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FPL rising stars: Manuel Lanzini

By The Scout 7 Jun 2018
Manuel Lanzini, West Ham

The Scout on why the Argentinian can overtake Marko Arnautovic to become West Ham's biggest Fantasy target

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Manuel Lanzini (WHU)

Fantasy managers cannot afford to overlook the Argentinian in the upcoming campaign.

Lanzini was largely ignored in FPL following the arrival of David Moyes as West Ham United manager.

That is because Moyes played midfielder Marko Arnautovic in a striker's role, which made him the go-to Hammers option.

But with Manuel Pellegrini now in charge, tactics and formation are likely to change.

Lanzini could be handed a No 10 role in Pellegrini's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.

And if Arnautovic also drops back to form part of the attacking midfield, there could be a power shift in Fantasy.

Rising stats

Lanzini was limited to only 23 starts last season due to injury.

But the 40 chances he created still made him West Ham's most creative player.

And only Arnautovic, with 71, had more than his 44 shots.

Although his overall points haul dropped from 133 in 2016/17 to 106 in 2017/18, Lanzini's attacking influence still improved.

He scored or assisted 40 per cent of West Ham's goals when selected, up from 33 per cent.

Lanzini's last two FPL seasons
  2016/17   2017/18   
Mins/shot in box 129.1 93.1
Mins/shot on target       129.1 113.8
Mins/FPL point           20.4 19.3
Mins/goal or assist    246.5 170.7

Arnautovic and Lanzini were identically priced at £7.0m last season.

But the cost of Arnautovic is likely to rise after he produced 11 goals and seven assists over the final 23 Gameweeks.

So Lanzini is likely to be the cheaper option and, under Pellegrini, that could mean he offers stronger value to Fantasy managers.

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 8: FPL rising stars: Jesse Lingard
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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