After numerous failed attempts, Spurs will be hoping that Pochettino is the man to settle their managerial post. Three changes over the past 12 months have created an unstable environment, all stemming from the loss of Gareth Bale. With last seasons signings mostly facing a tough first Premier League campaign, their low key transfer window suggests they feel they have the quality to return back to the top 4.
There is 2 locks in the Spurs defence, Walker at right back and Vertonghen either in the centre or on the left. With new signing Davies and Rose set to fight for the left back role, Vertonghen should be free to carry out his duties centrally. It should be noted that Vertonghen is still recovering from his World cup exploits and may miss GW1. It remains to see who has the edge at this stage, but Rose and Davies played 45 minutes each in their final pre-season friendly. Over the course of the season I expect Davies to get the biggest role, but at 5.0 you would want a reliable starter. I’m not sure he can guarantee that. The final centre back position is a lottery, with Kaboul, Dawson and Chiriches fighting it out for the role. Who gets it is anyone’s guess, I wouldn’t select any of them. Lloris is locked on in between the sticks.
Pochettino looks set to play 2 holding midfielders, allowing Eriksen to conduct his business in behind the striker. He is certainly the pick of the Spurs options. Dembele and Paulinho are likely to act as box to box midfielders, both will pop up every now and then but neither are viable options. Holtby, Bentaleb, Sandro and Capoue show that Spurs have great depth in midfield, making Eriksen the only reliable starter. Out wide Lennon will play from the right wing, with Townsend hoping to make a play and take over as the first choice. At this stage Lennon still looks to have the upper hand, but is way too inconsistent to own. Lamela is firing on all cylinders during pre-season and looks keen to make up for lost time last year. He came to Spurs on the back of a brilliant season in Italy and had a wave of expectation. You don’t lose your talent due to one poor injury affected season, he could be a handy POD playing from the left wing. He likes to get forward and could become an OOP (Out of position) candidate. One to watch, unfortunately FPL have rated him at 8.0, the same as Eriksen. How they came up with that is beyond me. Chadli won’t get a look in with Lamela fit.
Adebayor looks to have the first shot at making the lone striker role his on the back of a solid season. At 8.5 he could be great value if he consistently produces what we all know he’s capable of. Soldado looks deprived of confidence and just isn’t worth consideration at 8.0. Kane could be a breakout candidate after a great pre-season, but won’t get a look ahead of Adebayor at this stage.
Consider: Eriksen, Adebayor
Wait and See: Lamela, Kane, Davies, Vertonghen
AVOID: Dawson, Kaboul, Paulinho, Soldado
That wraps it up for Spurs, some decent looking fixtures certainly tempts investment, however Eriksen seems the only one with guaranteed game time come GW1. Stoke is up next tomorrow, until then! Cheers.