Fantasy Premier League: Top Tottenham Hotspur Stars Ripe for Picking
August 16 has been earmarked as the date for final Fantasy Premier League squad alterations, so it's time to compile a short list of three Tottenham Hotspur players who deserve your serious consideration, at least for the initial few weeks of competitive action.
With only a few days left to weigh up all the options before heading into the unknown of a brand-new season, making the right choices might often seem as though you've broken through the digital realm and found yourself too close to the real world of managerial headaches.
Of course, while the likes of former Spurs bosses Tim Sherwood and Glenn Hoddle would be quick to assure us all how far removed it is from the harsh world of pressurised, results-driven football and high expectations, it's still something many of us sweat over in the lead-up to the new season.
And we do it every single year.
So do your best Mauricio Pochettino impersonation, think outside the box and feel free to share your thoughts and choices in the comments section below.
Sure, Spurs' No. 9 is a bit of a gamble considering how he got on last season, but if you put on your rose-tinted glasses for just a second you might see where I'm coming from.
With a forward line consisting of just Emmanuel Adebayor, Harry Kane and himself, the opportunities will definitely be there for the former Valencia man to do what he hasn't managed until now.
And having already slotted two goals away in pre-season—one against Scottish champions Celtic and the other against the Seattle Sounders, the signs are there that a renaissance might be just over the horizon.
Let's not forget he has the skills, temperament and experience to cause trouble for any defence on his day, so if he starts the campaign brightly it's likely we'll see him rack up over 20 goals.
After all, according to ESPN, Soldado netted 24 times in La Liga during the 2012/13 season and scored another six in the Champions League and Copa del Rey combined.
He knows where the net is, and it's ingrained in him to find it.
A disruptive spell in England so far has seen him play under three managers since he came on board, which isn't the kind of stability that's conducive to consistently top-notch football. Simply put, at times his shortcomings were forced upon him by his surroundings.
It would be easy to be put off by his 8.0 price tag, which makes him the 12th-most expensive striker to buy, but with a solid midfield built around him and a little bit of coaxing, we might soon see the real Soldado terrorising defenders up and down the land.
Stuck for a cheap option to stick on your bench? Or just confident in your own managerial masterstroke capabilities? Then last season's late bloomer Harry Kane might well be the choice for you.
A steal at just 5.0, the 21-year-old would certainly be a more economical choice than Soldado, and for the price of his investment at this stage, depending on his early chances, his value could increase rapidly, leaving one with the option to cash in or stick.
Like many of the players on the books at White Hart Lane right now, there's an air of hopeful expectancy around his ability to impress. This is a fresh start, and he can sense it.
[The philosophy] will be to play exciting pressing, attacking football.
At the moment we are only in the starting position, where we are trying to put this concept across to the squad. But we are very happy with the players and how that is going.
So with the certainty that the Lilywhites are to approach matches in the spirit of fluid, offensive and aggressive football, that can only spell good news for the likes of Kane, who will relish the assists and half-chances that are sure to come his way on the field. And all this should mean he'll be out to help himself to a few bonus points, given his preordained desire to impress.
Looking at other forwards at his value, there aren't too many names that jump out at you for the right reasons. And aside from seasoned professionals like Carlton Cole and Darren Bent, Kane looks just as good if not better than most, even those above him on the price scale.
Surely he's worth a punt.
The undisputed hub of all things creative under both managerial reigns last term, it was a wonder Eriksen didn't flop under the pressure and expectancy of it all.
Yet now that we all know a lot more about the eagle-eyed footballing craftsman, there could well be a hint of worry in the air about his ability to once again become the club's go-to guy.
But assuming he picks up where he left off with his seven goals and eight assists in the league by slicing through defences and setting chances up for Emmanuel Adebayor and Company, there's no other Spurs midfielder one should entertain purchasing first.
Because while Erik Lamela also looks set for a decent season implementing the coach's attacking mindset from the wing or in a more central role, Eriksen is a guaranteed starter for all the big games—provided he stays injury-free.
Absent from the World Cup this summer, he'll be hungrier than ever to return to a big scene to show us all what we missed due to Denmark's failed qualification attempts.
In truth, he won't cost the earth to fit into your first team, either, and as he's worth the same as the untested Lamela at 8.0, it seems only logical to pick Eriksen.
Less expensive than Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, who had similar success in the charts with nine goals and five assists, Chelsea's new star Cesc Fabregas, who may not even be a first-team player, and Adam Lallana, who's currently injured until late September, he's a far shrewder investment for now.