Here’s our Fantasy Premier League new players article where we analyse the stats and prospects of 3 new players to Fantasy Premier League in Francisco Trincão, José Sá , and Michael Olise.
Fantasy Premier League New Players – We Look At 3 Transfers To The Premier League
Here we look at 3 new players to Fantasy Premier League and assess their stats plus their prospects for the FPL season ahead
Francisco Trincão – Wolves Mid £6.0m
Wolves have taken the Portuguese 21 year old 1.84m (6’0″) left footed right winger on loan from Barcelona. Wolves also have an option to buy. He did go to Euro 2020 with Portugal but was never in the matchday playing. He has made 6 appearances for Portugal but only 2 starts in friendlies.
The 20/21 stats are for Barca and the 19/20 stats are for Braga in the Portuguese first division
On the face of it these stats are amazing both for Barca and for Braga. You could question the validity coming on as a sub for Barca but the Braga stats are also excellent.
Things are a bit difficult to predict as Wolves have a new coach in Bruno Lage the former Benfica coach. Apparently he favours 4-4-2 which would see Trincao as an RM rather than a wide forward in say a 4-3-3. On the plus side apparently he is far more of an attacking coach than Nuno although I suspect it would be difficult not to be managing Benfica.
The situation is further complicated by the fact that there are 4 wingers at Wolves in Neto, Podence, Traore and now Trincao. Neto definitely won’t be fit for GW1 and Podence is doubtful. They are mainly left sided players. Traore as an RW/RM will be the competition for Trincao.
We need to see how this plays out in pre-season which is something I will update on shortly
Wolves fixtures are excellent from GW4 onwards after a tough 3 to start so that also should give us time to assess Trincao and the team.
José Sá – Wolves GK £5.0m
Wolves have signed the Portuguese 28 year old 1.92m (6’3″) GK from Olympiakos for a reported £6.8m.
Sa has played 16 games for the Portuguese U21 side although he has never played a full International. Like Trincao he went to Euro 2020 but was never in the matchday squad. His club career has seen him play 91 times in the Portuguese 2nd tier, 31 times in their top tier and 70 times in the Greek Super League.
He should be the first choice GK given that £4.5m Ruddy made 2 starts in the last 3 seasons and £4.0m 20 year old Sondergaard has never made a Premier League appearance.
Despite a pretty defensive approach from former manager Nuno Wolves were no great shakes defensively last season. They were 12th ranked in goals conceded with 52 and 10th ranked in xG conceded and shots per game conceded. They were also 14th ranked in clean sheets with 10 against. Given Lage’s more attacking credentials and the fact that the Wolves players will have to complete the started transition to a back 4 that Nuno was seemingly trying to implement then it’s hard to see those stats improving
Given the first 3 fixtures as we saw above he looks a pretty avoidable until at least gameweek 4 when we would have had 3 games to assess Wolves properly.
Michael Olise – Crystal Palace mid £5.5m
Crystal Palace have bought the French 19 year old 1.76m (5’9″) left footed attacking midfielder from Reading in the Championship for £8m.
The stats from Reading
So the stats from last season are reasonably good. They’re not Buendia good which is a goal or assist every 104 minutes but they are fairly comparable to Eze’s stats who got 14 goals and 8 assists at a goal or assist every 184 minutes in the Championship 19/20 for QPR.
Eze ended the Palace 20/21 season at 4 goals and 8 assists in 29 starts plus 5 assists for a not disastrous 3.7 PPM at a reasonably similar price to Olise.
Both players were in the whoscored Championship team of the season for their respective years and probably.
The first question is will he start GW1. That is only something that preseason will tell us. Palace have a new manager in Patrick Vieira who in his time at Nice seem to favour a similar defensive style like Hodgson.
Vieira played mainly a back 4 and mixed between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1. Given Eze has a long term injury and Townsend has now gone to Everton that leaves Ayew, Zaha and maybe Schlupp as attacking midfield options. That does give Olise some chance of starting. He’s also in a pretty underwhelming price set with potentially only Dallas, Smith Rowe and Mbeumo as attacking players in that price range.
The fixtures to start with aren’t great though and I realistically think it’s worth waiting to see how Palace and Olise get on. The new manager, the number of out of contract players that need sorting and the tough start make it difficult to be positive.