Hello and welcome to New FPL Transfers Manchester City Bernardo Silva and Ederson. Continuing with our series of player previews and we arrive at Manchester City. I’m sure we can all agree that City were something of a disappointment last season eventually finishing 3rd. Now finishing 3rd might be considered an achievement for many clubs but not a club who had installed Pep Guardiola as manager and had invested in the likes of Nolito, Gundogan, Jesus, Sane and John ‘I can’t defend’ Stones. 3rd place will not be accepted this season and with this in mind Pep has once again been busy splashing the cash. It’s no surprise to see a new keeper arrive but I’m not sure they needed another midfielder! Let’s take a closer look at their new arrivals.
FPL Price: £8.0m
With one Silva coming towards the end of his career, City decided to splash the cash and get a shiny new one!! Bernardo Silva will be turning 23 soon but is still at the start of his career so I would believe him to take over in the midfield from his older namesake who will more than likely see less game time. Bernardo plays predominately on the right wing and uses that left foot of his to cut inside but can play in the middle and on the left so Pep may use him as a centre behind Jesus and Aguero, this could lead to a vast number of assists for the Portuguese man. Bernardo moved to Monaco on loan from Benfica back in 2014 and made the move permanent in 2015. Since then Bernardo has become almost prolific for Monaco appearing 147 times, scoring 28 goals and assisting a further 19. Last season alone he scored 11 goals and assisted 12 in all competitions. Competition for places, especially in attacking areas remains the biggest downside to the likes of Sane, Sterling, both Silva’s and KdB but if preseason gives any indication that Bernardo Silva is likely to be a regular starter then we would strongly recommend him for your FPL squad.
FPL Price: £5.5m
Peanut butter and jelly, Bert and Ernie, City and spending money!! All things that are synonymous with each other. This time last season City were raving about the signing of former Barcelona keeper, Claudio Bravo but after a poor season City have gone back into the market spending £35 million on the 24-year-old Brazilian, Ederson, from Benfica. The young goal stopper is obviously seen as the long-term No.1 for City with 121 top flight appearances in the Primeira Liga conceding 109 goals in that time. The youngster should walk straight into the City team even after Bravo’s Confed “Heroics” and with City’s winnable fixtures Ederson could add some early clean sheets to his City resume. One downfall, or worry, to Ederson is he gets rather a lot of yellow cards for a keeper; during his time at Rio Ave he received 10 yellow cards and with Benfica he received 7, 5 of which came last season. The way English football is going Ederson could be in line for a card suspension but it is a bridge to cross when, and if, we come to it!
FPL Price: 6.5mln
City paying north of £50mln for an average defender for a second successive season surprised no-one really. Walker’s move to the Etihad has been expected for months and first came to light during the run-in last season as Poch preferred Trippier, clearly knowing that Walker would be offski sooner rather than later. Well it took longer than expected, Daniel Levy got his extra shekel and another part of Spurs new ground has just been paid off. I make no apologies for calling Walker an average defender – I genuinely believe he is, but I will admit that his skills going forward are excellent – six assists last season tells its own story, it was the highest number by any defender and one would expect those stats to continue or even improve at City. Now my view on Walker’s defending should not be confused with me advising you not to own him – if City can get and then keep Vincent Kompany fit we have seen City can keep things tight. However, 6.5mln for a defender sees Walker priced in the upper echelon of defenders and at this stage of preseason I would suggest that using that much of your budget on a defender who’s best chance of a clean sheet depends on whether his injury prone captain can stay fit seems rather a luxury to me. That view may change if Pep strengthens his defence further, because City certainly have the fixtures to start well. The main message I think here is that Walker’s move to City has just made Trippier a hugely viable FPL assest at 5.5mln.
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