Scout Notes

Everton and Spurs serve up dismal game as Gomes suffers horror injury

Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Goals: Cenk Tosun (£5.7m) | Dele Alli (£8.4m)
  • Assists: Lucas Digne (£5.9m)| Son Heung-min (£9.6m)
  • Bonus: Serge Aurier (£4.8m) x3, Alli x2, Digne x1

Everton confirmed on Monday that Andre Gomes (£5.3m) has undergone successful surgery after the Portuguese midfielder suffered a “fracture-dislocation to his right ankle” in the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

It was a 79th-minute tackle from Son Heung-min (£9.6m) that ultimately led to the hideous-looking injury, with Gomes subsequently trapping his leg in the turf as he collided with Serge Aurier (£4.8m).

Son received a straight red card for his challenge which, viewed in isolation, was of the cynical nature rather than anything too malicious.

The 7.1%-owned Spurs midfielder will, pending an appeal, now miss the Lilywhites’ next three league matches, returning for the Gameweek 15 clash with Manchester United in early December.

Mauricio Pochettino joined the chorus of players, managers, fans and pundits expressing sympathy for Gomes but voiced his disappointment at the decision to dismiss Son, with referee Martin Atkinson seemingly having been poised to book the South Korea international before the consequences of his tackle became apparent.

The visitors had been leading 1-0 at that stage and Everton went on to press their numerical advantage by scoring an equaliser late in stoppage time.

Asked if Spurs would appeal the red card, Pochettino said:

I don’t know. I don’t know what will happen now, the club will see if possible or not. What we cannot change is all that happened after the red card.

We are going to talk about the VAR because the VAR need to check if it was a bad tackle from Sonny and judge the action, not judge what happened after that was very bad luck for Andre. We feel very disappointed with this type of situation on the VAR. VAR to help the referee. I’m confused more with the situation. I was talking to the referee and they need help. They need to go check on the screen. They have the screen: why not?

At the end the decision because everything changed. I think the game was under control for Tottenham and I think we really believed that we would win the game at the end. The problem is playing with one less. And then we concede a goal playing with one less and it was very, very tough. It was completely unfair for Sonny and completely unfair for Tottenham.

It has since been reported that Spurs will try to get the dismissal overturned and it’ll be interesting to see what the response from the Football Association will be.

The early signs weren’t too positive, with the FA having seemingly doubled-down on Atkinson’s decision to send off the South Korean attacker when releasing a statement just after full-time:

The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.

Son had earlier registered his seventh attacking return in the last eight Gameweeks, teeing up Dele Alli (£8.4m) for the game’s opening goal.

The match had been drifting towards a goalless draw at that point, with the two teams serving up one of the most forgettable encounters of the 2019/20 campaign.

Everton and Spurs have struggled for form this season and there was nervousness from both teams at Goodison Park, with Fantasy managers given little incentive to invest in either side – especially in attack.

Spurs were almost non-existent going forward, registering only four shots all evening, and even their goal stemmed from a misplaced pass from Alex Iwobi (£5.8m) rather than anything they carved out themselves.

The unavailability of Harry Kane (£10.8m) was a mitigating factor, with Lucas Moura (£7.0m) proving to be an ineffectual spearhead in his absence.

The England striker missed out with illness, with Pochettino saying ahead of kick-off:

He and his family got a virus and started to feel bad on Friday night. It was impossible for him to train on Saturday and now he cannot play.

Christian Eriksen (£8.7m) was poor yet again and, with Son suspended next weekend, owners of John Lundstram (£4.8m) and co might be growing increasingly confident of a clean sheet when Sheffield United visit north London in Gameweek 12.

Alli’s goal was at least a positive and there may be a modest bit of Fantasy interest in the former MK Dons man, who has now completed three successive 90-minute run-outs in the league and scored two goals in that time.

Everton weren’t much better, with Richarlison (£7.9m) – again leading the line – carrying what little threat the hosts posed.

The Brazilian twice tested Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.5m) and fired wide in the first half, later being denied a penalty when tumbling in the box.

That was one of three claims for a spot-kick refuted by VAR, with a challenge on Son and an Alli handball not punished.

Everton’s Fantasy assets seem to be in a “don’t buy, don’t sell” limbo at present – the Toffees next face two of the most obliging defences in the Premier League and owners of Richarlison et al may be reluctant to part ways before matches against Southampton and Norwich.

An awful run of fixtures from Gameweeks 14-18, coupled with some indifferent form, may deter many non-owners from venturing near the Toffees despite their upcoming double-header, however.

There were some success stories at Goodison, with Aurier’s 88th-minute substitution meaning that he not only banked a clean sheet before Everton’s equaliser but also claimed maximum bonus points to go with it.

Lucas Digne (£5.9m), meanwhile, was staring down the barrel of a blank before his superb volleyed cross was nodded in by substitute Cenk Tosun (£5.7m) for the hosts’ late leveller.

Indeed if any Fantasy assets could take credit from Sunday’s game, it was the two defences – although the relative solidity of Spurs and Everton’s backlines, who have only two clean sheets between them in the last nine Gameweeks, was aided by the toothlessness of their opponents in attack.

Everton XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Sidibe, Holgate, Mina, Digne; Davies (Calvert-Lewin 83′), Gomes (Sigurdsson 84′), Delph; Walcott (Tosun 68′), Richarlison, Iwobi. 

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Gazzaniga; Aurier (Foyth 88′), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Ndombele (Lo Celso 73′), Sissoko; Son, Eriksen (Sessegnon 90′), Alli; Lucas. 

Members Analysis

Become a Member and access our data

Memberships for the rest of 2019/20 and the whole of 2020/21 are now available for the price of £17.50, while monthly subscriptions cost just £2.99.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

1,676 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Decided not to pull the trigger last night on sterling - would have been -4 anyhow.

    Rolling into the next GW with this

    Pope
    Taa lund rico
    Sterling mane Kdb mount yarma
    Vardy Tammy

    Soy dunk greenwood

    Gtg?

    1. Aleksei
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 4 days ago

      yes, just benching headache:)

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

      Solid! I feel it's a coin toss between Rico or Soy.

      But I would probably go Soy, but only based on the gut-feeling.

  2. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Better option for the next few gameweeks?

    A) Tomori, Salah/Sterling & 6.2m mid/fwd
    B) Robbo, Maddison & Jimenez

    Have Mane & KDB.

    1. Aleksei
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 4 days ago

      B

    2. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Should have mentioned B will cost a -8 this week.

      A means no hits as I already have Tomori & Sterling. So I could move from Sterling to Salah next week.

    3. Stef rocks
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      B by far. -8 could repay even this Gw and certainly for future

    4. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Probably B but who knows

    5. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      B also mate

  3. JM11
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Need a DEF under 4.5, who you got?

    A.) Janmaat
    B.) Willems
    C.) Someone else?

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

      you can't stretch it to O'connell?

    2. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      b

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

      B

    4. Little Frank
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      If you fancy a punt, Charlie Taylor at Burnley. Should have the left back spot after a couple of poor showings from Pieters (replaced him at half time last GW), is more attacking and has decent fixtures for the next 3.

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        I was waiting for C.Taylor to get back in.
        Back four of;
        Gazzaniga (4.4m)
        Lundstram (4m) Rico (4.1m) Taylor (4.2m)

    5. Stef rocks
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      A

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

    Rock solid bottom.

    1 FT 2mill ITB

    Just bank the FT right?

    Next GW I will do the following for free and will the probably play Lund, Soy and Robertson every week:

    Montoya + Diop --> Reid + Robertson

    Pope
    Rico - Lund - Soy
    Mount - Sterling - Mane - KDB
    Vardy - Jimmy - Tammy
    (Button - Cantwell - Montoya - Diop)

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

      anyone with a comment to this? Much appreciated.

    2. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah save the FT for now

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

        Thanks a lot:)

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

    hi guys, what to do with this lot? 1FT and 0.2 ITB

    Heaton Button
    TAA Chilwell Rico Lunds Dunk
    Salah Sterling KDB McGin Dedonck
    Tammy Vardy Greenwood

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

      Bank the FT and play 4-4-2 as your backline is good.

      not much you can do with 1 Ft and 0,2.

  6. Wally banter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Reposting from previous page

    So a template is forming and how you tackle this upcoming hectic schedules and move ahead?

    Pope to Henderson

    Lund TAA/Robbo Soyancu Rico bench fodder

    Salah/Mane Sterling/Kdb Maddison/Martial/Tielemans Mount

    Vardy Tammy Jiminez/Rashford

    Who are the viable alternatives, which are the players we need to sacrifice .

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

      Auba is really the one missing from that template sheet.

      1. Wally banter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        But whom should be sacrificed? Jiminez is doing good business for his value, so as tammy... vardy is slowly becoming a cap option

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

          Would probably sacrifice Jimmy.

          But at the moment Jimmy is better value, but if you are chasing it's a viable option imo.

  7. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Pope
    TAA Rico Lundstram
    Mount Mane Kdb CHO*
    Vardy Abra Jimenez
    Button Soy Dendo Boly*
    5.7itb 1ft

    Kun out already. Now CHO, Boly to...
    A. Maddison/Tielemans and Robbo
    B. Martial and Robbo
    C. Salah and Willems/Saiss

    1. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      i like C if you are chasing, B if you are close to the leaders, A if you are ahead

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

      Would probably go C. 🙂

      I'm really considering Mane + Salah double up after the City game, with either TAA og Robbo in the back.

  8. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    on a wc.
    seems lke we have reached a super remplate state:

    TAA, soyunco, tomori, lundstrum, rico
    KDB, Mane, Maddsion, mount, 4.5
    vardy, abraham, jimenez/

    now this looks fine, but i would still like to break the mold a bit - any suggestions?

    martial instead of maddison/mount?
    second pool defender?
    willems from newcastle?
    ings instead of jimenez?
    is salah now a differential?

    any ideas will be welcome

    1. Wally banter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Salah is

    2. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Willems or Schar
      Just made the Martial move

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      I get you - I've avoided arsenal for example because of the crowd/template and it still seems odd with the fixtures. Some opportunities for sure... Jota for example.

    4. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      You’re quite right.
      I have 4 of those 5 defenders.
      Exactly that midfield.
      And Kane and Laca instead of Vardy and Jimenez

      To answer the questions;
      I don’t like Martial, yes he’s OOP striker, but playing for a team who only score when they get a penalty.

      Willems I like, good run for Newcastle too.

      Liverpool not doing well enough defensively to warrant a 2nd defender...TAA and Robertson still offer attacking returns though I guess.

      Jiminez much better option than Ings.

      1. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        cheers

    5. Stef rocks
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Wow that is basically my team - just I have pereira instead of Soy

      1. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        it's many peoples team..

    6. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 4 days ago

      i hate and love templates.. game sorta becomes one dimensional but its easy to attack and take advantage of the template

  9. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Team of the season so far:
    Henderson
    TAA VVD Schar Robbo
    Tielemans Guendouzi
    Mane KDB
    Vardy Kun

  10. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Who scores more?

    A. Sterling and Lundstram + 4pts
    Or
    B. Mount and Vardy

    1. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 4 days ago

      vardy lundstram

  11. Gunner Boy
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Play one:

    A- Cantwell (WAT)
    B- Rico (new)

    1. Wally banter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Cantwell will give you 1 point, rico gives you a chance of 2 or more

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 4 days ago

        This

      2. Gunner Boy
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        Do you think Cantwell will be benched?

        1. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 4 days ago

          Yes it is likely/ would've his minutes managed

    2. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 4 days ago

      cantwell likely benched going forward.. his manager ripped him after united game and hernandez who plays in that posiiton is back from injury

  12. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Can someone tell me who is the player limiting Mouset minutes?

    1. Wally banter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      His fitness

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        Ok. I know there are a few to choose from.

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 4 days ago

      No one knows except the manager, I think they have about 5 strikers in that team

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        Cheers. Has he played with Robinson?

        1. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 4 days ago

          I don't know tbh because I am not interested in the attack due to rotation. Wilder likes to mix things upfront to keep the opponent guessing. I prefer the double up in defence which I already have

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

      4 strikers at SHU. Mousset, Robinson, McGoldrick and Sharp. Don’t think any of them are undroppable

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        Who is your favorite?

        1. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 4 days ago

          Don’t really fancy any of them really, too much rotation risk, and don’t score enough goals.
          I’m a top heavy manager.

  13. bigbudgie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA Soy Lundstrum
    Sterling KDB Maddison Mount
    Vardy (c) Rashford Tammy

    Rico Dendonker Kelly

    FT already used. 0.5 ITB. Anything worth a hit? G2G with benching / captaincy?

  14. Soldham8
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    I have Son.

    How long will the appeal take to be decided?

    If it’s overturned I’ll keep hol obviously, but if it’s not looking likely I’ll have to ship him out ASAP to avoid any potential price drop.

    Any thoughts?

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      You’ll know before Friday

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 4 days ago

      I think it gets overturned. 99.9% sure about that

      1. Soldham8
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        What makes you say that? Just a feeling or have you read something?

        1. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 4 days ago

          I think this too.
          I’m basing it on that fact the red card was awarded because of the extent of the injury. Everyone has since said it’s not a red card offence, just unfortunate accident.

  15. King Henrik
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    2fts and 2.6m in the bank.
    Any advice for this team?

    Roberto
    Soyunci Trent Tomori Lundstram
    Sterling Kdb Mount Maddison
    Aubamayang Abraham

    McGovern McGinn Soyuncu Greenwood

    1. King Henrik
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Kelly on subs bench not Soyuncu!

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

      Struggling to see any Pool attack.

  16. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Sterling > Salah?

    To have both Salah and Mane for the fixtures... tempting.

  17. Talkaboutluck
      8 months, 4 days ago

      GTG? Should I be playing McGinn or Lundy ahead of anyone?

      Pope
      Rico TAA Chilwell
      Mane KDB Mount Martial
      Vardy Wilson Tammy(c)

      Lundy McGinn Lowton

    • kopite65
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Thoughts guys
      Kun to Vardy ?
      Cap A Tammy
      B Vardy if trans is made
      Cheers

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

      What do you think of Pusilic as captain?

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

        Could be decent. I have him vice, Vardy captain.

    • Mongoose
        8 months, 4 days ago

        Is it worth keeping Son after the incident on Sunday.
        Also now his red card has been rescinded will he get those points back.

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

          Yes and no.

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

        Is Adam Smith nailed on?