Tottenham Hotspurs – new, WBA, NOR, rdg, QPR, mun, AVL (HOME matches in UPPER CASE and away matches in lower case)
The reasons behind Redknapp’s departure remain crowded in mystery but Andre Villas-Boas has been given a second bite of the cherry and has the task of taking Spurs forward. Tipped for a very bright future in the game, AVB once again has a great team at his disposal and with such a favourable start to the season, Spurs deserve a closerr look.
The Defensive Choices
Friedel is currently expected to be the number one choice in goal and at 5.5m, he is 1.0m cheaper than most of the regular defenders. For this reason, he is definitely worthy of consideration but this will depend on whether or not a goalkeeper is brought in. There is talk of AVB courting Hugo Lloris and if he does bag his man, Lloris will surely be number one and may come in at 6.0m or 6.5m.
In defence, Assou-Ekotto, new signing Vertonghen and Walker are all highly priced at 6.5m. All three will provide an attacking threat in addition to their defensive potential with Fantasy Football Addict expecting Walker especially to charge down the right when possible. It remains to be seen who will be Vertonghen’s central defensive partner but Kaboul currently seems to be leading the chase and at 5.5m, he could be a good way of getting into the Spurs defence whilst freeing up money for elsewhere.
The Midfield Options
The midfield in some ways resembles the defensive choices, with expensive options in the form of Bale (9.5m), Van der Vaart (9.0m) and Sigurdsson (9.0m) and one budget option on the wing with Lennon (7.0m). Bale is clearly the standout option with 18.5% of all fantasy managers picking him so far, after an incredible premier league fantasy performance last season. Bale scored 10 goals and created a further 14, whilst picking up 21 bonus points over the course of the season! Van der Vaart also had a productive season, grabbing 11 goals, 7 assists and a massive 27 bonus points, but with Sigurdsson in the picture, Van der Vaart may see a little less game time if AVB chooses to play two strikers in some matches. This currently doesn’t appear to be an option so VDV could be an interesting differential for those looking to avoid Bale. Another differential comes in the form of Sigurdsson who impressed on loan at Swansea in the second half of last season, racking up 102 points from 7 goals, 5 assists and 11 bonus points. With these expensive options, Bale is the clear choice but for fantasy managers who fancy going against the grain, they can feel quite safe picking VDV or Siggy. For those who are even more adventurous or those simply looking to save money for elsewhere, Lennon is a great option given his price of 7.0m. Lennon can be expected to be raiding down the right wing and coming in at 2.0m cheaper than his fellow team mates, he could be very well worth a gamble.
This is the one area of concern for Spurs fans; Adebayor was incredible last season in the lone role up front but due to problems over wage demands, the transfer currently looks off the cards. This leaves Defoe as the only recognised option and coming in at 7.5m, he could be a great mid-value striker for many fantasy football squads. We all know that Defoe can finish and has a surprisingly powerful strike for a small guy, so given the comfortable start to the season, goals should be on the cards. Despite this, a close eye should be kept on the transfer market as a new signing could completely change the situation.
After a tricky start away at Newcastle, Spurs have three home games against West Brom, Norwich and QPR in the subsequent four gameweeks, which seem like ideal opportunities for their players to pick up fantasy points. They clearly have some expensive options but surprisingly, there are also some bargains to be had, and these could be used to help fill our squads with regulars. One thing is for certain, if Spurs can hit the ground running, their players could be in for some serious points hauls to kick the season off.
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