Fantasy Football 2016/17- Top 10 Newcomers
Don the suit, get the notepad out and start scribbling. Yes, your Fantasy Football budget has just been handed to you and it’s time to pick your squad ahead of the new season.
Today we’ve had a look at the newcomers who may become this season’s Riyad Mahrez, so get studying, then all that’s left is to christen them with an amusing team name. Will any of these make your XI?
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, Middlesbrough. Goalkeeper £4.5m
Let’s start with a cut price goalkeeper, it’s never a position to waste to much budget on. Middlesbrough’s Greek stopper was top of the clean sheet table in the Championship last season, shutting out in a whopping 22 games and at £4.5m represents value. Victor Valdes has just been added to the playing staff too, but whoever starts between the sticks for Boro looks a good option.
Joel Matip, Liverpool. Defender £5.5m
The price about Jurgen Klopp’s recruit from Schalke is tasty. Not only will Liverpool be a good defensive option next season, but 24 year-old Matip has an eye for a goal too, he scored 17 in his time at the Gelsenkirchen club.
Andros Townsend, Crystal Palace. Midfield £6.5m
It’s been a stop-start career for Andros Townsend with 9 loan spells already under his belt. Not strictly a newcomer having been a Fantasy flop at Newcastle since January, but now might be the time to settle down under the tutelage of Alan Pardew at Palace who triggered his £13m release clause this summer. A threatening winger who can create and score goals and this season his appearance figures should sky rocket.
Robert Snodgrass, Hull City. Midfield £5.5m
Back in the Premier League having been there before with Norwich. Snodgrass scored two massive hauls of points while at Norwich including 152 in 2012/13, when he accrued 9 assists and 6 goals. If he could get near those numbers again with Hull, £5.5m will look very cheap come May.
Juan Cuadrado, Chelsea. Midfield £7.0m
Antonio Conte’s arrival at Chelsea has signalled a revival for previous outcast Juan Cuadrado. The winger was on loan at Juventus last season, but the Italian at the Stamford Bridge helm has always been a fan and this one could fly under the radar at a decent price.
I wanted him when I was Juventus coach. He will come back very soon and train and play with us.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United. Midfield £9.5m
The Armenian newcomer at Man United is sure to be a popular choice this season. He topped the assist charts in the Bundesliga last season with a tally of 15 and added 11 league goals to his haul. A promising debut at Wigan too.
Andre Gray, Burnley. Forward £6.5m
A great option for a 3rd striker at £6.5m, Burnley’s marksman is coming off a 25 goal season in the Championship. It’s a different kettle of fish in the Premier League but Gray’s goal record makes it easy to see why he’s Brunley’s all-time record signing.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United. Forward £11.5m
The curiosity over what price Mourinho’s new talisman would come in at has been satisfied. £11.5m for a 34 year-old seems excessive, but age seems to be having no effect on a man who scored 38 goals and 13 assists in France last season. Anywhere near those numbers again and he simply cannot be left out.
Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea. Forward £9.0m
Chelsea have struggled in the striker department recently. Diego Costa was a huge disappointment last season and Loic Remy just hasn’t cut the mustard. Antonio Conte’s Belgian recruit, his first signing, may be the one to change it. He scored 17 goals last season for Marseille and has found the net 3 times 7 appearances for Belgium, including one at the Euros.
Vincent Janssen, Tottenham. Forward £8.0m
Only last week, this 22 year old became AZ Alkmaar’s most expensive export. He made his international debut for Holland in March with a goal and assist at Wembley, but his 27 goals in 34 games last season in the Eredivisie make him an attractive option up front.