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Lejeune can be a clear choice for FPL managers

The Scout 5 Jul 2017
Florian Lejeune, Newcastle United

The Scout reveals why Newcastle's signing could be a bonus point king, if he can dislodge Lascelles or Clark

Florian Lejeune could become the go-to Fantasy Premier League option in the Newcastle United defence, for ability to score bonus points and goals. 

With manager Rafael Benitez expected to keep faith in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Lejeune will have to dislodge the pairing of Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark.

Both impressed in the Championship, helping Newcastle to 19 clean sheets, including 11 in away matches.

But Lejeune will push for regular Premier League starts, and FPL managers would be wise to monitor the progress from the former Eibar player.

Dominant in the air

Formerly of Manchester City, he enjoyed an outstanding 2016/17. 

Dominant in the air, Lejeune won 115 aerial duels. His overall success rate of 76.2% was the best for defenders in LaLiga.

His 191 clearances for Eibar were again top for the division. 

Florian Lejeune
Florian Lejeune made more clearances than any other LaLiga defender last season

Overall for clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) – a key metric in the Bonus Points System (BPS) – Lejeune’s 281 was second to German Pezzella, of Real Betis, with 282.

Although Lascelles and Clark both registered CBI at a faster rate than Lejeune last season, his pedigree in Spain suggests he can be a real force.

Attacking threat

He also represents a significant goal threat.

Lejeune scored only one goal last season but fired 28 shots, with 12 coming from outside the penalty area.

Lejeune's aerial power at set-pieces from Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey could also be a factor.

Newcastle's central defenders 2016/17 
  Lascelles Clark Lejeune
Mins per CBI 8.4 7.6 10.4
Mins per shot 153.1 131.9 104.5

Fixtures boost hopes

Newcastle also boast a promising start to the new season.

After a daunting opening at home to Tottenham Hotspur, they host West Ham United and Stoke City before Gameweek 5.

Trips to fellow promoted sides Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion also provide an opportunity for early points.

If Lejeune can claim a starting role over this run, his dominance in the air could help him pick up big BPS returns and threaten goals.

The Newcastle defence could be priced at £4.5m across the backline, but Lejeune looks equipped to offer the best value of all.

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