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ICT Index: Fraser big on creativity

The Scout 8 Sep 2018
Ryan Fraser, AFC Bournemouth

Index highlights potential for assist returns from AFC Bournemouth winger

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.

Midfielders and Creativity

Ryan Fraser (£5.6m) has been one of the standout creative talents in this season's Fantasy Premier League, according to the ICT Index.

The Creativity component of the index highlights a player's potential to return assists. It shows that the AFC Bournemouth winger ranks among the top 10 midfielders.

Fraser has supplied five big chances, where the player receiving the pass is expected to score.

Tellingly, that total is at least two more than any other player in the Premier League.

It also betters Fraser's tally from last season, where he produced only three big chances in 26 appearances.

The Scot's upcoming schedule suggests he can add to his current haul of a goal and an assist.

Four of Bournemouth's next six matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR).

Silva top

However, it is David Silva (£8.5m) who is the top-ranked midfielder for ICT Creativity with a score of 177.3.

The statistics show Manchester City's playmaker has been unfortunate not to earn an assist.

Silva has produced 13 scoring chances, joint top with Mohamed Salah (£13.0m), supplying a scoring chance for team-mates every 18.7 minutes.

Liverpool and Chelsea dominate

Liverpool and Chelsea each supply two players in the top five for ICT Creativity.

James Milner (£5.6m) joins Salah after claiming three assists to score 137.5.

Eden Hazard (£10.7m) and Willian (£7.4m) have impressed under new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri.

Both have played 223 minutes over the first four Gameweeks, producing 10 and nine chances created respectively.

Despite starting only two matches, Hazard has two assists. He has also recorded 125 successful passes in the final third, more than any other player.

Saint under the radar?

The delivery of Mohamed Elyounoussi (£6.4m) could soon be a key weapon for Southampton.

The summer signing has played only 186 minutes and is yet to earn an assist but is joint top for successful crosses or corners among midfielders, with a total of nine.

And Southampton have recorded 14 efforts directly from corners, more than any other side.

Top 10 midfielders for Creativity
Player Team Mins ICT Creativity Score
Silva MCI 243 177.3
Salah LIV 338 155.0
Hazard CHE 223 153.4
Willian CHE 223 140.7
Milner LIV 337 137.5
Sigurdsson EVE 299 136.8
Fraser BOU 360 122.0
Anderson WHU 332 119.4
Seri FUL 352 117.0
Elyounoussi SOU  186  115.6 

Tomorrow: ICT Index: Salah dominates for Threat 

Also in this series

Part 1: ICT Index: Set-pieces make Holebas No 1
Part 2: ICT Index: Alonso goal threat on the up
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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