Fantasy Premier League: Chelsea's Davide Zappacosta among the top five new additions

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With the international break done and dusted, it’s time to look ahead at Gameweek Four of Fantasy Premier League.

The transfer window is shut as well and a few new faces have entered the game since the previous Gameweek.

With plenty of wildcards just waiting to be played out there, here’s a look at some of those new signings to consider drafting in when you make your changes.

DAVIDE ZAPPACOSTA | CHELSEA | 6M

Chelsea left it pretty late in the transfer window to bring in Zappacosta from Torino and it’s fair to say he probably wasn’t their first choice full-back target after Antonio Conte spent most of the summer courting Juventus’ Alex Sandro while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned down the Blues for Liverpool.

The right-back has a reputation for getting up the pitch and delivering crosses into the box. He delivered 1.7 crosses per game in Serie A last season, only Faouzi Ghoulam (1.8) and Manuel Pasqual (2) managed more among defenders.

He will offer good competition for Victor Moses for that right wing-back role and will only get forward more in Chelsea’s system. He registered five assists last season but it’s difficult to move on him just yet while his place in the first XI isn’t certain.

Rating: 6/10

Davide Zappacosta

Davide Zappacosta

SERGE AURIER | TOTTENHAM | 6M

Serge Aurier is easily one of the most talented full-backs in Europe but his poor attitude at Paris Saint-Germain saw his stock drop but while other clubs were deterred by that, Tottenham swooped in and snapped him up for a relatively low fee.

At 6m, he’s on the higher end in FPL, but he has the potential to emulate Marcos Alonso in terms of his influence in the final third at least.

He looks set to beat Kevin Trippier to be Spurs’ first-choice right wing-back, as long as Mauricio Pochettino keeps him in line. Ben Davies (5.6m) is the more reliable option at the moment but even his position will be under threat when Danny Rose (6.4m) returns to the fold.

Rating: 7/10

Serge Aurier

Serge Aurier

RENATO SANCHES | SWANSEA CITY | 5M

Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches was linked to a loan move to Chelsea and Liverpool but ended up at Swansea City instead. The Portguese was one of the hottest prospects in Europe a little over a year ago when he was starred in the Euro 2016 winning side.

The 20-year-old is an energetic and dynamic midfielder who can shuttle from box to box. While he may still be searching for consistency with his final product, he’s bound to deliver the odd goal or assist.

At 5m, he could prove to be a bargain if he hits the ground running.

Rating: 7/10

Renato Sanches

Renato Sanches

GRZEGORZ KRYCHOWIAK | WEST BROM | 5M

The Poland international’s last season at Paris Saint-Germain was plagued by injury while he struggled for playing time even when fit.

The 27-year-old is a defensive midfielder and is not renowned for goals or assists. There’s little he could provide in terms of FPL points for that reason.

Aaron Mooy or Ruben Loftus-Cheek (when fit) represent far better value in the same price bracket.

Rating: 5/10

Grzegorz Krychowiak

Grzegorz Krychowiak

WILFRIED BONY | SWANSEA CITY | 6M

Wilfried Bony returns to Swansea where he enjoyed a successful spell in front of goal and he will need him to step up after losing Fernando Llorente to Tottenham.

It will be interesting to see if Bony can regain his mojo and start scoring on a regular basis especially since there does appear to be a dearth of good strikers in that 6m price range.

You need to go to 7m for Javier Hernandez and Manolo Gabbiadini or even 7.5m for Wayne Rooney. Tammy Abraham at 5.5m was a good option but Bony’s arrival is bound to see him get less opportunities inside the box as the 28-year-old will dominate service in that space.

Rating: 7/10

Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony

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AWOL striker Diego Costa not included in Chelsea's 25-man Champions League squad

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Costa is reportedly still located in Brazil.

Exiled striker Diego Costa was not included in Chelsea’s 25-man squad for the Champions League group phase on Monday.

Costa, 28, has been frozen out by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and spent the transfer window angling for a return to former club Atletico Madrid that never materialised.

Atletico, who were drawn in Champions League Group C alongside Chelsea, are banned from signing new players until January.

By not including Costa in their squad, Chelsea have ensured he will not become cup-tied, meaning he could play in the competition for another team in the second part of the season.

Despite being named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad, Costa has not played in any of their league games to date, his place taken by £58 million (€63.1m) record signing Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea will also face Roma and Azerbaijani newcomers Qarabag in their group.

Manchester United included Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their squad despite his current unavailability as he recovers from a serious knee injury.

United manager Jose Mourinho has said Ibrahimovic, 35, will not be available until next year, but his inclusion in United’s squad will raise fans’ hopes he could return ahead of schedule.

United open their Champions League campaign at home to Basel next Tuesday and will also face Benfica and CSKA Moscow in Group A.

Mourinho also found room for 21-year-old striker James Wilson, who has not played a competitive game for United since October 2015.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp omitted right-back Nathaniel Clyne from his squad.

The England international is currently sidelined with a back injury and has been replaced in Liverpool’s starting XI by youth product Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Philippe Coutinho was also included in Liverpool’s squad after his hopes of joining Barcelona were thwarted by the club’s refusal to sell him.

French centre-back Eliaquim Mangala was named in Manchester City’s squad after City were unable to find a buyer for him in the transfer window.

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Eden Hazard insists Chelsea are equipped to contend for all trophies despite key transfer misses

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Hazard remains optimistic on Chelsea's hunt for more trophies.

Eden Hazard believes Chelsea boast a squad capable of challenging on all fronts, despite the Blues missing out on a number of transfer targets.

Chelsea sealed late deals for midfielder Danny Drinkwater and defender Davide Zappacosta, but boss Antonio Conte was gazumped by Tottenham for Fernando Llorente and Liverpool for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

There was further frustration when Everton playmaker Ross Barkley pulled out of a deal to join the Blues at the last minute.

Belgium star Hazard remains convinced however that Chelsea have the power to fight for silverware across the board – especially amid their return to the Champions League.

“I think this year will be no different from the previous years, in the sense that every year it is difficult, especially when you play in many competitions,” Hazard told the Daily Mail.

“This year we have the Champions League as well and it is not easy to succeed in multiple competitions. But we will do our best and we have got depth in our squad so sometimes maybe one or two players can rest so they are 110 per cent for the next competition.

Everton's Ross Barkley pulled out from a deal to join Chelsea at the last minute.

Everton’s Ross Barkley pulled out from a deal to join Chelsea at the last minute.

“We just want to win as many trophies as possible, for me personally I haven’t won the Champions League so maybe that one would be a little bit more special, but I would prefer us to win everything.”

Hazard missed the start of Chelsea’s new campaign owing to an ankle injury, but has returned to action with Belgium across the international break.

The 26-year-old hailed Blues boss Conte as one of the world’s top managers as the Stamford Bridge club set about defending their Premier League crown.

“I have a good relationship with all my managers,” said Hazard. “You know we train every day together and we can talk together and laugh together. So yes absolutely we have a good relationship, I wouldn’t say ‘friends’ because it is difficult to be friends with your manager so I wouldn’t say that but we have a good relationship.

“I think we have got one of the best managers in the world. So we are really happy with him.”

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