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GW9 Lessons: New formation benefits Calvert-Lewin

The Scout 23 Nov 2020
Dominic Calvert-Lewin

The Scout on why Everton’s new wing-back system has brought the best out of striker

A change of tactics helped Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m) return to top form in Gameweek 9 of Fantasy Premier League.

The Everton forward had managed only one goal and an assist in three appearances prior to Sunday's match against Fulham.

But Carlo Ancelotti's switch to a wing-back formation at Craven Cottage helped Calvert-Lewin score twice to earn 13 points, his first double-figure haul since Gameweek 2.

Calvert-Lewin goals at Fulham

Calvert-Lewin is the most-picked player in the game and his 58.8 per-cent owners will be pleased that his underlying numbers improved, too.

Against Fulham he was supplied with two big chances, converting them both.

By comparison, he had only one big chance across his previous three matches.

Furthermore, all three of Calvert-Lewin’s shots this weekend were on target. Again, that is more than his total of two across Gameweeks 6-8.

Potential captain

Everton’s short-term schedule now brings Calvert-Lewin into contention as a major captaincy contender.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), their next two matches against Leeds United and Burnley score only two.

Digne profiting

The change of tactics also boosted the attacking potential of Lucas Digne (£6.1m).

Everton’s left-back provided two assists on Sunday and now has five for the season, more than any other defender in FPL.

Digne made a team-leading four chances, a total bettered by only two other players in GW9.

Patience running out

While Calvert-Lewin and Digne excelled in the 3-2 win, owners of James Rodriguez (£7.9m) were left frustrated as he blanked for a third time in a row.

The Colombian is the second most-sold midfielder ahead of the Gameweek 10 deadline of 18:30 GMT on Friday, being moved on by 55,000+ managers.

However, his form at Goodison Park suggests he could punish his sellers.

All six of Rodriguez’s goals and assists have come in his four home fixtures.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW9 Lessons: Man City lack form as fixtures improve
Part 2: What to do with Man City players? FPL experts' views

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