Team Preview: Tottenham Hotspur

General Overview

  • Expected formation: 3-4-2-1
  • Expected line-up GW1: Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Sissoko, Dembele, Winks, Davies; Eriksen, Alli; Kane
  • Expected line-up for the season: Lloris; Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen; Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Rose; Alli, Eriksen; Kane
  • Penalties: Kane, Alli, Janssen
  • Direct free kicks: Eriksen, Lamela, Kane
  • Indirect free kicks and corners: Eriksen, Lamela, Son
  • Opening fixtures: New (A), CHE (H), BUR (H), Eve (A), SWA (H), Whu (A), Hud (A), BOU (H), LIV (H), Mnu (A)

Even though Chelsea ran out as Premier League champions, it was Spurs that ran out as the most impressionable team over the course of the season.

Impressing in every department, they looked utterly irresistible in the attack and solid as a rock in defence, especially at White Hart Lane (WHL).

This time round, their home isn’t their home. They’ve had to say goodbye to WHL to make the transition to a new stadium, in order to enter a new era for Spurs – a potentially golden era.

Wembley has been the main bone of contention when it comes to picking the Spurs players, with FPL managers fearing that the increase in size of the Wembley pitch from WHL would be detrimental to their game, but their last pre-season friendly against a strong Juventus outfit – in which they won 2-0 – showed that Wembley wasn’t going to be an issue.

Granted, it was only a friendly, but it’s all we have to go off and the indication from the Spurs players was clear as day – Wembley a problem? Not a chance.

With the team looking like arguably the closest knit bunch of players in the league, after managing to hold on to all but one of their key players from the temptations of other big clubs, their assets look ripe for the picking once again for us FPL managers.

Harry Kane (£12.5m, 36.1% Ownership)

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The most expensive player in FPL for this season – he’s that price for a reason.

Before you even allow yourself for a second to think he’s too expensive, just remember what he’s done in the last 3 seasons for Spurs;

  1. 29 goals, 7 assists, 224 FPL points (2016-17)
  2. 25 goals, 3 assists, 211 FPL points (2015-16)
  3. 21 goals, 7 assists, 191 FPL points (2014-15)

Last season was in just 29(1) appearances!

He averaged 7.99 points per game (PPG) last season in FPL – Agüero was the only other striker in the PL to get near to that at 6.55 PPG and thats not even that close.

This guy is a powerhouse and will be worth every single penny of his £12.5m asking price.

If you still aren’t convinced, then take a look at the table we created below and if you don’t pick Kane after that, then seek medical attention…

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Alli (£9.5m, 37.5% Ownership) Vs Eriksen (£9.5m, 14.3% Ownership) 

Alli is currently in more than double the teams that Eriksen is in. On the face of it, it looks fair, as Alli is the guy who plays as the shadow striker to Kane, getting into the box and supporting Kane at all times and Eriksen is the creator, getting most of his goals from outside the box, but is it as simple as that?

Here’s another table we created to help make a decision and to perhaps show, that it’s not as clear-cut as many would assume between the two of them. Our own ‘Player Value’ figure is incorporated too – for those who want to know what thats about, hit this link > https://fplconnect.blog/2017/07/11/fantasy-premier-league-tips-player-value-comparison-spreadsheet/

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The Defence

As Spurs are such a well balanced team, we can also look at the wealth of options they have at the back.

In particular, the one that stands out, now that Kyle Walker has moved north to the Etihad under rotation master Pep Guardiola, is Kieran Trippier (£5.5m).

In just 6(6) appearances last season for Spurs, he managed an impressive 5 assists – that equalled Walker’s attacking return in much less time.

At the beautiful price of just £5.5m, he looks to provide excellent value for our FPL squads, the only problem is that he picked up an ankle injury in the pre-season friendly against Juventus and will miss the start of the season.

However, once he returns, he should be going straight into our teams.

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This means that we have to look to the other side if we want a Spurs defender. Luckily for us, Rose (£6.5m) – who is always worth consideration when he’s fit again, down to the serious attacking threat he poses – is still not quite fit yet, which means that Davies (£5.5m) is likely to start the first few games.

With him being the same price as Trippier, as well as grabbing a goal and 3 assists last season in his limited game time demonstrating his attacking prowess, Davies is an easy switch to make.

Elsewhere we have Vertonghen (£6.0m) and Alderweireld (£6.0m).

Out of the two, Alderweireld looks the more attractive prospect due to his threat from set-pieces (4 goals and 3 assists in 2015-16 season), although last season he only managed 1 goal, as Spurs took quite a few short corners.

Vertonghen is there if you just want to pick up clean sheets and don’t want to risk any rotation, but aside from that, you aren’t getting much else other than the odd bonus point here and there.

Conclusion

At least one of Kane/Alli/Eriksen is essential in my opinion. After seeing their performance against Juventus at Wembley for their last pre-season game, I feel it has allayed fears, somewhat, about them struggling to adapt to a bigger pitch.

All three represent fantastic value and a double up on two of those three, wouldn’t be the worst idea. Going with all three wouldn’t be crazy, but would perhaps be putting all your eggs in one basket, which is always a little risky.

It’s just far too dangerous to go without at least one of them and with two of those options having over 35% ownership currently, it would be hugely detrimental to one’s rank if Spurs continue their form from last season, if you were to go without.

Davies from the off looks a good bet too, given that Trippier looks set to miss out the first few games, but keep an eye on the fitness of Danny Rose.

However, when Trippier is back, I would definitely advise bringing him in above all the other Spurs defensive assets, as he has a fantastic open-play cross, is nailed and will feed Kane more than McDonalds feeds Americans.

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