With two new additions to the Palace squad this week in the form of midfielders Cheikhou Kouyate and Max Meyer, the Fantasy Premier League Scout gives you the lowdown on their stats, and how they could fit into your team this year.
FPL Scout: Max Meyer
Max Meyer (£6.0m) is an exciting new addition to the Crystal Palace midfield in Fantasy Premier League, arriving from German side Schalke 04. Having produced 17 goals and 12 assists in the last five Bundesliga seasons, the midfielder offers manager Roy Hodgson a number of options in his starting XI.
The Germany international started his career as an attacking midfielder either on the left wing or centrally, but he also excelled as a defensive midfielder last season, helping Schalke to second place in the Bundesliga.
Meyer won 79.2% of his tackles in 2017/18, more than any Palace midfielder. Successful tackles are a key metric in the Bonus Points System (BPS), which decides how bonus points in matches are awarded.
Another attribute of the midfielder’s that helps contribute to picking up bonus points is his passing ability. Meyer averaged 43.9 passes per match last season at a completion rate just short of 90%. With players scoring in the BPS for attempting over 30 passes and completing over 70 per cent, Meyer could be an attractive midfielder to own.
It is possible he will occupy the central midfield position alongside the high-scoring Luka Milivojevic (£6.5m), however, the acquisition of Cheikhou Kouyate suggests he could be used in a more advanced position. The role he ends up playing will ultimately be what determines his potential in Fantasy Premier League.
FPL Scout: Cheikhou Kouyate
Also brought in this week to bolster Palace’s midfield options was Cheikhou Kouyate (£5.0m) who arrived from West Ham United.
The Senegalese international has 12 goals and 10 assists in the last four seasons, providing a consistent source of Fantasy points and at just £5.0 offers a cheaper alternative to Meyer.
Whilst not a prolific goalscorer, Kouyate will certainly help Palace’s already strong defensive record, as previewed here and will likely benefit from the point awarded to midfielders for clean sheets.
Having averaged over 93 points a season over the past 4 years, the midfielder provides solid value for money at just £5.0m.
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