Following the Saudi State Fund’s takeover of Newcastle, everyone’s attention will be on St James’ Park this weekend and, at the time of writing, it is still unclear whether Steve Bruce will take action against Tottenham.
Regardless of whether Bruce is in the dugout or not, Newcastle have been terribly open this season this season, taking 16 league highs. Son will be in every squad for Tottenham’s run from game week 12. It can make sense to invest early.
Southampton is one of four teams still waiting for a win, but Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team played better than the table suggests and should finally get three points in an upcoming series of cheap games.
Armstrong is a steadfast regular who leads the Saints squad in xG with no penalty and has two home games against the porous defenses of Leeds and Burnley, followed by a trip to Watford.
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Many managers want to invest in Manchester City defense after a solid start and before the game has gone well. Ruben Dias is a reliable choice, but with little attack potential. For another 0.1 million, Cancelo carries a greater threat in the future.
Rotation is always a problem at City, but Cancelo has started every league game so far and has the advantage of being able to play on both sides of the defense. Assists and clean hands are certainly in the mail.
Brighton’s defensive prospects are dwindling after a good number of games early in the season but left-back Cucurella looks like he’ll have more to offer than just conceding goals.
At 5 feet, Getafe’s summer signing is more expensive than Graham Potter’s fellow defenders, but she’s adventurous and licensed to join the attack. The visit of the toothless and bottom of the table Norwich on Saturday could be profitable.
Hwang’s two goals against Newcastle, valued at 5.6 million, predictably led to a lot of imagination. The Wolves’ attack wasn’t as impressive as their defense, but it looks more expansive under Bruno Lage compared to Nuno Espirito Santo.
Even at its cheap price, Hwang is a gamble. Rotation is likely to be with competition for places in the Wolves’ front line and it is nowhere near guaranteed that he will play 90 minutes when he starts, but if he pegs a seat he should become an excellent enabler.