As the transfer window slammed shut at 11 PM on the 31st of January, some clubs were left lamenting their lack of business while others were celebrating the deals they were able to land. Below, I’ll be outlining the implications this could all have on FPL.
We’ll start with one of the teams who have had the most going on in January, both on the incoming and outgoing front in the form of Tottenham. With Alli, Lo Celso, Ndombele and Gil all out of the door in some capacity, recruitment was needed. The main point of interest from an FPL perspective was the signing of attacking midfielder Dejan Kulusevski £6.0M from Juventus.
Although his best position is on the right wing, Kulusevski has also played as part of a front two alongside Ronaldo during his time at Juventus, thus demonstrating his versatility.Embed from Getty Images
Kulusevski broke through as a 19 year old in 2019 as he kept Parma, having been sent on loan there by Juventus, in Serie A getting 10 goal involvements along the way and earning himself the young player of the year. Since he has gone back to Juventus, it hasn’t really clicked for him as he’s started 19 games last season and just 5 so far this but his quality is nevertheless undoubted. Should Antonio Conte persistent with the 433, The Swedish international will probably be competing with Lucas Mora for that right wing slot. The fact that he is left footed will go some way to helping his case as that is something Tottenham currently lack so it will add balance to the attack. If he can displace Mora, at his price he will certainly be of interest.
In addition to Kulusevski, Tottenham signed Uruguayan defensive midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur. He poses very little attacking threat himself but he should add solidity to Tottenham’s defence. With the likes of Eric Dier and Ben Davies priced kindly at £4.5M and £4.6M respectively, they could be an avenue into that defence. Alternatively, Sergio Reguilon £5.4M has already notched a goal and 3 assists this season so he may be worth paying more. Tottenham still have 3 games that need rescheduled, one of which has now gone into GW26, so investing in them could prove fruitful both immediately and in the long run.Embed from Getty Images
Tottenham didn’t have everything their all way in January though. They looked set to seal the signing of Luis Diaz from Porto but Liverpool swooped in at the last minute to snatch him from under their nose.
Liverpool have had their eye on him for a while and may have gone for him in the summer but their hand was forced due to Tottenham’s interest. His 14 league goals have come from an xG of 12.3 which suggests he is largely performing as expected and his goals per 90 is up from 0.32 last season to 0.85 in this campaign so Liverpool certainly have a brilliant prospect on their hands.
Diaz has largely occupying the left wing, Sadio Mane will be the player most at risk of being rotated for him. That being said, he is versatile enough to play across the front 3 so Diogo Jota may not be as appealing an option as he has been so far this season. Jurgen Klopp has traditionally bedded new signings in gradually so Diaz’s role will probably be a bit part one for now but he is one for the watch list.
Much was expected of Newcastle United going into January. Their new financial power has been well documented and because of their precarious position in the Premier League table, it was imperative that they bolster their squad. The signing of Chris Wood £7.0M should go some way to filling the gap left by Callum Wilson who is out injured for at least the next 4 weeks. With only 3 goals this season, he is undoubtedly out for form but a new club may be just what he needs to find his scoring boots again. With matches against Southampton and Everton yet to be rearranged, he may well be a worthwhile option to consider if he can settle in especially with the lack of inspiring options up front at the moment.Embed from Getty Images
By far the most eye-catching signing Newcastle made was that of Bruno Gimaraes. Whilst not an FPL option himself, he should add some much needed solidity to the defence similar to Bentancur with Tottenham. As such, the centre backs may become attractive budget options if Eddie Howe’s side can tighten up defensively.
With the pinpoint accuracy Keiran Trippier £5.0M has with his delivery, he may emerge as a great option. Although he is more expensive than the rest, that attacking threat may make him worth the extra if the defence does indeed improve.
In signing Chris Wood, not only did Newcastle strengthen themselves, but they also significantly weakening a relegation rival in Burnley. Losing a striker who has scored double figures for each of the last 3 seasons is going to leave a pretty big hole so replacing him was necessary.Embed from Getty Images
They did so in signing Wout Weghorst £6.5M from Wolfsburg. Weghorst is the kind of striker you’d associate with Burnley. A 6 foot 6 target man, one of his major strengths lies in his heading ability. His Smarterscout rating is 61 out of 99 from open play and 88 out of 99 from set plays. He has notched 6 goals and an assist in 17 starts this season despite his club struggling near the bottom of the table. In his first season at Wolfsburg he managed 17 goals and 7 assists in 34 league games. Last season was his most prolific as he managed to score 25 in 41 in all competitions.
With Burnley having a double gameweek in GW26 and several other games to be rearranged, he too may soon be occupying our teams.
Without a doubt the most feel good story of the January transfer window was Brentford’s acquisition of Kristian Eriksen. The former Tottenham midfielder who many an FPL manager have fond memories of owning in the past has been priced at a very interesting £5.5M. Even taking into account his recent inactivity due to the cardiac arrest he suffered at last year’s European Championships, Eriksen is a player who possesses immense quality. Brentford play all of the current bottom 3 between GW27 and GW29 so if he impresses before then, he could be the ideal enabler in that price bracket.Embed from Getty Images
Elsewhere, Aston Villa have added to their squad by sealing the signatures of Filip Coutinho £7.1M and Lucas Digne £5.0M earlier in the month. Both of these players have already made an impact at Villa park. With a kind run of fixtures and two fixtures needing to be rearranged, its likely that at least one of these players will be occupying our teams at some stage.
Digne’s previous club Everton also had a productive deadline day. Both Dele Alli and Donnie Van De Beek arrived at Goodison park on Monday. This raised a few eyebrows as the pair often occupy a similar position on the pitch however, my guess would be that Alli will slot in as a 10 with Van De Beek playing deeper in the absence of Abdulai Docoure. If this does end up being the case, the latter is unlikely to become a particularly appealing FPL option but if Alli can find some of the form he showed in his prime at Spurs, he could find his way into your side, especially considering Everton have a game against Newcastle that needs rearranging would could make for a nice double gameweek. With a point to prove after a few seasons in the wilderness, a revitalised Alli could emerge as an option.