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Full-backs set to thrive under Pellegrino

The Scout 27 Jun 2017
Southampton's Ryan Bertrand celebrates scoring

The Scout analyses what Mauricio Pellegrino's appointment at Southampton means for FPL managers

Mauricio Pellegrino’s arrival at Southampton is an exciting prospect for the club and Fantasy Premier League managers.

The Argentinian takes over at St Mary’s Stadium having overseen a hugely successful season for Alaves in LaLiga.

Widely tipped for relegation following promotion to the top division, Pellegrino masterminded a ninth-place finish and also guided them to the Copa del Rey final.

His tactical prowess was impressive throughout that campaign.

Meticulously planning his approach against each opponent, Pellegrino is known to adapt his system accordingly.

The former Valencia centre-back favours a 4-2-3-1 formation, although he can also switch to a five-man defence, sometimes mid-match.

He expects his wide defenders to be able to perform two roles: as traditional full-backs and pushing forward as wing-backs.

He used converted winger Kiko Femenia and Atletico Madrid loanee Theo Hernandez in these roles at Alaves. 

Cedric Soares, Southampton
Owners of Cedric Soares are likely to benefit from Mauricio Pellegrino’s appointment, says The Scout

At Southampton, he is set to turn to Cedric Soares and Ryan Bertrand.

Both are already outstanding FPL prospects.

Only West Bromwich Albion’sChris Brunt supplied more successful crosses than Soares' 43 among defenders last season.

Meanwhile, Bertrand was involved in 20% of Southampton’s goals scored over his 28 appearances, netting twice and providing four assists.

Pellegrino’s tactics look set to boost the pair's attacking influence, while also increasing Southampton’s potential for clean sheets.

Alaves conceded only 43 goals from 38 LaLiga matches. Only four teams bettered that record.

Equally, Pellegrino’s side struggled for a cutting edge last season and scored just 41 goals.

But he should benefit from more creativity and attacking threat from his Southampton squad.

The progress of Dusan Tadic, Nathan Redmond and Manolo Gabbiadini will be of keen interest to FPL managers.

But it is Bertrand and Soares who could be the early benefactors.

With Southampton boasting arguably the most promising opening to the season of any Premier League side, FPL managers should be poised to react to Pellegrino’s potential impact.

Southampton's first six Gameweeks
GWOpponent
1Swansea City (H)
2West Ham United (H)
3Huddersfield Town (A)
4Watford (H)
5Crystal Palace (A)
6Manchester United (H)

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