Transfers

FPL transfers: Sarabia, Wood + Ouattara assessed

The Premier League transfer window has reopened for a month and players are already on the move up and down the country.

While our sister site, Fantasy Football Community, will cover all things speculative in the Rumour Mill, we will report only on the confirmed deals that go through.

More specifically, we’ll be asking what each transfer means from a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) perspective.

The most significant players on the move will be the subject of their own dedicated Scout Report but all the other transfers will be covered in summaries throughout January.

You’ll also find all the major deals in list form on our dedicated Transfers page.

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Dango Ouattara (Lorient to Bournemouth, £20m)

Having lost eight of their previous nine league matches, injuries forced struggling Bournemouth into immediately starting their big-money signing in Gameweek 21, despite him only arriving on Thursday.

Yet it was a superb debut for 20-year-old Dango Ouattara (£5.0m), assisting the opening goal and generally terrorising Nottingham Forest until a late equaliser denied the Cherries all three points.

“I think he coped exceptionally well. He’s done one day training with the lads, doesn’t know anybody. He worked his socks off, looked a threat. I was pretty pleased with him.” – Gary O’Neil

Ouattara has been a star of Lorient’s lofty start to 2022/23, which saw them rise to third in Ligue 1 after 12 matches. His half-season there delivered six goals and six assists, with hard work and dribbling seeing him excel.

Characteristics according to WhoScored

If it wasn’t for Bournemouth’s poor form and upcoming fixtures, Ouattara would be an intriguing cheap differential option – perhaps an exciting way to replace Miguel Almiron (£5.8m) or Andreas Pereira (£4.5m).

The Burkina Faso international also managed to impress during the 2021 African Cup of Nations, taking them to the semi-finals after his goal eliminated Tunisia.

Zouma's West Ham move could boost Cresswell and Coufal's FPL appeal 2
Craig Dawson (West Ham United to Wolverhampton Wanderers, £3.3m)

Making a low-key domestic move is centre-back Craig Dawson (£4.8m), likely switching from West Ham’s bench to Wolves’. Although the 32-year-old played every minute of six consecutive matches between Gameweeks 14 and 19, it was amidst a defensive injury crisis.

Kurt Zouma (£4.4m), Angelo Ogbonna (£4.4m) and Nayef Aguerd (£4.8m) have all returned, so Dawson has been allowed to move on and challenge Max Kilman (£4.4m) and Nathan Collins (£4.4m).

Without a goal this season, he has netted at least twice in each of his previous seven campaigns, notching 19 alongside four assists.

Overlooked Armstrong can benefit from Southampton’s appealing fixture run 3
Chris Wood (Newcastle United to Nottingham Forest, loan)

Another unglamorous Premier League switch takes forward Chris Wood (£5.6m) to Nottingham Forest on an initial loan, which becomes a £15m transfer should some fairly simple conditions be met.

He started at Bournemouth in the absence of Taiwo Awoniyi (£5.7m) and is around the same price as both the Nigerian and Brennan Johnson (£5.6m).

For us, it was a no-brainer. We’re really pleased he’s got the first game out of the way, because he can’t play now for a couple of weeks, with being cup-tied. In the future, he will get a lot more balls, a lot more service and probably a lot more space.

“But what you saw is he occupies more than one defender, which then means the space opens up for the likes of Morgan and Brennan. That’s really important we’ve got that in our game, because we need to have a variety of attacks.” – Steve Cooper

Forest are on a good run, losing only one of their last seven league outings, with promising encounters versus Leeds (h), Fulham (a) and Everton (h) during their next five. As Wood proved his FPL reliability at Burnley, reaching a double-digit goal tally in four successive seasons, he could be similarly solid here.

But as we reported in our Scout Notes, Wood looked link-up targetman than goal poacher on his debut against Bournemouth, so the jury is out for now.

Victor Kristiansen (Copenhagen to Leicester City, £17m)

Ravaged with full-back injuries to James Justin (£4.2m), Ricardo Pereira (£4.3m) and Ryan Bertrand (£3.9m), Brendan Rodgers’ side have splashed out on 20-year-old Danish left-back Victor Kristiansen (£4.5m).

He’ll provide competition and perhaps immediately replace Luke Thomas (£4.2m), whose unconvincing stint in the first team has probably dragged on longer than Rodgers envisaged due to the aforementioned fitness issues.

The FC Kobenhavn youth product is highly rated and already has eight Champions League appearances under his belt. Although his 5’9″ height makes aerial duels difficult, he does like to get forward and could work well in tandem with Harvey Barnes (£6.7m).

The fixtures aren’t great for struggling Leicester and no clean sheets have been kept in their five post-World Cup matches, so Kristiansen is very much a wait-and-see FPL asset.

Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint Germain to Wolverhampton Wanderers, £4.4m)

For their own basement battle, Wolves have decided to take the experienced route. 26-cap Spain international Pablo Sarabia (£5.5m) joins for a low fee from Paris Saint-Germain, after being restricted to mostly substitute appearances so far this season.

Five years at Getafe were followed by three at Sevilla before his 2019 move to the French capital. However, the 2021/22 loan move to Sporting CP brought his most productive campaign, with 15 league goals and eight assists from 29 matches.

A minutes-per-shot average of 30.3 was recorded during that campaign, and encouragingly nine of his 69 efforts came from inside the six-yard box – so he’s no long-distance speculator.

He created chances for others at a similar rate (one every 36 minutes), helped by a share of set-piece duties.

“He’s a player that I’ve known a long time. He can play in different positions; as a winger, as a number ten but above all, he’s a good player and the good players can adapt in every situation.” – Julen Lopetegui

Technically strong, Sarabia operates from attacking midfield or the right wing, which is where he was placed for Sunday’s second-half debut at Manchester City.

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192 Comments Post a Comment
  1. focaccia
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Saka or Odegaard?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Son of Aeroguard.

    2. I Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Saka but both great picks.

    3. Tic Tacs
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I'm likely to go with Odegaard for GW22 but then add Saka for DGW23.Unfortunately I have Gabriel and White so will wait a week and bring in Stones for one of those so I can make the move.

    4. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I'm thinking of Wildcarding DGW 23 to get both in

  2. I Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Anyone going without Bruno? Don't like any of my routes to him.

    Arrizabalaga
    Trippier, Shaw, White
    KDB, Rashford, Martinelli, Mitoma
    Haaland, Kane, Martial

    Ward; Kulusevski, Akanji, Patterson.

    1 FT 0.0 ITB

    Would require a hit because of Martial. Thinking Kulu to Odegaard is a better move.

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

      Agreed

    2. Tic Tacs
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I'm probably going without Bruno too, not sure if a -4 is worth it and bringing in Odegaard will be my priority.

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

      KdB > Bruno looks the easiest way.

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

        And yes, take a hit to get rid of Martial!

        1. I Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Not a fan of this. Will result in an extra hit the week after to get to the full compliment of City and Arsenal players. -8 over two GWs just to have Bruno over perfectly good options like De Bruyne and Odegaard doesn't seem worth it.

    4. Free Hat
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Probably. Same situation with Martial. Need kdb gw23 so hope Martial is somewhat fit. Otherwise just 2 utd players.

      1. GC123
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Same here. Hoping he who is made of glass can get himself fit by the Palace game. Saves me having to use two transfers

    5. Biancazzurri
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Not worth it. IF Martial is fit to start at least one game I'd keep him. Weghorst is not clicking well, I'm sure ten Hag favours Tony even more now.

      Man Utd schedule is crazy - it's best to just monitor what happens twice v Forest and Reading.

      Ten Hag might manage minutes which may end up in a surprise FA cup result.

  3. Chris_White
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Jesus could be back by GW25, no?

    Makes me think twice about getting Nketiah. Could go Øde instead, although it will be for a -4.

    Basically

    A) Gnonto in for 22, Øde for 23 for -4
    B) Nketiah in for both for free

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

      Maybe, but they won't rush him back though. It was a serious injury and you have to be cautious. Jesus also has to go through the same process as others (15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90 minutes per match). Being back on the pitch in 5 weeks doesn't mean he's gonna go straight in the starting eleven. Nketiah's place is safe for a while and he's playing the best football of his career so far.

      I hope he returns fully fit in March and helps us in the last third of the season.

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

      That's basically in a month's time. Unless there are reports of him being back in proper training already, I can't see him being back by GW25. Last I heard he was at least in the gym, off crutches, but I think the description of him "training with a football" which meant playing keepie uppies in socks, and Arteta's hint that we may see him back for the final months means you're being very optimistic!

      Hope he recovers as soon as possible and earlier than that would be good for the team and for the lad himself, but for now I'm happy to stick with Eddie!

  4. Tic Tacs
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    If the double is confirmed for Man Utd following the FA Cup fixtures, are people leaning more towards Rashford or Fernandes as captain in GW22?

    1. Chris_White
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Rashy, although Fernandes looks to be playing more advanced now

    2. I Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Rashford

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

      Rash

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

      Rashford

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

      Rashford

    6. Free Hat
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Rashford. Seems safer,dont know why.
      Bruno either hauls or gets frustrated and takes two yc.

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

    Worth getting in Gnonto to play over KDB? I'll probably get to have 11 players instead of 10 for 25 as well then

    1. I Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      No. City just scored 4 against Spurs last week.

  6. ResultatFar
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Salah to Bruno for free?

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

      Easy

  7. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Having looked at it for long enough, I am not happy with my Arsenal/City players for DGW23.......I want Saka/Odegaard/Nketiah going forward and I currently have Martinelli and White. I also need to get rid of Cancelo and possibly De Bruyne. Given that I have no BB left, it may be as good of a time as any to take a punt on Leeds players with my 2 FT and a -4 in DGW22 and set up with the Arsenal/City players I want by wildcarding DGW23.....

    Sound approach?

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

      Makes sense to me

    2. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      My -4 team for DGW22 would be:

      Kepa
      Trippier Shaw* White
      KDB Bruno* Rashford Rodrigo* Martinelli
      Haaland Gnonto*

      Mitrovic Cancelo Doherty Ward

      ---

      DGW23 WC would be something like the below with £4 million left in the bank:

      Kepa Ward
      Trippier Stones Shaw Schar Estupinian
      Saka Mahrez Odegaard Rashford Mitoma
      Haaland Kane Nketiah

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

        Yeah I like the look of that. Should have more info on BGW25 by then, but maybe something like Shaw - Moreno in the WC team so you don't have 4 blankers at the back?

        1. DannyDrinkVodka
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Schar can be anyone really - who is Moreno?

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

            Alberto Moreno, new Villa LB. Got my eye on him for 25. I don't often go for Villa players but slim pickings for CS in the blank, they are improving, and have a nice run of fixtures just after that

  8. N00B
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    In gw23 and gw24, what do you prefer?
    A) gw23: Odegaard (BRE, MCI) - Andreas (NOT). Toney (ars) on the bench
    gw24: Odegaard (avl) - Toney (CRY). Andreas (bha) on the bench
    gw25: sell Toney because he will blank

    B) gw23: Fernandes (lee) - Nketiah (BRE, MCI). Andreas (NOT) on the bench
    gw24: Fernandes (LEI) - Nketiah (avl). Andreas (bha) on the bench
    gw25: sell Fernandes because he will blank

  9. Arteta
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Hello. Is anyone contemplating triple captain Bruno?

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

      I am contemplating not bringing him in and instead Odegaard, silly?

    2. Monklane
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Hello. No.

    3. FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Yup.

      Tbh, I feel like recently you've made some suggestions that have been shot down but you've done well from them. Think that's worth noting.

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

      Rashford seems safer but not a bad shout

    5. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I'm bringing him for sure.tc on rashford at the moment because of his form.

    6. Fit_to_drop
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Who is on penalties these days for United?

      1. Grande Tubarão
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        I think it probably goes:

        Martial
        Rashford
        Bruno

        Watch out though as if we get Saka he could be up there too

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

    Which bench is better, GW22 or 23?

    A) Raya (SOT) Akanji (tot) Saliba (eve) Ferguson (BOU)

    B) Raya (ars) Shaw (lee) Schar (bou) Ferguson (cpa)

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      B for me

  11. NobodyF*cksWithTheJesus
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    TC poll about 50/50

    For those not using it now, when do you plan to?

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

      When Mitoma doubles

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

      Haaland week 23

  12. Ruinenlust
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Odegaard or Nketiah?

    1. Chris_White
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Odegaard is the long term play. Jesus will be back in 4-5 weeks

      1. Ruinenlust
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Just for DGW obviously

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Who knows what will happen in 4-5 weeks. I wouldn't take this in consideration when making your choice. Imo 🙂

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

    Worth a -4?

    KDB > Bruno
    Mitro > Nketiah

    1. Fit_to_drop
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Personally, i dont think there is much danger in moving out KDB. For one, he may not play/start both doubles. For two, his output is really off where is used to be. OK, he could have got a 2nd assist at the weekend but his goal return seems to have dried up. So, low risk to do KDB to Bruno i feel. I also like Mitro to Nketiah.

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

        Thanks, yeah KDB is not returning enough for his price tag.

  14. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Who scores more in DGW22:

    A) Kane and Mitoma
    B) KDB and Gnonto

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

      A - purely, based on Mitoma

    2. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      A