Finally! Swansea are signing another Euro 2016 winner in Renato Sanches. The Portugeezer has big boots to fill replacing Eder. Some lads in Swansea have gone as far as describing him as the Portuguese Leon Brittain. It’s felt throughout Wales he will settle in no time.
After Portugal winning the Euros in 2016, Renato Sanches was deemed the next big thing. Bayern Munich signed the potential superstar for €35 million with an additional €45 million if objectives were met. After the first season though it’s looking less and less likely that that will happen.
His game time was limited at Bayern Munich making just 17 appearances(mostly as a sub) and providing 0 goals. It’s safe to say that he’ll be a guaranteed starter for Swansea. But in what position will he play? Tom Carroll owners will fear that Sanches will take his position which will lessen the appeal for him. With lack of game time in the last year, it’s impossible to know the fitness of Sanches and if he’ll play the first game for Swansea after the International break. Renato is known for his swashbuckling style of play with the midfielder often dropping deep to collect the ball from his defenders and running at pace with the ball. While his style lauded him universal praise from critics, his first season at Bayern showcased that it wasn’t always going to be easy going. He struggled in a rotational role in the Bundesliga, often being criticised for not taking his chances when given them, and was linked with moves away with regularity. He is a fantastic dribbler, strong, great at intercepting and has an impressive engine, with a decent range of passing. All good attributes for a footballer, but not essential in a FPL player.
Check out a sample of Sanches’ style below:
Swansea are one of the bookie’s favourites to get relegated this season and while many will see Renato Sanches as a great price at 5.0M, I would advise to be cautious and see how he plays over the following couple of game weeks. Sanches’ game has never been about scoring or assisting, but as of that of a midfielder who runs box to box, or sits deeper covering a defence. Don’t expect him to score many goals, or to assist many either. Sanches could be a bargain if he plays up top where Siggy had, but it is more likely he plays deeper alongside Roque Mesa.
Price: 5.0M (Fairly priced)
Expected Points: More 2’s than 5’s and 7s.