GW25 Market Movers - Who's Hot, Who's Not?

In this article we'll look at the most transferred players in and out of teams and offer up our opinion on whether these moves are good ones to follow.

Adam Johnson obviously has caught the eye over successive gameweeks now and tops the form tables for points scored. He’s clearly profiting from a more attacking role for Gus Poyet’s side and at the turn of the year was quoted as saying he wanted to “wipe the slate clean” and “give it a go. But is Johnson a good signing for GW25? At first glance, it looks so, with a home game for Sunderland against Hull City. His current owners will be purring ahead of that one.

However, after Hull his prospects take a sharp turn. Away first at Man City and then at Arsenal, two games where Sunderland will struggle to score, and then a blank gameweek, where he’ll definitely not be on the score sheet! Signing Johnson this week has to be regarded as a 1 week punt, and whilst it’s a good punt, you should take a look a good look at your overall squad and potential line-ups for the coming three weeks before you make the move yourself.

Southampton duo of Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez are both a better bet for your transfer this week. Both in great form themselves and with the fixtures on their side to keep it going. It won’t be all plain sailing, with trips to Hull, West Ham and Palace in the next 6, but you should really not get too fixated on fixtures unless they really look terrible, especially when a team is in form like Southampton are.

The question mark over signing Lallana this week has to be his price, fast approaching £8.0m, where he effectively will take the place of a traditionally elite midfielder like David Silva, Coutinho and Oscar. However, when compared to these players he definitely looks like he can compete. The other downside with Lallana is his very high ownership (31%) which means signing him this week you’re paying a premium just to keep up pace with many other managers in your league. We think this okay, he’s scoring good points for good value and there’s no reason to suspect this will change.

Rodriguez represents a different selection issue. There are no question marks over his value, whatsoever, it’s all about your teams strategy, how you’ve spread your budget around, and the appeal of the game’s other strikers right now. What we’ll say is this, he’s a very good player to own and will do your team no harm at all.

Adnan Januzaj is the most transferred out player so far this week, excluding a number of injured players such as Aguero, Lukaku and Ramsey who are being transferred out for obvious reasons. Januzaj’s sales are pretty clear cut too. A few weeks ago he was looking like a regular in the Man United team and a decent bargain at £5.1M. Since then Mata has arrived, Rooney and Van Persie are fit, and the youngster has predictably lost his place. We’d venture the time is right to move on and Cardiff’s Jordon Mutch looks a good cheap alternative.

Mesut Ozil’s sales are also not surprising and we suggested a sale in our GW23 “Emerging Prospects” article suggesting Santi Cazorla as one of a number of alternatives. We talked a little above with Lallana about players earning their value when a player like Ozil is setting you back £10M he really needs to offer something very special.

Seeing Emmanuel Adebayor on the way out of many teams is a little surprising but we suspect this is more to do with the alternatives than the Spurs man himself. Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and the aforementioned Rodriguez, as well as moves for Dzeko and Negredo with Aguero injured. All could be argued are looking better options right now. In all reality, Adebayor and Spurs’ initial performances under Sherwood flattered them a little and they have some tough fixtures ahead.

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