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Reid could be useful FPL budget forward at Cardiff in 2018/19

Bobby Reid is expected to add some much-needed goal-threat to Cardiff City this season and has the potential to be a useful budget forward in Fantasy Premier League.

Only two Championship players scored more goals than Reid’s 19 last season, after Bristol City manager Lee Johnson deployed the midfielder as a striker.

With seven assists and a high work rate to his game, Reid could also be well-rewarded by the Bonus Points System too.

THE HISTORY

The majority of Bobby Reid’s career has been spent as an energetic and skilful attacking midfielder, perhaps a little limited by his height and weight. However, Lee Johnson’s decision to deploy him up-front at Bristol City last season has turned the 25-year-old into a pacy and dangerous striker.

Reid has always been a technically gifted footballer but it’s only in the last few years that he has become more of a physical specimen capable of applying his skills. Loan spells at lower league clubs like Cheltenham Town, Oldham Athletic and Plymouth Argyle reportedly helped Reid realise he needed to improve his fitness and stamina. With Plymouth in particular, Reid stood out with his contributions in midfield, but the hustle and bustle of life in League Two took its toll.

The advances Reid made to his own fitness regime and Johnson’s tactical switch of the player’s position paid dividends in 2017/18. Relying largely on his blistering pace and now endless energy, Reid scored 19 goals and assisted seven more in the Championship. Only Derby’s Matej Vydra (21) and Lewis Grabban (20 for Sunderland and Aston Villa combined) scored more than Reid in the hunt for the league’s Golden Boot trophy.

THE COMPARISONS

Player

Goals

Total shots per game

Shots – Inside Box per game

Shots – On Target per game

Shots – Blocked per game

Minutes per Shot On Target

Reid

19

1.89

1.2

0.8

0.5

103.7

Paterson

10

1.6

1

0.6

0.2

113.9

Zohore

9

2.6

1.7

0.9

0.8

78.8

Hoilett

9

2

1

0.7

0.5

119

Mendez-Laing

6

1.5

0.9

0.5

0.5

150.6

Where Reid stands out compared to his new Cardiff team-mates is in conversion of chances. Despite registering fewer shots inside the box or efforts on target than Zohore last season, his goal tally at the end of the campaign was more than double.

However, Reid still compares favourably to the other important goal-scoring assets in south Wales. His 1.89 shots per game was better than wingers Junior Hoilett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, as well as midfielder Callum Paterson.

He also registered more shots in the box than those three players, boasting a better minute per shot on target ratio too.

THE PROSPECTS

Whether Reid proves a viable Fantasy asset this season will largely depend on what role he fulfils in the Cardiff team, something we don’t have data on just yet. Target man Zohore was an important figure for Cardiff but the fact that the club has been linked with several strikers over the summer does suggest that his place is far from certain and could be taken by Reid. His addition to the squad adds a completely different dimension to Cardiff’s attack. While Zohore is more of a physical presence used as an outlet, Reid is a pacy and energetic goal-scorer, who proved significantly better at putting the ball in the back of the net.

Alternatively, Reid could potentially replace one of either Mendez-Laing or Hoilett on the flanks. However, the fact that he is a converted centre-forward does always leave the door open for Warnock to switch him back into midfield; he mentioned upon signing Reid that “he can play a number of positions”. In that area of the field, Reid was nowhere near as much of a goal-threat. 21 goals in all competitions in 2017/18 was almost double the combined tally from his first seven years as a professional player.

Of course the other factor to consider is that Reid’s 2018/19 opposition will be considerably stronger than ever before in his career. This is his first taste of Premier League football and the same is true for the vast majority of his new team-mates. In fact, goals may be an area in which Cardiff struggle this season. Compared to Wolves and Fulham, the Bluebirds did not return to the top flight on the back of attacking prowess – their 69 goals in 46 matches was only sixth-best in the Championship and even bettered by 18th-placed Hull City. Instead, their success was built on a strong backline and the best defence in the division (39 goals conceded).

Obviously Reid is likely to shift Cardiff’s focus for winning matches more towards attack than defence but he will still have settle in his new environment before he can be relied upon. However, he will still have some appeal during pre-season on account of an expected FPL price around £6.0m or below and a work-rate that will be rewarded by the BPS.

Reid registered a combined total of 68 successful tackles and interceptions last season, a tally that was level with Roberto Firmino and only bettered by Jordan Ayew (84) among forwards on FPL. With that statistic contributing towards bonus points, Reid is likely to one to pick up the extras when he does score or assist.

715 Comments Post a Comment
  1. mr messi
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Sub Lovren (2points) for Mojica?

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      If you don’t do it then why are you playing this game 🙂

      Of course

  2. Atimis
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Assuming England wins today, who would you put in third mid spot?

    I plan to put Pavard in def and Mbappe in place of Hazard/Kaku.
    Wit regards to mid, I probably won't be able to avoid triple players from one team so currently considering Lingard, Rakitic, Pogba, Paulinho, Willian and maybe Golovin.

    Courtois
    __/Miranda/Trippier/Lovren/Godin
    __/Modric/Coutinho
    Hazard/Kaku/Kane

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Lingard, Paulinho or Willian for me

    2. ShackledAce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Shaqiri, but we'll see have he fares today

    3. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Please don't assume England will win

    4. Atimis
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Ant what do you think about Pavard and Mbappe?

  3. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Is there anyway with which can check if my ML rivals have used their wc and chips?

  4. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Best Croatian striker?

    A) Perisic
    B) Mandzukic
    C) Rebic

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Eye test Rebic. Nostaglia Perisic. Stats Mandzukic

      1. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Cheers meet! Seems on point.

    2. Camzy
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Probably Mandzukic. But I'd really consider Perisic. Rebic hasn't really impressed me much but his price is pretty attractive!

      1. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I’m confused between Perisic & Mandzukic. Perisic looked really active against Denmark.

        1. mikess
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          I thought he was poor. He does get into dangerous positions

  5. The Overthinker
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 12 days ago

    If we do the transfers now, will it avoid the price rise?

  6. Rafa the Geordie
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Does anyone know when we start to find out player prices for next years?

    Or better still when the game will be open? 😛

    Cheers.

    1. RedArrows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      FPS started doing price teasers on twitter over the summer last year, but we won't know the full list until the game opens even if they do this again this year.

      1. RedArrows
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 12 days ago

        *FPL*

        1. Rafa the Geordie
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Thanks! Im far too keen and want to start planning my team now haha!

          1. RedArrows
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Me too! So glad I have the World Cup to keep me distracted.

  7. Atimis
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    CSanchez in for some other 2 pointer?

    1. St. Joseph
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Why would we stick on a 2 pointers.
      It doesn't matter for me if in the end C.Sanchez gets another red, I'll sub him in

  8. DJDave1979
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Hilarious headline this the morning after a historic World Cup encounter.

    If England win on pens will we get something about a Wolves DM who just might chip in with the odd goal and offer something as a budget enabler?

  9. Pröpper Bońg
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone have Muslera ? Would you keep his 3 points or bring in Olsen?

    1. ChadW98
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I'm strongly thinking of keeping, Olsen may conceed a silly goal.

      1. Pröpper Bońg
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Yeah same here tbh. 3 points is good enough. Although I do think it's gonna be 0-0 Lol.

        1. ChadW98
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Yeah, after all the thrilling games, surely we need a labouring 0-0 draw.

    2. Prøfeßor Bear
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      What do you have to lose?

      It's a bit of a no brainer.

      1. Pröpper Bońg
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Well if Olsen concedes 2 or 3 goals and picks up a yellow card then he will finish onn1 point where I have 3.for Muslera already. So it's not a no brainer professor.

        1. Prøfeßor Bear
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          You've picked pretty much the worst case scenario here even though you've admitted you think it will end up 0-0...

          1. Pröpper Bońg
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            I also think that one day I will wake up next to Megan Fox.. Doesn't mean it will happen. I agree it's a wee gamble and could pay off but it's definitely not a no brainer.

            1. Prøfeßor Bear
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Agree to disagree.

              1. DJDave1979
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                I'm with Prof the upside is Soooo much bigger than the downside that it IS a no brainer. You have to play the percentages. It's like in poker. You MIGHT lose calling an all in with AA against an inferior hand but you are making the wrong call by folding.

                You have seen the alternative is a 2. ANY PLAYER who will start should come in if the option is there. 2 is the base score. It is POSSIBLE to lose points but the correct play is to take that chance.

                1. Pröpper Bońg
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  What if i lose my ML by 2 points ?

    3. ChadW98
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Did you stick or sway?

      1. Prøfeßor Bear
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        He probably stuck. What did you do?

  10. Nespinha
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Captain?

    A. Claesson
    B. Maguire
    C. Akanji
    D. Sanchez

  11. Trippier Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Help greatly appreciated, 1st choice for cap today:

    A) Kane
    B) Lingard
    C) Quintero
    D) Granqvist
    E) Olsen

    1. Pröpper Bońg
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Quintero

    2. DJDave1979
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Kane. We still believe.

    3. RedArrows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Has to be Kane. Why else drop 11m big ones?

    4. Trippier Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Thanks all, Am on Kane right now, but reading here there's a lot of love for Granqvist

      1. DJDave1979
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Sky bet has price boosted Granq to score in a Sweden win. That's how I've hedged!

  12. Totalfootball
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Captain -

    A. Kane
    B. Quintero
    C. Granquist
    D. Claesson

    1. RedArrows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      See above

  13. Root
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Captain

    A) C.Sanchez
    B) Kane

    Help

    1. Prøfeßor Bear
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      A for the bants and the red card. 😉

  14. The Tinkerman
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Swap out 2pts of Kaku for C Sanchez?

    1. The Tinkerman
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      For clarity this isn’t captaincy decision

    2. Atimis
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Same dilemma

    3. Prøfeßor Bear
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Worst case he could get a yellow, a red card or score an own goal (these are highly unlikely to happen, minus the yellow card). There is also the risk he may not start, although he probably will.

      Worth the risk if you have nothing to lose, but unlikely to gain anything.

  15. Pröpper Bońg
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Really hope Quintero gets a brace tonight. Even a couple of assists will do.

    1. DJDave1979
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Are you Colombian?

      I not, I think it's slightly unkind to visit a website and leave a post saying: 'I hope you have a crappy day' to the staff and a large percentage of fellow posters.

      1. boc610
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        this is a fantasy football site. I one hundred percent gurantee you there's english people on this here that might have captained quintero and will cheer inside if he scores. this is a place afterall where some people care more about their fantasy teams than the team they have supported all their life

        1. DJDave1979
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          I have Quintero. I am not hoping for a haul even though fantasy football is probably my main hobby. I think if it gets to the stage you are wanting your nation to exit the World Cup in order to help you to a top 10k finish you need to see a psychiatrist.

          1. boc610
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            and what about the hardcore supporters of teams who would rather united or spurs or liverpool lose so long as their fantasy team does well? because thats half the people on here (though not me)

            1. DJDave1979
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              I'd seriously query the hardcore nature of that support if their team losing makes them happy.

              Totally understandable if a dead rubber end of season game where the FF points are really the only thing on the line for them but that's the only time it wouldn't be weird.

              Casual supporter, that's different.

          2. Prøfeßor Bear
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            This.

            DJ Dave speaks a lot of sense.

            1. boc610
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              there are more than just english people on here and theres been plenty of comments about 'I hope x loses' or y loses and no complaints from them.

              english patriotism in sporting endeavours really does have a different flavour.

              1. jia you jia you
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                True 🙂

      2. Pröpper Bońg
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Mate this is a FF website not a English website and I have been using this website for nearly 10 years now so man up and post a reply saying I hope Lingard scores 5. And Btw I am Scottish and will be rooting for Columbia tonight.

        1. DJDave1979
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          It's quite clearly a FF website run largely by English people and many of the posters are English. I just don't think it's particularly polite to post 'have a crap day'.

          But you are entitled to your opinion so let's leave it at that.

          1. boc610
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            yep, you definitely don't want to upset the Inger-lish.

          2. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Haha, get a life mate 😉

          3. Pröpper Bońg
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            I did not play have a crap day lol. I posted I hope my Captain gets at least a brace or a couple of assists. Can't see anything wrong with wanting my captain to do well. I couldn't care who they were playing. Seeing that's it's England is just a bonus. Let's leave it at that pal. Enjoy the game.

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Me too and I don't own any Colombian assets 😉

  16. boc610
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    "when things are grim and look out of reach, just bite your tongue and lump it to Screech"

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Haha, Mourinho & Martinez should record a duet 😉

  17. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Full bench subbed in for the Swiss game (Sommer, R.Rod, Shaqiri & Granqvist)! It was always going to happen!!