FPL January New Signings
With the recently concluded January Transfer Window, it’s time to review which January transfer you should be considering for your upcoming FPL squad!
FPL January New Signings
Willian Jose (£7.0m / 0.2%)
With main striker Jimenez out until probably the end of the season, Brazilian forward Willian Jose, signed on loan from Spanish side Real Sociedad is likely to lead the front line for Wolves for the remaining season.
Whilst it is still too early to see if he will be as prolific as Jimenez, it’s worth noting that Willian has scored at least 10 goals in his past 5 La Liga seasons and he will be an attractive alternative pick especially at that price!
Verdict: SHORTLIST. Willian Jose has already played thrice for Wolves and looks set to be Wolves’ first choice striker until Jimenez returns. Already registered an assist.
Ozan Kabak (£5.0m / 0.0%)
With Matip now joining long term absentees Van Dijk and Joe Gomez out for the rest of the season, Liverpool has now lost all their senior centre backs for the rest of the season.
Fabinho is also out injured so they only have youngsters Nat Philips and Rhys Williams deputising there alongside club captain Henderson. Ozan has been linked with Liverpool since the start of the season and is very likely to be shoved into first team action straight away.
Verdict: SHORTLIST. Liverpool appear to have issues all round, there is a need to keep an eye out on whether Kabak will be thrown straight into defence and thereafter, if he can adapt quickly to the Premier League
Takumi Minamino (£6.0m / 0.2%)
He has not fully convinced the Anfield faithful so far, but Minamino has shown spurts of potential in the first few outings. With many others ahead of him in the pecking order at Anfield, this seems an astute loan signing move for both Liverpool and Southampton.
Having also moved Shane Long to the Bournemouth on transfer deadline day, Minamino will very likely get a lot more playing time at the Saints and could potentially line up in attack or in an advanced midfield position and will be great value for his price if that materialises.
Verdict: WATCHLIST. Saints’ 9-0 loss may trigger some personnel changes and Minamino may get his chance earlier than expected.
Robert Snodgrass (£5.6m / 0.1%)
One of the first signings under Sam Allardyce, Snodgrass has already been involved in most of the games for the Baggies in January, playing in a more advanced role.
He is definitely great value for his price and is also one of the main set piece taker for the Baggies. If Big Sam can conjure up any relegation escape miracles for the Baggies, he will be very reliant on what Snodgrass can deliver on the pitch.
Verdict: IGNORE. Snodgrass has played 3 times for WBA but the Baggies are in horrible form. Don’t expect Snodgrass to turn the tide for them.
Jesse Lingard (£5.9m / 0.2%)
For a Hammers squad that is currently punching well above their weight and not having any proven striker besides the versatile Michail Antonio, it will be interesting to see how gaffer David Moyes intend to utilise Jesse Lingard.
Whether he gets to play as an advanced winger, midfielder or as a striker, Lingard has always had a good eye for goal and if he gets regular playing time and can rediscover his form, he will be a very good signing at that price.
Verdict: BUY. Lingard has been thrown immediately into West Ham’s XI on GW22 and Lingard returned with a 2-goal man-of-the-match performance. At this price, Lingard is a very interesting pick and can be a differential at this stage.
Martin Odegaard (£6.0m / 0.3%)
This is a bit of a risky pick. but highly rated playmaker Odegaard makes the loan move to the Gunners from the Galaticos having not been able to secure sufficient playing time there.
Looking at the Gunners squad, whilst they have quite a big midfield contingent, they definitely lack the creative spark in the middle of the park and if Odegaard can get sufficient playing time and finds his form, he will also be a very interesting pick to have for the remaining season.
Verdict: WATCHLIST. Looks like Arsenal are easing the Norwegian into the team. Not getting much minutes at the moment.
Joshua King (£5.5m / 0.0%)
King was literally the last deal to be made on transfer deadline day, moving from Championship side Bournemouth to Everton.
With Tosun also moving on on the same day, it appears that King will become the first back-up to lead striker Calvert-Lewin with the Toffees.
Former compatriot Callum Wilson is making waves in the Premier League (and FPL) so there will be interest on how King will perform on his return to the top flight after an absence of six months,
Verdict: WATCHLIST. Everton are unlikely to alter their frontline unless there are injuries. King’s appearances are expected to be limited.
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