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FPL positions: Iheanacho and Watkins can push on

The Scout 8 Jun 2021
Iheanacho Watkins composite

The Scout is backing Leicester and Villa forwards to thrive from the start of 2021/22

With 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League now over, The Scout reviews each position to highlight lessons from the season and players to consider next term.

Forwards

Kelechi Iheanacho emerged as a key figure for managers in Fantasy in the latter part of 2020/21.

Iheanacho's wonder goal v Palace

The forward started just two of Leicester City’s first 21 matches, with manager Brendan Rodgers preferring Jamie Vardy as a lone forward.

However, a change of formation allowed the Nigerian to flourish alongside Vardy in a front two.

Iheanacho stats
GW22-38 Total FWD rank
Goals 12 1st
Shots 50 2nd
Shots in box 31 7th
Big chances 12 4th
Shots on target 23 2nd
Chances created 24 1st

Iheanacho started 14 of the Foxes’ final 17 matches from Gameweek 22 onwards, scoring 12 goals, more than any other forward in Fantasy.

His 50 shots and 23 shots on target in that period both ranked second in his position.

And his 24 chances created placed first.

Watkins can hit the ground running

Ollie Watkins was another frontman who stepped up his output in the second half of the campaign.

The Aston Villa striker produced attacking returns in only four of his first 16 outings.

However, Watkins proved far more reliable afterwards, delivering a goal or an assist in 13 of his subsequent 21 appearances.

Indeed, from Gameweek 20 onwards, Watkins’ 43 shots inside the penalty area and 26 shots on target were both the top totals among forwards in Fantasy.

All of Watkins' 2020/21 goals

Chris Wood and Christian Benteke could also be worth monitoring if they can continue their end-of-season exploits.

Burnley’s Wood scored eight of his 12 goals for the campaign and supplied all three of his assists in his final 11 outings. 

His average of 135 minutes per goal over Gameweeks 20-38 was almost identical to the 134 minutes of Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, the top-scoring forward in the game.

Crystal Palace’s Benteke scored six of his 10 goals for the season from Gameweek 27 onwards.

His 27 shots in the box and 17 shots on target both put him among the top three forwards in Fantasy over that period.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL positions: Martinez shows the many routes to points
Part 2: FPL positions: Promoted goalkeepers among best for value
Part 3: FPL positions: Full-backs dominant in defence
Part 4: FPL positions: Tuchel’s Chelsea the best defence
Part 5: FPL positions: Midfielders merit more attention
Part 6: FPL positions: Lingard shows promise with league's top form
Part 7: FPL positions: Rely on Kane against lower-ranked sides

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