Which Tottenham players should be first on your FPL team sheet this season? @SamRCox_ makes his picks...
After a calamitous start to 2021-22 under Nuno Espirito Santo, Tottenham hired Antonio Conte and turned their season around.
The club have been uncharacteristically aggressive in the transfer market of late, providing more feasible options for FPL managers in the new season.
Spurs’ fixtures are bound to be of relevance when pondering chip strategy for Fantasy Premier League. After Conte guided them into the top four, Spurs will harbour ambitions of pushing Liverpool and Manchester City in 2022-23.
Sure, online betting markets suggest that’s no more than a longshot. Still, Spurs have reason to be ambitious under Conte. That ambition carries over to FPL – here are five players to consider for your squad.
Where there is intrigue in newly promoted players for your FPL team and other differential picks, at the other end of the spectrum reside the fantasy stalwarts. Harry Kane is one of the most consistent providers of points.
Only five players scored more points than Kane in 2021-22, despite a slow start.
The £11.5 million price to start the season is very reasonable for a player with his track record – don’t be surprised if Kane has the highest points tally in 2022-23.
Coming off a Golden Boot campaign, Heung-Min Son is the second-most expensive player in FPL this season.
The South Korean was behind only Mo Salah and Diogo Jota in non-penalty expected goals and expected assists per 90.
Son had 258 points in 2021-22, following a 228 effort the year before.
The partnership with Kane has been unstoppable for years, and Spurs have only enhanced their attacking options with the signings of Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison. Son is a hard player to leave out.
Tottenham were fourth in expected goals against last season and were tied with Chelsea for third with 16 clean sheets. Alisson was the only goalkeeper to amass more points than World Cup winner Hugo Lloris.
The Frenchman is in the elite club of £5.5 million ‘keepers to start the 2022-23 season. Perhaps that puts some off.
Lloris is a premium option at the position, but ultimately a good one. He’s a must-have if you’re doubling up on the Spurs backline.
Already an incredibly popular FPL pick, Ivan Perisic is classified as a defender and will be Conte’s first-choice on the left flank. Perisic is familiar with the role, and notched eight goals with six assists last season.
A mark of 12.4 expected goals and assists demonstrates how dangerous Perisic can be. Durability is a concern for the 33-year-old, but Conte isn’t exactly renowned for squad rotation.
Perisic is a ceiling-raiser for Spurs in Premier League predictions. His price could soar in the opening weeks.
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Clement Lenglet’s arrival threatens Ben Davies playing time, but the Welshman has just received a contract extension and has proven to be very reliable on the left of the back three.
On occasion, Davies could fill in at left wing-back if required, too. This, like with Lloris, is banking on Spurs’ defence remaining solid.
Davies’ doesn’t offer much as a goal scorer or creator, but the £5 million price is value if he’s ahead of Lenglet in the pecking order.
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FIRST PUBLISHED: 26th July 2022