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He's back! Zlatan added to FPL

The Scout 24 Aug 2017
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Man Utd

Priced at £10.0m, 2016/17's Fantasy favourite returns to Man Utd, but how should managers approach his comeback?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back in Fantasy Premier League, and he is priced at £10.0m in the game.

The forward returns to Manchester United after 17 goals and seven assists in 28 appearances in his sole FPL season.

He is still recovering from a long-term knee injury but, when fit, Ibrahimovic's addition offers Jose Mourinho an intriguing option up front.

Ibrahimovic ranked second for shots on goal (115) and joint-top for chances created (47) among FPL forwards last season.

And his average of 5.8 points per match (ppm) was the fourth-highest among strikers.

But will the 35-year-old be a regular starter?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned 17 goals and seven assists in 28 appearances in his sole FPL season

Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) is expected to retain the lone striker spot after scoring three goals in his first two fixtures.

A secure pick, the Belgian’s total of 72 Gameweek starts over the last two seasons is more than any forward.

Lukaku is the most popular player in FPL, boasting a 57% ownership, and compares strongly against Ibrahimovic.

He scored more goals (25 to 17) last term and was far more clinical, converting 22.7% of shots to Ibrahimovic's 14.8%.

But there is a chance that, when on the pitch, Ibrahimovic could be handed penalty duties.

He took three of Man Utd's four spot-kicks in the Premier League last season.

But unless Mourinho changes formation and opts for a two-man strike force, Ibrahimovic could struggle to gain the attentions of FPL managers.

New additions in FPL

Player Position Team Price
Davinson Sanchez DEF TOT 6.0
Florent Hadergjonaj HUD 4.5
Abdelhamid Sabiri MID HUD 5.0
Sam Clucas SWA 5.0
Zlatan Ibrahimovic FWD MUN 10.0

See: Ones to watch in FPL Gameweek 3

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