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Sign or wait? Sanchez's new FPL potential

The Scout 24 Jan 2018
Alexis Sanchez, Man Utd

After the Chilean forward signed for Man Utd, The Scout looks at how 2016/17's top Fantasy points scorer will fare

Manchester United's signing of Alexis Sanchez (£11.7m) is set to have a major impact on the remainder of the Fantasy Premier League season.

His potential to lift his midfield team-mates could be of most interest to managers.

Sanchez was the top-scoring player in the game last season, with 264 points from 24 goals and 11 assists for Arsenal.

But while 28,000+ FPL managers have already transferred him in since he joined United, Sanchez's 3.0% ownership is unlikely to spike just yet.

Impact on team-mates

His arrival could boost the prospects of team-mates Paul Pogba (£8.0m), Anthony Martial (£8.0m) and Jesse Lingard (£6.4m).

Pogba is averaging 6.3 points per match this season, which is second only to the two top-scoring midfielders, Mohamed Salah (£10.2m), with 7.9, and Raheem Sterling (£8.9m), with 6.9.

Having recently secured a starting role, Martial’s form is also outstanding.

He has produced a point every 9.9 minutes, only Salah (9.7 minutes) can better that statistic.

Lingard’s FPL scores have dipped of late, but prior to Gameweek 23, he had produced seven goals from eight Gameweek starts in the No 10 role.

How will Sanchez fit in?

FPL managers must now assess these three options with Sanchez in the starting line-up.

He looks set for a debut in the Gameweek 25 trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

But Jose Mourinho’s formation and tactics for that encounter may not be a reflection of what is to come.

He adopted an unfamiliar 3-4-1-2 against Spurs in a 1-0 victory back in Gameweek 10.

Sanchez’s new role and position is uncertain and, while Lingard and Martial’s pitch-time could suffer, it will be several Gameweeks before the overall picture is clear.

FPL managers would be wise to wait and assess.

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