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FPL rising stars: Jesse Lingard

By The Scout 6 Jun 2018
Jesse Lingard, Man Utd

Budget midfielder is set to once again prove more valuable than Lukaku, Pogba and Sanchez, says The Scout

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

Jesse Lingard (MUN)

Following a strong finish to the 2017/18 season Jesse Lingard can become a serious midfield option for the next campaign.

The 25-year-old started only one of the opening 13 Gameweeks in 2017/18.

But he became a significant player for Manchester United thereafter, starting 19 of their remaining 25 matches.

The only outfield team-mates to start more times over that period were Nemanja Matic, Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku.

United chart-topper

With his pitch time more secure, Lingard's Fantasy potential soared.

From Gameweek 14, his eight goals made him United's joint-top scorer along with Lukaku.

And Lingard’s total of 10 big chances received and 22 shots on target during that run were more than any other United player.

Lingard in 2017/18
  GW1-13     GW14-38
Mins/shot           38.2        31.9
Mins/shot on target       229.0   72.5
Mins/big chance         0 159.4

Priced at just £6.0m, Lingard ended the season with the best points-per-million (ppm) value of all Man Utd midfielders and forwards.

His 21.3ppm compared with the 13.3 of Alexis Sanchez and 17.5 of Paul Pogba.

It all points to Lingard challenging that pair as the standout option in Jose Mourinho’s midfield next season.

Sanchez and Pogba were valued at £12.0m and £8.0m respectively last August.

Lingard is expected to be far cheaper, with the potential to offer better value once more.

He will return from the FIFA World Cup with England with the platform to become Man Utd's top attacking option 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 6: FPL rising stars: Jose Izquierdo
Part 7: FPL rising stars: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
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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