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Chadli class revives West Brom options

The Scout 3 Oct 2016
Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion

Baggies midfielder is in bloom but FPL interest is set to be quelled by a testing run of fixtures

The Bonus Points

Nacer Chadli (£6.4m) scored his third West Bromwich Albion goal in the Stadium of Light stalemate.

The Belgian registered 26 in the Bonus Point System against Sunderland, contributing four key passes in addition to his goal. That earned him a second set of three bonus points in just four appearances for Tony Pulis' men.

The home side had their own hero in 22-year-old goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (£4.0m); he was awarded two bonus points having denied the Baggies with six saves.

Two opposing defenders were tied on 22 BPS.

John O'Shea (£4.4m) earned his first bonus point of the season on his return to the Sunderland starting line-up. The veteran made 14 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) to protect a precious point for the Black Cats.

West Brom's Craig Dawson (£5.0m) also earned 22 BPS, raiding forward from right-back to supply two open play crosses and contributing four successful tackles to the Baggies' rearguard effort.

The ICT Index

Chadli earned his second double-figure ICT Index score of the season to top the rankings on Wearside.

The Belgian was a creator as well as an executor of goal scoring opportunities, presenting four chances for team-mates and providing four attempts of his own.

He scored 13.2 in the Index, with team-mate Matt Phillips (£5.3m) ranking second on 9.8.

Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion, Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford made six saves in the draw with West Bromwich Albion to return another two save points and win two bonus points

The winger contributed four goal attempts and, like Chadli, also created for others as he laid on a trio of efforts on goal.

Salomon Rondon (£6.7m) completed the top three in the Index and was the most direct player on show.

His Threat score of 64 was generated from five efforts on goal, four from within the Black Cats' penalty area.

Notably, the Venezuelan has mustered 22 goal attempts this season, with 18 arriving from inside the box. That's an identical record to Chelsea's Diego Costa (£10.0m) who tops the FPL forwards rankings and is priced at £3.3m more than the Baggies man.

The Scout Notes

David Moyes' attempts to shuffle his pack eventually won his side a point, although it was left to Patrick van Aanholt (£5.0m) to emerge from the bench to score having been dropped by the Sunderland manager.

Van Aanholt's starting role is now in question, although Moyes may look to work the Dutchman into an attacking position, having introduced him on the left wing to some effect on Saturday.

Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League, Salomon Rondon shot
Salomon Rondon has so far registered 22 attempts on goal, matching Chelse's Diego Costa who tops the current FPL forward standing

Elsewhere in the Sunderland camp, four-goal Jermain Defoe (£7.2m) remains the key asset in attack, with Pickford continuing to build his reputation as an assured budget option in goal.

Still without a clean sheet, Pickford has still delivered value by returning two save points in four of his five Premier League starts.

He has since withdrawn from England's U21 squad with a thigh problem but could return for Sunderland's Gameweek 8 visit to Stoke City.

For West Brom, Chadli's arrival has not only provided FPL managers with a new potent midfield option, it has also revitalised Rondon as an option up front.

But investment in Tony Pulis' squad should be tempered by a schedule that scores 16 on the Fixture Difficult Rankings over the forthcoming four Gameweeks.

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are next at the Hawthorns, with trips to Liverpool and Leicester City also looming.

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