The FPL lowdown on Dominic Solanke and Bournemouth’s midfielders

Bournemouth’s 29-goal striker Dominic Solanke is the primary focal point of this newsletter at the Cherries’ Fantasy Premier League (FPL) attacking choices for 2022/23.

But we’ll even be assessing the opposite midfielders and forwards from the south coast membership following their promotion from the Championship.

We’ve requested Bournemouth supporters and Fantasy Football Scout customers PaulRUK3 and FPLScofield for his or her enter for this piece, to supply a fan’s view.

You can learn up on our information to the Cherries’ defenders right here and a profile of supervisor Scott Parker right here.

Everything you want to learn about Fulham will also be discovered by way of the hyperlinks under:

READ MORE: What to be expecting from Fulham supervisor Marco Silva in FPL
READ MORE: Fulham’s defence assessed forward of FPL go back in 2022/23
READ MORE: What are we able to be expecting from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Fulham’s midfielders in FPL?

The stats on this piece are taken from Fotmob and WhoScored.


Total 46 25 13 8 74 39 +35 88
Home 23 13 7 3 41 21 +20 46
Away 23 12 6 5 33 18 +15 42

Bournemouth have been the second-highest scorers within the Championship closing season however they have been considerably in need of Fulham’s general of 106 objectives.

Goals haven’t precisely flowed for Parker’s groups over the previous few years: Fulham have been handiest the 7th highest-scoring aspect when being promoted in 2019/20 and the second-lowest within the Premier League in 2020/21.

Underlying stats-wise, the Cherries tried over 150 fewer photographs than champions Fulham closing season and have been most commonly top-four subject material for the important thing metrics under.

2021/22 general (rank v different Championship golf equipment)
Goals scored 74 (2d)
Shots 581 (4th)
Shots within the field 416 (4th)
Shots not off course 214 (third)
Attempts from set performs 125 (twenty second)
Attempts at the counter-attack 10 (=nineteenth)
Expected objectives (xG) 76.5 (third)

Parker’s recognition for slow-and-steady, possession-based soccer is underscored within the low choice of photographs (and, actually, general of 0 objectives) from counter-attacks, one thing that no doubt should beef up subsequent season as they gained’t see just about as a lot of the ball within the Premier League.

The Cherries posed little danger from set-piece eventualities, too.

“I personally don’t see us being that free-scoring this year and, most likely, less free-scoring than under Eddie Howe.

“There were 14 away matches that saw two or fewer goals scored by both teams combined but we alone scored 2+ goals on 14 occasions at home. We had way more clean sheets away than at home, while over half our matches at the Vitality saw both teams score.

“So basically, we’ve been scoring more at home and been less attacking away.

“We may have to be more cautious at home in the Premier League next season, however, so we might play how we did on road last year at the Vitality. And away I think we could struggle but our blueprint will be to keep it tight.” – FPLScofield

“Solanke is key: if he carries his finishing into Premier League, then yes [we can score enough to stay up]. If we can work Kieffer Moore into the line-up, even better.” – PaulRUK3



Player Position Starts (Sub Apps) Mins Goals Assists
Dominic Solanke ST 46 4096 29 7
Jaidon Anthony LW 38(7) 3265 8 7
Philip Billing CM 37(3) 3312 10 10
Ryan Christie RW 36(2) 3016 3 8
Jamal Lowe LW/RW/ST 9(25) 1103 7 2
Jefferson Lerma CM 33(1) 2860 1 3
Lewis Cook CM 25(3) 2180 1 2
Ben Pearson CM 8(15) 875 1
Emiliano Marcondes CM 8(9) 787 2 2
Morgan Rogers* LW/RW 1(14) 219 1
Gavin Kilkenny CM 13(1) 1100
Siriki Dembélé LW 4(9) 522 2 1
Todd Cantwell* CM 8(3) 641
David Brooks RW 7 506 1
Junior Stanislas LW/RW 2(5) 179 2
Robbie Brady LW/RW 2(4) 191
Kieffer Moore ST 0(4) 83 4
Christian Saydee ST 0(2) 2

*a loanee in 2021/22, has returned to mum or dad membership


Dominic Solanke‘s goalscoring achievements in the Championship last season were overshadowed by those of the record-breaking Aleksandar Mitrovic but the Bournemouth striker’s general of 29 second-tier moves has handiest been overwhelmed via two different gamers (Mitrovic and Ivan Toney) within the closing 9 years.

There’ll be quite a lot of FPL managers who will probably be sceptical about his talent to chop it within the height flight after his terrible shape at the south coast in Bournemouth’s relegation 12 months: it took him 39 video games to finish his goalless drought after making the transfer from Liverpool in January 2019.

Backers of the £20m striker will level to the truth that he used to be nonetheless a tender guy, handiest 22, when the Cherries dropped to the Championship, and he did a minimum of end 2019/20 with 3 objectives in as many begins.

There’s without a doubt that his courting with Parker has helped beef up him as a participant, with the Bournemouth supervisor again and again lavishing (from time to time hyperbolic) reward on his ever-present ahead over the past three hundred and sixty five days.

“He’s a Premier League centre-forward. I’m glad that he’s going to be playing Premier League football with us because that’s where I believe he deserves to be playing.” – Scott Parker on Dominic Solanke

As for his enjoying taste, he has earned the inevitable comparisons with Harry Kane: whilst he’s adept at doping up on the subject of target, numerous his paintings comes to losing deep to knit play in combination or ease power on his crew.

“Solanke continues to serve a seamless coalescence between being Scott Parker’s safety blanket – robust, consistent, his goals settling the team down – and the catalyst: pressing from the front, vertical dribbling and his goals sparking the team into life.

“His role under Parker is all-encompassing. He is the creative hub of the team, as shown by recent away performances, where he’s played as a traditional number 10 while also remaining the sole finisher. He single-handedly acts as the side’s main form of respite too, alleviating tension through delivering in the biggest, most critical moments. Phillip Billing in vintage form offers similar but to a less regular extent.” – Jacob Tanswell, Dorset Live

Mitrovic wins out on no longer simply the objectives scored entrance but in addition relating to underlying stats in a comparability of the 2, and we’ll almost certainly see that mirrored within the beginning FPL costs subsequent season.

Player Mins consistent with shot Mins consistent with shot not off course Mins consistent with shot within the field Mins consistent with xG Shot conversion (Goals to photographs) Shot accuracy (Attempts not off course to photographs) Mins consistent with likelihood created
Dominic Solanke 25 67.1 27.5 126 17.7% 37.1% 91
Aleksandar Mitrovic 19.4 41.7 22.6 106.9 21.7% 46.5% 81.6

The plus issues are that Solanke has been a nailed starter beneath Parker thus far, is on consequences (he transformed 4 of the 5 spot-kicks he took in 2021/22) and is one thing of a talisman, having performed an instantaneous section in slightly below 50% of the objectives that the Cherries scored of their promotion-winning marketing campaign – and that’s with out taking a look at ‘Fantasy assists’ for such things as shot rebounds.

For a participant whose sport comes to losing into deeper positions, all 29 of his league objectives got here from within the opposition house, with the overwhelming majority being close-range moves:

“Solanke will probably be cheaper on the scale of strikers and is the focal point for all our attacks so there might be value in his goals/cost ratio.

“He might be worth putting on the bench for the start of the season. Solanke didn’t do well in the Premier League when being sold by Liverpool to us for an extortionate price (at the time) but has been pure gold this season. We can only hope that he goes against the grain of Championship superstars not carrying it over to the Premier League.” – PaulRUK3


A ahead who made handiest 4 appearances, they all instead, wouldn’t normally command this many column inches.

But Kieffer Moore‘s contribution to Bournemouth’s promotion-winning marketing campaign on the finish of the season used to be a vital one and there have been causes for his restricted game-time.

The Wales global used to be a wintry weather switch window signing from Cardiff City however broke his foot mins into his debut, handiest returning in April.

The well-travelled 29-year-old delivered 4 objectives in his ultimate 3 exchange appearances of the season, together with the target that sealed promotion in opposition to Nottingham Forest.

He by no means changed Solanke when being offered, as a substitute being deployed up height with Bournemouth’s height goalscorer losing into the quantity 10 spot.

An have an effect on exchange function beckons at the beginning of 2022/23 however he’ll virtually no doubt be priced inexpensive than Solanke, so will probably be one for the longer-term watchlist. Should Parker exchange formation to a wing-back device, as he did when Fulham have been promoted two years in the past, then there will be the possibility of fielding two forwards up entrance in a 3-5-2, albeit sacrificing width within the procedure.

“The thing to be aware of is Kieffer Moore’s minutes in pre-season. He did so well at the end of last year and will fight for a place alongside or even at the expense of Solanke. Solanke will all but certainly start the season as first choice, though.” – FPLScofield

“Kieffer Moore is definitely one to watch and was instrumental in keeping us out of the play-offs on his return from injury, having broken his foot three minutes in to his debut in February!” – PaulRUK3


Jaidon Anthony and Ryan Christie have been starters extra continuously than no longer within the two vast positions, registering a decent 15 and 11 attacking returns respectively closing season.

You’re by no means rather certain how that can translate into Premier League shape: plucking two examples out from Parker’s closing promotion-winning aspect, Ivan Caveleiro and Tom Cairney posted equivalent target and help numbers in the second one tier sooner than flopping at the step up. There are myriad midfield cases of this from down the years, despite the fact that you do get the occasional Charlie Adam.

“Generally we’ve gone with a 4-3-3 in attack. The midfield three is led by Billing, who plays off the striker. The wingers get high up the pitch with Christie being the provider on the right and Anthony sometimes tucking in with more of a goal threat. The other two midfielders are fairly defensive and will offer little to nothing in attacking FPL returns.” – FPLScofield

Anthony and Christie have been each answerable for free-kicks and corners closing season however, as we discussed within the creation, Bournemouth had a deficient checklist at dead-ball eventualities.

Anthony’s tally of 18 giant probabilities created, consistent with Fotmob, used to be overwhelmed via just one different participant within the Championship however the shot/likelihood introduction averages another way weren’t too attention-grabbing:

Player Mins consistent with shot Mins consistent with shot not off course Mins consistent with shot within the field Mins consistent with likelihood created
Kieffer Moore 13.8 16.6 16.6 83
Dominic Solanke 25 67.1 27.5 91
Junior Stanislas 35.8 59.7 179 25.6
Jamal Lowe 40.9 78.8 46 100.3
Ryan Christie 41.9 100.5 73.6 53.9
Emiliano Marcondes 43.7 98.4 71.5 30.3
Philip Billing 48.7 150.5 70.5 77
Jaidon Anthony 53.5 142 85.9 46
David Brooks 56.2 168.7 84.3 126.5
Siriki Dembélé 74.6 174 104.4 32.6
Jefferson Lerma 77.3 357.5 102.1 98.6
Lewis Cook 155.7 726.7 726.7 109
Gavin Kilkenny 157.1 550 137.5
Robbie Brady 191 191 63.7

Above: Key attacking stats for Bournemouth midfielders in 2021/22. Forwards Kieffer Moore and Dominic Solanke are incorporated for comparability in italics, whilst names in daring have been common starters closing season.

To supply some context, Pascal Gross and Christian Eriksen, two set-piece-taking finances midfielders, had an opportunity introduction charge of higher than as soon as each and every 35 mins closing season.

The in a similar way cut-price Bryan Mbeumo, Maxwel Cornet and Pedro Neto averaged a shot within the field kind of as soon as each and every 50 mins, in the meantime.

And, after all, those figures have been delivered at a better stage.

Elsewhere at Bournemouth, left-sided deputy Siriki Dembele, the injury-prone Robbie Brady and the flexible Jamal Lowe have been back-up wingers for far of the marketing campaign, failing to make double figures for begins.

That used to be additionally true of Junior Stanislas and David Brooks however harm and sickness had a large say in that.

The hapless Stanislas used to be hit via a raft of health problems in 2021/22, culminating in a slipped disc in April. Brooks, in the meantime, had a much more severe combat in opposition to lymphoma, from which he has now fortunately been given the all-clear.

But the pair have pedigree when to be had for variety, each hitting 10+ Championship attacking returns in 2020/21 in spite of beginning fewer than 30 fits each and every.

Stanislas’s averages for photographs and probabilities created within the above desk have been additionally higher than a lot of his teammates within the season simply long gone, albeit from a small pattern measurement.

And we now have even observed Stanislas and Brooks doing the industry sooner than in FPL, hitting double figures for attacking returns in 2016/17 and 2018/19 respectively.


It’s no longer rather ‘forget all you know’ in regards to the Denmark global however he’s a darn sight extra attacking than he used to be once we closing noticed him within the height flight.

Billing registered a grand general of 4 attacking returns throughout 3 Premier League seasons with Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth however has since been reinvented as an offensive-minded ‘number eight’, ceaselessly being the participant closest to Solanke within the Cherries’ assault. No extra so used to be this obvious than within the win over Blackburn Rovers on the back-end of April, when Billing performed an element in all 3 objectives.

Ten objectives and as many assists have been provided via the Dane in 2021/22. No different Bournemouth participant arrange as a lot of his aspect’s moves.

A complete of 8 photographs within the six-yard field used to be additionally the second-most within the Bournemouth squad, in the back of handiest Solanke.

Outside of the 3 gamers that performed up entrance closing season (Moore, Solanke and, from time to time, Lowe), Billing used to be the Cherries participant with the most efficient charge of photographs within the penalty house (one each and every 70.5 mins). That’s no longer a in particular robust reasonable once we take a look at FPL midfielders, alternatively; extra Moi Elyounoussi (71.8) than Diogo Jota (30.4).

One different drawback is that he’s vulnerable to selecting up a reserving: 13 cautions arrived for Billing in 2021/22, the fourth-highest tally within the department.



Everyone on this class it will likely be a Fantasy footnote in 2022/23.

Jefferson Lerma is a reputation acquainted to FPL managers for all of the flawed causes, having prior to now racked up 23 bookings in simply 63 Premier League appearances. His talent to pick out up playing cards stays an undesirable power, with two sendings off accompanying 8 cautions in 2021/22.

The Colombian performed a little bit additional forwards as a ‘number eight’ on a lot of events beneath Parker closing season however just one target arrived from the midfield spoiler, who seems destined for a £4.5m-£5.0m price ticket once more.

Lewis Cook used to be the person continuously enjoying because the ‘number six’ when Lerma used to be driven a little bit forwards: the England one-cap surprise is a deep-lying playmaker, tempo-dictator and every other midfield asset who will most commonly dodge attacking returns.

Plenty of the opposite central midfielders in Parker’s squad may not be even on the membership subsequent season.

Local media outlet Dorset Live counsel that the membership will pay attention to provides for Emiliano Marcondes and Ben Pearson, whilst teenager Gavin Kilkenny is about for a transfer away on mortgage. All 3 gamers have been predominantly back-up choices in the course of the park closing season; if anything else adjustments in that regard in pre-season, because it did with John Lundstram 3 years in the past, we’ll revisit their circumstances.

Loanee Todd Cantwell has long gone again to Norwich, in the meantime, with the Cherries no longer taking on their possibility of signing him on an everlasting deal after an unremarkable brief keep at the south coast.


Solanke is clearly the stand-out select from the Bournemouth assault however there’ll be comprehensible reservations about each crew and participant.

Parker hasn’t precisely delivered free-scoring, free-flowing attacking soccer at Fulham or Bournemouth, with the Cottagers’ tally of 9 house objectives in 2020/21 the bottom in top-flight historical past.

Solanke can have his detractors, too, and the onus could be very a lot on him to turn out that his struggles within the Premier League closing time round are a factor of the previous. We’re virtually in Patrick Bamford territory in all places once more, because the Leeds striker got here up from the Championship in 2019/20 with a deficient height flight-record, to not point out a name for losing giant probabilities.

Bamford’s case will probably be an inspiration to Solanke and, in reality, there are some cheap contemporary luck tales some of the strikers who scored 25+ objectives in the second one tier and performed within the Premier League the very subsequent 12 months.

Mitrovic (beneath Parker!) and Adam Armstrong, who quickly dropped out of the beginning XI at their respective golf equipment, have been notable exceptions:

Player Goals scored in Championship Goals scored in Premier League
Ivan Toney 31 (2020/21) 12 (2021/22)
Adam Armstrong 28 (2020/21) 2 (2021/22)
Teemu Pukki 26 (2020/21) 11 (2021/22)
Aleksandar Mitrovic 26 (2019/20) 3 (2020/21)
Ollie Watkins 25 (2019/20) 14 (2020/21)
Teemu Pukki 29 (2018/19) 11 (2019/20)
Tammy Abraham 25 (2018/19) 15 (2019/20)
Neal Maupay 25 (2018/19) 10 (2019/20)
Chris Wood 27 (2016/17) 10 (2017/18)

Price will after all in large part dictate how interesting Solanke is. £5.5m is the very best we will be able to hope for, and he’d be a well-liked 3rd ahead at that tier, however £6.0m is almost certainly a extra reasonable estimate. The beginning costs of the massive hitters, like Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Erling Haaland and Reece James, can even dictate how much money we will be able to spend in other places; will £6.0m also be too dear for a moment/3rd ahead in 2022/23?

A reinvented Billing is a reputation to watch as the cheap 5th midfielder, if FPL get careless and checklist him at £5.0m in keeping with his earlier Premier League output. They’re almost certainly too savvy to make to any extent further gaffes after Lundstram-gate, alternatively, and it wouldn’t be a wonder to look the Dane at a extra off-putting £5.5m.

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