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FPL new arrivals: Early gains for Fornals?

The Scout 22 Jun 2019
Pablo Fornals

The Scout says West Ham's new midfielder can offer value from the start to rival Felipe Anderson

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

Pablo Fornals (WHU) £6.5m

The Spanish attacking midfielder has the chance to make an early impression in FPL, given West Ham United's opening schedule.

Fornals is likely to play on the right, providing competition to Robert Snodgrass (£5.5m) and Michail Antonio (£7.0m).

Manuel Pellegrini's men have a tough Gameweek 1 match against Manchester City but then face only two of last season's top 10 sides in the next 11 Gameweeks.

West Ham's first 12 Gameweeks
GW Opp GW Opp
1 MCI (H) 7 BOU (A)
2 BHA (A) 8 CRY (H)
3 WAT (A) 9 EVE (A)
4 NOR (H) 10 SHU (H)
5 AVL (A) 11 NEW (H)
6 MUN (H) 12 BUR (A)

Fornals' attacking returns were fairly modest last season. He produced only two goals and three assists for Villarreal.

But he delivered three goals and 12 assists the season before, suggesting he can be an asset for West Ham and FPL managers.

He showed that potential in this summer's UEFA Under-21 European Championship which he won with Spain.

Consistent creator

Fornals' underlying statistics show he was unlucky to suffer a big drop-off in assists last term.

He created only seven fewer chances than in the season before, down from 52 to 45.

His ability to provide "big chances" (an opportunity where the player receiving the pass is expected to score) could be valuable for West Ham.

Rivalling Anderson

Felipe Anderson (£7.0m) was West Ham's top-ranked performer for this statistic last season, with 10 big chances created.

But Fornals matched that for Villarreal in 568 fewer minutes.

As the Hammers' top-scoring FPL player in 2018/19, Anderson may well be their go-to pick for many managers at the start of this season.

However, Fornals is more favourably priced and could quickly emerge as a value midfield pick.

See: The Scout's guide to FPL new arrivals

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