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GW28 Ones to watch: Jose Izquierdo

The Scout 20 Feb 2018
Stoke City 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

The Scout says a regular starting role has unleashed the Brighton & Hove Albion winger’s potential in Fantasy

The Scout is selecting five Fantasy Premier League players set to make an impact in Gameweek 28.

Jose Izquierdo (BHA) £5.9m

Handed regular starts for Brighton & Hove Albion, Jose Izquierdo has responded positively to develop into a new cut-price target for FPL managers.

After playing the full 90 minutes just twice over the opening 24 Gameweeks, the Colombian has featured from start to finish in each of the last three matches.

He has repaid manager Chris Hughton's faith with back-to-back goals against West Ham United and Stoke City.

The statistics also underline Izquierdo’s increased threat to opposing defences.

Shooting on sight

Over those last two Gameweeks, only Alexis Sanchez (£11.8m) has produced more shots among FPL midfielders, by nine to seven.

But not even the Manchester United star can match Izquierdo’s four shots on target.

The summer signing from Club Brugge has provided the spark in a much-improved Brighton attack.

Over the opening 24 Gameweeks, Brighton recorded 224 shots. Only three teams, Everton (220 shots), Huddersfield Town (219) and Swansea City (199), recorded fewer.

Meanwhile, their 132 shots from inside the penalty area are inferior in number only to Swansea, with 111, and Huddersfield Town's 126.

But over the last three Gameweeks, Brighton's 44 shots rank them fifth in the league, while their 28 attempts from inside the penalty area put them joint-fourth.

Up next they host Swansea at Amex Stadium, one of four home fixtures over their next five outings.

Brighton's next six Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR
28 SWA (H) 2
29 ARS (H) 4
30 EVE (A) 3
31 -  
32 LEI (H) 3
33 HUD (H) 2

Izquierdo’s threat down the left could be enhanced against Swansea.

No team have conceded more chances down the right side of their defence than Swansea's 115 this season.

With his newfound confidence and sharper eye for goal, the winger can maintain his form on Saturday.

In doing so, Izquierdo could surpass the 17%-owned Pascal Gross (£5.9m) as the go-to Fantasy option in a revived Brighton attack.

Also in this series

Part 2: GW28 Ones to watch: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Part 3: GW28 Ones to watch: Abdoulaye Doucoure
Part 4: GW28 Ones to watch: Christian Eriksen
Part 5: GW28 Ones to watch: Sadio Mane

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