Fantasy Premier League 2013 Week 4: New Signings to Avoid This Weekend

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 28:  Real Madrid's German player Mesut Ozil is presented as the new face of Adidas at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 28, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
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Just when Premier League Fantasy Football sides settled down across the globe, transfer deadline day madness has thrust plenty of new talent into the selection process. Additional players bring huge opportunity, but they also bring extreme risk that could backfire in the first few weeks of each individual taking up their new surroundings.

Which signings should you avoid in the immediate future? Let’s take a look at the big names who could pose teething problems across the next couple of gameweeks. All values and stats, as ever, are taken from the Barclays Premier League Fantasy Football website.

Mesut Ozil, Arsenal

Arsene Wenger finally signed a world-class player for more a significant amount of money! Hooray! Even so, Mesut Ozil may be slowly fitted into the Gunners lineup and is exactly the type of new signing who should be treated with caution on Fantasy Football.

The German international arrives at time where Wenger’s men are playing decent football behind Olivier Giroud, who continues to net important goals. Lukas Podolski’s recent injury will give Ozil a greater chance of starting the upcoming match against Sunderland, but it’s unlikely the German international will play the full 90 minutes.

If you’re itching to add the former Real Madrid star into your team, it’s smart to wait one week. Watch how Ozil is used against the Black Cats, see if he is likely to be regularly substituted and make a decision from there. If he still takes your fancy after the clash at the Stadium of Light, add Ozil to your squad for his home debut against Stoke City on Sept. 22.


Samuel Eto’o, Chelsea

Jose Mourinho’s decision to let Romelu Lukaku leave Chelsea on loan doesn’t alter things too much from Samuel Eto’o’s point of view.

The incoming Cameroonian—who is currently valued at £9 million on the game—will have to quickly overcome the competition of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba if he is to make a significant splash in the Fantasy Football world.

Eto’o is likely to receive limited playing time, especially if Mourinho chooses to start without a recognised striker like he did in the recent clash with Manchester United. With the Blues fighting across four competitions this season, Premier League rotation will be key to success.

Stay well away if you’re looking to find value for money.


Victor Moses, Liverpool

Continuing the theme of discussing Chelsea’s ridiculous squad power, Victor Moses is yet to step onto the field this season. The Nigerian international’s loan move to Liverpool was a smart decision for all involved, but expect him to be rather rusty during his first handful of appearances.

Currently valued at £6.2 million, Moses’ value represents a cheaper deal for the individual who started at £6.5 million. Even so, this isn’t a justifiable bargain to take advantage of until his playing time and role at Liverpool is confirmed.

Brave souls will throw him in for the Reds’ next game against Swansea, but it’s a wise idea to hold fire until he reaches match sharpness.


Although this trio are top-quality players, their immediate impact and playing time could be limited. Will you steer clear of the hype and wait for each individual to prove themselves before adding to your team? Are any of these players instant selections for your squad?

Let us know in the comments section below.