With the calender ticking over to July, I decided it was time to review the Goalkeeper/Defender Summer Signings so far in the Premier League and what those players may bring to the table for fantasy football. I have decided to include all the signings here no matter how interesting they may be for fantasy, as some players play in deep games where lots of players are owned. The players are listed in the order there signings were announced (according to BBC sport), and after the analysis of each player I have made a judgement with my verdict on their impact this coming season.
Philipp Wollscheid, Stoke: With 12 appearances on loan last year it seems Wollscheid could be part of Stoke’s plans in the back four in 2015. Stoke are notoriously strong at the back so Wollscheid could offer clean sheet potential on the cheap, especially when the Potters are at home. Verdict: Low Impact
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Kevin Wimmer, Tottenham: I would be very surprised if he sees much time this year unless Tottenham bin off some of the other central guys they have. Verdict: No Impact
Micah Richards, Aston Villa: After a tough couple of years on the fringes for Manchester City Micah Richards is finally on the move. Moving to Villa should ensure that he plays regularly at either right back or centre back and this should make him a sneaky play for clean sheets when the week is right. His value will be higher in crossing leagues if he fits in at right back Verdict: Cheap with Potential Spot Start Value
Kieran Trippier, Tottenham: When you look at the fact that both Kyle Walker and Eric Dier can play right back, and Yedlin is waiting in the wings, this seems an odd signing. But when you look closer it makes perfect sense. Walker is incapable of staying healthy, Dier at times looks a fish out of water at right back and Yedlin is still young and raw. Trippier can step in right away and be an attacking right back or can get the ball in the box and give Harry Kane something to compete for. Trippier could be an absolute bargain especially in leagues that reward crosses. Verdict: High Impact
Franck Tabanou, Swansea: My first impression is that I am not sure where Tabanou fits in for Swansea either as a defender or a midfielder. They seem to have very good players already in those positions so Tabanou may struggle to make much impact early in the season. Verdict: Low Impact
Joe Gomez, Liverpool: Gomez is going to find it tough going initially at Liverpool with some strong defenders already ensconced in that back three and another big arrival coming in to create further competition. However, if Rodgers decides to stick with three at the back Gomez could end up being just the guy he wants. Gomez is a hybrid right back/centre back which plays very well in the demanding back three style but he may need some time on the bench to adjust to the role limiting his value this year. Verdict: Low Impact
Robert Huth, Leicester: Huth was very good when he joined Leicester last year and was a big part of why they managed to improve enough to stay up. Now that he has made that move permanent I expect him to be an every week player who will have shots at clean sheets, but they will be irregular and could come with some heavy beatings. Verdict: Low Impact
Tyrone Mings, Bournemouth: Championship fans rave about Mings and we are going to get see what the fuss is about this year as Mings joins the newly-promoted Cherries. At 22, Mings is inexperienced having played just one full year at Championship level but he was very impressive. Mings averaged one cross a game last season and that could definitely increase given Bournemouth’s style of football. Mings biggest value will come in leagues that value crossing because I expect Bournemouth to be leaky at the back damaging his clean sheet value. Verdict: Decent Impact in Specific Leagues
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Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool: Clyne has had three decent years in the Prem so far, but this move to Liverpool could hurt his fantasy value a little in some leagues. Clyne is likely to slot in as the right sided player in the back three, and if that happens he isn’t going to get forward much, limiting those opportunities. However, in standard leagues his value should rise as he should keep more clean sheets with Liverpool but his cost is going to be sky high entering the year. Verdict: Costly but Potentially Studly
Sylvain Distin, Bournemouth: Distin should provide plenty of Premier League experience to a relatively inexperienced Bournemouth defence. With over 175 games of Premier League experience Distin’s value is going to be way more real life than fantasy, given he has scored just two goals in that career. Verdict: No Impact
Artur Boruc, Bournemouth: He has got an almighty scrap on his hands for a job with Camp and Federici so I’d be shocked if he is there number one on opening weekend. Even if he is, I can’t say I want to trust a promoted side’s Keeper. Verdict: No Impact
Jakob Haugaard, Stoke: Back up for Butland if Sorensen leaves. Verdict: No Impact
Adam Bogdan, Liverpool: Back-up to Mignolet so needs an injury to have any value. Verdict: Very Low Impact
Maarten Stekelenburg, Southampton: With Forster’s injury likely to still be an issue entering the season Stekelenburg could see some playing time but his value will be limited given Forster will return and step straight back in. Verdict: Some Early Season Value
Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Swansea: Comes in as Fabianski’s back-up so would need an injury to get playing time. Verdict: Very Low Impact
Petr Cech, Arsenal: So you might say we have saved the best for last as the extremely talented Cech is one of the best goalkeepers in the league right now. Arsenal have taken advantage of Chelsea’s need to move one of their two superb shot stoppers to grab Cech, who should come in as their number one immediately. Cech will push out both Ospina and Szczesny to start the season and I expect him to be his normal beasty self. But it will come at a price. Verdict: Superstar
Keep an eye out for the Midfield and then Striker articles coming soon!