
- Ricardo Pereira (LEI | 5.0)
If Leicester does retain Maguire, they will have a new look defence alongside him with Johnny Evans and Ricardo Pereira joining him. The ex-Porto full back comes highly rated and was actually ranked joint first in the 2017/18 Portugese Primera Liga season amongst defenders for tackles (3.9 per game) and first for dribbles (1.9 per game). He is also able to play on the wings and contributed 2 goals and 5 assists last season for Porto. Like Digne, he might be a good and affordable option to take in defence.
- Mohammed Elyounoussi (SOU | 6.5)
A slightly more expensive and risky pick, but the Saints have lost a lot of their creative and attacking power this season with FPL fan favourite Dusan Tadic leaving for Ajax and record signing Guido Carrillo also going away on loan. In steps Norwegian Elyounoussi. He can be deployed both as a winger as well as a striker which makes him attractive at that value and given that he has scored at least 10 goals a season for Basel in the last 2 seasons, he might be the main firepower for the Saints for the upcoming season. One has to tread with caution as the Saints does have a habit of purchasing expensive players and then letting them sit on the bench (cue Boufal and Gabbiadini), so take this signing only if you are willing to take the risk.
- Jack Wilshere (WHU | 5.0)
The Hammers have been spending very lavishly this transfer window to back new gaffer Pellegrini, but rather than looking at Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko or Issa Diop, it is actually in old horse Jack Wilshere that we think provides the best fantasy value. If he’s fit (and that’s a big IF), Wilshere is one of the smoothest operator in the middle of the park. He has proved that sparingly last season with the Gunners where he actually managed to make 20 appearances in the Premier League which was the most he has done since the 2013/14 season and if he can continue to build on that, he provides excellent value for fantasy players as he has a keen eye for goal and is also deft with his passes. With all the signings that Pellegrini has made, it’s hard to see which ones will actually feature regularly, so we think it will be better to wait before deciding on taking either Anderson or Yarmolenko at their fantasy price of £7 million.
- Bernd Leno (ARS | 5.0)
The atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium is strangely quiet and despite the Gunners having invested in strengthening their defence and midfield and have a new manager in Emery, the Gunners fans do not appear overtly optimistic of their chances in the upcoming season. That said, the Gunners are always a decent top 6 team and given their heavy spending in adding firepower in the past season, has done the right job in focusing on defensive reinforcements this time round. Amongst all their signings, we actually think German goalkeeper Leno provides the best value for money. At £5 million, he is probably one of the cheapest goalkeepers playing for a top 6 club, so if he starts the season as the Gunners Number 1, he might be good to hold on to as he will likely be able to get a few clean sheets for you.