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FPL Summer signings: Early schedule favours Doherty

The Scout 6 Sep 2020
Matt Doherty, Spurs

The Scout looks at the new additions and believes Spurs’ right-back can bring in attacking and defensive returns from start of 2020/21

The Scout assesses the standout summer transfers so far, with less than a week remaining until the start of 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League.

Matt Doherty (TOT) £6.0m

Last season’s fourth top-scoring defender, Doherty combined four goals and eight assists with 12 clean sheets for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2019/20.

His move to Tottenham Hotspur means the Irishman will remain one of the standout picks at the back.

Head coach Jose Mourinho pushed Serge Aurier (£5.5m) high up the pitch from right-back whenever Spurs were attacking last season, and those tactics should bring more success for the Irishman.

Six of Spurs’ first eight matches score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), lifting Doherty’s immediate prospects at both ends of the pitch. 

Doherty's first interview as a Spurs player

Kyle Walker-Peters (SOU) £4.5m

A permanent switch from Spurs to Southampton can help the right-back finally establish himself as an FPL favourite.

Walker-Peters impressed during his loan spell for Saints last season. He started six of their final seven Gameweeks, producing at least six points on three of those occasions.

His statistics while at Spurs show the attacking potential of Walker-Peters. Despite making just nine appearances over 2017/18 and 2018/19, he still supplied five assists.

A favourable early run of opponents hands him the chance to prove a major source of value. Five of Southampton's first eight matches score just two in the FDR.

Jack Harrison (LEE) £5.5m

His return on loan to Leeds United from Manchester City looks a great piece of business for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Harrison was a major factor in their title-winning 2019/20 Championship campaign, scoring six goals and supplying eight assists.

The underlying numbers further highlight Harrison’s all-round impact.

His 87 chances created was a team-leading figure, while his 61 shots in the penalty area and 16 big chances surpassed the totals of any other Leeds midfielder.

The arrival of new frontman Rodrigo Moreno (£6.0m) will add more creativity to the ranks, lifting Harrison’s potential for goals in the season ahead.

Donny van de Beek (MUN) £7.0m

Van de Beek's 28 goals and 21 assists in the last three league seasons for Ajax show what he can bring to Manchester United.

The central midfielder’s talent for making late runs into the box can be a major weapon for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

Van de Beek produced 40 of his 44 shots inside the penalty area in 2019/20. He averaged a shot in the box every 47.9 minutes last term, compared with the 79.5 minutes of Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m).

And he almost matched the Portuguese for creativity, making a key pass every 46.7 minutes to the 40 minutes of Fernandes.

A kind run of opponents from Gameweek 2 suggests Van de Beek could provide excellent value for FPL managers.

Man Utd face just one of last season’s top five sides from Gameweeks 2-11.

Timo Werner (CHE) £9.5m

Chelsea’s new frontman is already the most-owned forward in the game on the back of 28 goals and eight assists in last season’s Bundesliga.

Werner has the opening schedule to quickly hit the ground running, with the Blues set to face Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace in the first four Gameweeks.

Furthermore, his pace and ability to run the channels should also be good news for the Chelsea attacking midfielders.

Of the current crop, Christian Pulisic’s (£8.5m) threat inside the penalty area can profit from Werner’s unselfish style of play, while Kai Havertz, who hasbeen priced at £8.5m after making his move to Stamford Bridge on Friday.

Next: The Scout's FPL experts on best summer signings

See: The Scout on new arrivals
See: FPL Summer Signings: Werner the standout for experts

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