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FPL signings: Dele can thrive as Lampard’s No 10

By The Scout 5 Feb 2022
Dele Alli, Everton

The Scout reckons midfielder’s potential in Fantasy could be revived with advanced role for Everton

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The Scout assesses the arrival of Dele Alli at Everton and how he could affect the plans of managers in Fantasy Premier League.

Dele Alli (EVE) £6.2m

A move to Everton can help revive the potential of Dele in Fantasy.

After struggling to secure a regular role at Tottenham Hotspur recently, Dele is expected to be a key figure for the Toffees' new manager Frank Lampard.

Lampard mainly opted for a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation during his time in charge of Chelsea.

Dele's prospects would be significantly lifted by a 4-2-3-1, in particular, playing as a No 10 behind lone striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m).

The midfielder thrived in a similar role in his early time under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, producing 166+ points in Fantasy in each of his first three seasons for the north London side. 

Dele’s improved form in Jose Mourinho's first season at Spurs in 2019/20 shows how a change in tactics can help him get back to his best.

He averaged 4.7 points per match that term, combining eight goals and six assists over 25 appearances. 

Schedule to make instant impact?

Encouragingly for Everton, their upcoming schedule hands Lampard the chance to get off to a winning start, raising the appeal of their key players in Fantasy.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), each of their next three matches, against Newcastle United, Leeds United and Southampton, score only two. 

A No 10 role for Dele can spark a revival in Fantasy, marking him out as a strong budget midfield pick at a cost of only £6.2m.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL signings: Coutinho can make instant impact
Part 2: FPL signings: Villa move can revive Digne in Fantasy
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

See: FPL January 2022 additions

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