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FPL pre-season lessons: Bertrand can replace Fofana

The Scout 6 Aug 2021
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The Scout on Wednesday’s action as Foxes' left-back supplies two assists while his fellow defender is injured

The Scout is highlighting the form players in Fantasy Premier League and making key tactical observations during pre-season.

Bertrand can replace Fofana

Owners of Wesley Fofana (£4.5m) in Fantasy Premier League are reassessing their options after the Leicester City centre-back was stretchered off with a broken leg in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Villarreal.

The Frenchman was the most-selected defender under £5.0m in Fantasy prior to the match, but he now faces a long spell on the sidelines after manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the extent of the injury.

Arsenal’s new signing Ben White (£4.5m) has emerged as the go-to budget defender, climbing to over 21 per cent ownership.

But managers who are prepared to pay a little extra should consider Leicester's new recruit Ryan Bertrand (£5.0m).

The left-back supplied two assists against Villarreal and took a share of set-pieces, setting up one goal with a free-kick.

Leicester 3-2 Villarreal highlights

Leicester's early schedule strengthens the case for switching from Fofana to one of his team-mates.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), four of the Foxes' first seven matches score only two. 

Harvey Barnes (£7.0m) could also emerge as an early source of attacking returns.

The midfielder has started Leicester's last two pre-season matches since recovering from injury, and he scored their second goal on Wednesday.

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Elsewhere, Hakim Ziyech (£7.5m) and Lucas Moura (£6.5m) both continued their strong pre-season form as Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

Blues midfielder Ziyech scored both of the hosts’ goals, taking his tally to five strikes over the summer.

It remains to be seen whether Ziyech can establish himself as a regular under Thomas Tuchel, but his recent displays boost his chances of starting the season at home to Crystal Palace in Gameweek 1.

Chelsea 2-2 Spurs highlights 

Lucas, meanwhile, netted Spurs’ first goal as they extended their unbeaten start under new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.

The Brazilian has now been involved in five goals this pre-season, scoring three and assisting two.

Like Ziyech, Lucas has been overlooked in early squads, with both players being owned by fewer than two per cent of managers.

Also in this series

Part 1: Buendia makes early impact
Part 2: Zaha shining under Vieira
Part 3: Watkins double justifies early faith
Part 4: Man City duo look dangerous
Part 6: Bamford and Antonio strike again
Part 7: Ings emerging as top target

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