With the transfer window set to close next week, movement on the market has picked up somewhat over the last two weeks. Below are some of the players caught up in all this activity, that could prove to be useful for your current Fantasy Football team –
1) Damien Duff – an undisclosed fee was paid for Duff from Fulham to Newcastle on the 18th August. He moved straight into the starting lineup and played the full 90 minutes in their latest loss to Chelsea at Craven Cottage. He is an experienced premiership player, who has played with the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea and Newcastle United. Being able to play on either wing, as he did with Arjen Robben at Chelsea, he is more naturally at home on the left wing. His most prolific season was in the 2002-2003 season when he scored 9 goals in the league for Blackburn Rovers. With his price at 5.5 million, and with big target men in the middle, such as Zamora and Dempsey, he may well be worth a gamble as cheap midfielder.
2) Sylvinho – free agent from Barcelona to Manchester City on the 24th August. The 35 year old left back was acquired as a free agent from Barcelona. Known as an attacking left back, he was very much signed as cover for their first team choice who is Wayne Bridge, Mark Hughes admitted. With their imminent assault on the top four teams, this season, Sylvinho was signed to add quality, depth and experience to the overall squad. His name and price have not appeared in the Fantasy Football league data base yet – as he has come in directly from La Liga. I can not see him playing many league games, because of his age and he would be 2nd in the pecking order at left back. But if Wayne Bridge did pick up an injury he may be worth a gamble.
3) Joleon Lescott – an undisclosed fee of around 24 million pounds was paid for Lescott from Manchester City to Everton on the 25th August. He is one of the top scoring defenders in the league over the last 3 seasons. With his price dropping to 7.3 million he may well save you a couple 100,000 pounds for a top quality defender. With a keen eye for goal off set plays, and a very competent partner in the middle of defense in Kolo Toure he would be a very smart choice after they play Manchester United in Game week 5.
4) Diniyar Bilyaletdinov – an undisclosed fee was paid for him from Everton to Lokomotiv Moscow on the 25th August. Everton wasted no time picking up this defensive midfielder, the day they sold Joleon Lescott. His name and price have not appeared in the Fantasy Football league database yet. At 24 years old and a former Russian league young player of the season, he could be a potential points earner for Everton. I think the key is whether he plays weekly, and whether they classify him as a defender or midfielder – so keep an eye on his name in the coming weeks!