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Lindelof arrival can lift Pogba’s FPL output

The Scout 15 Jun 2017
Victor Lindelof, Manchester United.jpg

Signing of Swedish defender may open up other FPL options in the Man Utd squad, says The Scout

Manchester United’s signing of Victor Lindelof from Benfica adds another option to a defence set to attract big Fantasy Premier League investment.

The Man Utd defence kept 17 clean sheets last season, a tally matched only by Tottenham Hotspur.

But with injuries and a UEFA Europa League campaign stretching resources, FPL managers were unable to pin down a consistent standout option. 

Pacy and composed in possession, Lindelof is comfortable at either centre-back or right-back. 

The 22-year-old will likely need time to adjust but is expected to form a central partnership with Eric Bailly, even if he may struggle to challenge for immediate FPL attention.

Last season’s statistics gave Bailly the edge over Lindelof for clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), a key metric in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

CBI comparison 2016/17
Player Mins per CBI
Bailly 10.2
Lindelof 16.9

Antonio Valencia, meanwhile, offers an attacking threat from right-back.

The Ecuadorian ranked second only to Southampton’s Cedric Soares for successful crosses (41) last term, recording three assists.

The addition of Lindelof’s talents will enhance an already impressive United rearguard, boosting the appeal of both Bailly and Valencia over a promising set of opening fixtures.

Man Utd's first six Gameweeks
GW Opponents
1 West Ham (H)
2 Swansea City (A)
3 Leicester City (H)
4 Stoke City (A)
5 Everton (H)
6 Southampton (A)

Longer term, the Swede could also impact on the FPL potential of Paul Pogba.

Formerly a holding midfielder, Lindelof has the technique to carry the ball out of defence and the vision to pick a pass.

That may grant Pogba more freedom and possession in attacking areas.

Among FPL midfielders last season, only Liverpool’s James Milner saw more of the ball than the Frenchman. But 40% of Pogba’s 2,839 touches arrived in his own half and only 30.2% came in the attacking third.

Pogba fired 92 shots in his debut campaign, 37 of which arrived from inside the opposition penalty area.

Lindelof’s arrival can help Pogba improve his modest season tally of five goals.

The Swedish defender may also contribute in that area.  

Although he mustered a mere 12 shots at Benfica last season, Lindelof did score direct from a free-kick last season, suggesting a string to his bow that could even tempt FPL investors to look beyond Bailly and Valencia.

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