Aston Villa are close to signing Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor on a season-long loan, who is set to undergo a medical on Wednesday.
Villa are in dire need of a striker and Adebayor could fill in Christian Benteke's shoes. The 31-year-old Tottenham player was recently relegated to practicing with the U21s and is out of favor at Tottenham. At Villa, he would likely enjoy the duties of being the number one striker, and he will have plenty of opportunities to score with Jack Grealish and newly signed Jordan Ayew setting him up. Adebayor now makes for a high-risk, high-upside pick late in fantasy drafts.
Aston Villa have signed Cordoba defender Jose Angel Crespo.
Crespo is a 28-year-old who has experience at both La Liga and Serie A. He is generally deployed as a full-back who can play on both sides of the pitch. He joins Villa for an undisclosed fee but is expected to feature on the right, across from Jordan Amavi. He isn't known to go forward very well and he lacks the attacking statistics required to make him a useful fantasy player, so we recommend that you avoid him in your fantasy drafts.
Sunderland captain John O’Shea says the competition for places at the center of defense is a manager’s ‘dream’…
Far be it from me to suggest what Dick Advocaat dreams about in his private moments, but his skipper John O’Shea has put himself forward. And Wes Brown, Younes Kaboul and Sebastien Coates. But not necessarily in that order. The acquisition of Kaboul and Coates (permanently) this summer has given Sunderland much more strength in depth, but which two of the four will start is not yet clear. O’Shea will play alongside debutant Kaboul in their friendly with Doncaster this week and are probably favourites to start on week one. Seb Coates is still a week or two behind his team-mates following an extended break due to the Copa America and Wes Brown ended last season out of form and the team. Plus, highly rated academy product Tom Beadling is predicted to make a breakthrough this season having travelled with the first team on their North American tour.
Norwich are on the verge of securing their second signing of the summer after agreeing a season-long loan move for Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom…
Just like London buses, you wait for ages for one and then two come along all at once… After the protracted Robbie Brady transfer from Hull was finally completed, Norwich fans have been treated with a follow up just a few days later. Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom will spend next on loan at Carrow Road, adding center-back and right back options to Norwich boss Alex Neil. It is perhaps Wisdom’s versatility/ failure to nail down one position (choose one) that has slowed his progress at Liverpool. Despite a successful spell on loan at West Brom last season and a new four-year deal in the summer, Wisdom is still not part of Brendan Rodgers plans.
Ryan Mason is expected to be available for the first match of the Premier League season despite missing the clubs’ All-Star MLS game in Denver, USA because of a knee injury.
Mason was on the receiving end of a Jack Wilshere tackle as England prepared to face the Republic of Ireland back in June - scans revealed minor ligament damage, which [fortunately] did not require surgery. Mason was a noticeable absentee as Spurs touched down on U.S. soil along with Alex Pritchard [ankle] and Andros Townsend [shoulder] but while the latter are expected to miss the curtain raiser at Old Trafford the 24 year-old is believed to be close to a return. Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado will not be involved either as Pochettino has sanctioned the sale of the two strikers.
Villa boss Tim Sherwood is hoping teenage sensation Jack Grealish will be ready for the start of the season after struggling to recover from a thigh problem.
Grealish was rested for Villa’s first pre-season game in Portugal as a precaution - due to hamstring tightness - and is yet to feature this summer. However the 19 year-old will look to step up his rehab this week in attempt to make the opener at Premier League newcomers AFC Bournemouth. Villa are already without Jores Okore – knee surgery – and Gary Gardner – ankle ligaments – although the pair are targeting a comeback in September. Tim Sherwood will need all hands to the decks following the big money departures of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph but the former Tottenham manager has recruited well with Jordan Ayew – from Lorient – being the latest addition.
Despite the big money new signings – and potentially more on the way – David Silva and Sergio Aguero remain Man City’s ‘must have’ players for Fantasy League managers…
Money talks, but FL points talk louder. And when it comes to selecting Man City players, two voices boom out above all others. Sergio Aguero’s 28 goals and eight assists from 30 starts last season put him top of most FL games in the Forwards category. Only Harry Kane got within spitting distance in the PL.com version, where Aguero was also one of only three to break the 200pts mark. Likewise, he will top most manager’s wish list this time around. Next David Silva cannot be ignored for sheer consistency. He has provided 12 assists for the last three seasons in a row. And his average season total (PL.com) is an outstanding 163pts, with his best ever haul of 12 goals helping him towards his best ever total last time out (191pts). Raheem Sterling may well have a big season, Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure have all the tools to do the same. But David Silva and Sergio Aguero are your City ‘bankers’.
Ryan Bertrand is hopeful to return before the end of August after undergoing two knee surgeries this summer.
Bertrand was expected to miss five-to-six weeks when the knee surgeries were first announced but he is now hoping to return before the end of August. A return around the 23rd of August, when Southampton face Watford, is possible. He is expected to make a full recovery and be at 100% when he returns. In his absence, Matt Targett will likely get the start.