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
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    So I can do Fraser to Richarlison next gameweek.

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Wait on Aguero

    2. Pukki Party
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 1 day ago

      No

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

      Just Siggy > Son and roll a FT?

    4. thericeking
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      if it was aguero and Erik prolly yeah

      1. RIDZ
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 1 day 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
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Best set and forget GK up to 5.0?

    A. Lossl
    B. Leno
    C. Fabianski

    Other?

    1. Ed
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      C

    2. Halmari Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Dubravka

      1. Atimis
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        Terrible fixtures coming

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 1 day ago

      C

    4. Pukki Party
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 1 day ago

      A

    5. RIDZ
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      easy C

      Highest baps for GK

    6. Legomané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Fab

    7. Atimis
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Thanks all

  3. Ed
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

    2. Atimis
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      No way

  4. as33
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 1 day 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
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 1 day 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.

    2. Fortune
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 1 day ago

      whoops sorry, reply fail.

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

  5. TAB
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 1 day 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!
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Thought about ditching salah for sterling?

  6. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 1 day 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
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 1 day ago

      CC cup excuse lodged

  7. David Brains - OH NO!
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    What do we reckon? No other city cover

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

  8. offspinnersinahurry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 1 day 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!
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Good team, save ft

  9. Sterling Silva is better th…
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day 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
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

  10. Legomané
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 1 day 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
        7 months, 1 day ago

        C

      • Tshelby
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        C with anderson

        1. thericeking
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 1 day ago

          ths

        2. Legomané
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 1 day ago

          Cheers - Felipe Just for the minutes?

    2. Ooh Aah Cantona!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day 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. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Guys please tell me the deadline gw for fst WC?

      1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        31st of december !?

      2. Legomané
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 1 day 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
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 1 day ago

      A) Hart and Mitro
      B) Ederson and Ings

      1. Amey
          7 months, 1 day ago

          None.
          Fabs/Lloris +Chicha/Jimmy

          1. thericeking
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 1 day ago

            this with fabs n chica

        • RIDZ
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 1 day ago

          B

      2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 1 day 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
            7 months, 1 day ago

            Doherty
            Digne
            Taa(after fit)

          • Holmes (specialist in failu…
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 1 day ago

            Digne I guess

        2. Tshelby
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 1 day 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
              7 months, 1 day ago

              Yes.

            • RIDZ
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 1 day 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
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 1 day 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
                  7 months, 1 day ago

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

                  1. Tshelby
                    • 4 Years
                    7 months, 1 day 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
                    • 4 Years
                    7 months, 1 day ago

                    Thanks for the advice!

          2. Rinseboy
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 1 day 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
                7 months, 1 day ago

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

            2. The 12th Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 1 day 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
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 1 day ago

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

              2. Amey
                  7 months, 1 day ago

                  Yes

              3. Ahmed Adam
                • 1 Year
                7 months, 1 day ago

                Arnold to Monreal?
                Any Thoughts

              4. akhilrajau
                  7 months, 1 day ago

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

                  1. Tsparkes10
                      7 months, 1 day ago

                      Rash or martial if he gets more game time

                  2. akhilrajau
                      7 months, 1 day ago

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

                    • bjarnia87
                        6 months, 28 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