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FPL rising stars: Kelechi Iheanacho

By The Scout 11 Jun 2018
Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester City

Leicester striker scored FPL points at quicker rate than Jamie Vardy and can have a huge season, 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.

Kelechi Iheanacho (LEI)

Iheanacho left it late in 2017/18 to show his potential in Fantasy.

The Nigerian's sequence of starts over the season run-in proved that he can translate pitch time into points.

Strong finish

After signing from Manchester City last summer, the striker went on to start only three of Leicester City's first 33 Gameweeks.

But he shone in four starts from their last six matches.

During that spell, no FPL forward bettered his total of 19 shots on goal.

Rivalling Vardy

Iheanacho scored against both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the final two Gameweeks.

Limited to only 824 minutes over the season, he produced three goals and four assists.

His team-mate Jamie Vardy supplied 20 goals and two assists in 3,255 minutes.

Vardy finished as the second-highest scoring forward in the game, with 183 points.

But Iheanacho was involved in a Leicester goal every 117.7 minutes, compared with Vardy's 148.

And in his two seasons with Man City, Iheanacho scored or assisted every 75.2 and 75.1 minutes.

Iheanacho v Vardy in FPL
2017/18 Iheanacho       Vardy
Mins/shot 28.4 45.8
Mins/chance created 74.9 101.7
Mins/FPL point 15.3 17.8

Having trailed only Harry Kane in the forward standings, Vardy could rise in price for 2018/19 from the £8.5m he started last season.

Because Iheanacho gained only 54 points and so should remain as a mid-priced option at £7.0m.

If manager Claude Puel continues to put his late-season faith in the 22-year-old, the striker has proved he can rival Vardy as the best Leicester 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 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

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