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FPL signings: Villa move can revive Digne in Fantasy

The Scout 14 Jan 2022

The Scout on why Steven Gerrard's tactics can help their latest recruit get back to his best

The Scout assesses key January signings and looks at the attributes managers in Fantasy Premier League can expect.

Lucas Digne (AVL) £5.0m

A move to Aston Villa can help Digne rediscover his best form in Fantasy Premier League.

The Frenchman struggled this season under Everton head coach Rafael Benitez, failing to produce any goals or assists. 

But Digne was among the most attacking defenders in Fantasy before 2021/22, combining four goals with 22 assists in the previous three seasons.

Villa head coach Steven Gerrard prefers his full-backs to push forward and lend support to the attack, which looks better-suited to Digne’s style of play.

If Digne can oust Matt Targett (£4.7m) at left-back, Villa’s upcoming schedule gives him the chance to make an early impact.

From Gameweek 24 onwards, four of their subsequent five matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Chris Wood (£6.7m)

Elsewhere, Wood can also make a quick impression at his new club, Newcastle United, following a switch from Burnley.

The Magpies’ next two opponents, Watford and Leeds United, are among the four worst sides for goals conceded this season.

Wood is expected to recover from a minor knock to face the Hornets at St James’ Park this weekend. 

And with fellow forward Callum Wilson (£7.3m) ruled out through injury, the New Zealander's influence could prove crucial for Eddie Howe's side.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL signings: Coutinho can make instant impact
Part 3: FPL signings: Eriksen set-pieces can be vital for Brentford
Part 4: FPL signings: Weghorst can be a Double Gameweek hero
Part 5: FPL signings: Kulusevski can offer Double Gameweek value
Part 6: FPL signings: Dele can thrive as Lampard’s No 10

See: FPL January 2022 additions

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