With a new and challenging 2019/20 campaign ahead, English Premier League clubs have been forced to jump head first into the transfer market. And, while some Premier League transfers have won us over, there are those that are yet to justify the expenditures.
Here’s our best and worst Premier League signings of the season so far and how they can affect your fantasy football draft.
Best Premier League transfers brought in the summer window
Are we really going to choose Harry Maguire‘s deal to United among our Premier League winners of 2019? Naturally, time will tell if the 50 million Euro spent on the central defender have been a worthy investment. So far, the former Leicester City player has brought a sense of security previously missing in the Reds’ defense. Yes, the transfer hasn’t instantly spelled an increase in the EPL standings. But, as far as defenders go, Harry Maguire is one of the league’s best. Our stats show this to be true, both in the Premier League, as well as at national team level. So far the player has shown he is dealing well with the pressure pot that is Old Trafford. But, should the club fail to reach the top three, voices of dissent may arise.
A surprising choice for a big transfer, Jordan Ayew‘s recent performances have made us rethink our words. We did previously include him on a list of worst performing EPL strikers. A move from Swansea to Crystal Palace for 2.8 Million Euro looked questionable on paper. But, with 2 goals in 3 games, it looks like Ayew may be the man tasked with the responsibility of having to substitute Wilfried Zaha in the future. He’s playing so far has been so good, that he has even helped fellow striker Christian Benteke look good, something we, honestly, had not anticipated. Consider Ayew for your draft for the EPL contests!
Tottenham’s performance of reaching the Champions League final last season was a shock. But, even more of a surprise was Spurs’ new found appetite in the transfer market. Often criticized for getting left behind by their rivals in the pursuit of top players, Mauricio Pochettino has guided the arrival of Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Tanguy Ndombélé. The Frenchman looked in superb form during the training period and in the first weeks of the new season. A hamstring injury is currently sidelining the former Lyon player, but we recommend making him part of your squad as soon as he is fit.
Worst Premier League transfers of the summer window
We can’t begrudge Carroll for attempting to cash in on his reputation. We can, however, hope his goal tally significantly improves in the upcoming future. Brought in for 8 million Euro to West Ham, his time in London ended this summer. Andy Carroll may have wisely chosen to return to Newcastle a team he has played for before, even recording his most prolific period in 2010, while the club had briefly slipped into the Championship. Fans are excited for the local boy to be back, but, frankly, we have a hard time recommending him for your fantasy football draft. Carroll has yet to make a start. News is that the striker is fit and we may get a taste of his current abilities soon enough.
It’s a transfer we desperately want to see succeed! However, Brazilian striker’s Joelinton‘s move to Newcastle reeks of desperation. Having earned the scorn of their fans and previous manager, Rafael Benitez, for failing to adapt to the transfer market, the Magpies spent big in the final days of the transfer window. Joelinton arrived for 44 million Euro. He has thus far failed to score, but it is hard to blame the player.
Newcastle is currently a club in disarray and the immense pressure the club has to remain in the EPL should not be placed on this talented striker’s young shoulders. Joelinton has the making of a star, but it remains to be seen if his potential can be utilized by Newcastle in this campaign.
It is a strategy that has proven to be the undoing of many smaller reputation sides. The fear of exiting the Premier League, often sees these teams invest heavily in expensive, experienced players. Danny Ings is such a player. He is now 27 and has just spent much of his career with current Champions League winners, Liverpool.
Talented though he is, Ings was unable to manage playing time against the likes of Firmino, Salah and Mane. His deal to Southampton has been made permanent this summer for the fee 22,2 million Euro. It’s a big chunk of the team’s budget. Ings has played every game this season, registering an assist and a goal. But, despite Ings’ career in the Premier League being far from over, we still feel the need to question the decision to spend this amount of money in the position that the Saints’ find themselves in. We may end up having to eat our words once again, but so far we cannot recommend Ings for your fantasy football draft.
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