When I saw the headline that Spurs youngster Josh Onomah had gone on loan to Aston Villa it got me thinking...who the hell have Spurs signed this summer to add to an already small squad??
A quick Google search revealed the answer is absolutely no one. They’ve actually got an even smaller squad now. They lost Kyle Walker for a crazy £44m and raked in a further £19m from Permanent deals after loans (source) so money isn’t the issue. I don’t even particularly remember seeing many people rumoured to be joining them. But how will this and other aspects of Tottenham’s squad affect the FPL season ahead.
So, bear with me as I will verge on insanity at times during this article but ultimately convince you that you should start Game week 1 with no Spurs presence.
First let’s look at the squad. Now that Onomah’s loan deal away from the club has gone through Spurs have 21 players in their First Team Squad, that in itself is tiny. But let’s take a closer look at that squad. Sissoko is rumoured to be on his way to Trab-zab-zon-bon-spor or however you say it, there in Turkey and as a Newcastle fan, I can confidently say that’s about his level. PS thanks for the £30m wherever that’s gone. In the league, N’Koudou, Winks and Wimmer have played 8, 21 and 15 games respectively. Defender Carter-Vickers hasn’t made a single PL appearance essentially leaving you with 16 senior players. If you include the injuries of Lamela and Rose both who are evidently out until September, you are now down to a woeful 14 players.
Secondly, think of the volume of games Spurs will be competing in with this minuscule squad. The Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup or whatever it’s called these days and the Champions League. That’s 4 competitions that Spurs would be looking to win……probably ending up empty handed again making it 10 years since they won anything. A squad with 14 senior players will not be able to manage this gruelling schedule. The fatigue from European midweek travelling and frequency of games will deplete players leading to injuries along the way further minimising their small squad. What else comes along with fatigue?? A drop-in performance levels which will make some of the Spurs players very expensive FPL flops.
Thirdly, this year Spurs will play all their home games at Wembley. Their record so far doesn’t make for good reading. 5 games - 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses. That’s a win percentage of just 20%. For A club of Tottenham’s size that is disastrous. The players evidently can’t get used to the size of the pitch or maybe it’s the fact that the capacity of the stadium they are playing in has increased by nearly 2.5 times. I don’t see this form improving in 2017/2018. If Spurs get off to a bad start at home with matches against Chelsea and Burnley then it’s going to make the players nervous which in turn makes the fans nervy, it turns into a vicious circle of dissatisfied fans jeering their own team whilst scoffing on 9 quid rubber hot dogs.
Their pre-season form has been indifferent at best. They beat Leyton Orient of the National League 4-0 and PSG 4-2 but then lost to Roma 3-2 and fellow Premier League title challengers Man City 3-0 with only a friendly with the mighty Juve at Wembley to come before their first League match with NUFC at St James.
All of this goes together along with a notoriously slow starter in Kane to show that Spurs will struggle a lot to get Top 4 in the Premier League this season as well the players struggling to get any momentum after continuing bad form at Wembley.
And finally spurs players come at an eye-watering cost this season with midfielders Eriksen and Ali Both priced at £9.5M take the safer option and spend this money on teams who won’t choke- don’t get a caught up in Lasagne Gate 2.
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