Due to the international break, the excitement of deadline day already seems to be long forgotten. With the Premier League ready to resume this weekend, however, all the new signings will be looking forward to making debuts for their new sides. A large amount of focus has been placed on the Manchester signings with United forking out a small fortune for the little known Anthony Martial and City opting with ex-Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne.
As controversial as it may sound, for me it is the comparatively smaller sides that have done better business and subsequently offer better value from a fantasy football perspective. Feel free to bring me up on this when De Bruyne starts assisting left, right and centre and Martial justifies his extortionate fee but at £10 million and £8 million respectively in the fantasy game, it may be too much of a risk to take. There are, meanwhile, cheaper signings that I feel have the potential to make an impact for their new side.
Victor Ibarbo (Watford [Loan], Forward, £5.5 million)
Of all the exciting new additions to the Premier League, Victor Ibarbo is one that definitely stands out to me. Many may not have heard of the Colombian international but those of you who play a bit of FIFA from time to time will be fully aware of the talent that Watford now possess. While a video game is certainly not the best informant when it comes to real life performances, especially for a player new to the league, Ibarbo has the potential to help see Watford through to another season in the highest division almost single handedly.
The forward’s main asset is his incredible pace but he also possesses a strength that will make him a difficult task for any defence to deal with. On the goals front in Serie A he has been light to say the least so his role at Watford will no doubt be playmaker. If he can have the impact that I believe he can, at only £5.5 million Ibarbo is an absolute steal.
Nathan Dyer (Leicester [Loan], Midfielder, £4.8 million)
Nathan Dyer is a player that, despite his apparent ability, has not been able to secure his place in the Swansea starting line-up in recent years. The midfielder has now secured a loan move to a high flying Leicester side and will be hoping to make a place in the squad his own. With Marc Albrighton, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez all performing well so far, however, it will admittedly be difficult.
If a recent behind the scenes friendly against Stoke is anything to go by Dyer is certainly up for the challenge. The midfielder was the only player to score a goal in the game, which took place only a day after his transfer, so early signs show that he seems to have settled in well already. With his ability to run at defences, pick out passes and score goals, Dyer’s reduced value of £4.8 million makes him someone to now consider.
Michail Antonio, Victor Moses, Nikica Jelavic (West Ham, Midfielders and Striker, £6 million, £5.3 million and £6 million respectively)
West Ham were the most active side at the end of the transfer window with four signings including the recapturing of Alex Song on loan. It is the other three signings, however, that have the potential to make a greater impact.
Nikica Jelavic and Victor Moses are the more experienced of the three, having appeared in the Premier League for a number of clubs, and are subsequently known quantities. Jelavic has never been prolific playing for Everton or Hull and at thirty years of age fans are unsure as to whether he is what the club needed. With Slaven Bilic at the helm, however, maybe he will be able to bring out the best in him.
As for Moses, he has made the right decision in my opinion to move away from Chelsea if only on loan. He has impressed at Stoke and Liverpool on loan spells in recent seasons and will be hoping to make his mark at the London side. At just 24 years of age, the talented midfielder’s best years are still ahead of him and if allowed to play consistent football he could have his best season to date.
The most exciting signing for West Ham on deadline day, however, was Michail Antonio. The midfielder is yet to be tested at the highest level but he has the potential to contribute on an attacking basis from the off with the strength and pace he possesses. At Nottingham Forest last season, he scored fifteen goals with as many assists and if he is able to contribute on anywhere near the same level at West Ham then he will be well worth his £6 million fantasy price-tag.
Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton, Defender, £5.5 million)
Now part of a Southampton team that got off to a disappointing start defensively following last season’s heroics, Virgil Van Dijk could be what the side need to firm things back up again. With two clean sheets now, Ronald Koeman will be looking for some kind of consistency and his fellow Dutchman has the potential to provide just that. At over six foot in height, Van Dijk will also have the potential to contribute on the goal front from set pieces.
With a price of £5.5 million, Van Dijk is a little more expensive than some of his fellow Southampton defenders but his added goalscoring threat could make him worth investing in, especially if the side can continue recent defensive displays.