Transfers

January transfer window: What the moves mean for FPL

The winter transfer window is now open for business and we will be documenting all the Premier League ins and outs throughout January on our dedicated page, which you can also find under the ‘Team News’ tab.

Not only that but we will also be examining what the transfer activity means from a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) perspective, be it new targets or the impact on existing assets.

We’ll be listing the moves by date and by club on said page, with additional Scout Reports on the key incoming transfers.

There’s been minimal activity so far, with the exit of Ferran Torres (£6.7m) and Everton’s capture of left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko (price TBC) the main moves to date.

Budget FPL forwards Keinan Davis (£4.5m) and Aaron Connolly (£5.3m) have departed on loan, while Brentford have bolstered their goalkeeping ranks with the temporary signing of Jonas Lossl (price TBC).

VITALIY MYKOLENKO

Lucas Digne’s (£5.0m) days at Everton look numbered as the Toffees have made the first major signing of the January transfer window, bringing in left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kyiv for an undisclosed fee.

Recently we have seen Ben Godfrey (£4.8m) and Seamus Coleman (£4.9m) at left-back/wing-back after Digne incurred the wrath of boss Rafael Benitez, so those two players will return to compete for a starting role in their usual spots at centre-half and right-back respectively.

Mykolenko, 22, is a Ukraine international with 21 caps to his name despite his young age and was first choice at left-back for both club and country before his departure for Merseyside.

Also capable of playing at centre-half and further up the left flank, the versatile Mykolenko registered seven goals and 20 assists for Dynamo Kyiv in 132 appearances in all competitions.

He’s not a set-piece specialist like Digne but his crossing has been highlighted as a strength, no doubt with service to Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m) in mind.

“I like to play on the front foot and get forward when I can. Modern football demands that full-backs are able to attack as well as defend. I think I am a versatile defender who can get up and down the pitch. 

“But I believe desire and commitment are the most important attributes and I will aim to bring those qualities. I hope it won’t take me too long to settle in and get used to the style of football.

“I feel great right now and it is very important for me to communicate with the team, the management and the fans. For that, I need to learn the language and understand culture of this city, this country and this club. I will do my very best.” – Vitaliy Mykolenko

With Everton keeping only one clean sheet in 12 matches, and registering only three shut-outs all season, Mykolenko is unlikely to attract much Fantasy interest initially, even if the Toffees do sit top of our Season Ticker from Gameweeks 22-26.


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204 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dušan Citizen
    • 8 Years
    15 days, 15 hours ago

    I transferred in Maguire 2 times in last few weeks. I guess I'll never learn...

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 15 hours ago

      Rumoured to have a DGW.... get him in

  2. sovietrockettes
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 15 hours ago

    DCL and Gray, play them both for the DGW (if it goes ahead as planned) or bench Gray?

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 15 hours ago

      lol

    2. Shattered Dreams
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 15 hours ago

      Crellin credibility crumbling as wait continued.

      1. sovietrockettes
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 15 hours ago

        I don’t really trust his spreadsheets anyways

        1. Shattered Dreams
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          To be fair he does a lot of donkey work.

          I’d just rather plan for fixtures that existed than ones which only appear as possibilities on Google Docs.

        2. Gandalf
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          To be fair, be did caveat recently that he was struggling to predict the recent dgw's and he got some dgw fixtures spot on which were only announced after the deadline

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            15 days, 15 hours ago

            He got them spot on after multiple rewrites and club unofficial announcements. Before clubs started hints he only had one of the games right

            1. Gandalf
              • 11 Years
              15 days, 14 hours ago

              Ah useful to know. In the absence of confirmed info just before deadlines then still a useful resource and not aware of anyone who has a better success rate

      2. Karhumies
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 21 hours ago

        He is quite good at figuring out the different permutations of which teams could play each other when.

        His "probability" % estimate should be taken with a grain of salt though. Divide everything by 2, I would say, and it's more realistic. His "likely DGW 60-80%" is more conservatively 30-40% because there are so many external variables like injuries, covid, weather and fixture congestion in play that just looking at calendar dates like during a "normal season" is not enough, and nothing is as certain as it used to be pre-covid.

    3. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 15 hours ago

      Play them I would say. If they can't even get something against Norwich then I'd look to instantly remove even for hits.

      1. sovietrockettes
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 15 hours ago

        Sensible!

    4. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 15 hours ago

      I might bring in Gray (for ESR). Well, we’ll see about that, but it’s definitely one possibility.
      The point being, don’t bench Gray when he probably has a DGW involving Norwich

      1. sovietrockettes
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 15 hours ago

        Lovely, thank you

  3. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 15 hours ago

    So is Watkins out then? Read something about him wanting to join Arsenal.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 15 hours ago

      I have Watkins, Foden and Livra yellowflagged atm.

      1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        Plenty of time before the next gameweek though. So no panic.
        If there ever was a time for "sitting on your hands" (a fishing term) it's now until dgw fixtures are announced.

    2. RedRo
        15 days, 15 hours ago

        Have Arsenal actually made any sort of approach or shown any interest? Seems a bit odd that he’d just start missing games because he fancies moving there otherwise

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          Don't know what goes on behind closed doors.

        2. sovietrockettes
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          Gerrard runs a very tight ship…..

          1. RedRo
              15 days, 15 hours ago

              Hmm, thanks both

        3. FPL Pillars
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          Covid perhaps

        4. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          Covid

      • ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 15 hours ago

        Was just looking at Ben Johnson's price changes.

        Launched in game at 4.0
        Played 1min in 7 GWs
        Drops to 3.9
        Starts next 4 with 2 CS & 1 goal
        Rises to 4.0
        9 GWs without anything but appearance points

        Perfectly sums up FPL.

        1. sovietrockettes
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          He’s still a good pick I think (Dawson owner)

        2. Zenith UK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          What you mean by perfectly sums it up, people hopped onto a bandwagon too early or typical of FPL to turn around and ruin what looked like a good thing?

      • tbos83
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 15 hours ago

        Can we just take a moment to appreciate what an astonishing season Salah has put in thus far. He's the best in the world by a country mile, and no I'm not even an liv fan.

        1. vova
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          Yep, best in the world. I guess only Lewandowski has an argument but he plays in a weaker/less competitive league.

      • TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        15 days, 15 hours ago

        Last Man Standing Update (719 teams)

        Current safety score = 32 with autosubs.
        Top score = 62
        LMS average = 41.2 (-3.66) = 37.54

        https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

      • NateDog
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 15 hours ago

        Any particular reason this evening's game is on at 5.30PM instead of around 8? Just find it a bit odd

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          8pm game was probably a cancellation

        2. Zenith UK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          Bank Holiday

          1. Zenith UK
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            15 days, 15 hours ago

            Games are usually on at 2000 on a Monday night so people can watch once they're home, but given it's New Years Day (Observed) then the majority of people are off today and the game can be on at 1730 and still hold a larger viewership

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              15 days, 15 hours ago

              We arent allowed to go to work anyway...

            2. NateDog
              • 1 Year
              15 days, 15 hours ago

              Ah that makes more sense, thanks for the info

          2. NateDog
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 15 hours ago

            Cheers, are there rules about the timing of sporting events on public holidays in the UK? Just curious

            1. Zenith UK
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              15 days, 15 hours ago

              Not that I'm aware of. The only "rule" that I know of is 1500 PL games can't be shown on TV (takes crowds away from the Stadiums apparently).

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                15 days, 15 hours ago

                Take crowds away from lower league football to be more specific

        3. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          It’s a bank holiday

        4. asr
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 15 hours ago

          As it's on Sky, could be to avoid conflict with the Darts final

          1. asr
            • 5 Years
            15 days, 14 hours ago

            Articles seems to confirm this

            "That is because Sky Sports wanted to avoid a clash between their broadcasting of the Premier League clash and the PDC World Darts Championship final between Peter Wright and Michael Smith."

      • EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 15 hours ago

        Thinking ahead.

        I know City doesn't have a DGW but how do these transfers look?

        James+Salah >> Robertson+KdB (-4)?

        Don't want to spread the Salah cash too much and KdB could do well in the medium term.

        Thoughts?

        Thanks.

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          I like it. Kdb does seem expensive but not many other premiums. Like robbo

      • Dušan Citizen
        • 8 Years
        15 days, 15 hours ago

        Anyone found an AFCON fantasy game yet?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          captainSalah.com

      • waltzingmatildas
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        1ft, 0.7itb
        Thinking alonso and livra might be the ones to move on here.
        A) livra to Tierney
        B) alonso to dias
        C) both - 4 and bb

        DDG Guaita
        TAA cancelo alonso livra Johnson
        Son Jota bowen raph gray
        Ronaldo Antonio dennis

      • rozzo
        • 8 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        I know we all have chips left and teams with games in hand clouding our judgements but anybody thought about going triple City defence over the last stretch of the season?

        I could get this on wildcard when Salah comes back.

        Ramsdale Sanchez
        TAA Cancelo Dias Laporte Tierney
        Salah Son Jota Bowen Saka
        Antonio Dennis Broja

        The only problem would be who to bench

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          Was considering the double up....

        2. Milkman Bruno
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          Have Cancelo and will likely get Laporte at some point for the double up. Not sure about treble any defence! It has never worked for me in the past.

        3. _Freddo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          As someone who's just come off double City defence AND triple Chelsea defence (got when Chelsea were looking good) I say don't go there.

          It's too stressful & it only takes one soft goal in a easy fixture to put you under pressure.

      • Dammit_182
          14 days, 18 hours ago

          Long Term Strategy:

          Afternoon All,

          I’ve just been looking at the ‘Dream Team’ on FPL site and how picking TAA, Cancello, Rudiger, Dias from the off and holding would have delivered the most points to now. Can anyone see any other defenders outscoring any of those 4 for the remainder of the season (assuming Rudi does not get sold?).

          I’m tempted to get Sa as keeper (also top) + TAA, Cancello, Dias + 2 more (maybe Tierney + 4.5) on WC in Feb once salah is back and try to make up ground with attackers instead.

          Any thoughts welcome….

          1. maglia rosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            14 days, 18 hours ago

            Interesting, i guess i'd feel the second half of the season holds a different dynamic for City in particular. Onset of the big weeks with Champions League fixtures and rotation fears from it and then (if things continue) City are dominant in the League you'd maybe? expect them to tail off points wise. Now that i've written it i'm not sure that's total b******s tbf 😆

            1. Dammit_182
                14 days, 18 hours ago

                The rotation at city is what put me off Cancello from day 1 (I opted for Luke shaw & tierney!!) and there could be something in that. City are immense right now but as much as I tell myself ‘I’m ok with pep roulette In the mids’ I’m really not.

                Got plenty of time to play the WC but picking safe/solid defenders will be my approach.

            2. King Carlos
              • 6 Years
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              Sa or Ramsdale are the keepers to have for sure. In a few GWs time at least

              1. Dammit_182
                  14 days, 18 hours ago

                  For sure - I think having say Sa keeper & Tierney defence/ramsdale & wolves def is definitely the way to go in a few weeks.

                  1. King Carlos
                    • 6 Years
                    14 days, 18 hours ago

                    If only Tierney could stsy healthy

                    1. Dammit_182
                        14 days, 18 hours ago

                        Him & Wilson have trolled my squad with injuries for some time. I guess the league cup could add extra load onto Tierney and break him again.