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FPL Watchlist: Jota can bring midfield goals

The Scout 17 Jul 2018
Diego Jota, Wolves

Advanced role for Wolves gives Portuguese the edge over popular team-mate Neves

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position. 

Diogo Jota (WOL) £6.5m

A proven eye for goal promotes Jota in FPL for 2018/19.

He was the top scorer for Championship winners Wolverhampton Wanderers last season.

The 21-year-old hit 17 goals and produced five assists in 44 appearances.

His scoring streak continued as he struck the winning goal against Basel in Wolves' opening pre-season match last week. 

Edge on Neves

Stationed on the left of a front three in a 3-4-3 formation, Jota is classified as a midfielder in FPL.

That advanced role can give the Portuguese the edge over team-mate Ruben Neves (£5.0m) as a source of attacking points.

Central midfielder Neves managed six goals and one assist last term.

Due to his low cost, he is the most popular Wolves player, owned by 16 per cent compared with Jota’s 7.9 per cent.

But the underlying statistics suggest Jota could be the more productive of the two.

He ranked second overall for shots on goal in the Championship last season, firing a total of 120 efforts to Neves’s 93.

Poacher in the box

And when it comes to shots inside the opposition penalty area, Jota bettered Neves by 39 attempts to zero.

He also had the edge for creativity, producing 53 key passes to Neves's 37. 

Wolves's kind opening run of opponents also promotes early investment in their key players.

Only two of their first 10 matches score more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR).

Wolves' first 10 Gameweeks
GW Opponent Venue FDR
1 Everton H 2
2 Leicester A 3
3 Man City H
4 West Ham A 3
5 Burnley H
6 Man Utd A
7 Southampton H
8 Crystal Palace A
9 Watford H
10 Brighton A

Factor in Jota’s superior attacking threat, and managers might consider the extra outlay over Neves well worth it when selecting their opening squads.

See: The Scout's 2018/19 FPL Watchlist

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