Market Trend #9 Players that are Strong at Key Passes

Updated: Feb 23

Recently, we have seen many players that are strong at key passes (The final pass which leads to the recipient of the ball having an attempt at goal without scoring) increase considerably in price.


For example, the below players are all strong at key passes and have all increased in price considerably in the last 5 days. These are examples of players which have recently been highlighted on the site that have risen. However, many other players that have not been highlighted on the site recently, but, are strong at providing key passes have also increased in price recently.


Price Increases in players that are strong at key passes highlighted just 5 days ago

Emiliano Buendia (Highlighted at £1.37) is one strong example. Buendia is well known for being able to provide many key passes. However, between 14/09/19 - 14/12/19, Buendia did not provide a single assist. Subsequently, his PB scores suffered and so did his price - dropping from the £1.37 price he was highlighted at on the site to a low of £1.15. With two assists in his last two games, Buendia is currently £2.14.


*Buendia is being used here as an example of a player who has increased in price due to recent high PB scores (Partly due to providing many key passes) and is not being highlighted as a value player

Emiliano Buendia has provided two assists in his last two games and his PB scores have dramatically improved leading to a considerable increase in price

Strong Chance of improving PB scores


Players that are strong at key passes can often make for strong Football Index holds because they have a chance of improving their PB scores especially if the difference between the amount of key passes they have created and the amount of assists they have provided is high. This is because often they have a strong chance of providing more assists in the future as they are constantly creating goal scoring opportunities.

Players that are strong at providing key passes often build high PB scores with 6 points for a key pass and 20 points for an assist

Below are potentially valuable players due to being strong at key passes and due to the further reasons below.


Gerard Deulofeu

Gerard Deulofeu

Price: £1.23

Team: Watford

Age: 25

Position: Forward

Country: Spain

Key Passes per game: 1.8


Pros:

  • High PB scores - 229 and 210 this season

  • If Watford are relegated - transfer is likely

  • Premier League players may increase in price due to Football Index marketing campaigns

  • Goal and assist in last game

Cons:

  • May struggle to compete for match day dividends regularly whilst at Watford

Nikola Vlasic

Nikola Vlasic

Price: £1.09 *First highlighted at £0.70

Team: CSKA Moscow

Age: 22

Position: Midfielder (Attacking)

Country: Croatia

Key Passes per game: 2.6


Pros:

  • Very strong at key passes

  • High PB scores

  • EURO 2020 - Croatia International


Cons:

  • Currently in a non-pb league

  • Signed for CSKA Moscow in July 2019 on a contract until June 2024

Denis Geiger

Denis Geiger

Price: £0.92

Team: Hoffenheim

Age: 21

Position: Midfielder (Central)

Country: Germany

Key Passes per game: 1.7


Pros:

  • 3 assists in 13 games in the Bundesliga this season

  • Young

  • Previous transfer speculation


Cons:

  • Low PB scores

Jack Harrison

Jack Harrison

Price: £0.91

Team: Leeds United

Age: 23

Position: Midfielder (Left)

Country: England

Key Passes per game: 1.7


Pros:

  • On loan from Manchester City

  • 5 goals and 6 assists in 25 games this season

  • Leeds United are top of the Championship - strong chance of playing in a PB league next season


Cons:

  • Currently in a non-pb league

Ronaldo Viera

Ronaldo Viera

Price: £0.61

Team: Sampdoria

Age: 21

Position: Midfielder

Country: England

Key Passes per game: 1.4


Pros:

  • Young

  • Former England Youth International


Cons:

  • Low PB scores

Isaiah Brown

Izzy Brown

Price: £0.57

Team: Luton Town on loan from Chelsea

Age: 22

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Country: England

Key Passes per game: 2.9


Pros:

  • On loan from Chelsea

  • Young

  • 6 assists in 15 games

  • Very strong at key passes

  • Former England Youth International

Cons:

  • Currently in a non-pb league

  • Has not played since November

  • Has a bad injury record

  • Luton Town are currently bottom of the Championship

Faitout Maoussa

Faitout Maouassa

Price: £0.47

Team: Rennes

Age: 21

Position: Midfielder (Left)

Country: France

Key Passes per game: Only 0.5 in Ligue 1, but, average of 1.7 in 3 Europa League games


Pros:

  • Young

  • Low price for a young player in a PB league

  • Scored a quality goal from a solo run earlier in the season (In October)

  • Rennes are currently 3rd in Ligue 1

Cons:

  • Infrequently plays full games

  • Low PB scores

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