Having endured a recruitment drought for 18 months, Spurs have embraced the summer transfer window with cash-laden arms ahead of the 2019/20 season. And yet, ask many a Spurs fan, and they’ll tell you that there’s still a lack of depth in key areas. But with potential value in all positions, are Spurs being drowned out by the Liverpool and Man City noise? We’ll explore them in this Tottenham FPL team guide for 2019/20.
What style of football do Tottenham play?
Last season’s Champions League runners up had a domestic season that could be described as topsy-turvy. Securing yet another top 4 finish disguised what was, at times, a difficult campaign for Pochettino’s men. With 13 matches lost, the room for improvement is gaping.
With the North Londoners looking to shine inside their newly refurbished stadium, Pochettino’s flexibility and rotation in tactics and squad selection will always make them one of the most unpredictable sides in the league. Capable of working with a back 5, 4 or 3 with a midfield duo, trio or diamond, whilst also having the option to field a lone striker or a forward duo, has given them an exciting dynamism.
Their wingbacks can alternate depending on a range of factors, including form, fixtures and fitness.
Spurs are capable of playing any style. This is down to the astute management of Pochettino coupled with the diverse attributes of his squad.
Harry Kane will be looking to avoid injury and continue his reign of goal scoring form into the new season. The currently suspended Heung Min Son and the in-form Lucas Moura have also proven to be a valuable source of goals and creativity.
Spurs have needed more chance creation in midfield, which will come in the form of Christian Eriksen if he remains at the club. With Alli still injured and Lamela still a little too inconsistent, they may miss Eriksen’s ability to conjure up something from nothing if he does depart.
With Moussa Dembele’s departure, Spurs also lose some ball-carrying guile in midfield. This is where Tanguy Ndombele comes in. The new record signing has been lighting up Lyon with his box to box tenacity and intricate passing. A signing of his calibre adds much quality to the Spurs midfield, which bodes well for both defenders and forwards too.
Last season’s key statistics
Spurs secured a respectable 13 clean sheets and 39 goals conceded last season. Though Ndombele is a huge upgrade on their current crop of defensive midfielders and his physicality and mobility will have a positive effect on Tottenham’s overall structure and the desirability of any of their defenders.
They frustrated in the attacking third throughout the season, but their form on the road, in particular, was positive. They averaged 1.74 away goals per game, scoring one goal fewer than when they hosted at the creatively named Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
FPL fixture difficulty
The table above shows the fixture difficulty of Tottenham’s opening six matches, as determined by our clean sheet tracker and attacking tracker. These difficulty trackers are based on last seasons home/away specific performance statistics. Newly promoted sides statistics have been weighted according to their transitional value.
Who takes penalties for Tottenham?
Accordingly to our data, Harry Kane is designated penalty taker for Tottenham. Dele Alli is the backup choice.
Which Tottenham players to pick on FPL?
The consensus amongst many FPL managers is that Spurs assets will definitely feature in their team at some point in the season; they’re just not sure when. Most of their most tempting prospects come with aggravating caveats; some of which are being overlooked by FPL managers.
Harry Kane (£11.0m) has been priced enticingly this season. By far the highest owned Spurs asset, he’s an FPL favourite who has been frequently underestimated. Some managers, however, are still unconvinced by the England captain. He hasn’t quite looked himself since the 2018 World Cup, which will weigh on the minds of those who have taken a chance on him.
Lucas Moura (£7.5m) is at just over 10% ownership at the time of writing: a deservedly large TSB. The Brazilian has shown plenty of explosive potential, and comes into the new season on a rich vein of form. At times, in fact, he’s almost threatened to encroach on Harry Kane’s apparently unmovable place in the starting XI. His 10 goals in just over 2,000 minutes last season is a promising hint at his FPL potential.
Son (£9.5m) is overlooked due to his suspension, but his return might well see managers adjusting their teams to accommodate him. Though there is plenty of speculation over NDombele’s (£6.0m) impact, it remains to be seen how his performances convert in FPL terms.
Their defensive line might carry the most value. None of Spurs’ defenders have been given a higher price than £5.5m, despite their history of sterling defensive performances. The problem, of course, revolves around who will start. Spurs boast a large number of defenders – including new arrival Ryan Sessegnon – for a limited number of places. Once a mainstay is established, they could well be worth their weight in FPL points.