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Hull width promotes Markovic potential

The Scout 22 Feb 2017
Lazar Markovic, Hull City

With 75% of side's chances coming from wide areas, Tigers winger is at centre of The Scout's FPL plans

Head coach Marco Silva has rejuvenated Hull City’s season, with his emphasis on attacking from the flanks promoting Lazar Markovic (£5.4m) as a potential new draw for Fantasy Premier League managers.

With former playmaker Robert Snodgrass (£5.8m) departing for West Ham United in January, Silva drafted in loan-signing Markovic among a host of new arrivals.

Markovic and Kamil Grosicki (£5.5m) have allowed Hull to spring rapid counter-attacks, with the wings a key avenue of attack. 

In Silva's five Gameweeks in charge, 75% of Hull’s chances have arrived from wide areas – only Southampton (77%) have created more from the flanks.

Furthermore, only five sides have registered more than the Tigers’ 26 completed crosses during that spell.

Although Markovic and Grosicki have both supplied four successful crosses over two appearances, Markovic boasts a 57.1% accuracy to Grosicki’s 36.4%. 

Hull City v AFC Bournemouth
In Marco Silva's five Gameweeks in charge, 75% of Hull’s chances have arrived from wide areas

Similarly, Grosicki has also yet to register a shot on goal, while Markovic has three to his name and looks primed to carry the threat to Sean Dyche’s Burnley this weekend.

The Clarets arrive for the Gameweek 26 encounter at the KCOM Stadium having conceded 24 goals in 11 away matches, earning a single shutout on their travels.

Hull have won all four home matches across all competitions under Silva, including recent victories against Manchester United and Liverpool.

Manchester United v Hull City
Lazar Markovic has supplied four crosses and fired three shots on goal in two appearances

The upcoming schedule strengthens the case for Markovic, with five of Hull’s next six matches scoring no more than two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

One of only eight sides with guaranteed fixtures in both Gameweek 26 and 28, Silva’s men host Burnley, Swansea City, West Ham United and Middlesbrough, and travel to Leicester City during that stretch.

Markovic has started and completed 90 minutes in both of the matches for which he has been available, indicating that Silva sees the winger as a key figure.

Found in little more than 6,000 squads, he could announce his arrival with a first points return on Saturday to emerge as a major differential for FPL managers.

See: Talking Tactics: How Hull have improved

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