He may not be a household name in England yet but West Ham’s Premier League newcomer Dimitri Payet is causing a stir ahead among the head-scratching cognoscenti.
The French international, who came to east London for a reported fee of £10.7million, is the sixth most popular new signing for fantasy footballers.
The 28-year-old produced a superb display in the club's friendly against League One team Southend and is due to take to the field against Charlton on Saturday, July 25. And these are the tantalising clues that the form-seekers are using to plot their conquest of the next season.
Arsenal’s Petr Cech is the Premier League’s most popular new signing for fantasy footballers.
Almost 41% of Mirror Fantasy iTeam competitors have selected the former Chelsea shot stopper, making him the most sought after of all the league’s summer transfers to date.
At £6million, he’s one of the game’s more expensive keepers but is still cheaper than Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois (£6.4million), Manchester City’s Joe Hart (also £6.4million), Manchester United’s David de Gea (£6.3million), Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet and Southampton’s Fraser Forster (both £6.1million).
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After Cech comes Manchester United new boy Memphis Depay. The Dutch international scored 28 goals in 40 games for PSV last season, stats which seem to have impressed 30% of the game’s managers enough for them to pick him for their sides.
Liverpool’s new right-back Nathaniel Clyne is the third most popular new signing, having been picked by 23% of players.
German World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger is the fourth most selected at 18%, followed by his new midfield partner Morgan Schneiderlin at 15%.
Overall, the big names of last season remain the most selected. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the most selected player overall. Sergio Aguero comes second, having been selected in 44% of teams.
He’s followed by Petr Cech (41%), Diego Costa (35%), Branislav Ivanovic (34%), Memphis Depay (30%), Nathaniel Clyne (23%), Alexis Sanchez (23%), Harry Kane (22%) and John Terry (20%).
Top 20 most popular new signings
| First name | Last name | Position | Team name | Ownership (%)
1 | Petr | Cech | GK | Arsenal | 41
2 | Memphis | Depay | MID | Manchester United | 30
3 | Nathaniel | Clyne | DEF | Liverpool | 23
4 | Bastian | Schweinsteiger | MID | Manchester United | 18
5 | Morgan | Schneiderlin | MID | Manchester United | 15
6 | Dimitri | Payet | MID | West Ham United | 9
7 | Matteo | Darmian | DEF | Manchester United | 8
8 | Roberto Firmino | Barbosa de Oliveira | MID | Liverpool | 8
9 | Yohan | Cabaye | MID | Crystal Palace | 7
10 | Toby | Alderweireld | DEF | Tottenham Hotspur | 7
11 | Gerard | Deulofeu | MID | Everton | 7
12 | James | Milner | MID | Liverpool | 6
13 | Fabian | Delph | MID | Manchester City | 6
14 | Danny | Ings | FOR | Liverpool | 6
15 | Raheem | Sterling | MID | Manchester City | 5
16 | Georginio | Wijnaldum | MID | Newcastle United | 4
17 | Micah | Richards | DEF | Aston Villa | 4
18 | AndrÃ(c) | Ayew | MID | Swansea City | 3
19 | Cedric Ricardo | Alves Soares | DEF | Southampton | 3
20 | Maarten | Stekelenburg | GK | Southampton | 2
Top 20 overall
First name | Last name | Position | Team name | Ownership (%)
Eden | Hazard | MID | Chelsea | 55.84
Sergio | Aguero | FOR | Manchester City | 44.39
Petr | Cech | GK | Arsenal | 40.71
Diego | Da Silva Costa | FOR | Chelsea | 34.84
Branislav | Ivanovic | DEF | Chelsea | 33.61
Memphis | Depay | MID | Manchester United | 29.61
Nathaniel | Clyne | DEF | Liverpool | 23.41
Alexis | Sanchez | FOR | Arsenal | 22.73
Harry | Kane | FOR | Tottenham Hotspur | 21.48
John | Terry | DEF | Chelsea | 19.98
Bastian | Schweinsteiger | MID | Manchester United | 17.85
Yannick | Bolasie | MID | Crystal Palace | 17.26
Thibaut | Courtois | GK | Chelsea | 16.93
Wayne | Rooney | FOR | Manchester United | 16.16
Cesc | Fabregas | MID | Chelsea | 16.09
Hector | Bellerin | DEF | Arsenal | 15.62
Morgan | Schneiderlin | MID | Manchester United | 14.64
Philippe | Coutinho | MID | Liverpool | 13.8
Vincent | Kompany | DEF | Manchester City | 12.72
Laurent | Koscielny | DEF | Arsenal | 12.28