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FPL new arrivals: Jota can assist Aston Villa

By The Scout 18 Jun 2019
Jota, Aston Villa

The Scout reckons winger's dead-ball delivery may give him the edge over his new Aston Villa team-mates in Fantasy

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

Jota (AVL) £6.0m

The set-piece delivery of Jota could attract the attention of FPL managers this season.

Aston Villa's new midfielder produced three goals and 11 assists in the Championship for Birmingham City in 2018/19.

His ability to supply opportunities from free-kicks or corners was a big factor.

Jota created 45 chances from set-pieces, more than any Villa player last season.

Only James Maddison (£7.0m), with 48, bettered that total in FPL.

Area of strength

Crucially, Villa boast a huge threat at free-kicks and corners.

Dean Smith's men scored 25 set-piece goals in 2018/19, the joint-highest total in the Championship and more than any side in the Premier League.

As their first-choice taker, Conor Hourihane (£6.0m) earned eight of his 11 assists for the season from set-pieces.

Jota could enjoy similar success if he can overtake the Irishman in the pecking order.

Jota v Villa's set-piece takers
2018/19  Jota Hourihane Grealish
Chances created from set-pieces 45 40 18
Chances created 82 70 78
Mins per chance created 35.0 47.4 38.4

The 28-year-old is expected to play on the right side of Aston Villa's front three in their 4-3-3 formation, with another summer signing, Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m), on the left.

El Ghazi produced six goals and six assists while on loan with the Villans in 2018/19, and he signed for them permanently in June.

He became a key player late in the season and started 18 of the final 20 fixtures, including all three playoff matches.

El Ghazi's average of 203 minutes per goal or assist was quicker than fellow Villa midfielders Jack Grealish (£6.0m) and John McGinn (£5.5m), with 230.4 minutes and 235.5 minutes respectively.

Emulating Wolves?

Villa scored 82 goals last season, the same number as Wolverhampton Wanderers netted when winning the Championship in 2017/18, so their key attackers could prove a handy source of value this term.

Dead-ball duties may help to determine their standout midfielder in Fantasy.

Should Jota emerge as their No 1 over the summer friendlies, his deliveries can be a major weapon for Smith's men in 2019/20.

See: The Scout's guide to FPL new arrivals

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