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Set-piece analysis: Alexander-Arnold ups his game

The Scout 12 Nov 2019
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool

The Scout says Liverpool defender has already created more chances from free-kicks and corners than he managed in 2018/19 FPL

The Scout begins a series of articles on the players offering the biggest potential for Fantasy Premier League points from set-pieces.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.2m

The right-back has been a standout supplier from free-kicks and corners in the opening 12 Gameweeks.

The Liverpool right-back has produced 18 opportunities from such situations, three more than his nearest rival and fellow defender Lucas Digne (£5.9m).

Top defenders for chances created
Player Set-piece chances created Set-piece assists Total chances created Total assists
Trent Alexander-Arnold 18 2 42 4
Lucas Digne 15 0 31 3
Ashley Young 13 0 18 0
Diego Rico 10 1 15 2
Jose Holebas 6 0 9 0

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Alexander-Arnold has improved considerably when assessed against his contribution last season, already surpassing his total of 17 chances created from set-pieces.

Indeed, two of his four assists in 2019/20 have come from free-kicks and corners.

A large share of corner duties has boosted his FPL potential. He has taken 50 of Liverpool's 76 corner kicks, with 16 of those finding a team-mate.

Combined with his delivery from open play, Alexander-Arnold has created 42 chances for the Merseysiders overall.

That total is top among defenders, with Everton's Digne once again his nearest backline rival on 31.

Indeed, that places the Liverpool man second overall, narrowly behind the 43 of Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m).

See Alexander-Arnold's journey so far

Again, a comparison with 2018/19 highlights Alexander-Arnold's upturn in assist potential.

He has created a chance every 26 minutes this season, almost half his average of 51 minutes from the last campaign.

Alexander-Arnold is the sixth top-scoring defender in FPL on 52 points.

And his schedule looks promising for his 29.3 per cent ownership.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), four of his next five matches score just two.

Combined with his potential for clean sheets, that boosts his chances of bringing in big points hauls.

Also in this series

Part 2: Set-piece analysis: Maguire heading for points
Part 3: Set-piece analysis: Maddison an all-round prospect
Part 4: Set-piece analysis: Moutinho again leading for assists
Part 5: Set-piece analysis: Rashford profiting from dead-ball duties
Part 6: Set-piece analysis: De Bruyne a dominant force


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