January Transfer Analysis

The Premier League January transfer window signings are coming thick and fast, so we’re here to analyse the prospects of the big signings.  Read below for the potential impact these players can have on your Draft Fantasy Football League!  We’ve ranked the prospects based on a star rating, from 1 to 5.

*  = Poor Prospects

***** = Amazing Prospects


Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)

Liverpool smashed their transfer record to bring in the Dutch defender, and he’s definitely going to be taken by a fellow Draft Fantasy Football manager by now.  Look to trade him into your Fantasy Football team though, as Liverpool have been surprisingly strong at the back so far this season.  Recent defeats to Swansea and West Brom could have put off Van Dijk owners.

Prospect Rating: ****


Adrien Silva (Leicester City)

The forgotten man has finally been able to register as a Leicester player!  He’s made a handful of appearances so far, but is still building up his match fitness.  One to watch  for Draft Fantasy Football when he is installed into the starting eleven on a full time basis.  He managed to provide an assist during his first five minutes of Premier League action.

Update: Gained his first start for the club in GW26.

Prospect Rating: **


Cenk Tosun (Everton)

Another big name signing at the start of the window.  Tosun will surely be taken by a fellow Draft Fantasy Football manager, although he’s not performed well in his first two games.  The Turkish international should come good over the coming months though, so stick by him if you own him.

Update: Seeing just 12 minutes of action over GW25 and 26, has Big Sam lost confidence already?

Prospect Rating: ***


Ross Barkley (Chelsea)

Bit of a weird one this.  We don’t expect Barkley to break into Chelsea’s best eleven, but if he can then he would be worthwhile Draft Fantasy Football signing.  Is he better than Willian, Pedro, or Fabregas?  No.  Therefore his Draft Fantasy Football prospects are pretty low.

Update: Started in GW25 but was hooked off after 60 minutes.  Has apparently been injured in training and will miss GW26.  Classic Barkley.

Prospect Rating: *


Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Burnley)

This is an interesting signing from Burnley, and definitely one to monitor over the coming weeks.  The Frenchman is a skillful winger with blistering pace.  Burnley have a good upcoming fixture schedule, and if Nkoudou can force his way into the starting eleven, he’ll be a good prospect.  Be wary though, Sean Dyche doesn’t alter his starting eleven unless he has to.  Nkoudou will face a battle to gain a starting slot.

Update: Still yet to break into the starting eleven.  Lennon looks to have taken his chance, unlike Nkoudou.

Prospect Rating: *


Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town)

The former Norwich player is a very good technical footballer, who provides creativity as well as a goal scoring touch.  Pritchard showed glimpses of his ability during an injury -hit spell at Norwich.  Due to his inexperience at the top level, as well as Huddersfield’s struggles as of late, we don’t rank his prospects very high for Draft Fantasy Football potential.

Prospect Rating: *


Theo Walcott (Everton)

Theo’s prospects look very good, but he’ll be taken by now in all active Draft Fantasy Football leagues.

Update: Two goals in GW25 underlined Theo’s potential.

Prospect Rating: *****


Jurgen Locadia (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Currently working his way back to full fitness, but will surely be Brighton’s main striker from mid-February onwards.  One to watch for Draft Fantasy Football managers when he does regain his fitness, as Brighton have struggled in front of goal in recent weeks.  The signing of Ulloa slightly decreases Locadia’s prospects, however.

Update: Has returned to full training and should be in the match day squad for GW27.

Prospect Rating: **


Henrik Mkyhtaryan (Arsenal)

Like Theo, his prospects look good, but he’s sure to have already been snapped up by a rival Draft Fantasy Football manager.

Update: Assisted three goals during his first start for the club.  Miki owners must be pretty, pretty pleased with themselves.

Prospect Rating: *****


Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United)

Extremely good prospects for Alexis.  We’re pretty sure there’s zero chance he was a free agent in any Draft Fantasy Football League.  Sanchez owners will be pretty happy with how this one has worked out.

Update: Disappointing against Spurs in GW25, but marked his home debut in GW26 with a goal (as well as a penalty miss).

Prospect Rating: *****


Aaron Lennon (Burnley)

Similar to Nkoudou, this is a good signing for Burnley, and Lennon is a talented player who could perform well if given the chance.  The key aspect of his prospects will be if he is given the chance to start.  Sean Dyche only seems to change the starting eleven if he has to, so Lennon faces a battle to gain a starting slot.  One to watch.

Update: Gained his first start for the club in GW26, after a good display from the bench in GW25.  Looks like a good prospect.

Prospect Rating: ***


Kenedy (Newcastle Utd)

The young Brazilian has hardly featured for Chelsea this season, despite his obvious talent.  This loan move is a good one for the left-sided player, and he should see action from the bench to start with.  Christian Atsu’s place on the left-wing is likely to come under threat over the coming weeks.  If Kenedy can establish himself in the starting eleven, he could be a good prospect as a fourth or fifth midfielder for any Draft Fantasy Football side.

Update: Kenedy went straight into the Newcastle side (alongside Atsu) for GW25, gained an assist, and played very well.  For GW26 he started again, this time replacing Atsu.

Prospect Rating: ***


Guido Carrillo (Southampton)

Southampton have finally signed a striker!  Carrillo is somewhat of an unknown, but he’s been playing for Monaco, so he surely has talent.  Mauricio Pellegrino managed the Argentinean earlier in his career, so he is obviously a fan of the player.  Carrillo is a good prospect, as he’ll be guaranteed to start when he’s match fit, and Southampton have a very good run of fixtures over the next couple of months.  Charlie Austin will provide competition when he returns from injury around March, however.

Update: Played 45 minutes in GW25, and gained a start in GW26.  Failed to gain attacking returns, despite Southampton scoring three times, however.

Prospect Rating: ***


Joao Mario (West Ham)

The Hammers have moved quickly to bring in the Euro 2016 winner from Inter, after injuries to Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini.  West Ham also have Andy Carroll and Antonio out with injuries, so the Portuguese international will be installed into the starting eleven immediately.  His prospects look good, as he’s a talented footballer, and has a real chance to establish himself in the West Ham side.

Update: Played well in GW25, and gained an assist in GW26.  Living up to his four star rating.

Prospect Rating: ****


Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Brighton have moved to sign a second striker of the January Transfer Window, snapping up Ulloa on loan from Leicester City.  The Argentinean is a former Seagulls player, who is well regarded on the South Coast.  Considering fellow new striker Jurgen Locadia is currently injured, Ulloa’s prospects are pretty good in the short term.  He should take over as first choice striker, and may well bag a few goals.  Worth a punt as Brighton have a good short-term schedule.

Update: Two substitute appearances, and with Murray scoring in back-to-back games, Ulloa may have a fight to get into the starting eleven!

Prospect Rating: **


Daniel Sturridge (West Bromich Albion)

The Englishman has finally made a move in order to find regular first team football, joining West Brom on loan for the remainder of the season.  He can be devastating on his day, but has obviously had many many injury problems in recent years.  If Sturridge can keep his fitness, he could be a real Draft Fantasy Football prospect.  Pick him up now if he’s a free agent!!

Update: Started for the Baggies in GW26, playing 60 minutes.  May take a while for him to get going.

Prospect Rating: ****


Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)

A somewhat surprising signing from Watford, with Deulofeu moving on loan from Spanish giants Barcelona.  The Spaniard is a very talented footballer, but was never able to establish himself in Everton’s starting eleven.  Deulofeu has struggled for game time at Barcelona this season, but considering his talent, he’s well worth investing in.  The winger should be afforded plenty of opportunities from compatriot Javi Gracia.

Update: Was handed a start against Stoke in GW25 just a couple of days after arriving.  And gained a goal and an assist in GW26… hopefully you signed him before this game!

Prospect Rating: ****


Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)

Manchester City have splashed the cash on another defender, this time for a centre back to bolster the ranks amidst Vincent Kompany’s injury struggles.  Laporte is a very talented young player, but is perhaps not yet the finished article.  We’d expect him to be eased into the first team between now and the end of the season in order to let him settle in.  Perhaps leave him for now, and sign him up if John Stones or Nicolas Otamendi pick up an injury – those two should remain the first choice pairing for now.

Update: The Frenchman gained a surprising start in GW25, as Stones was struggling through illness.  Relegated to the bench for GW26 though.

Prospect Rating: **


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

The transfer saga is finally over.  Aubameyang has officially signed for Arsenal!  A massive January Transfer Window signing for Draft Fantasy Football Managers.  Those managers with a fair league waiver system, where managers move to the bottom of the list once they’ve used their request, will be rejoicing if they have been saving up their waiver request for a big name January signing!!  If you are holding that all important first waiver request ahead of the next deadline… USE IT ON AUBAMEYANG!

Update: Scored on his debut. Boom.

Prospect Rating: *****


Lucas Moura (Tottenham)

The Brazlian winger was very highly regarded upon his arrival at Paris St Germain a couple of years ago, but his career seems to have stuttered a bit.  He’s struggled for game time in Paris among their many stars, mainly being utilised from the bench.  Lucas Moura is still a strong Draft Fantasy Football prospect, however.  If he can force himself into the starting eleven, he has a good chance of re-discovering his best form.  We’d recommend Draft managers take a punt on him now, and hope that he performs.  Very high ceiling.

Update: Didn’t make the squad for GW26 after arriving at the club only a day or two before the game.

Prospect Rating: ***

Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea)

We don’t know much about the Brazilian left-back, but considering he’s only played 15 minutes in Serie A this season, we’re not rating his prospects very highly!  Chelsea’s recent transfer activity continues to be underwhelming.  We’re guessing he’s been brought in a cover for Marcos Alonso, so unless the Spaniard picks up an injury, we wouldn’t expect Emerson to see much gametime in the Premier League.

Update: Zapppacosta preferred at left wing-back for GW26.

Prospect Rating: *

Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)

This is a very intriguing one.  On the face of it, you would think Giroud is being signed as a ‘Plan B’ to arrive off the bench if The Blues need a late goal.  Therefore, his prospects would be fairly limited.  However, considering the dire form of main striker Alvaro Morata, the Frenchman could actually see more game time than you’d expect.  We’d recommend watching how the situation develops… unless your league has 10+ managers and you’re desperate for a striker.

Update: Conte played with no recognised striker in GW26, rather than giving Giroud the start.

Prospect Rating: **

Andre Ayew (Swansea City)

A very nice piece of business from Swansea, re-signing their former talisman, Andre Ayew.  The Ghanian is a very talented footballer, but has never really got going at West Ham.  This move should see him rejuvenated, as he moves back to Swansea, and will be playing alongside his brother.  We are liking this transfer, and believe Ayew could be a very good prospect for the remainder of the season.  The Swans have a chance of staying up.

Update: Will be included in the match day squad for GW27.

Prospect Rating: ****


Islam Slimani (Newcastle Utd)

We’re quite liking this one.  The Algerian had a decent scoring record when he was a preferred striking option at Leicester, and he is a talented big man striker.  If he can find his confidence, as well as fitness, he’ll surely take over as Newcastle’s main striker, and he’ll bag a few goals before the season is out.  Sign him up if the likes of fellow new striker signings Tosun and Sturridge have already been snapped up.

Update: Missed GW26 with a minor injury.

Prospect Rating: ***


Eliaquim Mangala (Everton)

The big Frenchman has moved to Everton on loan, after Pep finally got himself another centre-back.  Mangala should be able to establish himself in the Toffees backline, although competition is fairly high.  Michael Keane, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, and Mason Holgate have all seen plenty of game time at the heart of the defence.  We’d recommend holding off on Mangala for now, and see if he can establish himself.  Everton’s defensive record of late hasn’t been great either.

Update: Went straight into the starting eleven for GW26, but put in an awful display.  Have a feeling Big Sam is a fan of having a left-footed centre back in the team though.

Prospect Rating: **


Alexander Sorloth (Crystal Palace)

Not a player we’ve ever heard of, but he’s scored a lot of goals so far this season; 15 in 26 games for FC Midtjylland.  The Norweigan international has surely been brought in as backup to Christian Benteke, so his prospects are not looking great as a Draft Fantasy Football player.  He’s only 22 years old, so will surely be eased into first team duties.

Update: Named on the bench for GW26, but didn’t see any game time.

Prospect Rating: *


Jordan Hugill (West Ham Utd)

Never heard of this one either!  West Ham have brought Hugill in from Preston for around £10 million, but he doesn’t boast an amazing scoring record, with 8 goals so far this season.  Presumably he’s been brought in to replace the departed Diafra Sakho.  He could be given opportunities over the coming weeks considering The Hammers’ injury problems.

Update: Came on as a late substitute in GW26.

Prospect Rating: *


Andy King (Swansea City)

Swansea City have bolstered their midefield options after picking up the Welshman on loan from Leicester City.   We’re not expecting much from King in terms of Draft Fantasy Football, however.  He should be able to force his way into the starting eleven, but King is not renowned for his attacking returns.

Update: Was ineligible from GW26. Will be included in the match day squad for GW27.

Prospect Rating: *


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