The Summer’s Biggest Transfers

 

Alexander Lacazette: 
The Frenchman has arrived at The Emirates for £52.7million. Despite a shaky transfer window for Arsene Wenger, fans can certainly be excited about what is to come from this striker in the future.

During his eight seasons at Lyon he scored 129 goals. He was named in the Ligue 1 team of the year on three occasions. Lacazette will require £10.4million from your funds, more than most people are willing to spend, although 14.2% disagree with that.


Alvaro Morata: 

He’s signed a five year deal with the blues, costing Antonio Conte £70million. Known at Real Madrid for being an all-round striker, the 24-year-old grabs goals from all sorts of positions. He has been brought in to replace Chelsea’s main source of goals last season in Diego Costa, but his future at the club looks nothing more than uncertain. Morata was limited to only 1,331 minutes on the pitch last season, as he remained second in line after Karim Benzema. Morata averaged more goals, headed goals, long-range goals and scored more big chances per 90 mins than Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku last season. He now costs managers £10.1million because of his great start to the season with 24 points! Surprisingly, he is only owned by 12.4% of FPL managers, but this figure is likely increase in the coming weeks.



Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain:

Commonly referred to as ‘The Ox’, the 24-year-old Englishman arrived at Anfield for a rumoured £35million. He signed for Arsenal back in 2011, and since then has made 198 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners, an average of 21 Premier League games a season. Since then he hasn’t transformed and developed as much as Wenger would have intended, with injuries no doubt playing a role in his stalled development. We have yet to see the best from The Ox, but will he get the play time at Liverpool he needs so desperately to improve? FPL managers can add him to their squads for £6.0million, although you may want to wait and see what role The Ox has in Liverpool’s starting 11 before putting him in your squad.

 

Mohamed Salah:

The Egyptian joined Liverpool from AS Roma for £36.9million plus £7million in add-ons, a bit of a steal. The 25-year-old averaged 2.9 shots per game in Serie A last term, scoring 19 goals and getting 13 assists. Salah scored with 18.8% of his shots and his incredible pace could make the difference for Liverpool. Salah costs £9.0million, is owned by 27.6% of players and already has 23 points to his name.

 

Kyle Walker:

The English right-back signed for Manchester City this summer, costing them around £50million. The deal made Walker the most expensive English player of all time. 33 appearances last season didn’t result in a goal for Walker, although he did earn 5 assists. Walker has netted five times in his 200 premier league appearances. He’s unlikely to face any competition for his starting 11 place, but to no avail, as the right-back only has four points so far! He is yours for £6.5million.



Benjamin Mendy:

The left-back arrives from AS Monaco after their title winning season. He was purchased shortly after the signing of fellow full-back Kyle Walker for a similar fee of £50million. In the 2016/17 season in Ligue 1, Mendy had the same record as Walker in the Premier League, 5 assists with no goals. Mendy has only recently returned from injury and will cost managers £6.5million, with just a single point to his name as of yet.

 

 

Romelu Lukaku:

The 24-year-old Belgian international striker joined United for an initial fee of £75million, but could rise to £90million with add-ons! He played in all of Everton’s games but one, scoring 25 goals and creating 6 for his teammates. 0.68 goals per game, 110 shots and a shooting accuracy of exactly 50%, Lukaku is the perfect number 9 for Mourinho’s side. He started with an £11.5million price tag but has since risen to £11.7million after grabbing 19 points in his first three game weeks in a red shirt. He is owned by a staggering 58.1% of FPL managers!

 

Gylfi Sigurdsson:

Gylfi Sigurdsson has vowed to “create goals” and “score goals” after completing his move to Everton from The Swans for £45million, a club record fee! Sigurdsson covered the most distance in the Premier League last term – 433 kilometres. He scored 9 goals in his 38 matches last season, whilst setting up 13 for teammates! 43% shooting accuracy and just two yellow cards picked up throughout the duration of the season, he only looks to improve under Ronald Koeman



Renato Sanches:

Sanches arrives on loan from FC Bayern Munich, who purchased the Portugal international for €35million last summer from Benfica.

Sanches has only just reached the young age of 20, but Bayern wanted to ensure he gets some game time under his belt before he plays a full starting role in the German side. A versatile midfielder capable of playing a more defensive role or pushing forward into attacking positions, he can also play out in the wide areas of the pitch. Sanches made 25 appearances for Bayern Munich last season, without scoring once, but his career record of 95 appearances with 5 goals to his name illustrates the decision to put Sanches out on loan. Sanches netted three times in ten appearances for Benfica B in the Segunda Liga, proving he has the ability to score goals when needed. FPL managers can secure his services for £5.0million, along with 0.8% of other players.

 

Wilfried Bony:

28-year-old Wilfried Bony rejoined The Swans after the club agreed on a £12million fee with Manchester City, just several seasons after he moved to the Etihad for £25million. The Ivorian striker will wear the number 2 shirt, with great controversy. Many expressed their outrage on social media, one livid fan saying “No 2? This is an outrage!”. Bony scores on average every three games, and now has 100 premier league games of experience. Bony has great heading ability, with a quarter of all his goals coming in the form of headers. A look back at the 2013/14 season reveals his superior goal scoring ability, netting 16 times in 34 appearances! 9 big chances were missed that season, striking the woodwork twice! If Bony can once again find that kind of form this season, that’ll be £6.0million well spent by FPL managers.



Fernando Llorente:

Spurs have clinched Chelsea target Llorente from Swansea for around £14million, agreeing to a two-year contract. The 32-year-old Spanish striker will likely be used as a back-up for the main striker Harry Kane, who is yet to score this season. Llorente managed to put the ball past the keeper 15 times in 33 appearances, so we know he can, and will score goals in the top division. Over half of his goals came through headers, whilst the other seven goals were scored with his right foot four times and his left foot three times. An all-round striker to say the least. Currently priced at £7.4million, Llorente is probably not the wisest option, considering he will have very limited game time at Spurs.

 

Serge Aurier:

The French right-back arrives at Tottenham for £23million, following the loss of Kyle Walker to Manchester City. Last season in Ligue 1, Aurier played in 22 matches, scoring no goals. He created just over one chance a game, 23 in total. Throughout the season Aurier committed only 2 defensive errors and boasts a passing accuracy of 89%. On top of his promising stats, Aurier is extremely versatile, and can play anywhere across the back line when necessary, also covering for the right midfield position. He costs FPL managers £6.0million and is currently in 0.1% of teams.

 

By Dylan Quibell

 

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