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England display sheds light on Southampton duo

The Scout 21 Jun 2017
Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse, Southampton

The Scout says Redmond and Ward-Prowse have potential for 2017/18 after scoring and assisting ahead of opening run of home Gameweeks

The form of Southampton’sJames Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond for England's Under-21 side should be of keen interest to Fantasy Premier League managers.

The midfield pair combined for England’s winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Slovakia in Monday’s UEFA U21 European Championship group match.

The result happened on the same day as an important announcement for FPL managers, as West Ham United and Saints agreed to switch their encounter on Saturday 19 August from London Stadium to St Mary’s Stadium.

This means that Southampton will start the season with three home fixtures over the opening four Gameweeks, boosting the FPL appeal of their players. 

Redmond influence

Redmond attracted early investment last season. Listed as a midfielder but playing up front, he peaked at 482,828 owners by Gameweek 3.

His popularity diminished after struggling to turn early promise into consistent FPL points, but he still caught the eye in 2016/17. 

Nathan Redmond, Southampton
Nathan Redmond ranked first for shots on goal and second for chances created for Southampton last season

Redmond fired more shots on goal than any other Southampton player (83) and was second only to Dusan Tadic for chances created (57 v 66).

Those numbers highlight his importance and suggest potential to return both goals and assists in the upcoming campaign.

Ward-Prowse on the up

Ward-Prowse has long promised big things in FPL.

A set-piece master, he enjoyed his best season in 2016/17 not only in terms of pitch-time, but also across various key statistics.

His minutes-per-shot average improved from 54.8 minutes in 2015/16 to 44.9 minutes.

He also created a chance every 43.8 minutes, compared with 47.9 minutes in the previous season.

Most significantly for FPL managers, Ward-Prowse scored or assisted a total of 38% of Southampton’s goals when on the pitch.

Ward-Prowse 2015/16 v 2016/17
 2015/162016/17
Mins per pass received2.72.2
Mins per shot54.844.9
Mins per chance created47.943.8

Both Redmond and Ward-Prowse seem likely to retain similar initial FPL price tags. At around £5.5m Ward-Prowse, in particular, could be a major attraction.

Southampton’s opening fixtures provide a major incentive for FPL investment.

They will face only one of last season's top six in the opening 11 Gameweeks, of which seven are at St Mary's Stadium.

See: The Scout's key players to monitor

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