Moving Target

FPL new signings: Could Trossard affect Martinelli and Saka’s minutes?

After missing out on a deal for Mykhailo Mudryk (£7.0m), Arsenal reacted swiftly by signing Leandro Trossard (£6.7m) from Brighton and Hove Albion last week, in a deal believed to be worth £27m.

The Belgian went straight into the squad for Sunday’s last-gasp win over Manchester United, appearing from the bench to replace Gabriel Martinelli (£6.7m) on 81 minutes.

In this Moving Target report, we assess the transfer from a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) perspective – and in particular, look at how Martinelli and Bukayo Saka (£8.2m) could be affected.

TROSSARD’S FPL HISTORY

SeasonTeamStarts (sub appearances)GoalsAssistsBonusFPL points
2022/23Brighton16 (0)73583
2021/22Brighton32 (2)8416141
2020/21Brighton30 (5)5615132
2019/20Brighton22 (9)559104

In June 2019, Trossard signed for Brighton from Genk for a reported £18m and was a vital part of the team during his time with the Seagulls.

The Belgian has 25 goals and 18 assists in 116 league appearances for Albion since making his debut. Fairly modest numbers, yet there has been a step up in output in 2022/23.

Trossard has scored seven goals from his 16 Premier League starts this season, including a hat-trick against Liverpool at Anfield in October.

At the time of his departure, he led all Brighton players for goals (seven), shots (38), expected goals (xG, 4.42) and penalty box touches (103). His xG per 90 minutes rate of 0.30, meanwhile, sees him sit alongside players including Miguel Almiron (£5.8m, 0.31) and Martin Odegaard (£6.9m, 0.30).

IN QUOTES

“We are really happy to have him. He’s a player we have followed for a while now. The opportunity came – we had the necessity to have a player in the frontline who is versatile enough to play in different positions. He knows the league, he has enough experience here and I think he can have an immediate impact in the team. We have to think short-term, but medium and long-term as well. He gives us all of that. He’s a very intelligent player. When you look at his career and what he’s done in the last few years, he’s a player that fits our way of playing.

In the summer we were looking for a player in that position and we weren’t able to do it, so it’s something that the squad needed. With the injuries to Gabi [Jesus] and Reiss [Nelson] we’re really short in the frontline. We needed some reinforcements and in Leo, we’ve found a player who fits everything that we want. I think specificity is really necessary to our way of playing. It’s true that we need a few players who can fulfil certain positions and Leo is one of them. The skill and composure he has in the final third and the technical ability to associate and link with people, it’s impressive. That’s what we need from our forward players.” – Mikel Arteta

“They told me they really like me as a player, that I would really suit the system and how they want to play. It helps me that I’m versatile and that I can play in different positions. They’re looking forward to working with me and vice versa. I’m really excited to work with them and I think Mikel is a top coach.

I like to be in the pocket behind the striker. On the wings, I can explore myself as well. I’m comfortable in either of those positions but if I were to choose, behind the striker – but it all depends on the system. I think I’m good in 1v1s. I’m composed in the box, so if I get chances, I can finish them off. I can hopefully help the team to win tough games – I’m great in tight spaces. I’m quite experienced as well, so I hope I can bring that to the team as well.” – Leandro Trossard

FPL PROSPECTS – AND HOW MARTINELLI/SAKA MIGHT BE AFFECTED

Trossard has been used in a variety of roles by Brighton this season.

He began 2022/23, under Graham Potter, as an inverted left wing-back in Brighton’s 3-4-2-1 formation. Then, in Roberto De Zerbi’s first game in charge, he played off Danny Welbeck (£6.5m) as a second striker. At times, he has also been Albion’s first-choice number nine in a 4-2-3-1, highlighting his positional versatility.

However, he has mainly appeared as an inverted left winger throughout his career, which is where he was deployed during Sunday’s 3-2 win over Man Utd when he replaced Martinelli for the final 10 minutes.

Above: Leandro Trossard’s touch heatmap v Man Utd in Gameweek 21

Looking ahead, earlier substitutions/minute management for Martinelli will likely become a more common occurrence, then.

However, those dangers need to be placed in context, given that Trossard is unlikely to break into the Arsenal starting XI ahead of the Brazilian any time soon unless he is desperately out of form.

Martinelli’s role may have changed a little with Eddie Nketiah (£6.6m) leading the line, rather than Gabriel Jesus (£7.9m) with whom he regularly interchanged positions, but his underlying numbers have largely remained good since the restart, despite his lack of returns over the last three Gameweeks.

He is perhaps less of an immediate threat to Saka, although it’s worth noting that nine of Trossard’s 25 Premier League goals have been scored with his left foot, so he could potentially step in on the right.

Saying that, it does feel like Trossard has been brought in as much-needed cover for both Martinelli and Saka, which makes sense, given that both players have played 1600+ Premier League minutes already this season.

Recent injuries to Jesus and Reiss Nelson (£4.7m), plus Emile Smith Rowe’s (£5.6m) ongoing fitness issues, have reduced options in attack, and adding the Belgian allows Arteta a chance to rest/rotate when necessary.

As for Trossard himself, he won’t be a consideration for FPL managers unless Martinelli or Saka suffer unfortunate injuries, given Arsenal’s attacking form and the standing in which both players are held by Arteta.

Can Trossard hit the ground running when handed an opportunity? Arsenal next play Man City away in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday, which is when we should next see him in action, perhaps from the start.

Haaland Foden


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  1. Ze_Austin
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    FH32 looks nice due to its being a BGW and some rough fixtures for the template

  2. Black Knights
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Hi guys.

    Any opinions on which is the better combo of the two for 22+23? Will play the Leeds in 22 only and the Arsenals in both:

    A) Rodrigo and Nkeitah
    B) Gnonto and Saka/Odegaard

    Can choose either Arse midfielder to go with White and Martinelli. Leaning towards Saka > Ode for pens I think.

    Feel like Rodrigo is a better option than Gnonto, but am I losing too much in Nketiah over Saka? White, Martinelli and Nketiah feels far from optimal.

    1. Big Mike
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      A

      1. Black Knights
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Thanks. I'm a bit worried that Nketiah is the least explosive of the 3, which is weird considering he just got 13 vs United.

        1. Zimo
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Big Mike doesn't know what he's talking about. Gnonto is Leeds main player right now and Saka/Odegaard are better options than Nketiah

  3. Big Mike
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 3 months ago

    I see Mitrovic is flagged - anyone know any details?

    1. Feanor
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      It's his dodgy ankle again.

      Sell.

    2. Black Knights
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Took a knock on his bad ankle towards the end of the Spurs match.

      1. Big Mike
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Bums

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I’ll ask.

    4. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      He’s fine apparently. Can’t give source.

  4. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    How about Arsenal's other new signing Jakub Kiwior. He he more likely to take minutes off Gabriel or Saliba ?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Can't see them breaking up a winning CB partnership

      One for Europe and the Cup games vs City

  5. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Blimey. I have a SV of 100.1m. 😆

  6. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    What do you think of this wild card?
    Pope
    Trip Burn Shaw
    Rash Bruno Saka Odegaard Mitoma
    Haaland Gnonto

    Raya Nketiah Stones Mee
    4.1m in the bank to get Mahrez

    1. Goro Majima
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      That's a lot potentially blanking in 25 if you mean a WC now?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        I do. Possibly play FH in 25.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Maybe a different keeper instead of Raya to have one playing.

        1. Goro Majima
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Defensive triples give me the heebie-jeebies but then I'm quite rubbish at FPL so fair dos. Otherwise I would very much like that team going into next GW if FH is on the cards.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            I would probably go Mitoma to Mahrez if he looks likely to keep playing. I simply can no longer ignore Newcastles defence. We drop rank every time they keep a clean sheet.

            1. Goro Majima
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 3 months ago

              Yeah, I still have James and keep wanting another Newcastle defender instead but had other things to sort out, and probably will next week too unless I take a hit

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 year, 3 months ago

                I know I know. The constant fires are crazy. Have to wild card mate. The rot won’t stop otherwise.

    2. banskt
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I like the team.

      But, I found that it is difficult to gain ranks without Kane. He always keeps scoring, and everyone near the top owns him. Like Haaland, Trippier, Rashford. Zero gains, but without them, the rank will fall unless your differential forward outscores Kane week in, week out. Why not just get Kane and try to gain ranks from the other players?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        I already have him and getting rid on WC. I suppose I could keep him with a few adjustments.

  7. Raf
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Guys,

    Best cancelo replacement?

    I have

    White shaw trip bueno

    Thanks

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Another Newcastle defender.

    2. Botman and Robben
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I went with Schar

      1. Raf
        • 14 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Cheers

    3. Big Mike
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Botman

  8. banskt
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    I have 2FT. Mitrovic ➝ Taylor (4.2m forward) before the price change opens up several options for my team.

    A. Do it now (can afford KDB in GW23)
    B. Wait (cannot afford KDB in GW23)

    For those who wants to read more:

    Case for A: With the above transfer, I get flexibility: I can get any combination of 3 City attackers (Haaland, KDB, Mahrez), 2 Arsenal mids (Saka, Odegaard), 2 Man United mids (Rashford, Bruno) and Kane.
    Example:
    GW22: Kane, Haaland, KDB, Mahrez, Rashford, Bruno, Martinelli
    GW23: Kane, Haaland, KDB, Mahrez, Rashford, Saka, Odegaard

    Case for B: Mitrovic has nice fixture in GW25 (if he is not injured). Other players in my team may sustain injury, which would require me to take hits. Leaves a poor bench on my team (Botman, Greenwood*, Patterson*) although the last may return in GW24/25. If I wait and Mitrovic falls in price, I will not be able to afford KDB. But, I don't think there's any suitable alternative for KDB in GW23.

    1. Big Mike
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I'd do Mitrovic to Nketiah for 22 and then bring in Mahrez instead of KDB for 23.

      1. banskt
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Thanks, but I already have Mahrez. I don't want Nketiah (prefer Saka and Odegaard). If I don't sell Mitrovic, I prefer him on my bench for the blank in GW25.

        1. Big Mike
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Having Saka / Odegaard / Martinelli is potentially a bigger risk than having Nketiah, as Trossard may steal some of their minutes. So far Nketiah is nailed on as the main striker for Arsenal until Jesus is back.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I maybe wrong but there's only limited risk for not having KDB GW23. MCI defender as an alternative DGW23-er?

      1. banskt
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        I am trying to figure out which risk to take: (a) not having KDB, or (b) potential injury to 2+ players after one early transfer.

  9. Big Mike
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 3 months ago

    When is Gabriel Jesus back? I'm looking at Nketiah.......

    1. banskt
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      People saying some time in March.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Yeah I’d say Match. So 5 game weeks

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Long enough away to get Nk

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      After GW29

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        I wouldn’t say quite that long, but you might well be right.

    4. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      10th April would be apt

  10. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Looks like the 'new' template for next few GWs: 3 ARS, 3 MCI, 3 MUN, Trippier and Kane? Are you moving towards that?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I’d like more ‘new’castle defence.

    2. Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Here's mine:

      GW22: Salah to Bruno (VC), Rash (TC)
      GW23: Toney + Almiron > Nketiah + Mahrez (-4) to give:

      Kepa Sanchez
      Trippier Shaw Schar White Akanji
      Bruno Mahrez Rashford Odegaard March
      Haaland Kane Nketiah

      2.4m OR, so I need some luck

      1. DavvaMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Who do you plan on benchng? Similar team and I might have to bench Kane a few GW's!

        1. Ze_Austin
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Rotating based on fixtures, yes. This team still has 5m+ ITB. Just the way the season's gone, really

          1. Ze_Austin
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            Sorry, that's 3m+ 😀

      2. Firminooooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Lovely. Looks fantastic.

    3. Qaiss
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Tempted to get rid of Kane, as I think Mitro could match him over the next 4, especially when considering price

      1. The Big Fella
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Big lolz

        1. Qaiss
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Look at fixtures coming up and look at how Mitro could have very easily matched Kane since the restart, if he wasn’t suspended against Chelsea and missed 2 penalties. Will you do that?

          1. The Big Fella
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            I look at returns. Kane has the second highest goals scored this season so far and has already matched last season's tally, despite being in a poorly performing, out of form side. Mitro has scored 11 and missed two pens and averaged 1 point a game per restart, despite being in a form team. No chance he anywhere near matches Kane. He may return in one possibly two games but I would expect Kane to return in three or four of the next four. To each their own though.

            1. Qaiss
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 3 months ago

              No denying that about Kane, just think for the next 4/5 weeks you can get away without owning him. Especially with Arsenal/City/United players having DGW’s in that time

              1. Alexis Nonsense
                • 8 Years
                1 year, 3 months ago

                Agree, at his price he's not doing enough
                I Mitro could take pens he's be on the same points give or take

  11. Firminooooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Scout picks best GW this season.

    Tracking the Scoutpick 22/23
    GW1: OR 4 794 684 (54p) Cap 24, GR 4 794 684 (54p)
    GW2: OR 5 691 378 (102p) Cap 10, GR 6 447 454 (48p)
    GW3: OR 4 695 079 (157p) Cap 16, GR 2 565 545 (55p)
    GW4: OR 3 012 491 (234p) Cap 6, GR 776 234 (77p)
    GW5: OR 2 216 114 (311p) Cap 34, GR 1 937 686 (77p)
    GW6: OR 1 960 209 (361p) Cap 18, GR 2 697 345 (50p)
    GW7 : OR 1 924 330 (361p) Cap 0, GR 1 ( 0p)
    GW8 : OR 1 455 110 (422p) Cap 20, GR 2 139 574 (61p)
    GW9 : OR 1 389 981 (501p) Cap 46, GR 3 371 684 (79p)
    GW10:OR 1 146 297 (572p) Cap 12, GR 2 088 156 (71p)
    GW11: OR 955 210 (624p) Cap 4, GR 2 895 160 (52p)
    GW12: OR 686 722 (679p) Cap 6, GR 1 342 620 (55p)
    GW13: OR 617 972 (739p) Cap 26, GR 2 648 660 (60p)
    GW14: OR 584 365(806p) Cap 14, GR 3 467 101 (67p)
    GW15: OR 706 575 (859p) Cap 14, GR 5 560 648 (53p)
    GW16: OR 816 013 (900p) Cap 2, GR 6 391 017 (41p)
    GW17: OR 891 155 (982p)Cap 26, GR 3 241 495 (82p)
    GW18: OR 830 638 (1039p)Cap 12, GR 2 563 030 (57p)
    GW19: OR 776 350 (1098p) Cap 10, GR 2 770 478 (59p)
    GW20: OR 573 779 (1179p) Cap 16, GR 694 339 (81p)
    GW21: OR 404 616 (1268p) Cap 34, GR 285 428 (89p)

  12. Firminooooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Cancelo to Stone for -4?

    1. Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Not now vs Spurs, imo. Can you bench him and make a move for free in GW23?

      1. Firminooooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Thanks. Might be the right move. Could play Almiron.

        1. Firminooooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Could do Kepa and Mitro to DDG and Nketiah with 2FH. Gives me this team:

          DDG
          Shaw Trippier White
          KdB Martinelli Almiron Rashford
          Kane Nketiah Håland

          Bench: Cancelo, Andreas, Patterson, Ward

          1. Ze_Austin
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            That works, although I'm not big on losing Kepa long-term (including BGW25)

            Can that be Ward to DDG instead?

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Neigh

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Out of interest, why do you still have him? Other fires or blind faith?

      1. Firminooooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Other fires and hoping he starts, not worth a hit. But can’t take it anymore.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Got rid after first benching myself. Had a gut feel. That same gut feel led me to Rico Lewis so there you go.

          1. Firminooooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            Almost did the same. Would probably be even Steven if a hit.

  13. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Trossard looks about 45 in that picture

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Haha. He really does.

    2. The Big Fella
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Tough paper round

  14. DaisyDaisyDaisyDaisy
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    I can't quite get Bruno and Mahrez....feels like I'm locked out of heaven...

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Yes but you could get 1.