Sir John does not believe in so-called bad luck connected with Friday the 13th; however, two transfers today are not likely to bring much good fortune to their new teams or fantasy managers.
Gary Cahill, defender to Chelsea
The 26-year-old under-siege-defender from woeful Bolton finally goes to the big stage at Stamford Bridge. One man on defense cannot stem the tide at the Reebok; however, there is little to suggest he will be the answer to defensive howlers at Chelsea, especially if Cahill plays alongside David “The Matador” Luiz who seems to be AVB’s pet.
Cahill comes with a fantasy value of 5.2 million and has scored two goals while being part of one clean sheet for the Wanderers. The six-foot English defender has had a checkered career, including a spell with Aston Villa where he did not impress Martin O’Neill. It is not likely Cahill will immediately start for Chelsea, especially if sorely missed Ivanovic is deemed fit to play Saturday. Terry, Cole, Luiz and Ivanovic are the Chelsea starting defenders. Where Bosingwa will fit in the mix with Cahill is not known; however, it is not likely that Cahill was brought in to warm the bench. Cahill is a marginal gamble for fantasy managers with more of a chance to register a clean sheet for the Blues than as a moving target for the shooting gallery that is Bolton.
Darron Gibson, midfielder to Everton
The 24-year-old out-of-favor midfielder from Manchester United will surely get playing time at Everton, a team that even with Landon Donovan does not strike fear into opponents with what is on the pitch in midfield. Tim Cahill, the illustrated Aussie has distant memories of what it was like to score a goal and might be beat up by the flag stick instead of pummeling it as he once did.
Gibson has a fantasy value of 4.7 million that could attract fantasy managers hoping to get points from a player owned by only 0.2%.
During his time at Man U, Gibson made 60 appearances for SAF and scored ten goals. The slow-footed Irishman comes in with Coleman, Osman, Rodwell, Jagielka and Distin injured. If Gibson is teamed with Fellaini, David Moyes will have two midfielders not likely to leave many defenders in their wake.
Gibson is a hard-worker who now has a new lease on his career and will see what he can do with Bilyaletdinov, Drenthe, and Neville.
It appears that things are moving forward for Alex to leave Chelsea. For reasons known only to AVB, the Brazilian fell out of favor with the petulant manager. QPR would be a terrific place for the powerful defender to end up and even with a fantasy value of 6.0 million would be a great pick-up for fantasy managers since he is only on 1/2 percent of rosters.