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GW3 Ones to watch: Patrick van Aanholt

The Scout 24 Aug 2017
Patrick van Aanholt, Crystal Palace

Find out why a big FPL haul can happen for Crystal Palace's wing-back, starting at home to Swansea

The Scout’s five players to watch in Gameweek 3 concludes with a raiding Crystal Palace defender.

Patrick van Aanholt (CRY) £5.5m

The Dutchman has been handed the freedom to charge forward from wing-back by Eagles head coach Frank de Boer.

While he has yet to deliver FPL points, his underlying statistics suggest that a big return is looming.

It could easily arrive in the Gameweek 3 home encounter with Swansea City.

Van Aanholt ranks joint-second for shots (three) in the Palace squad, and has been assigned set-pieces from both flanks.

No FPL defender has supplied more successful corners  than his four.

Patrolling the left wing, Van Aanholt can take advantage of a weakness in the Swansea defence.

Paul Clement’s men have conceded more chances down their right (15) than any other side.

Van Aanholt has the attacking pedigree to punish them.

With 11 goals and 10 assists over his last three seasons, his influence in the final third is undeniable. 

Notably, each of his five goals last season arrived in home matches. 

There is also the prospect of a first Palace clean sheet on Saturday 

Clement’s side have not scored this season and have fired fewest shots on goal (nine) in the league.

Few FPL defenders can match Van Aanholt’s short-term potential, with a trip to Burnley and a home meeting with Southampton to follow.

Whether from open play or a set-piece, he looks primed to deliver and provide managers with a double-digit tally.

Also in this series
Part 1: Richarlison
Part 2: Daley Blind
Part 3: Chicharito
Part 4: Matt Phillips

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