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Can we trust Spurs’ FPL defenders with appealing fixtures this season?

Fantasy Premier League managers are considering Spurs defenders ahead of the new season… but can they be trusted? That’s what I am here to find out.

When the 2020/21 fixtures were released there was a sudden spike in managers interested in the Spurs backline. These sorts of options have not been particularly popular in recent seasons, but some of them may well have come into the new campaign at just the right prices.

With a similar group of players to Jose Mourinho’s squad, Spurs kept 13 clean sheets in 2018/19, conceding 38 goals, the fifth-best in the league.  

Before that, they finished fourth overall for clean sheets and letting in just 36 goals in 2017/18.

And few managers will forget the 2016/17 campaign when Spurs ended up joint-top for clean sheets with Manchester United (17) as they let in only 26 goals across the season.

If they can rediscover this sort of form with their appealing fixtures at the start of 2020/21, we could find some exciting value options in defence.

But the question is… can they deliver on that kind schedule? To find out, I looked at some of the underlying numbers from last season.

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  1. Sharkytect
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Yes

  2. FPL Pillars
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    No

  3. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Doh

  4. Right In The Stanchion
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Surely Wolves won’t sell Doherty for £12m way too cheap considering Chilwell went for £60m

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Doherty is 28

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        And Chilwell is English

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        5 Good years ahead then

      3. Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Doherty is a better full back and is a lot less injury prone. Being older doesn’t warrant being 5x cheaper.

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Of course it does, everything becomes cheaper as it ages

          1. Third Eye Vision
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Dude, you need to check out The Antiques Roadshow.

            1. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Haha, ok sure but not footballers

          2. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Scotch makers say hi 😉

            1. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Iconic cars.... the list could go on and on. Delete delete

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Ha ha

    2. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Has Doherty said he wants to leave? I really fancied the Wolves defence this season.

    3. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I assume he’s that cheap cause he’s at end of contract soon?

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Nope 3yrs left

        1. n-doggg
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Why would the sell him then? Would say it would be more like £25m

          1. Dthinger
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            maybe because he's not portuguese?

  5. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Rate my team?

    Lloris
    TAA Justin/Taylor KW-P/Hegazi
    Auba Son Ziyech Maddison Sigurdsson
    Jimenez Ings

    0.5 ITB

    1. NEXUS-6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      8.79/10

    2. NEXUS-6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Looks different so I like.

      1. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Don't blush!

    3. Our Man Charlie
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      looks pretty balanced , whats the plan for Utd / City assets if any?

      1. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        GW 2 : 0.5 ITB can get me Martial for one of the forwards.

        GW 3 : Auba -> Sterling/KdB and I'll bank 0.5 again to afford Rashford for Son, maybe.

        1. Our Man Charlie
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          nice plan , Martial definitely on the wishlist , might even start with him on bench good luck

  6. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Needs a few transfers to go through (Doherty, AMN, Smith-Rowe, Brewster) but i sure would like this team

    McCarthy 4
    TAA Doherty Gomez AMN 4
    Salah KdB Greenwood Soucek Smith-Rowe
    Martial Werner Brewster

  7. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Re-post
    Thoughts on this?
    Would really like Ings but can’t have them all

    McCarthy Steer
    Trent Egan KWP C.Taylor Ferguson
    Salah Auba ASM Periera Anguissa
    Kane Werner Mitrovic.

    1. arcticalex17
      1 month, 25 days ago

      think ferguson is injured now

    2. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Periera ain’t going to be playing

      1. HamezMace
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        That one will

    3. MosF94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Identical forwards and overall price structure to me, but a few different picks here and there (so, unsurprisingly, I largely approve!)

  8. Agger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    It’s Jose’s second season, of course it can be trusted!! 😉

  9. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    So AMN replacing Doherty or filling in for Jonny?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Spurs want to sign Doherty.

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      He's cover for both flanks.

  10. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Lloris is a my set and forget. Could not be bothered with fitting in a 2nd GK for a double GW.

    1. Our Man Charlie
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      doing the same with Ramsdale for me

      1. Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Looool Ramsdale is embarrassing

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Not sure about Ramsdale at 5m. Would rather Go McCarthy for 0.5 less.

        Lloris at 5.5 better option in the same price bracket or above.

        1. Our Man Charlie
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          being a spurs man totally agree , dont want the double up with Doherty 😉

      3. Soto Ayam
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Think Ramsdale could do very well. He was the star in an embarrassing Bournemouth team and his return to his boyhood team could even turn out to be better than Henderson in the run

  11. Silecro
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    No

  12. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Can I get a hell yeah! Just signed up for another year of membership 🙂

    1. NEXUS-6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Austin 3:16 says come on Chesterfield.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        they need all the support they can get.

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        It doesn't matter what he says !!

    2. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Can I get one for winning free membership 😉

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        You won LMS mate ?

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Pundits playoff. Me and 14 others

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Ohhh
            Congratulations !!
            Winning is nice

            1. COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Thanks. Team effort.

      2. Stats Don\'t Lie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Unbelievable 😉

      3. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I think you should still pay £ 17.50 just to support the site 😉

    3. Bedknobs and Boomsticks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Hell yeah me duck!

  13. zLaTaN@uNiTeD
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Expected price of jadon sancho if he joins united? 11.0?

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      10.5

    2. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      9/9.5
      Around the likes of Martial, Rashford, Son, Werner

    3. I’ve Got a Cream for …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      8M

    4. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Dortmund not selling on the cheap. United in too much debt to pay full price. Will end up with Brookes

        1. Manani
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          there's article like these coming out every other day but never have anything concrete

    5. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      More than Kane

  14. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    So who is going to sign Messi up as the most expensive asset and troll the rest of their team price wise 😀

    He is the best asset being the most expensive one right?

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Would be very exciting to have him in FPL! Think most would sign him just because, even if he was 14.0

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Well no TAA then 😀

  15. n-doggg
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    What we thinking with the below? Mane and or auba to make way for Utd and city players GW2/3 and use case to upgrade elsewhere

    3-5-2

    McCarthy, 4.0
    TAA, vinagre, Justin, saliba, 4.0
    Salah, mane, auba, ASM, Soucek
    Werner, Adams, 4.5

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Mane and Salah never works out.

      1. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        It’s for 1 week and their at home to Leeds

        1. n-doggg
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          They’re*

        2. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Salah over Mane at the same price 24/7 365

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 25 days ago

            FPL of course

            1. n-doggg
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Agreed. Mane will he KDB or sterling GW2

    2. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      From what I read here saliba, Justin and vinagre are all doubts

      1. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Yeah, thanks. All my 4.5 defenders are liable to change depending on news. Agree that to have all three is a risk

  16. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Wildcarding GW2 and have not decided if I'm gonna play BB GW1 or not.
    But this is what my non-bb team looks like at the moment.

    McCarthy
    TAA Davies AMN(if Wolves)
    Salah Son Ziyech Keita
    Kane Werner Antonio

    Bench is fodder

    Haven't decided about Salah or Auba
    Think Keita is worth a punt

    Thoughts?

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Keita not worth a punt. Madness to play BB GW1 given uncertainty of starters

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Disagree and disagree but thanks

      2. _Freddo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Playing the BB in GW1 is no different to playing the BB at the restart after 3 months off due to covid & most people who played it smashed that week.

        Not doing it myself but how is it different? People had no issues doing it then with unlimited transfers and no certainty of line ups, it was also a SGW.

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Absolutely correct. The only difference now is all BB GW1 teams I have seen don't have a good enough bench I think to justify the BB this time around.

        2. Goonsquad245
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          People loaded benches with AVL/SHU/Saka who all had DGWs and were cheap enablers for it.

          1. _Freddo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Thats not how I remember it, I remember loads of people creating a team just for the restart & then wildcarding a fresh team for the run it, I remember it well because I had no wildcard and felt screwed.

            Either way, same principle, most (including me) had their best weeks of the season after a 3 month break with no form or patterns to pick a team on.

            1. Goonsquad245
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Key differences between GW30 last season and GW1 this season

              1) GW30 was a DGW
              2) There were no ‘real life’ club transfers made between GW30 and the previous GW
              3) People wildcarding out of it only had to plan for 8GWs, not 15

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      *Bench is Soucek and rest fodder

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Kane Son too much for me mate ...

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Downgrade Kane to 4.5 and squeeze both Salah and Aub in then?

        I kind of agree but it's only for one GW. Gotta gamble to win, no? 😉

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Auba for me then

          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Thanks mate!

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Why the hesitance about the BB?

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Not sure the bench is good enough to be worth it!

    5. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I like the Keita punt, but balls not big enough. Hendo at same price?

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Keita been looking good lately.
        Hebdo still injured, I believe?!

        1. Arn De Gothia
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          He is? Didn’t know, thnx

    6. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Interested to see your bb team for gw 1
      Any chance of posting?

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Not sure how it would look. Will probably post it later on before we roll!

    7. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Kane + Antonio > Mitro + 4.5 and get Auba

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Cheers! Will consider.

  17. MrCloppity
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    What do you think the must have players are this season.

    I think, TAA, KDB, Fernandes, Mane

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Only TAA for now.

      Then Messi when he arrived

    2. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Messi and that's it honestly

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Havertz, Salah, Werner and Trent.

    4. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I’m starting to believe that we could probably get away without TAA to begin with now. Unless Liverpool shoe signs of improvement in pre season defensively. Before someone says it, yes it is only ore season but this form has been since last season ended.

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        He is in my team currently though

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Trent is an attacking mid. His assist rate is second to KDB.

      3. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I've been in the TAA-less gang from the start

    5. _Freddo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      TAA, Salah, KDB, Bruno Fernandes.

    6. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      TAA and Salah are as close as you get, but nobody.

  18. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Prices for Mbappe and Ronaldo?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      At UTD 15m each

    2. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Mbappe can't be lower than Messi at this point in time. Definitely not in real life.

      1. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Get both and switch captaincy?

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      200m & 60m

    4. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Ronaldo can't even top score in the serie a, he would struggle in the prem at this current time. He's absolutely washed up.

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        🙄

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Ignore him. Messi fan boy troll

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 25 days ago

            This exactly.

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Ronaldo knows the PL and has kept a cool head no matter where he has gone. I would have Ronaldo in the PL at current ages.

  19. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    With all these signings for Chelsea, some Chelsea fans will be happy if they finish 3rd this season lol

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Lampard had the excuse of not having a great squad last year. Will be exposed this season. Can see roman running out of patience soon if ghey dont dekiver a trophy this season

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Well.. this is kinda true ;( But mostly because Liverpool and City are extremely good!

    3. Silecro
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      So they should have chased 33 points difference with same young inexperienced squad they had last year? Of course they attack the title this year with as much signings as they can, only small clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham and Manu are satisfied with top 4 (or europa league places in case of ARS and TOT)

  20. MarkFLR
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Messi to City would also make all their other assets (that play) way more appealing with the additional assist potential

    1. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      If it happen i think Sterling will benefit most.
      Right side will be with KDB + Messi so a lot of space for Sterling run-ins

      1. UshFPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I wonder how that dynamic would work. KDB and Messi trying to occupy the same spaces wouldn't be ideal for City

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Also means less game time for others. At that price i dont know

      1. Tinkermania
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Less game time for a 33 year old too.

  21. Gregorini
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    How does this look?

    Ryan
    TAA/Justin/KWP
    Salah/Auba/ASM/Moura
    Vardy/Werner/Mitro

    Button/Davis/Mitchell/Romeu

    Moura not great but would switch to greenwood for week 2 and Auba to KDB week 3

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I wouldn't have a wide mid from a Mourinho side; he gives them too much defensive responsibility.

      Other than that, all strong picks.

      1. Gregorini
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Yeah he is the one that needs shifting, I've gone for him based on fixtures alone. I'll find someone else.

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I'm a big fan of Moura, so it's not him, just Mourinho. I'd squeeze out another 0.5m for Greenwood and bench, or try JWP seeing as you don't have Ings.

  22. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Anyone think Liverpool have lost a certain something since becoming champions?

    It's probably acknowledged in sports psychology that the hunger to win contributes X percentage of effort / motivation, and after winning the Champions League and Premier League, there is bound to be a small drop off.

    That front 3 were on it, every game, for the past couple of seasons. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a drop off without a few new faces at Anfield.

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      They need a new top quality player in the front 3 just to freshen it up. Fergie was the master ot this. Remember them signing berbatov when they already had tevez rooney ronaldo etc after winning the double in 08

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Ha, precisely. I was going to quote Fergie, but thought that wasn't wise on a post about Liverpool 🙂

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Nahhh they’ll be hungrier than ever, everyone knows it’s all about retaining the title.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I'm not sure it's even a conscious thing, mate. The mind can tell the body to suffer that little bit more when there's the motivation to do so.

    3. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      There's a reason so few teams are PL champions three times a row and that's that it takes enormous effort to sustain form for that long.

      That's effectively what Liverpool will be trying to do this season as they were effectively operating at that level in the 18/19 season too. They were just trumped by a frankly outstanding run from City, that left that Pool side as almost certainly the best team not to win the league in a given season.

      With that in mind, as well as the emotional toll of the first title in so long under these bizarre circumstances, I would also expect a drop off this season. It would be remarkable if there wasn't one.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        yep, this. Sums up my thoughts perfectly. People forget that 18/19 season, where their points total was enough to win the league in any other season.

        1. sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Mind you they did win the league very comfortably this year, so even with a drop off in form they would still likely be strong contenders. I just think that at minimum it will be a much tighter field this year.

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      It pains me to say it - but I don’t think it would be in the natures of some of the core senior personalities in that group (The likes of Klopp, Henderson, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Allison, Firmino, Mané etc) to sit back on their laurels & I’m sure the right tone & standards are being set

      Salah will probably still obsessively compulsively chase goalscoring records, and TAA/Robbo don’t really strike me as the good time Charlie types either (albeit Robbo must almost certainly have been over the legal alcohol limit for the city match)

      Gomez probably similar - young players who surely have a desire for more medals

      I could still see them losing out though - City with Laporte fit are a different beast - and if they add a Koulibaly type alongside him I think they’d take the league back - but Pool probably still good for minimum 85-90+ points again which isn’t easily done

      A major Injury would be their biggest risk rather than complacency I think - particularly to VVD

      They couldn’t cope with his abscence in the same way as City tried to cope without Laporte

    5. _Freddo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      This is where Klopp has to step up further, Fergie used to do it all the time, make tweaks to the team when they are on top to keep them moving.

      Keita needs to get a run now instead of Wijnaldum, Brewster (if he stays) needs to compete with Firmino, minor tweaks but enough to keep things fresh otherwise like you say, they could get a little stale.

  23. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Rumours of Messi calling Neymar and asking him to join City with him.

  24. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    One player who have I haven't heard mentioned much is Bernardo Silva. It's clear Pep doesn't quite trust Foden in the CAM role yet, so either Pep will tweak his midfield slightly to have two number 6's - such as Rodri and Gundogan - or he'll allow Bilva to replace Dilva.

    Same price as Greenwood, he's a cert for me in GW3 if tactically, Pep keeps the 4123.

    1. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      If there is evidence of this then maybe. So many options that I would put ahead of him though. Even just from city alone with the likes of Mahrez, Messi, Aguero, Ronaldo, Sterling, Neymar, Jesus and Mbappe

  25. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Who will be at loss if Messi lands at City?

    1. Jesus
    2. Raz
    3. No one

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Mahrez

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        this.

        I did wonder if Pep could get away with Sterling, Aguero and Messi. Messi's arrival might see Jesus become the starter, for his work rate alone.

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Mahrez/Foden/Torres

  26. thepuntmaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Would people be more or less tempted by Doherty at Spurs?

    His big Wolves appeal was as he practically played as a winger, but that's not very Mourinho is it?

    1. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Much less for me as the CS potential is also much less

      1. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Disagree on CS potential this season

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Why is that? No evidence of improvement thus far

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      No appeal as a standard RB.

    3. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Playing as right back instead of right wingback in a defensively worse team so less appealing for me.

    4. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Aurier was very advanced,if he play same way think it will be good.

      Expect Spurs to keep more CS this season too

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Good point this. Mourinho liked that lob sided back 4 where the RB played more as a RWB with the LB tucked in.

    5. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Aurier does well enough - I’d still be interested

    6. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Much less. I fundamentally don't believe a fullback in a Mourinho side will ever be given the attacking license that Doc has at Wolves. It isn't just about him being attacking, it's about *how* he is allowed to attack.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        And the defensive cover; doc can get in the box with wolves because he has two lines covering him back wide; won’t be that way with spurs; the CBs are going to have loads of space to cover and his speed tracking back is going to be an issue for counters. Not even interested if he gets the move. Not sure how spurs expect him to fit into a side that requires so much of their fbs defensively

    7. Our Man Charlie
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      still tempted and he would make a great addition imo

    8. dylano21
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      If Doherty takes aurier place, he could be a great Option. Aurier was allowed to attack aswell. Mourinho could built a defensiv stabil team

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Aurier wasn’t popping up in the box much at all, he was as swinging crosses in from deeper wide positions, which is clearly not doc’s game. He is the perfect player for the system at wolves

    9. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Initially I thought much less, but given spurs fixtures and the licence they gave Aurier... I'm tempted to say those who doubled on vinagre and Doherty could just leave him in. Might work... If not downgrade to whoever seems good in gw8ish.

  27. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    I want to see Messi doing as well in the PL compared vs ballet dancers in La Liga.

    I could be proven wrong but it remains inconclusive 😀

    Maybe UTD will sign him up with Bruno doing the diving for a change 😀

  28. Shineonme
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    I predict Man City will win the title this year
    1st Man City
    2nd Chelsea
    3rd Man Utd
    4th Liverpool
    5th spurs
    6th Arsenal a distance 30 pts behind Man City

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Can understand city but utd and che over Pool is a bit too much and im a utd fan

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      As a Chelsea fan you are nuts

  29. ZAWAd25
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Assuming Vinagre is nailed, how does this look?

    McCarthy

    TAA Vinagre Justin
    Salah Auba Son Soucek
    Werner Mitrovic Ings

    (Nyland Taylor Stephens Mitchell)

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I prefer Jimenez over Ings, but understand why you've gone Ings with the fixtures.

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      For me personally it would look better to downgrade Mitro and go for a 4-4-2.
      But very nice overall. Like the Soucek pick.

  30. Bank$y
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    They thought Jesus was nailed too, look what happened there