Time for Trossard?

After a 9 point return and deployed OOP (out of position) against Liverpool, Leandro Trossard is firmly under the FPL microscope today. Graham Potter’s offensive tactics and style of play last weekend against a title contender worked like magic. Potter used Trossard as a false 9. It exploited a growing defensive weakness in Liverpool’s midfield (especially without Fabinho and Thiago) with Trossard dropping into pockets of space and between the lines to connect Brighton’s build-up phase.

Trossard is currently £6.4m and has some tantalizing fixtures coming up. Brighton faces Newcastle (H), Aston Villa (A), Leeds (H), West Ham (A) and Southampton (A) in the next 5. Trossard has an xG of 1.73 and xA of 0.56. He lacks consistency in terms of FPL returns but he does tick over nicely if you’re patient enough. He tends to have a big double-digit haul in him, a massive differential with the ranks being so bunched and the majority “perma-captaining” Mo Salah.

Some data using the Opta Stats Sandbox on Fantasy Football Fix shows us that Trossard has 26 total shots (3rd best) from all midfielders below £7.0m with 15 shots in the box (4th best). He’s also created 14 chances and has had 49 touches in the oppositions box.

Looking at the pass map from Between The Posts he was Brighton’s furthest player forward. He also received the most progressive passes and was their main outlet. Neal Maupay was benched by Graham Potter so if we continue to see Trossard as the lone forward I’d be extremely tempted in the next few weeks.

In the 2020/2021 season, he notched 5 goals and 6 FPL assists giving him a total of 132 points. He’s xG for that season was 5.41 according to Understat. There seems to be a small trend when he gets an attacking return he usually replicates that in the next game, a confidence player against “weaker sides” it seems.

Last season he scored a beautiful goal against Southampton then did even better against Newcastle with a goal and an assist for a double-digit haul. I remember that day vividly because I gave him the armband during that Blank Gameweek and he rewarded my faith. Trying to predict when he will score or haul is extremely difficult however, with the fixtures coming up it may just be the best short term punt going under the radar.

The budget midfielders slots are very hard to accommodate, with names like Conor Gallagher on the rise, Raphinha the constant menace, Bryan Mbeumo playing OOP, the Benrahma train (although this train looks to be a bit empty) there are a variety of options. Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise are coming to the party with Crystal Palace enduring a green fixture swing. Maxwell Cornet seems to be on another planet, scoring for fun and being heavily involved for Sean Dyche’s men. Where does Leandro Trossard fit into this?

A small comparison matrix using Fantasy Football Fix shows us some underlying data. What we can see is Trossard is the most nailed and consistent starter playing the most minutes and having the most touches (49) in the oppositions box. Raphinha is the most creative player in this list with (18) chances created. Said Benrahma is still a goal threat with (20) shots outside the box.

The predicted points tool on Fantasy Football Fix has Leandro Trossard as the 3rd highest sub £7.0m (budget midfielder) over the next 5 weeks with Raphinha in 2nd place just edging him. Newcastle has an xGC of 20.35 which is the worst in the league. If you fancy Brighton to win, Trossard should be on the scoresheet.

So why not take a punt and ride the Bossard movement *wink wink*