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FPL set-pieces: Buendia can assist Norwich

The Scout 8 Jun 2019
Emiliano Buendia, Norwich City

The Scout on why corners and free-kicks raise Canaries winger's potential in FPL

When building a Fantasy Premier League squad, knowing the set-piece takers for each club can give managers the edge over mini-league rivals.

Ahead of 2019/20, The Scout analyses which players to target.

Norwich City

The big share of set-pieces that Emiliano Buendia (£6.0) takes can make him a standout creator among the promoted sides in 2019/20.

The winger produced eight goals and 12 assists for Norwich on their way to winning the Championship.

Four of the 22-year-old's assists came from dead-ball situations, more than any team-mate.

Norwich's set-piece takers
Choice Penalty Corner Free-kick
First Vrancic Buendia Vrancic
Second Pukki Leitner Buendia
Third - - Stiepermann 

His underlying statistics further highlight Buendia's potential.

The Argentinian's 139 corners and 24 chances created from set-pieces were both team-leading figures.

That helped him create a total of 91 chances for the Canaries.

Indeed, Buendia's average of 31.4 minutes per key pass was bettered by only three FPL midfielders with 1,000+ minutes.

Godfrey threat

The aerial threat of Ben Godfrey (£4.5m) was a big factor for Norwich in the second half of 2018/19.

The centre-back placed second-top for headed shots from set-pieces, with 10, despite not starting any of their first 20 matches.

An ever-present in the final 26 fixtures, Godfrey went on to score four goals and could be the main player to profit from the delivery of Buendia.

Vrancic potential

When it comes to taking direct free-kicks for Norwich, Mario Vrancic (£6.5m) is the go-to player.

The Bosnian scored from two of his eight efforts.

Again, Buendia is involved and took four shots on in this way, albeit without scoring.

Penalty profligacy

Norwich's haul of 93 goals last season is all the more remarkable when you consider they scored only one penalty.

The Canaries were awarded seven spot-kicks and five different players had attempts.

Vrancic was the only player to succeed, converting one of his two attempts.

Friendly observations

But the uncertainty means managers must monitor the summer friendlies before assessing the Norwich attack.

If frontman Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) can claim them, he could emerge as a big value option for FPL managers.

The Finland international netted 29 goals last season and finished as the top scorer in the Championship.

Yet not one of his efforts came from the penalty spot.

See: FPL set-pieces: Players to target from each club

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