January is traditionally quieter than the summer months where transfers are concerned, yet there are still plenty of teams doing some early business. To help you make sense of it all from a daily fantasy football perspective, here’s a closer look at the newcomers and whether you should be making space for them.

Juan Iturbe, AFC Bournemouth

Due to an injury crisis of epic proportions, AFC Bournemouth acted early by signing the Argentinean forward from Roma on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy him in the summer.

What to expect?

Iturbe, who has only started three games this season and been used off the bench in another nine games, has one goal. So for a better comparison, we’ll go back to his time with Hellas Verona in 2013/14 who are a team, like Bournemouth, that are traditionally outside the upper echelons of their respective country’s league.

Iturbe’s eight goals and four assists came in 33 games in 2013/14 and during that time he averaged 2.2 shots and 1.2 key passes per game. The most telling stat is his three dribbles and 0.8 crosses per game. Comparing him to Bournemouth’s current wingers, Stanislas averages just 1.7 dribbles and 0.5 crosses per game. That in mind his numbers will bear considerable fruit for daily fantasy football players,

Another good thing for daily fantasy players is that he is once again playing to try and earn a permanent move, something that was also the case during that season on loan at Verona.

How much will he play?

Expect him to make appearances off the bench in place of Stanislas at first and for Stanislas to play through the middle. If he starts to heat up, there’s every chance he makes that left wing place his own.

What will he cost?

Jump on Iturbe from the outset as his price will rocket once the crosses start flooding in. Expect him to start off between $3,500 and $4,500, possibly even as low as $3,300.

Mohamed Elneny, Arsenal

When Arsene Wenger stated he was ready to spend big in January it was hard to work out whether he was trolling Arsenal fans or being serious. When the Egyptian completes his move from Basel, we’ll know he’s being serious.

What to expect?

Data on the 23-year-old defensive midfielder is rather thin on the ground and the best way to analyse him is by looking at his performances in European competitions.

Arsenal currently have the best passer of the ball in the Premier League in Francis Coquelin, who has a 91.5% pass success rate on 46.9 passes per game. Elneny trumps that with a 92.4% pass success rate on 92 passes per game over five Europa League games. Whilst Wenger is very much buying the midfielder to push Coquelin for a place in the team, the two of them do differ in certain areas.

In defensive stat columns, Coquelin averages 3.2 tackles, 2.7 interceptions and 0.9 fouls per game whereas Elneny posted 2.4 tackles, 2 interceptions and 1.4 fouls in those same five Europa League games. In an attacking sense, Elneny is more aggressive with 1.8 shots per game to Coquelin’s 0.4 shots.

None of this will excite daily fantasy players as much as Elneny’s two goals in five Europa League games and that on its own suggests there could be value.

How much will he play?

This will depend very much on how far Arsenal progress in the Champions League and Coquelin’s return to fitness. If they get through the tie against Barcelona and Coquelin hasn’t returned, expect to see a lot of Elneny.

What will he cost?

Not a huge amount. Coquelin is usually priced at between $3,300 and $3,600 and Elneny will be just below this.

Demarai Gray, Leicester City

Leicester City have looked to the future with the first signing of the window in the shape of Demarai Gray and, whilst he might not start for the Premier League high flyers, there’s plenty of potential in the ex-Birmingham City winger.

What to expect?

At the age of just 19, the winger has been starting games at Championship level for three straight seasons and is widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects thus leading many to call him the next Nathan Redmond. Whether that means we’ll get just as raw a prospect or it’s just that he played for the same club is unclear.

This season, Gray has started 22 games and spent most of his time as a left winger with a couple of games on the opposite side. His direct style means that he averages 2.8 shots and 2 dribbles plus 1 cross per game. Those numbers aren’t a million miles away from Riyad Mahrez yet he has just one goal and one assist to Mahrez’s 13 goals and 7 assists.

Considering the delivery offered by the likes of Mahrez, Marc Albrighton, Jamie Vardy and the club’s full backs, Gray has a long way to go until he hits the level needed to trouble the first team. He has just that though – a long time. Expect a possible loan back to Birmingham and he’s one to watch out for in the coming seasons.

How much will he play?

Sporadic appearances off the bench and in games where the Foxes are trailing.

What will he cost?

Gray will be used off the bench, if at all, and priced at between $2,000 and $3,000.