You may remember Jose Mourinho’s reign at Spurs started with a succession of what might be described as ‘defensive wins’.
Harry Kane (£7.2m) and Son Heung-min (£4.9m) made the most of their limited chances while the team bought into the self-proclaimed Special One’s risk-adverse approach to grinding out victories.
Eventually, the bubble burst as not even the brilliance of the two superstar forwards could compensate for the passive nature of Mourinho’s tactics.
Parallels can be drawn between the start of 2020/21 and this season since Nuno Espirito Santo’s reign has commenced with three consecutive 1-0 wins in the Premier League.
The football hasn’t been particularly inspiring but Spurs deserve plenty of credit for topping the table at the first international break as the only team with a 100% record.
The fact Arsenal are 20th at the same juncture will provide their fans with immense satisfaction.
Three clean sheets mean Hugo Lloris (£4.0m) is the best goalkeeper Dream Team has to offer at this stage.
The Frenchman has collected 21 points so far, more than double that of Ederson (£3.8m) who is far by the most-popular player in his position.
Lloris appears in just 2.2% of teams right now, meaning 97.8% of bosses have missed out on his healthy returnsin August.
And it’s a similar story for the defenders in front of him.
Spurs Defenders Dream Team Ownership:
- Eric Dier (£2.3m) – 1.8%
- Davinson Sanchez (£3.0m) – 1.1%
- Sergio Reguilon (£3.3m) – 2.6%
- Japhet Tanganga (£1.8m) – 1.7%
Dier is the joint-best defender after three Game Weeks having amassed 26 points – he’s level with Trent Alexander-Arnold (£4.9m) and Marcos Alonso (£3.5m).
Sanchez (23 points) and Reguilon (21 points) are also among the top ten defenders with Tanganga (17 points) not far behind.
On the surface it looks like a green light to block-pick Spurs defenders, but would that be truly wise?
They rode their luck against Man City and Wolves, allowing 43 shots across those two games – it’s very rare to keep clean sheets under such circumstances which suggests Spurs’ current approach may not be sustainable.
In September, Nuno’s side face Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal in the league alongside Europa Conference and Carabao Cup commitments.
So perhaps the answer is to split the difference.
Block-picking Spurs’ defensive assets may be overly ambitious but there could be value in combining Lloris and, say, Reguilon.
At some point, £42million summer signing Cristian Romero (£2.9m) will surely establish himself as a regular starter at the heart of defence – one to keep an eye on.
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