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FPL Positions: Spot-kick takers a rising influence

The Scout 22 May 2019
Paul Pogba, Man Utd

The Scout says midfielders with penalty duties can offer Fantasy managers big rewards in 2019/20

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

Midfielders

The influence of penalty-taking midfielders continues to grow in FPL.

Four of the eight top-scoring midfielders this season were first-choice for spot-kicks for their respective sides.

And all four of them recorded their career-high FPL hauls in 2018/19.

Luka Milivojevic and Paul Pogba were the big winners.

Spot on

Crystal Palace's Milivojevic scored 10 of his 12 goals from the spot, more than any other player in FPL.

The Serb also netted a direct free-kick for the Eagles on his way to 166 points.

Milivojevic managed only one goal from open play and two assists across his 38 Gameweek appearances.

Yet he finished as the eighth top-scoring midfielder in FPL.

When it comes to converting penalties, Milivojevic has been peerless over the last two campaigns. He has scored 17 of his 22 goals from the spot.

Enhanced threat

Pogba enjoyed his most prolific season since returning to Manchester United in 2016/17.

The Frenchman scored 13 goals, more than his combined haul of 11 goals from the previous two campaigns.

Seven of Pogba's strikes were penalties, while he also missed three of his 10 spot-kick attempts.

Elsewhere among the top performers, Gylfi Sigurdsson remains Everton's first choice, despite converting only two of his five penalty attempts.

And Eden Hazard scored four of his 16 goals for Chelsea from the spot to finish with 238 points, second overall in the FPL standings behind Mohamed Salah.

Replacing Milner

Looking ahead to next season, Salah's points potential could be boosted for Liverpool.

The Egyptian scored three of his 22 goals from penalties this season but was behind James Milner in the pecking order.

Milner also netted three spot-kicks but was edged out of the first team as the season progressed.

Indeed, he started only one of the final 10 Gameweeks.

This raises Salah's chances of being even more prolific and could well help him finish as FPL's top scorer for the third successive season.

Tomorrow: Seek out midfielders playing up front

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

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