This is a new bitesize article that’ll shine a spotlight on players that have come to our attention, and are probably worthy of yours too.
Luuk De Jong
Newcastle's latest signing hasn’t made enough of an impact to be considered an emerging prospect, but after his debut in the Tyne-Wear derby we wanted to mention De Jong almost as an ‘advanced warning’. The Dutch forward had 4 shots and 3 on target after coming on at half time against Sunderland, impressive numbers for a 6.5 priced player. To put that in context, he got a shot on target twice as often as Suarez has this season. For those familiar with the stats we look at here, a figure of ~4 Shots/90 and ~2 On Target/90 is great, De Jong's performance puts him at 8 Shots/90 and 6 On Target/90. One word, Wow. It’s a tiny sample size though, and that’s why he’s an early warning rather than an emerging prospect. However the last player we saw to post numbers like that off the subs bench was Gerard Deulofeu who went onto to get some great fantasy hauls when starting in games.
With Remy still suspended and Gouffran still battling for fitness, De Jong has another chance to stake a place in the team this weekend. Newcastle have been in something of a goal drought, especially since Cabaye left, but there's nothing in the stats to suggest they are creating fewer chances, the only thing stopping them scoring so far is bad luck. With just 3 goals from 30 shots on target in the last 6, some positive regression is due their way. De Jong could well be the beneficiary of that. With Chelsea up next the chances of a goal fest are very slim, longer term and the fixtures aren't much better, and longer than that and De Jong may not even have a place in the squad with Remy, Gouffran, Cisse and Ameobi to compete with. For those reasons we can't recommend you get him in your fantasy team, but he's certainly one to keep a sly eye on.
And if you don't want to take our word for it, here's an obligatory youtube compilation video highlighting just how good he is in the air.
So there you have it, Luuk De Jong. One to watch.