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FPL Scout Report: West Brom 1-2 Everton

The Scout 22 Aug 2016
Gareth Barry, West Bromwich Ablion vs Everton

The Scout checks in on Everton's away-day victory at the Hawthorns

The Bonus Points

Everton earned an away win and also monopolised the top places in the Fantasy Premier League Bonus Point System (BPS); Ronald Koeman’s side contributed five of the top six ranked players.

Gareth Barry’s (£4.5million) first away goal for five years helped the Toffees midfielder claim the three bonus points with 33 BPS. The midfielder also made eight recoveries and three clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI).

Mason Holgate (£4.5m) earned two bonus points with 28 BPS thanks to his assist for Barry’s winner. The 19-year-old defender also completed two dribbles and made nine recoveries in an eye-catching display.

Kevin Mirallas (£5.5m) completed Everton's hat-trick of bonus point earners - his equalising goal was the main contributing factor to his 26 BPS tally.

The ICT Index

Barry also came out on top in the ICT Index, registering 11.0 – an impressive return considering he managed double figures in the Index on just two occasions last season.

Surprisingly, Barry scored 54 for Threat with Romelu Lukaku (£9.0m) the only other player to match his two efforts on target.

Ross Barkley (£7.6m) was the most inventive player in the Everton ranks. He scored 30 for Creativity, trailing only West Bromwich Albion’s James McClean (£5.0m) who registered 57.

West Bromwich Albion v Everton - Premier League
Ross Barkley (left) was Everton's chief creator in the victory at West Brom

Barkley made 20 successful passes in the final third, more than any other player.

Meanwhile, McClean supplied eight crossed balls for the Baggies, creating four chances for team-mates.

The Scout Notes

Holgate’s performance will give Koeman food for thought with Ashley Williams (£5.0m) primed to make his first start in the Gameweek 3 meeting with Stoke City. Holgate would seem the most likely to make way with Ramiro Funes Mori (£5.0m) and Phil Jagielka (£5.0m) completing Everton’s back three.

The introduction of Yannick Bolasie (£6.0m) and Romelu Lukaku from the bench demonstrated Everton’s new squad depth; the pair will also be pushing for starts against Stoke. That could see one or both of Kevin Mirallas and Gerard Deulofeu (both £6.5m) drop out.

In contrast, Ross Barkley looks an assured starter. Only two midfielders, Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool and Etienne Capoue of Watford, have scored more Influence in the ICT Index so far this season.

For West Brom, Craig Gardner’s (£5.5m) impressive start to the season continued. He provided the assist for Gareth McAuley’s (£4.5m) opener and has created seven chances in total this term.

Salomon Rondon (£6.5m) continues to look threatening up front, he was restricted to just two attempts by Koeman’s defence, though both came from inside the box.

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