Fantasy Premier League Transfers 2013: New Signings You Must Buy
Teams are now locked in for the third week of Fantasy Premier League action and, with deadline day now looming large, players are beginning to gleam a better understanding of which players will be worth banking on this season.
One intriguing aspect of each season from a fantasy football perspective are new signings—with many players somewhat of an unknown when joining a new side, with their role and importance initially unclear.
Regarding these new players, who can be undervalued by the Fantasy Premier League organisers, big gains can be made.
Which new signings, then, could be worth a punt this campaign?
Nathan Redmond (Norwich): £5 million
Norwich winger Redmond could be a useful fantasy football asset this year, tipping the scales at just £5 million and therefore allowing bigger money to be spent elsewhere.
Redmond looks to be a regular first-team player at Carrow Road this season and possesses enough technical quality to be a real threat in the Premier League.
While his returns were not outstanding at Birmingham, he has shown enough thus far to suggest he could make a real impact this campaign.
With predatory strikers like Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the area, Redmond will get assists if he can pick out his side's forward options.
Paulinho (Tottenham): £7 million
While not cheap at £7 million, Tottenham signing Paulinho could turn out to be a bargain if Andre Villas-Boas' side can find top form once their signings settle.
As a box-to-box player Paulinho will look to push forward on a regular basis, and with either Etienne Capoue or Sandro alongside him, he will not be overly burdened defensively.
An aerial threat from set pieces, the former Corinthians player has a good scoring record throughout his career and should pick up goals in the Premier League.
With Spurs now looking very strong in midfield areas, it is worth remembering that he could also pick up a fair number of clean sheet points over the course of the season.
Dejan Lovren (Southampton): £5 million
While Southampton were not always the best side defensively last campaign, they already look a considerably better outfit this season. Lovren is a major reason behind the improvement.
With the solid-looking defensive midfield partnership of Morgan Schneiderlin and Vincent Wanyama ahead of the defence, Southampton will be difficult to break down, while the aerially strong Pablo Osvaldo will help defend set pieces.
For Lovren, who has the potential to be an excellent centre-back in time, the conditions could not be better for him to kick on and prove his defensive abilities.
With just one goal conceded in Southampton's opening two games, Lovren could be a great addition at £5 million.
Razvan Rat (West Ham): £4.8 million
Romania international Rat is yet to appear for West Ham in the Premier League, but it will surely not be long until the 32-year-old is brought into the first team ahead of Joey O'Brien.
A naturally left-footed and attacking full-back, Rat should fit well in West Ham's system of getting the ball wide and looking to pick out attacking options in the area. He should, if used, pick up a number of assists over the course of the campaign.
Rat made an encouraging debut in the League Cup and comes with a good reputation from his long stint in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk.
His addition to the first team would certainly add an extra dimension to the Hammers side as an attacking unit.
Darren Bent (Fulham): £6.5 million
The choice of Bent will not necessarily be popular with everyone, with the former Aston Villa striker a regular target for criticism. Fantasy football, though, does not judge a striker's ability to join in the buildup.
Bent is a goalscorer and, at Fulham, should have plenty of game time and plenty of chances to score goals—Martin Jol is not really associated with defensive football.
The England international opened his account against Arsenal last weekend and will have motivation to play for a World Cup place and a permanent transfer this season.
Assuming he stays fit, there is no reason why Bent could not score 15 goals or more this season.
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