Fantasy Premier League

FPL rising stars: Steve Mounie

The Scout 10 Jun 2018
Steve Mounie, Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town forward could be the answer to an annual problem for Fantasy managers, says The Scout

The Scout looks at players expected to progress and make a big impact in 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League.

Steve Mounie (HUD)

If the Benin International can cement a starting role, he can become the go-to budget striker in Fantasy.

Mounie’s end-of-season displays were encouraging.

Signed from Montpellier last summer, he started only 11 of Huddersfield Town’s first 26 Gameweeks.

But he established himself as a regular over the season run-in.

Mounie started 10 of the final 12 matches as a lone striker, getting the nod ahead of Laurent Depoitre.

Box threat

His statistics over that period highlight a growing influence.

Mounie's 28 shots, 25 of which were in the box and 10 of which were on target, were all more than any team-mate.

Indeed, from Gameweek 27 onwards, only two FPL forwards managed more shots from inside the penalty area.

Mounie’s aerial threat was a key weapon for David Wagner’s side in that late run.

His total of 14 headed efforts was more than any other player.

Mounie in 2017/18
  GW1-26 GW27-38
Mins/shot 48.1         30.3
Mins/shot in box 67.4        33.9
Mins/goal or assist       252.8          169.4

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 2017/18.

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.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL rising stars: Jordan Pickford
Part 2: FPL rising stars: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Part 3: FPL rising stars: Ben Chilwell
Part 4: FPL rising stars: Benjamin Mendy
Part 5: FPL rising stars: Roberto Pereyra
Part 6: FPL rising stars: Jose Izquierdo
Part 7: FPL rising stars: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Part 8: FPL rising stars: Jesse Lingard
Part 9: FPL rising stars: Manuel Lanzini
Part 10: FPL rising stars: Chris Wood
Part 11: FPL rising stars: Cenk Tosun
Part 13: FPL rising stars: Kelechi Iheanacho

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