Football Manager 2014 is now out, but who do the creators think are Tottenham's best players?
With the game now released – many people are ready for another year of procrastination, pain and sporadic doses of pleasure – the attention will turn to how players are rated. Like them or loathe them, the ratings require a great deal of studying and deliberation to create the greatest football management simulation on the planet. And going by the judgement of assistant manager Steffan Freund, here are the highest rated Tottenham players in the game...
Sandro (Defensive Midfield) – Four Star Rating
Notable attributes: Bravery 19, Team Work 18, Work Rate 18, Strength 18, Tackling 17
The powerful Brazilian midfielder is the perfect player to be a midfield destroyer. With high ratings for bravery, strength, tackling an work rate, Sandro's best role is unsurprisingly as a ball winning midfielder. As Spurs have a bunch of creative players like Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend, a strong figure like Sandro is crucial.
Moussa Dembele (Central Midfield) – Three and a half Star Rating
Notable attributes: Dribbling 18, Tackling 17, Work Rate 17, Balance 17, Strength 17
Dembele has similarly high ratings in Tackling, Work Rate and Strength, but is more technically gifted and more of a flair player than Sandro. Able to play in all midfield positions, Dembele is the nearest thing to Yaya Toure with his driving runs from midfield, the game seems to support playing Dembele in a deep-lying playmaker role.
Younes Kaboul (Central Defender) – Three and a half Star Rating
Notable attributes: Heading 19, Strength 18, Positioning 17, Jumping 17, Tackling 16
Kaboul is a surprising player in the top five, with Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson the preferred pairing in real life, and even Vlad Chiriches is ahead of Kaboul in the pecking order. Regardless, the Frenchman is rated as the best Spurs centre back on Football Manager 2014, with impressive stats in jumping, heading and strength, making him a great aerial threat from set pieces.
Christian Eriksen (Attacking Midfield) – Three Star Rating
Notable attributes: Off the ball 18, Technique 17, First Touch 16, Passing 16, Creativity 16
The first of Andre Villas-Boas' new signings at White Hart Lane to make this list, Eriksen is somewhat positionally limited to just central attacking midfield, but with coaching he should be an adept wide attacking midfielder. With great technical stats like technique, first touch and passing, and the high creativity stat, Eriksen should be a fantastic creator in the Premier League.
Erik Lamela (Right Attacking Midfield) – Three Star Rating
Notable attributes: Dribbling 18, Flair 18, First Touch 17, Technique 17, Natural Fitness 17
And here is the second of AVB's summer signings, with Argentine winger Lamela having the joint-highest potential in the team, along with Eriksen. Lamela has great technical skills, which is why Spurs paid £30m to land him from Roma, whilst he also possesses decent physical attributes too, particularly his pace. Users who play as Spurs will no longer have to put up with Aaron Lennon, instead being able to use a multi-dimensional wide man.
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