Tottenham Hotspur begin their 2021/22 Premier League season at home against Manchester City this Sunday, the club who are interested in signing Harry Kane this summer.
Kane could be in line to start for Spurs, despite rumours that City are interested in signing the England captain, after the 28-year-old returned to training last week ahead of the season opener at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson has warned Spurs that they could be at risk of repeating a similar situation to that of Christian Eriksen, who was unsettled at the club before eventually being sold to Inter Milan.
So, what would Spurs’ 2021/22 season look like with the signings they have made prior to the league starting this weekend?
To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to update the database with the correct teams in the 2021/22 Premier League season, as well as placing a transfer embargo on all sides in the division so that their squads remained the same throughout the simulation.
Let’s take a look at the best XI put together by Football Manager 2021 at the end of the 2021/22 simulated season, based on performances, statistics and other metrics.
Spurs full best XI: Lloris; Doherty, Dier, Romero, Sanchez, Reguilon; Alli, Hojbjerg; Lucas Moura, Kane, Son.
Looking at Tottenham’s statistics throughout the Premier League 2021/22 season, Harry Kane was the club’s top scorer with 16, followed closely by Heung-Min Son who tallied 13 goals.
Kane topped the list in terms of providing assists for his teammates, as the 28-year-old recorded eight assists, registering 24-goal contributions in 36 league appearances.
Dele Alli had a solid season under Nuno Espirito Santo as a midfield partner with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, scoring six goals and registering three assists in just 19 starts for the Lilywhites.
So how did Spurs perform in our simulated Premier League 2021/22 season?
Tottenham Hotspur’s simulated Premier League 2021/22 season
This is how the Premier League table looked at the end of the 2021/22 season.
Spurs finished in seventh position, two points behind Everton as Nuno’s side qualified for the Europa Conference League for a second consecutive season.
Spurs matched their seventh-place finish from last season despite picking up one less point than they did in the 2020/21 campaign, conceding 45 goals in consecutive seasons yet scoring 14 less in terms of their attacking performance.
The simulation suggests that Cristian Romero coming into the defence filled the void left by the departure of defensive leader Toby Alderweireld, yet Spurs still need to improve in their attack and support both Kane and Son if they’re to challenge for the top four again.
Football Manager 2021 predicts that Spurs will have a very similar 2021/22 season than they did in 2020/21, despite a change in the dugout with Nuno taking charge.
However, the simulation shows the importance of Kane and Son in this team, and the potential need for another attacker to be brought in to help carry the burden and improve their goal-scoring tally ahead of the new season.
How do you think Spurs will perform in the 2021/22 season? And, will Kane stay at the club? Let us know in the comments!
Source by Football London