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Managers take notice of thriving Coleman

The Scout 23 Jan 2017
Seamus Coleman, Everton

Wing-back returns 27 points in last two Gameweeks, but is not the only Everton player gaining mass interest

The Bonus Points

Seamus Coleman (£5.6m) was awarded the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Everton’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Scoring 41 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the defender scored the winning goal Selhurst Park, provided two key passes and contributed five recoveries.

Fellow defenders Ramiro Funes Mori (£4.6m) and Ashley Williams (£5.0m) collected the remaining bonus points, with 31 and 30 in the BPS respectively, as Everton claimed a fourth clean sheet in five Gameweeks.

Funes Mori was awarded two bonus points after producing 13 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) along with eight recoveries. He also completed 80% of 50 attempted passes.

Williams picked up a single bonus point, the Welshman managing 11 CBI and completing 90% of his 50 attempted passes. 

The ICT Index

Coleman also ranked top of the ICT Index with a score of 15.3, his highest tally of the season by some margin.

Fielded as a wing-back as Ronald Koeman continued with a 3-4-2-1 formation, Coleman fired both of his attempts on target and also created two of goalscoring opportunities.

Scott Dann (£5.2m) claimed second spot, with 8.7.

The centre-back produced three attempts on goal, all from inside the penalty area, with two efforts finding the target.

Ross Barkley (£7.0m) earned third place thanks to a score of 7.0.

He fired five shots on goal, with three arriving from inside the penalty area. He also produced more successful passes in the attacking third (28) than any other player in Saturday's contest. 

Crystal Palace v Everton
Seamus Coleman has had more transfers in than any defender since the GW22 deadline

The Scout Notes

Moving to four goals for the season with his strike Selhurst Park, Coleman is now the most sought-after FPL defender as we head into Gameweek 23.

With 27 points over his last two outings, he has already attracted more than 34,000 new owners ahead of his next fixture at Stoke City.

Coleman's prospects remain strong ahead of an obliging schedule, with Everton’s next seven opponents scoring no more than two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Having started three of the last five Gameweeks, collecting a clean sheet on each occasion, Mason Holgate (£4.1m) offers a cheaper route into Koeman’s resilient backline. 

Crystal Palace v Everton
Mason Holgate has gained a clean sheet in each of his last three starts

He is second only to Coleman for transfers in among defenders following Saturday's return.

Tom Davies (£4.4m) also offers FPL value in midfield.

The 18-year-old supplied the pass for Coleman’s winner and has now provided a goal and two assists in the last three Gameweeks, having earned a start in each of those fixtures. 

Only Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli (£8.8m) has earned more transfers in for midfielders since Saturday's deadline. 

Crystal Palace v Everton
Tom Davies has produced a goal and two assists since gaining a starting role in Gameweek 20

For Crystal Palace, Sam Allardyce opted for a 3-5-2 formation, with Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.8m) and Joel Ward (£4.8m) fielded as wing-backs.

The Eagles have failed to keep a clean sheet in the five matches since Allardyce took charge, scoring on only two occasions.

But Dann's threat from set-pieces could still be a factor while Palace seek defensive improvement.

He has now produced 17 efforts inside the penalty area this season – at least three more than any other FPL defender.

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