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FPL new arrivals: Pulisic can reward backers with starts

The Scout 28 May 2019
Christian Pulisic, Chelsea

The Scout says the US attacking midfielder could play a big role for Chelsea in 2019/20

The Scout looks at the Fantasy Premier League potential of the summer signings ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Christian Pulisic (CHE) £7.5m

Christian Pulisic has the potential to be a popular pick among managers.

The attacking midfielder signed for Chelsea in January but was loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of 2018/19.

He scored 11 goals and produced 15 assists over his last three Bundesliga campaigns.

At just 20 Pulisic has not yet established himself as a reliable goalscorer. He has not scored more than four times in a single season.

Hidden potential

It should be noted Pulisic had only nine league starts in 2018/19 because of injury, but his performances in a stop-start season offer encouragement to FPL managers. 

When selected, he averaged a goal or an assist every 115.5 minutes. In comparison, Son Heung-min (£9.5m) did so every 102.3 minutes at a starting price of £8.5m, while Gylfi Sigurdsson's (£8.0m) rate was 164.6 minutes at an initial cost of £7.5m.

And when Pulisic returned to the starting XI for Dortmund’s final three Bundesliga matches, he recorded two goals and an assist.

Hazard influence

Pulisic's appeal as a Fantasy option is majorly boosted by the departure of Eden Hazard.

The Belgian was the second highest-scoring player in FPL last season but has now joined Real Madrid.

So Pulisic's competition for a starting spot will be Willian (£7.0m), Pedro (£7.0m) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m) on the wings of Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 formation.

Pulisic v Chelsea wingers 2018/19
Player Starts Goals Assists Mins per goal/assist
Pulisic 9 4 4 115.5
Hazard 32 16 15 94.4
Willian 26 3 7 210.8
Pedro 21 8 2 178.0
Hudson-Odoi 4 0 1 391.0

SeeThe Scout's guide to FPL new arrivals

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