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Aguero hits back with highest points return

The Scout 31 Oct 2016
West Brom 0-4 Man City

Subject of 96,000+ transfers out ahead of GW10, Man City forward fires 16-point haul

The Bonus Points

A stunning return to form helped Sergio Aguero (£13.0m) secure the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Manchester City's 4-0 win at The Hawthorns.

The striker collected a haul of 77 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), producing two goals and an assist.

Aguero also registered five attempts on goal and seven successful dribbles as he tormented the West Bromwich Albion defence throughout.

Ilkay Gundogan (£5.5m) scored 67 in the BPS to collect a pair of bonus points.

The City midfielder mirrored Aguero's two goals and assist, supplementing this with seven recoveries while completing 91% of 58 attempted passes.

John Stones (£5.0m) picked up a single bonus point, with 28 in the BPS. He helped City to their second clean sheet of the campaign - the first of his season - courtesy of eight clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), three recoveries and a successful tackle.

Stones also misplaced only one of 69 attempted passes.

The ICT Index

Gundogan led the way in the ICT Index thanks to an impressive score of 21.5.

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City
John Stones, left, earned his first clean sheet of the season and picked up a single bonus point

In addition to his two goals and assist, the German supplied four scoring opportunities for his team-mates and fired three attempts from inside the Baggies' box.

Aguero placed second with a Index tally of 18.5 - his highest of the campaign.

He also produced three efforts inside the box, created two scoring chances and made more successful passes in the final third (23) than any City player.

Raheem Sterling (£8.4m) clinched third spot for the visitors, registering 10.2 in the ICT Index.

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City
Ilkay Gundogan topped the ICT Index at The Hawthorns and is currently the top FPL transfer target ahead of GW11

Stationed on the right flank, he contributed more touches (nine) and attempts on goal (four) inside the Baggies' penalty area than any other City player. 

The Scout Notes

Aguero's return to form served a timely reminder of his captaincy credentials as City prepare to face Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Burnley over the next three Gameweeks.

The Argentinian was the fifth most transferred out player for Gameweek 10, with more than 96,000 Fantasy Premier League managers parting company after he had failed to score in six successive matches across all competitions.

Still the most popular player in FPL, Aguero resides in 43.5% of squads and has been transferred in by more managers (56,000+) than any forward since the weekend.

City also welcomed back Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m), who missed the midweek EFL Cup loss to Manchester United.

Emerging from the bench with 23 minutes remaining the Belgian still found time to supply an assist and has now produced attacking points in six of his nine appearances this season. 

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis shuffled the pack, dropping Matt Phillips (£5.2m) to the bench for the first time this term and shifting Nacer Chadli (£6.6m) to the right flank.

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City
There was concern for Nacer Chadli's 5% ownership after the Belgian was moved out of a central support role

The Belgian had flourished in a support role behind Salomon Rondon (£6.6m), bagging four goals and two assists in his previous five appearances.

Chadli’s 5% FPL owners will be hoping he returns to a central berth ahead of home encounters against Burnley, Watford and Swansea City, plus a trip to Hull City.

With James McClean (£5.0m) now set to serve a one-match suspension after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season, Phillips could be in line for a quick return, although Jonathan Leko (£4.3m) will also press claims for a first start.

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