Following the London Derby in Gameweek 14, Tottenham players go on a run of favorable fixtures. Consequently, we discuss Tottenham’s best prospects for the upcoming weeks.
Next 5 fixtures: Arsenal (a), Southampton (H), Leicester (a), Burnley (H), Everton (a). Full list of Tottenham fixtures here: https://www.fantasyfootballpundit.com/fixture-analysis/
The French sticks-custodian (£5.4m) is only owned by 4.2% but is the cheapest reliable route into Spurs’ defence. Theirs is the joint-3rd meanest in the league, conceding 11 – the same as Chelsea. Five clean sheets is one shy of the Blues, but this plays into Lloris’ gloved hands. A slightly less secure defence leads to slightly more shots to save. Arrizabalaga has made one every 40 minutes, while Hugo’s been making one save every 26 minutes. The upshot of this? Better placed for bonus points! Lloris seems to be a secret magnet for these, gaining five from nine starts. In fact, the 3-0 win at Man Utd was the only time this season he kept a clean sheet but didn’t get any bonus…
Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Juan Foyth
I’m grouping these three centre-backs together as all have similar attributes. All are currently fit, and vying for a spot as one of Spurs’ two (or 3, formation-dependent) CBs. Which in turn makes each a rotation risk. Factor in Dier’s (£4.8m midfielder) ability to play there, too, and Sánchez’s (£5.8m) scheduled return from injury before January, and you can do the maths. None bar perhaps Vertonghen (£5.9m) are nailed on, so it’s a problem area I’m avoiding in order to solve that particular puzzle.
Danny Rose and Ben Davies
It’s a story as old as time itself – as long as ‘time’ was born in the previous paragraph. These two left-backs are competing for one position, and while the Welshman (with eight) edges the English Rose (five) for starts, the latter’s been injured recently. Despite fewer minutes, Rose has clocked up more clean sheets – and two assists, to boot – than Davies (£5.6m), who’s yet to record an attacking return. On paper it appears Rose (£5.6m) is Pochettino’s preferred LB; in practice, there’s too much uncertainty to pick one over the other in FPL terms.
Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier
Ahh, hello old familiar. Rotation’s the name, Spurs’ right-back position is the game. A fortnight ago this wouldn’t have been so tricky: Trippier (£6.2m) had started all league games after the season’s first game following his World Cup exploits. He notched four assists and one goal in that spell, too, having claimed a share of set pieces from Eriksen. He was in my personal team for that very reason, but then disaster struck. Since his injury in the opening 25 minutes against Palace, Aurier (£5.8m) has come in – ‘stealing’ the clean sheet points in that match – and both looked defensively good and attacked with aplomb vs Chelsea in GW13.
That was Spurs’ best performance of the season to date. Whether Poch persists with Serge once Kieran’s fit again is anyone’s guess at this stage. So it’s an “avoid” for now, but if there are signs that Trips is the overwhelming favourite then he’s the premier pick in FPL from this defence – and perhaps this team as a whole!
It’s true the Great Dane (£9.2m) conceded some direct free-kicks to Trippier earlier this season. But the 3-0 vs Man Utd show that both can return while on the same team, with an assist each, so don’t let that cloud your judgement. He’s perhaps one of the most underappreciated players in football, and would thrive in a Barcelona/Real team! But in FPL terms, he’s priced in the same bracket as City’s Sané, and David Silva/Sadio Mané aren’t far off him either side… All mentioned are more attractive fantasy football propositions at this stage. Still, for Spurs coverage, he’s capable of both consistent and explosive returns, as we saw with his two assists against Chelsea.
Like Eriksen, injury has curtailed much of Alli’s (£8.9m) season to date. But a goal and assist vs the Blues, bringing him to two for each across the season, showcased his capability.
My issue is this quote after the GW13 match: “I’m playing a little bit deeper, I’m not always thinking about scoring goals or assisting. As long as we get the three points and I’m helping the team, whether it be scoring, assisting or defensively, I’m happy.”
Why would you say that? That’s what FPL managers want to hear the least! Bad Bamidele…
The silver lining? An Alli that still registers attacking returns AND successfully contributes defensively should score highly on the BPS (https://www.premierleague.com/news/106533) and be in the running for maximum bonus every time…
Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Heung-Min Son
It’s heart-breaking that each offer such potential, but all compete for likely just one starting spot in the team. Son (£8.3m) has more shots, both combined and on target, than anyone on the pitch against Chelsea – including a certain England captain! Lamela’s (£6.4m) return from injury was perfectly timed to capitalise on the absence of Eriksen and Alli, and he stepped up with four goals and an assist. Meanwhile, Moura’s (£7.1m) early season form (eerily, the same attacking returns as his Argentinian teammate) has dropped off.
You’ve heard of him, right? Sometime FPL hero, sometime FPL troll? Whatever your position, Kane (£12.3m) has still fired in 7 goals and contributed 3 assists in 13 league games. Like Eriksen (and to a lesser extent, Alli), the issue is his inflated price tag when cheaper rivals have outscored him to date. Step forward Messrs Aguero (£11.5), Aubameyang (£1.4m cheaper at £10.9) and Wilson (a full Charlie Austin cheaper at £5.5m less!)
But as City and Liverpool’s fixtures stiffen (as much as they can for the two runaway leaders of the league), Spurs’ are softening. And just in time, Kane’s coming into form. In his last trio of league games, he’s averaged 5.33 shots per match. That’s almost double the average across his opening 10 games! Owned by “only” (you have to consider the ‘zombie’ or ‘ghost’ teams, abandoned by managers already) 22.1%, Harry’s got the fixtures to turn it around. 14 games before Spurs meet anyone who’s conceded as many as them (Chelsea in GW28). 18 games before they meet Liverpool (GW32) or City (GW35). Sweet dreams are made of these – who am I to disagree?