They were two apparently impossible dream acquisitions… but how do they fit into Fox Cric Fantasy Football? First, Gareth Bale stayed. Manchester United had shown an interest. He was subsequently linked with a return to Tottenham until rumors of a transfer to China arose. Nonetheless, Daniel Levy has pulled one out of the bag, and Jose Mourinho is ready to sign Gareth Bale for the second time of asking, despite failing to do so when he was the manager of Real Madrid.
A Fantasy Football dream
Bale and his teammate Sergio Reguilon flew to England on Friday to finalize their deals, but what does this imply for Fantasy Football? The Welsh international costs £10.8 million and will play as a forward. It is unsure if he will play before the Overhaul (Gameweek 4), but Tottenham’s fixtures from this point are quite generous. Tottenham’s last game before the Overhaul is against Jose Mourinho’s previous club Manchester United, followed by a run of games against West Ham, Burnley, Brighton, and West Brom.
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If Bale and Harry Kane form a front three, goals and, more crucially, Fantasy Football points should be plentiful – not only during this time but throughout the season. It is worth mentioning that Bale scored 105 goals for Real Madrid throughout his stay with the Spanish club while playing in fewer than 40% of their competitive matches last season. This raises the problem of match fitness. The judgment will therefore be one to watch, depending on whether Mourinho can rely on Bale after the fourth set of games.
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Thiago – A bargain buy?
To begin with, £20 million plus add-ons is a fantastic piece of business from Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp. Thiago wanted Liverpool, and Liverpool eventually got their guy for close to nothing in today’s market. This is a world-class player who has won 17 titles with Bayern Munich in seven years. He will undoubtedly strengthen Liverpool’s midfield, and there is potential for the Spain international to be even more of a steal in Sky Sports Fantasy Football.
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He is on the market for a whopping £8.5 million, making him the most expensive Liverpool midfielder, £0.1 million more than captain Jordan Henderson and Fabinho. Fantasy Football fans are used to the primarily low-scoring Liverpool midfielders behind the unstoppable three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino, but where precisely may Thiago shine in contrast to his new teammates? Thiago has averaged more than 70 passes per game in three of the last four league seasons, with the other averaging 67.7.
This would reward Fantasy Football managers that hired him with a consistent stream of points since he would earn three points for every 70 passes. In this Liverpool team, which averaged 628.21 passes per game last season, he would have plenty of chances to score.
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Thiago’s average pass success percentage in the Bundesliga in 2019/20 was 90.5 percent, indicating that the Spaniard would not waste the ball. The opinion on Thiago is that he should be signed as soon as he is introduced into Klopp’s starting lineup. With the extra incentives of assists and goals, you may be onto a winner who will play for the Premier League winners for as little as £8.5 million.