As we prepare for round 25 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League thoughts of team selections and captaincy potential are sure to dominate the mind, but let us not forget there were are few movers and shakers in what was ultimately a deadline day that will be remembered for a deal that wasn’t done rather than a deal that was. But nevertheless there were a number of transfer deals that will have an impact on fantasy managers over the coming weeks and in the next few articles we will highlight those who we feel may be of benefit to fantasy premier league managers.
Christopher Samba to QPR
Harry Rednkapp was at it once again on deadline day as he splashed the cash and broke QPR’s transfers record to bring Chris Samba to Loftus Road. The former Blackburn man looks to be an automatic replacement for Ryan Nelsen who departs for FC Toronto in the MLS.
Samba, a Congo international with 26 caps, spent five years in England with Blackburn Rovers from 2007-2012 and joined Rangers after an 11-month stint at Russian club Anzhi.
Redknapp was once again full of praise for the clubs chairman Tony Fernandez stating:
“This is an unbelievable signing.Tony Fernandes deserves a lot of credit for this one – he has worked so hard on bringing him in.
“I was speaking with him a month ago and he asked me who I would want to sign if Ryan Nelsen left, he asked me to give him a couple of names.
“I said to him, ‘Well, these aren’t possible to get but if you’re asking me who I’d have, I’ll give you a couple of players.’ One of them was Chris Samba.
“The next thing I know he’s telling me that he’s working on bringing him in! It’s amazing.
The R’s have been on a good run of late and with three clean sheets in their last four games Samba’s inclusion will only strengthen their defensive resolve over the coming weeks, however for those looking to take a punt on him this week it would seem that this Saturday’s game with Norwich may just come too soon for the center half as he looks to regain match fitness.
As well as his defensive capabilities Samba also carries a significant goal threat as was evident at his time at Ewood park. The 6ft 4in defender netted four times in each of his last two full seasons at Blackburn before moving to Russian outfit Anzhi midway through the previous campaign.
A home game against Sunderland in addition to trips to Swansea, Southampton and Villa in the next five hand the R’s one of the most appealing fixture lists over most sides in the short-term and if Rangers can continue their resilient defensive displays, Samba could be set for some hefty points returns and certainly looks the most likely prospect to benefit at both ends of the pitch.