The January transfer window has finally drawn to a close, and it was fair to say that it wasn’t the most exciting.
That’s because the biggest transfer of the month came from STOKE CITY, who signed Giannelli Imbula from FC Porto for a club-record £18.3million while the likes of Manchester United did zip.
Manchester City did sign manager Pep Guardiola to put some sort of climax at the end of the window, but he won’t be arriving till next season so there’s no need to care about it just yet.
But for now, in Fantasy Premier League terms, there is quite a bit to look forward to.
Several smaller teams have strengthened well the past month, and these new players could afford Fantasy managers a decent differential in an attempt to catch up or jump ahead in their respective mini-leagues.
So to save you some time scrolling through all the available options, we rank the TOP FIVE Fantasy Premier League signings you should consider in your squads!
Giannelli Imbula (5.0) cost Stoke City a massive £18.3million, and the France U-21 ace will be expected to start every game for the Potters for the rest of the season.
And although he is a frowned upon anchorman, Imbula could be the perfect fifth midfielder for your squad in the second half of the campaign, guaranteeing you at least 2 points coming off the bench if required.
He does chip in with a few goals and assists as well, scoring two and providing three for Marseille last term.
Newcastle United have been one of the most frustrating teams to watch this season, playing like a top side against the big boys but then faltering against smaller opposition.
And one of the reasons for their poor consistency is they’re lack of creativity in midfield apart from Georginio Wijnaldum (7.1), but the arrival of Andros Townsend (5.8) is set to change that.
Signed from Tottenham for £12million, the England international will look to prove himself ahead of Euro 2016 and Fantasy managers gambling on the winger could reap the rewards.
At the start of the season, the most in-form striker was Swansea City’s Bafetimbi Gomis(6.3), with the attacker scoring four in his first four games of the campaign.
But suddenly the goals dried up, and so did his game time. This has seen him rotated with Modou Barrow (4.3) and Andre Ayew (6.8) from midfield, but now the Swans have signed a real goal poacher in Alberto Paloschi (6.0).
The former AC Milan ace has a decent goal-scoring record playing for Chievo Verona, scoring 45 goals in 153 games for the Serie A club. With Swansea’s possession-style football, Paloschi will certainly find some chances in and around the box in the second half of the campaign.
After losing Calum Wilson (5.3) to a long-term injury, Bournemouth have struggled to find a striker to replace the Englishman. So much so that he is still the leading striker in points despite only playing seven games at the start of the season.
The Cherries fixed that problem by signing Benik Afobe (6.1) for £10million from Wolves, and he has started Premier League life with a bang by scoring two goals in his first three games.
Now Afobe is set to lead the line until the end of the season, and is another worthy differential option up front.
At the top of the list can be nobody else but Emmanuel Adebayor (5.8), who has signed for Crystal Palace for free after half a season away from the Premier League following a fall-out with Tottenham.
Despite not playing at all this season, the Togo international has a proven track record in the English top flight, scoring double-digit goals in five seasons out of the nine campaigns he has featured.
And with the Eagles strikers struggling to score goals, it seems Alan Pardew will give Adebayor the opportunity to lead the line and if it pays off, you will have a cheap consistent goalscorer as one of your three forwards and have the money to invest elsewhere.