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FPL Positions: Laporte is Guardiola's rock

The Scout 20 May 2019
Aymeric Laporte

The Scout says Man City centre-back can rival Liverpool trio as next season's top defender

With 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League now over, The Scout reviews each position to highlight players to consider for 2019/20.

Defenders

Aymeric Laporte will be a major target for FPL managers in 2019/20.

The Manchester City centre-back was the fourth highest-scoring defender in 2018/19 with 177 FPL points.

He combined three goals and three assists with 18 clean sheets over his 34 Gameweek appearances.

Growing influence

The Frenchman started at a price of £5.5m, having made only nine starts in his debut campaign in 2017/18.

But his 34 starts in 2018/19 were more than any other outfield player for the title-winners.

Indeed, apart from Kyle Walker, with 30, no other City defender started more than 20 times.

Only goalkeeper Ederson featured in the starting line-up more often than Laporte, starting all 38 matches.

High-value target

Laporte's all-round potential means he can be the go-to option for managers looking to invest in City's defence.

Guardiola’s men claimed 20 clean sheets, second only to the 21 of Liverpool.

And thanks to his goals and assists, Laporte averaged 5.1 points per match (ppm), compared with the 4.4ppm of Ederson.

Strong finish

Laporte's late-season form was particularly encouraging ahead of 2019/20.

He scored just once in the first 25 Gameweeks but delivered two goals and three assists in his final 10 appearances.

Laporte’s breakout season means a price rise is inevitable next term, particularly after Vincent Kompany's departure has increased the chances of starting.

But his ability to provide points at both ends of the pitch means he could be worth the extra outlay.

Indeed, Laporte is set to be the main defensive rival to the Liverpool trio of Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold in 2019/20.

See: The Scout's 2018/19 FPL Lessons on positions

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