After scoring his eighth goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal, Alvaro Negredo (£6.2m) presents a tempting short-term option for Fantasy Premier League managers as Middlesbrough prepare for two fixtures in Gameweek 34.
Since Saturday’s FPL deadline, the Eagles striker has proved the more popular target, attracting 45,000+ new owners to Negredo's 37,000.
Negredo’s opponents appear more promising.
Only two teams have conceded more goals than AFC Bournemouth's 11 over the last six Gameweeks, while Sunderland have mustered a single clean sheet from their 15 away matches.
Notably, Negredo also produced three assists in the reverse fixtures earlier this season, totalling 15 points.
Since the appointment of Steve Agnew as Boro manager, there has also been a significant improvement in Negredo’s underlying statistics, suggesting that this could translate into further FPL returns.
From Gameweek 29, the striker has been shooting more often, getting more opportunities in the penalty area and hitting the target with greater frequency.
|Minutes per shot||49.2||14.8|
|Minutes per shot in box||64.8||17.6|
|Minutes per shot on target||148.2||40.4|
Negredo is still found in 11.6% of FPL squads, primarily due to his early season success.
But with managers rushing to acquire the services of the in-form Harry Kane (£11.4m), along with Benteke and Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.5m), who also boasts two Gameweek 34 fixtures, Negredo can still provide an effective differential.
His form, underlying numbers and kind short-term schedule all offer encouragement for those seeking a compelling third striker option.