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Set-piece analysis: Maguire heading for points

The Scout 12 Nov 2019
Harry Maguire, Man Utd

The Scout says Man Utd defender boasts a big goal threat from the back ahead of a favourable run of fixtures

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

Harry Maguire (MUN) £5.3m

A summer move to Manchester United appears to have raised the centre-back's goal threat.

Maguire has had 12 attempts from free-kicks and corners this season. Among all players in FPL only fellow defender, Yerry Mina (£5.4m) of Everton, has had more.

Top defenders for set-piece threat
Player Set-piece shots Set-piece headed shots Direct free-kick shots Set-piece goals
Yerry Mina 14 12 0 0
Harry Maguire 12 8 0 0
Nathan Ake 9 5 0 1
Nicolas Otamendi 8 7 0 1
Craig Dawson 8 5 0 0
Lucas Digne 8 0 4 0

Maguire’s aerial presence has been a big factor in such situations. Eight of his attempts have been headed shots.

He ranks joint-second overall for this statistic, level with Sadio Mane (£12.1m) and Richarlison (£7.9m).

Goals on the way

Although Maguire has failed to score this term, he has upped his threat considerably from free-kicks and corners.

He totalled 21 shots and 15 headed shots for Leicester City last season, scoring two of his three goals from such situations.

Maguire has also improved his creative potential this term.

His tally of eight key passes is only three fewer than his 11 from 2018/19.

Time to swoop

Only 12.4 per cent of FPL managers own Maguire. But a kind run of upcoming matches could raise his appeal.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), five of Man Utd's next seven matches score just two.

That schedule boosts Maguire’s chances of delivering at both ends of the pitch up to and including the festive period.

Also in this series 

Part 1: Set-piece analysis: Alexander-Arnold ups his game
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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