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West Brom wingers provide FPL potential

The Scout 5 Dec 2016
Chris Brunt, West Bromwich Albion

As a defender playing in midfield, Chris Brunt should be on the radar for Fantasy managers says The Scout

The Bonus Points

Chris Brunt (£4.9m) claimed his first attacking returns of the season in West Bromwich Albion's 3-1 victory over Watford, sealing the maximum three Fantasy Premier League bonus points in the process.

Classified as a defender but again lining up on West Brom's right wing, Brunt registered a goal and an assist as well as three successful open-play crosses, scoring 40 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

Matt Phillips (£5.4m) netted a third goal of the campaign, helping him record 34 in the BPS. He also completed three dribbles on his way to another pair of bonus points.

Phillips has now collected eight bonus points in the last four Gameweeks.

Christian Kabasele (£4.8m) earned BPS recognition for Watford, scoring 25 courtesy of a second-half consolation goal to claim his first bonus point of the season. 

West Bromwich Albion v Watford
Chris Brunt's 14 points underlined his potential as an FPL defender playing in midfield

The ICT Index

The attacking contribution of Brunt and Phillips was also recognised in the ICT Index as the pair achieved the top two scores for Creativity.

Brunt supplied seven crosses and created two goalscoring opportunities.

Phillips went one better, setting up three chances for team-mates, while succeeding with two of five attempted crosses.

Despite suffering defeat, Watford recorded 17 goal attempts and boasted the highest Threat scores in the match.

Nordin Amrabat (£5.0m) was the pick of their attacking players, registering four attempts on goal, three from inside the West Brom penalty area. 

The Scout Notes

Brunt's 14-point return underlined his potential as an FPL defender playing in an advanced midfield role.

However, with Nacer Chadli (£6.3m) and James McClean (£5.0m) both starting on the bench, it is clear that competition for places in West Brom's midfield is fierce.

Gareth McAuley (£4.9m) remains the most popular acquisition in the Baggies' rearguard - Chelsea's Marcos Alonso (£6.2m) is the only FPL defender to earn more new owners ahead of Gameweek 15.

However, clean sheets may now be difficult for Tony Pulis' men.

West Bromwich Albion v Watford
Only one defender has earned more transfers in than Gareth McAuley, centre left, since the GW14 deadline

The Gameweek 15 trip to Chelsea is one of four testing fixtures on the horizon, with a home match against Manchester United and trips to Arsenal and Southampton also to come before 2017.

Phillips may have the form to overcome such stiff opposition, though.

He has returned attacking points in each of the last four Gameweeks, registering three goals and as many assists.

Watford's FPL potential remains limited, with the loss of Roberto Pereyra (£6.0m) to suspension the latest blow.

He will miss the Gameweek 15 hosting of Everton plus trips to Manchester City and Sunderland.

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