Everything but the Goal had its first test selection success last week when Son Heung-Min followed up his strong Gameweek 5 underlying statistics with a good performance in Gameweek 6 in which the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder found the back of the net not once, but twice against Middlesborough. He did so off four shots, including three in the area and two on target.
This experiment is attempting to see what success can be had from selecting a player with good underlying statistics from a small number of recent games but has failed to deliver Fantasy Premier League returns. Players are judged to have either found their objective (goal, assist, clean sheet etc.) or to be missing it again.
Alongside the main selection, I choose a control pick. This is a player who had good underlying numbers but also delivered returns the week before. Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez, the control pick last week, also found the net after hitting four shots, including two in the box and one on target.
While it is a shame to overlook the merits of Christian Benteke or Jermaine Defoe as control picks given their striking performances last week, the objective for the two picks this week will not be goals but to deliver an assist each. The Everything but the Goal pick for Gameweek 7 is Jason Puncheon. He created eight chances for Crystal Palace against Sunderland, including two from corners.
The control selection is Burnley’s Steven Defour, who created six chances against Watford, half of them from corners, and saw two of those chances turned into assists.
Season EBTG score: Found 1 – 4 Missing.
Season control score: Found 2 – 3 Missing.