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But Valencia’s ability in the attacking third can justify the extra outlay currently putting managers off.
He ranked third for both crosses (142) and successful crosses (41) among FPL defenders last season.
Raiding forward from right-back, the former Wigan Athletic winger supplied 31 goalscoring chances and earned three assists.
Only forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with 5.8 points per match (ppm), bettered Valencia’s 4.3 ppm for Man Utd last season.
A recent change of tactics could even boost his points output this term.
The Red Devils offered a steady supply of defensive points in Mourinho’s first year in charge; their total of 17 clean sheets was joint-top with Tottenham Hotspur.
And the opening schedule suggests they could be quick to replicate that resilience.
According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), five of their first seven Gameweeks score no more than two.
That gives Valencia a platform to pick up clean sheets and, with the clinical Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) converting his supply line, he could head into October sitting on top of the defender standings.