Fantasy Football: The 5 Premier League summer signings to watch this season…

Premier League clubs are preparing their teams for the new season and many have secured major deals for overseas players in the hope of securing silverware.

However, while some will flourish, some will without doubt struggle to adapt to the Premier League as we’ve seen in previous seasons with foreign imports.

So here are the top 5 new signings you should be considering when building your all-important Fantasy Football team prior to kickoff on August 13th.
 

Nolito

Manchester City / Midfield / £9.0m

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Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City was always going to spark changes at the club and one of his first recruits was Nolito, formerly of Celta Vigo, signed for a reported £13.8m.

The 29-year old winger netted 39 goals in 100 league appearances during his three year spell at Celta, while he netted a goal every 206 minutes last season alone.

He was also assisted more goals than another other player at Celta last season (7), and while £9.0m may look to be a touch pricey in a City side usually rotated, he is one to watch this season.

First 3 Fixtures: Sunderland (H), Stoke (A) and West Ham (H)

Projected Fantasy Football Points 2016/17: 130
 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Manchester United / Midfield / £9.5m

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Since his move from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, Henrikh Mkhitaryan had been a regular fixture in the Borussia Dortmund line up, providing goals, and plenty of assists.

The Armenian midfielder provided 15 assists last season alone, four more than any other player in the Bundesliga, while he scored 11 goals of his own.

He’s priced at £9.5m, only Hazard, De Bruyne and Sanchez will cost more, but we expect that to rise through the season, especially considering a favourable start in terms of games for Manchester United.

First 3 Fixtures: Bournemouth (A), Southampton (H) and Hull (A)

Projected Fantasy Football Points 2016/17: 165
 

Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea / Forward / £9.0m

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Following a very successful campaign with Olympique Marseille last term, 22-year-old Michy Batshuayi made the £33m switch over the channel to team up with Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

The promising Belgian forward netted 17 goals in 36 appearances in Ligue 1 last season, with 13 of those coming as the opening goal of the game, more than any other player.

With Diego Costa’s future at Stamford Bridge somewhat uncertain, Batshuayi is likely to become Chelsea’s main goal threat heading into his debut season in the Premier League.

First 3 Fixtures: West Ham (H), Watford (A) and Burnley (H)

Projected Fantasy Football Points 2016/17: 158
 

Viktor Fischer

Middlesbrough / Midfield / £5.5m

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Denmark international Viktor Fischer has somewhat surprisingly made the move from Ajax to Middlesbrough back in late May, putting pen to paper on a four-year contract.

Fischer had four successful years at Ajax, winning the league title twice, making just short of 80 league appearances for the club and scoring 24 goals.

He’s predominantly a right-footed, left-sided winger with plenty of pace, tricks and flicks in his locker.

At £3.8m, Middlesbrough just may have pulled off one of the shrewdest signings of the summer in the Premier League, and at £5.5m looks to be a steal.

First 3 Fixtures: Stoke (H), Sunderland (A) and West Brom (A)

Projected Fantasy Football Points 2016/17: 114
 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United / Forward / £11.5m

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It wouldn’t be a top 5 without the main man Zlatan would it?

Ibrahimovic kept us all waiting following his departure from PSG at the end of last season, and while his move to Manchester United was possibly the worst kept secret this year, he adds so much to Mourinho’s squad in terms of both quality and experience.

Despite his age, he shows no signs of slowing down, netting 113 goals in just 122 league appearances for PSG since joining in 2012, while 38 of those come in his 31 appearances last term (an average of one goal every 67 minutes).

Naturally, Zlatan was never going to be a cheap Fantasy Football selection and at £11.5m it means only Sergio Aguero will cost more at £13.0m. So far, 32% of Fantasy managers feel he is worth that price tag.

First 3 Fixtures: Bournemouth (A), Southampton (H) and Hull (A)

Projected Fantasy Football Points 2016/17: 179
 

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