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GW27 Ones to watch: Kaoru Mitoma

The Scout 8 Mar 2023

The Scout on why Japanese is Brighton's standout player and even a captaincy option for Double Gameweek 27

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 27 of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

Kaoru Mitoma (BHA) £5.5m

Managers have rushed to the Japanese ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Double Gameweek 27.

Mitoma is the most-bought player in the Gameweek, earning 387,000+ new owners for his matches with Leeds United and Crystal Palace.

The winger warmed up for those encounters with a goal, assist and 13 points against West Ham United last weekend.

That display continued his upturn in big Fantasy hauls, with all three of his double-figure returns this season coming in Brighton’s last five matches.

Mitoma’s potential has been unleashed by Roberto De Zerbi’s arrival as head coach earlier this season.

Since making his first start under De Zerbi in Gameweek 14, the winger has amassed a team-leading 74 points thanks to six goals and three assists.

Mitoma’s output fares particularly well when assessed against other players in Fantasy during that period.

Indeed, his average of 6.7 points per start ranks fifth overall among regular starters from Gameweek 14 onwards.

Most points per start since GW14*
Player Starts Blanks when starting Points/start
Rashford 13 4 7.5
Salah 14 7 6.9
Trippier 12 4 6.8
Mahrez 8 3 6.8
Mitoma 11 3 6.7

*Minimum five starts

Mitoma has not only been among the best performers in Fantasy during that stretch, but has also been one of the most reliable.

Indeed, he has blanked in only three of his 11 starts for De Zerbi.

By contrast, Brighton's Solly March (£5.1m) has blanked in eight of his 12 starts in that period, while Alexis Mac Allister (£5.4m) has six blanks in eight starts.

See: Best Brighton midfielders for DGW27

That marks Mitoma out as the go-to Brighton attacker for Double Gameweek 27, boosting his appeal as a very strong captaincy option.

Also in this series

Part 1: James Ward-Prowse (SOU)
Part 2: Ivan Toney (BRE)
Part 3: Wilfried Zaha (CRY)
Part 4: Gabriel Martinelli (ARS)

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