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Draft Premier League New Signings Analysis 21/22 [Part One]

Updated: Jul 21, 2021

The Premier League signings are steadily rolling in, so our New Signings Analysis will delve into the prospects of all the major transfers. It’s imperative that you know who the new signings are ahead of the upcoming Fantasy EPL drafts, and what kind of impact they could have on the Premier League!

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The Premier League New Summer Transfer Signings covered here occurred between June 1st and July 15th.

Premier League New Signings Analysis 21/22

We outline each Premier League new signing individually, providing our views on how they will perform this season and a star rating is given based on their upcoming prospects! We use a five-star rating model to rank the new signings; use these hints and tips to help get your Draft Premier League season off to a flyer!

We’ve ranked the prospects based on a star rating, from 1 to 5:

⭐️ = Steer clear

⭐️⭐️ = Wait and see

⭐️⭐️⭐️ = Could be worth a punt

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ = Great prospect

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ = The Premier League signing you’ve been waiting for!

Nuno Tavares

Position: Fullback (Defender in Fantrax)

Team: Arsenal

Signed From: Benfica for £6.8m

Prospects: Operating primarily as a left back, Nuno provides invaluable coverage to Arsenal's backline. Last season, Xhaka and Saka were both pressed into left back roles at times when Tierney was out with injury. Primarily featuring in U21 sides, Nuno is not a finished article, and Tierney remains first choice by miles. Leave him in the FA pool unless an injury pops up for Tierney in the preseason.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Emiliano Buendia

Position: Attacking Winger (Midfielder in Fantrax)

Team: Aston Villa

Signed From: Norwich City for £38m

Prospects: Buendia's transfer marks Aston Villa's highest club signing in history. It's a clear statement of intent from the club in regards to aspirations within the English Premier League. Last season, Buendia was awarded the EPL Championship Player of the season on the back of 15 league goals and 16 assists. Surrounded by more lethal weapons, Buendia is pipped for huge Fantrax production regardless of where Grealish ends up.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nathan Young-Coombes

Position: Attacking Winger (TBD in Fantrax)

Team: Brentford

Signed From: Rangers FC for an Undisclosed Fee

Prospects: At 18 years of age, I anticipate Young-Coombes to remain with Brentford's U21 team and first team trainings. Reports indicate he is highly-rated within the EFL, but Brentford will not have the luxury to feature him in any capacity with how important every point will be.

Rating: ⭐️

Enock Mwepu

Position: Central Midfielder (Midfielder in Fantrax)

Team: Brighton Hove Albion

Signed From: Red Bull Salzburg for £22m

Prospects: Much depends on the fate of Yves Bissouma, the current anchor of the Brighton midfield and defensive shield in front of their backline. Mwepu becomes fantasy-relevant if we get confirmation of a transfer for Bissouma, which has been heavily rumored for several months now. Mwepu is a high work-rate, pressing midfielder that stylistically should adapt easily to the challenges of the Premier League. His main production will come from defensive statistics, however, so do not overextend for the Brighton depth piece

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Michael Olise

Position: Attacking Winger (Midfielder in Fantrax)

Team: Crystal Palace

Signed From: Reading for £8m

Prospects: If you don't know his name going into your draft, you will soon. Olise is the like-for-like replacement for Eze Eberechi. Younger and less polished, Olise should start on the right wing of Vieira's team as an inverted attacker. He's got experience from Reading taking set pieces and has eye-popping technical skill with the ball at his feet. If you can stomach the inconsistency that may plague attackers of his age and experience, you may be handsomely rewarded for your patience as the season goes on.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jack Harrison

Position: Attacking Winger (Midfielder in Fantrax)

Team: Leeds

Signed From: Manchester City for £11m

Prospects: This blurb is more of a formality than anything. On loan at Leeds last season, Harrison singularly owned the left wing of Bielsa's side. He was a perfect match for this hellbent Leeds pressing system. Though he was largely overlooked last preseason as a City loanee, he's now officially under contract with Leeds and most managers are distinctly aware of what he will bring to the table.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Junior Firpo

Position: Left Fullback(Defender in Fantrax)

Team: Leeds

Signed From: Barcelona for £15m

Prospects: With Gjanni Alioski leaving the club this summer, the left-back position is vacant and awaiting replacement. Enter Firpo. Playing for Real Betis and then Barcelona, the 24-year old fullback does not have a prolific record with either former club. Having said that, Firpo's attacking and passing metrics per 90 reflect a progressive, attacking fullback who should overlap with Harrison often. Leeds conceded many goals last season, and Firpo does not have Alioski's positional benefit, mind you...

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Patson Daka

Position: Central Striker(Forward in Fantrax)

Team: Leicester City

Signed From: Red Bull Salzburg for £23m

Prospects: Leicester City have long searched for a suitable replacement for the immortal Jamie Vardy. Patson Daka could very well be the answer. The African Young Player of the Year in 2017, Daka has steadily risen in prominence with RB Salzburg, netting a massive 61 goals through 87 club appearances. He capped the season as the Austrian Bundesliga's top scorer (27 goals) winning the league's Player of the Year award. With Brendan Rodgers as coach and teammates to help him settle (Ndidi, Toure, Iheanacho), I except Daka to become a mainstay fantasy forward sooner rather than later.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Boubakary Soumare

Position: Central Midfielder (Midfielder in Fantrax)

Team: Leicester City

Signed From: Lille for £17m

Prospects: Soumare, at 22 years of age, will likely play the role of depth bench player for Ndidi and Tielemans much of this year. Soumare's main boon is his efficiency in passing and distribution. Where Tielemans adds set pieces, the occasional penalty, and a good helping of shots from outside the box, Soumare doesn't show a similar attacking ceiling based on his role and history in Ligue 1 with Lille.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Ibrahima Konate

Position: Centerback (Defender in Fantrax)

Team: Liverpool

Signed From: RB Leipzig for £36m

Prospects: One of the major pitfalls for Liverpool last season was the depletion of their centre-back core due to injuries. With the preseason here, Liverpool now are on track to have VVD and Joe Gomez back in the fold to start the season. Konate at 22 years old is considered one of the most promising players at the position. At 6 ft. 4 in. tall, Konate is above average for aerial prowess, leveraging that skill at both ends up the pitch. Additionally, he's nearly unmatched in completed dribbles per 90 compared against centre-backs. He may not be named to start Week 1, but he should be on your radar as a late flyer that gives access to the Liverpool CS potential with attacking upside.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jadon Sancho

Position: Attacking Winger (Midfielder* in Fantrax)

Team: Manchester United

Signed From: Borussia Dortmund for £73m

Prospects: After over a year of constant speculation and rumor, Jadon Sancho appears to finally be a Manchester United player. Manchester United have had a glaring hole on the right side of their attack for a few seasons now. Dan James, Greenwood, Rashford, and even Pogba have operated at times on the right flank of the attack. Sancho was signed to fill this position starting Day 1. My opinion is that Sancho will click into gear from the off, with little calibration needed. Sancho is a bona fide baller. Whether he's a forward or a midfielder classification for Fantrax, I've got him in an elite tier.

*Not yet added to Fantrax Database, so Position is still TBD technically.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Milot Rashica

Position: Attacking Winger (Midfielder in Fantrax)

Team: Norwich

Signed From: Werder Bremen for £9m

Prospects: An inverted winger, usually operating on the left, Rashica scored 23 goals across two seasons for Werder Bremen. Profiling similarly to Richarlison and Zaha in the Premier League, Rashica is most dangerous one-on-one against the last defender. His dribbling prowess is a classic marker of an attacker that should provide a reasonable floor when goals and assists become scarce. In the absence of Emi Buendia, many have Rashica penned in to pick up the mantle. I have doubts about his passing prowess and creativity, but the dribbling talent alone likely will carry him up the draft boards in ADP.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Pierre Lees-Melou

Position: Central Midfielder (Midfielder in Fantrax)

Team: Norwich

Signed From: Nice for £5m

Prospects: Despite the small transfer fee, I project Norwich will have big plans for Pierre Lees-Melou. Carrying Nice to several respectable placements in Ligue 1 over the last few years, Lees-Melou is a versatile, toolkit central midfielder that will allow Norwich to set up in a number of systems - should Farke want that. He's a prototypical box-to-box midfielder that should provide production through several different means. Because of the club destination and the replacement-value of central midfielders of his caliber, I wouldn't reach for him over a higher upside stash play.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️️⭐️

Romain Perraud

Position: Left Fullback(Defender in Fantrax)

Team: Southampton

Signed From: Brest for £12m

Prospects: With Ryan Bertrand gone, the left back spot is vacated for Romain Perraud to fill immediately. Interestingly, he lead Ligue 1 in assists last season with 7 and had 3 goals on top of that. Moreover, Perraud has very promising career stats in the realm of xG, xA, and shot-creating actions. The big question will be whether he will given the license to get further up the pitch to flex his strengths. Southampton were woeful in defense last year, and the common 4-4-2 system did not always favor roaming license for the fullbacks.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


Position: Attacking Winger (Forward in Fantrax)

Team: Wolves

Signed From: Loan from Barcelona

Prospects: On a season-long loan from Barcelona, Trincao will likely feature on the right flank of Bruno Lage's new Wolves side. With Neto injured, there are attacking forward minutes readily available to start the season. Trincao has an enticing blend of dribbling quality, progressive pass superiority, and a confidence to shoot when the window is available. Trincao plays well between the lines and will offer Wolves a different solution compared to the North/South approach that Traore always takes with the ball at his feet.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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