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Fantasy AnalysisHangeland will not add much to the Tigers attack, but he his addition to the defense could be worth an extra clean sheet or two. Despite being 32-years-old, he can still contribute to a team that needs help defensively.
Fantasy AnalysisGiroud's current contract runs until 2016, and a new deal would extend that stay until 2018. He joined Arsenal two years ago, but could be facing tougher competition in the side with this summer's transfer dealings.
Fantasy AnalysisVan Gaal made Shaw train alone after saying that the new signing did not have the level of fitness the manager required of him, and the defender did not start against Inter Milan on Tuesday as a result. The defender openly agreed with the decision, saying that the new formation requires a higher level of fitness than he currently has.
Fantasy AnalysisBoth players were linked with a move to Tottenham, where they would have been reunited with former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino. There's been a mass exodus at Southampton this summer, with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers all leaving. Whether the club's board actually intends to keep Rodriguez and Schneiderlin or is simply holding out for higher offers is anyone's guess, but it's a situation we'll continue to monitor.
Fantasy AnalysisChico Flores' time on the bench is likely the product of a short layover considering that Swansea played another friendly Sunday against Plymouth. Despite the injury, the defender stands a good chance at joining the Jack's starting back line when they face Manchester United on Aug. 16.
Fantasy AnalysisRangel was able to play 45 minutes during Swansea's friendly against Plymouth on Sunday, so it seems reasonable to assume that he and the coaching staff decided to give his minor injury time to heal with such a short layover in between matches. At this point, Rangel seems like a viable candidate to assume a spot in the starting XI when he and his teammates take on Manchester United on Aug. 16.
Fantasy AnalysisThe start of the EPL season is vastly approaching and it's likely that Amat sat Tuesday's friendly since he played 45 minutes during Sunday's match against Plymouth. Currently Amat stands an outside shot to gain a spot in the starting XI come Aug. 16 against Manchester United.
Fantasy AnalysisWith Swansea's opening EPL game around the corner on Aug. 16, Donnelly likely sat Tuesday's friendly in order to make sure that his ankle will be ready for the long haul of the regular season. This past Sunday, Donnelly was able to net a goal in the effort against Plymouth, which validates Tuesday's absence.
Fantasy AnalysisJunior Hoilett was also on target, but QPR allowed a late goal and had to settle for the draw against the League One outfit. Barton was one of Harry Redknapp's most consistent players in the 2013-14 campaign and figures to be a mainstay in the midfield this coming season as well.
Fantasy AnalysisDespite his disappointment in Taarabt's unwillingness to buckle down and get fit, Redknapp believes the Moroccan could be a valuable asset this season, as the newly promoted Premier League club is in need of a playmaker in the number 10 role. Taarabt has the qualities to fill that void and did impress during a loan spell at AC Milan last season, but it's unclear how committed he truly is to QPR.