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ICT Analysis: Paterson shining after role switch

The Scout 15 Nov 2018
Callum Paterson

The Scout says a change of position has lifted FPL potential of Cardiff City midfielder

The Scout runs the rule over players ranked highly over the last four Gameweeks in the ICT Index.

The Index helps Fantasy Premier League managers look beyond points to determine players' values as FPL assets through their Influence, Creativity and Threat.

Callum Paterson (CAR) £5.2m

The Cardiff City midfielder has been boosted by being deployed in a new role as a forward in recent matches.

Paterson has scored three goals in the last four Gameweeks, netting against Fulham, Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Only Anthony Martial (£7.6m), with five goals, has been more prolific among FPL midfielders.

The underlying statistics from Gameweeks 9 to 12 highlight the Scotland international's goal threat.

Top midfielders for ICT Threat GW9-12
Player ICT Threat Shots Shots in box Goals
Salah 272 16 10 3
Martial  208 12 8 5
D Silva 202 11 8 2
Sterling 199 9 7 2
Paterson 164 11 10 3

Paterson's total of 10 shots inside the opposition penalty area is joint-top in midfield with Mohamed Salah (£13.0m).

The Cardiff attacker is owned by only 0.6 per cent of managers.

Yet when compared with his earlier performances, his potential has improved significantly.

Paterson failed to score with any of his seven shots from Gameweeks 1 to 8.

Out of position 

As we saw last season, the potential of Marko Arnautovic (£7.1m) and Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m) was raised by a move up front.

And Richarlison (£6.9m) has benefited from a similar switch for Everton this term.

The in-form Paterson could be the next such player to target as the Bluebirds embark on a kind run of upcoming matches.

Cardiff schedule
13 EVE(A) 17 WAT(A)
14 WOL(H) 18 MUN (H)
15 WHU (A) 19 CRY (A)
16 SOU (H) 20 LEI (A)

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), only one of Cardiff's next eight opponents score more than three.

Given Paterson's new role, managers seeking a cut-price midfielder have an attractive option.

Also in this series

Part 1: ICT Analysis: Digne influence growing
Part 2: ICT Analysis: Bellerin threat on the rise
Part 3: ICT Analysis: Assists raising Fraser value
Part 5: ICT Analysis: Success a cut-price creator
Part 6: ICT Analysis: Run of starts boosts Morata

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