Fantasy Premier League: How will ten of the biggest transfers impact their fantasy value?

Wilfried Bony has moved from Manchester City to Stoke
Wilfried Bony has moved from Manchester City to Stoke

Deadline Day is in our rear view mirror and two of our fantasy team, Luke Moore and Neil Monnery, look at the impact of ten of the biggest transfers from the final days of the transfer window.

"At Man City Bony was expected to be a link man with sharp, intricate movements. That isn't his game but at Stoke they play with a slightly more simplistic style and that will suit him."

Jack Wilshere - Midfield - £5.9m

I remember tweeting with the third member of our fantasy trio on Deadline Day about this move from a fantasy perspective. I can't hide the fact that I'm all in on Wilshere at Bournemouth. We all know what an injury risk he is but under Eddie Howe he's set to be the main creative spark in a team filled with pace. He played as the attacking midfielder in their friendly with AC Milan last week and at £5.9m, he's either your fourth or fifth midfielder. He has an awful lot to prove and will be playing for a manager who'll allow him to express himself. Buy into Jack Wilshere this season (injury permitting obviously). NM

Wilshere could make the difference in midfield for Bournemouth, and they have a winnable game at the weekend against struggling West Brom. [2.14] is their generous-looking price to win

Shkodran Mustafi - Defender - £6.0m

Arsene Wenger finally put his short arm into his cavernously deep pocket and pulled out enough fivers to bring in 24-year-old Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia, who, given Arsenal's injury problems at the back, is likely to go straight into the team against Southampton. A World Cup winner with good pedigree despite his relatively tender years, Mustafi is a good pick for a team who aren't likely to concede bucket-loads of goals this season. That said, with him you're going to be relying on clean sheets and clean sheets alone to rack up the points - he obviously doesn't have the assist record of a good full back and his goalscoring record is poor. LM


David Luiz - Defender - £6.0m

Well then, could this be the biggest Deadline Day surprise since Robinho signed for Man City all those years ago? I'm not a David Luiz guy - not by a long chalk. Yet I am a fan of Chelsea's defence under Antonio Conte because he has a history of putting together incredibly stingy back-lines. Luiz will chip in with the odd goal from a free kick or when he turns up in the box from set pieces and Chelsea will keep many teams out this season. I think £6.0m is slightly too expensive for him and won't advocate buying him but he will have weeks where he puts up double digit points from defence. NM


Islam Slimani - Attacker - £8.5m

Champions Leicester broke the bank to bring in 28-year-old Islam Slimani from Sporting Clube de Portugal. A decent forward who has scored goals wherever he's been (including an important one against Portuguese titans Porto last month), his game is probably suited to the Premier League - he's exceptional in the air, strong and not short of pace either. The timing of his runs is clever too, and although the Portuguese league has its fair share of shoddy defending, so does our domestic top flight. He may well prove a shrewd bit of business, even at the price; if he doesn't feature against Liverpool the Foxes have Burnley at home up after that. He could fill his boots. LM


Sofiane Boufal - Midfielder - £7.0m

Sofiane Boufal is an exciting young player capable of playing anywhere across that attacking midfield three behind a striker, and is likely to be a nice foil for Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond at St Mary's. A good crosser of the ball and a clever technician, he was pursued by many other clubs and it's a testament to Southampton's recruitment staff that he chose to ply his trade down on the south coast. I've seen more than one commentator refer to him as 'The New Mahrez', which might be a stretch at this stage, but he's certainly an exciting prospect.

One to draft in ahead of the Southampton's home game with Swansea next week, perhaps - he'll provide assists for sure, and his goal scoring record isn't too bad either. LM


Wilfried Bony - Attacker - £7.3m

I've spent the last year wondering if Bony at Man City was the worst fit of player and footballing style in the Premier League. We saw at Swansea that he was a player and they played to his strengths. At Man City he was expected to be a link man with sharp, intricate movements. That isn't his game but at Stoke they play with a slightly more simplistic style and that will suit him. He scored 17 Premier League goals in his last full season at Swansea, expecting him to get 12-14 at Stoke doesn't take a huge leap of faith. NM

Bony is currently [3.5] to start his Stoke career with a debut goal, so if you can't find room for him in your team just yet, why not back him instead?


Moussa Sissoko - Midfielder - £7.0m

The man who was in danger of becoming more famous for his want-away antics rather than his skills on the football field has finally got his move and pitched up at White Hart Lane to play for Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham. His reputation is one of a player who only likes to play when it suits him or when the cameras are on him, but under Pochettino I fancy him to improve a great deal (provided he can force his way into the team regularly of course - competition for places is fierce at Spurs). At £7.0m he's not too pricey, but it might be worth waiting to see what role Poch has in mind for him. LM


Nacer Chadli - Midfielder - £6.4m

The last time Chadli played a significant chunk of the season in 2014-15, he racked up 160 fantasy points. That is a huge amount for the price he's currently quoted at. Those points included 11 goals and six assists. West Brom are not as good a side as Spurs but we fully expect that he'll play week in, week out and be one of their main men, too. I quite like Salomón Rondón up top and who knows if Saido Berahino ever sorts himself out. Chadli is value at this price even though I won't be picking him. NM


Álvaro Arbeloa - Defender - £5.0m

At 33, Alvaro Arbeloa has seen and done it all. A double Champions League winner with Real Madrid and a multiple trophy winner with Spain, he's decided to move on for one last payday after falling out of favour last season, and West Ham have bagged themselves a huge amount of experience and a talented player who, although prefers to play as a right back, can also do a job on the left hand side, too. Arbeloa can provide guidance to young Sam Byram, but manager Slaven Bilic has experimented a bit tactically so far this season and it might be worth waiting to see just how much the Spaniard is likely to feature. LM


Simone Zaza - Attacker - £7.0m

Oh West Ham, what are you doing to your attacking players? I bought into Andre Ayew as a midfielder and felt pretty cocky. That ended in the first Monday night game of the season with him injuring himself so badly that he's not expected back until Santa Claus is doing his rounds. Next up Andy Carroll did what Andy Carroll does. The Hammers needed a striker and they've gone out and brought in 25 year-old Zaza on loan. His record isn't outstanding but 20 goals in 64 appearances between 2013 and 2015 in Serie A for mid-table Sassuolo isn't to be sniffed at. Don't expect miracles but at £7.0m and with the likes of Dimitri Payet creating chances for him, he'll do fine. NM

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