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FPL pre-season lessons: Adams off to a fast start

The Scout 1 Aug 2019
Che Adams, Southampton

The Scout says Southampton's new forward has wasted no time in getting goals this summer

The Scout assesses the standout Fantasy Premier League performers over pre-season action so far.

Che Adams (SOU) £6.0m

The summer signing has enjoyed an excellent start to his Southampton career.

Adams arrived at St Mary's on the back of 22 goals and four assists for Birmingham City in last season's Championship.

And he has made an immediate impact for Ralph Hasenhuttl's men.

Adams scored less than two minutes into his debut, in a 1-1 draw with Austrian outfit SCR Altach in mid-July.

He then took less than 60 seconds to find the net in his next appearance, against Chinese side Guangzhou R&F.

And he needed only six minutes to fire in his third goal in as many starts in a 3-1 win over Feyenoord last weekend.

With an ownership of only 1.5 per cent, the Saints striker can be a big differential.

However, his early schedule is far from easy. Southampton face nine of last season's top 10 sides in the first 13 Gameweeks.

Dangerous Villan

Adams is not the only cut-price forward to settle quickly at his new club.

Aston Villa front man Wesley (£6.0m) has scored twice and also supplied a pair of assists.

Significantly, the Brazilian stepped up to convert a penalty in a 5-1 win over Walsall.

This suggests he could be Villa's first choice for spot-kicks this season.

Tammy Abraham (£7.0m) was their No 1 choice during his loan spell in the Midlands last term but he has now returned to his parent club Chelsea.

Appealing schedule

In contrast to Adams, Wesley has a favourable opening run of matches.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings, seven of Villa's first nine opponents score only two.

That combination of form and fixtures boosts Wesley's potential to be a key cut-price forward early on.

Also in this series

Part 1: Lundstram a value differential
Part 2: Duffy making his mark
Part 4: Barkley starring for Chelsea

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