The Premier League team of the season so far – Liverpool outnumber Manchester City and Aston Villa star is shock inclusion

11 Sep

The Premier League season is well and truly underway, and it is shaping as exciting and goal-filled as ever.

With Manchester City closely trailing Liverpool in the table, it seems like the Premier League could well be another two-horse race.

The two clubs dominated league so much last season that nine of the eleven members of the PFA Team of the Season were from either Liverpool or Manchester City. However, will that be the same this year?

Manchester City are hoping to win their third consecutive Premier League title, but will face stiff competition from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool
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WhoScored.com, one of the most accurate and well respected football ratings databases, has formulated their own Team of the Season so far – and there are a few surprise inclusions that you might have expected.

WhoScored.com have ranked each player Premier League player throughout the season thus we can see who the eleven best players have been so far this campaign.

So who makes the XI? Find out below…


Goalkeeper

Hugo Lloris – Tottenham- Average Rating: 7.2

The stats say Lloris has been the best goalkeeper this Premier League season
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So far this season, Hugo Lloris has been rather busy in the Tottenham goal.

The 2018 World Cup winner has made 19 saves so far this campaign, the most of any goalkeeper in the Premier League.

So despite failing to manage a clean sheet, the Spurs shot-stopper has found his way into the Premier League Team of the Season so far.

Defenders

Roberto Pereira – Leicester – Average Rating: 7.4

Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool – Average Rating 7.4

Just like last season, Virgil van Dijk has been ever-present so far for Liverpool in the 2019/20 campaign.
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Joel Matip – Liverpool – Average Rating: 7.5

Arthur Masuaku – West Ham – Average Rating: 7.9

It is no surprise to see two Liverpool defenders, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk, in the Premier League Team of the Season so far. Jurgen Kloop has transformed Liverpool’s previously shaky defence into one of the most solid in Europe.

Arthur Masuaku has at last found himself a place in the Hammers’ squad after a very impressive start to the season, which has included one clean sheet and 13 tackles.

At right-back, Ricardo Pereira has averaged a higher rating that both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Portuguese defender has registered 20 tackles far this campaign, only being bettered by the aforementioned Wan-Bissaka.

Midfielders

Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – Average Rating: 7.7

John McGinn – Aston Villa – Average Rating: 7.5

John McGinn insisted he was always planning to stay at Villa this summer
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Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – Average Rating: 8.2

Raheem SterlingManchester City – Average Rating 8.0

Once again, it is no surprise to see Mohammed Salah of Liverpool and both Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling of Man City included in the Premier League Team of the Season so far. Sterling has registered five goals so far this campaign, the joint second highest in the league thus far, while Kevin De Bruyne has five assists to his name,. more than any other player.

However, it is the inclusion of John McGinn that might raise a few eyebrows. Despite Aston Villa lying in 18th place with only three points out of a possible twelve, the Scotsman has completed 17 tackles so far this campaign, more than any other midfielder.

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Roberto Firmino – Liverpool – Average Rating: 8.2

Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – Average Rating: 8.0

Sergio Aguero scored his 400th career goal in Manchester City’s win at Bournemouth
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Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero has scored six goals so far this campaign, more than anyone else in the league. He currently averages 1.5 goals per game in the league. He has scored 43% of Manchester City’s goals this campaign.

Liverpool’s Robert Firmino completes the XI, averaging 4.3 shots so far per game in the 2019/20 season. He has also scored two and assisted another two, a contribution that has ensured Jurgen Klopp’s men have retained their 100% win record.

Here’s how the team of the season looks so far, according to stats
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Fantasy Premier League prices: Liverpool star has shock drop as aces have fees revealed

27 Jun

Fantasy Premier League is back! Well, almost.

Just days ahead of the full launch of the 2019/20 season we’re seeing FPL price reveals happening on Twitter.

FPL bosses with Fraser were happy with his production last season as one of the best buys around
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These teasers have got fans salivating at the thought of the new squads and just how they might spend the £100million given to each manager.

Last year we saw Ryan Fraser emerge as one of the season’s biggest bargains.

The Bournemouth ace initially cost £5.5million but his seven goals and 14 assists saw him used by most players at least once across the campaign, so excellent was his form.

And Scottish winger Fraser, linked with a summer switch to Arsenal, was one of the first men to have his price revealed for the new campaign.

He, along with four others, had theirs announced on June 26, while even more are having them announced.

You can see the first price reveals below, including a Liverpool player with a surprising drop in value.

Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United)

2019/20: £5m

2018/19: £4.5m

Fabianski has been a revelation at the London Stadium
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Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

2019/20: £7m

2018/19: £6m

Robertson is one of the world’s best full-backs
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Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) – Now a defender

2019/20: £5.5m

2018/19: £6m

Matt Ritchie was played at left-back for Newcastle last season
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Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

2019/20: £7.5m

2018/19: £5.5m

Fraser has been linked to Arsenal after a stellar campaign in 2018/19
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Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)

2019/20: £6m

2018/19: £5m

Ricardo Pereira performances have repaid his £25million fee
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Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

2019/20: £6m

2018/19: N/A

Jack Grealish was rewarded for remaining with Villa by promotion to the Premier League
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Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)

2019/20: £8m

2018/19: £6m

Now an England international Callum Wilson has put his injury woes behind him
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Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

2019/20: £12.5m

2018/19: £13m

Salah helped Liverpool lift their sixth major European trophy in Madrid but has seen his FPL price drop
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Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)

2019/20: £6.5m

2018/19: N/A

Pukki was the Championship’s top scorer
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Every Premier League club’s Player of the Year award winner, so far

14 May

The Premier League season may have been done and dusted for over a week now but clubs are still naming the winners of their Player of the Year awards.

Some aren’t too surprising with the usual superstars having smashing seasons, but a few men have risen to the top and become shock heroes at their sides.

No one would have expected Ryan Fraser to bag 14 assists, while Luke Shaw established himself as a regular at Old Trafford, there was even shock among Tottenham Hotspur fans that Heung-Min Son won their accolade and not the rejuvenated Moussa Sissoko.

Luke Shaw has been an ever-present in Man United’s defence this season
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The duo, though, have done well this campaign and now earned the rewards for it.

It’s not just the PFA’s Player of the Year award that matters, the individual club honours mean a lot to recipients who are being credited for their consistent excellence over a single year.

But who are each Premier League club’s Player of the Year winners from the 2018/19 season? Find out below.

AFC Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser’s form has seen him linked with Arsenal
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Fraser would have had strong competition from Callum Wilson, but he has deservedly picked up the prize. The Scotland international has been in remarkable form this season, scoring seven goals and registering 14 assists in the Premier League.

Only Eden Hazard (15) has supplied more goals for his team-mates than the winger. Fraser, who has just one year left on his contract, has been linked with a summer move to Arsenal.

Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette will be hoping to lead Arsenal to Europa League glory later this month
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Lacazette has enjoyed a prolific season with Arsenal, netting 18 goals in all competitions. And despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being the club’s top scorer with 26 goals, Arsenal fans believe Lacazette has been their star man this season.

The Frenchman scored three goals across two legs in Arsenal’s successful Europa League semi-final games against Valencia.

Brighton – Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy has helped Brighton secure their Premier League status for a second successive season
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In what’s been a testing season, Brighton’s centre-back partnership of Duffy and Lewis Dunk has helped drag them over the line to Premier League safety.

Duffy, who has chipped in with five goals, has been crucial to the Seagulls’ resolute defence, which helped them earn unlikely draws against Arsenal and Wolves in recent weeks.

Burnley – Ashley Westwood

Ashley Westwood is a regular in Sean Dyche’s side
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Westwood has missed just four Premier League games this season and has been one of Burnley’s standout performers since the turn of the year.

He picked up the club’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards.

Cardiff – Neil Etheridge

Neil Etheridge has saved three penalties this season
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A fully deserved award by Cardiff’s goalkeeper in a season which will end in relegation.

Cardiff signed Alex Smithies in a £3.5million deal last summer which could have put Etheridge’s starting place at risk. However, the Philippines international played every minute of the Bluebirds’ Premier League season, which included three penalty saves.

He has also been the second busiest goalkeeper in the top-flight this term, making 141 saves.

Chelsea – Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard is unlikely to be a Chelsea player next season
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Hazard is now a four-time winner of the club’s Player of the Year award. Who else was going to win it?

The Belgium captain, whose last Chelsea game could be against Arsenal in the Europa League final on May on May 29 before sealing a big-money move to Real Madrid, has been in scintillating form this term.

He has scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists for the Blues. If it is his farewell season, he will hope to bow out with a piece of silverware.

Crystal Palace – Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The Premier League’s top clubs are reportedly chasing Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s signature
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This wouldn’t have surprised many Palace fans given Wan-Bissaka’s stunning breakthrough campaign.

He is second and third in the charts for most interceptions and tackles, respectively. His form has reportedly alerted the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.

At just 21, he will get even better with time.

Everton – Lucas Digne

The left-back has excelled and it’s no mean feat given his predecessor was Toffees hero Leighton Baines. His set-pieces look set to trouble the Premier League for some time.
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Fulham – Yet to be announced

Huddersfield – Christopher Schindler

Christopher Schindler has been a shining light in Huddersfield’s poor season
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It has been a bleak season for Huddersfield, whose relegation to the Championship was confirmed more than six weeks ago.

They have won just three league games and accumulated 15 points. Only Fulham (81) have conceded more goals than Huddersfield (76) this season. Schindler, who scored the winning penalty in the 2017 Championship play-off final, has missed just one game in the 2018/19 campaign.

Leicester – Ricardo Pereira

Ricardo Pereira performances are repaying his £25million fee
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The right-back has been one of Leicester’s most consistent players this season.

In his debut campaign in England, he has netted two goals and registered six assists in 35 Premier League appearances. He will be invaluable for the Foxes next term.

Liverpool – Yet to be announced

Manchester City – Bernardo Silva

In a phenomenal campaign, Silva was the man voted as CIty’s best across the season by supporters. His stunning form in their final few games showed incredible heart and hunger, while also showcasing his fantastic attributes with the ball at his feet.

Manchester United – Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw won the Players’ Player of the Year and the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year awards
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In a season where United conceded 54 league goals – the most of any top-six side in England – it would seem odd to see a defender win this award. However, on a personal note, Shaw has had his best season in a Red Devils shirt.

He was a regular under Jose Mourinho, who had criticised him in the past, and kept his place when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in December.

The England left-back made 40 appearances, a season-best since joining the club in 2014.

Newcastle United – Salomon Rondon

Newcastle will be desperate to keep Salomon Rondon beyond this season
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It is unusual for a loan player to win a Player of the Year award, but it shows just how vital Rondon has been to Newcastle this season.

His 11 goals and seven assists helped the Magpies retain their Premier League status for a second successive year.

The club will surely try to sign him permanently from West Brom this summer.

Southampton – Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond has been a key player for Southampton this season
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Redmond’s season sparked into life following Ralph Hasenhuttl’s appointment as manager in December.

The winger was deployed as a makeshift striker which worked wonders for his form.

Six goals and four assists for the former Norwich man showed just how much he thrived under Hasenhuttl.

Tottenham – Heung-Min Son

Heung-min Son has stepped up for Tottenham in the absence of Harry Kane
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Son has filled the void left by Harry Kane, who has been plagued by ankle injuries in 2019.

Playing as a winger or striker, the South Korea attacker was Spurs’ most dangerous player. Son scored 20 goals and had seven assists to his name in an extremely productive season.

Watford – Etienne Capoue

Etienne Capoue has scored four goals this season
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Capoue had a point to prove after leaving Tottenham for Watford in 2015. He was used sparingly in his two seasons with Spurs and the Hornets gave him a Premier League lifeline.

He has been a consistent presence in the Watford midfield and this season was no different.

The Frenchman has an FA Cup final to look forward to against Manchester City on May 18, which is live on talkSPORT.

West Ham – Lukasz Fabianski

Lukasz Fabianski has endeared himself to West Ham fans
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Fabianski was always going to stay in the Premier League following Swansea’s relegation in the 2017/18 season.

He was snapped up by West Ham for just £7million and played every minute of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

He was also the busiest goalkeeper, making 148 saves.

Wolves – Joao Moutinho

Joao Moutinho has been a revelation for Wolves and proved he is able to fire in the Premier League after a transfer to Tottenham failed to materialise back in 2012. He’s been key for the club and their Europa League qualification.
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Premier League Team of the Season 2018/19, according to statistics includes Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle stars

14 May

The 2018/19 Premier League season has finally come to an end and what a brilliant season it was.

Man City and Liverpool gave us a thrilling title race and stars from both clubs dominated the PFA Team of the Year, with nine of the 11 players in the line-up coming from the two title-chasers.

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions

However, WhoScored.com, one of the most accurate football ratings databases, has formulated their own Team of the Season from their research – and it’s safe to say it has a slightly different outlook.

Their team displays the best performing player from each position with their average rating throughout the season.

So who makes the XI? Find out below…


Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper:

Fabianski has been a revelation at the London Stadium
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Lukasz Fabianksi – Average rating: 7.0

Defenders:

Roberto Pereira – Average rating: 7.3

Virgil van Dijk – Average rating: 7.4

Digne makes the WhoScored.com Team of the Season
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Fabian Schar – Average rating: 7.3

Lucas Digne – Average rating: 7.4

Midfielders

Raheem Sterling – Average rating: 7.6

Paul Pogba – Average rating: 7.8

Hazard did not make the PFA Team of the Year but he has made the WhoScored.com one

Fernandinho – Average rating: 7.3

Eden Hazard – Average rating: 7.3

Forwards

Mohamed Salah – Average rating: 7.6

Salah did not make the PFA Team of the Year

Sergio Aguero – Average rating: 7.5

Have a look at the team in full below…

The WhoScored.com Team of the Season in full

How the PFA Team of the Year should have looked according to stats including West Ham, Everton and Newcastle United stars

25 Apr

The official PFA Team of the Season has caused outrage in some quarters as fans have unsurprisingly queried the inclusion and/or admission of their favourite stars.

Manchester City and Liverpool’s thrilling battle for Premier League supremacy has unsurprisingly led to the teams to dominate the official XI.

Sergio Aguero and Virgil van Dijk made it into the PFA Team of the Year

England forward Raheem Sterling is among six City representatives while fellow Britons Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are two of four inclusions from Liverpool.

However, Mohamed Salah is not among that number while Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is also a surprise omission, despite being on the six-man shortlist for the Players’ Player of the Year award.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is surprisingly the only member of the XI, which was voted for by their fellow players, not to feature for the top-two clubs battling for the title.

Statistically speaking, Hazard has enjoyed his best ever season at Stamford Bridge after leading Belgium to a World Cup semi-final.

Eden Hazard vies with Trent Alexander-Arnold for possession

With 29 goal involvements, 89 chances created and 122 dribbles, the 28-year-old can consider himself unlucky to have not been included in the team.

Here at talkSPORT.com, it got us thinking about all the other players who have not got the credit for their wonderful performances this season.

Thanks to WhoScored.com, we can analyse statistics and look at statistically the best players for each position to determine who really deserved to be included in the team.

Check it out below!

GK. Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United)  -7.0 WhoScored rating

Lukasz Fabianski

RB. Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) – 7.3 WhoScored rating

Ricardo Pereira

CB. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – 7.4 WhoScored rating

Virgil van Dijk

CB. Fabian Schar (Newcastle United) – 7.3 WhoScored rating

Fabian Schar

LB. Lucas Digne (Everton) – 7.4 WhoScored rating

Lucas Digne

RW. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 7.7 WhoScored rating

Raheem Sterling

CM. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – 7.4 WhoScored rating

Paul Pogba

CM. Fernandinho (Manchester City) – 7.3 WhoScored rating

Fernandinho

RW. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 7.8 WhoScored rating

Eden Hazard has had 29 goal involvements – the most in the Premier League

ST. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 7.5 WhoScored rating

Sergio Aguero

ST. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 7.5 WhoScored rating

Mohamed Salah

And here’s how that WhoScored.com Team of the Season so far looks…

Here’s how the PFA Team should have looked, according to stats

Fantasy Premier League tips: Five replacements for Trent Alexander-Arnold after Liverpool full-back sidelined with knee injury

16 Jan

Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out for at least a fortnight – giving Fantasy Premier League managers a tricky decision ahead of Gameweek 23.

The Reds defender has been a reliable asset in the game this season, racking up 93 points so far at the very reasonable price of £5.2m.

Alexander-Arnold could be out for the next four weeks

But who should you replace him with? talkSPORT.com has scouted five potential defenders who could be a good outlet for you in the coming weeks.


Lucas Digne (Everton) – £5.2m

The Everton full-back has emerged as an FPL diamond this season with his attacking threat down the left-side and his ability from dead-ball situations.

Many have deemed the Frenchman the “new Leighton Baines”, and in a Toffees side who have struggled at times this term his season haul of 87 points is impressive.

Digne also has favourable fixtures, with Southampton, Huddersfield, Wolves and Watford his next four before they face Manchester City at home.

Digne has been a great signing for the Toffees

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £5.0m

As we have all seen the Red Devils are thriving under Ole Gunner Solskjaer and are finally getting clean sheets to show for it after clean sheets against Newcastle and Tottenham.

Shaw is also given license to roam forward by his boss and has potential to provide attacking returns.

He has only notched up 49 points this term but more clean sheets are expected with their next two fixtures at home to Brighton and Burnley.

He is also at a budget price for a defender at £5.0m.

Shaw is now an attractive FPL proposition

Matt Doherty (Wolves) – £5.2m

The Wolves full-back has been a hugely popular choice for FPL managers this season and is owned by 23% of managers.

He is a huge threat as a wing-back for Nuno’s side having picked up three goals and four assists so far this season.

At £5.2m he is a nice replacement for Alexander-Arnold who is the same price, and he has a good run of fixtures against West Ham and Everton at home.

Doherty is owned by 23% of managers

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester) – £5.3m

Another full-back you could turn to is Ricardo Pereira.

The Leicester defender has picked up 96 points in total, having scored twice and assisted three in his debut season in the Premier League.

He has difficult fixtures with Wolves, Liverpool and Manchester United next but Leicester like to play on the counter and could grind out a result or two.

Pereira has had a great debut season in England’s top flight

David Luiz (Chelsea) – £5.9m

If  you have money in the bank to spare the Chelsea centre-back could be a nice option to turn to.

Luiz has been Blues’ best passer in recent matches, providing two assists in his last three outings with balls over the top.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are also getting a lot of clean sheets this season, with 10 already recorded, and have favourable fixtures after Arsenal this weekend against Bournemouth and Huddersfield.

Luiz has been a pass-master for Chelsea this season

Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Six possible replacements for Kieran Trippier, including Manchester United starlet

16 Jan

Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kieran Trippier looks set to be on the move after six months of speculation.

The England international has had plenty of suitor, despite a poor 2018/19 campaign on a personal level but is now set to join Atletico Madrid.

Trippier started in the Champions League final but had a poor season
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As the rest of the Spurs squad jet off to Singapore, the 28-year-old will remain in Europe to finalise his move away from north London.

Napoli had been interested with manager Carlo Ancelotti even commenting on the player himself.

Now, though, it seems he will venture to Spain to continue his career, leaving Mauricio Pochettino with a real conundrum at right-back.

It appears the Argentine doesn’t trust Serge Aurier as much as he should, especially given the £23million spent on him, while the lack of time given to starlet Kyle Walker-Peters has left other fans baffled.

So, if not those two, then who could replace Trippier? talkSPORT.com assesses the options.

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)

Many Spurs fans wanted to see the Portugal ace in north London instead of Aurier but the club failed to land him as his previous club Porto played hardball over a deal.

A year later he’s signed for the Foxes and proving he would have been a fine acquisition for Pochettino.

He would now cost a lot more than the £22million they could have signed him for.

Pereira also has the ability to play as a right winger, as he has done this season, or as wing-back like he did with Nice.

Spurs may regret failing to sign Pereira.

Youcef Atal (Nice)

In his debut season with the club, Atal is proving incredibly impressive as a right wing-back.

He loves to dribble, which is certainly different to Trippier, who rarely beats a man, but his 8.1 per 90 means he can lose the ball high up the pitch, while he’s also not afraid of shooting.

Atal would be a risk given he’s only had one season in Europe so far and may prove a little too raw right now but Spurs should keep tabs on the talent.

A fractured collarbone at the Africa Cup of Nations could derail a deal, though.

Algerian international Atal is excelling in his debut season for Nice.
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Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina)

Able to play at both centre-back and right-back, the Serbian offers versatility for what seems like it would be a hefty fee.

Manchester United and Man City have been linked with moves for the player, who has spent much of the campaign as an imposing full-back.

He would solidify the Spurs defence but would probably result in a big decrease in attacking output.

Still just 21, Milenkovic has the potential to be coached up but whether he can add to his offensive game must be questioned.

Fiorentina’s poor end to the season could hasten an exit.

Will Fiorentina be willing to allow the Serb to leave?

Bouna Sarr (Marseille)

The 26-year-old was previously a right winger but is now settled as a right-back in Ligue 1.

Sarr has the defensive acumen required to, at the very least, come into Tottenham as a deputy, while his attacking abilities mark him out as a player who could do well in the Premier League.

Leicester City have been linked with the player, along with Napoli, so there would be the potential for Spurs to strike and sign him.

Sarr attempts to deny Neymar in Ligue 1.

Diogo Dalot (Manchester United)

With Aaron Wan-Bissaka joining the Red Devils, it is believed the Portuguese starlet has been told he can leave Old Trafford.

He still has four years left on his contract at the club so might cost a little more than Spurs may want to spend but he remains a highly-rated youngster.

Given Pochettino’s reputation as a full-back whisperer, he may be able to get the best out of him – unlike Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Diogo Dalot has four years left on his Manchester United contract
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Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur)

What if the replacement for Kieran Trippier is already in the ranks at Spurs?

Towards the end of the campaign the Argentine played in the role as Trippier was rotated and Serge Aurier was unfit.

Foyth’s excellence on the ball – he was once a no.10 in his youth career – make him an interesting, if awkward, right-back but he offers more technically than Trippier ever did when it comes to beating a player with the ball on the deck. His crossing, though, isn’t as good but he still has time to learn.

Foyth also ended up at full-back during Argentina’s Copa America run, adding to his experience at the top level of the game, and earned social media acclaim for embarrassing Philippe Coutinho.

If he takes up the role then Kyle Walker-Peters’ future will also be called into question.

Foyth has his shaky moments but overall has the potential to be a superstar.
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Fantasy Premier League tips: Transfer advice including Chelsea, Liverpool, and Everton stars

27 Dec

The festive season continues in the world of Fantasy Premier League and if you’ve avoided the obstacles so far, you’re doing well.

Rotation, injuries and suspensions can trip plenty of people up at this time of year but don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

Whether you’re a manager who reacts to in-form players, loves a bargain, or one who looks to predict the next big FPL thing, you need a bit of advice every now and again.

So who do you need to sell and sign this week? Here, talkSPORT.com has taken a good look at the form and fixtures and believe these are the best transfer tips around…

Out: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £11.4m

The England star is now officially out of form with just one goal and no assists in his last four matches. Pep Guardiola could well rotate too, making him a top candidate for a transfer.

In: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £11.0m

As the Belgian continues to terrorise defences, even if the Blues’ results have been a little hit and miss recently, Hazard should be a top target right now. He’s got games against Crystal Palace, Southampton, and Newcastle United coming up.

Out: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – £6.0m

Without a clean sheet in SIX Premier League games, the City backline are struggling for points right now. Things might not get much better as they face Southampton, Liverpool, and Wolves in their next three and face Arsenal and Chelsea in February.

In: Lucas Digne (Everton) – £5.1m

Two gameweeks ago talkSPORT.com tipped the ex-Barcelona man to start racking up the points and while he might have been a dud against Tottenham he then hit two goals against Burnley in a 5-1 win. He’s in fine form and continues to have a kind fixture list.

Out: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – £6.9m

Once one of the most dangerous left-backs in the league, hence his huge price, he’s now a massive dud with no goals or assists in eight games and just two clean sheets. You should be ready to ditch him now.

In: Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) – £5.1m

It’s not just his thunderbolt against Man City which makes him a consideration this gameweek. If you follow these tips religiously you’ll know we loved him in pre-season and we continue to do so. Games against Cardiff, Everton, Southampton, and Wolves are ahead so clean sheets, goals, and assists are all possible.

Out: Mat Ryan (Brighton) – £4.5m

It’s rare you will see a goalkeeper in these tips but the Seagulls star is now away on international duty for a month with Australia.

In: Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace) – £4.2m

The Spaniard has played the Eagles’ last three matches and kept two clean sheets so with his cheap price he’s perfect for at least a bench role. If you’re starting him be aware he has Chelsea, Wolves, Watford, and Liverpool in his next set of games but then has another decent run after.

Out: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – £9.6m

It’s hard to ditch a Reds player when they’re in such good form but Mane isn’t really doing much for your team. He’s got one goal and two assists in his last nine Premier League games which means it may now be time to pull the trigger on a transfer, especially with Arsenal and Man City up next.

In: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – £8.8m

After an absence through injury, the striker has a goal and an assist in the last three games. Up next are Cardiff, Everton, Southampton and Wolves so should be a good option as the back up to your top striker.