Pro Pundit Teams

The Spurs assets who have caught my eye in Mourinho’s first two games in charge

One of the world’s best FPL managers, Tom Freeman, takes a closer look at Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in his latest Pro Pundits piece.


In my last article, as part of the Pro Pundits initiative, I talked Wolverhampton Wanderers, with a specific focus on Matt Doherty (£6.0m). 

Since then, the unbeaten run has continued and now stretches to an impressive nine games, despite the Europa League commitments.

With West Ham United next, and importantly, a Gameweek 18 tie at Norwich City, I still think Doherty is worth considering, if you can work him into your structure.

Thanks largely to Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.1m), Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m) and Lys Mousset (£5.1m), who now has seven attacking returns in six appearances, a Gameweek 14 score of 61 leaves me with an overall rank of 42,126.

Focusing ahead to Gameweek 15, and beyond, Tottenham Hotspur are a team I’ve looked at. 

Jose Mourinho’s system to date has been effective, particularly on the attacking side, with Serge Aurier (£4.9m) one of the main beneficiaries. 

What we’ve often seen is Aurier high up the pitch, playing as a winger, while the left-back has tucked inside to form a situational back three in possession.

You can see this back three, and how advanced Aurier is in comparison to Jan Vertonghen (£5.2m), from their average positions map versus Bournemouth below.

This transforms Spurs shape into something resembling a 3-2-4-1 when in possession. 

Whilst Aurier is on my Watchlist, Dele Alli (£8.5m) is the player I want. 

It’s a move I decided on last week, having read this quote by Mourinho:

A talent like Dele, he has to be a top, top player. This boy also has that extra of arriving in the box in finishing positions, he’s tall, he’s good in the air, he has to take the best of himself, when the ball is in wide positions, he has to be also in the box as a second man in the box. For me, he is a player who has to play as a second striker.

A quick look at Alli’s shot locations below over the last two Gameweeks suggests he can get back to his best level under Mourinho.

In my opinion, he will keep pace with Son Heung-min (£9.8m), for a smaller outlay. Now I just need to decide when to pull the trigger. 

Another midfielder heavily discussed in the community is Wilfried Zaha (£6.6m), who has scored in successive games.

December’s fixtures look kind but will he get consistently good chances week in, week out? I’m not convinced.

Crystal Palace are a team who don’t take many shots, only Southampton have taken fewer this season, and their 16 big chances is the lowest in the league. 

Roy Hodgson’s approach is safety-first, which makes me think investing in Palace’s defence is the way forward. With Martin Kelly (£4.1m) emerging as an option following the injury to Joel Ward (£4.5m), it won’t cost you much. 

A player at that midfield price point I do like is Jack Grealish (£5.9m). He’s deservedly been picking up a lot of praise recently, and whether he’s playing on the left or in a central midfield role, he’s creating chances (only De Bruyne has supplied more this season), and is now adding goals to his game.

With a Sheffield United triple-up now in place, as I talked about in my article a few weeks back, here’s how I’m set up for Gameweek 15.

Though I will likely roll a transfer, Aurier, Grealish and Alli are all on my Watchlist.

In terms of captaincy, if it ain’t broke… Jamie Vardy (£9.9m).

He scored his 13th league goal of the season against Everton on Sunday and is fast becoming my go-to captaincy option, especially at home, where he’s averaging just over eight points per game.

Thanks for reading… until next time.


Tom Freeman – aka avfc82 – comes onto the team to make most of us feel wildly insecure about our overall rank history. A long-time Fantasy Football Scout user, he has finished inside the top 1,000 a staggering five times since 2009.

Become a Member and access our data

Memberships for the 2019/20 campaign are now available for the annual price of £17.50 or the monthly price of £2.99. For a limited time only, first-month memberships are available at a cut-price £1.99.

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

avfc82 https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/11211/history | https://fplgeneral.com/articles/elite-64-manager-profile-tom-freeman/”

806 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hands Guber
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Windypop?

  2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Can I have a fourth Leicester player, please?

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      I'm thinking about getting rid of one of mine soon enough....Maddison to Alli perhaps

    2. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      Tielemans on the chopping block for me soon

  3. Tinmen
    • 6 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Evening folks, what’s the better move ?

    A) Mount to Zaha
    B) Heaton to Henderson

    1. lindeg
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      B by a million miles

    2. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      A has more potential I'd say

      1. lindeg
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 20 hours ago

        Dont get the zaha hype, palace are far from free flowing in attack

  4. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Ryan (buton)
    Soy taa lund (kely lowton)
    Mount kdb son mane (dendo)
    Vardy ings laca

    Which? (Alot of options 🙂 )
    A) laca to jimy/mouset/ayew /tammy
    B) mount to zaha/puli/madds/tiele
    C) lowton to sheff. Def.
    D) 2 from both above with -4
    E) roll ft
    F) lowton laca -4 to chilwel/periera moust/jimy
    G) ryan to henderson

    1. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      G

    2. lindeg
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      G

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 days, 20 hours ago

        Waste of a transfer. Ryan has great fixtures coming up and potential for save points in the few tough ones.

        Roll it then look at upgrading Mount and Lacazette at the weekend.

        1. Nightf0x
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          Yes ryan will stay man is save & bonus magent

  5. liboo
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Macgin out for

    A. Zaha
    B. Perez
    C. Tilemans
    ??

    1. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      Zaha but he was lucky to score that one. I would personally get Grealish

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      Grealish.

      Not a sideways move either.

    3. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      A

  6. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Good transfer/Good to go:

    Pope*
    Lord, TAA, Soy
    KDB, Mads, Pulisic, Mane
    Vardy, Jim, Ings

    Button, Tomori, Ings, Diop

    1 FT, 3.2 ITB

    * plan was always in this GW pope to Henderson.

  7. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Martial (C)

    Can see him getting 3 against that Spurs defence

    1. Thunder Warrior
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      No f way

    2. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      He managed to put the ball over the crossbar from two yards. I own him but I can't get on board with capping him. I'm more likely to bench him

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        10 days, 20 hours ago

        I wasn't being serious and anyway I don't even own him

    3. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      Why would you captain someone who gets 3 points?

      1. RECKLESS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 20 hours ago

        I did with Salah last gw

        1. Long ago I drew a walrus
          • 9 Years
          10 days, 19 hours ago

          Better than Mane tbf

    4. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      3 as in 3pts?

    5. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      Rashford can as he is evolving to next level player with his drive and hardwork but not Martial.

  8. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    What to do here folks? 1ft .2 itb

    Pope
    Saiss, Soyuncu, Lundstram
    Salah, Manè, Maddison, Mount
    Jesus, Rashford, Vardy

    Button, Cantwell, Aurier, Rico

    Not sure I want to use my ft on Pope. Mount to Zaha/Trossard? Or save which is what I’m edging toward.

  9. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    What to do with Martial?

    A. Keep
    B. Sell for Maddi
    C. Sell for Zaha

    Thanks

    1. wernerhedgehog
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      A if its really maddi or zaha. i think you can do better.

  10. noahzark22
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Heaton
    Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Lundstram, Fredericks, Chambers
    Maddison, De Bruyne, Cantwell, Pulisic, Tielemans
    Aubameyang, Vardy, Ings

    0FT, 1.0 ITB
    can do Maddison to Alli for -4, but likely to sit tight. Finally had a good week last week with C Auba.

  11. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    I did my rage-transfer Sterling to Son on Saturday but now I see that I have more issues to fix.
    Which one is more urgent to do (for a hit unfortunately):

    a) Martial to Pulisic
    b) Pope to Hendo
    c) Tammy to Ings (or other att up to 10.1)
    d) something else

    My squad:

    Pope, Button
    TAA, Lundy, Soy, Tomori, Hanley**
    Mane, Martial, Son, Tielemans, Hayden
    Vardy, Jimi, Tammy**

    2.5 IDB, 0 FT

  12. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Who would you get rid between

    A: Martial
    - two tough fixtures but he is nailed
    - already have rashford
    - replacement options: zaha, Maddison, Pulisic, Alli

    B: Mount
    - off form
    - don’t have tammy so if both Mount and Tammy do well midweek, could be a rank killer
    - replacement options: Zaha, Maddison, Pulisic

    C: Neither
    - both have home fixtures, both are nailed
    - give them one more gw
    - benefit of saving is I could get Son with 2FTs. Ie Martial + Mount >> Son + Grealish.
    - Alternatively i could do Martial + Mount >> Alli + Pulisic...but if i opt for this, i can do one of the moves this gw

    1. Thunder Warrior
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      Sell both

    2. noahzark22
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      B then A maybe

    3. lindeg
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      A to alli for me

    4. The Units
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      Both gone

  13. ZTJ
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Which 2 to bench?

    Soyuncu, Aurier, Kelly, Connolly

  14. fplking14
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Mount > Alli or Son
    If I put Son means I cant put back Tammy, if I put Alli it means I can.

    1. ZTJ
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      I'd go Alli, Son obvs safer though

  15. zhiren
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Which is the better option?

    A) Mount + Tielemans/Perez
    B) Alli/Pulisic/Tielemans/Perez + Cantwell

    Currently have Mount and McGinn so in order to get to option B, I need 2 transfers.

    If I were to do option A, I only have funds for Tielemans/Perez.

    1. noahzark22
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      B

      1. zhiren
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 20 hours ago

        Which of the 4 ‘upgrades’ for Mount should I go for? Alli seems to be in good form but I cannot ignore the Leicester players..

  16. iL PiStOlErO
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      Thinking of saving ft. Gtg?

      Or should I use ft on Pope to someone?

      Pope
      TAA Lund Soy
      Salah KdB Son Pulisic
      Vardy (C) Rash Mousset

      Button Dendo Rico Guilbert

      0.1 itb, 1ft

      1. antis0cial
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 19 hours ago

        I’d probably just save. Hendo would be the keeper option but means a double up with Lund

        1. iL PiStOlErO
            10 days, 19 hours ago

            My thinking also. Cheers.

      2. RECKLESS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 20 hours ago

        Is Pulisic a very bad finisher?I remember he was at Borussia but thought it was a blip... I was looking at his stats and in recent 2 matches he had 5 shots in box and not once did he hit on target. Plus his big chance creation is nothing.

        1. ZICO SENNA
          • 8 Years
          10 days, 20 hours ago

          Bad finishing or not, if he gets enough chances one is bound to go in, like Sterling.

      3. pjomara
        • 9 Years
        10 days, 20 hours ago

        Spurs,, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Wolves have had a number of players who played 3 times in 7 or 8 days prior to this.
        I guess we should expect some big names on the bench this gw?

        1. andy85wsm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          10 days, 20 hours ago

          I'm not panicking too much, I guess it's not too much different than playing in Europe during midweek.

        2. RECKLESS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          10 days, 20 hours ago

          Jiminez is working like a machine. Son , TAA and Rashford as well. Would expect still unqualified ucl teams chel and liv to bench on weeknd

        3. ZICO SENNA
          • 8 Years
          10 days, 20 hours ago

          Same story last season and hardly anyone changed heavily

      4. Merlinsnose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 20 hours ago

        I’d really appreciate your advise please.

        Would you play -

        A Tielemans
        B Söyüncü

        Many thanks

        1. iL PiStOlErO
            10 days, 20 hours ago

            A

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 20 hours ago

          Ings or Mousset?

          1. iL PiStOlErO
              10 days, 20 hours ago

              Mousset

          2. fc_skrald
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 days, 20 hours ago

            Since I now have Aurier in my team for the second time this season (this time on a wildcard) I will have to play him every game - right? Alternative this week would be Tomori but Chelsea seem a little challenged in their defense...

            1. iL PiStOlErO
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                AV will probably score, play Aurier.

              • lindeg
                • 1 Year
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                Im playing tomori and benching aurier

            2. Daniel - KTBFFH
              • 10 Years
              10 days, 20 hours ago

              Come on games let's start cant wait anymore

            3. Drogba Legend
              • 2 Years
              10 days, 20 hours ago

              What do we think here:

              Pope
              TAA - Azpi - Soy - Lundy
              Mane - KDB - Son
              Jimmy - Vardy (C) - Ings

              Button - James - Rico - Cantwell

              A) Save FT
              B) Azpi > any defender (PvA, Robbo/VVD, someone else?)
              C) James > Pulisic/Willian/Zaha/Tielemans
              D) Pope > ?

              Cheers

              1. Who are all Lukakus
                • 3 Years
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                Pope (Button)
                TAA Lund Soyuncu (Tomori, Rico)
                Mane(v) Sterling KDB Mount (Dendoncker)
                Vardy(C) Jimenez Ings
                1FT 0.6m ITB
                Good to go?

                1. Who are all Lukakus
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 20 hours ago

                  failed

            4. denial
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              10 days, 20 hours ago

              GK's transfer:

              A) Guita
              B) Henderson
              C) keep Pope

              1. ZTJ
                • 5 Years
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                Hendo

              2. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                I’ve bought Guaita although I kept Pope as well

              3. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                Both suggested GK have Worse stats than Pope this season, see number of saves, bonus points

                1. denial
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  10 days, 20 hours ago

                  Interesting. Thanks all

            5. offspinnersinahurry
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              10 days, 20 hours ago

              Gazzaniga, Ryan
              Alexander-Arnold, Lundstram, Soyuncu, Tomori,Rico
              Mount, Martial, Sane, Sterling, Tielemans
              Abraham, Vardy, Connolly

              With 2 free transfers really struggling as how to improve this side!
              Any suggestions really appreciated

              1. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                How much do you have ITB?

                1. offspinnersinahurry
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  10 days, 19 hours ago

                  £0.5

            6. ZTJ
              • 5 Years
              10 days, 20 hours ago

              Pulisic rotation risk this gw?

              1. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                Most players are

              2. ZICO SENNA
                • 8 Years
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                Maybe, but it’s debatable if Lamps can even afford to rest him (hoping he doesn’t) against Villa and after 2 non successive wins

            7. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              10 days, 20 hours ago

              Any news on Janmaat’s return?

            8. Who are all Lukakus
              • 3 Years
              10 days, 20 hours ago

              Pope (Button)
              TAA Lund Soyuncu (Tomori, Rico)
              Mane(v) Sterling KDB Mount (Dendoncker)
              Vardy(C) Jimenez Ings
              1FT 0.6m ITB
              Good to go?

            9. Coys96
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              10 days, 20 hours ago

              Good moves?

              GW15: Pope and Martial to Henderson and Zaha (-4)
              GW16: Dendoncker and Ings to Alli and Greenwood (-4)

              1. Sloths
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                Looks good apart from losing Ings.

                1. Sloths
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  10 days, 20 hours ago

                  Can you not stretch to Mousset? At least he'll get you some forward points

            10. JustPark
              • 3 Years
              10 days, 20 hours ago

              Bench one for gw15:
              1) TAA[EVE]
              2) Robbo[EVE]
              3) Soy[WAT]
              4) KDB[but]
              5) Lunds[NEW]

              1. JustPark
                • 3 Years
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                *bur

              2. Coys96
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                3