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FPL Lessons: Forward role helping Rodrigo thrive

By The Scout 18 Nov 2022
Rodrigo, Leeds United

The Scout highlights midfielders in Fantasy who have profited from playing up front this season

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A new role as a forward for Leeds United has transformed Rodrigo's (£6.3m) prospects in 2022/23 Fantasy.

The Spaniard is enjoying the most prolific season of his career, scoring nine goals in 13 appearances.

That has helped him amass 77 points, placing him joint-fifth among midfielders.

Rodrigo's 30 shots in the box, nine big chances and 14 shots on target all place among the top three players in his position in Fantasy.

Indeed, among all regular starters this season, his average of 97.6 minutes per goal is second only to the 57.6 minutes of Manchester City forward Erling Haaland (£12.2m).

Trossard and Rashford options

The prospects of Leandro Trossard (£7.1m) and Marcus Rashford (£6.7m) have also been lifted by moves up front.

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Trossard has played as a forward under new head coach Roberto De Zerbi.

The Belgian's seven goals and three assists are only one behind his respective totals from the previous campaign.

Rashford suffered a price drop of £3.0m at the start of this season after producing only four goals and two assists in 2021/22.

Yet he has already matched both those totals in his 13 appearances this term.

Due to their advanced positions, Rodrigo, Trossard and Rashford all place joint-second for big chances among midfielders this season, with nine apiece.

Flying Magpie

Newcastle United's Miguel Almiron (£5.8m) has also profited thanks to an improvement in his quality of scoring opportunities this season.

The Magpies' winger failed to record a single big chance in 2021/22 but he has already been supplied with seven.

Almiron has thrived as a result, producing eight goals and two assists on his way to the top of the midfield standings on 93 points.

Also in this series

Part 1: Start Ward and free up funds
Part 2: Trippier an all-round star
Part 3: Target goalscoring centre-backs
Part 5: Foden leads midfielders who thrive at home
Part 6: FPL unlimited transfers: Build around Salah and Haaland
Part 7: Kane a strong partner for Haaland
Part 8: Solanke revived under new head coach

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