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FPL set-pieces: Blades centre-backs pose threat

The Scout 9 Jun 2019
Jack O'Connell, Sheffield United

The Scout on why Sheffield United's key defenders could be worth targeting this season

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.

Sheffield United

Sheffield United's aerial threat at set-pieces could provide FPL managers with a handy source of points this season.

The Blades scored 18 goals at free-kicks or corners in the Championship last term, second only to the 22 of Liverpool among Premier League sides.

Centre-backs John Egan (£4.5m) and Jack O’Connell (£4.5m) were the main danger to opponents. They tallied 31 and 25 shots respectively this way.

Indeed, Egan produced 27 headed shots at set-pieces, a total bettered only by the 28 of Michael Keane (£5.5m) in FPL.

Combined with their Championship-high 21 clean sheets, this raises the potential of Egan and O’Connell as big all-round prospects this season.

Sheffield United's set-piece takers
Choice  Penalty Corner Free-kick
First McGoldrick Norwood Norwood
Second  Sharp Fleck Fleck
Third Norwood - -

The delivery of Oliver Norwood (£5.0m) is also vital for the Bramall Lane outfit.

The Irishman created 58 chances from set-pieces last term, more than any player in FPL.

Corner-kick duties helped, with Norwood taking 194 of the Blades’ 314.

Having created 97 chances, the midfielder was perhaps unfortunate only to claim eight assists in 2018/19.

Norwood dominant

John Fleck (£5.0m) was another player to benefit. He took 109 corners and supplied 10 assists.

When it came to direct free-kicks, though, Norwood was the dominant force.

He took 14 of Sheffield United's 15 efforts and found the net with one of those attempts.

Furthermore, the Irishman was also one of three Blades players to take a penalty in 2018/19.

McGoldrick prominent

Although Norwood converted his only effort, he is behind front two David McGoldrick (£5.5m) and Billy Sharp (£6.0m) in the pecking order.

McGoldrick appears to be the first choice.

He scored three of his four penalties, while Sharp found the net with one of his two attempts.

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

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