Top Premier League Defenders in 2018/19 – Aymeric Laporte

Aymeric Laporte

Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte was the highest-scoring non-Liverpool defender in fantasy EPL last season.

The 25-year-old French centre-back joined Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team in January 2018 for €65 million from LaLiga’s Athletic Bilbao.

Since then, he has gone on to be recognised as one of the best defenders in the English Premier League with his consistent performances at the heart of the City backline.

At just 6.5 million, Laporte was a bargain for EPL fantasy managers last season. After impressing so well, his price is likely to increase before the 2019/20 campaign gets underway.

Laporte earned a total of 100 fantasy EPL points throughout the season, leaving him fourth-highest of all the defenders, behind Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Next, after Laporte, came Kyle Walker with a total of 89 points, 11 less than Laporte, and Walker would have cost fantasy EPL managers 2 million extra.

Laporte only received a minus-points total in five games during all of the 2018/19 season.

Those games were:

  • City’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in December (-1 point)
  • Their shock 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace two weeks later (-2 points)
  • The 2-1 defeat away to Leicester City (-1 point)
  • City’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in January (-1 point)
  • The 2-1 defeat to Newcastle at the end of January (-2 points)

 

His highest scoring game in EPL fantasy football was when Manchester City won 2-0 at Everton in early February. Laporte’s goal and clean sheet earned him 9 points that day.

He scored 7 points on two occasions:

  • City’s 2-0 win at home to Cardiff City in April
  • Their 1-0 victory over Leicester at the Etihad in May

 

Impressively, Laporte scored five points in 14 different games as he helped Manchester City on their way to the Premier League title.

Laporte’s best run of form came at the end of the season, right when his team needed to see off the challenge of Liverpool and keep their one-point lead at the top.

In the last five games, Laporte earned 26 points – averaging just over five points per game. Manchester City only conceded one goal in those games.

Laporte started 34 of City’s 38 league games, scoring three goals, laying on three assists and receiving three yellow cards. He wasn’t sent off once all season.

With Vincent Kompany having departed the club already this summer and Nicolas Otamendi rumoured to be on his way out, Laporte’s role at Manchester City could take on even more significance over the coming years.

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