It’s a new week and a new edition of Top Transfer Targets. With the international break behind us, it’s full speed ahead as the Premier League is about to heat up but I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about Tottenham and what I believe the impact will be on the team. As a fan, I still don’t know how to feel about this move as Tottenham may have sold their long term potential for short-term gain but who knows maybe Mourinho has changed? Only time will tell but nothing really matters outside of right now for FPL purposes.
Looking at things, Mourinho will improve the stock of defenders by a lot. Considering that they’ve been essentially useless so far this season any improvement will be welcome. Mourinho squads may not be known for their goal-scoring but his 2017/18 United squad was fifth in goals scored and his 2013/14 Chelsea squad was third in goals scored. So while these improvements in goalscoring usually come in year two for him, some of the concerns about the attack being hampered are likely a little overblown. One thing to watch is that Mourinho attacks do favor funneling to a point striker and inside forwards so the goals will likely come from a narrower group of players don’t chalk the Tottenham attack up as chopped liver just yet. It’s not pretty but consecutive 2-0 wins count the same as a 4-0 win and a 0-0 shutout in FPL and I’d rather have the asset whose team doesn’t blank.
If you're trying to account winners and losers from José Mourinho joining Spurs, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura seem to be the biggest winners to me. Tanguy Ndombele also is a winner as he can play the role that Paul Pogba played under Mourinho with a little more discipline. Team-wise, Eric Dier is likely back in the picture but that's not particularly relevant to FPL. Son Heung-Min was already really good so his value stays level but you no longer have to avoid all Spurs assets.
I'm hoping that Kyle Walker-Peters nails down the right-back position but it'll take some time to figure that out. Losing out would be Harry Winks and Giovanni Lo Celso. While both midfielders are talented, there won't be enough spots in a José Mourinho midfield for two guys who are adept in tight spaces. I also can't see Serge Aurier being disciplined enough to play under Mourinho.
Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the ownership tiers in FPL breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent and Punty McPunterson, a player under five percent owned who I’m backing for success each week. This article will also include players to offload, some due to injury or being dropped by their teams, and others due to performance.
Let’s look at this week's fixtures
Saturday 23 November
West Ham v Tottenham
Arsenal v Southampton
Bournemouth v Wolverhampton
Brighton v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Everton v Norwich
Watford v Burnley
Manchester City v Chelsea
Sunday 24 November
Sheffield United v Manchester United
Monday 25 November
Aston Villa v Newcastle
Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent owned at the time of writing):
Sadio Mané (MID Liverpool 12.1m, 37.6%): Fingers crossed that Mo Salah plays in this game because I am much lower on Mane if Salah doesn’t feature. But the Liverpool midfielder is on quite the run of form with returns in four of his last five matches. While I do like Mane, he’s not really in consideration for captaincy due to uncertainty around Salah.
Jamie Vardy (FWD Leicester City 9.6m, 37.2%): We’ve reached the point of the season where not much needs to be said to justify picking Vardy so I’ll keep this short. He’s facing a terrible Brighton defense that will be missing two center backs and I am terrified to not own him.
Worth your consideration (15 - 24 percent owned):
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (FWD Arsenal 11.0m, 24.7%): Southampton now has the worst goal difference in the league. Yes, it is worse than Norwich City, the next team on Aubameyang’s docket. While Auba has only scored one goal in his last five matches, the time is now to back him and the numbers will come. He’s my choice for the armband this week so here we go!
Harry Kane (FWD Tottenham 10.8m, 15.5%): Wait… didn’t Spurs just hire a defense first manager? Yes, they did but someone has to put the ball in the back of the net and that someone will still be the one and only Harry Kane. This is even if Zlatan Ibrahimovic ends up at White Hart Lane. Kane may not make it back to the heights of two years ago but that won’t stop him from being productive especially with the upcoming run for Spurs. If Mourinho can get Eriksen back up and running Ka CHING!
Solid if not stellar (10-15 percent):
Çaglar Söyüncü (DEF Leicester City 4.9m, 14.4%): This is a Leicester City laden column so far and I still can’t gush enough about the Foxes. They’re awesome on the offensive end but they have also kept three straight clean sheets too. Doing everything they can to push into the title race again.
John McGinn (MID Aston Villa 5.8m, 12.2%): Super John McGinn looks likely to get his partner in crime Jack Grealish back on Monday. He also gets service from Matt Targett back as well versus a Newcastle side that isn’t great at defending. Big scoring week incoming.
Christian Pulisic (MID Chelsea 7.4m, 11.8%): Captain America has been passed fit by Frank Lampard so there’s no reason why he shouldn’t start versus Manchester City. With 37 of his season total of 55 points coming in the last three weeks, this may feel like chasing points but Pulisic is that talented and Lampard trusts him. It’s also not too much of a price hike for some FPL sides to turn Mason Mount into Pulisic.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent):
Anthony Martial (MID Manchester United 7.8m, 9.4%): Fresh off of another price rise going into a favorable fixture for Manchester United, Martial should come into your team with United entering a very favorable run. Facing Sheffield United without Dean Henderson and John Egan is just what the doctor ordered for Martial and United should have the chops to take advantage.
Richarlison (MID Everton 7.9m 7.8%): Start an attacker facing Norwich City. Then stay far far away.
Punty McPunterson: Harvey Barnes (MID Leicester City 5.9m, 1.3%): Leicester, Leicester and more Leicester! Barnes won’t play 90 minutes but that won’t stop him from getting a return.