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FPL position changes: Zaha returns to midfield

The Scout 27 Jun 2019
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace winger is one of 10 players who have been reclassified for the 2019/20 Fantasy game

The Scout assesses the prospects of the players who have had their positions reclassified for 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League.

Wing wizard Zaha

A role out wide for much of last season has earned Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) a move back into midfield.

The Crystal Palace winger is now a midfielder in FPL, having been listed as a forward in 2018/19.

Zaha produced 10 goals and 11 assists in the previous campaign, the first time he has recorded double figures for both statistics.

Priced at £7.0m, Zaha's prospects could be boosted by his switch of position.

Midfielders earn one point more than forwards for a goal, and also pick up an additional point when their side keep a clean sheet.

Jota gives Jimenez competition

Managers have a tough decision to make in the Wolverhampton Wanderers attack.

Diogo Jota (£6.5m) has been reclassified as a forward after he moved alongside Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) in a 3-5-2 formation midway through last season.

It sets up an intriguing contest between the pair, with Jota being the cheaper player.

In the final 17 Gameweeks as a strike partner for Jimenez, Jota matched the Mexican's seven goals and bettered him by five assists to four.

Deulofeu switch

Gerard Deulofeu (£6.5m) has also switched from a midfielder to a forward.

The Watford attacker produced his career-high haul of 133 points last season, despite not starting until Gameweek 9 due to injury.

Deulofeu’s early schedule lifts his appeal as a mid-price option in opening squads.

The Hornets host Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United in the first three Gameweeks.

Moving backwards

Leicester City signing Ayoze Perez (£6.5m) and Newcastle United's Matt Ritchie (£5.5m) have also both earned a change of position.

Perez moves from a forward to a midfielder in FPL, having played in a central support role in a 3-4-2-1 formation for Newcastle towards the end of 2018/19.

Ritchie’s role as a wing-back means he swaps from a midfielder to a defender this season.

However, it remains to be seen how the pair will be used in 2019/20 as they will both be working under a new manager.

Zinchenko change

Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) also changes from a midfielder to a defender for Manchester City.

At that price he could become a popular pick if he can claim the left-back spot ahead of the more expensive Benjamin Mendy (£6.0m) for the champions.

Intriguingly for FPL managers, Zinchenko has won all 22 of his Premier League appearances, the best 100 per cent record by any player in the competition's history.

See: All reclassified players for 2019/20

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