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Set-pieces: Keane heads up dangerous defenders

The Scout 10 Oct 2018
Michael Keane, Everton goal v AFC Bournemouth

The Scout explains how Everton defender is troubling the opposition with his goal threat

The Scout continues a series of articles looking at Fantasy Premier League players who have posed a big attacking threat from set-pieces.

Michael Keane (EVE) £4.9m

Michael Keane has offered the greatest goal threat of any defender from set-pieces this season.

The Everton centre-back has produced 12 shots from corners or free-kick situations, with all of his efforts recorded inside the opposition penalty area.

Keane has supplied a goal and an assist over his six Gameweek appearances, averaging 4.7 points per match (ppm).

Top defenders for goal threat from set-plays 
Player Shots Shots in box Headed shots Goals
Keane 12 12 12 1
Alonso 8 5 1 0
Rudiger   8 8 5 0
Kabasele     7 7 6 0
Balbuena    7 7 6 0
Bamba 7 7 5 1
Ake 7 7 3 1
Head of the class

Notably, all 12 of Keane's attempts were headers.

This shows that the Toffees have pinpointed his aerial ability under new head coach Marco Silva.

By comparison, Keane recorded only 13 headed shots on goal last season.

Indeed, the 25-year-old is averaging a goal attempt every 44.9 minutes this term, down significantly from 170.7 minutes in 2017/18.

The Toffees now have a set of very favourable forthcoming home matches that raises the potential of their players in Fantasy.

Everton's next five home matches
GW Opponent FDR
9 Crystal Palace 2
11 Brighton 2
13 Cardiff 2
15 Newcastle 2
16 Watford
Rotation key

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR), Everton's next five visitors score a total of only 11.

Added to his goal threat, Keane could prove a major source of points at Goodison Park.

But Everton's upcoming away matches suggest that his 1.3 per cent owners should seek out a rotation partner.

The Toffees face trips to Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City over the same period.

Both Ben Chilwell (£5.0m) of Leicester City or Brighton & Hove Albion centre-back Shane Duffy (£4.5m) offer options for those looking to bench Keane on the road.

Also in this series

Part 1: Set-pieces: Trippier threat on the rise
Part 3: Set-pieces: Knockaert offers FPL value
Part 4: Set-pieces: Free-kicks boost Maddison in Fantasy
Part 5: Set-pieces: Mitrovic the standout forward
Part 6: Set-pieces: Deeney can be big aerial weapon
Part 7: Set-pieces: FPL managers can gain from Magpies pain
Part 8: Set-pieces: Salah can profit from Milner absence

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