The fact that Tottenham would have been disappointed to come third in last year’s Premier League shows how far they have come. The White Hart Lane outfit has gone from strength to strength under Mauricio Pochettino, and with one of the most balanced squads in the division, they are comfortable to manage on FIFA 17 Career Mode. It seems that all those years in the Europa League have paid off, with each position having a reliable back-up, with the first team capable of dismantling any team in England. How they will compete and juggle in the Champions League was always going to be the question, and although they remain unbeaten in the Premier League, their European performances have come with question marks. So you must now do what Pochettino has done, but there is no question that Spurs have the players to be able to compete on all fronts.
How you should line up
Pochettino has stuck to the 4-2-3-1 formation, and you should probably follow suit. You may wish to switch to a 4-3-3 to free up Mousa Dembele, but you don’t want wide left player Christian Eriksen too high up the pitch, so that he can have greater influence.
The back five players pick themselves. Hugo Lloris captains the side from in between the sticks, with the impressive defensive line of Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose. In front of them, Eric Dier gets the nod over Victor Wanyama due to his 86 potential, with Mousa Dembele coming in alongside him.
The three behind striker Harry Kane is where you will find it trickiest. Erik Lamela comes in on the right side, with his potential of 85 perhaps stopping you from going to find a replacement. Dele Alli, with a potential of 90, has to play so Moussa Sissoko is consigned to the bench. Christian Eriksen starts on the left.
On the bench, you have Michel Vorm, Kevin Wimmer, Ben Davies, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko, Heung-Min Son and Vincent Janssen.
The Transfer Market
Starting transfer budget: £59 million
Starting wage budget: £208,000
Who should go
As we mentioned before, Spurs have one of the most balanced squads in the Premier League, so there are no regular names that need to be sold. But if you do wish to bring someone in, you may have to do a like for like change, i.e. right winger for a right winger.
The only players that need to go are those outside of the first team. Harry Winks, Kyle Walker-Peters, Connor Ogilvie, Anton Walkes, Luke Amos, Harry Voss and Christian Maghoma do not have potentials high enough to compete for a first team place, with Shayon Harrison a possible other to add to that (POT 76). If you sell them all, you should be able to get hold of £1 million altogether, with Winks being the most lucrative at £600,000.
One player who surprisingly may not have a future in North London is new signing Moussa Sissoko. Despite being rated at 80, the Frenchman has maxed out his potential at the age of 26. He can play as a right or attacking midfielder, but his all-round abilities allow him to fill in any outfield position (none rated lower than 75), which could tempt you to keep him. But if that’s still not enough for you, and he hasn’t impressed in the first half of the season, you could sell him in January for £25 million.
What the team needs
There is no way that Mauricio Pochettino would be looking to bring in another defensive midfielder, but the FIFA ratings make that Spurs’ weakest position. Both Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama are rated 78, so you should be signing a holding player to partner Mousa Dembele. If you win a pre-season tournament, you are going to have the best part of £70 million at your disposal, which gives you the opportunity to sign almost anyone on Career Mode. But before you gets your hopes up, the likes of Bale, Messi and Ronaldo will still be out of reach. Fortunately, defensive midfield isn’t the most expensive position, and there are a few options out there. It doesn’t come much better than World Cup and three-time Champions League winner Sergio Busquets in that area of the pitch.The 27-year-old has an 87 rating with a potential of 88, with 88 stamina, 87 interceptions, 86 aggression and 86 standing tackles. The 6’2” Spaniard will win the ball back all day long, whether it be in the area or on the ground. He will cost around £45 million to sign with wages of £115,000.
– Arturo Vidal – Bayern Munich, Age 29, OVR 87, POT 87, Cost: £38 million, Wage: £94,000.
– Casemiro – Real Madrid, Age 24, OVR 82, POT 87, Cost: £31 million, Wage: £58,000.
– William Carvalho – Sporting Lisbon, Age 24, OVR 83, POT 87, Cost: £30 million, Wage: £65,000.
– Blaise Matuidi – PSG, Age 29, OVR 86, POT 86, Cost: £27 million, Wage: £86,000.
– Claudio Marchisio – Juventus, Age 30, OVR 86, POT 86, Cost: £34 million, Wage: £86,000.
– Danilo Pereira – Porto, Age 24, OVR 82, POT 86, Cost: £27 million, Wage £58,000.
Having that well-balanced squad, and having to handle four competitions, there aren’t many players you can afford to send out on loan. There are only two players that you should loan out for a season or two, Marcus Edwards and Cameron Carter-Vickers. Attacking midfielder or right winger Edwards may only be rated at 58, but his potential of 84 means that he needs plenty of game time. He isn’t going to get that at Spurs anytime soon, so you should send him out on a two-year loan. Carter-Vickers is a 62-rated centre back, with his potential of 80 just about enough to keep him at Tottenham. Send him out on loan for the season to see how he develops.
No first team players have contracts running at the end of the season, only those that have no real future at the club. Connor Ogilvie, Anton Walkes, Luke Amos and Harry Voss will leave for free at the end of the season as it stands, but you could choose to renew their deals in order to raise their transfer value in January.
After their performances in the league last season, there is no question that Tottenham are title contenders. Sadly for them, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are all also gunning for the Premier League crown. Due to their new Champions League (‘Champions Cup’ on FIFA 17) commitments, this perhaps puts them bottom of that contenders group. So your targets on Career Mode are likely to be qualifying for Europe in the league and reaching the knockout stage of the Champions Cup. The domestic cup competitions will have to take a back seat this season, but that does provide the opportunity to give the fringe players some game time.
Off the pitch, you will be asked by the board to sell a certain number of shirts or raise the value of the club, both of which can be achieved by bringing in big name signings and picking up victories. You may also need to sign a certain number of young players or bring a player or two through the youth academy, given Tottenham’s record of bringing on young starlets.
Times are changing…
With that superb season last year, there must be barrels of confidence around White Hart Lane. You get the feeling that it is only a matter of time before Tottenham achieve something special, whether it be a Premier League triumph, or claiming a famous victory in Europe.
But what should your Spurs side be aiming for this season? With all those clubs fighting for the title, one of them is going to finish outside the top four. So it is paramount that Tottenham maintains their position in the top four and build a genuine title challenge in the coming seasons. As for Europe, it is more pride than anything. You have the undoubting ability to get out of the ‘Champions Cup’ group stage, possibly topping the group. So you should be looking at an appearance in the quarter-finals as you may not have the ability to match-up against the European heavyweights.
The most important aspect is that the club keeps heading in the right direction. Tottenham cannot afford to take a backwards step as they don’t have the finances of the other title challengers. If you do keep up Pochettino’s good work, you could be looking at a Premier League trophy within three seasons. I think any Spurs fan would take that.
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