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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.


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806 Comments Post a Comment
  1. G Banger
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Best replacement for Pope?

    A) Gazzinga
    B) Henderson
    C) Guiata

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      B

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Schmeichel > Henderson > Guaita

      Gazzaniga only if you can't afford the others (I can't so I might have to do it).

      1. antis0cial
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        I’m on Guaita/Martin on WC. Have funds spare to move to Schmeical, still think worth if already have Soy?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Yes it's worth it.

          Leicester have the best defense in the league.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      C

    4. G Banger
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      I'm currently on C as I have Lord Lundy... and like Palace fixtures

  2. Tiamani Warrior
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Who's a better pick up on my free transfer Alli or Pulisic?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Alli

    2. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Alli probably more nailed this week. Pulisic could get rested.

  3. Tinmen
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Folks, is Mount expected to be on the bench tomorrow?

    Think it may be time to get rid, though I also have Martial who I don’t want either and only 1FT

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Wait one more week and then sort both with 2ft if needed

  4. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Who will win the Ballon d'Or 2019?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Collin Quaner

    2. Destroyer of teams
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Me

  5. Make America Greta Again
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    How come Mahrez is in top 10 for Balloon Dor? Am I missing something?

    1. Prisoner B5160-8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Seriously?

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Maybe because of afc.

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 11 days ago

        African cup of nations but still...

  6. Slitherene
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Pope
    Baldock Soyuncu Matip*
    KdB Salah* Mount* Maddison
    Rashford* Ings Vardy
    Heaton Tomori Aurier Stephens*

    1 FT, 2.8 ITB

    *Players I want out

    What to do? Help, someone!

  7. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    See that many is using a FT on

    Pope out for Hendo or Guaita.

    Over the first 15 GWs, Pope is better regarding saves and bonus points:

    Stats:

    Points:
    Pope 55
    Hendo 54
    Guaita 42

    CS:
    Pope 5
    Hendo 5
    Guaita 4

    Saves:
    Pope 42
    Hendo 37
    Guaita 31

    Bonus points
    Pope 6
    Hendo 2
    Guaita 3

    Know that upcoming fixtures is the reason to sell Pope, But it’s not like Pope has had 15 easy games so far eighter

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Great post.

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Cheers!

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Sorry, 14 games

    3. CFC1990
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      What about leaving it a week and getting Ryan?

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Ryan looks like this compared to the 3 other. And after ARS, he’s got Wolves H, Palace A and SHU H

        Points:
        Ryan 60
        Pope 55
        Hendo 54
        Guaita 42

        CS:
        Ryan 4
        Pope 5
        Hendo 5
        Guaita 4

        Saves:
        Ryan 56
        Pope 42
        Hendo 37
        Guaita 31

        Bonus points
        Ryan 11
        Pope 6
        Hendo 2
        Guaita 3

    4. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Leno is also competitive in these categories (other than CS)

      48 points, 59 saves. 14 save points

      He's had save points in 9 matches.

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Great choice too

    5. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      I'm not convinced about using an FT to sell Pope just yet. Might look at Ryan after a few weeks though feel he's the one to get.

  8. Sotamendi84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    who is most likely for rotation h.barnes or mount?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Both

  9. FOO FIGHTER
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Guaita
      Lundstram TAA Soyuncu
      Salah Son Mane Pulisic
      Vardy Abraham

      Play Traore or Mousset?

      1. OBAMA
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        mousett

    • PatrickLee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Son and Zaha

      vs

      Alli and Pulisic?

      1. OBAMA
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        son and zaha

      2. Arfaish
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        B

      3. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Son and Alli close but Pulisic is better than Zaha.

        2nd one.

      4. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Allisic

      5. lindeg
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 11 days ago

        B

    • Arfaish
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Need Gazza and Martial out but which looks best for -4:

      A) +Robertson > Henderson, Alli, Chilwell
      B) + Dendonker > Henderson, Pulisic, Hayden
      C) + Jimenez > Henderson, Son, Mousset

      1. Arfaish
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Any takers?

      2. AndyCook
          7 months, 11 days ago

          A if I had to pick but not a fan of any. Wouldn’t do a keeper switch for a -4

          1. Arfaish
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            I could do Pulisic in this week and the other two next week to avoid hits but needs Gazza in another week compared to Henderson

            1. ct mariner
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 11 days ago

              So Hendo needs to outscore Gazza by more than 4 points to make this worth it - I would wait but your decision!

        • ct mariner
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Can't you just do

          Gazza and Martial > Henderson, Pulisic and avoid -4?

          1. Arfaish
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            Sadly not as that's definitely the go to. That needs .3m Martial > Pulisic only gets me .2m

      3. OBAMA
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Do I get rid of Michy? Took a gamble last week and didn't pay off.

        I could do him to Moussett

        1. Arfaish
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Yes, not a good pick

        2. lindeg
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Wait for tammy news

      4. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Hi....1.5mitb. Thoughts on martial to zaha?

        Thanks

        Pope
        Taa soy lunds (aurier rico)
        Mane kdb maddison martial (nakamba)
        Vardy tammy jiminez

        1. Arfaish
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Alli and Pulisic better picks then Zaha

          1. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            I'm looking at Madison to alli for the weekend

            Don't want to bring in alli for United away when I can have zaha for Bournemouth home..

            1. Arfaish
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 11 days ago

              Fair enough then it's an easy Martial to Pulisic and then Alli in week after.

              Personally I think Maddison is a keeper so my next two transfers if I was you is Martial > Alli followed by Pope > Henderson

              1. Flynny
                • 5 Years
                7 months, 11 days ago

                Cheers. Think I'm happy with tammy for chelsea cover and I expect pulisic to be rotated at some stage. Zaha will play every game ...thanks for your help

      5. unitednations
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Best options here with 1FT and 1.4m

        Pope -- Heaton
        Taa Lundy Tomori -- Rico Lascelles
        Kdb Mane Martial Mount -- Cantwell
        Vardy Rashford Ings

        A: Mount (AVL) >> Zaha / Maddison / Pulisic (think he might be rested though)

        B: Martial (TOT) >> Zaha / Maddison / Pulisic

        C: Save FT and reassess. Perhaps do something along the lines of Martial + Mount >> Son/Grealish or Alli/Zaha

      6. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Anyone else feel weird or hesitant to own the Trio of Mane KDB Alli as 3 big premiums in mid?

        Feels so dullard as im the manager who usually prefer likes of Sterling Salah and Son.

        1. Prisoner B5160-8
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Is Alli a premium?

        2. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Honestly I don't think there's much between Mane-Salah and Son-Alli you can't go wrong owning any of them.

          KDB for 2.5m less makes sense over Sterling.

        3. AndyCook
            7 months, 11 days ago

            You mean they are like cut price, higher risk options?

          • Long ago I drew a walrus
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            Mane and KDB have won me over. Alli is being annoying though. Not really through any fault of his own, just that Son has been so much better than Sterling or Salah for a long time.

        4. pumpkinhead
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          GTG - Is the bench correct?

          Guiata
          Robbo, Lunds, Soy
          Salah, Son, kdb, Mads
          Ings, Jimmy, Vardy

          Tomori, Cantwell, Rico

        5. Oggle22
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Martial and Pieters to
          Alli and Kelly

          Current front 7

          Son Martial Tilimens Mane
          Jiminez Lacazette Vardy

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 11 days ago

            Not yet. Martial has Spurs defence next and doubling up with Spurs is still too much.

            1. Oggle22
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 11 days ago

              Marital is poo and United defence is worse!

              1. iL PiStOlErO
                • 1 Year
                7 months, 11 days ago

                Ok then do it if you think Alli will do better then Martial but I would wait one more week.

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            Thinking of something similar, Alli playing as forward.
            Martial not inspiring?

            1. Oggle22
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 11 days ago

              Correct fell into the same Martial trap as I did last season!

              1. pumpkinhead
                • 5 Years
                7 months, 11 days ago

                Martial is always a trap - Never buy him again, it's not worth it.

        6. OBAMA
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Any chance Michy plays Wednesday?

          1. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            There is a chance. Giroud flopped at the weekend and Abraham may not be fit to start.

            1. OBAMA
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 11 days ago

              reckon it's wait to hear news on tammy and then decide?

          2. Mr. Mystic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            Rumour has it Lampard could even play Pulisic down the middle...

        7. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Hey fam! GTG?

          Schmeichel
          TAA Robbo Lundy
          Mane Son Zaha Barnes
          Vardy(C) Jesus Jiminez

          Button Rico Dendo Reid

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            Yep.

        8. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Which move would you rather use an FT on?

          A) Pope to Henderson/Guaita this week
          B) Tomori to Aurier next week

          Leicester face City & Pool in GW18-19 and Sheffield face then two in GW20-21 so some defensive rotation is needed.

          Still not convinced about using an FT to remove Pope. He's averaging 4 PPM which is pretty decent.

          1. thomashl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            Imagine the loads of saves he could get v city...

            Admittedly, he could get several -1s as well

        9. OBAMA
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          any chance Michy Batshuayi plays wednesday?

          don't wanna get rid if chance he could start

          1. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            Yeah definitely could. Depends on Tammy.

            1. OBAMA
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 11 days ago

              cheers - any clue when next presser is?

        10. DarkSideOfTheLoon
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Rolling the FT with this team. G2G?

          Ederson
          Soy/ Kelly/ Rico/ VVD/ Lundstram
          Mane/ KDB/ Martial
          Auba/ Vardy

          Button/ Dendoncker/ Hayden/ Tammy

          Abraham will come in for either Kelly or Rico if we get to hear some good news. Giving another chance to Martial against a still out of sorts Spurs defense,

          Gives me 2 FTs for next GW which always is an advantage.

        11. AdamJ91
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Gazzaniga - Button
          TAA - Soyuncu - Tomori - Rico - Reid
          Mane - KDB - Mount - Maddison - Hayden
          Auba - Vardy - Jimenez

          2 FT; 0.4 ITB.

          A) Gazzaniga > Henderson
          B) Gazzaniga & Mount > Henderson & Zaha

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            A and have 2 transfers in hand

          2. Pep Roulette
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            B looks great!

          3. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 11 days ago

            A or B with Madds, leave Che cover

          4. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            A this week as I am not convinced on zaha. See what happens mid week.

        12. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Martial & Gazza to Zaha & Schmeichel done!

        13. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Oy lads, dilemma here:

          Really want to bring Jimenez in (exact funds), but then I have a real benching headache - do it or not?

          Pope
          TAA Lundstram Soy Tomori
          Mane KdB Pulisic Son
          Ings Vardy
          (Button - Cantwell Diop Wickham*)3.2itb

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            Do it and look to bench a def

          2. PocketZola
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            no the stress is not worth it

          3. AndyCook
              7 months, 11 days ago

              Don’t see that as a benching headache, Tomori is an easy bench

              1. thomashl
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 11 days ago

                Cheers, you might be right here

          4. Gudjohnsen
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            Lord Lundstram (C) locked!

            1. iL PiStOlErO
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 11 days ago

              Dear Lord!

          5. Lindelol
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 11 days ago

            What is the chance of Chelsea clean sheet inyour opinion?

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              7 months, 11 days ago

              Very low

            2. iL PiStOlErO
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 11 days ago

              AV will score

            3. Lindelol
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 11 days ago

              Tammy to Mousset for a hit makes sense then as I will have to play Tomori otherwise?

              1. AndyCook
                  7 months, 11 days ago

                  Well even if Tomori gets 2 then Mousset has to do something and you might want Abraham back..

            4. Lucas8406
                7 months, 11 days ago

                I wanna get Pulisic but is he nailed?

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 1 Year
                  7 months, 11 days ago

                  I think yes

              • jdp219
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 11 days ago

                Pope
                TAA, Lunds, Robbo, Aurier, Rico
                Mane, KDB, Tielemans, Mount, Cantwell
                Vardy, Jimenez, Tammy

                Priced out of Son, so ... Robbo, Mount > Soyuncu, Alli (-4) ...?

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 1 Year
                  7 months, 11 days ago

                  Ok moves

              • fridge
                • 8 Years
                7 months, 11 days ago

                1 FT, 2.8m ITB

                Pope
                TAA. Soyuncu. Lundstram
                Salah. KDB. Maddison. Mount
                Jiminez. Vardy. Ings

                Button. Tomori. Donker. Montoya

                Mount to:
                A) Alli
                B) Pulisic
                C) Zaha

                1. Over Midwicket
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  7 months, 11 days ago

                  You have the same team as me. I did Mount to Alli. Salah to Son(C) tomorrow evening.