Differentials: Sanchez & Mkhitaryan

The January transfer period is in full swing and we have seen Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester United, while his counterpart, Henrikh Mkhitaryan now dons Arsenal colors. While we finish up Gameweek 24 this week as Liverpool visit Swansea City, we also look ahead to what these two players will bring to their new clubs.

While I haven’t been all that tempted by Alexis Sanchez in the build up, rumor and speculation over the last month, the deal is done and Sanchez will wear the #7 of the Red Devils. Missing the first 2 gameweeks of the season, being slowly worked back into the Arsenal midfield, he picked up his first 90 minutes in Gameweek 7, which also saw his second assist in as many games.

Overall, Sanchez hasn’t been worth the £11.8 price tag placed on him by the FPL. With better producing options for millions less, why gamble with an upset Sanchez, who was visibly unhappy this season playing for the Gunners? Now, under Jose Mourinho, a club staring up at City in pole position, can Sanchez help United close the game, more importantly what sort of fantasy asset do we expect him to be?

Sanchez will step in the starting XI, most likely on the left, flanking Lukaku, which could decrease playing time for Anthony Martial. The dynamics will be interesting, as the introduction of Sanchez could benefit Pogba. It’s not unheard of to see Sanchez start up front, OOP as a forward, could rest be in the future for Lukaku?

As for Mkhitaryan, how do his inclusion impact the Gunners make up? While they are not done in the transfer widow, eyeing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund. They played together when Mkhitaryan posted 11 goals and 20 assist in 2015/16 with Aubameyang (25 goals, 6 assists). Figure Mkhitaryan will feature up front, as he and Ozil flank Lacazette in the middle.

At £7.6 Mikhitaryan provides big potential at an interesting price point, easily replacing other similarly priced players. Sanchez still totes a heavy £11.7, which would require some reworking of the 15-man squad in order to bring him in. Owned by just 2.7% of fantasy owners, it won’t take much to see that number start to rise. As Peter Blake tweeted, “If he scores in his opening game the template will form around him – the rest won’t have a choice. I predict his ownership will be 15%+ by GW26.” Mkhitaryan could also been a big differential, owned by 5.9% currently.

Heading towards Gameweek 25, I have 2 FT to use, while retaining my TC and Bench Boost chips. Already having activated by second WC, I am working from Gameweek 31 backwards at this point in order to get the necessary personnel into my sqaud, based on BGW and DGW potential. I’ve been playing around with my squad today, even with a overall team value of £102.6, I can introduce both, while retaining players like Salah, Kane, Alonso, de Gea and Jones.

If it’s about breaking the template and looking to gain an advantage to move up the overall ranking, these two players provide that potential going forward.

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