Thursday, 1 May 2014

A forgotten DGW man?

With just two gameweeks remaining some of you will be looking for that different player to 

help propel you up that minileague and the overall ranking. Let me guess, each DGW player 

you have considered so far someone above you already has him.

So you ask, is there anyone out there flying below the radar right now? I might just have 

found your man…

Graham Dorrans has been a forgotten man at West Bromwich Albion, after starting the first 

two games of the season he lost his place to record signing Stephane Sessegnon when he 

joined the club on transfer deadline day in September.

Due to a series of injuries and a falling out with Steve Clark he was frozen out of the team 

having to make do with the occasional Capital One Cup outing here and there.

When Pepe Mel took over in January he promised as all managers do that all players will get 

a chance to prove themselves and in this instance he has been true to his word.

Injuries to Chris Brunt and Zoltan Gera and a drop in form for the Baggies gave Dorrans 

a chance to grab his first team place back. Fully recovered from injury Dorrans played 74

minutes of the crucial 2-1 win at Swansea coming off to a standing ovation. Since then 

Dorrans has started the next six games and has scored two goals including the quality finish 

at the Etihad a couple of weeks ago. 

The Scotland international has been quietly inspirational in securing three wins and two 

draws for the baggies and has been subject of a great deal of praise from his manager in 

recent weeks. His quick passes in the middle of the pitch and energetic movement have 

been a constant problem for his opposition which have included City away and a home tie

against a rejuvenated Spurs. A look at his average position over the last six weeks suggest 

he is still playing quite deep but his vision and ability to pick a pass has seen him creating 

chances for others that have not been taken.

His team mate Morgan Amalfitano has been taking a lot the praise and valuable points in 

the last few weeks and has been getting most of the focus although in reality his underlying 

stats are not much better than Dorrans and in some cases worse. Of the crucial statistics on 

offer Dorrans has averaged 19.3 touches in the final third to Amalfitano’s 20.2, 1.5 penalty 

area touches compared to 1.4 and most significantly 1.8 goal attempts to 1.4. 

Dorrans is averaging an attempt at goal every 49 minutes and creating a chance every 45 

minutes. Winger Amalfitano is behind this averaging a goal attempt and chance every 64 

minutes. This stat is slightly skewed as Dorrans has also been taking corners for Albion 

racking up 16 over the past six weeks.

As for the fixtures, West Brom’s double doesn’t provide the easiest of games with trips to 

Arsenal and Sunderland but nine goals in their last five games suggest there may still be 

potential for returns. They also have a more enticing home game against Stoke on the last 

game of the season.

So apart from an impressive 10 point haul where he secured three bonus points despite 

being on the losing team against City, Dorrans’ performances are yet to be rewarded with 

consistent points in FPL. Maybe he is going down the path of notoriety as a player who 

assists the assist or maybe he is a player who is gaining match fitness by the week and might 

just get you some extra bounty in his last three games. Could we see a return of the player 

who scored 17 goals in Albion’s promotion from the Championship three seasons ago? Also 

with Morrison injured could he be only second in the pecking order behind Berahino for 

spot kicks?

Either way, I think we’ll struggle to find a differential with more potential right now for such 

a low price of 4.4m and if you don’t consider him now maybe he is one to consider for your 

watchlists for next season.

Note: I am backing Dorrans and put him in my team last week for Silva.

Thanks for reading

(Guest Author)

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