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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. goldengove
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 18 hours ago

    Best replacement for Pope?

    A) Gazzinga
    B) Henderson
    C) Guiata

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 18 hours ago

      B

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 18 hours 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
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 18 hours 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
          • 9 Years
          10 days, 17 hours ago

          Yes it's worth it.

          Leicester have the best defense in the league.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
        10 days, 18 hours ago

        C

      • goldengove
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 18 hours ago

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

    4. Tiamani Warrior
      • 6 Years
      10 days, 18 hours ago

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

      1. iL PiStOlErO
          10 days, 18 hours ago

          Alli

        • Dthinger
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 18 hours ago

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

      2. Tinmen
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 18 hours 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
            10 days, 18 hours ago

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

        2. Ljungberg
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 18 hours ago

          Who will win the Ballon d'Or 2019?

          1. iL PiStOlErO
              10 days, 18 hours ago

              Collin Quaner

            • Jammydodger2018
              • 1 Year
              10 days, 18 hours ago

              Me

          2. Make America Greta Again
            • 5 Years
            10 days, 18 hours ago

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

            1. Prisoner B5160-8
              • 1 Year
              10 days, 18 hours ago

              Seriously?

            2. iL PiStOlErO
                10 days, 18 hours ago

                Maybe because of afc.

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                    10 days, 18 hours ago

                    African cup of nations but still...

              • Slitherene
                • 1 Year
                10 days, 18 hours 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!

              • RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                10 days, 18 hours 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
                  10 days, 18 hours ago

                  Great post.

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    10 days, 18 hours ago

                    Cheers!

                2. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  10 days, 18 hours ago

                  Sorry, 14 games

                3. CFC1990
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  10 days, 18 hours ago

                  What about leaving it a week and getting Ryan?

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    10 days, 18 hours 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
                  • 2 Years
                  10 days, 18 hours 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
                    10 days, 18 hours ago

                    Great choice too

                5. Karan14
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 18 hours 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.

              • Sotamendi84
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                10 days, 18 hours ago

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

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                    10 days, 18 hours ago

                    Both

                2. FOO FIGHTER
                    10 days, 18 hours ago

                    Guaita
                    Lundstram TAA Soyuncu
                    Salah Son Mane Pulisic
                    Vardy Abraham

                    Play Traore or Mousset?

                    1. OBAMA
                      • 5 Years
                      10 days, 18 hours ago

                      mousett

                  • PatrickLee
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    10 days, 18 hours ago

                    Son and Zaha

                    vs

                    Alli and Pulisic?

                    1. OBAMA
                      • 5 Years
                      10 days, 18 hours ago

                      son and zaha

                    2. Arfaish
                      • 7 Years
                      10 days, 18 hours ago

                      B

                    3. _Ninja_
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      10 days, 18 hours ago

                      Son and Alli close but Pulisic is better than Zaha.

                      2nd one.

                    4. iL PiStOlErO
                        10 days, 18 hours ago

                        Allisic

                      • lindeg
                        • 1 Year
                        10 days, 18 hours ago

                        B

                    5. Arfaish
                      • 7 Years
                      10 days, 18 hours 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
                        10 days, 18 hours ago

                        Any takers?

                      2. AndyCook
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        10 days, 18 hours 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
                          10 days, 17 hours 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
                            10 days, 17 hours ago

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

                      3. ct mariner
                        • 1 Year
                        10 days, 18 hours ago

                        Can't you just do

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

                        1. Arfaish
                          • 7 Years
                          10 days, 17 hours ago

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

                    6. OBAMA
                      • 5 Years
                      10 days, 18 hours 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
                        10 days, 18 hours ago

                        Yes, not a good pick

                      2. lindeg
                        • 1 Year
                        10 days, 18 hours ago

                        Wait for tammy news

                    7. Flynny
                      • 4 Years
                      10 days, 18 hours 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
                        10 days, 18 hours ago

                        Alli and Pulisic better picks then Zaha

                        1. Flynny
                          • 4 Years
                          10 days, 18 hours 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
                            10 days, 18 hours 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
                              • 4 Years
                              10 days, 17 hours 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

                    8. unitednations
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      10 days, 18 hours 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

                    9. HurriKane
                      • 7 Years
                      10 days, 18 hours 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
                        • 1 Year
                        10 days, 18 hours ago

                        Is Alli a premium?

                      2. Karan14
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        10 days, 18 hours 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
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        10 days, 18 hours ago

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

                      4. Long ago I drew a walrus
                        • 9 Years
                        10 days, 16 hours 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.

                    10. Recklesss
                      • 5 Years
                      10 days, 18 hours ago

                      GTG - Is the bench correct?

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

                      Tomori, Cantwell, Rico

                    11. Oggle22
                      • 3 Years
                      10 days, 18 hours ago

                      Martial and Pieters to
                      Alli and Kelly

                      Current front 7

                      Son Martial Tilimens Mane
                      Jiminez Lacazette Vardy

                      1. iL PiStOlErO
                          10 days, 18 hours ago

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

                          1. Oggle22
                            • 3 Years
                            10 days, 17 hours ago

                            Marital is poo and United defence is worse!

                            1. iL PiStOlErO
                                10 days, 17 hours 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
                            • 1 Year
                            10 days, 17 hours ago

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

                            1. Oggle22
                              • 3 Years
                              10 days, 17 hours ago

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

                              1. Recklesss
                                • 5 Years
                                10 days, 17 hours ago

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

                        • OBAMA
                          • 5 Years
                          10 days, 18 hours ago

                          Any chance Michy plays Wednesday?

                          1. diesel001
                            • 3 Years
                            10 days, 18 hours ago

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

                            1. OBAMA
                              • 5 Years
                              10 days, 18 hours ago

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

                          2. Mr. Wizard
                            • 8 Years
                            10 days, 18 hours ago

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

                        • Pep Roulette
                          • 2 Years
                          10 days, 18 hours 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
                            • 1 Year
                            10 days, 17 hours ago

                            Yep.

                        • Karan14
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          10 days, 18 hours 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
                            • 2 Years
                            10 days, 18 hours ago

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

                            Admittedly, he could get several -1s as well

                        • OBAMA
                          • 5 Years
                          10 days, 18 hours 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
                            10 days, 18 hours ago

                            Yeah definitely could. Depends on Tammy.

                            1. OBAMA
                              • 5 Years
                              10 days, 18 hours ago

                              cheers - any clue when next presser is?

                        • DarkSideOfTheLoon
                          • 3 Years
                          10 days, 18 hours 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.

                        • AdamJ91
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          10 days, 18 hours 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
                            • 4 Years
                            10 days, 18 hours ago

                            A and have 2 transfers in hand

                          2. Pep Roulette
                            • 2 Years
                            10 days, 18 hours ago

                            B looks great!

                          3. iL PiStOlErO
                              10 days, 18 hours ago

                              A or B with Madds, leave Che cover

                            • The Units
                              • 9 Years
                              10 days, 18 hours ago

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

                          4. Pep Roulette
                            • 2 Years
                            10 days, 18 hours ago

                            Martial & Gazza to Zaha & Schmeichel done!

                          5. thomashl
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            10 days, 18 hours 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
                              • 9 Years
                              10 days, 18 hours ago

                              Do it and look to bench a def

                            2. PocketZola
                              • 2 Years
                              10 days, 18 hours ago

                              no the stress is not worth it

                            3. AndyCook
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              10 days, 17 hours ago

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

                              1. thomashl
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                10 days, 17 hours ago

                                Cheers, you might be right here

                          6. Gudjohnsen
                            • 2 Years
                            10 days, 18 hours ago

                            Lord Lundstram (C) locked!

                            1. iL PiStOlErO
                                10 days, 18 hours ago

                                Dear Lord!

                            2. Lindelol
                              • 1 Year
                              10 days, 18 hours ago

                              What is the chance of Chelsea clean sheet inyour opinion?

                              1. The Units
                                • 9 Years
                                10 days, 18 hours ago

                                Very low

                              2. iL PiStOlErO
                                  10 days, 18 hours ago

                                  AV will score

                                • Lindelol
                                  • 1 Year
                                  10 days, 18 hours ago

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

                                  1. AndyCook
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    10 days, 18 hours ago

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

                              3. Lucas8406
                                  10 days, 18 hours ago

                                  I wanna get Pulisic but is he nailed?

                                  1. iL PiStOlErO
                                      10 days, 18 hours ago

                                      I think yes

                                  2. jdp219
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    10 days, 18 hours 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
                                        10 days, 18 hours ago

                                        Ok moves

                                    2. fridge
                                      • 8 Years
                                      10 days, 18 hours 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
                                        • 7 Years
                                        10 days, 17 hours ago

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