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Premier League Summer Transfer Analysis 23/24 [Part Two]

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

The transfer machine keeps on rolling. We'll share our analysis on what to expect from each new arrival from a Draft EPL Fantasy perspective between now and when the Premier League transfer window slams shut on September 1. Our second installment looks at players confirmed by their respective clubs between July 2 and July 15. Follow along with our summer transfer series and so much more in our 23/24 Draft Kit. Check out our Pricing Plans for pre-season and season-long access to our in-depth fantasy analysis.

Mason Mount playing for Chelsea in the 22/23 Premier League season

Check out our 23/24 Draft Kit for all the pre-season information you could ever need. We've got a Live Draft Aide, Draft Rankings, Team Previews, Cheat Sheets, Strategy Articles, Draft 101. Dominate your draft!

23/24 Premier League Confirmed Transfers Analysis

Below, DraftLad and Gavin Wright list each Premier League transfer individually, providing their analysis of how they will perform in the 23/24 Premier League season. We use a five-star rating model to rank the new signings relative to their draft value; use these as a guide 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!

The Premier League Summer Transfer Signings covered here were confirmed by their respective clubs between July 2 and July 15 (check out Part 1 here, and stay tuned for future installments throughout the summer!).

Dominik Szoboszlai

Position: Attacking midfielder/winger (M in Fantrax)

Team: Liverpool

Signed From: RB Leipzig for €70m

Prospects: It’s been more than half a decade since Liverpool have had a genuine fantasy stud in midfield. While Reds fans will no doubt be ecstatic when they look back and see how the funds from Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona were reinvested, fantasy managers can be forgiven for being a bit frustrated that there hasn’t been anything to write home about in midfield since the Brazilian left the club. It’s not for lack of trying, of course; it’s just that players like Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thiago have spent more time in the treatment room than on the pitch. Liverpool’s acquisition of Szoboszlai could put an end to the fantasy dead zone that has plagued the club these past four and a half seasons.

At the tender age of 22, the Hungarian international is already a veteran of top-flight football, establishing himself as a regular starter in a dynamic and successful RB Leipzig side in his two seasons there. Szoboszlai is one of the most well-rounded and versatile players in Europe, capable of playing in any position ahead of a holding midfielder. So far in his career, he’s been utilized as a central midfielder, a wide midfielder (on the left and the right), a winger on both sides, a #10 and even once as a central striker. His preferred position is as an advanced attacking midfielder, where he can set up chances or take them on himself. That said, he spent most of last season playing as a right winger for Leipzig – something that may come in handy when Mo Salah is away at AFCON in the winter.

Equally capable of delivering a killer through ball as he is rippling the back of the net with a powerful strike, he has earned comparisons to Premier League and fantasy legend Kevin De Bruyne. That’s obviously a massive weight to bear in terms of expectation, so we should note that he’s still got a long way to go to reach those heights. That said, there is a lot to like in terms of what Szoboszlai can offer from a fantasy perspective. Across 28 starts for RB Leipzig in the 22/23 season, he contributed 6 goals and 8 assists and also ranked in the top 5 in the Bundesliga for open-play chance involvements (either setting up a shot or taking one). He also boasted a high pass completion percentage and delivered just shy of 2 successful dribbles per game. His all-action displays translated into a fantasy output of 14.5 points per 90, 10.5 of which came from ghost points (not from goals/assists/clean sheets). Translated directly into Fantrax Default Scoring, his 394 points would have made him a top 20 overall player last season. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Of course, there are plenty of factors involved so an apples-to-apples comparison isn’t realistic. We have all heard about the “Bundesliga Tax” by this point, and we were hearing similar praise for another RB Leipzig signing who took the legendary #8 jersey at Liverpool a few seasons back. While we’re not expecting Szoboszlai to follow in Keita’s footsteps by any means, it is important to recognize that there may be an adjustment period for him at Liverpool. The expectation is that he’ll take the right-sided #8 role alongside fellow new arrival Alexis Mac Allister. But that may mean a shift in what he’s expected to do and pull him away from goal to allow Mo Salah to continue operating near the penalty area (check out this excellent analysis from Tifo on how Liverpool’s midfield signings fit for more on this point).

The Hungarian is also almost certain to have a decreased share of set pieces, one of his strengths and a key contributor to his fantasy value. With TAA likely to command most set piece situations and Salah unlikely to be displaced as the club’s first-choice penalty taker, Szoboszlai will have to find his fantasy points elsewhere. Given his broad skillset, versatility and growth potential in one of the league's most potent attacking teams, it’s still well worth taking a chance on him becoming a top-tier fantasy asset for your squad.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Mason Mount

Position: Attacking midfielder (M in Fantrax)

Team: Manchester United

Signed From: Chelsea for £55m

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