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GW5 Ones to watch: Ashley Barnes

The Scout 10 Sep 2019
Ashley Barnes, Burnley

Burnley striker scored and assisted against Brighton last season and The Scout says his shooting stats are on the rise

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 5 of Fantasy Premier League.

Ashley Barnes (BUR) £6.7m

The Burnley striker has been one of FPL's standout performers at the start of the new season.

Barnes scored four goals in the first three matches prior to his blank against Liverpool in Gameweek 4.

And a trip to Brighton & Hove Albion can help him get back on the scoresheet. 

The Seagulls have picked up one point from their last three matches, suffering back-to-back defeats by Southampton and Manchester City.

The underlying numbers further raise the potential of Barnes.

His totals of 15 shots and 11 shots inside the penalty area rank third among FPL forwards in the first four Gameweeks.

And his eight shots on target are second only to the 11 of Teemu Pukki (£7.0m) among all players.

Those statistics also compare favourably with Barnes's displays last season.

He is producing a shot on goal every 21.7 minutes, far quicker than his 2018/19 average of 36.7 minutes.

Furthermore, his shots on target per appearance have more than doubled, from 0.8 to 2.0, while his shots inside the box have risen from 1.5 to 2.8.

Low ownership

Despite his early-season displays, Barnes's ownership remains at a modest 11.3 per cent.

The Burnley forward proved a big hit in the corresponding fixture last term, scoring once and supplying an assist in a 3-1 win for the visitors.

Barnes has the form to repeat that feat and extend his impressive start to 2019/20.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW5 Ones to watch: David Silva
Part 2: GW5 Ones to watch: Andrew Robertson
Part 4: GW5 Ones to watch: James Maddison
Part 5: GW5 Ones to watch: Wesley

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