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Lacazette one up on Sanchez in Fantasy

The Scout 24 Jul 2017
Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal

Arsenal striker winning his FPL battle with last season's top points scorer is first up on The Scout's watchlist of premium forwards

The Scout watchlist of budget and premium players by position reaches its climax.

After revealing four bargain strikers, attentions now turn to the first of four pricey forwards.

Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) £10.5m

Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette (£10.5m) has already made an impact in Fantasy Premier League.

The new signing from Lyon has so far claimed 22.4% ownership.

That popularity has left team-mate Alexis Sanchez in the shade. Last season's top FPL scorer is part of only 15.1% of squads. 

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Lacazette arrives in FPL on the back of 28 goals and three assists in Ligue 1.

He converted 33.3% of his chances last term, a higher rate than any regular forward in Fantasy.

Sanchez, by comparison, scored 18.6% of his shots on goal after a prolonged spell as Arsenal’s central striker.

Crucially for managers, Lacazette is not only expected to fill that central role, but he could also claim penalty duties from Sanchez.

He netted 11 spot-kicks in all competitions last season and has converted 23 of 28 penalties over his career. 

But it is not only an eye for goal that makes Lacazette such an enticing Fantasy prospect.

He created a goalscoring chance every 47.2 minutes last season.

To put that into perspective, Chelsea’s Diego Costa (£10.0m), who earned more assists (11) than any FPL forward, created one every 73.4 minutes.

Lacazette also made 31 successful tackles last season. That would have ranked third among FPL forwards and boosts his prospects in the Bonus Points System (BPS). 

Watch Lacazette's debut goal 

He scored on his debut against Sydney FC and the opening schedule hands him the chance to maintain that momentum.

Six of Arsenal’s first eight matches score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Having dented the pre-season popularity of Sanchez, Lacazette has the all-round talent to surpass his team-mate for FPL points in 2017/18.

Arsenal's opening Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR (1 = Low 5 = High)
1 Leicester City (h) 2
2 Stoke City (a) 2
3 Liverpool (a) 4
4 AFC Bournemouth (h) 2
5 Chelsea (a) 5
6 West Brom (h) 2
7 Brighton (h) 2
8 Watford (a) 2

See: The Scout's budget forward picks

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