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FPL Lessons: Clarets attack shows promise

The Scout 17 May 2019
Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, Burnley

The Scout reviews Burnley's season and reckons Wood, Barnes and McNeil can be big value targets in 2019/20

The Scout takes a club-by-club look at the 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League season.

Burnley

Burnley's impressive second half of the season suggests they could offer FPL managers big value in 2019/20.

Burnley's top five FPL performers
Player Position Points
Wood FWD 131
Barnes FWD 122
Westwood MID 111
Tarkowski DEF 97
Gudmundsson MID 92

The front two of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes struggled in the opening 19 Gameweeks, producing one and three goals respectively.

But from Gameweek 20, they both found the net on nine occasions.

Only five other players in FPL bettered that total.

Bargain buys

Wood and Barnes are both expected to remain in the mid-price bracket next season, which could be good news for managers seeking out value in attack.

Their underlying statistics during the latter half of 2018/19 point to further success.

Barnes' 47 shots were level with big-hitters such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane and Jamie Vardy.

Aerial threat

Meanwhile, Wood's 17 headed efforts was third among FPL forwards.

The New Zealander's considerable threat in the air was boosted by the delivery of Dwight McNeil.

McNeil’s first start of the season in Gameweek 20 coincided with Burnley’s impressive revival.

Only five other midfielders bettered his 110 crosses from that point.

McNeil influence

The winger went on to deliver three goals and four assists and his all-round potential is shown by the underlying statistics.

McNeil’s 24 shots and 24 chances created both ranked among Burnley’s top three players in that late run.

Heaton revival?

At the back, FPL managers will hope Tom Heaton can reprise his form of 2016/17, when he was the top points-scoring goalkeeper on 149 points.

Like McNeil, Heaton also earned his first start of the season in Gameweek 20.

If he drops in price from this season’s initial £5.0m, Heaton will be a popular target in 2019/20.

However, it could be in attack where FPL investment in Burnley is best suited, with Wood, Barnes and McNeil all potential major sources of value next season.

See: The Scout's 2018/19 club-by-club FPL Lessons

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