In the first of a new series, Mihir is producing a weekly bite size snapshot of an FPL asset and highlighting why they would be a good pick for your team.
First up is Luke Shaw..
A few stats on why Luke Shaw (£4.9M and 3.8% TSB) from Man Utd is a good option to consider.Embed from Getty Images
• First things first these are Man Utd’s fixtures for the next 3 games, they all are good fixtures to target for clean sheet returns right now with the opposition not posting good attacking numbers.
• Most of Man Utd’s attacks come from down the left side when Shaw is playing and therefore this heatmap of Shaws as we can see is very attacking ( Whole Season )
• So far this season Shaw has had 3 assists and 5 clean-sheets but his xA for the season is 4.51 which means he is underperforming in his assists category due to his teammates not finishing his chances he has created.
• Now let’s compare him to other Fullbacks from the top 6 teams to whom he is considerably cheaper:
|Player||xA (Season)||xA (LAST 5)|
Looking at the Stats Only, Robertson has accumulated more xA than the Englishman this season but only by a slender margin. In the last 5 games he is the most creative fullback in the league right now and is yet going under the radar for many and is huge value at £4.9M.
In the last 5 weeks, Shaw has also created 5 big chances and has the most crosses for a defender (52 – out of which 17 were successful). The only defender who has more chances than Shaw (7) this season is Robertson with 8, which proves he has been performing consistently.Embed from Getty Images
Also there is the Telles factor. Alex Telles came to United with a big reputation but so far he has hardly featured or delivered. I certainly feel Ole won’t risk it with him and will ease him in and Shaw is the first choice left back for United. Another factor is that he got subbed at halftime as a rest for the next game with the current game being won a 4-0 at the time.
More on why Shaw can be a good asset can be found here in our recent review of Man Utd defensive improvement. https://jumpersforgoalposts.info/manchester-united-defensive-revival/