Scout Notes

Which Spurs assets looked the best in Kane’s absence?

It was Lucas Moura (£6.7m) who proved to be the chief beneficiary of Harry Kane‘s (£12.6m) injury on Saturday afternoon.

Fantasy Premier League managers have spent the last few days trying to work out which of the crocked forward’s colleagues would take his place as the main goal threat, especially considering Spurs’ favourable fixtures.

A hat-trick for Moura in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Huddersfield has now thrown him into the Fantasy conversation for the coming weeks.

However, it was a result that only exacerbated the frustration of managers whose key options were rotated out of the side by Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs 4-0 Huddersfield

Goals: Victor Wanyama (£4.9m), Lucas Moura x 3 (£6.7m)

Assists: Fernando Llorente (£5.1m), Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m), Christian Eriksen (£9.3m), Heung-Min Son (£8.8m)

With a Double Gameweek coming up against Manchester City (away) and Brighton (home) next week, Moura has played his way into our thoughts with an impressive display against Huddersfield. Owned by just 5.8% of managers, he has the potential to be a cheap and powerful differential in Kane’s absence between now and the end of the season.

Only Fernando Llorente (£5.1m) had more touches in the penalty area than the Brazilian on Saturday lunch-time, while no player had more shots on target than him in the whole match. Crucially, Moura was deployed as a centre-forward next to Llorente, a position that could get the best out of him if he can hold onto it. Pochettino was full of praise for the player so his chances of heavy involvement in the coming weeks look good at the moment.

“He was so important even before people start to recognise his value. We are happy because people can see how good he is now. He’s doing a fantastic job, he’s a great professional and a great guy.” – Maurizio Pochettino

“It’s a special day for me, a good moment, it’s my first hat-trick in Europe so I’m so happy and I don’t have words to express this moment. I just have to say thank you to God, my teammates, I’m so happy here and we’ll keep going strong to make history here.” – Mauricio Pochettino

Llorente huffed and puffed up front and did everything but score in a very good performance. He registered six shots in the box, more than any other player on the pitch, but did not hit the target with any of them. The Spaniard went very close at the start of the second half, showing great control to bring down a Juan Foyth (£5.0m) pass in the box, only to rattle the crossbar.

Llorente also flashed two headers wide, one in each half. His 0.8% ownership can rightly feel disappointed with just an assist. He also picked up a knock towards the end of the game which is why Son Heung-min (£8.8m) had to come on. Pochettino had the following to say when he was asked about the current injuries ahead of the return leg against City, including Llorente’s:

“We need to assess Fernando (Llorente). We hope we can recover Dele Alli and Harry Winks. We’ll see because yesterday he felt his groin in training. Dele, we’ll see. It’s not clear and we’ll see what happens.” – Mauricio Pochettino

Son captainers would have been pulling their hair out after he came on for a brief cameo to replace the exhausted Llorente in the 86th minute. However, he did at least manage to get an assist when he teed up Moura to complete an impressive hat trick.

The South Korean was one of many key Spurs assets to fall foul of the rotation that Pochettino had promised us. Influenced by Champions League matches before and after Double Gameweek 34, the Spurs boss rang the changes on Saturday lunch-time, making seven changes in total.

The leader of the captaincy poll Son found himself on the bench alongside Kieran Trippier (£6.0m), Danny Rose (£5.8m) and Toby Alderweireld (£6.0m). Not surprisingly, Dele Alli (£8.8m) and Kane missed out completely due to their respective injuries.

“We’ll see (on Alli’s hopes of playing midweek). He’s doing some training sessions with the protection. He needs to feel comfortable. It all depends on the time.” – Mauricio Pochettino

Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.2m) came in for just his first start in 2019 at right wing-back in place of Trippier with Ben Davies (£5.6m) on the left in place of Rose.

Davinson Sanchez (£5.8m) was flanked by Jan Vertonghen (£5.9m) and youngster Foyth who made his first appearance since Gameweek 27 in a back three.

Walker-Peters and Davies got forward at every opportunity and were always a threat but neither are viable FPL options with Trippier and Rose likely to be Pochettino’s first-choice wing-backs for the final few weeks of the season. These rotation-prone players are probably best avoided.

As mentioned, Moura and Llorente were tasked with leading the attack for Spurs and they did so to great effect, linking up well throughout. They earned praise from their manager for how they performed together, with Pochettino especially pleased to get a positive result with so much rotation.

“The football is moving so quickly. I think today Fernando was very good and an unbelievable afternoon for Lucas Moura. When you have 24/25 players they need to play. I thought the performance was very professional. The hat-trick will help build his confidence.”

Spurs dominated possession throughout and opened the scoring midway through the first half through Victor Wanyama (£4.9m) who broke from midfield to get on the end of a Davies pass which was intended for Llorente. The Spaniard was deemed to have got a slight touch on the ball before it ran through to the Kenyan who coolly rounded Ben Hamer (£3.9m) to slot home his first goal for over a year.

Three minutes later, the game was all but over, this time Wanyama’s midfield partner Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m) burst forward and played in Moura who finished in style, giving Hamer no chance. Spurs were able to take their foot off the gas after half an hour. Moura wrapped the game up late on with two great goals, one a fine finish from a great cross from Christian Eriksen (£9.3m), the other provided by Son.

Eriksen made his owners sweat, leaving it late to register his assist for Moura’s second. Otherwise, it was a quiet display from the Dane. He spent a lot of the game playing deep, receiving the ball from the centre backs and spraying it around the pitch. In fact, Wanyama and Sissoko were often more advanced than the Dane. Eriksen got forward a bit more in the second half and had a decent shot deflected onto the post. Despite playing deeper at times, he still managed five shots at goal, more than Moura, but none of them landed on target.

Eriksen also created more chances than anyone else on the pitch (six) although his set pieces were below his usual standards. He hit the wall from a good position in the first half. That continued a run of over three years in which he has no goals from direct free-kicks for Spurs.

Huddersfield posed little threat to Hugo Lloris (£5.4m) in the Spurs goal. Their best chances fell to Jon Stankovic (£3.9m) who should have done better when he got on the end of a corner slicing his effort wide and Steve Mounie (£5.8m) who headed wide from a good chance not long after coming on. The clean sheet never looked in too much danger of being wiped out. The French goalkeeper was a popular pick for those playing their second Wildcard this week and they’ve got off to a good start with him. Aside from the City fixture, Spurs have a nice run-in which should yield more shutouts.

Jan Siewert made three changes to his side with Juninho Bacuna (£4.2m), Florent Hadergjonaj (£4.3m) and Elias Kachunga (£4.8m) coming into the starting XI to replace Tommy Smith (£4.4m), Aaron Mooy (£5.0m) and Alex Pritchard (£4.8m) who were all named on the Terriers’ bench. Jonas Lossl (£4.4m) and Philip Billing (£4.5m) were once again omitted from the matchday squad.

“I’m disappointed because the result doesn’t reflect the way we played today. We wanted to be the first team to score here and we know it’s not easy to play Spurs because they’ll run you ragged.” – Jan Siewert

Tottenham Hotspur XI (3-5-2): Lloris, Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Vertonghen (Rose 83’), Foyth, Davies, Sissoko (Skipp 73’), Wanyama, Eriksen, Moura, Llorente (Son 86’)

Huddersfield Town XI (4-4-1-1): Hamer, Durm (Mounie 68’), Kongolo, Schindler, Hadergjonaj, Lowe, Stankovic (Mooy 81’), Hogg, Bacuna (Williams 90’), Kachunga, Ahearne-Grant.

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  1. Eat my goal!
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Utd doing what was needed - now for Barca

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Mission Impossible 2

    2. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      And ECL exit.

  2. SM001
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Pogba sort of saves my GW

    1. Eat my goal!
      3 months, 8 days ago

      My gut said he’d have a good week - glad I kept him

      Unfortunately my gut had nothing to say about shipping Fraser for son

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

        Hahah same

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

    GW 33 team would have had 49 points while my new wildcarded GW 34 team has gotten 17 points.

  4. Niho992
    3 months, 8 days ago

    29 points. Dont know what to think. At least my C Martial outscore Son and Duffy so far.

  5. HurriKane
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Template mid getting absolutely hammered by differentials 😀

    Template mid - Son Eriksen JWP Sterling Mane

    Differential mid- Lucas Pogba Redmond KDB Salah

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

      A midfield is for the season not just 1 GW.

      But yes, very bad start although almost no one was suggesting Redmond!

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

        I asked JWP or Redmond and all the votes were JWP 🙁

  6. Odion Igoalo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Sold Pogba, Fanderson, Wilson and Brooks on WC 🙂

    Oops

    1. Bagheri Arce
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Same.

      Can't legislate for that though

      Bournemouth have been rotten recently and Pogba was playing no.6 again.

      And Anderson..need I say any more

      You'd look like a right mug if you'd kept them all and the 'obvious' picks had smashed it

      Just bad luck. It happens

  7. J - Gimme your Mané …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    17 from 9 and a captain , feels disgusting 😆

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      11 from 6

    2. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      19 and 0 from a captain here.

  8. CaTriEm
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Wilson first on my bench, any chance of a Sterling no-show?

    1. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pretty good chance he comes on vs tired legs

    2. Amey
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Easily possible

    3. Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      No. I'm in same situation but sterling had his rest last week

  9. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Never used this whole swords and shields malarkey analogy before. Hoping Laporte Aguero Mane Robbo do me well tomorrow - none have shockingly high EO

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

      It’s refreshing that for once aguero, Sterling and mane will give good rank boosts if they do well.

  10. BIG TONES
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Lol if you're like me and your WC team was so much more than the team you swapped it out for, hold fast, BB35 will return with interest. (Hopefully) lol.

    1. BIG TONES
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      So much more worse*** lol

  11. micsway
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    This is turning out to be troll week. Ghost of GW33 past.

    1. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I don't think so. It's the result of inevitable squad rotation and people filling their teams with shite players from shite clubs on wildcards .

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

        squad rotation yes, and agree with the sh!te if in reference to people going double or triple brighton defence. one brighton defender was a decent enough pick though on paper (I went Duffy), meanwhile Son and Eriksen picks a bit unlucky not to return more with that fixture. The likes of Jimenez disappointing too, while the likes of Anderson, Wilson Fraser buck all current form and deliver! one of those weeks so far

  12. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 8 days ago

    No Pogba, no Moura, no Fraser, No Redmond ... game over!

    1. Amey
      3 months, 8 days ago

      GW*

    2. B.D.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Not many top players have any of those for a reason. Luck is part of the game and sometimes u lose with a good hand.

  13. Robbieblob
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    I knew Fraser Anderson Wilson and Pogba out was a good idea... I wanted to keep Bournemouth because of fixtures but form was rubbish. Hey ho at least I’m not the only one with a shocker...

  14. Robbieblob
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    I have an average of less than 2 per player including captain!!!

  15. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Imagine writing this article and not having a standalone paragraph on Moura?

    Although lower-owned, surely the person who scored a hat-trick is most interesting? Was he lucky? Was he good?

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

      2 of his goals were fantastic finishes.On another day he misses those.Huddersfield actually had the 2 most clearcut chances,but story of their season couldnt convert.

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

      Apparently it was Poch's hat-trick http://prnt.sc/nbiz9g

  16. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    30p with 9 to go on BB, actually not that bad?

    1. SoShy
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pretty good actually

  17. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Which one seems better to free up a liverpool slot ?

    A) TAA to Laporte
    B) Alisson to Ederson

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      B

      1. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks

    2. YEAH PITCH!
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A. TAA could be rotated.

  18. Scotty B
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Which 2 transfers would you make if this was your team? 0 ITB...

    De Gea
    Pereira VVD Dunk
    Salah Richarlison Maddison Mane
    Wilson Higuain Rondon

    BB - Gunn Son Doherty Bednarek

    1. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      You decide.

      1. Scotty B
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Excellent contribution - thanks so much

        1. Slouch87
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Just trying to encourage a new concept for you. Make your own decidions

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

        I don't understand why people comment like this, why bother?

        1. Slouch87
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          You obviously don't know the history.

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

          shrug.

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

          Scotty is quite notorious around these parts for having what some call a community team though, perhaps that's what Slouch is referring to as the history

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

      yeesh. id want pereira higuain richarlison maddison all outta there

      1. Scotty B
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Pick two then

      2. Scotty B
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Or even 3

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

          use the initiative. higuain pereira richarlison maddison in that order probably

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

      Higuain out
      Pereira out

      Not sure who in but defo I would focus there

    4. Wetdream
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Lose Higuain for a start

  19. Amey
    3 months, 8 days ago

    RP
    People sad about WC being failed should have some patience imo.

    Planning for BGW/DGW payed off in gw 33 ( in very handsome way imo with triple scores of avg gw score for everyone)

    We've WC'ed for the rest of the season & it'll come off good imho. Bournemouth beating Brighton is unexpected & Pogba 2 pens is unsustainable.

    Those who had pogba,moura well played !!
    Others be patient

  20. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Duffy was always a gamble. Fellow captainers, are we confident that he can outscore Son/Vardy on the 2nd go round? Ridiculously disgusting showing from Brighton today (and Bournemouth can rot after Wilson & Fraser's flops in 33 & 31), but Cardiff has to be a must wih for them now.

    1. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Can't be the slightest bit confident after today's shite fest.

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Confident? No, but they conceded 3 with 10 men. Couldn't forsee that happening

  21. SoShy
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Well, wow. Gameweek solely on KUN (C)

  22. Tsparkes10
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Oof this is going to be a fun last few gws. Rival has 4 to play with 30, I have 4 to play with 43 and he was 9 ahead before GW. He has WC, I have TC and BB. Got to get that TC right :). GL lads

  23. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Liverpool clean sheet tomorrow could turn a good week into a great week as a non-wildcarder. Anyone with me??

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

      Matip and TAA on the bench coz of Pereira and Harvey Barnes...

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

        Ouuu that'll be tough to watch if I get my way. Hopefully matip doesn't play or something to half your pain.

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

          And Fanderson as 3rd sub 😀 No pain no gain

  24. ⚒Jay⚒ American Dycho
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Finau 6 under through 8. Into the lead. Damn

    1. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Amen Corner to come though

  25. suvak88
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    I don't know how to feel, Lucas vc with Knockaert captain.

    1. Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I would feel awful

    2. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Amazing!

    3. ⚒Jay⚒ American Dycho
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Still a winner. Those 2 alone still beating the whole top 10k average

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

      Feintly embarrassed perhaps?

    5. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Numb

    6. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      That is insane

    7. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Knockaert still have one game to go

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Oh wait

  26. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Is this worth a -8?
    OUT: Boruc, Clyne & Vardy.
    IN: Foster, Toby/Vert & Jiminez.

    Will captain Sterling or Jiminez.

  27. Earn your Spurs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    I had planned to keep Ryan and Duffy through next weeks DGW but now having 2nd thoughts. Maybe to clear out Duffy

    What are you doing with your Brighton assets netxt week?

    1. Earn your Spurs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      On Bench boost - so not expecting many points now from these 2

    2. ⚒Jay⚒ American Dycho
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      It’ll be peak FPL for everyone to sell and they keep cleanies and attacking points in 35.

  28. Samwise
    3 months, 8 days ago

    11 points with captain played... 4 still to play... who's worse than that?

    1. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      44 with 4 to play mate!

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

        Cheeky subtle brag 😉 does that 4 to play include Brighton/Cardiff players?

        1. Super Saints
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Salah Hazard TAA Ryan

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

            Very nice. I'm on 44 (48 -4) with 5 to play: TAA, Robbo, Sterling, Mané, Ryan.

            1. Super Saints
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Nice going mate, you should outscore me unless Salah or Hazard explode!

    2. Jayv807
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Is one of the 4 to play Alonso?

  29. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Have 3x liverpool defence
    Don't know whether to take a hit and bring salah for gw36 or not
    Ideas?
    Thanks in advance

    1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Plenty of game before then.

      1. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah but if I want that I should bring a city player this week

    2. Earn your Spurs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Huddersfield at home sounds attractive - do you need to take a hit if we've 2 GWs before then?

      1. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Yes. I want some other players too. Foster this gw for BB and may sell chilwell for a hit

  30. theodosios
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Pellegrini's comments about Marko's illness,injuries and fitness every week are so pathetic...Hope WHU will replace this mister next year, they have TOP8 team at the moment