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GW13 Lessons: Wide role lifting Rashford

By The Scout 25 Nov 2019
Marcus Rashford, Man Utd

The Scout says recent return to left wing has improved Man Utd forward’s FPL potential

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A goal and assist at Sheffield United continued the improving output from Marcus Rashford (£8.6m) in Fantasy Premier League.

The Manchester United striker also earned two bonus points, claiming an 11-point haul at Bramall Lane.

Rashford now sits joint-third among FPL forwards on 74 points, level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m).

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Notably, the Red Devils' attacker has stepped up his form since the return from injury of Anthony Martial (£7.8m).

Previously playing as a lone forward, Rashford was shifted out to the left flank in Gameweek 10 to accommodate his fit-again team-mate.

The England international's underlying statistics since that point highlight his goal threat.

His 17 shots and six big chances both rank second among all players in FPL over the last four Gameweeks.

Better out wide

Further analysis of his returns with Martial in the starting XI suggests Rashford is well-suited to a role on the wing.

He has five goals and three assists in the seven fixtures the Frenchman has started in 2019/20 FPL.

Rashford has averaged 6.6 points per match (ppm) alongside Martial, blanking on just two occasions.

However, his potential has dropped when playing through the middle in Martial's absence.

Rashford has just two goals and one assist in those six appearances, averaging 4.7ppm and blanking three times.

Friendly fixtures 

The 22-year-old sits in only 14.7 per cent of FPL squads.

But he has the form and a schedule that both point to more success.

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

Man Utd's next six Gameweeks
14 AVL (H) 2 17 EVE (H) 2
15 TOT (H) 4 18 WAT (A) 2
16 MCI (A) 5 19 NEW (H) 2

With Martial back to lead the line, Rashford can continue his ascent up the FPL standings.

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