Tottenham’s season has started better than even Pochettino would have imagined, but can you exceed the achievements of the former Saints manager?
The board will, fittingly, ask you to produce attacking possession based football and the young squad at Spurs has one of the higher potentials on the game. As ever, additions are needed for the club to really push to the top, but the quality of Kane and company is a good starting place.
What you start with: £17million transfer budget and £250k of available wage budget to play with.
90% of transfer revenue is retained initially, but the board may allow you to raise this later on. The wage budget will go up once some of the promising youngsters are loaned out.
Premier League: Europa League qualification is the bare minimum that the board will ask for but the budget will increase slightly if you say you’ll make the top four.
FA Cup: Sixth round. Budget hardly effected by more ambition.
Europa League: Minimum achievement must be to reach the group stages and it seems the board aren’t too fussed about the progress.
Capital One Cup: Due to the other competitions involved in, the board are not interested in the Capital One Cup.
Sven Bender: Bender is available on the transfer list from the start of the save. At £13.5 million, the Dortmund star would provide experience to Spurs’ talented but young midfield. The German can play in several central midfield roles and is a real bargain at that price tag, although you may face opposition from other big sides in Europe.
Ayoze Perez: If you’re looking for some cover for Harry Kane, its hard to look past Perez. A superstar of Football Manager 15 and the diminutive Newcastle youngster has the potential to become a real world beater. Perez won’t be cheap, but his versatility to play around the front line and operate as a number 10 could make him a bargain. First touch and finishing ratings of 15+ add to the promise.
Jack Grealish: With N’Jie and Son on the wings, Grealish can provide cover to any of the three players behind Harry Kane. He will take over £20 million to bring in, but the Villa wonderkid could be brought in using a number of instalments. Don’t expect too much defensive work or hard tackling, but Grealish has the potential to create a lot of chances and really dominate the final third.
Andros Towsend: Value begins at £10m and you’re likely to be able to sell him on for quite a bit more than that. At only 23, Townsend still has a bit of potential, but his value and percentage of revenue retained makes his sale a sensible idea considering the quality in that position like N’Jie and Son.
Tom Carroll: Valued at £6m, but Carroll’s low strength rating makes him a tricky option to use as a central midfield player. Although I am an admirer of his in real life, the virtual Carroll is a bit delicate compared to the power and quality of Delle Alli and Dembele in his position. A central midfielder is still a fundamental requirement and Carroll’s technical quality will make him a classy signing for many clubs.
Alex Pritchard: Pritchard may have come close to making the Spurs team in the last year or so, but his quality on Football Manager leaves a lot to be desired and Pochettino has left this Spurs squad with plenty of options. The money could come in handy to pick up another youngster with potential, or a more senior player to give some backbone to the squad.
Joshua Onomah: Onomah is one of the prodigies to come out of Tottenham’s academy lately and he seems to be ideal for a loan move. He is a central midfielder capable of playmaking from either a deeper or more advanced role and possesses great pace for a central midfield player. Onomah could be used as a great asset during transition.
Dele Alli: Alli’s impressive form this season for Spurs has been transformed perfectly into Football Manager 2016. Alli is capable playing in central midfield or off the striker, and the ex-MK Dons man can dominate from box-to-box, with powerful running and the eye for a pass. Dembele is in the squad to rotate with Alli to avoid over working the youngster.
Clinton N’Jie: N’Jie is much like the player in real life, unsurprisingly. Football Manager have got his attributes absolutely spot on and he works well as foil for Harry Kane in the last 20 minutes, his pace is a great threat to defences. However, N’Jie’s longer term career on your save is likely to be on the right hand side and playing as either a winger or inside forward he will pick you up plenty of goals.