The leading Fantasy Premier League player for transfers in on Saturday night was Álvaro Negredo.
The Spaniard, who is priced at affordable 6.5m, scored in the eleventh minute, Middlesbrough’s only goal on their opening day draw with Stoke City.
However, he did not manage another shot for the rest of the game. He won’t score frequently if he only manages one shot per game.Embed from Getty Images
Negredo proved he can score in the Premier League when he notched nine in the 2013-14 season off 1722 minutes played. But he did that for Manchester City, a team that was creating a host of chances.
His shots on target conversion rate that year was about par for a Premier League striker so he doesn’t have a history in England of being a clinical finisher like his former team mate Sergio Agüero.
Therefore, Negredo’s success this season may well depend on how many chances Middlesbrough can fashion for him. Against Stoke, Boro managed two shots on target as a team. That’s not an auspicious start, but it’s only one game so it’s far too early to tell if that will be the norm.
It would be wrong to rule Negredo out as a potential option, but it is also premature to be rushing to buy.