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What Fantasy managers can expect from new Spurs boss Jose Mourinho

A little over 24 hours ago, Mauricio Pochettino was still in the managerial hotseat at Tottenham Hotspur.

The long-serving Spurs boss has since been dismissed and replaced by Jose Mourinho, who is back in the Premier League after an 11-month absence.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United head coach has signed a contract with the Lilywhites that runs until the end of the 2022/23 season, with the move to north London being his fourth separate stint in the English top flight.

Speaking upon his appointment, Mourinho said:

I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters. The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.

I really like this squad. Of course, I’m not going to say names, I’m not going to tell you individuals because this is completely against my concept of what a team has to be, but I like a lot the ability of the squad.

Spurs’ chairman, Daniel Levy, added:

In Jose, we have one of the most successful managers in football. He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.

From the tiresome post-match gripes to the “guarantee” of trophies (he has won at least two leagues or cups in each of his last six jobs), we’re already well aware of what Mourinho has the potential to deliver on his return to English football.

For us Fantasy managers, our interest centres on what effect Mourinho can have on a spluttering Spurs squad.

Spurs in 2019/20 So Far

Sitting in 14th place in the Premier League and winless in five top-flight games, Spurs have ceased to become the attractive proposition to Fantasy managers that they once were.

Harry Kane (£10.8m) is the only Spurs player who can boast a double-digit ownership at present but, to put that in context, he is still the lowest-owned FPL asset in the £10.0m+ price bracket.

Not one Spurs player was owned by more than 10% of the top 10,000 Fantasy managers at the point of the Gameweek 12 deadline.

While the Lilywhites are still a respectable fifth for goals scored in the Premier League, they trail Manchester City, Leicester City, Chelsea and Liverpool by some distance and have scored on only four occasions in the last five Gameweeks.

On the underlying stats front, Spurs are ranked a lowly 16th for shots in the box and 17th for big chances created.

The picture is even worse at the back, with no team having kept fewer clean sheets (one) than Pochettino’s former charges in 2019/20.

Only Norwich City have allowed more shots on target.

Mourinho – The History

Ever since his appointment as Porto manager in January 2002, Mourinho has won trophies.

His two-and-a-half-year spell with the Portuguese side ended with back-to-back domestic titles, a UEFA Cup success and a UEFA Champions League win in 2004.

Joining Chelsea soon after, the “Special One” secured the Blues’ first Premier League crown for 50 years and then delivered the title again the following year, with three domestic cups thrown in for good measure during his first stint in west London.

Departing Stamford Bridge early on in the 2007/08 season, Mourinho returned to management the following summer with a successful two-year spell in Milan, securing back-to-back league titles and a Champions League crown with Inter.

Tasked with breaking up Barcelona’s dominance in Spain, Mourinho was appointed Real Madrid manager in May 2010 but left with only one La Liga title and a Copa del Rey crown to show for his three years in the Spanish capital.

A return to Chelsea in June 2013 peaked with a Premier League and League Cup double in 2014/15 before he was again axed in December 2015.

Two and a half years at Manchester United rounded off his managerial career before this week, with Mourinho adding an EFL Cup and a Europa League to his list of honours in 2016/17.

All of that paints a pretty picture of Mourinho the manager but there are obvious disclaimers.

The new Spurs boss was cursed by “Third Season Syndrome” in his three previous spells in England, with his two most-recent stints ending at almost exactly the same points (mid-December of his third season in charge) and his last full campaign (2006/07) in his first spell at Chelsea being beset by off-the-field problems.

Then there are the ego and personality issues: from Frank Arnesen to Cristiano Ronaldo, Mourinho has clashed (or reportedly clashed) with a number of high-profile figures at several of his sides.

A nomadic figure of sorts, Mourinho’s tendency to move around and apparent unwillingness to develop youth players has also led to criticisms that he’s yet to build a lasting legacy at any of his clubs.

However, the new Spurs head coach said today:

There is not one manager in the world who does not like to play young players and help young players to evolve, there is not one.

The problem is sometimes you get into clubs and the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players, but when you have them, the managers are always happy to develop these players, so I look to our history and you see that the Academy is always giving the talent the first team needs. Of course, I also look forward to work with that profile.

Mourinho – The Tactics

Operating mostly in a 4-4-2 diamond at Porto, Mourinho became famous for his 4-3-3 during his first spell at Chelsea – a system that, of course, gave rise to the ‘Makelele role’.

Those two formations continued to be Mourinho’s go-to set-ups throughout his time at Stamford Bridge and then at Inter, with a 4-2-3-1 quickly introduced in Milan.

The move to the Bernabeu continued the tactical evolution, with that 4-2-3-1 shape almost exclusively used by the Portuguese boss.

The formation was also one he generally preferred during his second stint in west London and then in Manchester, although there were dalliances with the 4-3-3 and a wing-back system during his tenure at Old Trafford.

Pragmatic is a word that is often tossed in Mourinho’s direction regarding his managerial approach; negative is another.

Deep-lying defences, counter-attacks and quick transitions have been a feature of his sides’ play in the past although our short-term memories are perhaps blighted by some dire, pedestrian performances during his time in Manchester.

As Michael Cox points out in an article for The Athletic today, number tens have traditionally shone under Mourinho – be it Deco at Porto or Mesut Ozil at Real.

Speaking in 2015, Mourinho said:

For me, a No. 10 does a lot of things, with the ball and without the ball.

So for me, No. 10 is a very special player in my team, when I play with a No10, which in Chelsea in the last period we are doing. In a system of two midfield players and a No. 10, I demand a lot from a No. 10. Every position is important, but it is an important position.

I like a No. 10 to score goals. I like a No. 10 to get in the box. I like a No. 10 to score goals like Oscar against Maccabi Tel Aviv. A No. 10 for me is a No. 8-and-a-half when the team loses the ball and a No. 9-and-a-half when the team has the ball.

Could we perhaps see the re-emergence of Dele Alli (£8.4m) as a viable Fantasy asset, then, after a period of dormancy?

Cox also points out that Mourinho likes his strikers to, well, strike.

Out-and-out centre-forwards such as Didier Drogba and Diego Costa flourished during their time under the erstwhile Chelsea boss, which could well have positive ramifications for Kane as a Fantasy asset, given the concerns about his more deeper role under Pochettino.

Hard-working, up-and-down wingers have often been a feature of Mourinho sides, too, which seems ideally suited to Son Heung-min‘s (£9.6m) skillset.

Mourinho’s resistance to playing two strikers in the past decade may mean that we Fantasy managers won’t be able to enjoy Son as an “out of position” forward, however, unless there is a revisiting of the 4-4-2 diamond that Pochettino had a tendency to deploy.

The former United manager’s constant run-ins with Luke Shaw were a reminder that Mourinho likes his full-backs to be disciplined and defensively sound, too, which might be an issue at Spurs in the short term given the dearth of options available at present – particularly at right-back.

“Defence first” is unquestionably Mourinho’s mantra – as we’ll discuss below.

Mourinho’s Teams – The Underlying Stats

Looking back through our Members Area data (which stretches back to 2011/12), Mourinho’s Chelsea and United sides ranked as follows for several key underlying stats (we have only included full-season numbers).

In terms of the defensive stats, a rank of ‘1st’ means the tightest defence (i.e. fewest shots conceded, most clean sheets etc).

Chelsea: 2013/14

Attacking
GoalsShotsShots in the boxShots on targetBig chances
3rd (71)1st (692)2nd (376)3rd (222)5th (79)
Defensive
Goals concededShots concededShots in the box concededShots on target concededBig chances concededClean sheets
1st (27)3rd (393)2nd (207)1st (120)1st (33)1st (18)

Chelsea: 2014/15

Attacking
GoalsShotsShots in the boxShots on targetBig chances
2nd (73)4th (564)3rd (334)3rd (205)3rd (86)
Defensive
Goals concededShots concededShots in the box concededShots on target concededBig chances concededClean sheets
1st (32)5th (415)1st (208)2nd (121)1st (35)1st (17)

Manchester United: 2016/17

Attacking
GoalsShotsShots in the boxShots on targetBig chances
8th (54)4th (591)6th (343)4th (208)=4th (76)
Defensive
Goals concededShots concededShots in the box concededShots on target concededBig chances concededClean sheets
2nd (29)5th (361)4th (192)4th (113)1st (32)=1st (17)

Manchester United: 2017/18

Attacking
GoalsShotsShots in the boxShots on targetBig chances
5th (68)6th (512)7th (299)6th (173)6th (78)
Defensive
Goals concededShots concededShots in the box concededShots on target concededBig chances concededClean sheets
2nd (28)7th (436)5th (264)5th (144)6th= (57)1st (19)

A recurring theme in the tables above is that Mourinho’s sides, unsurprisingly, rank better for defensive stats than at the other end of the pitch.

In each of his four full seasons in charge of Chelsea or United in the current decade, a Mourinho team has ranked first or second for goals conceded and clean sheets registered.

Indeed, no other Premier League side could better a Mourinho-led team for clean sheets in the four campaigns scrutinised above, with a minimum of 17 shut-outs recorded in each of them.

There was a scarcity of big chances conceded, too, at least until 2017/18 – the early-season loss of key centre-half Eric Bailly to injury and the alarming dip in form from defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic perhaps mitigating factors there.

The attacking figures aren’t awful but Chelsea or United almost never topped the underlying stats tables, with even the Blues’ title-winning campaign of 2014/15 seeing them ranked only fourth for shots and third for big chances.

Final Thoughts

This is almost unchartered territory for Mourinho: the “Special One” hasn’t experienced a mid-season appointment in almost 18 years.

With Bobby Robson’s one-time right-hand man not having a full pre-season to impart his ideas or indeed a transfer window with which to recruit players of his liking, we might have to be modest in our expectations of the new Spurs boss.

That said, the “new manager bounce” – something Lateriser12 raised in a Hot Topic today – is always something to watch out for (see what happened when there was a managerial change at Old Trafford last season) and, quite frankly, it is difficult to imagine the Lilywhites sinking any deeper than they are now.

Mourinho’s track record for player bust-ups doesn’t sit easily, particularly as he has to immediately find a way of dealing with four contract rebels at Spurs: Christian Eriksen (£8.7m), Danny Rose (£5.4m), Toby Alderweireld (£5.4m) and Jan Vertonghen (£5.2m).

If he can get the Belgian duo on side (experienced defenders very much being Mourinho’s favourite type), then that might be the first stepping stone in shoring up what has been a leaky backline this season.

Budget goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.5m) may look even more inviting an option to Fantasy managers if the Lilywhites plug the holes in defence.

Further forward, we await the effect that Mourinho has on the likes of Son, Alli, Eriksen and Kane.

While the team stats above point towards a defence-first approach, it may be that Kane and Alli are better suited to Mourinho’s model than they were to the latter-day Pochettino set-up.

The sheer volume of players available to the former Chelsea boss in the middle of the park is perhaps reason enough to hold fire for now, while those Fantasy managers with more cut-price frontlines will see little reason to reshuffle their pack to fit Kane in just yet.

Saturday’s meeting with an out-of-sorts West Ham side will hopefully be a good gauge, with there being some decent Spurs fixtures to tap into beyond that point should the signs be positive.

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601 Comments Post a Comment
  1. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    21 days, 15 hours ago

    Chelsea 13/14, 333 big chances conceded lol

    1. Skonto Rigga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 15 hours ago

      And yet it was still the best in the division!

      (Fixed)

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        21 days, 15 hours ago

        I dont remember the season being that entertaining 🙂

  2. Pepe Le Pukki
    • 7 Years
    21 days, 15 hours ago

    Transfer suggestions? 1FT, 0.4ITB

    GK: Pope

    DEF: Chilwell Rico Alexander-Arnold Lundstram

    MID: Maddison De Bruyne Mané

    FWD: Vardy Aubameyang Abraham

    BENCH: Button Mount Trossard Reid

    1. Bob McMayday
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Save for sure

    2. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
      • 3 Years
      21 days, 13 hours ago

      Save

  3. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    21 days, 15 hours ago

    The RMT tool says I should pick Rico ahead of Mount.

    Doesn't feel right having Mount as my 1st sub.

    1. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      the Rico Mount Tool is never wrong.

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Damn. I was already doing this but I dont rate the RMT tool at all so now I might reconsider

  4. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    21 days, 15 hours ago

    I'll reckon he'll play a CB at right back rather than trust aurier.

    Expect Dier to get back on track.

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Hope not. I am waiting for Aurier's good fixtures and upcoming good points per mil. He is a bps monster.

  5. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    21 days, 15 hours ago

    Who's likelier to score the least, this weekend?

    Lunny
    Soyuncu
    Rico

    1. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Soy

    2. mdm
      • 7 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Lund

    3. Pukki blinder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Rico

    4. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Really helpful guys

  6. No Professionals
    • 2 Years
    21 days, 15 hours ago

    What has what Lampard said in 2015 got to do with Mourinho?

    1. Skonto Rigga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      F5 yersel

    2. WWF
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Suspect it's a typo

  7. JJeyy
    • 3 Years
    21 days, 14 hours ago

    Time to get in Kane or Son?

    1. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      No not this week.

  8. Mr Frost
    • 9 Years
    21 days, 14 hours ago

    Might stick 20 quid on Spurs to beat West Ham this weekend.

  9. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    21 days, 14 hours ago

    Salah to Mane, if he’s not fit, is a no-brainer? Even if I had to do it for a hit? Will wait for a Klopp’s presser thou, but somehow I feel that he will miss Crystal game :/

    1. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Sky Sports reporting that Salah and Robbo will both miss out.

  10. WWF
    • 2 Years
    21 days, 14 hours ago

    All aboard the Toby train !!!!! He has nice hair

    1. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      And more importantly....green eyes!

    2. Mr Frost
      • 9 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Massive dong too.

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 2 Years
        21 days, 14 hours ago

        Size isn't everything.
        Ask TM !

        1. Mr Frost
          • 9 Years
          21 days, 13 hours ago

          TM - TinyMan

  11. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    21 days, 14 hours ago

    A) Sterling + Mount
    B) Kane + Martial
    C) Son + Jimenez

    Thoughts???

    1. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      B for the giggles

  12. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    21 days, 14 hours ago

    GTG? Bench order OK? Already spent FT.

    Pope
    TAA, Lundstram, Robbo
    KDB, Mane, Mount, Tielemans
    Vardy(c), Jimenez, Tammy
    (Button; Rico, Lowton, Cantwell)

  13. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    21 days, 14 hours ago

    Heaton*
    Robbo* Rico Soyuncu
    Salah* Sterling Mount Maddison
    Vardy Jiminez Abraham

    Button* Saiss Dendoncker Tomori

    With no ft, and if all 3 are out....

    A - play with 10
    B - Salah to Mane -4
    C - Heaton to Gazzaniga -4

    1. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Probably c...

    2. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 13 hours ago

      What did you do with ft

  14. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    21 days, 14 hours ago

    Would you do sterling to Mané or burn a FT? Already have 2FTs and this is my team:

    Pope
    Robertson - TAA - Soy - Lunds
    Mount - Sterling - Kdb
    Auba - Vardy - Abraham

    Subs: Button - Rico - Dendo - Nakamba

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      burn it

    2. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 13 hours ago

      Pope to gazzaniga

    3. ted mcsheenery
      • 9 Years
      21 days, 13 hours ago

      Pope to Gazza?

  15. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    21 days, 14 hours ago

    Sterling or Kane?

    1. mdm
      • 7 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Kane

    2. YEAH PITCH!
        21 days, 14 hours ago

        Sterling

    3. Gunner1290
      • 3 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Who scores more points this week:

      A) Vardy Richarlison
      B) Kane Martial
      C) Son Rashford
      D) Vardy Martial

    4. ♤TeddyBear♤
      • 5 Years
      21 days, 14 hours ago

      Right lads and ladettes

      Rashford and Mendy > Kane (C) Williams

      I can deal with Williams being a fodder 🙂

      1. ♤TeddyBear♤
        • 5 Years
        21 days, 14 hours ago

        Thoughts?

      2. YEAH PITCH!
          21 days, 14 hours ago

          No

      3. andres
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        21 days, 14 hours ago

        Do I save or think how to fix the bench?

        Pope
        TAA Soy Lund
        Mane KDB Mount tielemans
        Abraham Vardy jimenez

        Pieters, Cantwell, Kelly 4.7 ITB 1 FT

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          21 days, 14 hours ago

          would strongly consider pieters to lovren or robbo if fit. no need to save with that much itb

          1. andres
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            21 days, 14 hours ago

            yeah was considering robbo but now with the injury news I feel it is best to wait.

            could upgrade mount maybe? have 3 LEI though...

        2. Pukki blinder
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          21 days, 14 hours ago

          If ur happy with starting team and think they all play I’d leave it for 2 transfers next week no point wasting on player to sit on the bench

          1. andres
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            21 days, 14 hours ago

            could always play the player I get it and bench mount or soy

        3. DNFPL
            21 days, 14 hours ago

            Bench can be sorted in due course. Keep those transfers to assess Spurs assets.

            I also think West Ham, Arsenal and Everton managers hanging on a thread that you’ll want to react quickly to those with FT.

            1. andres
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              21 days, 14 hours ago

              it seems it is like a wait and see... not really a player I want now, really tempted to save unless go upgrade mount or pieters?

        4. Gashead9
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          21 days, 14 hours ago

          Need a 5th Mid (playing in 3-5-2, or possibly bench in a 4-4-2 rotating with Rico). I am looking at Djenepo at Southampton. Injured early on in the season after a good start, back in the team now and at 5.2 and good fixtures, could he be a good option? Very limited choices at 5.5 or under and will need to be a bit of a punt.

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            21 days, 14 hours ago

            problem currently is him being played oop

            1. Gashead9
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              21 days, 14 hours ago

              Where is he being played?

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                21 days, 14 hours ago

                recall seeing on saints twitter that he was lwb

          2. DNFPL
              21 days, 14 hours ago

              Djenepo looks interesting. Worth the punt with those fixtures aslong as always going to play

          3. Pukki blinder
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            21 days, 14 hours ago

            Auba for captain?

            1. sentz05
              • 3 Years
              21 days, 13 hours ago

              I am

          4. DNFPL
              21 days, 14 hours ago

              Eyeing up this next week...

              Sterling + Deulofeu > Pulisic + Kane

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                21 days, 14 hours ago

                rather have the first two

                1. DNFPL
                    21 days, 14 hours ago

                    Interesting. If Sterling gets a yellow would that opinion change?

                    1. EMBOLOFAN
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      21 days, 14 hours ago

                      good question, probably not for me but most will disagree and can make a case for it

                2. Pukki blinder
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  21 days, 14 hours ago

                  Not bad punt my concern is if pulisic it nailed down to start

              2. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                21 days, 14 hours ago

                Pope
                TAA / Pereira / Lundstram / Rico
                Mané / KDB / Tielemans / Mount
                Vardy / Abraham

                Button // Janmaat / Connolly / Cantwell

                Original plan was Janmaat(?) to Robbo this GW; Cantwell to Pulisic next week.

                Should I do the reverse this GW? Play Pulisic over Mount?

                1. Pukki blinder
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  21 days, 14 hours ago

                  How much u got in the bank dude ??

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    21 days, 14 hours ago

                    5.6m - loads courtesy of a Sterling downgrade last GW!

              3. BobbyDoesNotLook
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                21 days, 14 hours ago

                1)Save ft (0.6 itb)
                2)Save 0.1 before price drop by doing Cantwell > Dendo/Hayden
                3)Upgrade Greenwood to Connolly?

                Pope (Button)
                Taa Lund Rico Aurier (Janmaat)
                Salah Mane Kdb Mount (Cantwell*)
                Vardy Abraham (Greenwood*)

                1. Simba4114
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  21 days, 13 hours ago

                  I have same decision to make.. favouring Hayden at the moment.. need to call it tonight tho.

                  1. BobbyDoesNotLook
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    21 days, 13 hours ago

                    Considering saving ft because that might be needed next week more than the 0.1 I would save today.

                    1. Simba4114
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      21 days, 13 hours ago

                      That’s the smart play, I think. Just don’t like losing value.. annoying.

              4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                21 days, 14 hours ago

                Wrong thread earlier! Something came to me during the IB:

                There is actually a way to accommodate Double Liverpool Fullbacks, plus Lundstram AND Leicester defence without going 4 at the back

                That way is none other than.... Mr. Kasper Schmeichel. For example:

                Schmeichel
                TAA, Robbo, Lundy
                Salah, KDB, Maddison, Martial, Pulisic
                Tammy, Vardy
                (Button, Willems, Rico, Connolly)

                1. andres
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  21 days, 14 hours ago

                  ir requires an extra transfer though which is never popular with a GK. Besides there may be a case you actually want 3 LEI mids?

                  There is also the mou factor, maybe Tot players suddenly become options?

                  Nevertheless, it doesn't look like a crazy idea 😉

                  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    21 days, 13 hours ago

                    Yes on spurs, If Salah is injured and Kane has been unlocked by Jose I think that’s a swap I’d actually entertain

                    But 3 lei mids is too much, Vardy plus Maddison is virtually 75% of their attacking output as things stand, and they have a great ability to churn out CS’s this year so I think the GK xfer might just be worth it over Popey

                2. Eat my goal!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  21 days, 14 hours ago

                  No Jimenez?

                  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    21 days, 13 hours ago

                    I’m more of a Tony M fan than a Raul Jimmy fan so went that direction instead

                    Jimmy got owners out of jail very late in the day last week, but strong fixtures coming up

                    1. Eat my goal!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      21 days, 13 hours ago

                      Not so sure about Utd yet

                      Sheffield away, city and spurs in the next four

                      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        21 days, 5 hours ago

                        Utd without Martial are a glorified rabble... with him, they’re doing quite well though:

                        With Martial starting
                        Played: 15
                        Won: 11
                        Lost: 3
                        Drawn: 1
                        Goals for: 33
                        Goals against: 15
                        Points per game: 2.26
                        Win rate: 73.3%
                        Loss rate: 20%
                        Goals per game: 2.2
                        Goals against per game: 1

                        Without Martial starting:
                        Played: 18
                        Won: 5
                        Lost: 6
                        Drawn: 7
                        Goals for: 19
                        Goals against: 22
                        Points per game: 1.16
                        Win rate: 27.8%
                        Loss rate: 38.9%
                        Goals per game: 1.05
                        Goals against per game: 1.22

                3. Would Ed Woodward
                    21 days, 14 hours ago

                    Thanks for the example, would've been hard to picture otherwise.

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      21 days, 13 hours ago

                      A Picture tells a thousand words 🙂

                  • Twisted Saltergater
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    21 days, 13 hours ago

                    Just don't have double Liverpool defence. You may want a Mourinho defender and they're all priced around 5m. Plus there's the BGW18 to navigate.

                    Mané + TAA for me.

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      21 days, 10 hours ago

                      Have had double liv def all year, but I strongly believe there’s an imminent uptick in CS’s in the pipeline from Liverpool... if it doesn’t materialise all bets are off

                  • Conik
                    • 3 Years
                    21 days, 13 hours ago

                    Creating a problem where none exists. You can have soy for cheaper. Play the xi that you think will score most points. Sometimes that will be four at the back, sometimes three and you drop the one with the worst fixture. Don't see the Lei defence as something worth fretting about.

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      21 days, 10 hours ago

                      Big fan of that front 7 here, thus straying into back 4 territory isn’t as eagerly anticipated as it may be for others

                      I have Chilwell, Lundstram, TAA, Robbo currently & owning Lei defence has been pretty nifty albeit a weekly benching headache - with that form & those fixtures, I don’t see the “niftyness” lifting for a while yet

                4. Wijnaldum FC
                  • 2 Years
                  21 days, 14 hours ago

                  Pope
                  Soyuncu Rico Trent
                  KDB Mane Maddison Mount
                  Abraham Jiminez Vardy

                  Button Lund Dendonker Tomori

                  2ft and 2.2mil itb. Any ideas what to do with it?

                  Not any huge issues.

                  1. thegaffer82
                    • 8 Years
                    21 days, 13 hours ago

                    Benching Lundy for Rico? Erm, not for me.

                5. Tmel
                  • 8 Years
                  21 days, 14 hours ago

                  Start Soy (bha) or Mount (mci)?

                  1. Eat my goal!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    21 days, 13 hours ago

                    Currently on soy but swaying

                6. Lestat
                  • 9 Years
                  21 days, 14 hours ago

                  Best option going forward??

                  A - Sterling, Mane, Maddison, Jimenez, (4pt hit)

                  B - KDB, Mane, McGinn, Aubameyang (4pt hit)

                  C - Sterling, KDB, McGinn, Aubameyang - (no hit)

                  1. Eat my goal!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    21 days, 14 hours ago

                    A

                  2. EMBOLOFAN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    21 days, 13 hours ago

                    c

                7. RED_ARMY
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  21 days, 14 hours ago

                  Aguero to:
                  a) Jimbo
                  b) Kaneel

                  1. Lignja
                    • 2 Years
                    21 days, 13 hours ago

                    I wanted to sell Aguero for many options, and now I decide that I'll keep

                8. sentz05
                  • 3 Years
                  21 days, 13 hours ago

                  Seriously, what should I do with this lot?
                  I have WC or 2FTs 0ITB
                  Pope *Heaton
                  Soyoncu *Robbo *Ota *Lascelles Lundstrum
                  Sterling KDB Martial Mount *Saka
                  Auba Abraham *King

                  1. SMEE_HEEE
                    • 2 Years
                    21 days, 13 hours ago

                    I would WC

                    Ota, Lascelles, Saka, King, Auba out

                    Robbo out if injured, possibly Mount as well

                    get:
                    TAA, Baldock, Madders, Jimi, Vardy
                    if not enough money for TAA get 2nd SHU def

                9. Gunner1290
                  • 3 Years
                  21 days, 13 hours ago

                  Who scores more points this week:

                  A) Vardy Richarlison
                  B) Kane Martial
                  C) Son Rashford
                  D) Vardy Martiall

                  1. No Professionals
                    • 2 Years
                    21 days, 13 hours ago

                    A

                  2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    21 days, 13 hours ago

                    B does.

                  3. YEAH PITCH!
                      21 days, 13 hours ago

                      D