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August EPL Summer Transfer Round-Up

The deadline for incoming transfers has passed. Which players can be expected to make an impact for their new teams, and who should tempt in fantasy?

Manchester United Unveil New Signing Harry Maguire - Premier League
Harry Maguire is the most expensive transfer of the summer, and the highest priced defender ever. Should you add him to your fantasy teams?
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We saw plenty of transfer action in June and July, but there’s nothing like August for Premier League teams to get business done just under the wire! Let’s take a look at the big players who have moved into the EPL in the past week or so, and weigh whether (and when) they might warrant adding to your fantasy team.

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Harry Maguire (Manchester United)

  • POSITION: Defender
  • FPL PRICE: £5.5m
  • FORMER TEAM: Leicester (EPL)
  • NATIONALITY: England
  • TRANSFER FEE: $99.2m
  • AGE: 26
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 3 goals, 0 assists, 6 clean sheets in 31 EPL games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 7 goals, 6 assists, 19 clean sheets in 101 EPL games

PROGNOSIS: Following a poor defensive season and with Eric Bailly recently suffering a long-term injury, the Red Devils were desperate for help in the back line. So Manchester United splurged, paying the biggest transfer fee ever for a defender, as center back Harry Maguire joins fellow intra-league transferee Aaron Wan-Bissaka in front of keeper David De Gea.

Following a breakout performance with England at the World Cup, Maguire was disappointing at Leicester City last season, scoring only 92 points in fantasy as the Foxes secured just six clean sheets in his 31 appearances. Of course, Manchester United’s defense converted at about the same rate, with seven shutouts in the 38-game season. This came after the Red Devils led the league outright in 2018-19 with 19 clean sheets, and tied for tops with 17 in 2016-17 and 18 in 2015-16.

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defense can rediscover the prime form it showed under Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal, Maguire would prove an excellent buy. It’s certainly possible, but sounds too hopeful for my taste. Instead, I’ll view Maguire as a priority only when the Red Devils enjoy a favorable stretch in the schedule.

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Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal)

  • POSITION: Midfielder
  • FPL PRICE: £9.5m
  • FORMER TEAM: Lille (France Ligue 1)
  • NATIONALITY: Ivory Coast
  • TRANSFER FEE: $91.2m
  • AGE: 24
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 22 goals, 11 assists in 38 Ligue 1 games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 38 goals, 17 assists in 107 Ligue 1 games

PROGNOSIS: The Gunners have a reputation for being thrifty, at least when compared to other “Big Six” sides Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United; Arsenal instead tends to operate more in line with fellow North London misers Tottenham. Arsenal’s bean counters got nothing for influential midfielder Aaron Ramsey who departed to Juventus early this summer. And as the team conceded 50+ goals for two straight seasons after never having previously done so in any EPL campaign, defense screams out as the area most desperately in need of an upgrade. So the addition of wing attacker Pépé for a reported club-record fee comes as quite a surprise.

Any hopes that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would become a full-time starter on the wing now after earning only part-time status in Unai Emery’s first season can likely be put to rest, as Pépé should become Ramsey’s de facto replacement in the XI. Eden Hazard led the EPL last season with 31 goals + assists, while Pépé tallied 33 in Ligue 1 last year. No, it’s not quite the same level of competition, but those are absolutely mouth-watering numbers nonetheless. As Arsenal clearly embraces an attacking mentality, Pépé has a good shot to hit the ground running.

Arsenal Unveil New Signing Nicolas Pepe - Premier League
Nicolas Pepe is happy to be at Arsenal.
Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

One major concern, though, is that a whopping 9 of Pépé’s 22 goals came from the penalty spot last season. If Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang remains Arsenal’s #1 PK taker as is likely, then Pépé’s goal output would surely fall off a cliff. PEA backers will certainly want to keep an eye on the situation as well. Pépé has converted 10 out of 11 from the spot in his Ligue 1 career, while Auba is 5 for 7 in the EPL after going 10 for 14 in the Bundesliga, so Pépé could be an upgrade.

It’s nice to see Pepe listed at midfield rather than forward, but his £9.5 price is higher than we were hoping to see. After all, he costs the same as Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (who averaged 7 goals and 20 fantasy assists in 2016-17 & 2017-18) and Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min (who has averaged 13 & 8, respectively, across the past three seasons), while he is actually more expensive than Spur Christian Eriksen (who has averaged 9 & 12 in the past five seasons). Sure, Pepe may outperform those stars and end up returning great value, but that’s far from a sure thing. I worry that proposition will hinge almost entirely on whether he can nab the primary PK role, so I’ll wait to see how that situation shakes out.

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João Cancelo (Manchester City)

  • POSITION: Defender
  • FPL PRICE: £5.5m
  • FORMER TEAM: Juventus (Italy Serie A)
  • NATIONALITY: Brazil
  • TRANSFER FEE: $74.1m (+Danilo to Juventus)
  • AGE: 25
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 1 goals, 2 assists in 25 Serie A games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 2 goals, 6 assists in 51 Serie A games (with Juventus & Inter Milan); also 2 goals and 6 assists in 74 La Liga games (with Valencia)

PROGNOSIS: Manchester City spent lavishly on wing backs two summers ago, adding Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, and Danilo for about $160m combined. Mendy has suffered injury problems and off-field issues, and Danilo failed to see much of the pitch. Cancelo is a right back by nature, but so is Walker, who has been both healthy and productive.

Normally a team would not pay so much for a player without immediate plans to install him in the XI. We saw last summer that City can be different; Riyad Mahrez was merely a spot starter following his big money move from Leicester City. Will Pep Guardiola now shift Cancelo over to the left where Mendy and Zinchenko (perhaps along with recent budget summer addition Angelino) seemed ready to battle for a spot? Does Pep actually see Cancelo as an upgrade to Walker at right back? Or will he utilize the newcomer as a midfielder on the right?

If Cancelo starts regularly, he should provide value in fantasy, especially if he’s listed as a defender but plays further up the pitch, so keep an eye out for that. But there’s also a bit of worry a bit that he may not be able to make an immediate mark in such an overloaded squad.

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Alex Iwobi (Everton)

  • POSITION: Midfielder
  • FPL PRICE: £6.0m
  • FORMER TEAM: Arsenal (EPL)
  • NATIONALITY: Nigeria
  • TRANSFER FEE: $34.7m
  • AGE: 23
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 3 goals, 6 assists in 35 EPL games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 11 goals, 16 assist in 100 Serie A games

PROGNOSIS: It’s wonderful to see Everton make a move — more than one more, as you’ll see below — to improve its mediocre offense. Iwobi has flashed talent at Arsenal, but hopefully the wing attacker will be able to flourish with the Toffees. To do that, he will need to start regularly and see Theo Walcott phased out. As of now, though, I’m reticent going all in on a player who has failed to crack 2,000 minutes or 100 FPL points in any of his prior four seasons.

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Ismaïla Sarr (Watford)

  • POSITION: Midfielder
  • FPL PRICE: £6.5m
  • FORMER TEAM: Stade Rennais (France Ligue 1)
  • NATIONALITY: Senegal
  • TRANSFER FEE: $34.2m
  • AGE: 21
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 8 goals, 7 assist in 35 Serie A games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 18 goals, 17 assist in 90 Serie A games

PROGNOSIS: FPL thankfully listed Sarr as a midfielder rather than a forward, but unfortunately he’s Watford’s most expensive player at the position, more dear than Abdoulaye Doucore (who scored 5 goals with 7 assists last season) and Roberto Pereyra (6 goals, 4 assists). It’s certainly possible that Sarr could outproduce them, but I’m not sure I’m willing to bet on it just yet.

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Moise Kean (Everton)

  • POSITION: Forward
  • FPL PRICE: £7.0m
  • FORMER TEAM: Juventus (Italy Serie A)
  • NATIONALITY: Italy
  • TRANSFER FEE: $31.4m
  • AGE: 19
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 6 goals, 1 assist in 13 Serie A games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 11 goals, 1 assist in 35 Serie A games

PROGNOSIS: Not too many fresh-faced, 19-year old forwards are of interest in fantasy. After all, the rough and tumble Premier League can be an unforgiving place to the unseasoned. But Dominick Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun combined for a paltry total of 9 goals last season, so Marco Silva clearly is not infatuated with his options up front. The opening is there for the taking.

As such, it would be no surprise to see the young Italian talent get thrown in to the fray immediately. With Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Theo Walcott, Iwobi, and Lucas Digne buzzing around him, it’s hard not to like Kean’s chances to make an impact. However, it’s very possible that Silva will ease Keane into the squad, so it’s advisable to wait and see regarding his status.

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Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)

  • POSITION: Defender
  • FPL PRICE: £5.5m
  • FORMER TEAM: Celtic (Scotland Premiership)
  • NATIONALITY: Scotland
  • TRANSFER FEE: $30.8m
  • AGE: 22
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 0 goals, 5 assists in 20 Premiership games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 5 goals, 25 assists in 97 Serie A games

PROGNOSIS: Arsenal didn’t seem to be making an effort to fix their leaky defense, focusing instead on attack. Then they splurged on Tierney... and also grabbed someone else listed below! Unai Emery should be a very happy man, along with the fans packing the Emirates Stadium.

Tierney’s offensive statistics are simply mouth-watering, and the Gunners would love to see him turn into the next Andrew Robertson, a fellow left back who scored 3 goals with 6 assists in 36 Scottish Premiership games. It’s unclear whether Tierney can earn a starting spot right way, but the injury to Hector Bellerin (albeit a right back) may provide an opportunity. From a fantasy standpoint, that along with his offensive prospects make the affordable Tierney worth keeping an eye on, with the hope that Arsenal can deliver more clean sheets than the 8 they managed last season.

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Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham Hotspur)

  • POSITION: Midfielder
  • FPL PRICE: £5.5m
  • FORMER TEAM: Fulham FC (relegated from EPL to Championship last season))
  • NATIONALITY: England
  • TRANSFER FEE: $30.8m
  • AGE: 19
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 2 goals, 6 assists in 35 Premiership games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 2 goals, 6 assists in 35 Premiership games

PROGNOSIS: Is the sky falling? Tottenham and Arsenal both opened up their pocket books this summer, spending lavishly to add talent! What the heck in North London is happening?

After notching 15 goals in the Championship in 2017-18, Sessegnon was disappointing with only 2 goals in the EPL in 2018-19. Of course, that was the story for pretty much everybody on Fulham, so nobody should hold it against him. Sessegnon is young and versatile, so it will be interesting to see what position Mauricio Pochettino sees fit to utilize him in. If moved up to wing attacker, that would help his value, but the opposite would happen if he is shifted back to wing defender. Whichever way, if Sessegnon wasn’t a locked-on starter for Fulham last season, it is extremely doubtful that he can get big minutes this season (especially arriving injured) for a much more loaded Spurs side. Look for Sessegnon instead to be part of the future.

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Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United)

  • POSITION: Forward
  • FPL PRICE: £6.0m
  • FORMER TEAM: Swansea (EFL a.k.a. Sky Bet Championship)
  • NATIONALITY: Scotland
  • TRANSFER FEE: $21.8m
  • AGE: 23
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 22 goals, 4 assists in 42 Championship games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 31 goals, 4 assists in 59 Championship games

PROGNOSIS: “Club record signing” doesn’t have quite the same ring at Sheffield United as at a big-six club, so let’s not put Oli McBurnie anywhere close to the same level as Nicolas Pepe et al. McBurnie has an excellent scoring record in the Championship, but we know that’s not anywhere close to the level of EPL. As well, Sheffield United already have Billy Sharp (23 goals, 4 assists last season), David McGoldrick (15 goals, 4 assists) and Lys Mousset (3 career goals with Bournemouth) up front as competition.

This move seems smart from Sheffield United’s perspective in terms of getting younger (Sharp is 33 years old, McGoldrick is 31) and adding depth at the striker position. Notably, Mousset is also 23, giving the Blades their forward duo of the future. Sharp seems to have a secure spot for now, while McBurnie could put McGoldrick under threat. Given the current uncertainty, though, McBurnie is securely in the wait-and-see category.

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Patrick Cutrone (Wolves)

  • POSITION: Forward
  • FPL PRICE: £6.0m
  • FORMER TEAM: AC Milan (Italy’s Serie A)
  • NATIONALITY: Italy
  • TRANSFER FEE: $20.5m
  • AGE: 21
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 3 goals, 2 assists in 34 Serie A games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 13 goals, 5 assists in 63 Serie A games

PROGNOSIS: If Cutrone had come to Wolves following his breakout 10 goal / 3 assist 2017-18 season with AC Milan, perhaps fantasy managers could have viewed him as an immediate starter for what was then a newly promoted side. However, after the young Italian crashed down to 3 goals / 2 assists last season, Nuno Espirito Santo will almost surely view Cutrone as more of a developmental prospect for the now well established Wolves team.

Santo’s solid side seems set up front with Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) and Diogo Jota (£6.5). Cutrone certainly adds needed depth; Jota did struggle a bit with fitness last season, and Wolves’ 7th place finish brings the exciting challenge of Europa League this campaign. o be honest, I’m surprised that Cutrone’s cost comes in as high as it does; £6.0m seems pricey, as I would probably not even rate him best among the options at the £4.5m minimum.

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Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle)

  • POSITION: Midfielder
  • FPL PRICE: £5.5m
  • FORMER TEAM: Nice (France’s Ligue 1)
  • NATIONALITY: France
  • TRANSFER FEE: $20.5m
  • AGE: 22
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 6 goals, 5 assists in 34 Ligue 1 games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 12 goals, 17 assists in 111 Serie A games

PROGNOSIS: Saint-Maximin has performed very well the past two seasons for Nice, racking up 9 goals and 12 assists. Now he comes to a Newcastle side that scored only 43 goals last season and lost its two highest scorers who accounted for over half of those scores: Ayoze Perez (12) and Salomon Rondon (11). The Magpies have added Joelinton and Saint-Maximin, but even so, I expect their scoring to dip into the 30s.

So can Saint-Maximin possibly recreate that level of production at Newcastle? Well, when Nice scored 53 goals in 2017-18, he contributed 3 goals and 7 assists. Last season when Nice’s offense plummeted to only 30 goals and the team adopted a more defensive posture, Saint-Maximin did not miss a beat with 6 goals and 5 assists. He clearly does not have a problem producing on a team with a very limited (that’s the polite term for bad) offense surrounding him. At his affordable price, he could prove an intriguing prospect.

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Arnaut Danjuma (Bournemouth)

  • POSITION: Midfielder
  • FPL PRICE: £6.0m
  • FORMER TEAM: Club Brugge KV (Belgium First Division A)
  • NATIONALITY: Netherlands
  • TRANSFER FEE: $17.1m
  • AGE: 22
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 4 goals, 3 assists in 12 First Division A games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 4 goals, 3 assists in 13 First Division A games

PROGNOSIS: Danjuma is an interesting signing, but the 22-year old winger will probably take some time for development under Eddie Howe. Right now, Bournemouth’s attack is well stocked with Callum Wilson, Joshua King, Ryan Fraser, David Brooks, Jordon Ibe, and Junior Stanislas all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order. (And most notably, the productive Brooks costs only £0.5m more than Danjuma). It could take an injury to another player for Danjuma to get a chance in the XI, so I don’t see any need to rush to add him in fantasy.

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Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa)

  • POSITION: Midfielder
  • FLP PRICE: £4.5m
  • FORMER TEAM: Club Brugge (Belgium’s First Division A)
  • NATIONALITY: Zimbabwe
  • TRANSFER FEE: $13.7m
  • AGE: 25
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 0 goals, 0 assists in 15 First Division A games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 0 goals, 1 assist in 41 First Division A games; 2 goals, 4 assists in 67 career Eredivisie games (with Vitesse Arnhem)
  • PROGNOSIS: Aston Villa has been on a spending spree, grabbing a slew of mid-priced players, with Nakamba marking their 12th addition of the summer. And he may very well turn out to be a quality addition on the pitch. But one look at the stats says it all, really. As much as I’d love to have a player named Marvelous in my fantasy team, repeat after me, folks, “Defensive midfielders are useless in FPL!”

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Tom Heaton (Aston Villa)

  • POSITION: Goalkeeper
  • FPL PRICE: £4.5m
  • FORMER TEAM: Burnley (EPL)
  • NATIONALITY: England
  • TRANSFER FEE: $10.0m
  • AGE: 33
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 4 clean sheets, 63 saves, 27 goals conceded in 19 EPL games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 24 clean sheets, 340 saves, 132 goals conceded in 96 EPL games

PROGNOSIS: Tom Heaton was injured for a good chunk of last season, which teammate Nick Pope missed entirely, necessitating Burnley’s grab of Joe Hart last summer. With all three healthy this time around, the Clarets had a glut of goalkeepers, which they trimmed by dispatching Heaton to newly-promoted Aston Villa. Along with Heaton, Villa has attempted to bolster its back with defenders Tyrone Mings (from Bournemouth, following his in-season loan last year), Bjorn Engels (Stade Reims), Ezri Konsa (Brentford) and Kortney House (Wolves), as well as aforementioned defensive midfielder Nakamba.

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After success with Burnley, Tom Heaton looks to continue his form at Aston Villa.
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Heaton could be an interesting gamble, having proven that he can be an outstanding fantasy keeper for a bad, newly-promoted side not just once, but twice: He scored 149 FPL points for 19th place Burnley in 2014-15 and 149 for the 16th place Clarets in 2016-17. However, while the Clarets played poorly overall in those two seasons, they were actually decent on defense, conceding 53 goals in 2014-15 and 55 times in 2016-17. The Lions come in as the weakest of the three promoted sides after allowing 61 goals in the Championship, and uncertainty reigns in the face of the numerous changes. The hope is that Villa has reinforced well enough to stay up, but the fear is a repeat of the mistakes of Fulham which spent big last summer more on quantity than quality; the Cottagers’ defense ended up being an absolute dumpster fire, allowing a league-worst 81 goals in 2018-19.

At Heaton’s price point, I prefer a safer pick in the form of Burnley’s now-secure #1, Nick Pope. If I were featuring a duo of £4.5m keepers in my fantasy team (as I probably will), I’d certainly give a mind to pairing Pope with Heaton. As opined in my keeper player picks article, though, Dean Henderson of Sheffield United was my target keeper from a promoted side. Given my worry about the Villa back line, I’m not sure that Heaton’s move changes that stance.

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David Luiz (Arsenal)

  • POSITION: Defender
  • FPL PRICE: £6.0m
  • FORMER TEAM: Chelsea (EPL)
  • NATIONALITY: Brazil
  • TRANSFER FEE: $9.9m
  • AGE: 32
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 3 goals, 2 assists, 15 clean sheets in 36 Super League games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 11 goals, 6 assists, 56 clean sheets in 160 EPL games

PROGNOSIS: Given that Chelsea is dealing with an incoming transfer ban combined with the face that defense-desperate Arsenal is a competitor for nabbing the vital top four spot, I’m amazed that the Blues shipped Luiz off to the Gunners. Unfortunately, the move hurts Luiz as he goes from a side that secured 16 clean sheets last season to one that had only eight; of course, the reason Chelsea parted with him means that he may not have been in Frank Lampard’s plans for the XI anyway. But the problem is that Luiz is priced as if he were going to remain at Chelsea as a starter, so I can’t see the logic in gambling on him at his price in the hopes that Arsenal’s defense has improved extremely.

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Albian Ajeti (West Ham)

  • POSITION: Forward
  • FPL PRICE: £6.0m
  • FORMER TEAM: FC Basel (Swiss Super League)
  • NATIONALITY: Switzerland
  • TRANSFER FEE: $9.7m
  • AGE: 22
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 14 goals, 8 assists in 32 Super League games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 45 goals, 21 assists in 105 Super League games

PROGNOSIS: Ajeti has a strong scoring record, but the Swiss Super League does not have a history of producing players in the EPL. On top of that, he would seem to be behind Sebastien Haller in terms of forwards coming over to West Ham this summer. Probably best put in the back of your mind for now, if at all.

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Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham)

  • POSITION: Midfielder
  • FPL PRICE: £7.5m
  • FORMER TEAM: Real Betis (Spain’s La Liga)
  • NATIONALITY: Argentina
  • TRANSFER FEE: N/A (loan, reportedly with an option to buy)
  • AGE: 23
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 9 goals, 5 assists in 32 La Liga games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 9 goals, 5 assists in 32 La Liga games; 4 goals, 7 assists in 38 Ligue 1 games (with Paris Saint-Germain)

PROGNOSIS: Rumors ran rampant in recent months surrounding the exit of Christian Eriksen, but he stayed... for now. If Tottenham wants to get anything for him, they will have to sell the Danish star in the remaining August summer exit window or in the winter transfer window, likely for peanuts; otherwise, they will lose him for nothing next summer. Adding Lo Celso on a one-year loan with an option to buy gives the feeling that he will prove the ostensible replacement for Eriksen, whether now, in the winter, or next season, unless things go poorly.

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Tottenham may not have gotten Dybala, but Lo Celso shouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.
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With Lo Celso’s abundance of talent, combined with the fact that his manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is a fellow Argentine, I expect things to go very well. Spurs have always struggled for quality depth, particularly on offense. Thankfully they are changing their ways, spending to buttress the squad so that the North London side can make a legitimate effort to challenge for major trophies. From a fantasy standpoint, however, the worry is that Lo Celso may not be a regular in the XI right away given the tremendous competition at the midfield position from Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Moussa Sissoko, Tanguy Ndomble, Harry Winks, Ryan Sessegnon, and Erik Lamela.

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Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace)

  • POSITION: Defender
  • FPL PRICE: £4.5m
  • FORMER TEAM: Chelsea (EPL)
  • NATIONALITY: England
  • TRANSFER FEE: N/A (free)
  • AGE: 33
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 clean sheets in 2 EPL games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 27 goals, 9 assists, 92 clean sheets in 349 EPL games

PROGNOSIS: Most free transfers aren’t worth a mention. Once in a while, they do attract attention. Cahill barely saw the pitch last season at Chelsea, despite being healthy. But at 33, he should still have a bit left in the tank, and it’s very possible that the two-time EPL champion could earn a starting spot with the Eagles in central defense under his former England coach, Roy Hodgson.

Cahill is not a like-for-like replacement for departed wing back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but instead he will challenge Scott Dann and Martin Kelly for a spot now, and James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho when they are healthy. At only £4.5m, that gives him a chance to pay off for fantasy managers. After all, Crystal Palace secured 12 clean sheets last season, and Cahill has scored at least three goals in five separate seasons, including a high of six scores in 2016-17.

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Danny Welbeck (Watford)

  • POSITION: Forward
  • FPL PRICE: £6.0 m
  • FORMER TEAM: Arsenal
  • NATIONALITY: England
  • TRANSFER FEE: N/A (free)
  • AGE: 28
  • 2018-19 STATISTICS: 1 goal, 1 assist in 8 EPL games
  • CAREER STATISTICS: 42 goals, 20 assists in 206 EPL games

PROGNOSIS: Danny Welbeck is only 28? Really? Wow. Do you feel as old as I do? It seems like a decade ago that he was supposed to be the next big thing at Manchester United. Actually, it was more than a decade — almost 11 years ago — when he debuted in the EPL for the Red Devils. Huh, how about that? Time flies!

While Welbeck has 42 goals in his career, he hasn’t scored 5+ times in a season since 2013-14, and he has never cracked double digits. On top of that, he has had injury problems. I like that the Hornets took a chance on him (and the price was certainly right!), but I’ve got to imagine that Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu are safe. It’s Andre Gray and Isaac Success who should probably worry about sliding further down the pecking order when Javi Gracia needs a boost from the bench or a spot start.

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[NOTE: Statistics, transfer fees, and some of the other player info came via www.transfermarkt.com. FPL player prices and past seasons’ EPL and fantasy scoring info came from the official Premier League website and official fantasy Premier League website, respectively.]

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Has this summer’s transfer window lived up to its billing for you this year? Which newcomers are you most excited about, and who instead do you see as overpriced and overrated? Answer the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments!

Poll

Which August transfer is the best EPL fantasy prospect?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Patrick Cutrone
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Arnaut Danjuma
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tom Heaton
    (0 votes)
  • 13%
    Moise Kean
    (5 votes)
  • 2%
    Oli McBurnie
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Marvelous Nakamba
    (1 vote)
  • 34%
    Nicolas Pepe
    (13 votes)
  • 2%
    Allan Saint-Maximin
    (1 vote)
  • 21%
    Harry Maguire
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Gary Cahill
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Danny Welbeck
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    João Cancelo
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    David Luiz
    (0 votes)
  • 10%
    Giovani Lo Celso
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Ismaïla Sarr
    (0 votes)
  • 5%
    Alex Iwobi
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Other (name in comments)
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Not interested in any of them
    (1 vote)
38 votes total Vote Now

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