Top Transfer Targets - Week 20
Change is coming in the Premier League as Chelsea have moved from Frank Lampard. This is news that came after Chelsea spent enough money to put the minimum expectation in the top four. But this dismissal was not only due to the fact that (previously) high-priced imports such as Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech were not integrated. Each of them had moments of brilliance, but none were consistent enough to please the always capricious Chelsea board.
Lampard may have a hard time getting fired halfway, but he knew what he was signing up for. The Chelsea board is chewing on managers and spitting them out if they don't bring cutlery, and that's something the likely replacement Thomas Tuchel will saddle up with as well. If he doesn't finish in the top four with Chelsea this season, we'll deal with an odd situation this summer where the board is likely to take one more step for a long-term replacement, whoever that is.
When it comes to figuring out who will benefit the most from Tuchel's appointment, it's a tough question as Tuchel prefers a 4-3-3 formation which is the same formation that Lampard failed to get the most out of this team . But Tuchel also has a history with Christian Pulisic and Havertz and Werner are expected to work as far as these three go, Chelsea will go. This is one case where I hate to find out who's winning before we see what the formation looks like, but in FPL we have time to see what happens and in the drafts of the leagues the price of Chelsea assets has come down so much that you can scoop them up for pennies on the dollar and see what happens.
The switch to the transfer window opened with a whimper. One of the bigger deals was that Tottenham sold a pitch to Leeds United. Yeah ... a pitch. Willan Jose has moved to Wolves to fill the massive void left by Raúl Jiménez and Jean-Philippe Mateta has loaned out Crystal Palace to hopefully fix their problems. Both are option-to-buy loans when they do well, but it could take time for both of them to make a massive difference in the fate of FPL managers.
Top Transfer Targets take a look at the ownership levels in FPL and break down the best options for each. The levels are divided into 25 to 40 percent, 15 to 24 percent, 10 to 15 percent, and less than 10 percent. This article also includes players in need of discharge, some due to injury or when dropped from their teams, and others due to performance.
Let's look at this week's schedule:
Tuesday, January 26th
Crystal Palace versus West Ham United
Newcastle United versus Leeds United
Southampton versus Arsenal
West Brom versus Manchester City
Wednesday January 27th
Burnley versus Aston Villa
Chelsea versus Wolverhampton
Brighton versus Fulham
Everton versus Leicester City
Manchester United versus Sheffield United
Thursday January 28th
Tottenham versus Liverpool
The 40 percent club consists of Heung-Min Son, Bruno Fernandes, Patrick Bamford and Harry Kane.
Don't get caught up in the crowd (25-40 percent was planned at the time of writing):
James Justin (DEF Leicester City 5.0m, 25.7%): Justin is in a difficult position as he should lose his place in the line-up with the return of Ricardo Pereira, but he played so well it did hard is to see him the Premier League. With their game plan ahead, a Leicester defender seems indispensable in the FPL and with Peiera being used as the winger in Leicester's final game against Chelsea, it seems like all three defenders could coexist. If so, Justin will go a long way as a bonus point magnet for the foxes. The upcoming games against Leeds United and Fulham offer good shots for both goals conceded and attacking setbacks as Justin spends a lot of time moving forward in this formation and is not so expensive that it is possible to pan down the line if necessary .
Is it worth your consideration (16-24 percent):
Callum Wilson (FWD Newcastle United 6.6m, 19.4%): Wilson was a revelation for Newcastle United. If you said Allan Saint-Maximin was missing out on most of the season so far and Newcastle wasn't in the relegation zone, I wouldn't believe you. While I still can't say I understand that Newcastle are not in the relegation zone, Wilson is a very big force behind all the good that has happened to the team with their 14 goals so far this season. With Saint-Maximin finally back on the squad, more options for attacking Newcastle will open up, starting with a good game against Leeds United.
This makes Wilson an ideal striker for those converting the track along the way. Even if Newcastle have a tougher game, Wilson will always get a good shot on return on penalties.
Solid, if not correct (10-15 percent):
Phil Foden (MID Manchester City 6.3m, 11.5%): If Kevin De Bruyne is injured for at least a few weeks, the creative burden is likely to fall on Bernardo Silva or Phil Foden. Given his price, this means you are now in Foden to ensure the maximum value while he also has a good game against West Brom during the week. Even if you only let Foden run for the next three games or so, he's a solid middle four and will at least get some corners for City.
Dice (less than 10 percent):
Raheem Sterling (MID Manchester City 11.5M, 8.1%): Kevin De Bruyne is out of part two and is causing other premium assets to slide on your side. Sterling has beaten lower-half opponents this season with goals against Arsenal, Leeds United, Fulham and Crystal Palace. Extend that to templates, and eight of Sterling's ten contributions are in against the bottom half of the league. With City versus West Brom, Sheffield United and Burnley, I like his chances if he starts a few games during this run. Someone has to step up to keep City's title challenge going, and my money comes from Sterling being that guy. If you're looking for a differential captain without Bruno Fernandes this week, Sterling will fit in your armband too.
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