Tottenham are a club in limbo on Football Manager 2019 as the Lilywhites prepare to move from Wembley to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and the job will give you a new found respect for Mauricio Pochettino.
But relax, Football FanCast has you covered with an in-depth guide to the former White Hart Lane residents…
Feel like it’s about time to change Tottenham Hotspur’s trophy record? Well, you’re more ambitious than the board, who would be happy to stay in the Premier League’s top four and just reach the FA Cup Final.
You don’t have to win the oldest national club competition in world football, but the Spurs elite would like one last day at Wembley, where you begin your season as the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium continues to be built.
As for the Champions League, reaching the quarter-final stage is considered a must, but put on a strong performance over the season and you should be safe regardless.
The new stadium can take the blame for this aspect of the Tottenham job proving difficult, as you are handed a budget of just £27.7million.
It will barely be enough to make inroads into creating a title-winning side, and a marquee player arriving in north London would demolish the wage budget of £150,000.
You cannot go too crazy with who you sign thanks to the slender transfer budget, but a good option to consider is Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams.
The Spanish speedster can play across the front line and will cause the opposition trouble, despite a low valuation of just £16million.
Defensive midfield is not one of Spurs’ best areas, and the squad report will tell you it’s a zone to strengthen, especially should you wish to challenge on multiple fronts.
A surprisingly cheap, valuation-wise, option to consider is Real Madrid’s Marcos Llorente, who can grow into a great deep-lying playmaker yet is only valued at £2.9million. An absolute bargain.
Another area of your side the squad report will tell you to strengthen is central-defence, and it’s not wrong. Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen and ageing, Davison Sanchez has qualities to admire, but otherwise you’re relying on youth to step up.
Alessio Romagnoli would be a great addition should you lure the 23-year-old away from AC Milan, but consider his £110,000-a-week wage when you sit up to see his £25m valuation.
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It may seem like going against the ‘lacking in defensive midfield support’ to suggest selling Mousa Dembele, but the Belgian is the worst option to use and can add around £26million to the transfer budget should you sell the 30-year-old.
Harry Winks, Eric Dier and even Victor Wanyama are all better alternatives.
Speaking of the Kenyan, you may as well sell Wanyama, too.
He will also add around £26million to the transfer budget if you were to sell the defensive midfielder, and you should do so as he will not present competition for places thanks to his high injury rate.
Cashing in on Kieran Trippier’s World Cup success would be a shrewd move to make.
The 27-year-old right-back is now valued at £28million, but is not a better option than Serge Aurier and can be replaced by academy star Kyle Walker-Peters in the backup role.
With Harry Kane the only serious contender to lead the line for Tottenham, spare a thought for the wonderkids.
Troy Parrott has insane potential and can one day emulate Kane’s path to glory and become a world-class striker. Just remember he is only 16, so he won’t be scoring hat-tricks at the Emirates anytime soon.
Central midfielder Oliver Skipp may one day form a central midfield partnership in your side next to Harry Winks with Dele Alli ahead, as the 17-year-old is the future CDM at Spurs.
His potential places him just on the cusp of being a great.
Juan Foyth may have broken into the first-team under Mauricio Pochettino, but on Football Manager 2019 Cameron Carter-Vickers holds just as much potential to succeed and can be a great addition in the Carabao Cup or Champions League group stages.