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Scout Report – Victor Lindelof

On Wednesday, Manchester United confirmed their first summer signing with the capture of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof for a reported £31 million.

The Swedish international put pen to paper on a four-year deal, with the option of a further year, and will make his United debut on the summer tour of USA next month.

Speaking to the club’s official website, manager Jose Mourinho was delighted with the acquisition of the versatile defender:

“Victor is a very talented young player who has a great future ahead of him at United. Our season last year showed us that we need options and quality to add depth to the squad and Victor is the first to join us this summer. I know that our fantastic group of players will welcome him as one of us.”

The History

Lindelof joined the youth set-up at Swedish club Västerås SK as a 13-year-old back in 2007 and progressed to make his senior debut in September 2010.

He made 40 appearances in total for the club, registering one assist, before securing a move to Benfica in December 2011.

Lindelof began at Benfica B, playing 15 matches in 2012/13, with nine of those outings coming at right-back.

The defender made his first-team debut in a 1-0 Portuguese Cup win over CD Cinfães in October 2013, but spent most of that campaign with the reserves. Utilised at centre-back and as a holding midfielder, he bagged two goals and as many assists in 33 appearances.

Despite making his league debut in a 2-1 defeat to Porto in May 2014, Lindelof would again spend the 2014/15 campaign with Benfica B, making 41 appearances, predominantly at centre-back, registering one goal and one assist.

He finally broke into the first-team squad during the second half of 2015/16, scoring once in 15 league appearances, and also made four starts in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Last season, Lindelof was a regular starter for Benfica. He hit one goal in 32 league outings as they secured a fourth successive title, and featured a further eight times in the Champions League.

He has represented Sweden at all age groups from U16 to U21, making 29 appearances, and was part of the side that won the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship where he was named in the team of the tournament.

Afforded his senior debut in a 2-1 defeat to Turkey in March 2016, the defender has currently made 12 appearances for his country, scoring one goal.

The Prospects

While the signing of Lindelof was definitely made with one eye on the future, it’s likely that he’s being lined up to be the first-choice partner for Eric Bailly in central defence next term.

Mourinho is now spoilt for choice in that area of the pitch, with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all viable options, while the versatile Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe provide further alternatives.

Smalling has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, though, and is expected to depart this summer.

Regardless, we look set to see a degree of rotation in United’s backline, particularly when the UEFA Champions League group stage gets underway following Gameweek 4.

Lindelof’s role and level of involvement will be intriguing.

Likened to former United defender Rio Ferdinand in style, the Swede is comfortable with the ball at his feet and possesses an impressive range of passing.

It will be interesting to see how Mourinho uses those qualities. If Lindelof can fulfil a role of ball carrier, he could free up both Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera to curb their propensity to drop deep to engineer attacks.

Lindelof also boasts a reasonable turn of pace and has good mobility, explaining why he has also featured at right-back on the international stage.

The Swede is described as being very “German” by Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes, with the defender also nicknamed the “Iceman” because of his style of play – tough with a strong mentality, keeping high concentration levels and thriving in aerial duels.

Lindelof has admitted he feels most comfortable at centre-back, with his footballing intelligence and ability to bring the ball out of defence dovetailing well with the physicality and tough tackling of Bailly.

He also spoke of his free-kick taking ability, having scored with a stunning strike against Sporting Lisbon last season:

“I’m quite good at them. If I get an opportunity to take a free-kick, I think I’ll be there!”

He could rival the likes of Pogba, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford for dead-ball duties, although he did only manage one shot from outside the box last term, which suggests he may have to work his way up the pecking order.

The 22-year-old is also a decent tackler, although he likes to stay on his feet, explaining why he rarely concedes fouls, as illustrated by the fact he picked up just one yellow card in the Primeira Liga last term. That could bode well for his prospects in the Fantasy Premier League Bonus Points System (BPS).

However, despite standing at six foot two inches tall, it’s fair to say that Lindelof’s threat from set-pieces is somewhat underwhelming.

He only scored two goals in 73 appearances in all competitions for Benfica, and last season managed just a shot every 240 minutes.

That trails the likes of Rojo (118.6) and Smalling (173.6), although it was better than both Bailly (343.3) and Jones (528.3).

Meanwhile, his frequency of successful tackles (160 minutes) is significantly inferior to the likes of Bailly (47 minutes), Jones (66 minutes) and Rojo (75 minutes).

Lindelof also lagged behind in terms of minutes per clearance, block and interceptions (CBI), managing one every 16.9 minutes, with Jones (8.7), Rojo (8.8) and Bailly (10) all superior.

This did improve to a CBI every 12.86 minutes in the Champions League, perhaps indicating his numbers could be stronger on the Premier League stage.

His tackle statistics didn’t significantly improve, though, as he made a successful challenge every 144 minutes in European competition.

Those defensive statistics suggest he could struggle to match some of his defensive colleagues in the BPS, although Lindelof may be a cheaper option to help compensate.

Predicting the pricing applied to the United defence is tricky, given the injuries and rotation at play last term. But with Bailly and Antonio Valencia perhaps the most secure options, Lindelof could sit around 5.5 – at least 0.5 cheaper than that pairing.

That could bring him into play as a viable Fantasy asset, providing he immediately establishes himself as the first-choice partner for Bailly.

United’s obliging opening schedule will certainly see many Fantasy managers turn to Jose Mourinho’s side when formulating their initial squads.

They avoid all of last season’s top six over the opening six Gameweeks (WHM, swa, LEI, sto, EVE, sot), and having tied Tottenham Hotspur for the most clean sheets (17) in 2016/17, it’s at the back where we can really feel a degree of confidence.

Given a seal of approval by compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there’s little doubt United have bought a very talented player.

But from a Fantasy perspective, it is likely that Bailly and Valencia will offer the strongest and preferred routes into the United backline, meaning Lindelof may have to rely on a more favourable price tag to emerge as a viable alternative.

Further Reference

Victor Lindelof Wikipedia

Victor Lindelof Transfer Markt Page

Victor Lindelof You Tube

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  1. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Defender goal tallies are rarely replicated in the following seasons, so does this make Azpi the most likely to hit the eye-watering 170pt mark again?
    (Baines' best season was 178)

    ................Goals......Assists......Bonus......Points
    Alonso........6...............5...............11............177
    Cahill..........6............ ...0 .............15............178
    Azpil...........1................5..............22............170

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Not really, since he has the least goal threat

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 3 days ago

        He got 22 bonus from just 1 goal last season. His BTI is insane.

        He crosses from deep central positions under Conte, and contributes more to attack, so could very well get 5 assists again.
        http://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2017/03/azpilicueta--building-from-the-back.html

    2. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Will Baines be nailed on pens next season? Could be a bargain relative to the expected price rises of other FB/WBs if he remains fit.

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Alonso has a chance to play more games this season than he did.

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Okay. Do you think he'll still be a defender?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          2 months, 3 days ago

          It would be much better in FPL if he was, even if the most expensive. Depends on how FPL want to treat full time wing backs. 50/50 really on what they will do. Much bigger difference than moving a mid to a forward.

    4. feed feo
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Alonso might have got 200 points if he'd played every game.

    5. Pep
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Pray to God Ronaldo doesn't return to the Prem. Would be awful for FPL - crazy ownership, captained every week

        1. Phil DÆgge® ⭐
            2 months, 3 days ago

            cant blv ppl are actually blving this talk that he is going to return to UTd

            Although strangest things have happened mind but this really stinks

            1. The Tinkerman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 3 days ago

              But, but... Richard Keys says it's definite...

              1. Phil DÆgge® ⭐
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  its on
                  its on
                  its on

                  Move Is bloody on

          • Phil DÆgge® ⭐
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Aguero GW 1 Captain Locked

            • FPLKangaroo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Trying to get Sanchez Aguero/Jesus & Kane in your team without making it look unbalanced is impossible I have found.I have already done my first draft for GW1 and my main concern is no Sanchez.Have Kane & Jesus tho.

              1. Pep
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Where will Sanchez be come GW1? Would not consider him atm

                  1. FPLKangaroo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    City? That would be a nightmare in FPL.

                • UnitedFan
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Don't think I'll have either Jesus or Aguero. Currently on KDB or Sane as my City attacker.

                    1. FPLKangaroo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      I have Jesus and Sane in mine.City usually start fast.

                      1. UnitedFan
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          Too much money for players under a rotation-prone manager. One is enough imo.

                    2. Giggs Boson
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Yeah, getting all 3 in would be insane. Kane & Aguero is doable, however.

                      4.5 - 4.0
                      6.5 - 5.0 - 4.5 - 4.5 - 4.0
                      9.5 - 9.0 - 7.0 - 6.0 - 4.5
                      13.0 - 12.0 - 6.0

                    3. Slouch87 SISU OUT
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Will fall apart when prices come out. Chill have a drink , enjoy the sun and wait - there's no rush.

                    4. Ogie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      How much will Ronaldo's fpl price be when he returns to United?

                      1. Phil DÆgge® ⭐
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          he wont but 14.0

                        • The Tinkerman
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          I was about to ask the same question. Has to be 13m+

                        • UnitedFan
                            2 months, 3 days ago

                            14.0

                        • Jacky boy
                            2 months, 3 days ago

                            One question
                            I'm considering butland for gk if he is 4.5
                            I know foster has better fixtures but I wanna pick dawson from wba if he is 4.5 and if not nyom. I think butland would bring lots of saves.
                            But here is the question, butland has some hard fixtures but 4 of first 7 are at home. Now:

                            A)should I pick another 4.5 gk to rotate
                            Or
                            B) stick with butland in every matches and he can bring points by his saves also no probably cs.

                            With A, I can have a cs chance, with B I can have more 0.5 money with a 4gk and also there is no regret for bench points by another gk.
                            What's your idea ?

                            1. FPLKangaroo
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 months, 3 days ago

                              I'm doubling up on WBA def - Foster & Dawson.

                              1. Jacky boy
                                  2 months, 3 days ago

                                  Check foster total points and compare with others.

                              2. UnitedFan
                                  2 months, 3 days ago

                                  I usually do A to improve chances of a CS, but may do B this year if I really need the funds.

                                • Phil DÆgge® ⭐
                                    2 months, 3 days ago

                                    When the prices list will appear all your plans will go out of the window.

                                    Also there Is month remaining for someone to get injury and completely change the scenario

                                    Probably pick another to rotate and Get Dawson who.is likely to be 5

                                • Net Gains
                                    2 months, 3 days ago

                                    Any good team names in mind for next month?

                                    1. Dreams
                                        2 months, 3 days ago

                                        Net Losses.

                                        1. TorresMagic™
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • Has Moderation Rights
                                          2 months, 3 days ago

                                          33 minute sleep?

                                          1. Dreams
                                              2 months, 3 days ago

                                              Can't help it. Holidays.

                                            • Phil DÆgge® ⭐
                                                2 months, 3 days ago

                                                I am afraid its not even that TM probably lurking between

                                                He has become too addicted.
                                                #unabletoleave

                                                1. Dreams
                                                    2 months, 3 days ago

                                                    This.

                                                    1. Phil DÆgge® ⭐
                                                        2 months, 3 days ago

                                                        😉

                                              • Giggs Boson
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                2 months, 3 days ago

                                                Huddersfield have a defender called Schindler.

                                                I can't think anything better to joke about than an escalator company.

                                                1. Net Gains
                                                    2 months, 3 days ago

                                                    His team should be called Schindler's List

                                                2. 4. Arsenal FC
                                                    2 months, 3 days ago

                                                    Captain Phillips

                                                  • Ogie
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 months, 3 days ago

                                                    July

                                                3. The Tinkerman
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  2 months, 3 days ago

                                                  How much was Ronaldo when he was last in an FPL game? Was anyone here playing back then?

                                                  1. Adam West
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 months, 3 days ago

                                                    14m

                                                  2. TorresMagic™
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • Has Moderation Rights
                                                    2 months, 3 days ago

                                                    Pretty sure he was 14m before he moved to Real Madrid.

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                                                5. Jacky boy
                                                    2 months, 3 days ago

                                                    Want to get more than kun from city but I doubt sane pitch time
                                                    Also defenders
                                                    Wish they have a 6 Rb/Lb

                                                    1. HEADSY
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      2 months, 3 days ago

                                                      Why Kun over Jesus?

                                                      Also what price you estimating Kun coming in at?

                                                  • HEADSY
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 months, 3 days ago

                                                    This is how its going in straight off the bat so far:

                                                    Foster Heaton

                                                    Bailly Yedlin XXX Dawson Kolasonic

                                                    XXX XXX XXX Ritchie Milivojvec

                                                    Morata/Kane Jesus Knockart

                                                    Will play around with it from there.

                                                  • feed feo
                                                      2 months, 3 days ago

                                                      Fook, Red 2 is on again. I feel I'm in purgatory!

                                                    • mranonymous
                                                        2 months, 2 days ago

                                                        I still think 5m defenders offer the best value...

                                                        Who do we expect to be the best for that price?

                                                        Daniels come to mind immediately...

                                                      • amit1964
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        2 months, 2 days ago

                                                        good mornning

                                                        do you know when the prices list will appear?

                                                        1. TorresMagic™
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          • Has Moderation Rights
                                                          2 months, 2 days ago

                                                          This is an old article. July 10th or just after.

                                                          1. amit1964
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            2 months, 2 days ago

                                                            thank's