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FPL watchlist: Deulofeu can make a difference

The Scout 14 Jul 2019
Gerard Deulofeu, Watford

The Scout on how the Spaniard's influence could help bring Watford early joy 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.

Gerard Deulofeu (WAT) £6.5m

Only 19 Premier League strikers scored 10 or more goals in 2018/19.

Despite playing only 16 minutes in the first eight Gameweeks due to injury, Deulofeu finished top scorer at Watford with 10 goals. He also supplied five assists.

Following his move up front for the Hornets, Deulofeu has now been reclassified from a midfielder to a forward in FPL this season.

Both Deulofeu and his strike partner Troy Deeney (£6.5m) are priced identically in FPL.

Spot on

Although Deeney is on penalties, Deulofeu's displays suggest he will be their go-to pick.

When selected he was involved in, either scoring or assisting, 44 per cent of Watford's goals last term.

By comparison, Deeney played a part in 33 per cent.

Only 10 forwards bettered Deulofeu's average of 207.9 minutes per goal.

Reaping the rewards

The opening fixtures suggests investment in Watford's attack could pay off.

Javi Gracia's men host Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United and Arsenal in the first five Gameweeks. They also face a trip to Newcastle United.

Watford's first five GWs
1 BHA (H) 2
2 EVE (A) 4
3 WHU (H) 2
4 NEW (A) 3
5 ARS (H) 4

This suggests that if Watford can take advantage of their initial opponents, it will be Deulofeu who makes the difference.

Tomorrow: Harry Kane

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL watchlist

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