FPL Preview: Tottenham

Tottenham

Tottenham had a rather positive overall season last year, and finished 5th securing themselves another spot in the Europa League. However, they will have been disappointed to finish six points behind a Manchester United team, which struggled a lot at times.

They have clearly identified their defence as their biggest weakness and have made a few moves to try and resolve that issue over the summer. They added Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld, who both performed extremely well in the Premier League last season and should be able to slot right in and sure up that defence. They will be looking to add at least one striker in the next couple of the weeks, because they will not want to enter the season with Harry Kane as their sole option.

Early Fixtures Outlook: @ Man United, vs Stoke, @Leicester, vs Everton, @ Sunderland, vs Crystal Palace

There isn’t much to say about this start, because frankly it is just a really nice start for Tottenham. Once they get over the hurdle of an opening day trip to Old Trafford they then face five teams who are no better than mid-table teams. The first month and half should be time for the Tottenham attackers to cash in and for their defence to gel and get some much needed early clean sheet confidence.

Goalkeeper Outlook: Hugo Lloris (£5.0m)

Ironically, the best thing that could of happened to Tottenham is their goalkeeper breaking his wrist in preseason! Doesn’t that sound crazy? Well, Lloris was linked with a move leading up to the news about his wrist and the rumours pretty much died a death right there. Lloris had a really strong season in 2014/15 and still it didn’t match his brilliant first full year in which he scored 141 points. The big difference was that his clean sheets dropped from 14 to eight, costing him over 20 points. With the additions of Trippier and Alderweireld there is a really good chance that he could see his total get close to that 14 mark once again, whilst also maintaining his saves total in the 100 region. At £5.0m he seems to be crazy-cheap even if he may miss a few games at the start of the season and is the perfect price to be used in a match-up rotation. Lloris may be my favourite goalkeeper entering the year for salary cap and he is top five for draft leagues.

Defence

Stud: Kieran Trippier (£5.5m)

Last year at this time Burnley fans were telling anyone that would listen just how good Kieran Trippier was and how he would be a massive success in the Premier League last season. Lo-and behold, 12 months later and we can all accept that they were spot on. Trippier had a fantastic first season in the top flight with four assists and 10 clean sheets. The young right back is not afraid to use his pace to get forward and his crosses are things of beauty that should hang tantalisingly in the air for Harry Kane and his bullet headers. Trippier is also solid at the back and his arrival has surely signalled the end for Kyle Walker, who just hasn’t been able to stay fit enough to be the player Tottenham wanted. At £5.5m Trippier is in a large group of defenders who are all talented, but Trippier has the potential to stand above them in all league formats and for me will be a top 10 defender come seasons end.

Sleeper: Toby Alderweireld (£5.0m)

Alderweireld had a wonderful first season in the Premier League with Southampton, and Tottenham were very smart to swoop in for the versatile Dutchman in the summer. Alderweireld can play anywhere along the back line and also appeared in central midfield for Southampton a couple of times as well. It took a little time for him to really win a starting job last season, but this season he should have no such problems given Tottenham’s defensive frailties at times last season. An all-Belgium combination of Alderweireld and Vertonghen is about as good as it can get for the Tottenham and with the two young full backs on either side they should be a solid group that will offer their goalkeeper more protection than last year. Tottenham could be a sneaky team to be top five in clean sheets this year and at £5.0m I will happily take Alderweireld and that potential.

I wanted to put Danny Rose in one of the two categories above but I just cannot see him being as good as Trippier, and he is too expensive at £5.5m to be a sleeper. However, I do expect him to be a decent option, just not at the price he is at in salary cap league. He made himself into a full time player last season and with the increased time came increased goals and assists which saw the increase in fantasy points. Whether he can keep that level up is a concern, but in draft leagues he should offer low #2 potential. As for the rest of the defence, I see Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier as the main two guys. Vertonghen is my bet for the nod initially with Dier serving as a back-up, but it’s tough to fully trust either. Fazio and Chiriches look to be out of favour in the central roles with Ben Davis and Kyle Walker mere back-ups to start the season making all four of them irrelevant.

Midfield

C Eriksen

Stud: Christian Eriksen (£8.5m)

Eriksen had a really nice year in 2014/15, often popping up to be the saviour Tottenham needed late in games. With 10 goals and four assists last campaign he finished the year with 162 fantasy points and ended the year as a top 10 midfield option. £8.5m actually feels like quite a bargain for Tottenham’s number one playmaker even if he can blow hot and cold sometimes, because he can score goals and he can provide assists, especially with the class he finds himself surrounded with at Tottenham. Ideally he can get back to the seven assists he had two seasons ago whilst also retaining the double digit goal tally.

Sleeper: Ryan Mason (£5.0m)

Mason locked himself in as a first choice centre midfielder last season with some dominant performances. Seemingly coming from nowhere Mason has ensured he is one of the first names on Pochettino’s team sheet and that could pay massive dividends for fantasy owners. Last season Mason scored one goal and provided four assists in approximately 2/3’s of a season, giving him a respectable 75 fantasy points. Now at £5.0m, he is one of the cheaper options that has a chance to play most games in a top end side. He won’t be a world beater come seasons end but you could do worse than a “Mr. Consistent”, with potential upside as your fourth or fifth midfielder.

Chadli had a great season in 2014/15 and was very nearly my sleepr, but he is a fraction too expensive for that tag and I expect some regression. He had a very typical second season bump that foreign players have in the Premier League but whether he can score 11 goals and get six assists again is a concern. A tempting purchase in salary cap leagues considering he was as a successful as Eriksen last season, but I would prefer the Norwegian. Lamela looks really overpriced at the same salary as Chadli after he struggled to adapt the same as Chadli did last season. Lamela managed to provide a similar number of assists but the goals weren’t there. If he can get firing this season he could have a similar year to Chadli’s 2014/15 and could end being an absolute bargain

Lennon or Townsend look to be on the way out of the door but there is no way they will both be allowed to leave considering they are the only two wide player back-ups. However, there is not a lot of value in them right now because they are unlikely to be first choice unless there are injuries ahead of them. The other attacking option is Dembele, who can play across the middle or out wide and may even get a look in ahead of Lennon and Townsend, but still he won’t play regularly enough to be able to contribute consistently for fantasy. The other midfielder I can see having fantasy relevance, and I very nearly picked him over Mason as my sleeper, is Nabil Bentaleb. Bentaleb is priced at a measly £4.5m in salary cap leagues which considering his class and the fact he should play consistently is ridiculous value as a fifth midfielder.

Strikers

Kane

Stud: Harry Kane (£9.5m)

Harry Kane was the bargain of the century last season and a must own given that he scored 21 goals whilst being priced at around £6.0m. Kane finished last season as the second highest ranked striker so his £9.5m price tag this season actually seems somewhat of a bargain, but it still makes him the fifth most expensive striker behind Sturridge, Rooney, Costa and Aguero. Kane had a wonderful start to his Premier League career but he suffered burn out as the season progressed and an unsuccessful trip with the under-21’s to their Euro’s won’t have helped that situation. As strange as it sounds, Kane’s success may actually depend on the quality of second striker that Tottenham can bring in. Tottenham always seem to give the Europa league their best efforts and unless they get someone who can handle that standard then Kane could find himself playing an extraordinary number of games this season which will most definitely see his form suffer as the season goes on. Kane feels like a must own because he was so good and so cheap last season but his long season means this year screams of regression. I hope I am wrong on this because Kane is a wonderful talent and has a great opportunity to have the Premier League on its knees for years to come but there is this niggling doubt in the back of my mind.

Sleeper: Javier Hernandez?/Charlie Austin?

This is a little awkward because right now Tottenham potentially only have one striker in their main squad with both Adebayor and Soldado seemingly on their way out. There are plenty of rumours swirling around about who Tottenham may sign with Javier Hernandez and Charlie Austin both linked. Another name has been Clinton N’Jie who scored eight goals in the French league last year and could come in as back-up for Kane. It is safe to say that right now Harry Kane is the only fantasy relevant guy in this strike force and if anything changes I will be updating this at a later date.

Predicted Opening day line-up:

GK: Hugo Lloris

RB: Kieran Trippier

CB: Jan Vertonghen

CB: Toby Alderweireld

LB: Danny Rose

CM: Ryan Mason

CM: Nabil Bentaleb

RW: Erik Lamela

LW: Nacer Chadli

CAM: Christian Eriksen

FWD: Harry Kane

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