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Set-piece analysis: Maddison an all-round prospect

The Scout 13 Nov 2019
James Maddison, Leicester City

The Scout says dead-ball duties can help Leicester City playmaker get more goals and assists

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

James Maddison (LEI) £7.5m

Dead-ball duties have helped make the Leicester City man a standout option for FPL managers this season.

Maddison is the fifth top-scoring midfielder in the game after the opening 12 Gameweeks.

His four goals and three assists have contributed to a total of 62 FPL points.

And the underlying statistics highlight his all-round potential at set-pieces.

Top midfielders, direct free-kicks
Player Free-kick shots Free-kick goals Set-piece chances created   Set-piece assists
Harry Wilson 7 1 1 0
James Ward-Prowse 7 0 12 0
James Maddison 6 1 11 1
Christian Eriksen 4 0 3 0
Mason Mount 4 0 12

Maddison has scored one of his six direct free-kicks this season. Only Harry Wilson (£6.0m) and James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m), with seven apiece, have attempted more in midfield.

The Foxes playmaker has also been a key creator at corners and free-kicks.

He has supplied 11 chances from such situations, just two fewer than the 13 of top-ranked midfielders Joao Moutinho (£5.3m), Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.5m).

Maddison’s ability to offer goals and assists from dead-ball situations mirrors his performances from the previous campaign.

His totals of 47 chances created at set-pieces and three goals from direct free-kicks were both more than any other player in FPL.

Maddison's free-kick masterclass
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The 22-year-old has upped his output recently, scoring three goals and supplying an assist in the last five Gameweeks.

And his upcoming run of opponents could hardly be any kinder.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), all of Leicester’s next five matches score just two.

Maddison has the form to take advantage of that schedule, cementing his spot as a key target in FPL midfields.

Also in this series 

Part 1: Set-piece analysis: Alexander-Arnold ups his game
Part 2: Set-piece analysis: Maguire heading for points
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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