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ICT Index: Set-pieces make Holebas No 1

The Scout 5 Sep 2018
Jose Holebas, Watford

The Scout uses the ICT Index to analyse defenders who can offer FPL managers best chances of assists

The Scout is looking at players ranked high in the ICT Index, which helps Fantasy Premier League managers look beyond points to determine players' values as FPL assets through their Influence, Creativity and Threat.

Defenders and Creativity

The Creativity component of the ICT Index is a measure of a player's potential to return assists.

Here, Jose Holebas (£4.8m) is the standout contender over the first four Gameweeks, scoring 137.8 in the Index after claiming four assists. 

The Watford left-back has equalled his totals from both the 2016/17 and 2017/18 campaigns.

Holebas's share of dead-ball duties is a major reason for his early-season success.

He has created eight chances from set-plays, at least double that of any other defender.

That has prompted more than 156,000 FPL managers to buy him for Gameweek 5.

Top-ranking defenders for Creativity in ICT Index
Player Team Mins ICT Creativity Score
Holebas WAT 360  137.8
Mendy MCI 360  120.2
Robertson LIV 360  119.2
Janmaat WAT 360  91.1
Davies TOT 277  85.8
Trippier TOT 256  84.1
Bertrand SOU 360  82.7
Azpilicueta CHE 360  79.8
Baines EVE 284 74.7
Alonso CHE 360  72.2

Holebas' team-mate, Daryl Janmaat (£5.0m), also impresses.

The Dutchman's eight successful crosses from open play are more than any other defender.

But he is only fourth for ICT Creativity with a haul of 91.1, despite only one assist.

Strong starters

Ahead of him are Benjamin Mendy (£6.4m) and Andrew Robertson (£6.1m), who have had strong attacking starts.

Mendy has five assists and is the most-bought defender in 2018/19, with over 1.26m transfers in.

The Manchester City left-back is also the top-ranked defender for successful passes in the final third, with 114.

Robertson has been unlucky to only claim two assists.

The Liverpool left-back's total of 10 chances created is first among defenders.

He is also joint-top with Ben Davies (£5.8m) for big chances created, with three.

A big chance is a situation where the player receiving the pass is expected to score.

Corner man Trippier

Davies's Tottenham Hotspur team-mate, Kieran Trippier (£6.0m), has been another key performer.

He is joint-top with Holebas for successful crosses or corners, with 10 apiece.

Trippier is owned by 24.6 per cent of managers after tallying a goal and an assist in his three appearances.

His average of 36.6 minutes per chance created is better than last season’s 46.7, where his seven assists was joint-top for defenders.

Chelsea double-act

The Chelsea pair of Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.5m) and Marcos Alonso (£6.8m) also feature further down in the Creativity Top 10.

Alonso has soared to the top of the FPL player standings thanks to one goal and five assists.

But he has created only four scoring chances for his team-mates, a total matched by Azpilicueta.

The latter has also bettered Alonso's raids forward, producing more successful passes in the final third, by 97 to 91.

Also in this series

Part 2: ICT Index: Alonso goal threat on the up
Part 3: ICT Index: Fraser big on creativity
Part 4: ICT Index: Goal threat from Salah on a high
Part 5: ICT Index: Aguero an all-round threat in Fantasy

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