In the first of our features for the transfer window, we preview a new signing for West Brom. Grzegorz Krychowiak. In this feature, we’ll give a background to the player and what to expect for them in fantasy football this season. Assessing whether it is much, or not so much.
Big Grzegorz Krychowiak may have more international ranking than your regular West Brom signing. The Polish midfielder couldn’t be any more a Tony Pulis signing if he tried. With as many goals in the league since the start of the 2014 season as Z’s in his name, and 10.5 as many yellows. It might be becoming clear to you what kind of signing the one time £30m signing will be for the baggies.
When signed for PSG last summer, it was considered a coup for the Parisiens. To sign a reigning Europa League winning midfielder who had upset some of the big dogs in Spain while being at the club. He was tough tackling, combative and willing to take games by the scruff of the neck and injuries weren’t a worry to him.
While Krychowiak may have been expected to push on with a move from an underdog to a European powerhouse. His style clearly didn’t suit the system, and he was pushed out of the side by his ex-coach Unai Emery after results didn’t go his way. Emery moved from a side which had more defensive minded players, to a side which started Pastore in midfield. Which in turn meant Greg turned out for PSG II in the lower divisions in France. While a move from PSG to West Brom is considered a massive step down. Greg needs first team football and can’t be a rotation option for a big club in a world cup year. I can understand how he will fit into Pulis’ system as a defensive minded center midfielder and get valuable game time.
As a signing, fantastic, for your fantasy team, ignore. He only has 4 goals since joining Sevilla in 2014 and had 3 assists. While getting a total of 28 yellows, 1 red, in a total of 89 starts and 11 starts. Think Granit Xhaka, think Lee Cattermole, think, no thank you.
Who does this impact? This impacts Gareth Barry and Nacer Chadli, neither of which will get as many minutes with the Pole coming into the side.
Expected price: 5.5m
Expected points: More -1’s than 3s or 4s.