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ICT Index: Alonso goal threat on the increase

The Scout 6 Sep 2018
Marcos Alonso scores for Chelsea

Index backs up attacking potential of Chelsea left-back and two Arsenal defenders in FPL

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 Threat

Marcos Alonso (£6.8m) is the standout FPL defender for goal threat in the ICT Index.

The Threat component measures a player's potential to produce goals.

It highlights the attacking displays of the Chelsea left-back across the first four Gameweeks of 2018/19.

Alonso’s total of 12 shots on goal is at least double of all but two other defenders.

He has scored once and supplied five assists on his way to the top of the FPL scoring charts on 44 points.

His underlying numbers are also an improvement on last season, when he scored seven goals.

Alonso is averaging a shot every 30 minutes, compared with 44 minutes in 2017/18.

Crucially, he is the only defender to feature in the ICT top 10 for both Creativity and Threat.

Shaw shots

Luke Shaw’s (£5.1m) eight shots on goal is second only to Alonso. No defender has bettered the Manchester United left-back’s four shots on target.

Michael Keane (£4.9m) and Shkodran Mustafi (£5.4m) have also impressed in the early stages.

The Everton and Arsenal defenders are joint-top with Alonso for shots inside the penalty area, with six apiece. The pair have also matched Shaw’s four efforts on target.

Meanwhile, Nacho Monreal (£5.5m) and Aymeric Laporte (£5.5m) claim a place in the top four for ICT Threat.

They have each scored one goal and also recorded two big chances, where the player receiving the pass is expected to score.

Owned by only 3.2 per cent, Laporte is also the only centre-half to start all four Gameweeks for Manchester City.

Tarkowski top scorer

James Tarkowski (£5.0m) is the leading goalscorer among defenders, with two in the first four Gameweeks.

The Burnley centre-back's contributions in both defence and attack rank him fourth in the overall ICT Index for defenders.

Top 10 defenders for Threat 
Defender Team Mins ICT Threat Score
Alonso CHE 360 114.0
Shaw MUN 360 93.0 
Monreal ARS 270 89.0
Laporte MCI 360 86.0 
Van Aanholt CRY 360 84.0 
Keane EVE 270 84.0 
Doherty WOL 338 84.0 
Tarkowski BUR 360 82.0 
Mustafi ARS 360 80.0 
Chilwell LEI 360 80.0 
Also in this series

Part 1: ICT Index: Set-pieces make Holebas No 1
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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