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ICT Analysis: Hazard the standout threat

The Scout 15 Oct 2018
Eden Hazard, Chelsea v Southampton

The Scout says Chelsea winger's potential for goals is greater than midfield rivals

The Scout runs the rule over 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.

Eden Hazard (CHE) £11.3m

The Chelsea midfielder has climbed to the top of the FPL player standings after five goals in the last four Gameweeks.

Top midfielders for ICT Threat GW5-8

Player ICT Threat Shots Shots on target Goals
Hazard 249 13 7 5
Sterling 238 10 6 2
Salah 205 13 5 1
Pogba 192 16 8 0
Sigurdsson 168 16 6 4

His total of 12 shots from inside the opposition penalty area over that period is more than any midfield rival.

Meanwhile, Hazard's seven shots on target were bettered only by the eight of Paul Pogba (£8.1m).

Improved goal threat

The underlying statistics show that the Belgian's goal threat has improved considerably when compared with earlier in the season.

Hazard managed only four shots inside the penalty area and three shots on target over the opening four Gameweeks.

A key factor has been his improvement in big chances, or situations where he was expected to score.

Hazard had five such opportunities from Gameweek 5 onwards, a total better than any other FPL midfielder.

But he recorded only one big chance in the first four Gameweeks.

Hazard danger rising
  GW1-4 GW5-8
Shots inside box 4 12
Shots on target 3 7
Big chances 1 5

The Chelsea player's all-round potential for points is further highlighted by his creativity.

Hazard also supplied five big chances for his team-mates, more than any other FPL player.

His ability to combine goals and assists have helped him claim 47 points over Gameweeks 5-8.

And such form means that Hazard can continue to profit as Chelsea prepare for three home matches in the next four Gameweeks.

Chelsea's next four Gameweeks
9 MUN (H) 4
10 BUR (A) 2
11 CRY (H) 2
12 EVE (H) 3
Also in this series

Part 1: ICT Analysis: Lowe matching top creators
Part 2: ICT Analysis: Maguire's impact soaring
Part 3: ICT Analysis: Anderson a creative spark for West Ham
Part 5: ICT Analysis: Run of starts boosts Iheanacho
Part 6: ICT Analysis: Kane rediscovering his shooting boots

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