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ICT Analysis: Cook goal threat on rise

The Scout 23 Jan 2019
Steve Cook, AFC Bournemouth

The Scout says the AFC Bournemouth centre-back has been a big presence in the opposition box

The Scout looks at players who could soon be set for big Fantasy Premier League points hauls, according to the ICT Index.

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

Steve Cook (BOU) £4.4m

The AFC Bournemouth defender has stepped up his attacking potential in recent matches.

According to the ICT Index, Cook is second only to Ricardo Pereira (£5.3m) over the last four Gameweeks for Threat.

Top defenders for Threat GW20-23
Player ICT Threat Shots in box Touches in box Goals
Pereira 116 3 14 0
Cook 106 12  0
Duffy 104 1
Ake 100 2
Tomkins 96 1

Cook produced five shots inside the penalty area, all of which were headed attempts, over that period.

That was joint-top with Nathan Ake (£5.0m) and Shane Duffy (£4.6m) among defenders.

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And Cook's 12 touches inside the opposing penalty area also rank among the top four in defence.

Assessed against his previous displays, Cook has considerably improved his goal threat.

Indeed, he managed only seven shots inside the box over the first 19 Gameweeks.

Cook's creativity has also risen.

He produced three key passes over the last four Gameweeks, compared with only four beforehand.

His Gameweek 25 encounter with Cardiff City could reward Cook's growing goal threat.

The Bluebirds have conceded 101 shots from set-pieces, the second-worst record in the Premier League.

However, AFC Bournemouth's testing run of upcoming opponents suggests that Cook should be targeted from Gameweek 30 onwards.

Six of their final nine matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

At a cost of £4.4m, he could prove a handy cut-price defender for the season run-in.

AFC Bournemouth's run-in
30 HUD (A) 2 35 FUL (H) 2
31 NEW (H) 2 36 SOU (A) 2
32 LEI (A) 3 37 TOT (H) 4
33 BUR (H) 2 38 CRY (A) 2
34 BHA (A) 3      
Also in this series

Part 2: ICT Analysis: McNeil rivalling the best
Part 3: ICT Analysis: Eriksen can step up to deliver
Part 4: ICT Analysis: Deeney can play a leading role

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