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Fantasy: New names freshen up squads

Monday 16 February 2015, 12.35CET
UEFA.com Tipster Andrew Haslam picks five of the best January additions to the UEFA Champions League squad and asks if they prove to be valuable Fantasy picks.
 
 
Published: Monday 16 February 2015, 12.35CET

Fantasy: New names freshen up squads

UEFA.com Tipster Andrew Haslam picks five of the best January additions to the UEFA Champions League squad and asks if they prove to be valuable Fantasy picks.

Ahead of the resumption of the UEFA Champions League, you might want to follow the lead of the 16 clubs still involved and look to bring in a couple of new – and old – faces to reinvigorate your squad. UEFA.com looks at five of the best options from the new list of eligible players.

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Fernando Torres is back at Atlético

Wilfried Bony (Manchester City FC)
The Ivory Coast striker does not come cheap at €10.5m and has never played in the UEFA Champions League proper before, but he scored six times in last season's UEFA Europa League for Swansea City AFC, and was the Premier League's top scorer in 2014 with 20 goals.

Fernando Torres (Club Atlético de Madrid)
An old new face, Torres managed four UEFA Champions League goals in 2013/14 but has 18 goals in 50 competition appearances overall and has already scored against Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona since returning to the Vicente Calderón in January. Costs €9.0m.

Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea FC)
Listed as a midfielder, the Colombian will set you back €8.0m, which could prove a bargain if he can force his way into the Chelsea team. Scored 11 times for ACF Fiorentina last season and provided four assists at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the competition's joint highest total.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal FC)
A broken leg meant the Frenchman was not included in Arsenal's group stage squad, but he returned to action in late November and has been in fine form this year. Has four goals in his last six appearances, including two against Middlesbrough FC on Sunday, and is a reasonable €9.0m.

Alessandro Matri (Juventus)
Something of a gamble as he's likely to be Juve's fourth-choice striker but €8.5m means he's a cheaper option should funds be tight. Managed seven Serie A goals in the first half of the campaign at Genoa CFC and has knockout pedigree, having scored in both legs of the round of 16 against Celtic FC two years ago.

View the full player list to get your team ready for matchday seven.

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