The Guru: Tottenham–Wolves Analysis
Footstock has been booming since the announcement of Virtual Tournaments. I would recommend any new users to look to put together a strong line-up focused on the relevant fixtures for any tournament they enter. This means that it is important to understand who the key players are in each team. In this week’s blog, I am going to continue on alphabetically from last week and look at Tottenham, Watford, West Ham and Wolves. Some very exciting players to consider!
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When looking at these teams I am going to pick out 3 key players: an overall PPG scorer, a base scorer (scores without goals, assists and wins, etc.) and a future talent. These players will hopefully be useful for tournaments but might not represent the best value in the squad.
Buy Price (BP): £74.30* Sell Price (SP): £70.60
When looking at Spurs there was only really one place that we can start. That is of course with club and England captain Harry Kane. Kane is top for PPG in the squad with 20.57 and is the only Epic player at the club. His high scores almost exclusively come down to his goal potential with 0.5 goals per game and 0 assists in the club’s last 19 games. Throughout the whole season, Harry Kane has scored 11 goals in his 20 appearances and provided 2 assists. As well as goals and overall PPG, Kane is also the top player at Spurs for shots on target in the Footstock PPG standings, and in this Premier League season has averaged 2.2 shots per game and 1 key pass per game. At 26 years old, as the key goalscorer for Spurs and England and with a move to Manchester United consistently being rumoured, he could be a player that has a lot of value going forward and could be key to building a balanced and useful collection in years to come.
BP: £16.27 SP: £15.51
While Son doesn’t actually feature top of any of the key stat areas in the Spurs squad, he has strong enough stats across the board that he is second to only Harry Kane for PPG as an outfield player. Spurs have been in comparatively poor form compared to last season and find themselves sitting in 8th place, with Mourinho’s new-manager bounce apparently over and no wins in their last 6 games before the suspension of football. On top of his base scoring, Son has a great goal threat, with 9 this season as well as 7 assists in the league. It is very important for a base scorer to be able to top up on those great scores with goal contributions. Outside of goals and assists, Son also takes 2.4 shots per game, has 45 touches and provides 1.5 key passes per game. With 2.3 successful dribbles per match and over 1.6 attempted crosses per game, it is clear that his style of play and thus scoring on Footstock go far beyond the realms of simply goals and assists.
BP: £3.00 SP: £2.94
When looking at the young players who are in the Spurs squad I wanted to look a bit more closely at someone who could see their game time increase at the end of this season and into the next (whenever these may be). Ryan Sessegnon hasn’t found himself in the lineup for Spurs on many occasions, but has enjoyed more regular game time under Mourinho, having moved to the club for £25 million last summer. In the Premier League, he has made 4 starts in 6 appearances and has shown some influence, with 40.3 touches in those games. In his 2 Champions League starts he has managed to pick up 1 goal and 1 assist, scoring against Bayern Munich back in December. Being given the opportunity to start at the Allianz against Bayern is testament to the talent that he has and the future that the coaches at Spurs see him having.
BP: £14.29 SP: £13.28
If you have watched Watford this season or used their players in Virtual Tournaments and Battles, you will know there are a few players who stand out and have been key to their turnaround in form. One of the reasons they managed to improve was the return from injury of Troy Deeney. Since he found his goal-scoring form in late December he managed to score 6 in his last 12 games and provide 2 assists. This has come from his 1.2 shots per game and 1.1 key passes per game, which along with his talismanic captaincy have made all the difference to Watford since the turn of the year. Despite his goals, he has also managed to miss 7 big chances. For a big and physical striker, he also gets involved on the ball a lot, with 39.7 touches per game, which is really impressive. It remains to be seen whether he will be part of the squad when football returns, but in the meantime he is certainly a key man in the Footstock virtual world.
BP: £23.70 SP: £22.75
Since signing for Watford from Barcelona back in 2018 for £13 million, his contribution has been key to the success the team has had. This season he has managed to pick up 4 goals and provide 5 assists, which have been crucial to Watford’s turn in form. With relation to his PPG stats on Footstock, Deulofeu is second for Watford in terms of average score with 15.48, and is top for contests won at the club, which is crucial for building a good base score, and is second for crosses. With regard to his wider stats, he has 1.5 shots and 1.6 key passes per game. These stats reflect his goal contribution potential and they balance well with his 2.2 successful dribbles and 3.33 attempted crosses per game this season to create an asset on Footstock who is very impressive and deserving of his title as a roulette king.
BP: £29.28 SP: £28.42
22-year-old Ismaila Sarr only joined Watford last season after a £30 million transfer from Stade Rennais, but he has really stood out since the team managed to turn their luck around after Christmas and could be a big reason why they stay up if they manage to do so. Sarr has scored 5 goals and provided 3 assists, including those in his incredible performance against Liverpool, where his 2 goals and 1 assist contributed to the 3 goals that led to the only victory of any side over the champions-elect in the league this season. A talismanic performance if ever there was one. In terms of PPG data on Footstock, Sarr’s recent form has led to him being the top scorer for overall PPG, goals, assists and crosses. He is not hugely reliant on goals and assists either, with a good general set of base stats that will make him a useful hold on Footstock for many years to come.
BP: £4.47 SP: £4.15
Another squad who have found themselves in a relegation scrap to come back to when football returns. It is always difficult to pick out the star player in a struggling team, but based off his overall PPG and the potential he showed last season I have gone with Felipe Anderson. Anderson joined West Ham from Lazio for roughly £35 million last summer and managed to pick up 9 goals and 4 assists in his maiden season, helping West Ham to a 10th-place finish. However, this season he has only been able to manage 1 goal and 4 assists in his 22 games, as West Ham have found themselves rooted in a relegation battle that they would much rather avoid. While the final product hasn’t always been there, Anderson has still showed some strong base stats with 1.1 key passes per game. He also completed 2.8 dribbles a game and attempted 1.5 crosses per game, which would make him a great asset for holding on Footstock if he could convert these stats into more final product.
BP: £3.50 SP: £3.40
Having only made the move from Spain to East London this year, Fornals has settled relatively well when he has been able to get game time, having only started 15 games this season. In those 15 Premier League games he has managed to score 2 goals and provide 5 assists, while also scoring 2 more goals in the cup competitions. At 24, Fornals still has plenty of time to show his potential. In terms of PPG stats, Fornals is top at the club for assists, as well as scoring high in a lot of the other stats for an attacking player. As with a lot of West Ham players this season, the poor form of the side hasn’t allowed Fornals to have the impact that his £25 million fee would suggest.
BP: £7.67 SP: £7.21
The latest addition to the West Ham squad came on deadline day of the January transfer window, when Jarrod Bowen made the £20 million move from Hull. Since moving to the Premier League, the 23-year-old has impressed in his 4 Premier League appearances before football was stopped in March. In that time he managed to pick up a goal in a great 3-1 win over Southampton. In the Championship he had an incredible start to the season, scoring 16 goals and providing 7 assists while playing every minute of the 29 games before he made the step up, which is reflected in his 0.79 goal contributions per 90 minutes – a truly remarkable rate. No wonder West Ham went out of their way to get him in January, and if West Ham stay up he will be a great talent in their side for many years to come.
BP: £18.26 SP: £17.33
With 9 games remaining in the Premier League season, Wolves have found themselves in a great position to match or improve on their finish last season, which saw them qualify for the Europa League. Furthermore, with Manchester City facing a European ban, they have an outside chance of making the Champions League if they can find the form they had before the stoppage of football in March. The man who I have chosen as their star player, Raul Jimenez, actually only has their third-highest PPG, but his game is so heavily based on goals and assists that he fits this category best, while the other 2 players are a better fit for the other categories. Jimenez has scored 13 goals so far in the Premier League this season, as well as providing 6 assists. This goal tally finds him currently sitting in 8th place in the race for the Golden Boot and he has also scored 3 goals and provided 3 assists in Wolves’ impressive Europa League campaign, which sees them sitting with an away goal advantage after their first leg in the round of 16 against Olympiacos.
BP: £70.89 SP: £68.19
While Jimenez has been a huge influence in both Europe and the league with his goalscoring record, Adama Traore has taken the league by storm with his pace, power and the way in which he provides for those around him. In the Premier League this season he has provided 7 assists, which puts him 4th in the league behind only KDB, TAA and Riyad Mahrez (unfortunately Mahrez doesn’t have a fancy acronym for his name), and has also scored 4 goals in the league. With regard to Footstock PPG, Traore is by far the top scorer at the club, thanks to his incredible statistics in the important areas for base scouring. For contests won, Traore is more than 4 per game ahead of anyone else at the club. This gives him an 8-point cushion before looking at any other statistics, as these are awarded 2 points each in the scoring matrix. It is thus with good reason that he is so highly priced on the platform, and if he can add a few more goals he could be even higher.
BP: £22.50 SP: £22.10
Looking at his league stats, with 6 goals and 1 assist, I wasn’t sure if Jota was going to make this list, with competition from his younger compatriots Pedro Neto and Ruben Vinagre. Especially as he is 23, which is the maximum age that I was going to look at for players in this category. However, when I took a look at his stats for the Europa League I was blown away. Despite only starting 3 games, he has managed to pick up 6 goals, including an incredible hat-trick in the first leg against Espanyol, which was enough to carry Wolves into the round of 32. These performances have obviously helped out his PPG on Footstock and he is the second highest in the Wolves squad for PPG, while also being well ahead in the goals tally. At 0.53 Jota is able to compete with most players for goal potential in Virtual Battles and the Virtual Tournaments. At his age, he has so much potential to carry on with his incredible scoring rate in the league and Europe and grow into an incredible asset on Footstock.
Let me know if I have missed anyone in these sides and what you would like to see in future articles. Please follow me on twitter (@IndexGuru) for more insight. You can also find me on the Official Footstock Slack Chat as Footstock Guru.
*All player prices are accurate at the time of publication