Swansea have signed Las Palmas 28 year old midfielder, Roque Mesa, on a 4-year deal for a fee of £11 million. The midfielder had a 7-year stint at Las Palmas, making 35 appearances last season and has made him self-known for his passing ability.
Swansea’s new man, Roque Mesa, speaks of his move to Liberty Stadium:
“I’m very happy to be here. It’s a new challenge and a new adventure.”
“The manager knows me, he knows how I play and what I can contribute to the team. I’ll try to make the team play.”
“I know he’s like [Carlo] Ancelotti – he likes to play and wants to create a different Premier League team which likes to play. The manager is a person who knows how to play and that’s something I really like.”
Fantasy Premier League Potential
Roque Mesa made himself well known to managers last season purely because of his passing, accuracy and tireless work rates. His versatility in the centre midfield (CDM/CM) will allow his new manager to experiment with tactics if needed and will know he has good depth to his midfield.
Competition in the squad will come from players such as Yung-Seung Ki, Leon Britton, Leroy Fer and starlet Matt Grimes. Many people will say Sigurdsson, but Mesa will most likely be featured as a deep lying playmaker, whereas Sigurdsson as an attacking midfielder.
A passing percentage of 91% maintained throughout last season ensured his talent in the middle of the field. However, racking up a tally of 14 yellow cards may prove costly as an FPL manager. Mesa also picked up 1 goal and 2 assists, but its not as a surprise as his role is to win possession and move the ball, not the attacking type. Mesa did play 3,038 mins of football last season averaging 1.5 tackles per game and 1.1 interceptions, which shows the engine of a player he is. Roque Mesa will likely be priced around 6.0 m to 6.5m in FPL for the upcoming season.
Swansea’s opening games are as follows: Southampton (A), Manchester United (H), Crystal Palace (A), Newcastle United (H) & Tottenham Hotspur (A).
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Written by James Milburn (@jamesmilburn95)