It’s been a busy transfer window so far with outrageous money being spent on bringing in new players. PlayON Daily Fantasy Focus looks at some new imports into the Premier League and their potential impact.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £11.4m
Technically he may not be new to the Premier League, but there is no better place to start than with the world’s most expensive player. No one should doubt the 23 year old’s immense talent, however the Premier League will be a step up in competition and physicality from Serie A. Pogba cost United a reported £89 million from Juventus, a massive price tag that may intimidate some players, but it’s clear he has the confidence to handle this.
What isn’t as clear is where Pogba will play in United’s midfield. He can play as part of a two beside one of Carrick, Schneiderlin or Blind, but Jose Mourinho will be aware of Pogba’s struggles as part of a two man midfield during the Euros. His best position for Juventus was a more open role ahead of a sitting defensive midfielder. In this system he can find pockets of space and can link up with the likes of Rooney, Ibrahimovic and Martial.
Pogba has an eye for goal – averaging one in every 3.75 games for Juventus over the past two seasons. Long shots are also a strength of his and he rarely wastes an opportunity to aim for goal. With 200 PlayON points going for shots on target, this is a handy characteristic for a midfield player in your team to have.
Perhaps his best characteristic is his motivation. Pogba comes across as a man on a mission. All the bad press that came with his lacklustre displays in the Euros, his unceremonious departure from Old Trafford 4 years ago and his huge price tag give rise to huge motivation. The man from Seine-et-Marne seems like one to step up to this challenge rather than lie down. Starting at £11.4 million he is well worth a place in your Daily Fantasy team.
Nolito (Manchester City) – £12.2m
Manuel Agudo Durán, better known as Nolito, is a man who comes to the Premier League with a growing reputation. The 29 year old has matured as a footballer since being released by Barcelona, gaining cult hero status at Celta Vigo by leading them back to European football. This earned him a call up to the Spanish national team where he made 5 goals in 8 appearances this year alone. New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola knows Nolito from his time at Barcelona and obviously was keen to reunite with the striker, paying £13.5 million for him.
Nolito is a great finisher and links up well with his teammates. Similar to Pogba, it’s not clear exactly where he will fit into is new team. Taking Sergio Aguero’s starting position as a given, Nolito could join him in a two (unlikely given Guardiola’s preference) or can play as part of a three behind Aguero. The Spaniard has the pace to play on the left of the attacking three, or usurp compatriot David Silva and play in the hole.
If Nolito can build a partnership with Aguero and the deeper lying City midfielders can supply them with enough ball, we expect to see assists and goals flying in for him. He is full of confidence at this stage in his career and at just £12.2m he is one of the cheaper striking options for Gameweek 1.
Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) – £11.1m
Tottenham secured the early signing of Vincent Janssen in a move to bolster their striking options for next season. Mauricio Pochettino claims that Janssen was bought from AZ Alkmaar as a compliment to Harry Kane rather than as an understudy. With 27 goals last season, Janssen was the top scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie but how much can we read into this? Prolific scorers in the Dutch league such as Kezman, Kuyt and more recently Memphis Depay have struggled to turn outstanding Dutch league form into goals in the Premier League.
Jenssen is a strong player with relatively good pace. He likes to play off the shoulder of the central defenders and run in behind, although is prone to going a second too early and getting caught offside. The chemistry between him and Harry Kane will be interesting to see as they are both powerful players and one could see them getting in each other’s way a bit. Whether Pochettino actually does end up playing the two together in the Premier League remains to be seen, especially with the group stages of the Champions League starting in September.
Janssen didn’t score in his first 367 minutes in the league for AZ Alkmaar. A repeat of this stat at Tottenham will see the Spurs faithful on his back quickly and a spot of the bench may become a regular occurrence for him. At £11.1 million, Janssen would be a risky investment in your PlayON team however, to win big at PlayON some risks need to be taken and Janssen has the talent to shoot your team to the top of the standings.