So…Tottenham had a quiet transfer window then?!

It’s an International Week.. and I hate an International Week!

If Van Persie gets a Hat-Trick for the Dutch this week I will get sod all points and with this in mind I’m opening up the FantasyYIRMA.com site for some new guest posts.

We will feature guest writer/bloggers from individual Premier League clubs to tell us how they thought their team did in the Transfer window, how they think their club will do this season and more importantly – who from their club should we be considering for our fantasy team??

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We had a huge response from Spurs fans on the fan request… here’s two more opinions on how the lads from White Hart Lane got on this summer. Many thanks to both @pittamspurs and @Phaytrick for their content!

Spurs Magnificent Seven

It’s been a busy summer at Tottenham once again.  With Bale’s departure on the cards, for what seems like forever, Daniel Levy employed Franco Baldini as Technical Director, which I saw as a real statement of intent to go out and get some genuine quality.  They didn’t disappoint and along with Andre Villas-Boas, negotiated deals for 7 international players.

Roberto Soldado is comfortably the most well-known of the 7 after banging in the goals, season after season in La Liga and also the Champions League.  It’s been a strange start to life in England for him.  He’s scored 2, beautifully taken penalties against Palace & Swansea, but has been noticeably isolated in each of Tottenham’s 3 games.  Plenty have snapped up “The Soldier” in FPL but a few maybe getting twitchy seeing his lack of service.  I am confident he’ll get chances and get 20 goals this season.

soldado

2 men brought in to boost creativity; Erik Lamela & Christian Eriksen are truly exciting signings for me.  Lamela was introduced on Tottenham’s right late on in the Arsenal defeat and looked as if it will take him time to find his feet.  No disgrace in that for the 21 year-old.  Lamela came to fruition last season in Serie A with an impressive 15 goals & 6 assists.  He mainly played from the right, drifting in and scoring the majority of his goals with his left foot.  He will inject some much needed pace & directness into Tottenham’s attacks.  At £9.0m in FPL, it may be worth hanging fire and seeing exactly how AVB sets up his new look team over the next few GW’s.

Christian Eriksen was picked up from Ajax for just £11.5m as he was in the final year of his contract.  He was linked with many European giants and could be the “Number 10” that can link Tottenham’s midfield to the previously isolated Soldado.  With 32 goals & 54 assists in 162 matches for Ajax, I think he could be Tottenham’s key man this season.  It remains to be seen whether he can transfer his form from the Eredivisie to the Premier League but, at only £8.0m in FPL, I think Eriksen could be a real bargain.

I see Soldado, Lamela & Eriksen as Tottenham’s best FPL acquisitions.  Of the other signings, Nacer Chadli has started all 3 games so far but looks to be struggling with the pace of the Premier League to me.  An excellent prospect but not a viable FPL signing currently.  Paulinho has started impressively, particularly in the home win against Swansea when he was clearly the furthest forward of the midfield 3.  With Eriksen & Lamela signed though, I think AVB will roll out a 4-2-3-1 more often than not which could see him back in the “double-pivot” with Sandro, Dembele or Capoue.  This reduces his FPL appeal so again, I’ll take a watching brief.

capoue

Etienne Capoue has looked excellent since arriving from France.  A very defensive midfielder however, and will pick up his fair share of cards, let’s hope he makes a speedy return from injury.  That just leaves the Romanian centre-back, Vlad Chiriches.  He looks to be in the Jan Vertonghen mould and is thought of very highly across Europe.  Comfortable on the ball, Vlad likes to start attacks and is also a real leader.  Steven Caulker was sold to make room for him so currently; he will be Tottenham’s 4th choice centre-back and is likely to play in the Europa League.  Definitely one to keep an eye on.

Bale almost single handedly ensured Tottenham’s highest ever points total in the short history of the Premier League, his record of 21 goals in the league alone will be a tough act to follow. Tradition would say that the more players arrive at a club the longer it takes a team to gel so at that rate of going Spurs will have to play the waiting game.

There is cause for optimism however; Baldini’s busy close season has ensured that the squad has added quality in several areas and without disrespecting our new centre half, Chiriches, it’s the attacking options that whet the appetite. Capoue and Paulinho will provide steel and drive in a midfield that was at times lacklustre last season, Eriksen’s craft will hopefully fill the void that Modric’s departure left and Soldado, Chadli and Lamela give attacking options to a side that had very little in the way of a plan B last season.

We all heard the jibes last term about being a one-man band and while we all laughed them off, deep down most agreed with the analysis. On the rare occasions when Bale didn’t produce the goods last season Spurs looked toothless going forward, hopefully the new additions rectify this.

Written by @pittamspurs


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Beatle MANIA at White Hart Lane

Former Spurs striker and current BBC analyst Garth Crooks commented last week on the Bale transfer saga last week that Spurs had sold Elvis and bought The Beatles, I hope that particular analogy is proven correct by the end of the season.

Bale almost single handedly ensured Tottenham’s highest ever points total in the short history of the Premier League, his record of 21 goals in the league alone will be a tough act to follow. Tradition would say that the more players arrive at a club the longer it takes a team to gel so at that rate of going Spurs will have to play the waiting game.

Baldini

There is cause for optimism however; Baldini’s busy close season has ensured that the squad has added quality in several areas and without disrespecting our new centre half, Chiriches, it’s the attacking options that whet the appetite. Capoue and Paulinho will provide steel and drive in a midfield that was at times lacklustre last season, Eriksen’s craft will hopefully fill the void that Modric’s departure left and Soldado, Chadli and Lamela give attacking options to a side that had very little in the way of a plan B last season.

We all heard the jibes last term about being a one-man band and while we all laughed them off, deep down most agreed with the analysis. On the rare occasions when Bale didn’t produce the goods last season Spurs looked toothless going forward, hopefully the new additions rectify this.

Written by @Phaytrick


William Hill Sports

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Posted on September 4, 2013, in Player Selection and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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