Bournemouth mounted a great fight back against Everton in thrilling Dean Court encounter on the Saturday of Gameweek 14 of the 2015-16 Premier League season. The Cherries’ star was Junior Stanislas who netted twice and grabbed 14 Fantasy Premier League points for the 0.1 per cent of FPL managers who started him.
When I looked at Bournemouth midfielders a couple of weeks ago, I only mentioned Stanislas to reference his enticing 4.2m price tag because he had hardly played at that time. He has played 90 minutes in each of the two gameweeks since then, but his only appearances before that were 56 minutes from the start against Norwich in Gameweek 5, a 45-minute substitute appearance against Southampton in Gameweek 11 and 72 minutes from kick-off against Newcastle in Gameweek 12.
Given his limited game time this season, it’s still too early to draw any strong conclusions from his data but we can start to look for indicators of what we might expect if he continues to play.
Stanislas has fired a dozen attempts at goal in his limited minutes, although eight of those came in just two matches. Until Gameweek 14, the winger hadn’t been very successful at shooting from inside the penalty area or hitting the target. Stanislas has registered two goals with his two shots on target, which is a conversion rate he won’t sustain. However, he might compensate for that if he can improve the proportion of shots that find the target and the number of attempts he takes inside the box.
When we compare Stanislas to the other Bournemouth midfielders in his price range, its interesting to see his creativity stand out.
Again, it’s worth noting that limited game time might be skewing our picture of Stanislas, but he is doing well at creating opportunities for team mates based on the initial evidence. The columns showing Dan Gosling’s shot data are well proportioned so the chart also helps demonstrate how Stanislas is doing well at shooting and scoring, but not so well at shooting inside the penalty area or hitting the target.
Given their price tags, Stanislas, Gosling (4.4m)and Joshua King (4.6m) are intriguing picks for the fifth midfield spot in FPL squads. However, Bournemouth’s fixture list through December isn’t great (che, MUN, wba, CPL, ars) so for now most FPL managers would probably only be interested in them as cover in case another player fails to start, not as potential rotation options.
I should sound a final note of caution about Stanislas. While it may seem unlikely that a player who has just scored two goals for a struggling team would be benched, his place could come under threat from Marc Pugh (4.7m), who has just signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with the Cherries. The FPL website notes Pugh, who Stanislas replaced at half time in Gameweek 11, is expected to return from his Achilles injury next week.