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FPL new arrivals: Clinical Perez raises Foxes threat

The Scout 7 Jul 2019
Ayoze Perez, Leicester

The Scout reckons Spaniard can add cutting edge to Brendan Rodgers' Leicester this season

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

Ayoze Perez (LEI) £6.5m

Leicester City's attacking threat has increased with the arrival of Perez.

The Spaniard produced 12 goals and two assists for Newcastle United last term.

His output is all the more impressive considering Perez played in a central support role.

As a result, he has been reclassified from a forward to a midfielder in FPL.

This could spark greater interest in the Foxes' new arrival as midfielders earn an extra point for a goal in FPL.

Creative input

The appointment of Brendan Rodgers as manager in Gameweek 29 last season had a major impact on Leicester’s attack.

Only three other sides bettered the 17 goals scored following Rodgers’ arrival.

Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) was the main beneficiary. Indeed, his nine goals during that period were more than any other FPL player.

The lack of output from the rest of Leicester’s squad also highlights why Perez can be an important figure.

Perez v LEI top scorers 2018/19
Player Shots Goals Goal conversion
Maddison 83 7 8.4%
Vardy 79 18 22.8%
Perez 55 12 21.8%
Ndidi 55 2 3.6%
Gray 47 4 8.5%
Barnes 40 1 2.5%

Over the entire 2018/19 campaign, Vardy was the only Foxes player to find the net on more than seven occasions.

James Maddison (£7.0m) fired 83 shots on goal, more than any team-mate. He scored just seven goals, however, converting 8.4 per cent of his chances.

By comparison, Perez tucked away 21.8 per cent of his opportunities.

As the lone forward for Leicester, it is Vardy who will again be their main source of goals this season.

However, Perez also has the ability to profit from Rodgers' attacking approach. 

See: The Scout's guide to FPL new arrivals

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