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Clyne creativity keeps Spurs pair in check

The Scout 7 Jan 2017
Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne

Liverpool defender leads for FPL assist potential from the back, but a north London double-act are closing fast

Nathaniel Clyne (£5.8m) is the most creative defender available to Fantasy Premier League managers, according to the ICT Index.

A measure of a player's potential to return assists, the Creativity component of the Index identifies the Liverpool right-back as this season's top performer among defenders.

Scoring 456.4, the numbers behind that tally show Clyne has laid on more goalscoring opportunities (30) than any other FPL backline asset.

Bursting forward down Liverpool's right, he has also received (375) and completed more passes (340) in the attacking third than any other defender.

Clyne is the only ever-present defender among the ICT Creativity top 10 and has claimed two assists.

He may soon surrender his current standing, however, given that Liverpool will face five of the current top six over their next nine Gameweeks.

Player Team Minutes played ICT Creativity
Clyne LIV 1800 456.4
Walker TOT 1634 389.8
Van Aanholt SUN 1604 376.0
Valencia MUN 1501 366.3
Fuchs LEI 1618 329.2
Daniels BOU 1620 315.6
Rose TOT 1313 302.7
Holebas WAT 1651 300.7
Lowton BUR 1620 281.2
Blind MUN 1080 274.6

Tottenham's Kyle Walker (£6.1m) - the most popular FPL backline option with 31.9% ownership - is giving chase to the Liverpool man.

He has recorded four assists this season, the top tally for defenders.

Kyle Walker, Tottenham Hotspur
Kyle Walker ranks top for ICT Creativity over the last six Gameweeks, supplying 14 chances over five starts

Walker's ICT Creativity score of 389.8 reflects this, summing up statistics that show 28 chances created.

Notably, when assessing the last six Gameweeks, the Spurs right-back ranks top for Creativity with 179 from his five appearances, with Clyne placed third on 141.

Walker's team-mate, Danny Rose (£6.0m), separates the two, scoring 155 over his past six starts.

He also ranks eighth overall for the season on 304 and has provided three FPL assists; based on current form, he could further that tally soon.

Sunderland's Patrick van Aanholt (£5.0m) is another asset to monitor.

The Dutchman ranks third for Creativity over the season and also sits fourth for ICT Threat - measuring his potential to return goals - suggesting that the Black Cat offers an all-round attacking prospect.

Van Aanholt has provided 27 chances but translated that to just a single FPL assist.

AFC Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels (£5.2m) is the leading transfer target among defenders, with more than 80,000 FPL managers acquiring him for Gameweek 21.

Charlie Daniels, AFC Bournemouth
Charlie Daniels is the most popular transfer target among defenders ahead of Gameweek 21

An ICT Creativity score of 315.6 highlights one factor behind his popularity.

Daniels has supplied 20 chances in the campaign, earning three assists.

The left-back has been involved (scored or assisted) 25% of the Cherries’ goals when on the pitch.

Everton's Leighton Baines (£5.4m) sits outside of the season top 10 on 265.9 but, based on the last six Gameweeks, has upped his game as a source of creativity.

Everton's Leighton Baines
Everton's Leighton Baines has shown improved form ahead of a favourable run of fixtures

He has scored 125 for ICT Creativity, ranking him fifth over that spell.

Baines' next six fixtures

Opponent Fixture Difficulty Ranking
MCI (H) 4
CRY (A) 2
STK (A) 2
BOU (H) 1
MID (A) 2
SUN (H) 1

With favourable fixtures after the testing Gameweek 21 match against Manchester City, Baines could well edge his way up the ICT Creativity ladder and continue to pick up FPL ownership.

Now part of 8.3% of squads, Baines ranks second behind Daniels for transfer interest among defenders, acquired by 60,000 managers since Monday's deadline.

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