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Jesus leads newcomers in Fantasy

By The Scout 9 Jan 2017
Gabriel Jesus

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Following the opening of the January transfer window, five new assets have been added to the Fantasy Premier League player list, led by Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus (£9.0m).

Signed in an initial deal back in August, Jesus joins the Man City ranks having completed his season with Brazilian club Palmeiras.

In that final campaign the youngster was named player of the year in Brazil, producing 13 goals and four assists over 20 league appearances.

Part of Brazil's Olympic Gold Medal squad, Jesus has also represented his country at Under-20 and Under-23 level and has earned six senior caps so far, registering four goals.

He adds to Pep Guardiola's attacking options and competes with fellow forwards Sergio Aguero (£12.8m) and Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.3m).

Middlesbrough's recent capture of Rudy Gestede (£5.0m) seals a return to the FPL player list for the Benin international.

A member of the Aston Villa squad relegated to the Championship last season, the towering target man is expected to provide cover for lone striker Alvaro Negredo (£6.4m) in Boro's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.

Everton's exciting 19-year-old prospect Ademola Lookman (£5.5m) heads a trio of new midfield assets.

Ademola Lookman, Everton
Ademola Lookman has scored seven goals in 25 appearances for Charlton Athletic this season

Snapped up from Charlton Athletic, Lookman is a lively attacking player who could feature across Everton's attacking midfield three behind striker Romelu Lukaku (£9.6m).

Leicester City's new boy Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) arrives at the King Power Stadium as another exciting talent, though as a defensive midfielder, his FPL potential is perhaps limited.

The versatile signing from Belgian club Genk can play across the back four, though his tenacity and energy is likely to provide competition with Daniel Amartey (£4.5m) for the role alongside Danny Drinkwater (£5.5m).

Ndidi made 62 league appearances for the Belgian side, scoring four goals.

Joey Barton, Burnley
Joey Barton made 38 appearances as Burnley clinched the Championship title in 2015/16

Finally, Joey Barton's (£4.5m) reunion with Burnley provides a third midfield addition.

The Premier League veteran made 38 league appearances in the Clarets' Championship promotion season, scoring three goals.

Notably, he also earned 10 yellow cards in all competitions and was also booked in his first appearance back in Saturday's FA Cup stalemate with Sunderland.

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