The January transfer window is well and truly shut and our coaches here in the “Managers Office” have been looking back on those fantasy prospects who made the plunge on the final day of the window. This look into the most notable signings assess their fantasy potential over the coming weeks and gives fantasy managers a little insight into how they may effect life at their new clubs, with our recent articles in the series on Chris Samba and Danny Graham completed our attention now turns to a player who has swaped Milan for London and adds to Fulham’s army of midfield options.
Urby Emanuelson to Fulham
The Dutch international midfielder is a product of the Ajax youth system, 26-year-old Emanuelson has made 60 appearances for Milan since arriving in January 2011. Emanuelson is a left-sided player that can play at either full back or in midfield and will stay with Fulham until the end of the 2012-13 season. While his career has somewhat stalled since moving to the San Siro, a total of nine goals and 12 assists in his last two seasons at former club Ajax highlights his capabilities going forward.
Jol said of Emanuelson:
“He can play left midfield, wide, play number 10, [and] I feel we need fresh legs.
“I coached him at Ajax. He is a skilful player, very agile. He is very mobile and quick,”
It is not easy to get players from AC Milan on a permanent basis,” Jol added
The versatility of the Milan man could very well be key for both the Cottagers and fantasy managers with game time looking assured over the coming weeks. Emanuelson made his debut against Manchester United on Saturday coming off the bench on 68 minutes to replace Karagounis in the center of the Fulham midfield however with Jol having a number of options in the middle it is likely that he will be fielded out left when Fulham clear the treatment table.
Emanuelson comes into the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League at a respectable £3.8 million which will surely tempt fantasy football managers looking for a cheap midfield option, but with Emanuelson’s role in Jol’s side as of yet unclear it may be wise to hold off until we find out more about how the Fulham gaffer is likely to deploy him.
Fulham’s fixtures over the coming week’s are not the easiest one’s fantasy managers could hope for with Chelsea and Tottenham in the next five, though, there are some more reasonable games in the pipeline with Stoke and Sunderland also to come during that time.