Fantasy Premier League

Van Aanholt shoots his way into FPL thinking

The Scout 24 Feb 2017
Patrick van Aanholt, Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace full-back has fired more shots on target than any Fantasy defender in 2016/17

A home match with Middlesbrough boosts Patrick van Aanholt's (£5.0m) Fantasy Premier League potential for Gameweek 26.

The left-back scored three times for Sunderland this season before his January move to Crystal Palace and has an ability to deliver double-digit returns for managers, particularly at home

He provided 10 and 15-point tallies prior to his arrival at Selhurst Park. 

Against a Boro side with only eight away goals all season, and just one in their past five trips, the Dutchman looks well placed for at least clean-sheet returns.

But his attacking potential is the main appeal of the 4.6%-owned defender.

Van Aanholt scored six PL goals last term, more than any defender, and the underlying numbers suggest he can maintain that threat for the rest of this season.

Van Aanholt in 2016/17

  Total FPL defender rank
Shots 27 2nd
Shots on target 11 1st
Chances created 31 3rd
Successful crosses 16 9th
Successful dribbles 30 4th

His 27 shots is second only to Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso (£6.7m), with 29, among FPL defenders.

For shots on target Van Aanholt is leading the pack with 11.

He may have only one assist, but Van Aanholt is a steady source of creativity, ranking third among FPL defenders for key passes (31) and ninth for successful crosses (16).

Considering that Palace target man Christian Benteke (£7.2m) has won 210 aerial duels (70 more than any FPL forward) Van Aanholt's supply could be a key weapon against Aitor Karanka’s men. 

Patrick van Aanholt, Crystal Palace
No FPL defender can match Patrick van Aanholt’s 11 shots on target this season

Although Palace will sit out Gameweek 28, because opponents Tottenham Hotspur play in the FA Cup quarter-finals that weekend, their short-term schedule is still favourable as the table below shows.

Palace's next matches

Gameweek Opponent FDR
26 MID (H) 2
27 WBA (A) 2
28  -  
29 WAT (H) 2
30  CHE (A) 5

Over the next four Gameweeks, all their three fixtures score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Traditionally an FPL asset who exploits kind fixtures, Van Aanholt may prove his worth to Sam Allardyce, and FPL managers, over the next few Gameweeks, beginning on Saturday at Selhurst Park.

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