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Toure return is concern for Gundogan owners

By The Scout 21 Nov 2016
Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester City

German's points potential in FPL to be affected as Man City's rotation policy kicks in

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The Bonus Points

Yaya Toure (£7.6m) collected the maximum bonus points in Manchester City’s win at Crystal Palace.

Handed a first appearance of the season by Pep Guardiola, the Ivory Coast international netted both of the visitors’ goals to score 54 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

In an all-action performance Toure also produced four clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), six recoveries and a successful tackle in addition to completing 42 of 47 attempted passes. 

Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Yaya Toure reminded us of his FPL potential with 15 points in his first match of 201617

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m) was awarded two bonus points, with 29 in the BPS.

The City playmaker provided the assist for Toure’s late winner, made 10 recoveries and two CBI. De Bruyne created four scoring opportunities, two of which were "big chances".

Palace’s Wilfried Zaha (£5.3m) earned a single bonus point.

Scoring 21 in the BPS, the winger supplied an assist for Connor Wickham’s (£5.6m) leveller and completed seven completed dribbles. He also produced seven recoveries and a successful tackle. 

The ICT Index

Toure also clinched first place in the ICT Index with a score of 14.9, having found the net with both of his efforts on goal at Selhurst Park.

With one fixture remaining in the Gameweek, he sits top for ICT Influence among FPL assets, with 75.

Zaha claimed second spot, tallying 11.4 in the Index.

The winger matched Toure's four touches in the penalty area and fired two efforts inside the opposition box. He also laid on two scoring opportunities for his team-mates.

De Bruyne’s ICT score of 9.2 was enough to earn third spot. His four chances created and as many successful open-play crosses were supplemented with two attempts on goal, though both were from distance and off target.

The Scout Notes

Toure’s return to action meant that Ilkay Gundogan (£5.8m) was rested from the matchday squad altogether, while David Silva (£8.7m) was utilised only as a second-half substitute.

With Guardiola hinting at further rotation to follow as the festive schedule picks up pace, Gundogan is already the second-most transferred out midfielder in the Gameweek with more than 26,000 sales.

De Bruyne looks the most immune to rotation. His assist means that the Belgian has returned attacking points in eight of 11 appearances this season.

The most popular forward in FPL, Sergio Aguero (£13.2m) has now failed to produce points in five of his 10 Premier League outings.

At the back, John Stones (£5.0m) was omitted from the starting XI for only the second time this season. 

Manchester City's John Stones
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Owned by 26.8% of FPL managers, the centre-back has also been subject to significant sales since the weekend as Guardiola's rotation policy wreaks FPL havoc. 

Zaha continues to be Palace’s chief source of attacking points.

He has now contributed an assist in each of the last four Gameweeks, with a total of five already equaling his tally for 2015/16.

Christian Benteke's (£7.5m) form is becoming a concern for his 6.4% ownership; despite registering 19 attempts in his last five Gameweeks he has found the net only once.

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