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FPL Scout's club review: Striker role suits Antonio

The Scout 4 Aug 2020
Michail Antonio, West Ham United

West Ham attacker could be reclassified as a forward in 2020/21 FPL after starring up front during run-in, says The Scout

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 the 2020/21 season start on 12 September.

West Ham United

Michail Antonio’s move up front proved decisive as West Ham secured Premier League safety.

The 30-year-old scored eight of his 10 goals for the season after the season resumed in Gameweek 30+.

He recorded 12 big chances in that period, more than any other player in FPL.

Antonio's goals in July

Antonio’s impact as a striker looks likely to result in a change of position from midfielder to forward in the upcoming campaign.

And the underlying numbers suggest he can still interest FPL managers in 2020/21.

His average of 177 minutes per goal this season was bettered by only 10 forwards in the game.

A cost of under £8.0m could prove tempting, particularly if the Hammers are handed a favourable opening schedule.

West Ham’s top FPL performers
Player Position Points
Antonio MID 111
Noble MID 105
Rice MID 105
Haller FWD 102
Fornals MID 93

Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen are likely to offer less expensive options among the West Ham attack.

Both midfielders turned in strong late-season displays after arriving in the January transfer window.

Soucek scored in three of the final seven Gameweeks, while Bowen combined one goal with four assists over his 10 starts.

At the back, the Hammers must improve before earning the interest of FPL managers.

Price drop for Fabianski?

Their seven clean sheets were better only than relegated duo Norwich City and AFC Bournemouth.

And they conceded 62 goals, the fifth-worst record this season.

Lukasz Fabianski’s return to full fitness could boost their prospects, the goalkeeper limited to just 83 points from 25 appearances due to injury.

If he starts under £5.0m next term, the Poland international will be among the go-to budget options.

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

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