Sean's Super Subs - Week 2

Sean's Super Subs - Week 2
Sean Sullivan provides free agent and waiver-wire recommendations for Togga Draft Leagues for Matchweek 2.
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Brighton manager Chris Hughton is waiting for an injury update on Izzy Brown after the Chelsea loanee returned to his parent club for further tests.

The 20-year-old pulled up sharply grabbing his right hamstring midway through the first half on Saturday as he tried to thwart a Manchester City counter-attack, and as is normal procedure for loan players, he has returned to SW6 to be assessed. Brown has settled well since his arrival on the south coast and to lose the attacking midfielder for any period of time at this stage of the season would be a massive blow for Hughton. On a more positive note, Anthony Knockaert continued his recovery from an ankle ligament injury by playing 15 minutes and the Brighton boss maybe tempted to throw the winger back into his starting XI following another week of training. Beram Kayal is expected to miss around 2 months after fracturing his fibula on the eve of the new campaign while Sam Baldock is taking much longer than originally anticipated to recover from calf surgery.
Aug 16 - 5:10 PM

Watford offered a positive injury update on Tuesday after Daryl Janmaat, Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra picked up injuries during last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool at Vicarage Road.

Janmaat started brightly in the opener but lasted barely 15 minutes before he was forced off with a suspected groin problem, and the defender was followed soon after by Pereyra, who looks to have suffered a similar fate. Tests since the game confirm the pair sustained "low-grade" muscle injuries, and despite starting their recovery, neither will make the trip to Bournemouth. New signings Kiko Fementia and Richarlison could come in for their first competitive starts while Sebastian Prodl is favourite to replace Kaboul who finished the match with his leg heavily strapped. Tommie Hoban [ACL] has been ruled out for the season while Craig Cathcart and Christian Kabasele are both sidelined due to knee and hamstring injuries respectively.
Aug 16 - 4:39 PM

Stoke City have acquired former Real Madrid prodigy Jese from PSG on loan for the 2017-18 season but concerns about the Potters' ability to create chances may limit his value.

Outside of a few astounding examples - Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez, Henry, etc. - forwards are typically dependent on their teammates to create the chances that they convert into goals. When trying to compare forwards across leagues and teams, getting a sense of how efficiently they convert chances into shots into shots on target and, ultimately, goals is the best measure. Last season's Stoke City's forwards managed a mere 101 shots with 41 being on target resulting in 13 goals with no individual SCFC forward eclipsing Peter Crouch's 7 goals as a center forward. With Marko Arnautovic gone, the Potters will struggle to replicate the number of chances from last season meaning that even if Jese is more efficient than last season's group, a good bet, he might struggle to hit double digits in goals due to lack of scoring chances.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 16 - 9:08 AM

Premier League journeyman Gareth Barry has officially completed a move to West Bromwich Albion from Everton.

The midfielder has made 154 appearances for the the Toffees since arriving from Manchester City in 2013, and will now join West Brom needing just five Premier League appearances to break Ryan Giggs' all-time record of 632 top-flight appearances. But Barry was buried on the depth chart under Ronald Koeman with Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies all fighting for a spot. Said Barry: "I've had four great years at Everton. The fans have been brilliant with me from the day I signed until the day I left. I'm proud that the Club will always be a big part of my career. There are too many people to thank but I'd like to mention a few of them - the Chairman, Bill Kenwright, Roberto Martinez who brought me to Goodison, Ronald Koeman whom I've enjoyed working with, the staff at the Club and some great teammates. And of course the fans."
Aug 16 - 5:00 AM

The Gylfi Sigurdsson transfer saga finally appears to be over with Everton set to land one of its top summer targets.

Swansea City accepted a £45 million bid from Everton after the two clubs met in the middle of their valuations. The Swans were originally holding out for £50 million after rejected bids of £40 million from Leicester City and Everton earlier this summer. But with cash to splash following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, the Toffees upped their offer that will now see Sigurdsson take a medical on Merseyside on Wednesday. Swansea is set to make a hefty profit on the Icelandic international after buying him just £6.8 million in 2014.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 16 - 4:54 AM

Chelsea have been handed a huge boost by the return of playmaker Eden Hazard to full first-team training, as the Belgium international continues to work his way back from a fractured ankle.

The 26-year-old opted for off-season surgery on his right ankle after suffering the injury while on international duty in June. While Hazard is still expected to miss a handful of matches, with Antonio Conte yet to announce a potential return date for his star, his impending return is certainly a boost of confidence after the 3-2 defeat against Burnley at the weekend. For the duration of Hazard's absence, Wilian and Michy Batshauyi will compete for a place in the starting XI. Meanwhile, summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko was also spotted on the training pitch but won't likely be ready for this weekend's clash with Tottenham.
Source: The Mirror
Aug 15 - 2:59 PM

West Ham United have confirmed that Sofiane Feghouli has joined Turkish Super Lig club Galatasaray on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old moves to the Turkish powerhouse after just a single season at West Ham, having joined the Hammers on a three-year deal from Valencia last summer. Feghouli made 27 appearances for Slaven Bilic's side last season, scoring four goals and providing three assists. The Algeria international struggled to see consistent time on the right wing with Michail Antonio preferred ahead of him, while the additions of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez would have seen him drop further in the pecking order. Feghouli's departure boosts the chances of both Robert Snodgrass and Edimilsion Fernandez seeing more time on the wing off the substitute's bench.

Derby Country have completed the signing of Leicester City midfielder Tom Lawrence for an initial fee believed to be £5 million.

The 23-year-old Wales international leaves Leicester City after a three-year spell, having joined from Manchester United in September 2014. Lawrence, who has six Wales caps, made just four appearances for the Foxes and spent the vast majority of his time out on loan. The midfielder impressed in the Championship while on loan at Ispwich last season, where he scored 11 goals in 36 appearances and claimed their Player of the Year award. However, with Riyad Mahrez, Marc Albrighton, Demarai Gray, Ahmed Musa ahead in the pecking order, first-team football at the King Power Stadium would have been unlikely for Lawrence this season.
Aug 15 - 2:25 PM
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