DEFENDER: Phil Jagielka – £5.6m (Away v Swansea)
The winning goal, a clean sheet and the full three bonus points against Southampton last time out ensured a pretty healthy haul for Everton’s main man at the back Phil Jagielka, who will be confident of impressing again as he goes to Swansea.
The Blues have been less than impressive this season but following three successive league wins there are just a couple of signs that things are beginning turn for them as they enter the home straight, and Jagielka has been a key part of that.
MIDFIELDER: Jordan Henderson – £6.6m (Home v Newcastle)
Four goals in his last six league games make Jordan Henderson a pretty hot property right now, both in the Fantasy game and in the real one if his contract negotiations are anything to go by.
Liverpool’s leader in waiting really appears to be stepping up to the void soon to be filled by Steven Gerrard, and at home to Newcastle side who once again appear to be playing out the season without much fanfare he is sure to have a few more chances in front of goal.
FORWARD: Loic Remy – £7.1m (Away v QPR)
It’s a gamble, but with injury issues once again hovering over Diego Costa and crucial goals which earned four points in Chelsea’s last two matches, it almost seems written in the stars for Loic Remy to score as he returns to his old club QPR.
The Frenchman has become a key player for Jose Mourinho as the Blues close in on the title, and he’s sure to be an interesting differential choice for more than a few managers this weekend.
THE OUTSIDER: Aaron Lennon – £6.2m (Away v Swansea)
When making your selections this weekend it’s important to have an eye on next weekend’s shortened fixture list, with four teams definitely not in action (Liverpool and Hull will join them if the Reds have beaten Blackburn in the cup after the time of writing).
A look at those Gameweek 33 fixtures sees Everton at home to Burnley, a game that will give Aaron Lennon a chance to improve upon the goal and assist he takes into Saturday’s clash with Swansea, another which offers cause for optimism for the improving visitors.
THE CAPTAIN: Eden Hazard – £11.1m (Away v QPR)
We go back to Chelsea for our captaincy pick, with those who stuck with Eden Hazard last weekend rewarded with a goal and an assist in the Blues’ win over Stoke.
Every three points matter for Mourinho’s men at the moment, and at a time when Costa and Cesc Fabregas seem to be stuttering, it is to the Belgian that the Portuguese is rightly turning to for inspiration.
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January transfer window takes shape as clubs start to splash the cash.
Premier League sides scour the market in an attempt to bolster squads ahead of the deadline day.
With less than a week to go until the January transfer window slams shut, Premier League sides are scrambling around in hope of acquiring some of the hottest properties on the continent. Often transfer values vary from the abnormal to the crazy however some managers have found value for money in the hope of becoming more competitive.
The first significant piece of business involved Daniel Sturridge, a highly rated forward whose career had stagnated at Chelsea. The £12millon transfer to Liverpool has proven to be the most expensive transfer fee up to now. The highly rated star has seen valuable playing time early on in his Liverpool career to help relinquish the pressures on Luis Suarez in providing an attacking threat.
Outgoing from Liverpool has seen Joe Cole return home to West Ham United on a free transfer. After a stint in Ligue 1 last season, Cole had failed to make a real positive impact at Anfield which led to Cole becoming available for transfer. The second spell at West Ham has seemed to reignite his play with two clever assists against Manachester United in the F.A Cup Third Round.
With the transfer of Sturridge to Liverpool, Chelsea were in the market for a striker to compete with out of sorts Fernando Torres. Demba Ba was the chosen man seemingly inevitable that he would leave during the window from Newcastle United due to the £7.5million release clause lying in his contract. The strong forward joined the European champions early in the window and seems to be enjoying his time there by providing two goals on his debut.
The most active club so far in the transfer window has been Newcastle United who have brought in four French players to add to their current crop of stars. Mathieu Debuchy, Yoan Gouffran, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara have been added to the squad for a little over £15million. The quartet are joining the side hovering above the relegation zone and the Tynesiders will be hoping the signings will help boost the clubs fortunes.
Bottom of the pile QPR added Marseille forward Loic Remy for £8million in an attempt to fire them away from the relegation zone come may. The striker destined for St James Park opted to move to London after significant talks with Tony Fernandes and Harry Redknapp. The player showed his eye for goal through a debut strike away at West Ham United. QPR will be hoping to find more success in the market over the next couple of days.
Manchester United announced the £15million signing of England international Wilfried Zaha from promotion hopefuls Crystal Palace. The winger will return to the London side for the rest of the campaign in a bid to promote his current side. The promising attacker will provide stiff competition with the current crop of wingers at Old Trafford as he makes the step up to the Premier League at the start of next season.
Expect plenty of deadline day deals as this January transfer window finally takes shape. Who will overspend and who won’t spend at all, are the questions many football fans are asking as they hope their club make the signings necessary to improve their fortunes.