EPL Season Preview - Part 3

With the return of the EPL just around the corner, I think it’s best to gain some insight on the 20 teams in the league this year. There’s nothing better than the summer transfer market so we will look at who the new signings are and how it will affect the dynamic of a team. We won’t necessarily know what impact a new player can have from a DFS perspective, but their style of play and the purpose of their signing can give us a good feel of what to expect. Are they a hit or miss for the squad? But most importantly, are they an intriguing piece from a DFS point of view or not?

Sheffield United

Promoted, but I don’t see a lot here to make me think they can stay up. Some good additions in Freeman and Robinson but they both spent time in the Championship as well last year so hard to say how they will fair in the big boy league. Freeman was a beast for QPR last year due to his monopoly over sets but this just makes this Sheffield team more confusing as they already have a set piece taker in Norwood who was also a point beast in the Championship. Not many will target this team in the early stages of the season.

McBurnie was just signed, biggest transfer fee for the club in its history. Goal dependent striker.

Southampton

A team that should have been relegated the past two seasons but somehow saved themselves as there were worse teams than them, believe it or not.

There was a move to acquire Ings on a permanent basis but aside from that, zilch! Same old team from last year. Hojbjerg will have to play an even bigger role this year to get Southampton on the right foot. Prowse should continue on sets alongside Bertrand and we will see if Elyounoussi gets a full chance to shine.

Tottenham

A team that just never has enough depth to stay atop the Prem. That’s always been their issue and it should continue again this year. Nonetheless, they will try to build on from a great season last time out.

Kane’s health will be the biggest factor into the Spurs having another great run. Along with him, you still have the likes of Son and Eriksen to guide you along the way. With Trippier gone, it will be interesting to see if they acquire a suitable replacement and continue to go with a non-DFS purposeful wing-back. The biggest key to that though is Eriksen becomes a lethal target for DFS now without the worry of being poached on sets, unless Lamela comes in.

NDombele is the big signing but I see nothing more than another version of Sissoko with a bit more technical skills on his side. Lo Celso is the interesting signing possibility seeing that Dybala talks were just rumours. I think he is a better player than Alli and will surely help them early on as the latter recovers from his injury. Sessegnon is another new face but nothing excites me about him.

Watford

Status-quo here. Holebas the main DFS target. No new additions of significant importance, especially for DFS. Unless you claim Welbeck to be, which ultimately will remain to be seen if he is better than the current strikers in place.

UPDATE: Well, there it is! A record signing! Ismaila Sarr is a Hornet, and this is huge, a dynamic player that will make a big difference, at least he should.

West Ham

West Ham loves to spend. It was a weird season last year but they somehow managed to finish 10th. I’d call that success with all the surrounding turmoil they had to deal with. Well that turmoil is gone, cough cough Arnautovic. I expect a much more consistent season this time around.

Big-boy signing Haller will be an interesting DFS target in the EPL. He was impressive in the Bundesliga last year and now without Arnautovic, he will be their go to man in the box. Buy low at the start of the season if possible. Ajeti has also been signed to play up front but I don’t see much relevance from a DFS perspective for him. They have also signed Fornals for big money. Based on what he showed for Villareal last year in La Liga, I think he will be a very useful addition alongside Lanzini and Anderson.

I should also mention Yarmolenko who is basically like a new addition after missing most of last season due to injury.

West Ham certainly has a very interesting team on paper especially for DFS, but it won’t be known until a few weeks in as to how they gel and work together. There’s potential here, just keep an eye out.

Wolverhampton

What a remarkable season they had, it will certainly be hard to replicate that this year but they do have literally the same team. However, with a chance at Europa League competition this year, this will fatigue them more and they will most likely not reach that 7th place position again.

Jimenez will look to build on his strong performance of last season. He has now secured a permanent position and can be comfortable at home now. He is going to continue to be a menace in front of goal. Cutrone is a signing that will give Jimenez some rest from time to time, I’m not big on him but if he adapts well to the English game, he could be suitable. Jota will continue to improve as a player but I will not buy him when he is over $7K.

It’s the same old team, so last season stats are very relevant.

Message me at @CarlitosWayDFS if you have any questions/comments.

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