According to the Premier League’s official Fantasy Football Scout, Newcastle United wing-back Jetro Willems is “one to watch” for FPL managers.
The popular game played by millions up and down the country is a bit of fun for most football fans, but some of the underlying stats revealed on Jetro Willems make for very interesting reading.
Here’s why the high-scoring defender has been named as a “one to watch” ahead of Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth in Gameweek 12:
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The wing-back has been a big influence at both ends of the pitch for Newcastle United this season.
Willems has contributed a goal and two assists while also playing a part in two clean sheets over his eight Gameweek appearances.
Indeed, his average of 5.0 points per match has been bettered by only four other defenders in 2019/20 FPL.
The underlying statistics highlight Willems’ attacking potential.
His eight chances created rank third among defenders in the last four Gameweeks.
That is a team-leading total for Newcastle, while his tally of three shots inside the box is the second-highest for Steve Bruce’s side.
Only 1.3 per cent of managers own Willems ahead of a favourable schedule for the Magpies.
According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), four of their next five matches score only two.
Joint-best home defence
That run gets under way with a home encounter against AFC Bournemouth this weekend.
The Magpies have been particularly resilient at St James’ Park this season.
They have conceded only three home goals, the joint-best record along with Leicester City.
AFC Bournemouth, meanwhile, have struggled for a cutting edge in recent matches.
They will travel to Tyneside having scored only a single goal in the last four Gameweeks.
Combined with his attacking potential, Willems looks set to enjoy another successful Gameweek on Saturday afternoon.
So, not only does this highlight how creative he’s been over the past four games – with only two other PL defenders creating more – it reveals that he’s part of a defence that has the joint-best home record in the Premier League, with both ourselves and Leicester conceding just 3 goals on our own patch this season.
This combined with the fact only ONE Newcastle player has had more shots inside the box than the Dutchman.
With his stunning strike at Anfield, his two assists and our solid defensive record in mind, will you consider bringing him into your Fantasy side this week?