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FPL watchlist: Vardy can thrive under Rodgers

The Scout 17 Jul 2019
Jamie Vardy, Leicester City

The Scout says forward will flourish with Leicester City manager's attacking approach

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

Jamie Vardy (LEI) £9.0m

Brendan Rodgers' appointment in Gameweek 29 transformed Vardy's attacking potential last season.

In 10 appearances under Rodgers, the forward averaged 7.6 points per match (ppm).

His nine goals during this period were more than any other player in FPL.

It was a marked improvement on the nine goals and 4.1 ppm in his first 24 matches.

Major impact

Vardy also totalled 25 shots inside the penalty area from Gameweek 29 onwards.

That figure was second only to the 31 of FPL's top-scoring player, Mohamed Salah (£12.5m).

Salah was also the only player to better Vardy for shots on target in that period, by 19 to 14.

The underlying statistics further highlight why the striker was such a big success for Rodgers.

Vardy's form under Rodgers
GW29-38  Total FPL Rank
Goals 9 1
Big chances 12 1=
Shots 29 6
Shots in box 25 2=
Shots on target 14 2

Vardy has a mixed run of opponents to start the new campaign. Four of his opening six opponents finished in the top seven last term.

However, Vardy produced attacking returns in meetings with all four of them in 2018/19.

That includes goals against Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

And with Rodgers' team focused on attack, Vardy can be a major source of goals once again this season.

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL watchlist

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