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FPL promoted picks: Bryan best option in Fulham defence

The Scout 7 Aug 2020
Joe Bryan, Fulham

Left-back was involved in 10 goals and had more shots than rest of Cottagers’ regular back four combined in 2019/20

The Scout looks at the Fantasy Premier League prospects of the three promoted sides.

Fulham

The west London club return to the Premier League having conceded 48 goals, the most of the three promoted clubs.

However, they offered clean-sheet potential at home.

Scott Parker’s men recorded 10 of their 17 shutouts in last season’s Championship at Craven Cottage.

By comparison, West Bromwich Albion managed just five clean sheets at home on their way to finishing as runners-up.

That lifts the appeal of picking a Fulham defender as part of a rotation pairing, playing them only in home fixtures.

Leading candidate

Joe Bryan (£5.0m) looks the most appealing option from the Cottagers’ backline.

The left-back scored both of his side's goals in the 2-1 Championship playoff final win over Brentford.

That contribution took his total to three goals and seven assists over the season.

Bryan's free-kick v Brentford

The underlying numbers highlight Bryan’s goal threat.

His 38 shots were more than the combined 30 of the rest of the Cottagers’ regular back four.

Centre-back Alfie Mawson (£4.5m) had 16 attempts while right-back Denis Odoi registered 12.

Bryan was also Fulham’s standout creator from defence, supplying 43 key passes.

Handed a share of corner duties, he created 12 big chances, second only to the 14 of Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.5m)

Alternative option

In goal, Marek Rodak (£4.5m) could offer a steady stream of save points.

The Cottagers’ No 1 made a save every 29.9 minutes in 2019/20, more often than any other promoted goalkeeper.

But it is Bryan’s all-round potential that is likely to earn the most interest, although his £5.0m price tag will likely make him an early-season differential.

Also in this series

Part 1: Ajayi goals for West Brom can offer value
Part 2: Pereira the star of West Brom attack
Part 4: Mitrovic the focal point of Fulham attack
Part 5: Attacking Leeds full-backs to shine
Part 6: Bamford the leading threat for Leeds

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