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GW9 Ones to watch: Anwar El Ghazi

By The Scout 14 Oct 2019
Anwar El Ghazi, Aston Villa

The Scout says cut-price winger has become a major influence on Aston Villa attack

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The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 9 of Fantasy Premier League.

Anwar El Ghazi (AVL) £5.5m

The winger has been a pivotal figure in Aston Villa's improving form.

Dean Smith's side have scored nine goals in the last three Gameweeks, more than half of which came in a 5-1 win at Norwich City in their most recent match.

El Ghazi has scored once and supplied three assists in that run, earning 21 FPL points.

Watch El Ghazi's goal against Burnley

By comparison, he managed only one goal and 13 points over Gameweeks 1-5.

The underlying statistics across those two periods underline El Ghazi’s improvement.

His minutes-per-shot ratio has improved from one every 38.3 minutes to one every 22 minutes.

And his minutes per chance created have more than halved, down from 89 minutes to 44 minutes.

Leading attacking threat

El Ghazi's recent numbers also fare well when assessed against his team-mates.

His 10 shots and five key passes over Gameweeks 6-8 are both ranked second for Villa.

And his total of five shots inside the box is joint-second with John McGinn (£5.8m).

El Ghazi has totalled 34 points this season, only five behind the 39 of McGinn.

Going under the radar

Despite this, he has been largely overlooked by FPL managers.

Just 87,000+ have bought the Dutchman, whereas McGinn has earned more than 907,000 new owners, and has risen £0.3m in price.

El Ghazi can continue his recent displays at home against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Seagulls arrive having conceded 23 shots on target in away matches this season, second only to the 31 of Tottenham Hotspur.

El Ghazi can exploit that defensive vulnerability and offer FPL managers a cut-price source of points.

Also in this series

Part 2: GW9 Ones to watch: Harry Kane
Part 3: GW9 Ones to watch: Callum Hudson-Odoi
Part 4: GW9 Ones to watch: Manuel Lanzini
Part 5: GW9 Ones to watch: Jamie Vardy

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