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FPL watchlist: Jota the major differential

The Scout 13 Jul 2019
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United

A change of position could pay off if the cut-price Wolves forward continues to shine

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

Diogo Jota (WOL) £6.5m

The Wolverhampton Wanderers forward had a quiet start to 2018/19 but a change of position in Gameweek 15-38 transformed his season.

Jota did not produce a goal or assist playing as a left winger in the opening 14 Gameweeks.

His switch to a more central role paid immediate dividends, scoring nine goals and supplying seven assists in 20 subsequent appearances.

Jota's stats are favourable compared to strike partner Raul Jimenez (£7.5m), who produced 10 goals and four assists in his 24 appearances during the same period.

Position change

Despite his inviting price tag of £6.5m, Jota has been largely ignored by managers since FPL launched three weeks ago. He has been selected by only 11.4 per cent of squads.

By comparison, Jimenez is the most popular player in the game, picked by 42.5 per cent.

The Mexican ended as the third top scoring forward in FPL on 181 points.

However, Jota has been reclassified from a midfielder to a forward in FPL this season.

Finding form

And his early schedule suggests he could quickly appeal to those in need of a cut-price striker.

Wolves face Leicester City and Manchester United in the first two Gameweeks.

Jota scored four goals over his previous two match-ups with those opponents, including a hat-trick against the Foxes.

If he can find that form again, it won't be long before more managers find a place for Jota in their line-ups.

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL watchlist

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