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FPL rising stars: Jose Izquierdo

The Scout 4 Jun 2018
Jose Izquierdo, Brighton

The Scout has numbers to suggest the winger can be the new Pascal Gross in 2018/19

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

Jose Izquierdo (BHA)

The Colombian can become a major FPL force in his second Premier League season.

Initially priced at £6.0m, Izquierdo started only seven of the first 19 Gameweeks for Brighton & Hove Albion.

It was instead team-mate Pascal Gross who turned the heads of FPL managers, becoming the most popular cut-price midfielder.

Transferred in by more than 2.55 million managers during the season, Gross was second only to Mohamed Salah for points-per-million value among outfield players.

The new Gross?

However, Izquierdo's output in the second half of the season suggests that he can rival Gross.

The winger started 16 of the final 19 Gameweeks for the Seagulls.

Three of his five goals and all five of his assists arrived in that period.

From Gameweek 20 onwards, Izquierdo's 66 points scored were only three fewer than the 69 of Gross.

His 35 shots, of which 21 were in the box, also bettered Gross, who produced 29 shots of which only 13 were in the penalty area.

Izquierdo's season of two halves
  GW1-19 GW20-38
Mins/shot in box       77 65.3
Mins/shot on target         123.2 124.6
Mins/goal or assist 308 171.4

Gross will likely rise in cost after an outstanding first season.

But that could give Izquierdo the chance to become the next member of the Brighton midfield to top the value charts in Fantasy.

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 5: FPL rising stars: Roberto Pereyra
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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