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FPL Player Spotlight: Eriksen, Alli or Son? – Analyzing the Spurs Midfield Trio

Alli, Eriksen and Son

After all the hype surrounding the DGW, Gameweek 22 ended up being a dull affair with most of the Spurs and West Ham players disappointing those managers who had stacked up their teams with players from the 2 sides. It will be a hard GW to recover for those who triple captained Kane as EPL’s top scorer returned a meagre 3 points from the 2 fixtures, a tally more than just Victor Wanyama in the whole of Spurs’ squad who played both the matches.

Also Read: Three Hidden Gems for your Gameweek 23 Squad

Alli and Son were the only 2 players who just managed to reach a double-digit score and provide some respite. But now comes the hard part, who to discard and who should you keep your trust in. Here we analyse the Spurs midfield trio of Alli, Eriksen, and Son on the basis of various factors to help you make your decision:

Form

After a disappointing start to the season, Dele Alli may finally be coming back to his best and reach the level of last season which saw him score 18 and assist 11. The 21-year-old has scored twice and given 4 assists in the last 4 matches. He is getting into good positions more often and is playing a more advanced role than both Eriksen and Son. Eriksen, on the other hand, has only 2 assists in the last 4 fixtures and is lagging behind his teammates on form. However, he still has more points than both of his compatriots which comes to show his consistency over the season.

Christian Eriksen

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 14: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Dele Alli of Totteham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

 

Rotation

With the festive period now over, rotation will be less of a worry for FPL managers. All 3 of these currently have an assured place in Pochettino’s starting XI, however, with Wanyama and Lamela both fit again, Son may see his playing time reduced and is most likely to go out of favour if his form drops. Eriksen and Alli are pretty much untouchable barring any injury.

Price

Son offers the best choice in this department as he provides great value at just £8.1. Alli (£9.0) and Eriksen (£9.3) are just £.3 apart and can be direct replacement choices for those looking to replace Coutinho.

Fixtures

This is where things get a bit complicated. Spurs have fairly decent next 2 fixtures in Everton at home and Southampton away but these are followed by Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Pochettino doesn’t enjoy a great record against the big sides and he may look to add more solidity to the midfield and Son is the one who is most likely to lose his spot.

 

Son Hyeung Min

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 07: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham in action during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium on January 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Ownership

Son provides the best differential option of the 3 with a selected %age of 13.1%. Alli comes next at 15.6% and Eriksen is the most owned at 18.8%. With Son’s ownership rising quickly and not much of a difference in the ownership values of the 3, this should be your last factor for consideration.

 

Conclusion

Most managers have at least 1 of these 3 Spurs midfielders if not more. With the fixtures about to turn sour for the North London club, I would surely not recommend bringing in a Tottenham player in the next 5 GW’s. For those who own 2 or more, getting rid of at least 1 deems necessary after GW24. Eriksen is the safest option for the longer term and has potential to give points against the big guns and has the added benefit of set-piece duties. Son could be a big risk after GW 24 and managers could be better off replacing him with Pogba or Mahrez. Alli owners can wait and see how the Englishman performs in the next 2 GW’s. If he can sustain his form, Pochettino might as well get some good results against the big guns.

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