A report analysing the physical attributes of all 20 teams in the Premier League has revealed Tottenham Hotspur have the tallest squad in the division.
Attacking from set pieces is a key part of the game. Spurs have shown that already this season, with Harry Kane’s dramatic headed equaliser against Chelsea on Sunday coming from a corner.
Defending from set pieces is just as important, and something the North London club have struggled with. A report from The Athletic in March 2022 showed Spurs had conceded at least one goal from a set-piece in four of their previous five Premier League defeats at the time.
Historically, we know Antonio Conte prefers to have a physically dominant team. After a busy summer of transfers for Tottenham, his squad is now looking bigger and stronger than ever.
According to data from The Athletic, Spurs now lead the way in the Premier League when it comes to average height, with an average of 1.85m across their squad.
Defending set-pieces has become an early concern for #AVFC this season – not helped by the fact Steven Gerrard's team are one of the smallest squads in the league.
But how much does size really matter?
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) August 18, 2022
Newcastle United and Everton come in just behind with an average of 1.84m. Fellow members of the so-called big six Liverpool, Arsenal, and the two Manchester sides have an average height of 1.82m.
At the bottom of the pile are four teams – Wolves, Brighton, Southampton, and London rivals Chelsea – who each have an average height of 1.81m in their squads.
Bringing in Fraser Forster (2.01m), Ivan Perisic (1.86m), and Clement Lenglet (1.86m) has pushed Spurs to the top of the league in the height department. January signings Dejan Kulusevski (1.86m) and Rodrigo Bentancur (1.87m) also help (Transfermarkt).
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It’s great to see Spurs becoming a physically imposing side and this is all clearly part of Antonio Conte’s plan to make the team more and more difficult to play against. You can see that starting to take shape on the pitch, especially in attacking areas. Now, Spurs just need to ensure that same dominance is implemented in defensive situations.
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