FPL rising stars: Kelechi Iheanacho

FPL rising stars: Kelechi Iheanacho

Leicester striker scored FPL points at quicker rate than Jamie Vardy and can have a huge season, says The Scout

The Scout looks at players expected to progress and make a big impact in 201819 Fantasy Premier League.

Kelechi Iheanacho LEI

Iheanacho left it late in 201718 to show his potential in Fantasy.

The Nigerian’s sequence of starts over the season run-in proved that he can translate pitch time into points.

Strong finish

After signing from Manchester City last summer, the striker went on to start only three of Leicester City’s first 33 Gameweeks.

But he shone in four starts from their last six matches.

During that spell, no FPL forward bettered his total of 19 shots on goal.

Rivalling Vardy

Iheanacho scored against both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the final two Gameweeks.

Limited to only 824 minutes over the season, poker online he produced three goals and four assists.

His team-mate Jamie Vardy supplied 20 goals and two assists in 3,255 minutes.

Vardy finished as the second-highest scoring forward in the game, with 183 points.

But Iheanacho was involved in a Leicester goal every 117.7 minutes, compared with Vardy’s 148.

And in his two seasons with Man City, Iheanacho scored or assisted every 75.2 and 75.1 minutes.

Iheanacho v Vardy in FPL 201718 Iheanacho Vardy Minsshot 28.4 45.8 Minschance created 74.9 101.7 MinsFPL point 15.3 17.8

Having trailed only Harry Kane in the forward standings, Vardy could rise in price for 201819 from the £8.5m he started last season.

Because Iheanacho gained only 54 points and so should remain as a mid-priced option at £7.0m.

If manager Claude Puel continues to put his late-season faith in the 22-year-old, the striker has proved he can rival Vardy as the best Leicester option in Fantasy.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL rising stars: Jordan PickfordPart 2: FPL rising stars: Trent Alexander-ArnoldPart 3: FPL rising stars: Ben ChilwellPart 4: FPL rising stars: Benjamin MendyPart 5: FPL rising stars: Dusan TadicPart 6: FPL rising stars: Roberto PereyraPart 7: FPL rising stars: Jose IzquierdoPart 8: FPL rising stars: Ruben Loftus-CheekPart 9: FPL rising stars: Jesse LingardPart 10: FPL rising stars: Manuel LanziniPart 11: FPL rising stars: Chris WoodPart 12: FPL rising stars: Cenk TosunPart 13: FPL rising stars: Steve Mounie.

Mounie’s contribution suggests that he will be vital for Huddersfield Town next season.

When selected, he scored or assisted 64 per cent of their total team goals in 201718.

That is a higher share than any forward who played a minimum of 1,000 minutes.

Mounie is likely to remain at a price of around £6.0m after scoring 92 points in his debut FPL season.

If Wagner keeps him at the head of the Huddersfield Town attack, the annual search by FPL managers for a reliable budget forward could be resolved.

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