Top Value Defenders


#1 - Cédric Soares

Posted by on Aug. 4, 2017

When we hear the name Cedric we immediately think of a small elderly man crouched over in Morrison’s trying to get tinned vegetables off the middle shelf.

However, he is actually a highly talented attacking fullback operating on the right side of Southampton’s defence. The Portugeezer had a solid season for Southampton and recently at international level he starred at the confederations cup even bagging a (somewhat dubious) goal against Mexico in the confederations cup.

Although he did not get on the score sheet last season for the Saints he provided 5 assists and kept 9 clean sheets despite only making 30 EPL appearances in an injury hit season.

In an attacking sense Cédric looked dangerous running from deep to the byline and delivering a staggering 144 crosses if Southampton can show increased attacking guile and composure converting more chances this season his potential for assists increases significantly.

With new Manager Mauricio Pellegrino stepping into the hot seat next year Southampton will offer a much greater attacking threat and should build on an already impressive rear guard.

A delve into his numbers from last season demonstrates both his attacking and defensive FPL potential.

CLUBSOUTHAMPTON
16/17 START VALUE£5.0M
16/17 END VALUE£4.9M
17/18 START VALUE£5.0M
APPEARANCES30
MINUTES PLAYED2515
CLEAN SHEETS11
SEASON FPL POINTS102
POINTS PER GAME3.4
TEAM SEASON GOALS CONCEDED48
TEAM GOALS CONCEDED PER GAME1.26
CROSSES PER SEASON144
CROSSES PER GAME4.8
BONUS POINTS11
BONUS POINTS PER GAME0.37

Southampton arguably have the most favourable opening 5 fixtures of any Premier League team starting at home to Swansea and West Ham followed by an away trip to newly promoted Huddersfield before they welcome Watford to Saint Mary’s and then travelling to place Crystal Palace. These fixtures have strong clean sheet potential and a strong chance of Saints goals.

With good value attacking defenders at a premium next year Cedric could prove to be a must have at just £5million.

Image courtesy of Clément Bucco-Lechat



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