Ollie Watkins Struggle | FPL Analysis & Strategic Moves
|Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa controls the ball during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Aston Villa at Goodison Park on January 14, 2024 in Liverpool, England.(Image-Getty)
The Fantasy Premier League's analysis delves into the struggling form of Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins (£8.9m), who has only managed one goal and two assists in his last seven outings. Despite being in 56% of squads, Watkins hasn't lived up to expectations, accumulating just 25 points in recent matches. This dip coincides with AFC Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke (£7.1m) gaining momentum, scoring five goals and amassing 34 points in two fewer matches. Solanke's success is highlighted by 23 shots in the box, converting 20% of opportunities. Comparatively, Watkins lacks gilt-edged chances despite strong goal threats, raising concerns for Fantasy owners.
The statistics underscore Watkins' struggle in recent games compared to his early-season prowess. Initially averaging 6.8 points per match, scoring eight goals, and assisting six in the opening 14 Gameweeks, he has sharply declined to 3.6ppm in the subsequent seven matches. Examining underlying numbers reveals a drop in big chances from 15 to one, reduced accuracy, and a decline in creativity, as seen in key passes and big chances created. Watkins' involvement in dangerous positions has significantly decreased, casting doubts on his long-term Fantasy prospects.
Considering future moves, the article suggests that Watkins owners evaluate their formation strategy. For a 3-5-2 set-up, Solanke emerges as a superior goal threat and a potential partner for Haaland, offering substantial cost savings and a Double Gameweek advantage. Meanwhile, for a 3-4-3 formation, Watkins' significant drop in big chance involvement makes him a potential makeweight. Players like Alexander Isak or Joao Pedro could be viable replacements, aligning well with Haaland and Solanke, providing form and fixtures to enhance Fantasy performance.