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FPL watchlist: Fernandes a must-have

The Scout 14 Jul 2021
Bruno Fernandes in Man Utd's 2021/22 home kit

The Scout reckons Man Utd playmaker has potential to bring in big hauls from the start

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Bruno Fernandes (MUN) £12.0m

A favourable opening schedule for Manchester United lifts the prospects of their star men at both ends of the pitch.

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They face only one of last season’s top eight sides in their first six matches, visiting West Ham United in Gameweek 5.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), that meeting with the Hammers is the only one that scores more than three in that period.

Man Utd's first six Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR
1 LEE (H) 3
2 SOU (A) 2
3 WOL (A) 3
4 NEW (H) 2
5 WHU (A) 4
6 AVL (H) 2

Fernandes finished as the top-scoring player in Fantasy last term, his first full season in the Premier League.

The Portuguese scored 18 goals and also supplied a further 14 assists, totalling 244 points. 

The underlying numbers show why Fernandes was such a big success.

His 121 shots and 50 shots on target both placed among the top three players in 2020/21.

Meanwhile, his 95 key passes and 20 big chances created were both league-leading totals.

Fernandes' 2020/21 highlights

Given that all-round potential, managers have been quick to include him in their opening squads.

Fernandes is the third most-owned player in the game, selected by 40.6 per cent of managers.  

Assessing his first six matches, his record in the corresponding encounters last season suggests he can make a huge impact at the start of 2021/22.

He produced 55 points over five meetings, having missed Man Utd’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Indeed, he delivered four of his 12 double-figure hauls for the season in those matches. 

Fernandes has the potential to repeat those performances, making him a must-have for opening squads.

Tomorrow: Salah offers elite goal threat 

See: The Scout's FPL watchlist for 2021/22

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