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Eriksen can convince as Coutinho replacement

The Scout 1 Dec 2016
Christian Eriksen, Spurs

Dane has fired more shots than any FPL midfielder since GW8 and sits in only 5.2% of squads

Having scored his first goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge, Christian Eriksen (£8.1m) could finally be set to shine as an FPL prospect ahead of Swansea City’s visit to White Hart Lane.

Although the Dane had failed to score in 2016/17 until Gameweek 13, he has boasted a considerable goal threat, particularly over his last six appearances.

From Gameweek 8 onwards Eriksen has produced 24 attempts on goal – more than any other Fantasy Premier League midfielder. 

Christian Eriksen, Spurs
Over the last six Gameweeks Christian Eriksen has produced more attempts on goal than any FPL midfielder

The Tottenham Hotspur playmaker has fired eight shots on target during that period – a tally bettered only by Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m), Roberto Firmino (£8.8m) and Eden Hazard (£10.3m) of all midfielders.

Eriksen’s total of 13 key passes is identical to Firmino and only one less than Hazard in the last six Gameweeks, emphasising his impressive underlying statistics when compared with two of the most popular current FPL picks.

When assessed against his displays over the opening seven Gameweeks, there has been a definite upturn in Eriksen's displays.

Eriksen per-match comparision

 GW 1-7GW 8-13
Goal attempts 3.04.0
Penalty-area attempts 1.01.2
Penalty-area touches 2.33.2
Goal attempts on target1.01.3
Chances created2.32.2
ICT Index7.99.2

His per-match average for goal attempts (from 3.0 to 4.0), efforts in the penalty area (1.0 to 1.2) and efforts on target (1.0 to 1.3) have all improved.

As a result, Eriksen’s ICT Index score-per-match has risen from 7.9 to 9.2 over his last six fixtures.

With an ankle injury to Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho (£8.5m) sending the FPL transfer market into overdrive, the Spurs midfielder could prove an inspired replacement. 

This weekend’s visitors Swansea City have been far from resilient of late, conceding at least three times in four of Bob Bradley's six matches as manager.

While Harry Kane (£10.9m) has attracted more than 64,000 new owners ahead of Gameweek 14, Eriksen has been snapped up by 31,000 and resides in only 5.2% of squads.

But with home encounters against Hull City and Burnley in the next four Gameweeks, the Dane could prove an ideal festive gift for those FPL managers in search of an effective differential.

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