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Should You Pick Ivan Perisic in FPL 2022/23?

Tottenham’s new left-back, Ivan Perisic, could be somewhat of a disruptor this season.

His signing has certainly gone down well within the FPL Community with 46% of managers owning Perisic at the time of writing.

Inter Milan Record

Perisic left Inter after 7 years to reunite with former boss Antonio Conte with whom he celebrated a title win in the 20/21 season. This ended Juventus’ long reign as Serie A champions.

Under Conte, he featured predominantly as an attacking left-wing back where he played a crucial part in their attacking play.

Conte wanted an upgrade on his wing-backs on both sides for the start of the upcoming season. He opted for an old favourite Ivan Perisic.

Perisic proved himself at Inter to be a very dangerous wing-back. He registered 7 goals and 8 assists in the 21/22 season. This ranks Perisic in the 98th percentile of defenders for non-penalty goals.

Perisic is a huge attacking weapon and will undoubtedly offer more of an attacking threat than Sergio Reguilon and Ryan Sessegnon did last season. Sessegnon did improve towards the end of last season, but given the signing, it would seem unlikely he’ll pose much of a threat to Perisic’s starting berth.

Conte Effect

Under Conte, we saw a significant improvement in Sessegnon. From GW20 to GW30 he had an xGI (expected goal involvement) of just 0.1. Comparatively, from GW30 to GW38 his xGI increased to 0.4.

Elsewhere, we saw a similar improvement in Matt Doherty. Similar to Sessegnon, his xGI rose from below 0.1 (GW1 to GW25) to 0.4 (GW25-GW38).

Unfortunately, injuries hampered Doherty’s upturn in form. However, a generous pricing of £5.0m means he is an interesting alternative to Perisic, should you need that extra £0.5m.

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These examples show just how good Conte is at turning his wing-backs into attacking weapons. Combine that with Perisic being a natural winger, he has the potential to offer a huge attacking threat.

Additionally, among Seria A defenders, Perisic had the greatest xGI. At Tottenham this year, Perisic could very well continue to put up impressive numbers and rank among the league’s top full-backs.

Perisic’s minutes are a concern, though. In 15 of his 32 Serie A appearances under Conte in 20/21, Perisic failed to last for more than 60 minutes, and he is now two years older.

Tottenham’s defence as a whole has improved significantly under Conte. Only Manchester City had fewer xGC [expected goals conceded] than Tottenham Hotspur from GW28 to GW38.

Additionally, Tottenham topped xCS [expected clean sheets] during the same time period. Clement Lenglet, Tottenham’s new left centre-back, should help to improve the team’s defence even more.

Fulham and Notts Forest Early

Tottenham have strong fixtures to start the new season with. Facing just one top 6 team in their opening 6 matches. They also meet two out of three newly-promoted teams in their opening 6 games in Fulham and Nottingham Forest.

Given Conte’s defensive prowess and new signings, Tottenham could keep up their defensive solidity in 22/23. Their opening fixtures certainly have the potential for at least a few clean sheets.

Owning Tottenham’s defensive assets could be a good compromise to going without Harry Kane or Heung Min Son, too.

Pick Perisic?

Overall, Perisic appears to be an excellent FPL asset.

He has had strong offensive numbers for many seasons and is generously priced at £5.5m.

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Even though his minutes aren’t as high as other premium defenders, his attacking threat counteracts that.

He is also £0.5m cheaper than Reece James and Ben Chilwell, although these two are also excellent value.

The verdict is to start the season with Perisic, despite his inevitable high ownership.