Scout Notes

Why Spurs weren’t able to thrash whipping boys Burnley

A lacklustre Tottenham side left it late to secure a 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

As was predicted by some, Spurs looked hungover from their midweek European success in Barcelona.

We’ve analysed how they got on at Wembley Stadium to pull out some Fantasy Premier League talking points.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Burnley

Goals: Christian Eriksen (£9.3m)

Assists: Harry Kane (£12.6m)

Statistically, Harry Kane (£12.6m) had his worst Premier League performance since the Gameweek 10 in his Saturday afternoon outing against Burnley. In Gameweek 17, the talismanic striker had just two shots, his lowest total for seven league matches, when Spurs faced Manchester City. Neither of his efforts at Wembley on Saturday was on target either, and only one was taken in the box. It was a far cry from what we saw of Kane between Gameweeks 11 and 15 where he was offering an average of 4.4 goal attempts per game. The 1,151,183 managers who handed him the armband will perhaps consider themselves fortunate to have picked up a stoppage-time assist.

However, those already considering the premium man’s place in their squads should consider some mitigating factors. The first was the impact of Spurs’ midweek Champions League exploits. It was clear that they were left completely shattered by the performance they put on in Barcelona, Mauricio Pochettino’s men looking very laboured all afternoon at Wembley. This was not the first time that had happened to Spurs either. In fact, after all of their Champions League group stage matches this season they were less than convincing in favourable fixtures or were defeated by other top-six sides, as you can see from the table below. With the competition now off the calendar until February, we may not see so many below-par performances from them, but of course, the Premier League games will be coming thick and fast too.

Champions League matchSubsequent Premier League result
Inter Milan 2-1 SpursBurnley 1-2 Spurs
Spurs 2-4 BarcelonaSpurs 1-0 Cardiff
PSV 2-2 SpursSpurs 0-1 Man City
Spurs 2-1 PSVCrystal Palace 0-1 Spurs
Spurs 1-0 Inter MilanArsenal 4-2 Spurs
Barcelona 1-1 SpursSpurs 1-0 Burnley

Secondly, as a result of that trip to Spain, both Son Heung-min (£8.5m) and Christian Eriksen (£9.3m) were absent from the starting line-up. That meant Kane had to drop deep and wide to make up for the lack of creativity. Erik Lamela (£6.2m), Dele Alli (£8.9m) and Lucas Moura (£7.0m) were the three chosen to play in attacking midfield behind Kane. None of them could provide service for the forward with no Spurs player creating more than the two chances each recorded by Danny Rose (£5.8m) and Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m). Lamela was by far the biggest threat with seven efforts, four in the box and two on target but failed to convert, now six Gameweeks without an attacking return. However, he still had five more goal attempts than any of his colleagues.

Finally, Sean Dyche lined up his Burnley side in a very organised and compact fashion, deploying a 4-5-1 formation. The Clarets stifled what little cohesion Spurs showed and did not look much like the whipping boys we have seen in recent weeks. In the four matches prior to Gameweek 17, Burnley had allowed an average of 11.5 shots in the penalty box per game but conceded just 10 against Spurs. Furthermore, during that period they had been shipping an average of 13 open play goal attempts per match but allowed just nine on Saturday afternoon. It is hard to decide whether that was a result of Dyche’s shrewd tactics or Spurs’ European fatigue. In all likelihood, it was probably a combination of both.

“We thought it was going to be that type of game from our point of view. We came down here with a solid formation, with a change of shape. That’s not easy, but we’ve worked on it all week because I felt it was appropriate. I’m open-minded in that respect and I’ve thought about it many times, but I didn’t want to do it in a three-game week. But there’s been good signs now in four of the last five games. There’s a resilience again and the details are getting more clear-minded. We’re still a little bit away from taking that balance into the attacking side, but we aren’t playing teams like this every week. Of course, we need results, but a lot of the game is about mentality.” – Sean Dyche

The 235,000+ Fantasy managers who signed Son for this match were left disappointed by the fact that he was absent from the starting line-up for the first time Gameweek 12. His run of consecutive starts had run for four Gameweeks, his longest streak of the campaign. That had led many to believe that he would remain a permanent fixture in the first XI during December, but this was proof that he remains a benchable option in Pochettino’s mind. However, the 75 minutes of rest may be in Son’s favour as it does increase his chances of starting Gameweek 18. We also still believe that his expected absence in January for the Asian Cup will see him play more minutes over Christmas than those in competition for his place.

The introduction of Eriksen in the second half improved things for Spurs and it was indeed the Danish international who smashed in the winning stoppage-time goal. The fact that Pochettino has not started him since Gameweek 15 has clearly been with the intention of keeping him fresh. So Eriksen should feature a lot more over Christmas now, especially with further injuries in midfield.

It was revealed on Sunday morning that Eric Dier (£4.8m) will be out until at least the new year after having surgery for appendicitis.

“Eric Dier has undergone surgery to remove his appendix. The England international midfielder was diagnosed with appendicitis after contacting our medical staff due to acute Abdominal pain. He received immediate treatment to assess and then remove the appendix. He will now undergo a period of recovery before commencing rehabilitation and it is expected he will return to training with the squad in January.” – Spurs press release

Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) came back from injury to play all 90 minutes and keep a second successive league clean sheet at Wembley. However, the Spurs’ defence was still not at its usual full strength. Juan Foyth (£5.0m) did not come through his fitness doubt and Jan Vertonghen (£5.9m) was left out of the match squad with a thigh injury. That meant Toby Alderweireld (£5.9m) was paired with Ben Davies (£5.6m) at centre-back and Rose had to play 90 minutes just days after doing so in Barcelona.

In midfield, there was a full Premier League debut for Oliver Skipp (£4.5m). He managed 75 minutes before being replaced by Son and rarely put a foot wrong. With further injuries in his position, we could see a lot more of him over the Christmas period, especially as Pochettino seems so fond of him.

“Fantastic, fantastic, I think he played like a 30-year-old man. So relaxed, trying to play forward and trying to give the team what the team needs, plenty of energy, full energy, I am so proud of him. I think everyone is proud of him. He is only 18-years-old and I think it was fantastic. Now I think it is going to be easy for him because always the debut you are nervous. I remember when it was my first game and I said to him ‘you look so relaxed. When I was 17, going to play I was so nervous’. I said ‘that is the difference between a player going to be a top player and a player who was going to be a normal player like me’. He in the last few months, of course in the USA in pre-season he shows that he can cope with the pressure to play in the first team and it was only about time and the possibility to give the opportunity. We are so happy.” – Mauricio Pochettino

The forgotten man Fernando Llorente‘s (£5.6m) made his first league appearance since Gameweek 9. In total, he has played just 21 minutes in the top flight this season, his introduction against Burnley out of desperation more than anything else.

While Burnley showed a slight improvement in defence, they remain anaemic going forward. The Clarets failed to register a single shot on target against Spurs, which is the third time they’ve done that this season. Remarkably, no other team in the league has achieved that feat more than once in 2018/19, cementing Burnley’s place as the division’s worst goal-scoring side. That boosts the clean sheet potential of Arsenal, Everton, West Ham and Huddersfield in the next four Gameweeks.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Rose, Davies, Alderweireld, Trippier; Skipp (Son 75′), Sissoko; Moura (Eriksen 65′), Alli, Lamela (Llorente 82′); Kane.

Burnley XI (5-4-1): Hart; Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Long, Bardsley; Brady (Hendrick 90+2′), Cork, Westwood, Lennon (Vokes 90+3′); Barnes (Wood 80′).

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3,459 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RIDZ
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Kane+Siggy to Aguero+Son for free, yay or nay?

    So I can do Fraser to Richarlison next gameweek.

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Wait on Aguero

    2. Becks
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      No

    3. Legomané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Just Siggy > Son and roll a FT?

    4. thericeking
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      if it was aguero and Erik prolly yeah

      1. RIDZ
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        It's enough for Kun+Erik this week, but it become Martial to Rich next week (not Fraser).

        MU fixtures is getting stronger.

  2. Atimis
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Best set and forget GK up to 5.0?

    A. Lossl
    B. Leno
    C. Fabianski

    Other?

    1. Ed
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      C

    2. Halmari Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Dubravka

      1. Atimis
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Terrible fixtures coming

    3. g40steve
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      C

    4. Becks
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A

    5. RIDZ
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      easy C

      Highest baps for GK

    6. Legomané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Fab

    7. Atimis
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Thanks all

  3. Ed
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Auba + Rich > Hazard + Wilson (2FTs) is tempting

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Auba playing @ home with Burnley. Im i missing something ? 😀

    2. Atimis
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      No way

  4. as33
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Fabiansky/Hart
    TAA, Robbo, Kolasinac, Tomkins, WB
    Salah, Hazard, Anderson, Fraser, Camarasa
    Kane, Wilson, Jimenez
    Is it time to use my WC?

    1. Fortune
        3 months, 8 days ago

        my back 5 are
        robbo - alonso - bellerin** - awb - bennet

        would you rather switch bellerin to
        a. monreal
        b. trippier
        c. young (i know, but man u has nice fixture)

        have 2 ft, 2.2 itb and no real issue in team.

      • Fortune
          3 months, 8 days ago

          whoops sorry, reply fail.

          ayway, your team looks ok, prolly just need to sort TAA/kola

      • TAB
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Fabianski
        Alonso Robertson Doherty
        Fraser Anderson Salah Hazard Richarlison
        Aubameyang Jimenez

        Hamer Digne Kamara Wan Bissaka

        1 FT & 1.6 itb

        Aubameyang & Fraser -> Chicharito & Sterling (-4)

        Yes or No

        1. David Brains - OH NO!
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Thought about ditching salah for sterling?

      • Daniel - juuuhuuu
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Eden Hazard: “My ankle is not that bad. Not that bad. Just a little bit twisted. It’s like every game, you know. I’m strong.” #cfc

        1. Legomané
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          CC cup excuse lodged

      • David Brains - OH NO!
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Salah + TAA --> Sterling (c) + Roberston (or other)

        What do we reckon? No other city cover

        1. Holmes
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          lets see how midweek goes, personally I wouldnt do that move

      • offspinnersinahurry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Any thoughts on improvements
        Patricio
        Robertson, Doherty, Wan Bisaka
        Salah, Sterling, Fraser, Felipe Anderson
        Kane, Jimenez,Wilson

        Hennessy, Valery,Dunk,Mata

        1. David Brains - OH NO!
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Good team, save ft

      • Sterling Silva is better th…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Would you do anything with this team

        Fab
        Alonso Luiz Robbo
        Hazard Sterling Anderson Rich
        Kane Mitro Jimenez

        Hamer, camarasa, Doherty, AWB

        1Ft 0.6ITB

        1. RIDZ
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          looks strong but not sure with double Chelsea defs. Luiz may out next week

      • Legomané
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Early thoughts - any better suggestions? cheers 🙂

        A. Erik Kola > Son Trippier (-4)
        B. Erik Kola > Anderson Alonso/Robertson (-4)
        C. Erik > Son/Anderson (Kola > Digne GW19)
        D. Something else? (1FT 0.5ITB)

        Fabianski
        Lovren Doherty Kolasinac*
        Sterling Sané Eriksen Fraser
        Kane Aubameyang Jimenez

        (— Chambers Camarasa AWB)

        1. Amey
            3 months, 8 days ago

            C

          • Tshelby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            C with anderson

            1. thericeking
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              ths

            2. Legomané
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Cheers - Felipe Just for the minutes?

        2. Ooh Aah Cantona!
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          2FT, 0.1m ITB. Stuck for what to do, any suggestions chaps?

          Ederson
          Alonso, Doherty, Robertson
          Sane, Sterling, Richarlison, Fraser, F.Anderson
          Kane, Wilson,

          (Button)(Jiménez, TAA, AWB).

        3. Austin 3:16
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Guys please tell me the deadline gw for fst WC?

          1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            31st of december !?

          2. Legomané
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 8 days ago

            The Wildcard chip can be used twice a season, once in the first half of the season (before 29 Dec 14:00) and once in the second half of the season. The Wildcard chip is played when confirming transfers that cost points and can't be cancelled once played.

            https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/help

        4. The_Fish
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 8 days ago

          A) Hart and Mitro
          B) Ederson and Ings

          1. Amey
              3 months, 8 days ago

              None.
              Fabs/Lloris +Chicha/Jimmy

              1. thericeking
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                this with fabs n chica

            • RIDZ
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              B

          2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            I was so unlucky with bellerin (0 points and bennett first on the bench) :/

            Who should be his best replacement up to 5.5 ?

            Thanks

            1. Amey
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Doherty
                Digne
                Taa(after fit)

              • Holmes
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Digne I guess

            2. Tshelby
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              2FT
              1.8 ITB

              Fab, Hamer
              Alonso, Robbo, AWB, Doherty, Bennett
              Sane, Son, Richarlison, Anderson, Billing
              Kane, Auba, Ings

              Going to do Bennett to Dinge at the end of this week and keep one FT for next week if I might want to get rid of the Kane and Auba strikerforce.
              Sound good?

              1. Amey
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Yes.

                • RIDZ
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Alonso Robbo Doherty could be the season keeper if you always play 3 defs (AWB will be the first/second sub). Bennett to Balbuena is enough.

                  1. Tshelby
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Could just keep Bennett then? All ready have Fabianski and I think Wolves are more capable of keeping a CS than WHU?
                    But I might be true that I don't want 4 good defenders

                    1. RIDZ
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      keep him then. Maybe Hamer to 4.5 GK because 8.5 combo for GK is too risky.

                      1. Tshelby
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        Going to stick with Fab for now and after that going to go Allison. One stop keeper has worked really good for me hate to make the wrong goalie choice

                      2. Tshelby
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        Thanks for the advice!

              2. Rinseboy
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                so is Laca and Siggy to Ings and Hazard a little too knee jerky?
                Laca's minutes a concern each week and Haz a viable captain option...assuming he is fit of course!

                Pat Hamer
                Robbo Kola Doherty Shcindler AWB
                Salah Sane Anderson Siggy Hoj
                Kane Jiminez Laca.

                1. Amey
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    hazard is great asset to have.
                    Monitor Kola situation first though imo

                2. The 12th Man
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  I’m guessing save?

                  Fabianski
                  Doherty,Digne,Kolasinac
                  Salah,Sterling,Richarlison,Snodgrass,Fraser
                  Kane,Aubameyang

                  Hamer, AWB,Kamara,TAA 1FT 0.1m itb

                  1. Tshelby
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Kola out for me don't think Arsenal is going to get a lot of CS

                  2. Amey
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Yes

                  3. Ahmed Adam
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Arnold to Monreal?
                    Any Thoughts

                  4. akhilrajau
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Martial, Rashford, Lukaku
                      Which United player good for coming weeks

                      1. Tsparkes10
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Rash or martial if he gets more game time

                      2. akhilrajau
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          What about kolasinac -> trippier?
                          If I get rashford I need any good def less than 5

                        • bjarnia87
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 5 days ago

                          Any improvement I should do on my team? Which to Capt? Should I try to get in Sane (2ft)?

                          Fab
                          Robertson, Alonso, Doherty
                          Rich. Eriksen, sterling, Fraser, F.Andrson
                          Kane, Ings

                          Jimenez, bissaka, hadergonj