In the last five gameweeks Christian Eriksen has delivered handsomely for Fantasy Premier League managers who have him in their team. He has scored 46 FPL points in that time, an average of 9.2 points per game. According to the FPL form guide (which is different), only Roberto Firmino has delivered more points per game for managers in the last month.
Despite being in 185,000 more FPL teams than he was five weeks ago, Eriksen has remained somewhat under the radar. He is now the fourth highest scoring midfielder for FPL points, but he sits in less than 10 per cent of squads.
One of the first things to stands out in Eriksen’s statistics is his creativity. The Tottenham Hotspur player has created more chances for his colleagues than any other Premier League midfielder except Mesut Özil. The FPL credit Eriksen with three more assists than the FourFourTwo Stats Zone numbers collated to create this chart, but even with the lower number his assists roughly match the league average conversion rate for chances created becoming assists.
Of more interest to many FPL managers, however, will be Eriksen’s recent uptick in goal scoring. He has scored three goals in his last five Premier League games, including a brace against Sunderland and the winner against Manchester City. The Dane has scored roughly as many goals as we might expect given the number of shots he has taken this season, but his shots on target conversion rate is low at 19 per cent. The frequency with which Eriksen shoots from long range doesn’t help in that regard – less than a quarter of his shots are from inside the penalty area. His shots on target conversion rate has been closer to the league average over the last five gameweeks, but he may need to shoot more often from close range if he wants to sustain that in the long run.
One problem with Eriksen is how to fit him in. More than 40 per cent of FPL teams have Toby Alderweireld in defence and a similar proportion have Harry Kane up front. On top of that, 30 per cent have Bamidele Alli in midfield so there will be plenty of FPL teams already at the maximum number of players permitted from Spurs.
Alli, whose shooting statistics have taken a big leap forward since I reviewed him in December, may have risen 1m in price this season, but he is still 2.5m cheaper than Eriksen (8.5m). The two midfielders are shooting with similar frequency, though Eriksen is a little more accurate and Alli shoots from close range more often. Unless an FPL manager is awash with spare cash and looking for a differential, it’s understandable if they prefer the cheaper player.