As the start of the season looms, Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers will be capitalising on the final few days of unlimited transfers and making last-ditch team changes.
Admittedly, it’s hard to remain completely unbiased regardless of who you support, but here are three Tottenham players that might be game-changers for your squad, and three to consider avoiding for now.
To anyone unfamiliar with FPL, there are two overriding rules managers must follow; squads of 15 players are constructed from a £100m budget, and a maximum of three players can be picked per club.
With that in mind, here are my choices:
Not to over exaggerate, but Ivan Perisic might just be the one must-have Tottenham player in this year’s FPL. Costing just £5.5m (Premier League), the Croatian is classed as a defender, however, will operate as an all-action wingback for Antonio Conte in what will presumably be a relatively attacking role.
Perisic registered eight goals and seven assists in Serie A last season (Transfermarkt), a highly impressive return that would convert nicely into points, whilst being a defender entitles him to any clean sheet bonuses.
At just £5.5m, the wingback is a coup considering his point-scoring potential and is certainly worthy of occupying one of the three Tottenham spots this season.
After a flying start to his Tottenham career in the latter half of last season, Kulusevski could yet again be a real asset for FPL managers in 2022/23.
Priced as an £8m midfielder, Kulusevski is an interesting prospect for FPL managers, as in the unfortunate event he doesn’t start the season as hot as he ended 2021/22, he is directly interchangeable with Luis Diaz, Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka, Riyad Mahrez, and James Maddison for the same price.
That being said, there’s no reason to believe Kulusevski won’t continue his fine form and looks like a shroud pick-up for £8m.
Budgeting is a vital part of FPL and premium assets such as Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are a luxury, and unfortunately, without majorly sacrificing in other areas it’s hard to facilitate both superstars into one side.
With everything considered, Kane looks to be the better option, however, in truth, both should be a relatively guaranteed source of points.
Unlike Son, who is classed as a midfielder, the Englishman is categorised as a forward, and comes in £0.5m cheaper than his counterpart at £11.5m.
This year in FPL there is a wealth of talent within the midfield contingent, whereas it could be argued there is a lack of premium forwards in the roster making Kane all the more appealing.
As a serial goal scorer closing in on the all-time Premier League record, Kane defines consistency; a trait coveted by any FPL manager, and considering his tendency to pick up both goals and assists regularly is a must-have for any side.
At £4m, Fraser Forster is a budget-friendly option if your set on having three Spurs players in your FPL squad, however doing so could cause issues into the season.
Forster is unlikely to feature in the league, therefore won’t pick up any points, so realistically he shouldn’t be in anyone’s squad even as a bench option.
Considering the rule of three players from one club, if the Englishman does occupy a bench spot, adding another Spurs player into the side in the coming weeks could mean making multiple transfers to facilitate one move due to the rule of three; so all in all, Forster is one to avoid barring a long-term Lloris injury.
Despite the arrival of Djed Spence, the right-wingback situation at Tottenham is still relatively unclear.
Spence, Doherty, or Emerson could yet become Conte’s go-to fullback early this season, but until an obvious first-choice is established neither player is a risk worth taking.
Having said that, if Spence does become a starter, £4.5m could prove to be a bargain given his potential for goal contributions and clean sheets but for now, he doesn’t warrant enough to clinch one of three Tottenham spots in our opinion.
As our big-money £60 million summer signing (Sky Sports), the temptation to put Richarlison straight into your FPL side is more than understandable. But for now, I’d hold off.
With an established front three of Kane, Son, and Kulusevski, it’s unclear where and how Richarlison factors into Conte’s plans, and whilst he is bound to get minutes is far from guaranteed to start.
At £8.5m the Brazilian doesn’t come cheap, and putting bias aside until his role in the side is understood could be one to avoid.
That being said, much like Spence, if he does break into the side as a proven Premier League goal scorer he has huge potential to thrive so is certainly one to keep an eye on down the line.
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