Fantasy Premier League Transfers 2014: Strikers Set to Hit a Hot Streak

Danny Collins@@dannycollins89Featured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2014

Your fantasy football team may, like Manchester United, be in need of a transfer or two this January. 

So, which strikers are set to light up the Premier League and send your team hurtling up the standings in the coming weeks?

Let's take a look at who you should be buying to gain that much-needed edge in the second half of the season.

All the statistics used are courtesy of Fantasy Premier League.


Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham Hotspur

Value: £7.8 million

Let's get one thing straight about Emmanuel Adebayor: Love him or loathe him, he is a player of proven Premier League pedigree, capable of ripping any defence apart on any day.

Andre Villas-Boas may have been firmly in the "loathe" camp, but new Spurs boss Tim Sherwood has invested faith in Tottenham's Togolese frontman.

After he stroked home another two goals in Spurs' victory over Swansea, it is difficult to see anyone taking his place in the coming weeks. 

And yet only 6.3 percent of teams have Adebayor in their lineup. With five goals in his last seven, the former Real Madrid and Arsenal man is a surefire bet to gain an edge over your opponents. 


Samuel Eto'o, Chelsea

Value: £8.2 million

If anyone questioned whether Samuel Eto'o could still mix it with the very elite, those doubts were allayed with the Cameroonian's hat-trick against Manchester United on Jan. 19.

Jose Mourinho has made a habit of rotating his attacking resources, meaning Eto'o has not enjoyed as much time on the pitch as he would have liked. But it is likely that he will now enjoy the Portuguese's favour, given his performance against the Red Devils. 

And with Fernando Torres suffering a knee injury, Eto'o will enjoy a central role in the coming months, as Chelsea push for the title. 

Eto'o has been selected by even fewer teams than Adebayor—a measly 0.5 percent—so now is the time to take advantage of his burst of form.


Alvaro Negredo, Manchester City

Value: £9.9 million

Having the nickname "The Beast" is reason enough to want Alvaro Negredo in your fantasy football team. But if you're still unsure, here are three reasons why you need the Spanish forward.

1. Negredo is fast becoming the focal point of a free-scoring Manchester City side.

The Spaniard has hit 21 goals in 32 appearances this term, and his team have notched 103 goals in just 34 games. Negredo will be in amongst the goals, should he stay injury free, for the rest of the season. 

2. He has proved to be an able strike partner to Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero.

Negredo and Dzeko played three games in Aguero's absence, hitting 11 goals between them, six of which came from Negredo. He is now the partner of choice for whichever striker Manuel Pellegrini chooses to play.

3. With a price tag of £9.9 million, Negredo is relatively cheap. Take into account also that he is only used by 17 percent of teams.

Oh, and Robbie Savage even went as far as to call Negredo "the new Alan Shearer" on the BBC Sport website.

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