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FPL Scout's club review: Back Burnley for clean sheets

The Scout 29 Jul 2020
Nick Pope

The Scout says Nick Pope remains the pick of the Clarets rearguard but full-backs could offer better value next season

The Scout assesses the star performers from each club in the 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League season, and what managers should look out for as they prepare for the game to launch ahead of 2020/21 kicking off on 12 September.

Burnley

The Clarets boasted one of the most reliable defences in 2019/20 FPL.

A total of 15 clean sheets was identical to champions Liverpool and second only to the 17 of Manchester City.

Burnley’s top FPL performers
Player Position Points
Pope GKP 170
Tarkowski DEF 143
Wood FWD 136
McNeil MID 123
Westwood MID 118

Nick Pope was the standout pick in Burnley's backline.

He finished as the top-scoring goalkeeper in FPL on 170 points and was the best value player in the entire game.

Having started at only £4.5m, Pope will undoubtedly earn a price rise in 2020/21.

However, even at a possible cost of £5.5m, he can still justify an increase. Only three defenders surpassed his points haul this season.

Pope saves from 2019/20
Alternatives in defence

James Tarkowski's two goals and three assists highlight his attacking potential from the back.

But managers should also monitor the full-back positions as both Charlie Taylor and Matt Lowton are expected to be cheaper.

Taylor only established himself as a regular midway through the campaign, while Lowton was limited to only 17 starts through injury.

Third forward option?

In attack, Chris Wood's 14 goals and one assist helped him to his best-ever FPL season.

Yet the New Zealander made only 29 starts due to injury.

If he remains injury-free, Wood can emerge as a strong source of value up front.

Among forwards with 10 or more goals, his average of 174.6 minutes per goal ranked 10th in 2019/20.

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL club reviews

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