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FPL watchlist: Get Digne in from the start

The Scout 6 Jul 2019
Lucas Digne, Everton

The Scout explains why Everton's attacking left-back will be a big favourite in Fantasy this season

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Lucas Digne (EVE) £6.0m

The Everton left-back is one of the standout attacking defenders in FPL.

Digne produced four goals and five assists in his debut campaign for the Toffees.

The Frenchman's influence is clear – he created 71 chances last season, at least 20 more than any other defender.

His 34 shots on goal were bettered by just five other players at the back.

Attacking option

Digne’s appeal is enhanced by a big share of set-piece duties.

Everton created 75 chances from such situations last term, more than any other side.

The 25-year-old scored two of his goals from direct free-kicks, a total bettered only by the three converted by Leicester City'James Maddison (£7.0m).

Resilient rearguard

Digne’s all-round prospects are further raised by Everton’s frugality in defence.

Marco Silva’s men recorded 14 clean sheets last term, the fourth-best record in the Premier League.

Their opening schedule gives Digne the chance to immediately make his mark.

Everton's first 14 Gameweeks
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
1 CRY (A) 2 8 BUR (A) 2
2 WAT (H) 3 9 WHU (H) 2
3 AVL (A) 2 10 BHA (A) 2
4 WOL (H) 3 11 TOT (H) 4
5 BOU (A) 3 12 SOU (A) 2
6 SHU (H) 2 13 NOR (H) 2
7 MCI (H) 4 14 LEI (A) 3

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), only two of Everton’s first 14 opponents score more than three.

Already owned by 28.0 per cent, Digne can be one of the key defenders to target in the first few months of 2019/20. 

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL watchlist

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