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FPL signings: Kulusevski can offer Double Gameweek value

The Scout 3 Feb 2022
Dejan Kulusevski, Spurs

The Scout says Swede could be a bargain pick but urges managers to assess his chances of starting

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

Dejan Kulusevski (TOT) £6.0m

The versatile midfielder has the potential to offer Fantasy managers a value route into the Tottenham Hotspur attack.

Kulusevski arrives from Juventus and is expected to challenge Lucas Moura (£6.5m) for a role on the right of Antonio Conte’s front three. 

Despite being limited to a total of five starts in Serie A and the UEFA Champions League this season, the Swede scored twice and supplied three assists. 

Mainly left-footed, he prefers to cut inside from the flank before driving at opposition defences.

Crucially, he is also known for his high work-rate, which looks well-suited to Conte’s tactical approach.

The underlying statistics further highlight Kulusevski’s style of play.

Kulusevski v Lucas 
2021/22 Kulusevski Lucas
Total shots 18 30
Mins per shot 42.3 44.6
Shots in box 15 18
Mins per shot in box 50.8 74.4

Only three of his 18 shots in Serie A were from outside the penalty area. 

Indeed, his average of 50.8 minutes per shot in the box is quicker than Lucas’s 74.4 minutes in Fantasy this season.

Kulusevski’s versatility can help establish himself in Conte’s line-up.

He can also play as an attacking central midfielder if Spurs switch to a 3-5-2 formation, with Son Heung-min (£10.6m) partnering Harry Kane (£12.3m) up front.  

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Certainly, Son and Kane are more reliable starters for their upcoming Double Gameweek 26 against Manchester City and Burnley.

Nonetheless, if Kulusevski secures a role in Conte’s first XI, a cost of only £6.0m could make him a handy value route into the Spurs attack.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL signings: Coutinho can make instant impact
Part 2: FPL signings: Villa move can revive Digne
Part 3: FPL signings: Eriksen set-pieces can be vital
Part 4: FPL signings: Weghorst can be a Double Gameweek hero
Part 6: FPL signings: Dele can thrive as Lampard’s No 10

See: FPL January 2022 additions

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