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Alli not in the Spurs squad as Armstrong returns for Saints

After being replaced at half-time last Sunday against Everton, Dele Alli (£7.9m) has been dropped from the Spurs squad altogether for Sunday lunchtime’s clash with Southampton.

The attacking midfielder was selected by some FPL managers as a cheaper alternative to Son Heung-min (£8.9m), in the hopes that he would recreate the excellent form at the beginning of Jose Mourinho’s time in north London last year.

Instead, Alli was taken off early on the opening day of the season and wasn’t part of Thursday’s Europa League struggles in Plovdiv. With Gareth Bale’s spectacular return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Alli’s days may be numbered and certainly are from a Fantasy perspective.

He is replaced by Tanguy Ndombele (£6.0m) in one of two changes made by Mourinho from last Sunday, with Toby Alderweireld (£5.5m) making way for Davinson Sanchez (£5.5m) at centre-back.

In what is a horrifically busy schedule for Spurs, it will be interesting to see how safe Son and Harry Kane (£10.5m) are from rotation in the coming weeks, although both start today.

Former Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£5.0m) makes a swift return to his former club after a £15m summer transfer, with Southampton’s popular FPL defender Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m) also facing his old side after making the reverse journey.

The Saints lost 1-0 last weekend and have responded with their own two changes, as Stuart Armstrong (£5.5m) has recovered from a thigh injury picked up on international duty to replace Will Smallbone (£4.5m) in attacking midfield.

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl gave off negative vibes after their midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Brentford, suggesting it would be a very long and difficult season for a side who finished 2019/20 in brilliant form.

Whilst they would not have expected two defeats and no goals to start their season, the dual-threat of both Che Adams (£6.0m) and Danny Ings (£8.4m) up front should ensure that Southampton won’t be in serious danger and they would love to open their accounts today.

Hasenhuttl’s other change to the starting line-up sees Moussa Djenepo (£5.5m) replace the injured Nathan Redmond (£6.5m).

The winger suffered a light ankle injury against Brentford.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Armstrong, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo; Ings, Adams.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-3-3): Lloris; Doherty, Dier, Sanchez, Davies; Hojbjerg, Winks, Ndombele; Lucas, Son, Kane.

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2,663 Comments Post a Comment
  1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    How on earth is 4 assists and a goal from an attacker worth more than 4 goals from a midfielder???

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      FPL 😆

    2. BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      FPL have a hard on for assists

  2. Hiroku
      2 months, 7 days ago

      To think that a couple minutes before half time I was looking at Walker-Peters in my bench and he looked set to score 9 points.

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      No way a pen

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Removed Ings and Kane lol

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Ouch, Are you ok mate?

    • The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      No son, no Everton, WC time?

    • o0Ash
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      The fact that the rule means that's a penalty is ridiculous.

    • Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      get out of my team mcarthy and davies

    • Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Lucky Ings owners

    • The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      If I swap Bruno for Son now I get this week’s points right?

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Ings time

    • BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Doherty second yellow or?

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Pls no

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      What an absolute joke, how is that a penalty? Have the refs ever played football?

      1. ivantys
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Another goal scored by VAR

      2. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        No way that's penalty

      3. Pavsboot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Come on McCarthy. Save it. Lets go positive

        1. Pavsboot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Although that seems somewhat unlikely considering it's a Southampton pen lmao.

      4. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        How is that a pen? 😆

      5. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Ings taking pen

      6. ivantys
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Ings stealing KWP's bonus

        • seewhyaxe
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          McCarthy, Davies and Adams owners, unite!

        • Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Cmon Danny boii

        • Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Wardprowse dethroned?

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Ings if you miss

        • FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 7 days ago

          People,

          Focus on the decision not the outcome.

          The chances spurs would score 5 after playing away in Russia midweek were tiny. There will always be random variance.

          I still back Spurs to be a poor attacking outlet longterm. They didnt even create much today - so its not longterm sustainable.

          Soton must be terrible and look a lock for the first manager sacking.

          Lots of poor performances in a row now + odd statements. Something aint right there.

          1. DandyDon
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            True but add in Bale and they may be better longterm

          2. KGJ United
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            It makes sense what you're saying. But still hurts

          3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I disagree JM has got rid of lazy Alli midfield 3 now has workers there.

        • BlzE_94
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Adams + Doherty -> DCL + Reece James?

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Yes

        • afcblegend
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          That is the most ridiculous penalty I've ever seen given

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Wha happened

            1. MSTRKRFTSMN
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Ricochet off the attackers foot onto the outstretched arm of Doherty less than 1m away. Absolute joke

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            No more ridiculous to Lindelof's penalty conceded yesterday

          3. DandyDon
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            You obviously didn’t see the one last night. Can’t be worse decision surely!? Classic rule change again for NO reason. Have to laugh at the rule makers and their changes tho it’s not funny. They probably have a rule that’s says they can’t change it now til next season as well...

        • Right In The Stanchion
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Game is ruined. Silly pen

          • mattk lfc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Ings owner with 2 goals and still my rank is down nearly 1m. LOL

          • KGFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Thank you Ings!!!

          • HippY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Without sounding too greedy.

            A Ryan penalty save with an assist from ASM would be lovely ❤️

          • MSTRKRFTSMN
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Absolutely ridiculous decision.

          • SB007
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Changed my whole team due to no faith in Kane last week