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FPL rising stars: Roberto Pereyra

The Scout 3 Jun 2018
Roberto Pereyra, Watford

Watford midfielder can take his end-of-season form into the new campaign to star as a differential, says The Scout

The Scout looks at players expected to progress and make a big impact in 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League.

Roberto Pereyra (WAT)

A late surge in form in the season just over suggests the playmaker could be a mid-price gem in Fantasy.

Pereyra was outstanding over the final few matches of 2017/18 after moving to a role on the left wing for Watford.

He produced 32 points in his final six Gameweek appearances thanks to three goals and an assist.

The Argentinian averaged 5.3 points per match over that run and scored all of his five bonus points for the season.

Pereyra now looks to be an established name on the Watford teamsheet.

He was a starter in all six of those matches, having made only 12 starts all season up to that point.

Pereyra's end-of-season surge
  GW1-32 GW33-38
Mins/shot 60.6 33.6
Mins/shot in box 115.1 42.8
Mins/shot on target 191.8 67.3

Pereyra was a goal threat during the season run-in.

No other Watford player could better his 14 shots, 11 shots inside the box or seven shots on target.

His midfield team-mates Abdoulaye Doucoure and Richarlison were FPL favourites after strong starts to the season.

They were the 10th and 12th-most bought midfielders over the entire campaign, each being transferred in more than two million times.

The go-to choice

But they both suffered dips in form.

Doucoure scored only one goal in the second half of the season, while all of Richarlison's five goals came in the first 12 Gameweeks.

Pereyra's late flurry suggests that he can emerge as the Watford midfielder of choice and a major differential for Fantasy managers in 2018/19.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL rising stars: Jordan Pickford
Part 2: FPL rising stars: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Part 3: FPL rising stars: Ben Chilwell
Part 4: FPL rising stars: Benjamin Mendy
Part 6: FPL rising stars: Jose Izquierdo
Part 7: FPL rising stars: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Part 8: FPL rising stars: Jesse Lingard
Part 9: FPL rising stars: Manuel Lanzini
Part 10: FPL rising stars: Chris Wood
Part 11: FPL rising stars: Cenk Tosun
Part 12: FPL rising stars: Steve Mounie
Part 13: FPL rising stars: Kelechi Iheanacho

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