The Start of Something Special at Tottenham Hotspur
Football Manager 2017 is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. This year it has brought about a lot of new changes, which adds more diversification to this beautiful game. The AI and match engine is forever changing meaning that it is now much harder to beat your opponents. Changing in-game tactics and keeping your team fresh is now vital in capitalising on opponents and forever making it more difficult to beat our opponents, potentially making this one of the greatest (and maybe hardest) FM’s of all time. In this series I will be managing the club I support in real life, Tottenham Hotspur. In preparation for the release date on Friday, this article will feature a complete squad guide to the club. Going forward each article in the series will feature what has happened in the previous in-game month.
Tottenham have always been very strong in this department. Hugo Lloris has always been one of the best in the world and any team is in safe hands with him in-between the sticks. He will clearly be our number 1 for the season, and more importantly, he is also the leader and captain of our team. What makes this position more interesting this year, is the back-ups available in Lloris’s absence. With the addition of Pau Lopez on loan from Espanyol, along with the reliable Michel Vorm, a decision will need to be made on who should be Lloris’s deputy, in either cup competitions or if, and god forbid, Lloris’s was to get injured. An early look at the states suggests Lopez could be a worthy number 2, and a few games in pre-season should test that.
As well as being strong in goal, Tottenham also possess arguably one of the best centre-back pairings in the world in Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. Spurs had the best efence in the Premier League for the 2015/16 season, and have so far started the new season unbeaten. Wimmer is essentially our only back-up in the squad - Carter-Vickers starts off in the reserves. However, with a starting transfer figure of £50million (increasing to £65million if you target top four) it could be wise to dip our toes in to the wonderful world of the transfer market, to add further steel to our defence. Who knows, we may even find the next Ledley King! In the full back positions, we also boast having the starting England fullbacks. Danny Rose and Kyle Walker have both been excelled in the past couple of years, and you just can’t look past them being our starters. Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier, who I happen to be quite fond of, are both more than adequate back-ups, and will get their chances. Walker-Peters will also likely get chances within the cup to impress.
This is where my first problem could be. Tottenham’s midfield is very impressive, but it could cause me a few headaches on who to start. We have too many good midfielders for not many places, which makes it quite difficult to keep everyone happy. In the centre of midfield, it’s the selection of Dier, Dembele & Wanyama. This is again made difficult by the attacking trio, with numbers in depth to choose from. Lamela, Alli and Eriksen would be my preferred trio, although Nkoudou, Sissoko and Son can all potentially fight for a place if they capitalise on the game time they get.
Well, do I really need to say anything at all? I might just leave it at that really as this picture speaks for itself. The boy wonder will be starting as a loan striker in a complete forward role - hopefully bagging the goals on his way to winning the golden boot for us. Janssen could be a very decent back up, but I fear should both of these become injured at any one stage, that we lacking in depth in the striker position, and therefore we could see Tottenham dip into the transfer market for a young striker that can come in and perform if these two somehow manage to become Injured, at the same time.
Tottenham have some great youth players, that could potentially come through and be potential first team members. I will look to give quite a few their starts in the domestic cup competitions to give a rest to the first string players. I have taken some screenshots of the players I think have the potential to be key players for the squad in the future. When the youth intake comes in the month of March, I will also provide an update as to any wonderkid regens we may unearth.
Although he is currently on loan at Schalke, Bentaleb has the potential to be a key player within this Tottenham squad in the future. If Schalke try to sign him on a permanent basis at the end of the season, and he doesn’t put up a fight to go, I will try and keep him with all my might! Although the one thing that may bug me is trying to fit him in with the trio of Dier, Wanyama & Dembele.
Has had a few sporadic performances in the Tottenham squad in recent weeks, and to me has been impressive. At 18, his Heading, Marking & Tackling stats are very good, and he can improve on those massively with the right training and tutoring.
Here is what I’m sure many of you have been waiting for. Marcus “Messi” Edwards has been the guy has been touted to be the next big thing, and although he has no stand out stats, he is a very well-rounded player at the ripe age of 17. I expect big things of this kid, and will give him the chance to impress in a few games, but I will contemplate loaning him in the Championship, if I feel the right team make and offer for him and I feel he can develop as a player there.
The final youth player to feature here and one that could also potentially break into the first team, whilst providing the cover that we need for Janssen and Kane, is Shayon Harrison. He has good overall finishing stats and decent pace and finishing. Shayon could be one to keep an eye on.
So here we are, the season approaches us, and on the back of this, Tottenham have a great team, and one that I believe could potentially challenge for the top. Most certainly, we must challenge for a top 4 spot, and eventually perform better than what we did against Leverkusen. As previously sated, the updates will begin on a monthly basis in football manager months, and depending on the popularity, perhaps a more regular update.
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