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Adaptable Vydra can rival Wood for FPL interest

The Scout 8 Aug 2018
Matej Vydra signs for Burnley

The Scout assesses the latest four additions to Fantasy, including Burnley's new forward

As four more players are added to Fantasy Premier League, The Scout assesses the FPL potential of Burnley's latest forward signing and AFC Bournemouth's combative midfielder. 

Matej Vydra BUR (£6.0m)

The forward arrives at Turf Moor as the top-scoring player in last season’s Championship.

Vydra recorded 21 goals and four assists in 42 league appearances for Derby County.

He had 26 big chances in 2017/18, or a situation where the player receiving the pass is expected to score. Only four players in FPL bettered that total.

Vydra’s goal conversion rate of 28 per cent suggests he will boost Burnley’s attacking potential.

Sean Dyche’s side scored just 36 goals last season and only four teams managed fewer shots than their 378.

Vydra is adaptable enough to play in Burnley’s 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 formations, up front or in a central-support role.

That versatility can boost his chances of starts as he competes with Chris Wood (£6.5m), Ashley Barnes (£6.0m) and Sam Vokes (£5.5m) for a spot on the teamsheet.

If he can secure a regular role, Vydra could rival Wood as The Clarets’ likeliest source of goals.

Jefferson Lerma BOU (£4.5m)

The combative midfielder produced one assist in 26 LaLiga appearances for Levante last season.

Lerma registered 27 shots and 19 chances created during that period. But it is his defensive qualities that can impact most on AFC Bournemouth.

No Cherries midfielder surpassed his totals of 35 successful tackles, 49 interceptions or 88 aerial duels won in 2017/18.

Those qualities could boost the prospects of clean sheets for AFC Bournemouth defenders.

No side recorded fewer shutouts than The Cherries’ six last season, while their total of 61 goals conceded was the fourth-highest.

But Lerma’s lack of attacking potential means that Ryan Fraser (£5.5m) remains the best option in the Cherries midfield.

The Scot has impressed in pre-season with one goal and four assists.

Player additions 

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (TOT) £5.0m
Jefferson Lerma (BOU) £4.5m

Tammy Abraham (CHE) £5.5m
Matej Vydra (BUR) £6.0m

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