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GW30 final call: Grealish return can revive Watkins

The Scout 2 Apr 2021
Grealish and Watkins

Aston Villa playmaker fit to face Fulham and can help forward get back on the scoresheet

The return to fitness of Jack Grealish (£7.5m) looks significant for Aston Villa's attacking potential over the remainder of the Fantasy Premier League campaign.

The midfielder has been their standout player in Fantasy this season, scoring six goals and supplying 12 assists over his 22 appearances.

Villa have struggled for a cutting edge since Grealish was sidelined with a knee injury.

They have scored only three goals in six matches without him. 

Indeed, only the bottom two sides in the Premier League, Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion, have scored fewer goals from Gameweek 25 onwards. 

Grealish’s influence on Villa attack
  With Grealish Without Grealish
Goals 36 3
Goals per match 1.6 0.5

Grealish's return could prove particularly good news for the 27.0 per cent of managers who own Ollie Watkins (6.6m) in FPL.

All of Watkins' PL goals

The forward has failed to score since Grealish was sidelined, managing only two assists.

But he produced 10 goals and also supplied four assists in his 22 outings alongside the playmaker.

Grealish’s influence on Watkins
  With Grealish Without Grealish
Goals 10 0
Assists 4 2
Points per match 4.6 3.0

Villa's remaining schedule further raises the appeal of investing in their key players. 

They are one of just two sides to have as many as 10 matches left to play.

Dean Smith's men still have a home fixture with Everton to be rescheduled, which is likely to provide them with a Double Gameweek later in the season.

See: The Scout's essential FPL tips for Gameweek 30

Remember, the Gameweek 30 deadline is at 11:00 BST on Saturday 3 April.

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