How to invest in the Spurs attack
Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min won the Golden Boot for the 2021/22 season. Prior to this Harry Kane was the Golden Boot and Playmaker winner for the 2020/21 season. The Spurs attackers are generally some of the most popular attacking assets in the game. We look at how to best to invest in the Spurs attack for the 2022/23 season.
Son Heung-Min £12.0m and Harry Kane £11.5m have been firm favourites of the FPL community for a number of season. However, the arrival of Dejan Kulusevski £8.0m in January has added another prong to the Spurs attack. Investing in the Spurs attack will be a big talking point this season.
Spurs sit 11th on the Fantasy Football Scout Fixture Ticker from Gameweek 1-5. Their opening ten fixtures of the campaign include games against Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal. However they also have some attractive looking fixtures against the likes of Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Fulham.
FPL managers will likely want to invest in teams such as Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City for their opening matches. This could mean compromising on the Spurs players that FPL managers invest in. As a result managers will likely not have the budget to invest in multiple Spurs attacking options. Therefore considering the affordability of players, as well as their likelihood to return points is key.
Kulusevski arrived ahead of Gameweek 24 and started his first game in Gameweek 25. In that time he recorded four goals and six assists. Only Kane registered more assists than Kulusevski across the game between Gameweek 24-38.
He was also third for attacking returns in the same period with 10. Only Son and Kane had more attacking returns across the game after the arrival of the midfielder.
When compared to other midfielders across the whole season Kulusevski also rates well. Only eight midfielders returned more attacking returns than Kulusevski over the course of the season. All eight midfielders who returned more attacking returns than the Spurs man started more games.
In the last nine Gameweeks of the 21/22 season Son returned six double digit hauls. He was the inform player to own between Gameweek 30-38. Son started the 2021/22 season priced at £10m, a price rise of one million from his £9.0m starting price during the 2020/21 season.
Over the course of the season his price rose by £1.2m, the highest price rise in the game.
Since the 2017-18 season Son’s average points per match has increased every season. He averaged 4.8 points per match in 17/18 which has risen to 7.4 points per match in the 21/22 season.
Son’s price rise this season will lead to him requiring more thought from FPL managers in terms of how to budget for the South Korean.
The midfielder, tied with Salah, was highest goal scoring player in the Premier League last season, with 22 goals.
The beginning of the 2021/22 season was difficult for Kane. The forward scored just once in the opening 15 games. However, he managed 17 goals over the course of the season due to his form after the arrival of Antonio Conte.
Kane also returned 11 assists last season. Since the 2013/14 season Kane has returned 60 double digit hauls in FPL. He has also registered 182 goals, 52 assists as well as 104 bonus points. This makes him one of then most reliable and prolific FPL forwards.
Kane will compete with the likes of Haaland and Ronaldo for the premium forward option in FPL managers teams this season.
FPL Aiden included the Spurs frontman in his first draft ahead of the price releases and game launch.
Who to pick?
Unsurprisingly both Kulusevski and Son have taken significant price rises this season, with Kane decreasing slightly from his 2021/22 price tag. Kulusevski will be the easiest of the Spurs attacking players to budget ahead of the 2022/23 season. He would also likely have returned similar points tallies to his Spurs team mates had he played the same number of games this season. With Spurs having more difficult fixtures than the likes of Liverpool and Man City at the start of the season, FPL managers will likely need to chose just one of the Lily Whites attackers.
Son is the stand out pick because of his form in 2021/22, however Kulusevski’s budget will make him easier to own. Kane will offer the ability to put budget in all areas of the pitch whilst allowing manager to plan for Salah and premium defenders. Thinking through how to invest in the Spurs attack could come down to how FPL managers want to distribute the budget.