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GW21 Ones to watch: Serge Aurier

By The Scout 17 Jan 2023
Serge Aurier, Nott'm Forest

The Scout on why Forest full-back can offer short-term solution in defence

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The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 21 of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

Serge Aurier (NFO) £4.5m

The Nottingham Forest full-back has been a huge success in Fantasy since securing a regular role in Gameweek 12.

Aurier has blanked in only two of his nine starts from that point, combining one goal with five clean sheets and eight bonus points.

His 48 points is more than any team-mate and places joint fourth among defenders, level with Newcastle United's Sven Botman (£4.5m).

Defensive improvements

Forest started the season poorly in defence, with only one clean sheet in the opening 11 Gameweeks.

Their total of five clean sheets from Gameweek 12 onwards, however, places joint-second with Arsenal and Manchester United, and is bettered only by the seven of Newcastle.

The underlying numbers reflect Aurier's key role in Forest's defensive improvement.

His 30 successful tackles and 49 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) were both the highest among any Forest player in that period.

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Those numbers boost Aurier's prospects of earning bonus points when Forest keep a clean sheet.

Indeed, he has been awarded bonus in four of the five matches he has recorded a shutout, including each of their last two matches, a 1-0 and 2-0 win against Southampton and Leicester City respectively.

A kind run of opponents suggests Cooper's side can continue to deliver defensive returns.

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

At a cost of £4.5m, Aurier has the form and fixtures to prove standout value in defence.

Also in this series

Part 1: James Ward-Prowse (SOU)
Part 2: Evan Ferguson (BHA)
Part 4: Fabian Schar (NEW)

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