The Football Manager Guide to Tottenham Hotspur: Part 2

Sweet Beginnings

Football Manager 2017 is finally here, and we have begun the season. Taking over the mighty Tottenham Hotspur, under what was a magnificent reign from Mauricio Pochettino. We have already discussed the excellent squad that has been left to us, and we have looked to capitalise upon the hard work that Poch has exerted into making that squad what it is.

Tactics

So this is the tactic that I will be using for the save (It may change, however, this is what I will start with).  As already stated, Hugo Lloris is our number 1 and will stay that way indefinitely. Now, it gets difficult. What was my back 2 of Vertonghen and Alderweireld, has now changed, but that’s for a later on. Walker and Rose will be the starting Wing Backs, and I will look for them to bomb on and get plenty of assists. Now, with Dembele out for the first 6 games, the trio will be Wanyama, Dele and Dier. Dier playing the anchor-man role, he will slot into a CB role when Either Rose or Walker bomb Forward. Alli will look to push up in the Advanced Playmaker role, when we have possession, I believe this is a role that will suit him best. Now, some of you may see this as controversial, but I have decided to keep Eriksen on the LW, and play him as an inside forward, rotating with either GK Nkoudou and Son. I won’t bother informing you who will be playing in theST position as we all know who will be playing there, and he just happens to be ‘one of our own’.

Pre-Season

So, as you can tell, pre-season was a success. In my eyes anyway, it may not be in yours. We won 7 out of our possible 8 games, and the only loss came against the old lady, where Higuian and Higuain alone scored 3 against us to help Juventus scored what was a deserved win in the end. In my eyes it was Tottenham 1 – 3 Higuain. Our strike force seemed to be on fire. I rotated as necessary to ensure everybody was match fit, this meant that everyone had an opportunity to impress, and push for that place in my starting 11. Kane managed an impressive 7 goals in the 4 games with 1 sub appearance and Janssen managed and equally impressive 6 goals in 4 games with a single sub appearance. I feel we also beat some strong European teams, being Inter and Feyenoord, so this would prepare us well for the upcoming Champions League Draw.

I must also give a special mention to Josh Onomah. This kid could be big for us, and has potentially scored the best goal of my managerial career (No matter how short it has been, as it was my second game in charge) He hit a volley from outside the box, that looked to bend his leg in a way that many gymnasts would struggle to complete. Hats off to Josh. He’ll be getting his chance.

Transfer Window

So now we come down to the transfer window. As I mentioned earlier, our Centre Back partnership was no more. On the last day of the transfer window, Juventus approached us with a late bid of £20Million which I immediately refused (They call this #Levyed). Jan was a crucial part of that pairing, however, when we met, he refused to budge on his stance that he ‘wanted to win the Champions League, which I assured was possible with us, I just needed a year or 2 to get there. But it was too little too late. So, he left us for Juventus. Now this left me with a dilemma. Transfer deadline day, at 10pm. I couldn’t buy anyone as there was not enough time left, and I couldn’t afford to scout anyone new, so I decided to look into the loan market, and long and behold Peet Bijen, a 21-Year-old on a year loan deal from FC Twente.

Now Peet will not be a starter, I’ve have given the opportunity with Kevin Wimmer to step up, and will then look into the transfer market in the January window for a strong CB to partner Toby.

This next young man may or may not need an introduction, but in my opinion, he is sure to be a star of the future. Ladies (If there are any of you) and Gentleman, I introduce to you, Ante Coric!

Now he is a little gem! And I believe he will well and truly develop into a world-class player, and will lead us to champions league glory in the near future. For now, I have left him at home with his Mum and Dad and will leave him to further his development at Dinamo Zagreb for the next year.

August Review

So here we have our first 3 games in charge as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur. We start off away to a newly promoted Hull City. This Is a game we should comfortably win. We then host Swansea in what will be the last season at the Lane. The final game of the month sees us play Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Hull (A)

So we started with a 1-1 draw away to Hull, and we were unlucky to lose. I expect better from the boys in the next couple of games. The one and only Harry Kane got us off to our start in the League, and has bagged himself his first goal for the season.

Swansea (H)

Now this was more like it. We dominated from start to finish and it was bizarre how Swansea managed to even get a goal. But they were not in the game from start to finish. Davies, Alli, Sissoko and Janssen provide us with the goals here.

Man Utd (A)

Well, what a game this escalated into. We were phenomenal from start to finish, and I really don’t know how we didn’t manage to get the win. We dominated this game. Kane scored after two minutes and Son managed to bag himself a brace.

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