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FPL new arrivals: Patience may be needed with Torres

The Scout 11 Aug 2020
Ferran Torres signs for Man City

The Scout on why Pep Guardiola’s record with new attackers could mean new player will be eased into Man City's line-up

The Scout looks at the Fantasy Premier League potential of summer signings ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Ferran Torres (MCI) £7.0m

The winger arrives at Manchester City on the back of four goals and five assists for Valencia in LaLiga in 2019/20.

Torres also impressed in the UEFA Champions League, scoring twice and supplying a further two assists over his six appearances.

The versatile 20-year-old offers Man City options on both flanks, although he has mainly been utilised down the right in previous seasons.

Impact substitute?

But the underlying statistics suggest Torres is still very much a work in progress ahead of his debut FPL campaign.

He averaged 68.4 minutes per shot and 90.3 minutes per chance created in 2019/20.

Among Man City midfielders last season, both totals were only superior to Fernandinho, who produced a shot every 141.4 minutes and a key pass every 300 minutes.

That suggests Torres is more likely to be eased into Pep Guardiola’s line-up, allowing him time to get used to the Premier League.

This is further backed up by Guardiola’s use of new attacking midfielders over the last few seasons.

How Pep uses new signings
  First season Second season
Player Starts Sub apps Starts Sub apps
Sane 20 6 27 5
B Silva 15 20 31 5
Mahrez 14 13 21 12

Leroy Sane, who joined Bayern Munich this summer, started just 20 matches in his debut 2016/17 campaign, before being named in the first XI on 27 occasions the following season.

Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez both started fewer than half of City’s matches in their first seasons in 2017/18 and 2018/19 respectively.

Although Torres could come in at around the £7.5m mark in FPL, it may not be until the following campaign before he can establish himself as a regular.

Guardiola’s history with new attacking midfielders indicates the winger is more likely to be feature off the bench initially, using his trickery and speed as a threat late on in matches.

See: The Scout on new arrivals

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