Fulham may have pulled off a very shrewd move in signing left back John Arne Riise from Roma. The 30-year-old has agreed a three-year deal at Craven Cottage and moves for an undisclosed fee. Riise told the Fulham website:-
“I know that the club is ambitious and continues to make good progress each year, I am looking forward to working with Martin Jol and the rest of the squad when I report to training next week.”
Riise is no stranger to the Premier League as he previously spent seven years at Liverpool, making 371 appearances and scored 34 goals. While at Liverpool Riise won the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Champions League and the European Super Cup on two occasions.
Whilst at Roma Riise scored some spectacular goals during his three year stay. He made 98 appearances and found the net on seven occasions.
Based on previous Fantasy League and Premier League performance, I have taken a look at defenders that are currently available and made projections for how many games that player is likely to start and how many goals, assists, clean sheets and yellow cards they are likely to score. I will also estimate how many points those players are likely to score and how much value they could offer. Needless to say Riise is the (available) defender who offers the most value for money.
At £3.3m Riise is a bargain anyway given the solidity of Fulham’s defence, how solid that defence will be under Martin Jol (who likes to attack) remains to be seen. But given Riise’s ability to get forward he may be a worthwhile player to have in your team.
Riise is projected to start 31 games for Fulham this year and is also projected to get three goals and three assists. While the table below shows Robert Huth scoring more points, he has been shifted to right back in favour of a Woodgate-Shawcross pairing.
In the game against Aston Villa, Riise made 24 successful passes out of 36. 16 of those passes were in the opposition half and he supplied one successful cross and one failed cross.