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FPL new arrivals: Wan-Bissaka can add steel

The Scout 2 Jul 2019
Aaron Wan Bissaka, Man Utd

The Scout says new signing will boost Man Utd's clean-sheet prospects but must improve in attack to thrive in Fantasy

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

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (MUN) £5.5m

The signing of Wan-Bissaka is good news for Manchester United's clean-sheet prospects in FPL.

The Red Devils struggled to keep out their opponents under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season, achieving only five shutouts in his 21 matches in charge.

Wan-Bissaka's statistics suggest he will improve that record in 2019/20.

Wan-Bissaka v United full-backs
2018/19 Wan-Bissaka Young Shaw
Tackles won  90 32 29
Dribbled past 10 19 19
CBI* 229 122 113
Shots 9 12 21
Chances created 14 39 33

*Clearances, blocks, interceptions

The 21-year-old won 90 tackles last term, at least 24 more than any other defender in FPL.

Man Utd's top three defenders for this statistic, Ashley YoungLuke Shaw and Victor Lindelof, who also all cost £5.5m in 2019/20, made 88 successful tackles between them.

FPL managers have been quick to react to Wan-Bissaka's switch to Old Trafford.

He is the third most-popular defender since the FPL game launched last week, owned by 34.2 per cent.

That is despite a hefty rise from his initial £4.0m price at Crystal Palace last season.

Attacking improvement

Wan-Bissaka will have to improve the attacking side of his game to justify his new price tag.

He managed only three assists in 2018/19, while recording only nine shots and creating 14 chances.

By comparison, Young was the top defender for Man Utd offensively, with 39 chances created.

Young took 62 of their 103 corners under Solskjaer in 2018/19.

But with Wan-Bissaka expected to replace Young at right-back, there could be changes to United's set-piece takers.

Tricky schedule

Wan-Bissaka's defensive contribution will be crucial as Solskjaer's side prepare for a tough start to 2019/20.

In the first nine Gameweeks, United play six of last season's top 10 teams.

Wan-Bissaka may boost United's defensive record for this early-season run but, ultimately, it will be his attacking contribution that determines his FPL worth.

Man Utd's early fixtures
1 CHE (H) 4 6 WHU (A) 3
2 WOL (A) 3 7 ARS (H) 4
3 CRY (H) 3 8 NEW (A) 3
4 SOU (A) 2 9 LIV (H) 4
5 LEI (H) 3 10 NOR (A) 2

*Fixture Difficulty Rankings

See: The Scout's guide to FPL new arrivals

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