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Zaha set to pick up pace under De Boer

The Scout 29 Jun 2017
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace

The Scout explains why Crystal Palace's new manager could boost winger's FPL hopes

Frank De Boer is set to build his Crystal Palace team around Wilfried Zaha, and that can only be a good thing for Fantasy Premier League managers.

The Dutchman was appointed manager at Selhurst Park on Monday and will undoubtedly impose the philosophies that won him four successive Eredivisie titles at Ajax.

This likely means a 4-3-3 formation, with De Boer demanding a greater emphasis on possession.

Palace will build from the back, interchanging positions in midfield with the objective to create space to feed their wingers.

Setting up to give their wide men the time and space to attack their opposing full-backs, Zaha will be a key weapon.

After making great strides last season, Zaha's progress in Fantasy could be accelerated by De Boer's tactics.

His total of seven goals and 11 assists in 2016/17 was a vast improvement on his two goals and five assists in 2015/16.

Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha recorded seven goals and 11 assists in FPL in 2016/17

Zaha’s passing has also improved, up to 79% completion from 76% two seasons ago.

He created chances less frequently, but this will not deter FPL investment.

Instead of creativity, he has become more of a danger to opponents.

His average ICT Index Threat score improved from 17 per match to 24.

As a result, he scored or assisted 34% of Palace's goals last season, compared with just 11.1% in 2015/16.

De Boer will look to further improve Zaha's end product.

That's an exciting prospect for FPL managers, who will look to the winger as a tempting mid-price target.

Zaha's FPL progress
  2015/16 2016/17
Mins per shot 61.7 77.9
Mins per chance created 77.5 62.3
Goal involvement 34.0% 11.1%

See: Who to target at Pellegrino's Southampton

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