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Son’s strong case as the best Spurs option for FPL restart

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) will reappear on the Fantasy radar when the Premier League resumes in June, having recovered from an arm injury sustained in February.

The South Korea international is the focus of the latest article in our series that looks at Fantasy Premier League assets who are returning to fitness this summer.

In the ‘second tier’ of premium midfielders behind the £10.0m+ heavy hitters, Son is Tottenham Hotspur’s leading FPL points-scorer this season despite having seen red twice, missed a penalty and spent eight matches on the sidelines.

One of a handful of Spurs assets who have caught the eye under Jose Mourinho despite the new regime’s mixed results, Son is not only a cut-price alternative to Harry Kane (£10.8m) but also a damn sight cheaper than the likes of Mohamed Salah (£12.7m), Sadio Mane (£12.5m), Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) in the upper echelons of the FPL player market.

Now we delve into the numbers to assess his credentials for the season run-in.

WHAT IS SON’S FITNESS LATEST?

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Son sustained a fractured arm in the Gameweek 26 win over Aston Villa, although played on for the duration and signed off in style with a 13-point haul.

His manager expected him to miss much of the rest of the season as a result but the Premier League’s enforced three-month hiatus has now given the Korean a chance to play a significant part in the Lilywhites’ run-in.

Son, arguably, could be the fittest player on show when we do resume, having undergone three-week military service in his homeland across April and May.

The nature of his injury was perhaps a positive, too, given that it wasn’t a muscle issue that needs careful handling upon the restart.

Having returned to the UK, the midfielder has since been taking part in training with his teammates.

Speaking at the end of May and before full-contact training was allowed to resume, Mourinho said:

I cannot say in this moment they are ready to play because one thing is to recover from an injury, and another is to be ready to play football.

Harry Kane, Son, Bergwijn, Sissoko, all of them are fine. I think with a couple of weeks of normal training, when the authorities tell us we can train normally, I think in a couple of weeks, the boys will be ready to play. Of course, not in the maximum of their potential, I think nobody can do that in this moment.

WHOSE PLACE WILL HE TAKE?

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  1. Berbs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    So after having no money for Werner yesterday, today's papers (Miguel Delaney via Independent) say Liverpool may move for Sancho who sees them as a more attractive option (presumably in comparison to his other suitors) and that if Klopp wants the player badly, funds will be available

    1. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Sure Klopp would rather give the game up than spend silly money on players 😉

      1. Berbs
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        😆 He probably regrets saying that! Although that Pogba transfer (+Neymar) are contributors to inflated prices for everyone now.

  2. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    I see repeated instances of “Sky Sports/Pick” in the EPL schedule. What does “Pick” refer to?

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      It's a free channel which will broadcast 25 selected games from Sky.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Thanks.

    2. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Pick is a UK TV channel, available to Freesat and Freeview users - basically it's Sky's channel for putting out games that are free to view.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Thanks.

  3. FPL Kakarot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Hang on a minute, with the official fixtures doesn't this mean a DGW for Aston Villa in the new GW40?

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      DGW would start Weds and end Sun. Villa play on both days.

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      No just one game in GW40. Saturday 27 June v Wolves will be the first game of GW41

  4. Make Arrows Green Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    I posted something similar to this the other day and was quite surprised to see that nobody engaged with it. Perhaps it was too wordy (!) or it had already been discussed at length.

    In short - how do we expect restart FPL scoring to compare to pre-lockdown?

    I think we will see more goals and fewer CS:

    - Strikers have had the opportunity to practice their shooting at home but defending is done as a unit and there will be much less time to work on it. Rustiness will show more in defence than attack
    - Near-empty stadia will help with shooting composure and penalties
    - Bundesliga has had (I think) more goals since the restart

    A bigger performance gulf between bigger and smaller clubs:

    - Summer pitches and lighter winds favour more technical teams
    - Bigger clubs might have been able to offer more support to players on lockdown
    - More subs will aid teams with bigger squads

    The additional subs will, of course, play havoc with our best-laid plans, especially among teams still in the CL. We might even see more pre-60 minute defender subs,

    What does this mean for team selection? I don't think I will ever stray from 3 at the back. Too much possibility for goals against, increased likelihood of defender subs before 60. I'll go super cheap at the back and reinvest in big club talismans, or go for nailed premium options from clubs not in the CL. I'll go for players from teams who don't chop and change much, and I'll try to cover as many of the technical teams as possible.

    Any thoughts?

    1. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Things we saw in Germany -

      The top of the league clubs dominate teams with nothing to play for
      Home advantage actually reverses with away teams winning most games

      1. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Interesting, thanks!

    2. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Motivation will be very important factor. Those teams who have played well just for home audience are at risk also. Leicester for example wanted to score just for fun sometimes.

  5. King Kohli
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    What would you do in this case?

    Have FH & BB left.
    Already have triple Shu defence and KDB for DGW

    A. Play BB gw 39, adding maybe Grealish and Kun
    B. Play FH

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Hard to say A without knowing your whole team, or at least your subs bench.

      I’m leaning towards a FH, and I have Auba, Saka, KdB and O’Connell in my current team.

  6. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Early days, of course, but here's an actual FPL transfer question:

    Pope
    TAA / Doherty / AWB
    Salah / KDB / Fernandes / Barnes
    Aubameyang / Jiminez / DCL

    Button // Egan / Dendoncker / Rico

    Assuming I still have my 2FT, for the DGW
    A) Salah/DCL > Aguero/Grealish (+ bench AWB)
    B) Leave as-is, bench DCL for Egan
    C) Leave as-is, bench AWB for Egan

    Alternatively I could use my FH. Thing is, most of my players fixtures are pretty decent aside from the MUN/TOT & LIV/EVE game. Would my FH even be drastically different?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      *well Pope has City, but I'm not too concerned given the saves. Henderson obviously the superior pick you'd otherwise think.

  7. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Hi all

    Just trying to get my head around the fixture list and how this will pan out in terms of GW's.

    Is it likely that the first GW (GW39) will include the games from Weds 17th June up to and including the Man City v Burnley match on Monday 22nd June?

    Thanks

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      "Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal on 17 June and the full match round that follows from 19 June will constitute the first full Gameweek.

      For the three match rounds announced, FPL deadlines will be the traditional hour before kick-off of the opening match of that round."

  8. IRBOX ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 hours ago

    Hey gents, good to be back after the long hiatus. I’ve been out of the loop - so the only double/blank will be the opening GW restart correct? FH then seems the obvious move. How does this FH squad look?

    Leno
    TAA Egan Basham
    KDB Mahrez Pepe Grealish
    Auba (c) Aguero Jiménez

    3.9 Hayden Hanley Simpson