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Fixtures put Gabbiadini in Fantasy frame

The Scout 7 Aug 2017
Manolo Gabbiadini, Southampton

The Scout's series on overlooked players who can give you the edge over your FPL rivals concludes

Looking to get the edge in your Fantasy Premier League mini-leagues? The Scout names the fourth and final player being overlooked by the masses.

Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) £7.0m

Starting two of Southampton’s final three pre-season friendlies, and supplying two goals and an assist, means Manolo Gabbiadini (£7.0m) has made a late claim for a place in our FPL line-ups.

The striker scored against Saint-Etienne and Sevilla and could cement Gabbiadini’s spot in the starting XI ahead of Charlie Austin (£6.5m).

Gabbiadini was quick to make an impact after signing from Napoli in January.

He scored six times in his first four appearances in all competitions, including a brace against Manchester United in the EFL Cup final. 

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The goals dried up after he was injured against Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 29.

But Gabbiadini may become a key man for new manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

When on the pitch last season, he scored or assisted 71.4% of Southampton's goals.

He also averaged a shot every 25 minutes, only marginally slower than the rate of 22.9 minutes by Harry Kane (£12.5m).

Southampton's opening schedule gives Gabbiadini the opportunity to make a flying start.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), only one of their first 11 opponents score more than two.

Gabbiadini is found in just 4.7% of squads, but that figure will soar should he extend his summer goalscoring spree in Saturday’s opener at home to Swansea City.

See: The Scout's third overlooked player

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