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Premier League Player Departures and Fantasy Insights

Premier League Player Departures and Fantasy Insights

Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal takes on Ryan Fredericks and Jack Stephens
Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal takes on Ryan Fredericks and Jack Stephens of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on March 04, 2023 in London, England(Image-Getty) 

As the 2024/25 Premier League season officially begins, clubs have revealed their lists of players departing this summer. This article highlights the notable exits and delves into Fantasy Premier League (FPL) insights, particularly focusing on Jean-Philippe Mateta's transformation under Crystal Palace's new head coach, Oliver Glasner.

 AFC Bournemouth

Ryan Fredericks:

 The right-back leaves after two seasons at the Vitality Stadium. He was Bournemouth's first signing upon their return to the Premier League in 2022. Despite making 12 appearances in the 2022/23 season, a calf injury sidelined him for the entire 2023/24 campaign.


Mohamed Elneny: 

The Egyptian midfielder, Arsenal's longest-serving player, departs after eight years. Elneny joined in 2016, made 91 Premier League appearances, and won the FA Cup in 2017. "It's meant a lot to me being here for so long," he shared on the club's official website.

Cedric Soares:

 The Portuguese right-back leaves after joining from Southampton in 2020. He played 41 Premier League matches for the Gunners, with his last appearance in March's 6-0 win over Sheffield United.


Saman Ghoddos and Shandon Baptiste:

 Both midfielders exit after helping Brentford establish themselves in the Premier League. Ghoddos made 51 appearances, winning the Budweiser Goal of the Month in October 2023. Baptiste, with 55 appearances, scored twice and assisted twice.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Adam Lallana: 

The former Southampton and Liverpool midfielder departs after four seasons and 95 Premier League appearances with Brighton. "It’s the right time to move on," he said on the club’s website.


Thiago Silva:

 The 39-year-old Brazilian center-back leaves after four years, during which he helped Chelsea win the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. He made 113 Premier League appearances, scoring eight goals.

 Crystal Palace

James Tomkins and Jairo Riedewald: 

Both players leave after long tenures. Tomkins, joining in 2016, played 125 Premier League matches, scoring ten goals. Riedewald, arriving in 2017, made 80 appearances and scored twice.


Dele Alli: 

The midfielder departs after a challenging stint at Everton, where he battled mental health issues. He played 11 matches for Everton before going on loan to Besiktas.

Andre Gomes:

 The Portuguese midfielder leaves after six years and 100 appearances, recovering from a severe ankle injury in 2019.

Seamus Coleman and Ashley Young: 

Both players are offered new one-year contracts.


Tosin Adarabioyo

The defender leaves after 78 appearances. Speculation suggests a move to Chelsea.

Willian and Bobby De Cordova-Reid:

 Fulham is in talks to extend their contracts. Willian has been vital since their return to the top flight, and De Cordova-Reid scored six goals last season.


Joel Matip: 

The central defender leaves after eight years and was part of the team that won the Premier League in 2019/20 and the UEFA Champions League in 2018/19.


The Spanish midfielder exits after 68 appearances marked by injury disruptions.

Manchester United

Anthony Martial:

 The forward departs after scoring 63 goals in 209 Premier League matches.

Raphael Varane: 

The defender leaves after three seasons.

Brandon Williams and Tom Huddlestone:

 Both players are also released.

Jonny Evans and Tom Heaton: 

The club is in discussions over new contracts for these veterans.

Omari Forson: 

The 19-year-old attacker has been offered a new deal after making four appearances this season.

 Newcastle United

Paul Dummett, Jeff Hendrick, Matt Ritchie, and Loris Karius:

 All depart the club. Dummett made his debut in 2013 and played 151 times in the Premier League.

 Nottingham Forest

Harry Arter, Wayne Hennessey, and Cheikhou Kouyate: 

These players leave the City Ground this summer.

 Tottenham Hotspur

Eric Dier, Ivan Perisic, Ryan Sessegnon, and Japhet Tanganga: 

These four players move on. Dier made 274 appearances, scoring on his debut. Perisic's tenure was marred by an ACL injury, while Sessegnon struggled with injuries. Tanganga played 27 times for Spurs.

West Ham United

Angelo Ogbonna: 

The center-back departs after nine years and 249 appearances. He played a significant role in their UEFA Europa Conference League victory in 2022/23.

Fantasy Premier League Focus: Jean-Philippe Mateta

Transformation Under Oliver Glasner:

 Mateta's FPL performance saw a remarkable turnaround with the new Crystal Palace head coach. Under Roy Hodgson, Mateta struggled for consistency, but Glasner's arrival in Gameweek 25 and a switch to a 3-4-2-1 formation revitalized his form.


 Mateta started only 11 of the first 24 matches, scoring three goals and assisting four, totaling 60 points.


He started all 14 matches, scoring 13 goals and providing three assists, amassing 105 points.

Statistical Breakdown:

- Under Hodgson: 2.9 points per match (ppm)

- Under Glasner: 7.5 ppm

Improvement in Opportunities:

- Big chances: Increased from three under Hodgson to 18 under Glasner.

- Shots in the box: Jumped from 16 to 29.

- Shots on target: Doubled from nine to 18.

Impact on Team Performance: 

Mateta's goal involvement rose to 59% under Glasner, up from 37% under Hodgson.

Comparison with Other Forwards: 

Mateta was the most reliable forward in FPL post-Gameweek 25, with an attacking return in 71.4% of appearances, outperforming stars like Erling Haaland and Alexander Isak.

Mateta’s superior performance indicates he could be a critical player in FPL for the 2024/25 season.

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